News Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill recreated wakeboarding, similar to that pictured, in a carpark in Guildford

Jack Hammersley and Jorge Gill were criticised for using a pulley system to wakeboard in an underground carpark

`I grew up without a dad. So will my sons'

Father's Day is, for many, a time to bond. For PETER THOMPSON it opens wounds he has spent years trying to heal

People and Business: Peter and Pete chill out

A PETER and a Pete were trying to look excited and enthusiastic yesterday in the shivering conditions of a refrigerated wind tunnel as the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (Dera) continues to develop its user-friendly public face.

Football: Welling seek escape route

NON-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Non-league: Robins poised to progress upwards

NUNEATON BOROUGH have already won promotion to next season's Nationwide Conference by easily winning the Dr Martens League title. Altrincham and Sutton United look like joining the Midlands side in non-League football's elite division next term.

Teletubbies in century's hall of fame

THE UPLIFTING, the unlikely and the unusual were yesterday highlighted as the greatest innovations of our age when the latest list of Millennium products was announced.

Football: Rovers look poised for Wembley return

NON-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Football: Robins aim for the top

NON-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Obituary: Joan Curran

IN THE summer parliamentary recess shortly after I was elected as MP for West Lothian in 1962, I was invited to lunch by Sam Curran, then the Principal of the Royal College of Science and Technology in Glasgow, as a new Scottish MP interested in science. On the right-hand side of our hostess, opposite me, was placed R.V. Jones, the Assistant Director of Intelligence - and from 1946 to 1952 Director of Intelligence - at the Air Ministry. Our seemingly reticent hostess listened politely to Jones's conversation, spattered as it was with technical illusions. She said little and nodded sagely. After lunch Jones said to me, "I saw you wondering. No mere dutiful wife she! In my opinion, Joan Curran made an even greater contribution to victory, in 1945, than Sam."

Obituary: Lesley Maber

THE REMOTE village of Chambon-sur-Lignon at the northern end of the Cevennes has become the symbol of everything that was finest in occupied France.

Football: The Sweeper: Leeds lads choose the Devils' shirts

NOT SINCE Eric Cantona took himself off to Old Trafford have Leeds United fans been forced to suffer such humiliation at the hands of their great rivals as those devotees who populate the first XI of HMS Montrose. To their "horror and disbelief", their recent appeal to numerous Premiership clubs for a cast-off team kit met with just one response and you can guess who that was from.

Restaurants: Where shall we meet in Blackheath

Blackheath is turning into a right little haven of foodiness these days. The delicatessens in the area having always thrived on the fact that there weren't many eating- out options if you didn't like Tex-Mex, local residents scarcely have to set foot indoors for their amusement these days. Latest arrival is Chapter Two, which has been predicting its opening for almost a year. It finally did so, after numerous building problems, a couple of months ago.

Obituary: Susan Bicknell

SUSAN BICKNELL was a great champion of the viola. She performed the entire repertoire for the instrument, taught viola with great dedication at the Royal Junior College of Music and the Welsh College of Music and Drama and had started to record the works of Brahms and Schumann. Her need to get as close as possible to the heart of music also led her to embrace the period instrument movement and she performed frequently with London Baroque and the English Concert.

A ring cycle of raw bravery

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A hard nut to crack

Can eating peanuts during pregnancy lead to a fatal allergic reaction in your child? The Chief Medical Officer seems to think so, but the evidence is inconclusive.

People and Business: Help, I need an insurer

HELPHIRE, a company that provides practical and financial help to people involved in road accidents, is raising nearly pounds 9m for an acquisition, just six years after being formed - on a squash court.
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