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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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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn