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Testing the millennium

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Suitably surreal tales concern progress on the Millennium Dome. I gather that the circus school in Hoxton, East London, is to train 100 apprentice trapeze artistes for performances under the world's biggest Big Top. Who cares about the mind and the spirit! Meanwhile the people producing major ideas for the different zones continue brainstorming sessions with the so-called Litmus Group, intended to test out suitability, feasibility etc. 'It is like going back to school,' says one recent supplicant. 'You are faced with the Alan Yentobs and Michael Grades and Simon Jenkinses, and the businessmen who are putting up the money.' 'Do you know what the Litmus Group is?' he was asked. 'No,' came the reply. 'I assume it is a group which turns red or blue depending on the political complexion of the government.' The businessmen laughed, but the others didn't . . .

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