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In the papers today: 03.01.08

Although almost 80 patients had to be evacuated, some carried out on mattresses, two undergoing surgery, no-one was injured and very little of John Young's 1862 building was damaged in the fire which hit the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, west London, say the Guardian and Bloomberg.

Fresh from its work on New York's Freedom Tower, SOM tells the Telegraph it plans to build what it says will be the world's first 'energy-plus' building, a super-green office block in a run-down area of Paris. Headache sufferers will be hoping SOM doesn't have to specify too many energy-saving lightbulbs, as the Telegraph adds that there are claims these can cause migraines.

As 2008 gets into its stride, doom-mongerers continue to predict a recession, with the Guardian and The Times both reporting that the high-end of London's property market is beginning to stagnate. The Telegraph, by contrast, carries news of a highly localised property boom at Blackpool Mill, North Devon, where Sir Hugh and Lady Stucley are expecting a wave of interest in their Barton Cottage holiday home after it featured as the Dashwoods' house in the BBC's adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.

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