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'

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For all the battle experience of Montgomery's veterans from the fighting in North Africa, and the flying start the successful landings had given them, it was the Americans who were to play the more prominent and decisive role in the break-out battle, and after initial setbacks, they adapted with extraordinary speed - as Churchill later commented.

The Best of Times: Paris, Stan and all that jazz: Chris Marshall talks to Danny Danziger

As a schoolboy I was very keen on jazz. American players in the Fifties were much better than English players, as modern jazz was still quite new and revolutionary here. But we had little opportunity to hear any of the Americans, because the Musicians' Union wouldn't let them perform in England.

Nazis thought D-Day landings were a feint: Wartime papers released yesterday show extent of German confusion over Allied invasion. Stephen Ward reports

COMPLEX dummy invasion plans by the Allies continued to fool the Germans into wasting their forces in the wrong areas well after the real D-Day invasion had begun, according to intercepts of German messages released to the public for the first time yesterday.

The great thaw slows French trek home

AVALANCHES in the French Alps caused traffic chaos over the weekend and yesterday, stranding thousands of French children who were due back in the classroom after the Christmas holidays.

Obituary: Guy des Cars

Guy Augustin Marie Jean de Perusse des Cars, novelist: born Paris 6 May 1911; died Paris 20 December 1993.

TELEVISION / Tears, jerks and fakery: What happened when a daytime chat show was confronted by grim reality

IT WAS just another Good Morning with Anne and Nick (BBC1). Our rosy hosts - she in red, he in green, like the two halves of Snow White's lethal apple - were sitting on a sofa in their mock drawing-room beside their mock log fire with matching mock concern for their guests. Tracy, Les Dawson's young widow, was there reminiscing about her husband. She had brought baby Charlotte who, swaddled in salmon-pink ruffles, looked like the tonsilled interior of a giant sob, but Tracy herself had conspicuously failed to cry. Nick, a tear jerk of the first water, wasn't going to let her get away that easily. He jerked some more: 'Tracy, let's have another look at pictures of Les and you at home and can you just tell us how it affected you hearing him talk about dying?' Tracy cried. 'Lovely to talk to you.' In the fake kitchen, an excitable woman was cooking 'crusty breasts'. The daily horoscope began scudding across the bottom of the screen. Mine warned me to 'keep your distance from those who can't face reality'. While watching daytime television - are they kidding?

Obituary: William Henderson

William Henderson, painter: born near Frome, Somerset 25 September 1903; died Tisbury, Wiltshire 21 September 1993.

Sink and swim

The Deligny floating swimming-pool on the Seine, which has been a Paris landmark for more than 200 years, sank into the river, AP reports from Paris. No one was hurt when the pool, constructed on a barge, broke from its supports and sank to the bottom of the river.

Life in the wheel world has hills and thrills for everyone: Keith Elliott at large

I'VE been a cyclist for only three days, and already I hate you bloody motorists. You pull out of junctions as if I wasn't there, cut me up, drive through puddles so I get soaked and fill my lungs with exhaust fumes. No wonder barely a quarter of the 15 million who own bicycles brave the open road even once a week. It's all the fault of lazy car drivers. A third of their journeys are less than one mile, while 75 per cent are under five miles. On your bike, motorists]

Science: Molecule of the Month: Too little, we gasp; too much, we burn: John Emsley looks at oxygen, the critical gas of life whether on top of Everest or under the sea

ON 29 May 1953 Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first men to climb Mount Everest - a feat they accomplished with the help of oxygen. Forty years later, Harry Taylor, a 33-year-old former SAS officer, climbed to the summit alone this month, the first Briton to do so without an oxygen cylinder from the Nepalese side. Two weeks ago, on 17 May, Rebecca Stephens, a 31-year-old journalist from London, became the first British woman to reach the top. She used oxygen, as did the first woman to scale the peak, Junko Takei from Japan, in 1975.

Obituary: Geoffroy de Montalembert

Geoffroy de Montalembert, politician, born Annapes 10 October 1898, died Neuilly 2 March 1993.

FILM / Throwing sand in your eyes

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (15). . . .Leos Carax (Fr)

FILM / Underneath the arches: Director Leos Carax recreated the centre of Paris in the middle of a field in the South of France for Les Amants du Pont Neuf. Sheila Johnston met him

Hunched over an uneaten croissant, answering questions as though they were an exquisite form of Chinese torture, Leos Carax cowers in a darkened room behind a pair of impenetrable shades. These might be a defence tactic, they might well be an affectation, they might be therapeutic (fresh in from Hollywood, he claims to have hurt his eyes in the Los Angeles sun). He chooses to be interviewed in (heavily accented) English, then keeps lurching unannounced into French. Infinite silences yawn between each half-uttered phrase. On tape afterwards, less than a third of what he says is audible, a wastage of which he would doubtless thoroughly approve.

Edinburgh Festival fringe: Glaswegian Cyrano that leads by a nose

THE Scottish group Communicado dives headlong into Cyrano de Bergerac with a bravado to match its hero. A small cast and minimal set offer a musket's retort to Gerard Depardieu's lavish film. It's as if director Gerry Mulgrew has taken the prologue from Henry V as his text and told us to piece out their imperfections with our thoughts. Edwin Morgan's vigorous new translation turns Edmond Rostand into Glaswegian Scots, and this tough, immediate humour grabs us from the opening scene in the Bourgogne theatre and heightens the subsequent pathos.

ARTS / With one eye on stardom: Show People: 40. Juliette Binoche

THERE used to be an air of sweet innocence about Juliette Binoche. When she appeared in Leos Carax's The Night is Young (1986) she was a sleep-walking waif, afraid of open spaces. She had attached herself to Michel Piccoli, an ageing hood, because he could afford her protection from the outside world; and she did not so much resist the love of the young safe-cracker, Denis Lavant, as sidestep it with a tremulous innocence.
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