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lSome 15 per cent of Britain's stock of 18th-century landscapes by Lancelot 'Capability'Brown have been turned into golf courses, a trend that is expected to continue for some years, according to English Heritage's 2003 State of the Historic Environment report.

l The same survey also found that the 21 per cent of buildings constructed before 1919 are worth 20 per cent more on average than those built later.

This figure rises to 34 per cent for 17thcentury period houses.

l House prices in Liverpool have risen by up to 70 per cent since it was announced that the city would be the 2008 Capital of Culture.According to local estate agent Sutton Kersh, this represents the best market in more than 20 years.

l The Welsh health minister Jane Hutt has admitted that some 307,000 people in the principality are on an NHS waiting list. This represents one in 10 people in Wales.

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