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It is easy to cycle north out of Niort on country lanes where the sound of a car is an infrequent event. After an hour or so I am back in bocage count(...)

Vélo city: summer fun on the Ile de Nantes, where Colm Keena’s mini-tour de France begins. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

This is no Tour de France or anything like it. I’ve hired a bike for 10 days and I’m heading from Nantes in the Pays de la Loire to the postcard-prett(...)

A Frenchman is attempting to become the first person to kitesurf non-stop from France to Ireland. Armed with a kite, a board and a backpack, Bruno Sro(...)

Fans waving a Union flag and the Scottish national flag cheer Andy Murray during this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

For some, Wimbledon’s All-England Club is the quintessential, if hackneyed, expression of Englishness: strawberries and cream, sunny days (when they c(...)

Using a remotely operated vehicle, the 14 scientists on the Celtic Explorer came across a giant hydroid that was more than half a metre in diameter.

A rare giant hydroid, a deepwater rough shark and 200-year-old clams and oysters are among specimens collected by a research team during a deep-sea bi(...)

‘I have yet to see people who worked so hard for so little gain. It meant incessant toil with the spade” was how the painter Paul Henry describ(...)

Portrait of William Butler Yeats by his father, John

During the boom, Sotheby’s in London held dedicated sales of Irish art. Those were the days. Now the category has been merged and paintings by (...)

Picture this: you are out shopping in the company of your smartphone or android, and you spot some tempting tuna, or cod or hake. The price loo(...)

The snow-covered Place du Tertre, a square at the Butte Montmartre area in Paris yesterday as snow and freezing temperatures returned to northern France. Photograph: Reuters

Snow was expected to continue over France north of the Loire until the early hours of this morning, after the north and west of the country wer(...)

Detail from Still Life with Garlic (1947). Photographs: The Estate of William Scott

I f ever an artist’s reputation was in urgent need of rescuing, it is William Scott’s, writes Sarah Whitfield in her recent study of the painte(...)

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