* Old feuds die hard in the old world. It took almost two decades of insults before the Dusseldorf city fathers finally erected a monument to Heinrich Heine, their most famous native son.
That was last year, after some of the feelings about the poet's uncomplimentary 19th-century utterances about Germans (and presumably Dusseldorfers) had finally mellowed. Enough resentment still lingers on, however , for Dusseldorf University to have decided just this year, in a 44-to-41 vote, not to become Heinrich Heine University.
* The Bavarian city of Munich has no such hang-ups about its heritage from 125 years ago. It just celebrated the anniversary of the invention of the Weisswurst, that mild white sausage that tastes especially good with sweet mustard and a semmel roll.
Several thousand Munich residents turned out at the city's main square to consume reduced-price wurst and free drinks from the stands of the seven Old Town inns. The Weisswurst's invention - perhaps ''discovery'' is a more apt word -- is attributed to one Moser Sepp, who in 1857 absentmindedly forgot some ingredient, perhaps veal, in the veal sausage he was producing.
* The founder of the ''kindergarten,'' the institution that has circled the globe, is finally getting his just desserts. In April, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of pedagogue Friedrich Frobel, a museum devoted to him will be opened in the century-and-a-half-old house he lived in in Bad lankenburg in what is now East Germany.
* Five hundred chimney sweeps in Berlin and Bonn are threatening to strike if they don't get bigger Christmas bonuses and clothing allowances and longer vacations. For once the streets of Berlin and Bonn were empty of their top-hatted bicycle riders as these traditional craftsmen met in Dusseldorf to press their claim.