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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

DVD: The Nicolas Philibert Collection (12)

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.

Invisible Ink: No 83 - Alexander Baron

It's hard for frontline war writers to show an objective sensitivity to their subject matter while fighting for their country.

Being Ernest: John Walsh unravels the mystery behind Hemingway's suicide

America's most celebrated writer, Ernest Hemingway, ended his life 50 years ago – in a manner his biographers have struggled to explain.

Stay the night: Pierre & Vacances Premium Houlgate

The Côte Fleurie has been a holiday hot spot since the 1850s. This new resort is the latest to welcome the tourists, says Kate Simon

Book Of A Lifetime: A La Recherche du Temps Perdu, By Marcel Proust

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.

Search under way after D-Day boat sinks

A search was continuing today for a man feared drowned when one of the last remaining boats to take part in D-Day sank.

Travel Agenda: Dom Pedro Laguna; Mint Hotel; Center Parcs

Today

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).

It will take years to repair the flood damage in Pakistan, warns Zardari

President tells Omar Waraich that Islamists will try to take advantage of country's plight

Piper Bill Millin: The 'Mad piper' who piped the allied troops ashore on D-Day

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.

Deauville may be 150 but it's still a star

New flights from London have provided a quick new route to this chi-chi Normandy resort. Kate Simon reports

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: No backbone but teeming with life

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.

D-Day, By Antony Beevor

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.

Dunkirk anniversary: 'We didn't feel defeated or exhilarated. We just felt bloody scared'

Seventy years on, veterans recall the 'miracle' of Dunkirk

What goes plinkplinkplink...crack? A new sculptor at work in Normandy

The IoS visual art critic, Charles Darwent, took a trip to northern France to roll up his sleeves and get creative. And, yes, it was every bit as hard as it looks
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine