Travel East meets west: the Bosphorus connects Istanbul’s two sides

'I loved the contrast in Istanbul – the call to prayer mixed with the European cafés'

Diana 1961-1997: The fateful decisions - Stalked, chased, frustrated, then devastated: her last day on earth

It began with paparazzi in Sardinia and ended in a hospital named Pity. John Lichfield in Paris traces the trail

Property: Normandy conquest

A hassle-free property across the Channel? Head for France's untrampled north, says Gerard Gilbert

Seine boat crash leaves 28 injured

Paris (AP) - A double-decker tourist sightseeing boat rammed into a bridge on the Seine yesterday, injuring 28 people, at least one seriously. No one fell into the water, and most of the injuries were light.

VISUAL ARTS / The Birth of Impressionism McLellan Galleries, Glasgow

Impressionism is a magic word in the language of exhibition titling, a magnet guaranteed to pull the crowds. So Glasgow Museum's summer show, The Birth of Impressionism - From Constable to Monet, ought to be a blockbuster. And how they know it. The populist touches are everywhere. I have never been to an exhibition that tries so hard to please its public.

Rollin' down the river

France is affordable again. But what about the holiday hordes?

books: Paperbacks

Life on the Screen by Sherry Turkle (Phoenix, pounds 7.99) To all but the anorak brigade, this in-depth analysis of "identity in the age of the Internet" may be somewhat excessive to requirements. lt is hard to imagine many readers eager to slog through 350 tight-packed pages about MUDs ("Multi-User Domains!'), such as "Dred's Bar on LambdaMOO", and the sad virtual personalities who inhabit them. Very occasionally, something of interest crops up. Deckard, the hero of Bladerunner, turns out to be a practitioner of a modified version of the Turing Test invented by the mathematician to distinguish machines from humans.

LIBERTE? EGALITE? FRATERNITE?

After last month's landmark victory in Vitrolles, Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National looks to be on the verge of a major breakthrough. But can the extreme right really find a place at the heart of French politics? And should we be worried?

A capital guide to Monet

EXHIBITIONS: 'London's Monets' have always been celebrated, but now look all the better for being seen together at the National Gallery

A soldier's life is glinting in the bottom of the glass

The Army intends to revive the antique art of luring new recruits over a pint in the pub.

Help ordered for needy as French freeze kills five

Local authorities across France were ordered yesterday to provide more help for people sleeping rough after five people died from cold over the Christmas period. The instruction came from the minister for emergency humanitarian action, Xavier Emmanuelli, in response to mounting public indignation that people could die in such circumstances in Nineties France.

THE WORLD AT NIGHT: 24-HOUR CITIES AT A GLANCE

London, England: You need to be organised to deal with the difficult fallow period between 3.30am, when bars shut, and 5.30am, when the pubs attached to the meat markets open. But there are plenty of illegal drinking clubs for those in the know. London has many late-night sports centres: snooker halls, ten-pin bowling, and even a racquet club in Southhall. Early morning markets are useful, as are the many ethnic shops, from the bagel bakeries to all-night restaurants in Chinatown. Most parks are closed, but St James's stays open, and is a pleasant place to stand and gaze at the stars. Cemeteries are unofficial cruising areas; the odd big movie may be repeated all night; 'theatre' is confined mainly to sex shows; or you might book a sleepover at the Science Museum in South Ken.

Right answers to the wrong questions

Today I have great pleasure in handing over our regular advice column to the well-known New Age philosopher, Jeremy Hurstpierpoint Jones, who knows more about the mysteries of the world than I shall ever do. All yours, Jeremy!

Obituary: Annabella

One of the best-loved stars of French films of the 1930s, Annabella was also celebrated for her work in Hollywood in films like Suez (1938), with Tyrone Power, whom she married.

To the Lighthouse (twice)

THE LIGHTHOUSE 77 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AU. Tel: 01728 453377 Open daily 12-3pm and from 7-10.30pm. Lunch around pounds 20 per person. Three course set dinner, pounds 15.75. Credit cards except Diners and American Express accepted

Fragments of love and death

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Follow the money as never before

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