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Blending modernism with vernacular influences, textures and vibrant colours from his native Mexico, Ricardo Legorreta helped put Mexican architecture on the world map. His works brightened up his nation's often smog-grey capital, Mexico City, as well as towns and cities in the south-western US states that were part of Mexico until the mid-19th Century – California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

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When looking for an excellent translation of a work of fiction from Switzerland or Germany, a volume of philosophy from France, or narratives from the languages of the African continent, do your thoughts turn to Kolkata? Perhaps they should. Long regarded as a city of literature and learning, the metropolis by the Hooghly has another string to its erudite bow, still too well-kept a secret in Britain: Seagull Books.

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Travelex will go into 2012 free of the high-interest debt that has badly hit the private-equity-owned bureau-de-change group since the credit crunch began.

David Prosser: IMF praise that not everyone might want

Outlook So George Osborne does have some friends at the International Monetary Fund. On Monday, the IMF embarrassed the Chancellor by cutting its economic growth forecast for the UK this year.

Account-switching apathy costs Britons &#163;2.2bn

Apathetic Britons could lose out on a staggering £2.2bn in interest on money held in their current accounts in the next 12 months by not switching accounts to get a higher interest rate.

IMF hopeful on reform but more cautious about deficits

The world economy is recovering moderately but still faces challenges such as the need for medium-term fiscal consolidation, the IMF's deputy managing director, John Lipsky, said yesterday.

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