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

Letter: Mr Windsor

Sir: The greatest honour the Queen could bestow on her youngest son or indeed any of her sons would be the title "Mister". Anyone can get by as King, Prince, Duke or even Earl, but it takes real class to succeed as Mister. Shuffling through the pack of varied historic titles only serves to underline the worthlessness of them all.

Racing: Presumed shows firm promise

THEY SAY that no-one ever remembers who comes second, but punters would do well to commit Docksider's performance in the opening race yesterday to memory before they tackle the next three days.

Jenny Pitman sells off her `tack'

Auctioneers at Lambourn, Berkshire, yesterday where Jenny Pitman, Britain's most successful woman

Hockey: Slough's title treble

SLOUGH COMPLETED a unique treble at Milton Keynes yesterday when they beat Fyffes Leicester 4-3 in the EHA Cup final to add to their National Indoor and National League titles.

HOCKEY; Slough hungry for record treble

SLOUGH WILL start favourites to complete the first women's treble when they face Fyffes Leicester in tomorrow's Cup Final at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes. Already winners of the National Indoor and Outdoor League titles, they are keen to put their name in the record books, particularly following their disappointing performance in Europe at Easter.

Letter: Doctors and dying

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Letter: A modern language

Sir: I must add my voice to those of your correspondents who protest against mispronunciations. However, the instances they cite ("Febuwerry", "opthalmic" etc) are only the tip of the iceberg.

Words: Square, n. and adj.

DUKE ELLINGTON, who would have been 100 today, fitted over a century's work into 75 years. A passion for wordplay animates "Blutopia" and "Clusterphobia" - and check out his preamble to The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse.

Letter: Woodhead affair

Sir: The Government is missing the point in its backing for Chris Woodhead regarding his alleged affair with a student. Mrs Woodhead may not be able to prove Mr Woodhead's guilt but neither can he establish his innocence. Mud sticks. While he remains in office, any teacher criticised in an Ofsted report will be able to reply that they are at least not sleeping with their students.

Local Government Guide: Slough - ... and one that did not deliver

Come friendly bombs and fall

Hockey: Catchpole earns England call-up

LORRAINE CATCHPOLE, the 29-year-old defender and fork-lift truck driver from Ipswich, has been named by England coach Maggie Souyave in the squad for a Four Nations tournament in Dublin next month. New caps also go to 18-year-old Kate Walsh and 21-year-old goalkeeper Katie Roberts.

Letter: Classical gaffe

ONE OF the reasons I buy the Independent on Sunday is to get my weekly life-saving shot of sanity from Michael Bywater's column. Last week I was deprived of my drug. Michael for once deviated from addressing the human race, to addressing only those with the benefit of a classical education. What does all that Greek and Latin mean?

Stars recall Little Ern's big contribution

ERNIE WISE, the underrated straight man in Britain's most famous comedy double act, finally gained centre stage yesterday.

Goodbye Berkshire, hello Readingstoke

A CITY THAT doesn't yet exist is the focus of the latest battle in the war for the soul of rural England. Now it's a drawing in the developer's office; but soon it could be Readingstoke - a sprawling metropolis created by concreting over the countryside between Reading in Berkshire and Basingstoke in Hampshire.
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