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It has been a restless and fretful winter, and we will all be glad to see it end. Moscow has been seized by an unsettling climatic fever, a cycle of freezing and melting. A month ago it seemed to be spring, but then we were buried anew beneath a carpet of snow. Yesterday, after a weekend in which the heavens dumped four more inches on us, another thaw began.

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Technology used to put powder on the pistes is helping in the rather less glamorous field of abrasive cleaning `Ice-blasting can strip paint from panels without marring the polish'

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