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Stone Street ran 16 miles from Canterbury to the coast - which has since disappeared. Richard Abbott pedals through Kent to find it

Investment:Wickes does it in style

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Smaller DIY stores `will join forces to survive'

THE DO-IT-YOURSELF retail market is set to enter a period of consolidation, with the smaller players expected to join forces to survive the impending economic slowdown, according to an influential report out today.

Pop: Clean and mean

Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty have known each other since they were 13. After Neil had a stint in Pussy Galore, they formed Royal Trux, releasing their first album 10 years ago. Their wasted, fuzzed-up, and sometimes impenetrable brand of rock attracted a smallish band of loyal followers but the column inches they attained usually focused more on the couple's junk addiction.

Property: Waxing luminous

Candles mean warmth and romance, indoors and out, all year round. Rosalind Russell finds some trendy examples to light up your spring

City talk: Bunzl outstrips rivals and ties up profits

BUNZL, the paper to packaging group, is a star in a disastrously blighted sector. It shows in the relative performance of its shares. Against its peers, it has stormed ahead, showing an average gain of 43 per cent over the last year. Yet translated into a comparison with the market, it has not done so well - underperforming by 6.7 per cent. Not that that is a bad performance in absolute terms - the shares have done well over the last year. One of the concerns that dogs the sector and has cast a cloud over Bunzl is its exposure to currencies and the vagaries of volatile raw material prices. True enough, managing the interplay between exchange rates and paper and pulp prices, and where they are sourced across Europe, is a headache for any management team. But look to Bunzl's track record, and it seems to have a firm grip on the situation.

Property: Be brave, splash out on a little colour

Bright and beautiful - but not if you stick with magnolia. Rosalind Russell looks at the multi-hued alternatives

Family hoists for-sale sign as fire leaves Robert Dyas heading into the red

ROBERT DYAS, the high street ironmonger with roots going back more than 120 years, is to be sold following the disruption of a fire in its warehouse in December.

No regrets and no apologies from Irvine

DIY STORES have joined the lengthening list of the people the Lord Chancellor has upset, after Lord Irvine rubbished their wallpaper and said he had no regrets about choosing hand-printed Pugin for the pounds 650,000 refurbishment of his state apartments in the House of Lords.

Property: No more maroon; give me Victorian floral

The bathroom is the most popular room in the house, it seems. Rosalind Russell reports on bathtime chic old and new

Investment Column: Wickes is back from the brink

FOR A company that was on the brink of extinction 18 months ago, Wickes has had a remarkable run. Shares in the DIY retailer have almost doubled over the past year, closing up a further 4p at 300p yesterday on the back of a return to profitability and the first dividend payment for two-and-a-half years.

How to survive those awkward moments with a perfectly delicious wife

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