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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.

Obituary: Vivienne Burgess

VIVIENNE BURGESS was a busy stage and screen actress whose career spanned more than 62 years.

Food & Drink: Bites: Al Fresco Dining

OUR WEATHER is as unpredictable as ever, but make the most of the late summer sunshine and eat outside this weekend.

Rugby Union: Clarke keen to take on the world again

Tim Glover finds Bath's big man revived and ready for recall

Letter: Runaway trains

Sir: Connex South Eastern claim that when their trains come in half (report, 17 August), there is no danger to passengers. I am not convinced of that.

Historical Notes: A long, long way from a cappuccino

BETWEEN 1858 and 1876 George Eliot wrote seven novels recreating the English countryside for an increasingly suburban constituency. Hot and dusty readers in Edgware, Clifton and Edgbaston plunged into Adam Bede and Silas Marner as if taking a deep walk into a cool, fresh forest they had heard about from their grandparents. People who rode the smutty train to work, or spent the day listless in a villa, immersed themselves each evening in Eliot's landscape of pleasant fields and farm cottages.

Rugby Union: Chaos strikesmerger plans

Tim Glover finds rugby's first super club is already in turmoil

Toffs behaving badly

It's a story of vanity, of wealth amassed for doing nothing, of a 13-year-old daughter given away to settle a debt - no wonder it's a bestseller and a TV series. Why do we so enjoy watching the aristocracy at play? By John Walsh

Letter: Willie-wise

LIKE Alan Watkins ("Why Paddy will be the winner on Thursday", 6 June), I can remember the moment Willie Whitelaw uttered his most famous Willieism: "They are going about the country stirring up complacency."

Rugby Union: London takeover may end in court

IT IS NOT over until the Fat Cats sing, but it is as good as read that English rugby will today have its first Super Club.

Bites: Messing about near the river

Away from the bustle of the city, London's leafy suburbs offer some fine eateries

Property: Stepping Stones: one woman's property story

ELIZABETH ROBERTS' story has a moral: "It is not worth moving house a lot to make a profit - it can be made equally well by staying put."

Rugby union: Merger deal interests Richmond

RICHMOND WILL be granted pounds 500,000 by English First Division Rugby if they agree to merge with London Scottish. Richmond have been under threat of a buy-out and closure by EFDR, which has now indicated it will provide a grant to enable the club to survive as a professional entity, albeit by being merged with another club.

Rugby Union: Ailing Richmond battle against the bean-counters

RICHMOND'S OCCUPATION of the moral high ground remained unchallenged yesterday as the financially embarrassed Premiership One club continued to resist the cynical machinations of their top-flight rivals to strip them of their professional status.

Rugby Union: Clarke leads fight to survive

Richmond 19 Northampton 31

Rugby Union: Richmond stay put

RICHMOND YESTERDAY confirmed that they will continue to play at Reading FC's Madejski Stadium next season.
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