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You might assume that the participants in the BBC4 documentary God's Cadets: Joining the Salvation Army would all be classic "lark" types, but there was a greater variety of personality than expected in this 90-minute film. It followed the pious, but not pompous "cadets" who had given up their lives to enter into two years of intensive officer training at the William Booth College in south London.

Passengers rail route warning due to lack of drivers

Passengers were warned not to travel on a busy rail route today because of a lack of available train drivers.

Philip Norman’s Week: The kindest carers cannot ease the melancholy

My 96-year-old mother is in a care home in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. As you read this, I'll probably be on my weekly train journey from London to visit her, as usual torn between dread and guilt. Why don't I make time to see her more often? How can I be walking around and enjoying myself while she's stuck away there?

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & texts (5 July 2009)

I am writing to express concern about the cover story in last Sunday's New Review ("The war zone"). It offers a stark portrayal of a local community that I simply do not recognise – despite the fact that I work here.

More disruption for train travellers

The snow caused massive disruption on the railways for a fourth successive day today as thousands of passengers suffered a fresh bout of travel chaos.

The Feral Beast: Future job prospects

Weepy scenes at 'Prospect' on Thursday, when deputy editor Jonathan Ford unexpectedly stepped down. A Bullingdon contemporary of Cameron and Boris, Ford has departed to work for Reuters. "It's very sad for us," says a spokesman, "Reuters made him an offer he couldn't refuse. We have no idea who is going to replace him – the job is advertised."

24-Hour Room Service: Diamant, Sydney, Australia

As boutique-hotel interiors go, the Diamant isn't just sober, it's committed to its own 12-step programme. There isn't a single statement-making piece of furniture to be seen, notwithstanding some flirtatious low-level lighting fixtures in the hallways and a particularly shiny lobby. The exterior is equally sober; it could easily be mistaken for a corporation HQ.

A wealth of sound: Kings Place Concert Hall

The first purpose-built concert hall in London for 26 years is &pound;100m well spent, decides Jay Merrick

Ask Martha: How should I select what to buy from a wedding list?

Got a social dilemma? Martha Arthur has the answer...

Stations strike called off

A planned 24-hour strike by hundreds of staff at 17 of the UK's biggest railway stations was called off today.

Howard Hodgkin: What's in a name?

It may be a dancer, or a UFO: without the title you'd never guess the subject of a Howard Hodgkin painting. And Tom Lubbock likes it better that way

Wishy-washy

Water House, Orsman Road, London N1

Travel-chaos bomb hoaxer jailed

A serial bomb hoaxer who brought chaos to train commuters as part of a hate campaign against police, was jailed for two years and nine months today.

Strictly NHS: Ministers plan to get unfit Britons dancing in the streets

National Health Service to fund dance classes to fight obesity epidemic as Ministers order national campaign to get Britain off the couch

Bruce Anderson: It's surprising more ministers don't crack

Alastair Campbell did more than anyone to create and incite 24/7 political journalism

South Africa: A Vintage Tour

They're called New World wines, yet the vineyards of South Africa's Cape were planted some 350 years ago. Cathy Pryor unearths their story in Stellenbosch and discovers what's new for today's visitor
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