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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.

OBITUARIES : Enid Lakeman

Newspaper letter column editors will henceforth have a much lighter postbag. Few individuals have had greater tenacity for a single cause than Enid Lakeman had for electoral reform over the past 50 years. Her commitment to preferential voting and her ability to apply a rock-solid foundation in theory to the practical opportunity of the moment, serviced by the simple combination of a good press cuttings service and an increasingly battered typewriter, enabled her to produce a swift and sharp resp onse toeach and every electoral nonsense or wayward statement. Not even the most far-flung of local newspapers was immune to a Lakeman thunderbolt. Most of them were so surprised to get a letter from a London office that they printed them.

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DIRECTORS of privatised utilities have enjoyed individual profits of up to pounds 470,000 this year by exercising lucrative share options, writes Barrie Clement.

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Architecture Update: A home for art above the Thames?

LONDON could have its first covered bridge since the 18th century if a proposal in the City wins approval. One of four sites being considered by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) for a new headquarters is a scheme to house much of the ICA, which has far outgrown its premises in the Mall, on a new bridge across the Thames at Blackfriars.

Rail services running during 48-hour strike

THESE are the major services British Rail operating companies hope to run during the 48-hour strike beginning at noon tomorrow:

Lady Stevens: the hand that rocked the editor's chair?

DID Eve fall or was she pushed by the boss's wife? Newspaper gossips are divided.

Obituary: G. E. Bentley

Gerald Eades Bentley, writer and scholar of English literature: born Brazil, Indiana, 15 September 1901; Murray Professor of English, University of Chicago 1929-45; Professor of English, Princeton University 1945- 70; Lecturer in English, Cambridge University 1953; author of The Jacobean and Caroline Stage (seven volumes) 1941-68, The Swan of Avon and the Bricklayer of Westminster 1948, The Revels History of Drama in English (volume iv) 1981; married 1927 Esther Greenwood (died 1961; one son), 1965 Ellen Voigt Stern (died 1990); died Highstown, New Jersey 25 July 1994.

Train services on RMT strike days

THE following BR routes are expected to have services on all three RMT-union strike days this weekend, unless stated otherwise below:

Bunhill: Oxo Tower

A SORDID question of money is preventing the Oxo Tower on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge from reappearing in all its glory. This splendid monument to commercial ingenuity represents a successful effort to dodge the ban on advertising on the banks of the Thames by arranging the windows in the tower to spell the three magic letters, with red lights to spread the name at night.

BR preparing to run expanded strike service: Sixth Wednesday stoppage set to go ahead

BRITISH RAIL is expecting to run more than 20 per cent of the normal train timetable during the sixth 24-hour strike by signal workers, which starts at midnight tonight.

London walks: Row, row your boat gently up the Thames: Michael Leapman traces the race for Doggett's Coat and Badge from London Bridge to Chelsea

One of London's least-known annual events is the race for Doggett's Coat and Badge, to be held next Tuesday at 6.15pm. In 1716 the actor Thomas

Southern comfort: Dalya Alberge on the philanthropist William Rossiter

In the mid 1850s, William Rossiter had a dream about founding an art gallery in the slums of Victorian London. Dream turned to reality in South London, where Rossiter solicited sufficient donations to build up a collection that included some of the most prominent Victorian artists: Walter Crane, Evelyn de Morgan, Frederic Lord Leighton, John Ruskin, Ford Madox Brown and G F Watts.

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New galleries proliferate. From May, the unlikely location of Eastleigh, Hampshire, will boast 'the largest commercial gallery in southern England'. Michael Gaca, director of the Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, is still looking for artists to fill his huge space, but has already divided art into 12 types. Most are self-explanatory (interiors, abstract), but it will be interesting to see what turns up in the room labelled 'Art of the Unexpected'. Any artist keen to exhibit should call 0703 610592.

ART / Old curiosity: Iain Gale finds the winners of the Cohn & Wolfe Young Artists' Award preoccupied with decay

Those art world pundits who preach that 'art is dead' should visit London's Central St Martin's College of Art and Design. There is a surprising spirit of freshness abroad at the college, home for the next six days to the winning entries for the fifth annual Cohn & Wolfe Young Artists' Award. Here, for once are works by young artists that display genuinely original thought and an impressive maturity of handling.

Corporation is attacked over charity secrecy

MEMBERS of the City of London corporation have drawn up secret plans to use millions of pounds from a trust fund, which maintains four of the capital's bridges, to set up a charity.
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