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Colditz; the Great Escape; Bridge on the River Kwai and, recently, the Railway Man. Parodies of them by everyone from Beyond the Fringe to Russ Abbott. All second world war. Memoir after memoir. And yet with the single, powerful exception of the French classic La Grande Illusion, the prisoners of the Great War have gone largely unchronicled.

10,000 people living on boats in London

The city needs better facilities to cope with demand for trend towards waterway living, says new report

Severn Trent hikes dividend despite profit drop as the company vows to keep water bills down

Severn Trent saw underlying pre-tax profits drop 5.8 per cent to £141.3 million for the six months to October

Water work: Utility firms are furious that Ofwat’s chief is to advise an investment fund

Ofwat chair wades into new controversy

Water regulator is accused of conflict of interest over appointment to advise US fund looking to invest in utilities

World Toilet Day: Time to kick up a stink about sanitation

Good sanitation is a human right that many people in the world don't have access to. It would save millions of lives.

Typhoon Haiyan: RAF plane packed with aid relief departs for devastated Philippines

A transport plane filled with heavy duty vehicles and medical supplies has left an RAF base as part of Britain's response to the disaster

A boy carries relief goods, walking past the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan: As aid agencies mount mission to help victims of monster storm, how can you help in the relief effort?

Agencies across the world are taking donations to support the estimated two million people impacted

Shedding light on how to slash those rising energy bills

Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight show how you can cut the ever-spiralling cost of gas and electricity

A worker at the facility with a handful of fertiliser pellets that it produces

Come, friendly bombs, don’t fall on Slough. It’s doing good for humans now: Berkshire town to launch £2m nutrient-recovery reactor

Once mocked by Sir John Betjeman and Ricky Gervais, the town is now home to a unique machine that is turning sewage into high-grade phosphorous fertiliser - and could hold the key to securing future global food supplies

Conservative MPs have urged George Osborne to impose a windfall tax on the water companies

George Osborne should impose windfall tax on 'profiteering' water companies, urge Tory MPs

Conservative MPs have urged George Osborne to impose a windfall tax on the water companies amid growing claims that they are profiteering at their customers’ expense.

Chaffinch Brook on Wimborne Way

10 years on, Thames Water ordered to pay sewage victims

'I have to call Thames Water at least three or four times a year. The smell catches my throat'

James Moore: Tax-avoiding firms sell developing world short

Outlook That's not to excuse businesses from paying the low levels of corporation tax levied in the UK. The problem is too many treat it as an optional charge payable only by those who don't have accountants smart enough to avoid it.

In Hangzhou, just south of Shanghai, the typhoon brought huge tidal waves on the Qiantang river

Typhoon Usagi hits China: Death toll rises to 33

Storm changes course, avoiding  Hong Kong but wreaking havoc in China’s Guangdong province

The News Matrix: Saturday 21 September 2013

Police seek clues to Esme's movements

Female members of the 'Mother Aisha' battalion – an all female unit of the Syrian rebels – sit together in Aleppo’s Salaheddine district

The humanitarian headache of bringing home Syria’s bodies

The head of the country’s Red Crescent tells Robert Fisk about the horrors he has seen

Ofwat threat to pull plug on Thames Water bills rise

The water regulator Ofwat today criticised Thames Water’s unprecedented demand to hike Londoners’ bills by almost £30 next year.

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