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

Ice Hockey: Eagles face stern test at Bracknell

AYR SCOTTISH Eagles face their toughest test yet in the defence of the Benson and Hedges Cup after being drawn against Bracknell Bees in the quarter-finals.

Private Lives: `We must redefine Jewishness'

The number of Jews in Britain is declining, and those committed to the religion's traditions are falling. Is it time, then, for an unorthodox approach?

Clubhaus grows

PROFITS AT Clubhaus rose 139 per cent to pounds 3.4m (pounds 1.4m) as a 36 per cent rise in membership and the launch of its own range of goods helped to offset poor weather in the half to 30 June.

BARGAIN HUNTER: PROPERTY OF THE WEEK- A pounds 200,000 COTTAGE FOR poun ds 150,000

BARNES COTTAGE, in Hampstead Norris, 15 miles from Reading in Berkshire, is the kind of property Londoners dream about. But in Berkshire a two-bedroom cottage can easily sell for pounds 200,000. Barnes Cottage, however, is on the market for pounds 150,000.

Racing: Balding loses appeal

TOBY BALDING has lost his appeal over Koraloona's failure to be awarded the amateurs' race at Windsor last Monday, but his protestations resulted in an increased penalty for the winning rider that day, Victor Lukaniuk.

Letter: Macdonald blow

Sir: The fact that not one of the 300,000 members of the Labour Party were considered good enough to become Scottish Industry Minister is a significant indictment of the quality of the membership.

Letters: Bad models for women

REGARDING the front page of Real Life, 14 June, I am tired and genuinely angry at being faced with yet another set of images of a supposedly attractive woman (above) who actually looks shapeless, pubescent, unhealthy, on heroin and, for good measure, a victim. The effect of presenting images of women in this way encourages one to feel that this is normal, acceptable, to be celebrated and, if at all possible, to be achieved by oneself.

Tornado hits Berkshire estate

A CLEAN-UP operation was under way yesterday after a freak tornado ripped through a housing estate in Berkshire.

`Meet your victim' shock for offenders

Shulie Bannister sits in on a successful attempt at reconciliation

Letter: We don't want to inhale

Sir: You state (leading article, 27 May) that the solution to the public smoking issue must remain voluntary. But who will be the volunteers? Those of us who detest the smell of smoke? How can we volunteer not to inhale?

Letter: Albanian wisdom

Sir: To claim Albanian proverbs are meaningless and impractical (Miles Kington, 19 May) is an insult. I offer a favourite saying of my grandmother, who was Albanian, as proof.

PC `stalked by inspector after making complaint'

A DOZEN police officers who answered a woman colleague's call for help were amazed to find that her "attacker" was an inspector, a tribunal was told yesterday. Constable Barbara-Anne Harwood said she radioed for assistance because she was afraid of Inspector Colin Meads and feared for her safety.

PC `stalked by inspector'

A DOZEN police officers who answered a woman colleague's call for help were amazed to find that her "attacker" was an inspector, a tribunal was told yesterday. Constable Barbara-Anne Harwood said she radioed for assistance because she was afraid of Inspector Colin Meads and feared for her safety.

Letter: Real nappies

Sir: The nappy debate (Letters, 2, 6, 9, 15 May) has failed to mention a "third way": a nappy laundering service.

Freed paedophile is 'living in fear'

PAEDOPHILE child-killer Sidney Cooke is living in fear as a result of public anger at his release from prison, the police officer who heads the team guarding him said yesterday.
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