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It was all going so well until tales of illegitimacy surfaced. Now the Flemings and Walloons are at it again over this Saturday's nuptials

Reader offer: Win a weekend in Brussels

To mark the James Ensor retrospective (see feature, opposite page), the Independent on Sunday has teamed up with Tourism Flanders-Brussels to offer readers the chance to win a luxury weekend for two in Brussels.

The `eloquent' skeletons of Flanders Fields

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY will be a very personal event for Laura Sinfield this year, since returning from the old battlefields of Belgium and France. There, she has been helping to identify the bones of soldiers killed in the First World War.

Historical Notes: `Thank God we are made of the right stuff'

SO THE Remembrance season is with us again, with people's thoughts turning inevitably to the carnage fields of France and Flanders, to the squalors of trench warfare and the grim sagas of the Somme and Passchendaele. Along with the poppies will come out the old cliches and the old anger: the donkeys will be berated for carousing in their chateaux while the lions suffered and died in the muddy shell-holes of No Man's Land.

Racing: Spirit invincible on the clock

INVINCIBLE SPIRIT gives time students the chance to see if they have got their figures right in the Group One Middle Park Stakes for two- year-olds over six furlongs at Newmarket today.
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