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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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?