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A pre-emptive strike by the millennium bug has crashed the room- booking computer and mangled the order for tea and biscuits. But the wait provides time to contemplate a fine crop of tower cranes from Judith Mayhew's office. They march across the skyline, raising multiple fingers to those who predict the death of the City as a world financial centre because of Britain's decision to remain outside European Monetary Union. But Mayhew, head of the City Corporation, is not complacent. She ...

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