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Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

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Can't make it? Fake it

THE RIGHT lighting can lift even the blandest interior, so it's worth an investment buy. Box Products, a product design company based in London's Oxo Tower development, have become popular with the capital's growing band of loft dwellers and others faced with large, unforgiving spaces.

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Cayte Williams discovers the plus side of inflation

Letter: Grave concern

Sir: My experience of visiting the grave of William Morris at Kelmscott contrasts hugely with that expressed by Dorothy Biltcliffe (Letters, 28 August).

Letter: Pornography and sexuality are entirely different things

BLAKE Morrison appears unenlightened after his brief experience of a post-feminist text ("Big sister is watching us", Review, 28 January).

Lloyd's row erupts over solvency: Members' association says mistaken assessment of losses may hurt some names

A FRESH row broke out at Lloyd's of London yesterday when an association representing hard-pressed members claimed that the market was pounds 2.05bn too pessimistic in its assessment of their solvency.

Product designers produce a higher-quality pattern for French Connection

An improvement in product design and quality helped French Connection, the fashion group that owns Nicole Farhi, turn a loss of pounds 133,000 into a pounds 5.1m profit for the year to January. There was no dividend and a payment this year is unlikely

Heseltine releases fresh funds for design

MICHAEL Heseltine, the President of the Board of Trade, has announced new funds of pounds 6m to promote the use of design by British industry.

Heseltine gives design quango a slimline shape

The Design Council, a quango charged with promoting design matters, is to be radically restructured following a review of its multi-million pound activities, Michael Heseltine, President of the Board of Trade, announced yesterday, writes Jonathan Glancey.

Award-winning design makes light work for jazz veteran and friend

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Lloyd's to provide 440m pounds of assistance

ALMOST pounds 440m of financial help is to be provided by the authorities of Lloyd's, the insurance market, in an effort to help thousands of underwriting members to stave off financial ruin and allow them to continue to underwrite in the market.

Obituary: James Venus

IN WHAT is an otherwise excellent and very just obituary of Dr James Venus (2 September), Bill Wilson makes an important omission, writes John Dearing. In rather dismissing Jim's role in the senior management of British Shipbuilders, he ignores the vital part that he played in a technological breakthrough which was probably even more important for the future of shipbuilding than the development of covered yards.

Letter: Losses at Lloyd's: the role of the chairman and what must be done

Sir: Various parties at Lloyd's of London have recently been issuing 'facts' to the press in an attempt to promote their own particular aims. This, during 1992, has produced a large number of incorrect stories in various newspapers, as was particularly highlighted after the Council's meeting to discuss the possibility of a bail-out scheme. Your leader today suffers from a similar lack of correct information.

Letter: Tripp-tease

Sir: Could you please settle a good old-fashioned pub argument? I say that your new cartoon character 'Tripp' is a highly sophisticated, post-modernist, deconstructed Candide figure for our times. My mates say he's a load of boring rubbish. Which of us is right?
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