Thomas Cook to sell by phone

Thomas Cook to sell by phone

Yachting: Goss and Dinelli stand out among big boats

The stormy baptism for the Anglo-French pairing of Pete Goss and Raphael Dinelli, the man he rescued last Christmas, was looking good yesterday after the first 48 hours of the Jacques Vabre two-handed transatlantic race.

Dordogne rail crash kills twelve

Twelve people died yesterday when a two-car diesel train collided with an oil tanker on a level crossing in the Dordogne area of France.

Celebration fails to heal Gaullist divide

With France swiftly returning to normal after the two-week lorry-drivers' protest, the country's ruling Gaullists turned out in force to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their party, the Rassemblement pour la Republique (Rally for the Republic).

Sailing: Standbridge on board with Conner

Having made protracted attempts to organise his own British challenge for 1997-98, the four-times Whitbread veteran Paul Standbridge is to join Dennis Conner's American Toshiba Challenge as watch captain for Chris Dickson.

All the President's memories

Francois Mitterrand is buried in Jarnac, now a shrine. But

Briton rescued from the Atlantic


Why EU makes Bordeaux see pink

Listening to Guy Saint-Martin attack les technocrates de Bruxelles and les ultra-liberaux, it is hard to believe that the Socialist mayor of Boe cannot make his voice heard in the European Union capital. So penetrating is his throaty invective that it seems to echo far across the strawberry fields of the Garonne valley.

Successes with girls

This Is It by Joseph Connolly Faber, pounds 15.99; Nicholas Wroe finds Kingsley Amis alive and well and writing about Hampstead

It may be that the summer has brought an exceptionally bursting autumn

I have never known an autumn like this before. It has seemed so energetically beautiful, and almost bizarrely fruitful. It might have been the long hot summer which has given us an appetite for every other sort of weather. Downpours, drizzle, the sharpness of evening sun against massed black clouds: these are all now welcomed as old friends, long absent. The other day, I walked, joyously coatless in old-fashioned drenching rain, watching the dog's mahogany-coloured hair part along his spine as it got soaked. And then home to toast white sliced and spread it with damson jam from a neighbour's tree.

British voters to rule Dordogne

Local politicians in the Dordogne may soon have to cope with a new force in French politics - the British vote, writes Mary Dejevsky.

PARIS DAYS : Animal libbers find themselves on a hiding to nothing

There is a gentle lowing to be heard not half a dozen miles from the centre of Paris this week, and a whiff of the barnyard. The ``biggest farm in France'' has come to town.

Travel: Dreamtime on the Dordogne: Simon Vickers and his family bought a wooden boat and floated off downstream for a fortnight of peace and quiet

Everyone said, 'C'est impossible,' about our dream of descending the Dordogne in a gabarot, the traditional wooden boat used on the river since time immemorial. The Dordogne was too fast, the rapids too dangerous and the boat too heavy. Besides which, no one made gabarots any more.

TELEVISION / NYPD - so good you'll watch it twice

ONCE a fun-loving, party-going type, I now stay in on Saturday nights to watch NYPD Blue (C4), a programme I humbly acclaim The Best Thing on Television. Hang on, isn't this what the VCR is for? Yes, but experience suggests that if I don't watch a programme 'live', I won't watch it at all. NYPD Blue is a show you record anyway, so you can watch it twice.

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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