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A report by Arup predicts that global warming could send temperatures soaring inside Britain's naturally ventilated buildings. By 2080, office temperatures could reach 39¦C - hotter than they are in presentday Cairo.

Prescription of the drug Viagra has almost trebled among men aged under 45 in the past three years. According to the International Journal of Impotence, men aged between 30 and 39 are the fastestgrowing market for the drug.

The amount of money spent playing Internet poker has risen by nearly seven times in the past year. The business is now worth an estimated £15 billion and at least a fifth of people in the UK have tried their luck at one of the 210 online poker sites.

Taylor Woodrow, e country's fourth-largest housebuilder, reported a 28 per cent drop in demand for its UK properties during June and July. However, it still intends to build 10,000 new properties by the end of the year - the same number as in 2003.

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