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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.

Letter: Modernise the monarchy - it encourages us to stay in the past

SURELY DEMOS misses the point. This country has a hereditary monarchy, which means exactly that: you get whatever comes along. You cannot simply pick and choose or skip a generation because you don't care for the guy who's up next. Either we have a hereditary monarchy, or we don't. And if we don't, then anyone should be able to stand. The further problem with an election is the level of public grief and hysteria that the death of a royal can cause. Hardly a time conducive to rational thinking. The answer, of course, is to invite the Royal Family to retire to one or more of their several estates and elect a president for, say, 10 years instead.

Rugby Union: Clubs close in on a compromise deal

ENGLAND'S LEADING clubs and the Rugby Football Union are close to completing the first stage in the unravelling of rugby's Gordian knot. In an initiative led by Leicester and Richmond, the clubs have come up with a possible compromise over the Anglo-Welsh fixture list.

Rail sub-contractors are `cutting corners' on safety

RAIL PASSENGERS could be at risk from engineering sub- contractors "cutting corners" to finish projects on time, it was disclosed yesterday.

Rail sub-contractors are 'cutting corners' on safety

RAIL PASSENGERS could be at risk from engineering sub- contractors "cutting corners" to finish projects on time, it was disclosed yesterday. The fear was expressed after a survey of health and safety professionals in the rail industry.

Letter: Current account

Sir: Keith Bailey (letter, 11 August) asks why houses are not built with a 6-volt electrical supply as well as the normal 240-volt one. The reason is that it is impossible to transmit any significant amount of power over a distance of more than a few feet at 6 volts, unless cables of enormous size are used.

Obituary: Robin Richmond

THE HISTORY of the organ as a musical entertainment, as opposed to accompanying hymns in church, begins in the late 1920s. The honky-tonk piano which played a soundtrack of sorts to early silent movies was replaced by the great cinema orchestras who played specially composed theme music to the vast epics of D.W. Griffith and his Hollywood contemporaries.

People in fashion: Game, set and matches

Wimbledon doesn't seem the most likely place to shop for next season's clothes. But Tom and Ruth Chapman have turned a little designer shop on the High Street into a serious business venture - with the emphasis, of course, on service

Letter: PoWs' protest

Sir: The majority of Far East PoWs who survived brutal treatment at the hands of their Japanese (and Korean) guards have received disability pensions of up to 100 per cent since their return to Britain 53 years ago. Others will have received ex gratia payments amounting to thousands of pounds. This recognises that it is the duty of a country to look after its nationals who suffer as a consequence of war service; it is not that of the former enemy.

Don't feel like going in to the office today? Then get yourself a high-speed Internet connection and join the telecommuter revolution

More than 3 million Europeans are now officially classified as "telecommuters". This is a small number compared with America's 11 million telecommuters. However, according to the UK's top Internet service providers, since September the rise in the number of newly wired households for the first time has surpassed the number of new connections for offices. That means the UK workforce is gearing up to become the home-based, wired cybertribe of the future.

Rugby Union: Richmond respond to end of era

COMMENTARY: Richmond 51 Wasps 29

Rugby Union: Richmond take to the road

Richmond 51

Hockey: McGuire miss proves ruinous for Teddington

TEDDINGTON'S disappointing European Cup form continued here yesterday when they were beaten 3-2 by Pocztowiec from Poland and will today play Royal Oree from Belgium. Defeat will relegate Beeston, next season's European representatives, to the B Division.

Hockey: Frustration for Teddington

Hockey: Frustration for Teddington

Teddington's impressive start

TEDDINGTON opened impressively in beating Stroitel of Belarus 3-1 in the European Cup-Winners' Cup in 's Hertogenbosch yesterday but may well regret that they did not score more goals. Their coach, Jon Royce, commenting on their performance, said: "From green to tee first class, putting weak."

Theatre: Comedy's a funny old business

David Benedict was charmed by the return of 'Black Comedy' and 'The Real Inspector Hound' in a West End double-bill after a 30-year absence
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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain