I hear the Millennium Dome's transaction zone is to be a large bronze box, designed by John Bell, architect/teacher and one-time collaborator with Kevin Rhowbotham. 'I don't know exactly what it is,' my mole at Greenwich tells me. 'But a lot of long words are being used to describe it.' Meanwhile, Dire Straits enthusiasts may like to know that it may be worth using their bus passes to head
on down to the Dome in 2000. I gather David Puttnam, one of the organising supremos, is a big fan of Mark Knopfler. Oh dear.