Fans of Downton Abbey will be able to get a look behind the scenes at Highclere Castle in Berkshire where the ITV drama is made.
The group has previously been criticised for its dealings with the taxman after its £1.2 billion settlement of a decade-long tax dispute
Firefighters are warning Hampshire motorists about the dangers of driving through flood water following the death of a man this morning.
Reading to Newbury/Bedwyn
- Replacement buses operating between Reading/Reading West and Theale from 27 December to 30 December
- On Friday, Saturday and Monday customers wishing to continue their journey to stations to Newbury/Bedwyn will be served by one train every hour from Theale
- 29th December, there will be an hourly replacement bus from Reading/Reading West to Theale. From Theale, there will be an hourly service to Newbury (calling at all stations) with alternate trains extended to Bedwyn (calling at Thatcham, Newbury then all stations to Bedwyn).
- 31st December and 1 January 2014, there will be two trains an hour between Reading and Newbury. Trains continue hourly from Newbury to Bedwyn
Over the Christmas period Network Rail will carry out platform upgrade works at Reading Station, which will impact train services to Newbury and Pewsey.
Train services to Devon and Cornwall will be diverted via Bristol Temple Meads or Melksham. Journey times will take 40 minutes longer.
An accident involving two lorries and a car has closed the A34 in Newbury, between the A343 and the A4 Bath Road. There's congestion to the B4640 (Tot Hill Services) and to the A339. One of the lorries caught fire. The road is likely to be closed until 9am.
Is a major shopping development to blame for homes cracking up and a park sinking in Newbury? That's what some residents think - and now they want the company behind it to pay out thousands of pounds in compensation.
The Parkway shopping centre on London Road was built by the company - Costain - 3 years ago. They say the problems are not their fault and blame it on a dry summer back in 2010.
But as Heather Edwards reports the local town council also thinks the company has questions to answer.
Managing Director Racecourse and Events, Stephen Higgins said, “We are very proud of our relationship with Arabian racing and are honoured to be playing a key role in next year’s World Arabian Horseracing Conference.
“The value of the Arabian races we will stage is significant by comparison with other major Arabian races in the UK and to be associated with a world first in the running of the proposed H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies CEIO 120km two star Endurance Ride. is a unique honour.”
Speaking in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, John Robertson a member of the Board of Directors of Endurance GB said, “We hope to be able to stage a race under FEI rules for international teams of five lady riders aged 14 and up with seven horses in which the top three will score.
“The race would be over 120k in four loops of varying distances, the longest being about 38k and the shortest would be about 20k and that will give is three vet gates and a finish. “This race represents a first for FEI, a first for Endurance GB and a first for the sport world-wide.”
The event which was launched in Abu Dhabi in 2010 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and has since visited Holland (The Hague), Germany (Berlin) and France (Toulouse).
The World Arabian Horse Racing Conference next year will run over five days at the end of May. It will comprise three days of seminars in London followed by racing at Newbury on Saturday, 31 May and a proposed endurance ride from the racecourse on Sunday, 1 June.
On the final day of the event in 2014 plans are being made for the first ever running of the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies CEIO Two star 120k endurance race starting and finishing at The Racecourse and taking in the surrounding countryside.
The Racecourse Newbury is home to Arabian racing in the UK and in addition to providing the venue for the flagship Dubai International Arabian Race Day, also stages more single races on thoroughbred cards than any other course in Britain.
The A339 Western Avenue Southbound is blocked because of a car fire between A4 (Robin Hood Roundabout) and B3421 Kings Road/ Bear Lane (Kings Road Roundabout). There is queueing traffic.
Older drivers in Berkshire will have the chance to update their skills at a refresher day today in Newbury. There will be information on how to take an additional course with a driving instructor, and advice for anyone concerned that their health may be affecting their ability to drive.
Shares in the mobile phone giant, who have their HQ in Newbury, Berkshire, jumped 9% after it said it was in discussions with US partner, Verizon Communications, over a sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, which is America's largest mobile phone operator.
It is thought that Verizon wants to pay around 100 billion US dollars (£64.4 billion) for the stake, although reports have said that Vodafone is pressing for as much as 130 billion US dollars (£83.8 billion).
The Newbury-based company is likely to use the proceeds from any sale on major acquisitions or a return of cash to shareholders.
Vodafone notes the recent press speculation and confirms that it is in discussions with Verizon Communications regarding the possible disposal of Vodafone's US group whose principal asset is its 45% interest in Verizon Wireless. There is no certainty that an agreement will be reached.
Suddeutsche reported that internal papers from GCHQ from 2009 showed the companies - some of which were given codenames - including Verizon Business (known as Dacron), BT (Remedy), and Vodafone Cable (Gerontic), as well as Global Crossing, Level 3, Viatel, and Interoute.
In the wake of the claims concerning telecoms companies, both BT and Vodafone said today that questions relating to national security were for governments, not telecommunications providers, and that they did disclose any customer data unless required to by law.
A Vodafone spokesman said: "Media reports on these matters have demonstrated a misunderstanding of the basic facts of European, German and UK legislation and of the legal obligations set out within every telecommunications operator's licence, in Germany and beyond.