i Penny Mordaunt, Conservative MP

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Art expert attacks restoration works

ONE OF the most respected scholars of Renaissance art has spoken out against the world-wide mania for restoring works of art - notably, the brighter-than-bright colours following the cleaning of the Michelangelo frescos in the Sistine Chapel, Rome, and what he describes as a 'much-damaged' Uccello in the National Gallery, London.

Monuments from City of London's past laid low by renovations at historic building

Two of the marble busts of past dignitaries of the City of London that have been temporarily displaced to the carpet of Mansion House during refurbishment work at the building. They feature Sir John Sylvester, Recorder of London, 1803-1822 (left) and Sir David Salomond, Lord Mayor of London in 1855.

Bottom Line: MFI seeking a recovery formula

IT SEEMS that MFI is running out of excuses for its failure to boost turnover. Yesterday it attributed a poor January sales season partly to the ending of the Government's stamp duty holiday. But that ended in mid-August, which should have given buyers enough time to move houses and plan renovations before the sales started.

Repair fund 'surplus' irks sheltered owners: Service charges in warden-supervised homes have angered residents

WYN MARTIN, 74, lives in a complex of 35 warden-supervised flats and bungalows managed by Guardian Housing Association. She likes her flat and is full of praise for the warden and the way the properties are maintained.

City File: Shanks & McEwan to face flak

Shanks & McEwan, the Glasgow-based waste-management company, will have to face a certain amount of flak at its finals this Thursday. In June, it announced a pounds 19.3m charge against its 1992-93 profits to cover debts and reconstruction of its contracting arm. Given profits of only pounds 2.32m last year, the division has exceeded even the core business in its ability to sink stuff in holes in the ground.

Spending 7,000 pounds can be a hard job: It is difficult to kick-start the economy if nobody wants your money, writes Richard Shepperd

MY WIFE and I like to think that we have the vestiges of a social conscience. But those vestiges became a lot more vestigial when, last year, about pounds 7,000 unexpectedly came our way via damages for a car crash and an unexpected tax refund. 'Good,' we thought, winding up our 78 of the 'Red Flag', 'let's use it to kick-start the economy.' This meant that we decided to have various things mended (roof, fences, electrics), cleaned (windows) or done (interior decoration) that we couldn't afford before. 'No problem there,' we said, 'loads of people queuing up to do this kind of work during a recession.'

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Nuclear company dismisses manager: Sacking 'is linked to inquiry into funds'

A SENIOR manager at British Nuclear Fuels' headquarters in Risley, Cheshire, has been dismissed following an internal investigation into alleged misappropriation of the state-owned company's funds.

Corruption blamed on council's deficiencies

LAMBETH council's chief executive last night accepted some of the blame for allowing corruption and malpractice that cost the south London borough pounds 10m over the past 10 years.

Heywood dives after price cuts

HEYWOOD Williams, the glass distributor exposed to domestic housing and commercial building, yesterday reported sharply reduced half-year profits and said it foresaw no end to recession, writes Robert Cole.

Kew restoration

The 140-year-old water-lily house at Kew Gardens, south- west London, officially reopens today after a 12-month closure for repairs. The house has been restored to its original iron and glass form and has been re- soiled and planted with the aim of extending the flowering display to 11 months a year.

Weekend Gardening Update: Transformation of a restoration dream

ON FRIDAY you can see the first of two programmes about a very different restoration project - the transformation of the garden of a 14th-century French manor house. It was the mad dream of garden designer Alan Mason. See him at work on Channel 4 at 9.30pm.

Mystery of painting's miraculous escape

IT ALMOST qualifies as a second miracle. The first miracle, of course, is depicted in the massive painting Le Nozze di Cana, with Christ changing the water into wine. The new miracle is that, when scaffolding crashed into the picture (value between pounds 50m and pounds 100m), the five resulting rips managed to miss every one of the 130 people painted by Veronese. One rip was said to be almost a metre long.
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