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It's hard even to imagine it: the biggest party in the history of the world, ever. On 31 December 1999, the entire planet will be looking for a good time - from Greenwich to Greenland and Sydney to Stockport. Staying in and watching TV is not an option, of course - but what to do? And what happens if you're not invited? Well, if talk of the millennium leaves you suffering from Cinderella Syndrome, read on. Over the next eight pages, we take you to the four corners of the earth to discover the 50 best ways to join the world party. Start planning now - and remember, there are only 342 days left... Guide compiled by Sharon Gethings, with help from Beatrice Hodgkin and Anne-Celine Jaeger

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C&W unveils pounds 600m plan for 40-city Euro network

CABLE & WIRELESS yesterday revealed plans to expand its European telecoms business at least tenfold through a pounds 600m investment in a new network linking 40 European cities.
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