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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."

Network: Web Sites: A live killing on the Web

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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas