Life and Style Fatale attraction: Brigitte Bardot in her youth

As yet another book lauds women across the Channel, Gillian Orr looks at the truth behind Madame Parfaite: extreme dieting and fear of a pressured, fattist society

Eurostar to buy German trains as it gears up for expansion

Eurostar international is ordering 10 new high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel rail link from the German industrial giant Siemens, in the teeth of pressure from the French government to buy from France's Alstom.

200mph trains included in £700m Eurostar investment

Channel Tunnel rail company Eurostar today announced a £700 million investment in 200mph new trains and refurbishment of existing rolling stock.

Bargain Hunter: Book an MOT with 50% off

Nationwide Autocentre (soon to be renamed Halfords Autocentre) is offering 50 per cent off an MOT at any one of its 224 testing stations. The process is simple; just visit http://ind.pn/cTL548, select your car, select your centre and book the type of MOT you'd like. The gadget will then display exactly how much you've saved.

The models on platform one are going back to the Seventies

Flares, capes, maxiskirts – old favourites get a return at London Fashion Week

Simon Calder: Sailing by - our shrinking links with Europe

Tomorrow at midnight, the historic passenger ferry link between Dover and Boulogne will end. Already, one of the two ships that LD Lines uses for the route has been taken out of service: the Norman Bridge is expected to sail west along the length of the English Channel this weekend, then turn sharply to port around the tip of the Breton peninsula to make for the city of Nantes.

Outside the Box: 'Wally with the brolly' set to reign again as England coach?

So Adrian Bevington, the managing director of "Club England", confirms Sir Trevor Brooking's earlier assertion that the next manager of the national team should be English.

The Railway Children, Waterloo Station Theatre, London

You might wander on to Waterloo Station looking for the next train to Woking and find yourself hurtling back in time to an Edwardian country station in Yorkshire, with three children in petticoats and a tweed suit waving at an Old Gentleman on the "down" train back to the capital. And instead of boarding a modern commuter diesel, you can fantasise once more about Jenny Agutter as the teenage nearly-woman and Bernard Cribbins as the station master, stepping their way through a north-and-south class minefield in the 1970 movie.

A new platform for an enduring classic

It's an honour to adapt The Railway Children for the stage, says playwright Mike Kenny – but it comes with a lot of baggage

Eurostar gets EU restructuring approval, but faces cross-Channel rail competition

The European Commission gave the green light to London & Continental Railways (LCR) and France's SNCF to create a "New Eurostar" company yesterday, but on condition that the routes between London and continental Europe be opened up to new competition.

Eurostar passengers delayed over detector alert

Thousands of Eurostar travellers were hit with delays today as traffic came to a standstill after a carbon dioxide alert in the tunnel.

How to disappear completely

Is it possible to slip the net of today's surveillance society? Film-maker David Bond went on the run to find out

Travel essentials: Hérault in Languedoc

Getting there
With its unspoilt sandy coast, its tranquil green interior and its dramatic highlands, Hérault in Languedoc offers a remarkable range of landscapes and activities. And thanks to the introduction of low-cost flights, the region has become increasingly accessible from the UK over the past few years. Montpellier, capital of the Languedoc, is the main hub in the east; while Béziers and Cap d’Agde provides excellent links in the west.

Eurostar bounces back from pre-Christmas breakdowns

Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar has bounced back from the low point of its catastrophic pre-Christmas breakdowns, it was revealed today.

Eurotunnel profits collapse after fire and wintry weather

Profits at Eurotunnel collapsed last year as the business was hit by a tunnel fire and wintry weather, the firm said today.

Full Brussels Eurostar service from Monday

Full London to Brussels services run by Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar will resume on Monday March 1, it was announced today.

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