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

Obituary: Jean Marais

JEANNOT, AS he was known to his friends and fans, was a monstre sacre of the French stage and cinema. He had a long career that took on mythical proportions. His friend (and one might almost say "creator") Jean Cocteau defined Jean Marais' appeal to both men and women: "It does not depend only on sensual grace. It flows from the child still at the heart of the mature man. That is the true source of the expressive beauty of his eye, of the way he looks at you, imposes his physical presence."

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The Fabulous Ruins

P is for push-chair, play and ... Paris

Most people choose to leave the children at home when they take a trip to the French capital. But this city is not just a playground for lovers, writes Antony Daly

Secretarial: How to put the perk back into your work

Pep me up before my get-up-and-go goes, says Debbie Barham

Blackpool Tower sold in pounds 74m deal

BLACKPOOL TOWER and several of Britain's most famous seaside piers were snapped up yesterday by the former Pontin's tycoon Trevor Hemmings in a pounds 74m deal.

Travel: The city of height

Forget the Seine or sidewalk cafes, you get the best views of Paris from above.

Smart Moves: Reading the signs of the times

ON shaking hands at the end of a negotiation with a German or Frenchman, you might congratulate yourself on having reached a deal. But in their eyes the handshake may be no more than a polite leave-taking.

Film: Another blonde with the roots showing

Also showing: The Real Blonde. Tom DiCillo (15) Salut Cousin! Merzak Allouache (15) Guy Michael Lindsay-Hogg (18) Star Kid Manny Coto (PG)

Today's helping of new words and meanings to save you from English language-shock

ONE OF the most alarming things that happen when you start to grow up is that you realise that the English language, as used by other, younger or more expert people, is changing, and that words you thought had established their meaning for ever have in fact shifted again. New words are created, old words change their meaning and anyone who still thinks that "icon" means a Russian picture of Jesus, or that "noir" means black, is in for a shock, sooner or later.

Oil platforms seek new role

More than 30 oil companies are meeting today in Brussels to hear a scientific study commissioned by a lobbying group which they fund - the Offshore Decommissioning Communications Project - to see whether old offshore oil platforms could be turned into artificial reefs to encourage fish population growth.

French worker loses his head at the Tower

France's most famous tourist attraction reopened last night after workers were persuaded to call off their strike and go back to work.

Ugandan Asians repair the ruins that Amin left

Many of those kicked out in 1972 are being wooed back from Britain, reports Simon Reeve

PARIS DAYS: Le train now arriving is cheap, efficient and smells wonderful

The French railways have produced an entertaining leaflet. It shows the Eurostar route through the Channel tunnel as an outsize Metro/Tube line linking the underground systems of London and Paris.

Big Monty and the plastic Palmer band

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Why 2000 may come too soon for Greenwich

Greenwich has got the time wrong. The Royal Observatory, home to the line from which world time is measured, claimed Saturday as the 1,000th day to the dawn of a new millennium.
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Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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The future of songwriting

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
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Thurston Moore interview

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