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Picture the scene. Vittorio Radice, the dapper chief executive of Selfridges, is driving along on his way to what he proudly calls Oxford Street's 'cathedral of shopping' from Belsize Lane. He cruises past Lord's cricket ground, but can hardly keep his eyes on the road. Because Radice is immediately taken with a new building he spots, then under construction - the feted NatWest Media Centre.

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