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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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What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

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Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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