Leading article: Clowning around

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Leading article: Clowning around

THE MORE we learn about what is going to be in the Millennium Dome, the less plausible the whole project seems. Ladies and gentlemen: Peter Mandelson's latest, modern, millennial concept is (pause for drum roll) a circus. Acrobats and trapeze artists in the biggest of big tops. "The space is bigger than most people have ever been in ... To fill it requires a spectacle that uses the language of the Notting Hill carnival and the stagecraft of rock concerts," says the producer. That is the big idea for the 21st century, then. A circus. Only bigger. It is with a terrible sense of foreboding that we predict the Dome will be a tremendous success.

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