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Vive la différence? Native New Yorker can't deliver bons mots

Woody Allen is the wrong celebrity to sell France to the Americans, argues John Quelch

Beware BA's definition of 'when things go wrong'

When British Airways really let Christine Campbell down, at least easyJet flew to the rescue

Details competition no 439

In which painting by which painter can you find this squeeze?

Wimbledon 99: Fun-loving side of Hingis the horrible

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Tourists pay the price of Paris strikes

WHAT TO do in Paris? The tourist is spoilt for choice: the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee d'Orsay. Sadly, for the past three weeks, strikes have closed all but the Eiffel Tower.

Why this Rubens is now by Van Dyck

HANDWRITING analysis has proved that drawings reputedly by the Flemish master Rubens are really by his pupil Van Dyck, according to new research by the British Museum.

Letter: Gainsborough loss

Sir: Andreas Whittam Smith's article endorsing Marlborough College's decision to sell its painting by Thomas Gainsborough is both misguided and damaging (Comment, 26 April).

Details competition no 424 by Tom Lubbock

Detail 422 came from Watteau's Gilles or Pierrot (1718-19). This picture of the forlorn lover of the commedia dell'arte theatre, standing out by himself in front of the show, with his strikingly round hat-halo, has often been taken as a literal, or a surrogate, self-portrait - or at least as an emblem of the lonesome artist. It is also a portrait of stupidity (note the donkey) - soulful stupidity, a passive and appealing dopeyness. There's a very close contemporary version of this look in the figure of the young man in Lucian Freud's Large Interior, W11 (after Watteau). Our picture is in the Louvre, Paris.

Eiffel Tower going underground

THE EIFFEL TOWER is to be enlarged. Downwards.

Christmas details answers

The 1998 Christmas Details showed 16 points of light shining out of a surrounding darkness. Which paintings were they from? Many entries came close to identifying them all, but one devilish detail defeated all but a few: number 5, The Death of Lucretia, by that proto-photo-realist of the Baroque, Guido Cagnacci. It was variously guessed as Correggio, Leonardo, Etty, Courbet and GF Watts - but mostly as "?". Only 10 entrants got it, and they got all the others right as well. A case of champagne goes to Lilian and David Petty of Stockport; and a bottle each to A McKeegan of St Paul's Cray, Kent; Suzy Croft of London, SW11; and William Gallagher of Dublin.

Competition: Details No 413

IN WHICH painting by which painter can you find this blaze? Answers on a postcard, to arrive by Monday 28 December: DETAILS 413, IoS, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. DETAILS 411 came from the extravagant state portrait of Louis XIV (1701/2), by the beautifully named Hyacinthe Rigaud. The picture is in the Louvre. The first three correct entries came from: B Dobbs, London; A Samson, Edinburgh; S Smith, Devon. Each receives a
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