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The steel erector Severfield Rowen, which is working on the City's Cheesegrater skyscraper, counted the cost of the "most challenging year in its history" yesterday as it crashed to a £21.5m loss.

Commuters forced to stand for overcrowding beyond the limit

BRITAIN'S COMMUTER rail network is close to breaking point, the Government's rail watchdog warned yesterday, as he published figures showing that passengers are suffering severe overcrowding.

Music Lyric Sheets: Room 902 Amsterdam Hilton March 1969

Thirty years ago, in the name of World Peace, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took to their beds in a luxury suite on the ninth floor of the Amsterdam Hilton. This media event-cum-art statement lasted for a week and made world headlines.

Media: Analysis: The cruellest month

DECEMBER IS not a good month for newspaper sales. Christmas holidays and disrupted commuting patterns hit newspaper sales every year. Even the bombing of Iraq, the impeachment of a president and the loss of two Cabinet Ministers could not generate enough interest to save the nationals from a general fall.

Calvi's body dug up for tests

AS HIS son and a judge looked on, the body of Roberto Calvi was exhumed in Italy yesterday to determine whether his 1982 death was murder or suicide.

Exhumed again: the macabre suicide riddle of God's Banker to be dug up again

EVEN IN death there is, for some, no rest. Sixteen years have passed since that damp June morning when Leonid Brezhnev still ruled the Soviet Union, Britain had just won the Falklands conflict and the body of Roberto Calvi was found hanging from the scaffolding beneath a bridge across the river Thames. Today, that same corpse - or at least the bones and husk, which are most likely all that remain - will be exhumed, yet again, from the cemetery at Drezzo in northern Italy where he was buried in November 1982. Yet another autopsy - the fourth in all - will be conducted. Those whose legacies are great unsolved criminal mysteries must forego the dignity of peace in death.

Football: Hearts beat for a nation

Financial sense allows the Edinburgh club to challenge the big two.

Architecture: What will Jeffrey Archer say?

Is this the new GLA building? It looks as though the future Mayor of London will be among the Bloomsbury set.

spectacle thames festival

The highlight of last year's Thames Festival was the spectacular high-wire walk across the dark waters of London. This year's event is more of a collective effort. It opens at dusk on Sunday with a magical riverbank procession in which a cast of thousands will be parading along the riverbank - giant illuminated sculptures (above), bright-shining carnival costumes and thousands of flaming torches and hand-held lanterns will bathe the city in a firey glow. The public are encouraged to bring their own torches and add their own light to the burning throng as it heads south across the river at Blackfriars Bridge. On the water itself, a flotilla of illuminated rivercraft and a choreographed speed-boat display will be augmented by an extravagant display of pyrotechnics while a floating stage booms live music into the night air. Finally, in case you get peckish en route, a colourful night market will sell snacks with a fishy theme, including barbecued trout.

Children; THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

Colourscape, Clapham Common, off Rookery Rd, SW4 (0181-763 9298) to 20 Sept. At weekends 1pm-6pm, entry pounds 5 adults, pounds 2.50 children. During the week 12-1pm and 3-4pm, entry pounds 4 and pounds 2.

Architecture: The new pavement artists

Collaborations between architects and aesthetes are becoming more common. But there still has to be an element of chemistry.

Books: No progress for this rake

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Travel: Take London in your stride

Follow in the leisurely footsteps of Andy Bull and see the City from a different angle, on The Silver Jubilee Walkway trail

`People were dying and I could do nothing'

The Independent Archive; 21 August 1989 At least 26 people were killed yesterday when a pleasure boat, the `Marchioness', was struck from behind by a dredger and sank in the Thames. Eye- witnesses tell the story

Home Life: Things can only get better

Will your area come up, or is it stuck fast at the bottom? Isabel Berwick investigates

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