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Price of success

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More than 500 people turned up for the launch by Donald Dewar, the Scottish Secretary, of Glasgow 1999 last week, the great and good and a few ordinary citizens of the 'Streets of Stone' as well. It is hard to remember now that Glasgow was once the Second City of Empire, with the second largest population in Britain and the manufacturing centre of the world. But 1999 looks like being a worthy successor to the Garden Festival of 1988, and the Year of Culture 1990. It's estimated that on top of the city's own contribution of£8 million, another £400 million is pouring in from various initiatives. How can it fail? But to the man on the Gorbals omnibus, interviewed on local television, the best thing about it was rather more mundane: 'It will push the house prices up!' Self-interest? 'I'm from Edinburgh.'

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