8 October 2013

Last updated 20:00 BST.

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NEWS: 24hr Speed Blitz Germany.

Channel delays: DFDS Dover-Calais – delays of up to 30mins.

Weather alerts: No red or amber alerts currently.

Weather: Morning fog in Low Countries, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. Otherwise, cold in the north, fair in the south.

Traffic: see @DE_Traffic, from 05:30BST.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Germany – nearly 15,000 police officers, in 8,600 locations across the country, will carry out a 24 hour speed ‘Blitz Marathon’ starting at 06:00 this Thursday (10 October). It’s inspired by similar events held each year in Nord Rhein Westphalia, NRW, in west Germany (biggest city Cologne). Citizens nominate flash points and – apparently – all monitoring locations will be published online. We’ll track down the details for Thursday.

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For Christmas 1935, Mrs Simpson gave the then Prince of Wales this gold Cartier cigarette case, decorated with a map of their travels around Europe. Each of their holiday stops was marked with a precious stone. Her journey this time was to be almost as convoluted. The box recently sold at Sotheby’s for £181,250.

From our archive: For Christmas 1935, Mrs Simpson gave the then Prince of Wales this gold Cartier cigarette case, decorated with a map of their travels around Europe, each stop marked with a precious stone. It recently sold at Sotheby’s for £181,250.

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