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
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Friday 01 July 2011
The standout here is the ineffably lovely Être et Avoir, Philibert's documentary which charts the infinitely patient Monsieur Georges Lopez's final year of teaching in a village primary school in the Auvergne region.
Sunday 26 June 2011
It's hard for frontline war writers to show an objective sensitivity to their subject matter while fighting for their country.
Saturday 11 June 2011
Sunday 24 April 2011
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Friday 04 February 2011
Marcel Proust's 'A La Recherche du Temps Perdu' holds the record for the book most likely to be found alongside the Bible and Shakespeare on Radio 4's celebrity-packed Desert Island. In part this reflects the book's sheer length, enforced isolation allowing the castaways to tackle its 3,000 densely packed pages. But it is also a tribute to its widely acknowledged status as the greatest novel of the 20th century, perhaps even of all time.
Monday 31 January 2011
A search was continuing today for a man feared drowned when one of the last remaining boats to take part in D-Day sank.
Saturday 18 December 2010
The first guests are waking up at the new five-star Dom Pedro Laguna on the Aquiraz Riviera near Fortaleza in Brazil (dompedro.com), while in Switzerland The Grand Hotel Park Gstaad is reopening on its 100th birthday after a multimillion euro renovation (grandhotelpark.ch). In Paris, the Shangri-La finally arrives (shangri-la.com).
Tuesday 24 August 2010
Monday 23 August 2010
Bill Millin was the "Mad Piper" who played allied commandos ashore under heavy German fire at Sword Beach in Normandy on D-Day, on the extreme eastern flank of Operation Overlord.
Sunday 18 July 2010
Friday 04 June 2010
Who buys encyclopaedias these days? I am old enough to remember the encyclopaedia salesman, a stoical figure who went hopefully from door to door trying to get sceptical householders to purchase all the world's knowledge, leather-bound in 24 volumes, on the instalment plan; the selling point was that this would help get little Johnny or little Jane through their school exams and into university.
Friday 04 June 2010
Switching between grand strategy and local slaughter, and always with a careful eye for the suffering of bombed, shelled and terrorised civilians, Beevor stretches his history between the jittery first days of June 1944 and the end of August – when De Gaulle walked under fire into Notre Dame.
Sunday 30 May 2010
Sunday 02 May 2010
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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