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private life: the children's story; I am a raindrop

What would you do if your mother was a cloud and your father was the sky? Well, that is exactly what happened to me. I was born in a cloud and soon I had to drop. When I did I had a terrific view. I saw aeroplanes, I saw millions of birds, I was even lucky enough to see the Eiffel Tower!

Dear Red Arrows

The RAF's aerobatic display team are under threat from defence cuts. Disgraceful! We should preserve them at all costs, classified under the category: 'nice but useless'


Why is the Eiffel Tower like the Forth Bridge? Both are miracles of civil engineering built in 1889. Why is the Forth Bridge not like the Eiffel Tower? They've stopped repainting the Forth Bridge. Jonathan Glancey reports.

One in the eye for Lord St John

The Millennium Wheel will provide what London conspicuously lacks, a good vantage point from which to survey the city. In my view, its size is a virtue

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Jaded urbanites can see their city through new eyes

Eiffel Tower looks down coldly on Le Pen bandwagon

The leader of France's extreme right-wing National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, whose party is embroiled in a new controversy over racial violence, yesterday launched his campaign to win the country's presidency from beneath the giant struts of the Eiffel Tower.

For 2000, let's repair our lovely land

Artworks, monuments, grand designs ... Our gift to the next millennium sh ould be something greater and yet more modest than these, argues Jonathan Glanc ey Perhaps, unlike the French or Italians, we simply lack a sense of the monumenta l We might begin by clearing our rivers and restocking them with fish

The Broader Picture: For the lack of some paint

THESE photographs of the Forth Bridge, which were taken a fortnight ago, demonstrate one certainty and one possibility. The certainty is that the various heirs and successors of British Railways are very short of cash. The possibility is that this lack of cash is shortening the life of the most famous steel structure in Britain and arguably (always remembering the Eiffel Tower) in the world.

Out of Japan: Tales of life from room with a crowded view

TOKYO - Directly opposite the window of my flat is a three-storey apartment building. I can also see a few trees, an elevated expressway, Tokyo's imitation of the Eiffel Tower, and a Zen temple - all nestled in a mosaic of roofs.

ART / Making molehills out of mountains: 'A largely incoherent jumble of insensitively hung pictures': Andrew Graham-Dixon on 'Monet to Matisse' at the National Gallery of Scotland

Richard Thomson, who has conceived and organised 'Monet to Matisse' for the National Gallery of Scotland, declares in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition that 'landscape painting is a cultural receptacle constantly remoulded to accommodate external values'. Quite what he means by this is unclear - it may simply be an inelegant way of repeating the truism that changes in art reflect changes in society - but Thomson's definition of paintings as receptacles seems involuntarily revealing. That is certainly how they have been treated in this exhibition - receptacles, for the most part, for his own theories about them.

Out of Russia: Full shelves let Russians learn the art of window-shopping

MOSCOW - The face of this city is changing so fast these days that if you leave town for a short break, you hardly recognise the city when you return. The Kremlin remains but it seems the streets are forever being renamed and now they are getting a new look too.

Rockabilly kid plus Honey-bunny: Susan De Muth in bed with Oliver

Oliver, 12, is the singer and double bass player in Animal Jack Senior, a rockabilly band. The other members are his father, Andy Brindley, and sister, Joelle, 13, though not his mother, Fernanda. The family live in Pembrokeshire.

Architecture: Mechanical power and the glory: Jonathan Glancey looks back at the crucible of Modern design in the shadow of the Eiffel tower

Even the most assiduous rivet counter would have been exhausted by Ferdinand Dutert's Palais des Machines. This heroic building stood for 20 years, from 1889 to 1909, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. It boasted no fewer than 640,000 rivets punched into 20 massive steel trusses. It was one of the largest buildings of its, and any other, day and hugely influential.
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