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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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links