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To be or not to be a parent? I wonder if Hamlet's famous speech (in the 1603 version) was not written for the Parents without Children: To be, or not to be, aye there's the point, To Die, to sleep, is that all? Aye all: No, to sleep, to dream, aye marry...

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70 years ago, on 25 August 1944, Paris was celebrating its liberation from the German occupants, but in Marseille the Germans were still occupying Notre Dame de la Garde, also known locally as La Bonne Mère. The highest point of town was considered a...

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The "Aha!" moment came when I was walking around the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris last Sunday. It suddenly made sense. Connections were made in my head, names read in haste, a family story told in a book, a walk in a foreign city....... Let me start...

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There was a time when the tallest building in London was One Canada Square on the Isle of Dogs. On the day that the Twin Towers in Manhattan were blown up, I was working in the City of London, and the first building that was evacuated in London was this...

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Whilst the French flock to the coastal beaches and queue on the motorways for hours, nobody can ignore the persecution of people around the world. The Yazidis have sought refuge on a mountain in Iraq, Palestinian children have lost their lives in UN schools...

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Paul Gauguin, loved for his warm and colourful Taiti paintings, actually had a lot less exotic connection - his Danish wife Mette Sophie Gad. They met in 1871 in Paris and married in a Lutheran church in Paris two years later when she was 23 and he was...

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Who does not love the black and white photos by Robert Doisneau, André Kerctesz and Willy Ronis? Most of us have postcards or posteers with the famous photos, be it the Kiss at the Hôtel de Ville or the little boy running with a breadstick. I have seen...

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In the summer olympics of 1968 France won only one medal in swimming. This poor result caused the French government to launch a project called "1,000 pools" to give young people access to pools and thus to learn to swim. It seems that already back then...

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