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The Belgian frigate has transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of WWI battlefields in Flanders to London for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks.

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Television Review: Last Christmas

COME CHRISTMASTIME, as surely as the roads get clogged up by exiles heading home for the holidays, so the ether gets jammed with ghosts and angels, rubbing people's noses in the consequences of their actions. Charles Dickens invented the genre in A Christmas Carol, and Frank Capra posted a variation in It's a Wonderful Life. In Last Christmas (BBC1), Tony Grounds combined elements of both stories with a related genre, the second-chance movie, in which dead souls return to Earth to settle unfinished business.

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The man who bought an Eighties pad for pounds 45,000, could now sell it for 20 times as much.

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Bans and restrictions on traffic in central London

MUCH OF central London will be closed to traffic, apart from the emergency services and taxis, on New Year's Eve.

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The Poet Laureate had his latest inspiration during a walk along the Thames Path. But it is a tortured trek, as Mark Rowe discovered

City Freeman exercises sheep and his rights

A FREEMAN of the City of London drove sheep across Tower Bridge into central London yesterday, exercising a "right from 1189" to cross the Thames toll-free to livestock markets.

Millennium `river of fire' will be visible from space

WHEN THE chimes of Big Ben ring out on New Year's Eve, the Thames will be turned into a "river of fire" as 2,000 pyrotechnic candles create a cascading flame, six metres high, that will travel down the river at the speed of sound.

Design: Design Lines

ONE-OFF WEDDING and christening presents, items secular and religious, are in copious supply at a new exhibition of commemorative jewellery, glass and silverware taking place at the Oxo Tower. Choose between such delights as the Blue Lace Goblet in silver and plique-a-jour (pictured), silver napkin rings, serving spoons, kiddush cups, and earrings, or commission your own piece. Prices range from pounds 40 to pounds 2,000.

The agreeable world of Wallace Arnold: I shall never forget playing sardines with the Duchess

It was last Tuesday (or was it Wednesday?). We were in the snug bar of The Garrick, nursing a very quaffable Pomerol from a halfway decent year, when the news broke like a thunderclap. "I see that the biographer of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll," said Roy Strong, leafing through the latest edition of the Evening Standard, the wafts from each fresh page-turn playing havoc with his freshly-combed whiskers, "is due to blow the cover on the so-called `Headless Man'! Well, just fancy that!"

pounds 20m `bubble' for London's city hall

A SPECTACULAR glass-fronted building overlooking Tower Bridge is to be the pounds 20m new home for London's mayor and assembly.

Open Eye: Aoug dates

The Association of OU Graduates invites you to join in any of these forthcoming events:

Police fear for missing baby

POLICE SEARCH teams were last night scouring south London as fears grew for the safety of a five-month-old baby girl missing for more than 30 hours.

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