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The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower

This just in: Violetta's love life deteriorates

IMAGINE VERDI'S Violetta swooning live on the eveningnews, with the bells of Notre Dame clanging in the background to signal her tragic death.

Television: What the general didn't see

BRIAN VINER ON TELEVISION

Paris? Left past the pyramids

If you want to you hit `Le Jacques Pot' then you'll have to hit Paris, Las Vegas, the ultimate theme-hotel-casino-resort

Obituary: Charles Crichton

THE FILM director Charles Crichton made the first of the legendary cycle of British films that became known as the Ealing comedies, Hue and Cry, and one of the finest of those to follow, The Lavender Hill Mob. He also had the unique distinction of returning to films after a 23-year absence to make, at the age of 78, one of the most successful comedies of recent times, A Fish Called Wanda.

The Guillotine: Twentieth-Century Classics That Won't Last - No 16: Rene Clair

Film history has always had its own history and, even if there now does exist a canon of sorts, discoveries are still possible, reassessments and re-evaluations seem to be made on an almost annual basis, and certain artists whose niche in the pantheon had seemed for ever secure find themselves ignominiously ousted from it.

Big spike aims to be Dublin's Eiffel Tower

THIRTY-THREE years after an IRA bomb blew Admiral Nelson off his plinth in Dublin, plans to replace the monument with a modernistic steel spire have provoked an Irish identity crisis.

Journey to the centre of the Earth

What is a starlet doing wriggling through a hole in the ground? Clive Tully digs deep to find the answer

Sydney's ultimate high

Rachelle Thackray clambers above Australia's famous harbour on a bridge that claimed 16 lives

Golden cricketing moments with Dame Iris Murdoch

Albert Camus cut lazily at a rising ball outside the off and she equally lazily let it through

Eiffel Tower going underground

THE EIFFEL TOWER is to be enlarged. Downwards.

`I know I will never recover'

It is every parent's nightmare to lose a child. Genevieve Jurgensen lost two in a car crash. How did she cope?

Education: Globes and globes of fun

Home Help 6. Geography

Rugby Union: Woodward's selection turns on fitness issues

ROD MACQUEEN probably took all of 30 seconds to decide on an unchanged Australia line-up for this weekend's one-off Cook Cup Test with England at Twickenham. When you have just won three on the bounce against New Zealand and seen off the French in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower wholesale alterations are hardly a burning priority.

Park Life: High-anxiety parenting

IT WAS our son Tom's 11th birthday and, within reason, he could choose whatever treat he liked. So it came about that the four of us, plus three of Tom's friends, slogged up Everest and down again last Sunday, after a large Chinese meal, in a special-effects cinema which made you feel you were really there - a sort of 3D without the silly glasses.

Futuristic V&A plan likely to be rejected

A CONTROVERSIAL design for an extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has been described variously as a potential "icon like the Eiffel Tower and the Guggenheim in Bilbao" and a "spiral of crumpled boxes", appears doomed, as the project is likely to be refused planning permission.
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