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Rescuers searching for a missing kayaker after an upturned boat and oars were found floating in the Thames have recovered a body.

Media Diary: 27/06/2011

25 for Labour by-election candidacy

Labour said an "extremely large" number of people have put themselves forward to succeed the late David Cairns as the new MP for Inverclyde.

Luke Narraway to captain England XV against Barbarians

Gloucester number eight Luke Narraway will captain the England XV in Sunday's non-cap game against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Peers defeat Bill to elect police chiefs

The Coalition Government suffered a defeat on a flagship policy last night when the House of Lords rejected plans for elected police commissioners by 188 votes to 176.

Letter from the editor: "I do"

I am going to ask you to do a little time travelling as you begin this column.

Lawson out to end 28 years of hurt

This is a landmark weekend for Rory Lawson. The impressive individual who lines up at scrum-half this afternoon in a Scotland side seeking the country's first win at Twickenham since 1983 turned 30 yesterday.

Paterson desperate to end Scots' century of hurt at Twickenham

History and form are firmly against the visitors on Sunday but the full-back is still hopeful

Journey's End, Richmond Theatre, London

On 21 March 1918 around 38,000 British soldiers died in the biggest artillery barrage the Great War had seen. It is the nervous dread suffered (and concealed) by a unit of officers as the seconds ticked toward that onslaught, known beforehand to be "murder", which gives R C Sherriff's sublime play its fascinating heartbeat.

Cable attacks Telegraph sting amid more recordings

Vince Cable has criticised The Daily Telegraph for the sting by undercover reporters posing as constituents which resulted in him being stripped of responsibility for media regulation.

Police deploy reserves to handle protest

Police deployed extra reserves today in a bid to prevent a repeat of ugly scenes that marred the student march two weeks ago.

Bingham, 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey,

Can Richmond's former winner of the 'Best Wedding Venue' win over our hopelessly unromantic reviewer?

Making it and faking it: Copies, homages, pastiches

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Which is why a new exhibition in London has decided to exhibit a selection of copies, homages and pastiches of art ‘masterpieces’, in a bid to explore the motivation.

Ardal O'Hanlon, Richmond Theatre, London

"To wake the soul by the tender strokes of art" runs the quote from Alexander Pope on the proscenium arch of the Richmond Theatre. Ardal O'Hanlon has a reasonable go and finds that most souls are awake for his second half, if not all for his first.

Members Only: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, By Paul Willetts

It must seen difficult for a younger generation, steeped nowadays in sex, to realise that in the 1950s nudism was illegal on stage. Or rather, you were allowed a nude but only if it didn't move an inch. The results were bizarre tableaux which the compere would introduce with words like: "First, ladies and gentlemen, the lovely Natalya and the charming little Renée offer you 'The Toilet of Nudes' by Diego Velasquez from the National Gallery here in London."

What do you fancy? Pizza Express staff to be taught how to flirt with customers

They already work long hours frantically dashing between tables and a sweltering kitchen while desperately trying to ply customers with a pudding or that extra glass of wine – but now Pizza Express employees will have to find time to flirt too.

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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