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The Independent Online
IF THE momentous conjunction of Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn ('City in the stars', Business, 3 January) only occurs once every 172 years - 1993, 1821, 1649 - then the occurrence prior to that would have been 1477 not 1485. Pears Cyclopaedia says 1477 marked the end of the House of Burgundy. An omen, perhaps, for the EC.

John Hickman, Milton Keynes