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The battle of Loos

Learn about one of World War I's most important battles.
John Ruler is a Life Member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. He lives in Kent and is a specialist in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, writing about his cross-Channel neighbour for magazines and newspapers. He also writes about local history, both sides of the Channel.

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Find Herbert: a long-lost relative

John Ruler looks at how his love of Nord-Pas de Calais helped him discover a long-lost relative who perished in World War I.

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The Battle of Arras

John Ruler discusses the Battle of Arras, one of the defining moments of World War I.

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The cemeteries of Boulogne

One of the top three cross-Channel ports that received supplies and troops in World War I, Boulogne-sur-Mer still bears the scars today.

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Forgotten battles

John Ruler discusses some of the lesser-known battles of the Great War. 

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Louvre-Lens

John Ruler looks at the Louvre’s out-of-town gallery of glittering glass in the heart of King Coal country.

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No use whining – beer’s the winner!

Find out why in this region it is beer, not wine, that has traditionally accompanied cheese for almost a century.

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The battle of Loos

Learn about one of World War I’s most important battles.

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Calais to Boulogne on foot: 40km

From Calais to Boulogne, take in the sights of Nord-Pas de Calais on this scenic walk along the beaches and cliff tops.

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Blockbuster film brings Ch’ti to millions

The blockbuster Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis paints a new image of Nord-Pas de Calais and has seen an increase in visitors to the town of Bergues.

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