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WATERFORD Wedgwood, the premier crystal and ceramics group, provided an astonishing insight at its annual general meeting yesterday into how company law has failed to keep pace with changes in technology and the process of globalisation.

Flare Group shares plunge as it revises forecasts downwards

SHARES in Flare Group lost about a quarter of their value yesterday after the building materials company said it was revising its estimate of pre-tax profit for the year ended 31 December downwards from pounds 750,000- pounds 1.25m to between pounds 100,000 and pounds 200,000.

Waterford Wedgwood unveil rise in profits

Waterford Wedgwood, the Irish luxury crystal and china group, yesterday unveiled a 15-per-cent rise in pre-tax profits for 1997. Brian Patterson, chief executive of Wedgwood (left) and Redmond O'Donoghue, chief executive of Waterford, said this year would see consolidation in the china business but forecast another year of record crystal sales.

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Robert Johnson Washington, potter and educator: born London 2 May 1913; married 1939 Marjorie Terry (died 1996; one son), 1996 Su Lapesco (one daughter); died Little Baddow, Essex 17 November 1997.

Collect Call: By George, a real dragon

Every iron scale of this magnificent 4ft 8in long Japanese dragon is articulated. In the 18th and 19th centuries such okimono, free-standing ornaments, were prized by well-to-do Japanese households as supreme examples of the metal forger's skill.

Visual Arts: Shock of the Bushveld

This is meant to be a visual arts column - which means painting and sculpture and, I suppose, any and every other art of a visual nature - but for some reason I never seem to get beyond painting and sculpture. This week, then, something a little different: an exhibition of new work by the ceramicist Hylton Nel.

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