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Roy Hodgson is confident that the midfielder Zoltan Gera will become West Brom's third new signing of the summer – and the manager is also stepping up his search for a goalkeeper.

Letter: First motorway

Sir: Metrocentricity strikes again (leading article, 2 November). The first stretch of motorway in Britain was the Preston bypass section of the M6, not the M1 between Watford and Rugby. Yes, we even have cars north of Watford.

Letter: No offence intended

Sir: Many thanks to Judge David Pearl for his guidance and desire for a well educated judiciary ("Anti-racist rules for judges", 13 September). It is not often that we hear someone of his standing recognising that "offence without intending to offend can be given as a result of a false name", whilst going on to mix up Mohammed (the Prophet) and Allah (Arabic for God). As for Muslims appearing "slow, unintelligent or difficult" because of fasting during Ramadhan, what is the Judicial Studies Board's excuse?

House of Fraser's growing appetite for purchases puts Allders into play

HOUSE OF FRASER, the chain whose stores include Army & Navy, Barkers and Howells of Cardiff, yesterday increased speculation that it is poised to launch a pounds 140m bid for rival Allders by confirming it is holding a review of its business that could lead to acquisitions.

Into the heat of the night

London's massive new Home club has entered a fickle market, writes Dan Gledhill

Letter: Hitler's victory

Sir: The letter from David Glew (20 August) adds very helpful points to those made in Richard Bazillion's lecture (Podium, 17 August) but it is still necessary to indicate why those around President von Hindenburg conceded power to Hitler in 1933.

Great Railway Fiascos No6: Cubs left stranded at midnight

A PACK of Cub Scouts returning from summer camp in the Lake District was stranded at midnight on a station platform after fellow travellers were chauffeured home in taxis.

The Weasel: A prize goosegog, or a big girl's blouse?

Don't be tempted to come to the North Country for a bit of peace in August. While London dozes in midsummer lassitude, North Yorkshire is transformed into a hectic maelstrom of country shows, produce fairs, lifeboat days and village fetes. Sadly, we missed last week's maggot- racing in the village of Rudston (apparently, you have to warm the wriggly blighters under your tongue to encourage acceleration); however, we managed to make it to the 199th Annual Show of the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society, which took place last Tuesday.

Classical: Oxford's organ donation

GALA ORGAN CONCERT SHELDONIAN THEATRE OXFORD SACRED SONGS, OXFORD FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL OXFORD

Football: Moyes makes Forest wait

DAVIE MOYES will stand by promotion-chasing Preston - and make Nottingham Forest wait on a decision about his managerial future.

Books: Seduction of a sulky sphinx

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`Burglary' left two jewellers dead in shop

POLICE are investigating a suspected bungled robberywhich left two jewellers dead at their shop in Lancashire.

Football: Taylor headline news

Gillingham 1 Taylor 90 Preston North End 1 Gregan 10 Half-time: 0-1 Attendance: 9,581

Football: Replay `sets dangerous precedent'

AS THE country's most senior referee said yesterday that the rescheduling of Saturday's FA Cup match between Arsenal and Sheffield United had set "a very dangerous precedent", it emerged that an incident very similar to Saturday's occurred a fortnight ago and an "ungentlemanly" goal on that occasion had been disallowed.

Film: The second time around

If you could re-make a classic romantic comedy, which would you choose and who would play the lead roles? Charlotte O'Sullivan invites six film critics to play fantasy film-making

Rugby Union: Preston revealed as flesh and blood

YOU BEGIN to suspect that it might not be your year when an apparently uninjurable player contrives to prang himself inside the first half hour of an eagerly anticipated Premiership debut. Jon Preston, the former All Black half-back who stands alongside the great Sean Fitzpatrick as the most resilient New Zealand Test player of the decade, will struggle to make Bath's important home match with Northampton on 12 December after damaging his Achilles tendon at the weekend.
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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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