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Review: Les Intouchables

French cinema is having something of a renaissance, with films sweeping across the channel attracting a global audience. Les Intouchables raises the bar even higher, breaking box-office records set by previous smashes such as ‘Amelie’ and ‘The...

The little joys of Lisbon in three seasons

I could spend ages talking about the things to do in Lisbon – admiring the almost optically-impossible Sé cathedral, touring the castle, taking a literature tour… but we would be here all day, and it’s hardly groundbreaking stuff. It’s funny,...

An Amelie Tour of Paris

Thirteen years ago, an off-beat French film captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world and propelled Audrey Tatou to stardom. Le Fableux Destin d’Amelie Poulain remains an iconic Parisian film, with such a sweet story at its heart that you...

Review: Le Fableux Destin d’Amelie Poulain

Bursting onto our screens in a shimmer of light and joy way back in 2001, Le Fableux Destin d’Amelie Poulain had immediate – and lasting – success, winning a slew of awards and legions of fans. Whether you’re discovering this delightful film...

#NoFilter Photos in Madrid

Oh, the lure of the Instagram filter. In a single swipe, you can give a hastily-composed, badly-lit image a dreamy vintage feel, or make the colours of a rather insipid sunset pop out of the screen. It’s fair to say that easy filters and one-touch photo editing...

A List of Don’ts for Women on Bikes

“Don’t appear to be up on ‘records’ and ‘record-smashing’. That is sporty,” warns The New York World Newspaper, in an article aimed at women cyclists of the 19th century. Try telling that to Marianne Vos, an elite cyclist who...

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