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Using astronomical measurements a team from the University of Texas were able to work out the exact date that Monet sat down to paint the sunset above

Robert Boscawen: Tank commander who survived terrible injuries to become a respected and admired Conservative MP

The young tank commander seen running in flames along the road was left recognisable to his comrades only by the pips on his shoulder and the white and purple ribbon of the Military Cross on his chest. Robert Boscawen survived the devastating burns from the attack by a hidden battery of four 105 mm flak guns of the German 7 Para on Easter Day, 1 April 1945, that ignited the petrol in his Sherman Firefly as it rushed a bridge on the Twente Canal at Enschede on the Dutch-German border. The debt he felt the world owed to all those who, like two of his crewmen, had lost their lives, was to inform his future political career.

Yacht racing billionairess Dona Bertarelli sees her team smash record for the Route of Discovery

The voyage originally completed by Christopher Columbus was covered in six days 14hrs 29mins 21secs

DVD review: Populaire (12A)

Régis Roinsard (111 mins)

Allied forces storm the Normandy beaches on D-Day

Battle of Normandy: Witness by witness, memories of the D-Day landings are preserved

An appeal by the National Veterans’ Association and backed by ‘The Independent’ is starting to bear fruit

Moonlight Cloud right up there in mile heaven

Trainer Freddy Head put Moonlight Cloud on a par with his great milers Miesque and Goldikova after she beat the strongest international line-up of the season in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

In peril: Up to 80 per cent of oysters are dying in shellfisheries on the French coast

Shell shocker: French oysters hit as mystery killer spreads

It could be the unusual weather, disease, or both, but something is laying waste to Gallic fisheries

Chris Froome pictures on stage 11 of the Tour
Frankie Dettori, who rode for Godolphin until last autumn, has signed a retainer with Sheikh Joaan al-Thani

Dettori and Qataris form formidable foe for Dubai

Two beaten favourites at Wolverhampton on Monday made it 18 days without a winner for Frankie Dettori. Even so, it unmistakably felt like his first afternoon back in the big time. For both parties, the news that he has signed a retainer for Sheikh Joaan al-Thani – one of the Qatari investors suddenly taking on the superpowers of the Turf – represents a clarion statement of intent.

Training for Le Tour in Corsica

Tour de France: Corsican roads will put a twist in the start of race with a difference

As two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador told The Independent, “if you could pick one Tour de France to win of all of them, this would probably be it” – and there can be no doubt that the 100th edition of this race has a special feel to it.

Tour de France: Wait over for favourite Chris Froome

One-time supporting act has built up the confidence to be main man for Sky as he tries to conquer the Tour, he tells Robin Scott-Elliot

'Anglia Square Not Leicester Square' is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.

A-ha! Alan Partridge fans' plea to have 'Alpha Papa' film premiere in Norwich

“Anglia Square Not Leicester Square” is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.

British veteran Bob Barker, 90, visits Bayeux war cemetery for this week’s anniversary

Last Normandy veterans mark comrades’ loss

John Lichfield hears some of thinning ranks of D-Day soldiers remember stories that could be lost forever

Normandy Voices: Wartime voices will be rescued for posterity

Some of thinning ranks of D-Day soldiers remember stories that could be lost forever

D-day veteran Gordon Hornsby at his home in North Shields

Normandy veterans speak: Gordon Hornsby - ‘There are so few of us left to tell the tale’

Gordon Hornsby, 89, from North Shields, North Tyneside, was a Driver Mechanic with 203 Field Ambulance Unit, Royal Army Service Corps. He came ashore at Gold Beach on D-Day, and drove a series of ambulances all the way from Normandy to the Netherlands, where he was himself wounded in the Battle of Arnhem

World War II Veteran, Vic Mackenzie, pictured at his home in Epping, Essex (Picture: Jason Alden)

Normandy veterans speak: Vic Mackenzie - ‘It seems unreal now. Did we really do those things?’

Private Vic Mackenzie, 89, from North Weald, Essex, was a driver with the Royal Army Service Corps, attached to 7th Armoured Division. Mr Mackenzie came ashore at Arromanches, on Gold Beach, on  on 8 June 1944 (“D-Day +2”). His unit was one of the first to stumble on to the Belsen concentration camp in  the spring of 1945

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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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

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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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
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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

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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