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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

24-Hour Room Service: Château La Chenevière Normandy

Heading up the tree-lined gravel driveway to La Chenevière, my first impression is of a very elegant and very formal French chateau hotel. But while this four-star property falls into both categories with poise, it certainly isn't formal to the point of being stuffy.

This Night's Foul Work, by Fred Vargas, trans. Siân Reynolds

Another hit from the supreme exponent of the picaresque policier

Overlord, (15)

This deeply affecting movie, first released in 1975 but almost forgotten, distils the run-up to the Normandy landings of June 1944 into a lyrical, black-and-white dream of stoicism and sacrifice. Stuart Cooper made this docudrama in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum and ace cinematographer John Alcott, who uses period lenses and stock to blend with archive footage of aerial bombardment, blitzed streets and military manoeuvres.

Back to Normandy (NC)

Nicolas Philibert scored a huge hit with his previous documentary about a French schoolmaster and his pupils, Etre et Avoir. One suspects that his latest will not have anything like the same impact, despite (or maybe because of) its deeply personal subject matter. In 1975, the 24-year-old Philibert worked as an assistant director on Rene Allio's feature I, Pierre Rivière..., about the true story of a mysterious triple murder in a peasant village of the 1830s. Thirty years later he returns to the same Normandy backwater to seek out the original cast, mostly locals.

Spanish win BAA with £10.3bn bid

The Spanish construction giant Ferrovial was poised last night to win the takeover battle for the airports operator BAA with a bid worth £10.3bn.

Bird flu deaths spark human infection fear

Seven out of eight members of the same family who contracted bird flu have died from the disease in what the World Health Organisation describes as the "most worrying incident so far".

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National Trust for Scotland lawyer

The battle of Brittany vs Normandy

Northern France is an obvious choice - but a dilemma remains, says Graham Norwood

Buy Of The Week: Normandy

It took two years to breathe new life into a 17th-century manor house near Cherbourg. Mary Wilson reports

Two Thousand Years, Cottesloe NT, London

Leigh's latest play is tight, but not altogether kosher

Letter: Island story

Sir: Your correspondent Michael Clarke (letter, 5 February) has failed to research his subject. The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey together with their associated islands are not and never have been parts of the United Kingdom.

We shall not remember them

I spent quite a lot of the weekend reading rival papers - though whether that is an accurate description of editions that predated The Independent's existence I'm not sure. It was fascinating, anyway, to browse through facsimile editions of daily and Sunday papers printed at the time of the Normandy landings - part of last week's D-Day commemorations. Who would have thought that the Manchester Guardian would devote quite so much front-page space to the German News Agency's version of events? And didn't readers get a little weary of all those commercial promises of better tomorrows? "Whenever I see hands in a stocking, I think: 'Ah...' ", read the copyline on one small ad. "Sigh no more lady", it continued, "The fruits of victory will include a plentiful supply of lovely, clinging Aristoc." Comforting to know that the sacrifices were in a good cause, I suppose.

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A new Russian revolution

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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Jokes on Hollywood

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Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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