Radio: A week to remember, as if we'd forget

Teachers, finding the concept of irony hard to define, often resort to example. This was a week overburdened with such examples. The weightiest came at 11.02am on Wednesday, when R4's two-minute silence was broken by a news bulletin announcing another military build-up against Iraq.

Queen and President open Anglo-Irish peace tower

THE SUN was just disappearing over the crest of the Messines Ridge in the heart of rural Flanders yesterday when the Queen and the Irish President, Mary McAleese, stood together in a powerful symbol of armistice and reconciliation.

There was no poetry for Uncle Herbert

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WRITING Testament of Youth, her account of her First World War experiences in which she served as a VAD nurse and lost the four men closest to her, took Vera Brittain three years. Much of the book is based on Brittain's own diaries and her letters of the time, especially her correspondence with her fiance, Roland Leighton, and with her younger brother, Edward.

Tribute to Irishmen fighting side by side

FIRST WORLD War Armistice celebrations in Belgium tomorrow will be marked by a symbolic coming together of the Queen and the Irish President, Mary McAleese, on the Messines Ridge battlefield south of Ypres.

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Letter: The other Belgium

YOUR REPORT "War of words, fear and farce in Flanders" (20 September) was one-sided. The French-speaking minority is engaged in a campaign against the regional government for the sole purpose of strengthening its position in preparation of probable inter-regional discussions on federal state reform in 1999.

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War of words, fear, and farce in Flanders

Katherine Butler reports on tension around Brussels, where French- speakers are accusing the Flemish of 'ethnic cleansing'

Racing: Leger sale odds give the punters value

CONNECTIONS OF the three leading contenders for the pounds 200,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes at Doncaster on Wednesday are likely to be on good terms with themselves and at least three ante-post punters will be feeling the same way, according to bookmakers William Hill.

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CLAUDIA FLANDERS spent more than 20 years working for disabled people after the death in 1975 of her husband, Michael Flanders, the singer- songwriter and one half of the musical partnership Flanders and Swann.

Belgium's centre moves 19 miles

BELGIUM'S LINGUISTIC divisions may be gently propelling the country towards subdividing into two none too friendly states, French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders, but Belgium still has a heart - and that's official.

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Belgium opens old war wounds

MORE THAN 50 years after the Allied liberation of Belgium, the country's two linguistic communities, the Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons, are embroiled in a rancorous feud over who collaborated with the Nazis, and more compellingly, why.
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