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Berkshire hathaway has waded into the takeover battle for Transatlantic Holdings, tabling a $3.2bn bid for the reinsurer.

Cavalier colonel goes out with a bang

Ronnie Kray, the gangland killer, asked that he be laid next to his mother, Violet, at the family plot in Chingford in Essex. Charles Irving, the former MP for Cheltenham, asked that his ashes be scattered over his constituency from a plane.

Letter: Britain in Europe

Sir: I trust that Mr Hague, when he considers the "grandees" letter on EMU will remember that the last election result was not a vote for EMU and its ramifications.

Sport: Q&A - Arkle the greatest by a distance

Q. The two greatest horses in National Hunt racing over the last 50 years are Arkle and Red Rum. What is the origin of the names of these two greats?

Letter: Savings plan

Sir: The pounds 50,000 limit for investment in Individual Savings Accounts ("Brown's new savings plan hits middle class", 3 December) will not suit your younger readers.

Letter: Public lives

Sir: David Aaronovitch ("The right not to be known", 26th November) takes his argument for personal privacy too far.

Hockey: Ipswich in Slough showdown

The defending champions, Slough, travel to Tuddenham Road tomorrow to face second-placed Ipswich who, after their surprise cup defeat by Sutton Coldfield last weekend, now have only the League title to aim for, in a game which could tie up this year's title. Defeat for Ipswich, already three points behind maximum points Slough, would probably end any realistic hopes of taking the title.

Letter: Corporate killers

Sir: The introduction of a new offence of "corporate killing" in response to industrial disasters would remove part of the responsibility of the individual for acting safely and with excellence. Each individual would be protected by their corporate umbrella.

Hague's 100 Days: Tory leader finds little comfort at the end of the road

William Hague celebrated his 100th day as Tory leader yesterday with his future in the balance. Votes are being counted this morning in a poll to determine whether his programme of reform is endorsed by party members. Ian Burrell joined him on the last stage of his 18-day, 5,000-mile tour of Britain. "I have to say I didn't think I was going to be as impressed as I was," thrilled Diane Dick, the organising secretary of Henley Conservatives, moments after her first encounter with the Tory leader, William Hague. "I was expecting to be disillusioned."

Greenham women celebrate the final victory with garden shears and muscle power

Dozens of people joined forces yesterday to pull down the 50-year- old fence surrounding Greenham Common, marking a final victory for peace campaigners.

Greenham Common fence to fall

The fence that has surrounded Greenham Common for 50 years will be pulled down on Sunday marking a final victory for peace campaigners. The wire fence at the former American airbase in Berkshire will be dismantled and the 800-acre site returned to common land.

Jeffrey Bernard's racing certainty

He began his journalistic career as racing correspondent, and named the sport as a great love - after drink and sex. Now Jeffrey Bernard (left) the bon viveur and Soho habitue who died last Friday, is to be laid to rest among the horses.

Magistrate fined over pollution

A magistrate was fined pounds 9,000 when he appeared in court charged with polluting the environment. David Distin, chief magistrate of the East Berkshire Magistrates' Court Circuit, was also ordered to pay pounds 300 costs by magistrates at Basingstoke in Hampshire.

Bees given a scare

In every Benson and Hedges Cup, the early rounds offer a few upsets where teams from the Premier Division manager to surprise the top Super League outfits.

Roses named for Dunblane dead

The teacher and 16 children who died in the Dunblane massacre were yesterday remembered in a poignant ceremony to name two rose bushes in their memory.

Letter: How green was that valley?

I was puzzled by Martha Gellhorn's BBC report on her return to Newbridge 13 years after the miners' strike - it was lyrical but economical with the facts. Tim Minogue's tribute (27 July) supplies an explanation; apparently she has never had time for "all that objectivity shit".
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