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For some language courses, a year in Paris is usual. But if you're reading Arabic, you have to travel a little further afield, as Rosie Collington found out

A Summer Guide To Europe's Theme Parks: No: 3 Futuroscope, France

Futuroscope is the brainchild of Senator Rene Manory who, in the mid-1980s, decided that his depressed agricultural region of the Vienne might be revived by the introduction of some major tourist attraction. The geometrical, steel and glass structures that make up the park stick out like an alien landing site on the flat fields north of Poitiers.

The giggling girls who momentarily turned me into a hellfire rabbi

An accomplished woman, who can find?" Cadences sound a bit stereotypically... how shall we say... Old Testamentish? An accomplished woman - oy gevalt! - who can find already? You're right. "An accomplished woman" blah blah is the first line of a poetical reflection on womanhood recited by the female equivalent of the bar mitzvah boy - the bat chayil girl - on her coming of age day.

Travel: Diving - Taking the plunge

Hamish McRae takes his family on a five-day course in the Red Sea to find out why diving is the fastest-growing activity holiday,

The wrong side of the tracks

The column Howard Jacobson has a thing about trains, a hate thing. Thomas the Tank-engine. Pah! But the Pesach Train is different, not least because it can derail whole families

Food: To the manna born

Claudia Roden How to transform a traditional Passover meal into an eclectic and symbolic feast. Photograph by Patrice de Villiers

Ethiopia starts port offensive

ETHIOPIAN FORCES unleashed a new offensive yesterday on the front near Assab Port, dashing hopes that the recent lull in fighting would encourage renewed diplomatic efforts this week.

Football: Outside Edge - Scam of sparkies riding Suzukis

SO LET'S see if I've got this straight, then - the theory of it at least. This guy from the Far East has got this betting syndicate with some mates. He places a bet in Jakarta, on the floodlights failing simultaneously at three English football grounds. His mates fly over to Heathrow. They hire 500cc Suzukis and whizz round the country cutting off the juice at the three grounds. He then pockets the winnings.

Racing: International classifications

TWO-YEAR-OLD COLTS

Earliest church discovered in Red Sea port

ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE discovered the world's oldest known purpose- built church - and are predicting even older ones will be found in the future.

Cinema: The dumbest story ever told?

The Prince of Egypt (U)

New Films: The Prince Of Egypt

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (U)

Film: The great white shark of Tinseltown

Jeffrey Katzenberg reckons his new Dreamworks animation, The Prince of Egypt, is an epic to rival De Mille's. But then Bible-bashing is a competitive sport in Hollywood.

Memento mori and hot cider

TIME PLAYS odd tricks with you at the Tate Gallery, when you pop in to inspect this year's shortlist for the Turner Prize. It's a tiny exhibition - four or five works each from four young artists - and will therefore take (quick mental arithmetic) 16-20 minutes of your busy schedule, max. So you go along and, 95 minutes later, you have to be thrown out, protesting, by the Gallery's pushy gauleiters.

Racing: Way win clue to Enrique

THE VICTORY of Way Of Light in yesterday's Grand Criterium at Longchamp, France's premier two-year-old contest, merely reinforced the notion that it will be next Saturday's Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket that will define Europe's champion two-year-old of 1998.
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