Rugby Union: Henley profit from a semi-detached view

David Llewellyn finds successful clubs need not embrace full professionalism

Letter: Till the pips squeak

Sir: The idea of allowing employees to choose their own dates for their public holidays (letter, 2 January) does not mean that they will be able to take them when they want them. More and more employees are finding it increasingly difficult to take their normal leave when they would most like to do so, and are also liable to be penalised if they wish to "carry over" any unused days.

Fast Track: CV Peter Wragg - An all-action model career in television

Peter Wragg, 51, is manager of the BBC's visual effects department. His big break came when his bosses discovered that he was a dab hand at flying the Thunderbird model rockets.

Hockey: Jennings' loss leaves Guildford foundering

THE ABSENCE of the player-coach, Ian Jennings, on Army duties in Cyprus, may have cost Guildford their hopes of reaching the National Premier play-offs. Apparently rudderless, they conceded 15 goals over two games.

Hockey: Light Blues lifted by darker side

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY took over the leadership of the Premier Holidays East Premier League, thanks to goals from the ex-Oxford pair Adam Laird, with two, and Roger Wilcox in their 5-2 win against Bishop's Stortford. The Belgian Thierry Gruslin and Ian McClive completing the scoring.

Letter: Passive smoke ruse

Letter: Passive smoke ruse

Hockey: Cooper lifts Richmond

WILL COOPER scored a fine hat-trick for his team Richmond, the former National League side, as they climbed to the top of the South Premier League with a 4-1 win over Wokingham. Wai-Lun Choi scored Richmond's fourth.

Classical: For sale: the corporate concerto

Composers are turning to big business to fund new projects. But is the customer always right?

Littlewoods seeks to cut 100 top managers

LITTLEWOODS, the retail and football pools empire, will today announce plans to cut 20 per cent of its head office management jobs in an attempt to streamline decision-making and revitalise the group's corporate culture.

Letter: Dogma and truth

Sir: Ronald Pearse apparently believes that the gospels are not historical accounts of the life of Jesus, but creative writing. I suggest that the inevitable result of such a belief is the reduction in church congregations which Mr Pearse goes on to note.

Hypnotist cleared over schizophrenia

PAUL MCKENNA, the hypnotist, did not transform a man into an "aggressive schizophrenic" on one of the television star's live stage shows, a court said yesterday.

Teenager dies in 150ft crane fall

A SCHOOLBOY international gymnast fell 150ft to his death yesterday after doing acrobatics at the top of a massive crane.

Eight hurt as families feud

EIGHT people were seriously injured in violence which broke out as a result of what appeared to be a family feud in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire yesterday.

Revelations: `I found Discworld in High Wycombe'

The time: 1967
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee