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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

We'll fight Brown on the beaches

D-Day veterans angry at 'politicisation' of anniversary

D-Day veterans turned down for bank account

Lloyds apologises after saying appeal fund would 'provide no benefit'

New nuclear plants will produce far more radiation

Industry documents reveal modern reactors more dangerous in an accident than the ones they replace

President Obama's inaugural address

'My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors...'

Full text of Obama's speech

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and co-operation he has shown throughout this transition.

Missing French rider found dead

The Dakar Rally retained its deadly reputation despite a change of continent to South America when the body of a 49-year-old French motorcycle rider was found early yesterday.

Equestrianism: King Solier clearly the best for France in Masters

The valuable Renault Christmas Masters, contested by the most successful riders in qualifying events at the Olympia International Horse Show, resulted in an impressive French victory for Penelope Leprevost, 29, riding King Solier.

Urban gardener: Norman conquest

As a lapsed Catholic, I haven't had the urge to light a candle for anyone for quite some time, but I've just made an exception. A couple of weeks in France was made infinitely better by spending time listening to the French-language CDs of Michel Thomas. So impressed was I by the confidence they gave me to have a go (regardless of whether or not it sounded a load of bolleaux), that I was going to send a letter of gratitude to M Thomas, before someone told me that this Second World War veteran and genius of a language teacher had died three years ago. A candle, therefore, in a small seaman's chapel at the picturesque town of St Vaast-la-Hougue, would have to do instead.

John Lichfield: Normandy Notebook

Village life gets a ringing endorsement

Children of Freedom, by Marc Lévy, trans Sue Dyson

Hormones and heroism

Advertising guru steps in to help D-Day heroes return to Normandy

The frenetic and fashionable world of advertising may seem far removed from the struggles of the elderly veterans of D-Day – but one of Britain's most successful media and marketing gurus has brought them a step closer together.

Leading article: Needed: more help for heroes

Four years ago, the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, found the funds to pay for hundreds of veterans of the D-Day landings in Normandy to attend the 60th anniversary of that extraordinary feat of Allied arms. This year their numbers are down to barely 150, their ranks reduced not just by sickness and death but by penury. The £330 "heroes' return" grant paid out in 2004 has been stopped, so the Government says, because that was a "final commemoration".

The final battle: remembering D-Day's veterans

Help us make one last journey to the D-Day beaches in honour of the fallen, plead veterans
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own