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

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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.

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