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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.

God's Banker: 'He was given Mafia money and he made poor use of it'

For 15 years the mystery of Roberto Calvi's death has been left spectacularly hanging, in much the same way that the body of the Italian banker was found dangling from a piece of scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London on the morning of June 18, 1982.

The poison tart

UNNATURAL MURDER by Anne Somerset Weidenfeld pounds 20

Room for a view

Lofty ideals

Bus firm that took the fast route into trouble

When the bus company Stagecoach won the franchise to run South West Trains just over a year ago, its chairman, Brian Souter, paid a visit to his new business. He was amazed to discover that SWT received 40,000 letters of complaint a year from passengers. The Stagecoach chairman said his bus companies received virtually no such letters, adding: "We judge customer satisfaction by the number of bricks we get through the window."

Scardino starts to hunt away from the Forest

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Travel: 35,000 ghosts waiting just around that corner

THE SUNDAY WALK: An army of spectres haunts the labyrinthine heart of the old City of London, but you need a spirit guide to introduce them to you

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Showstopper

Big firms cut back donations to Tories

Large companies are increasingly refusing to donate money to the Conservative Party but the shortfall is being made up by smaller firms whose donations are not so open to public scrutiny.

BT to pull the plug on phone museum

While BT executives toast their pounds 13bn takeover deal with the US long distance phone giant MCI, the company is considering pulling the plug on Britain's national telephones museum due to lack of funds.

Bridge 2000

Imagine it lit up at night: a pencil-thin arc of colour across the Thames. Jonathan Glancey looks forward to a footbridge linking St Paul's Cathedral and the south bank

power some achieve it, some don't

Margaret Thatcher( above) leaving Buckingham Palace after tendering her resignation as Prime Minister to the Queen, 28 November, 1990.Photograph by Steve Morgan: 'She's smiling, but it was a very forced smile. She was crying when she left Downing Street later.' Thatcher in more triumphant mood (right), the day after Chancellor Nigel Lawson resigned: Blackfriars,London, 27 October 1989. Photograph by Peter MacDiarmid: 'It was a typical Thatcher performance, bouncing back, but otherwise it was just a dull day - an office opening at Blackfriars Foundry. As was often the case, though, she used it as a platform to speak. There was a ridiculous media scrum, but I got this picture by shooting right up her nose using a wide-angle lens'

True stories from the Great Railway Disaster; No 90: So you want to know when the station is closed ?

The South London Link Travellers' Association recently won its lengthy campaign to get regular Sunday services restored on the Victoria- Denmark Hill-London Bridge route after a gap of 20 years. The new service, being run by Connex SouthCentral was due to start last Sunday, and so the association busied itself with advance publicity.

Night Scrapes

London looks its best when animated by electric lights

MONSTROUS CARBUNCLES?

It started over a decade ago, when Prince Charles accused a hapless architect of trying to build a "monstrous carbuncle" in his beloved Trafalgar Square. The National Gallery's extension turned into a farrago. Gallery renovations of all sorts became news.

Still Poles apart

Geraint Lewis's photographs put Polish theatre back where it belongs: in the festival frame.
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