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Three-quarters of a million hours of work have gone into the Millennium Dome so far, without death or serious injury, says the Weekend ft. It aims for 12 million visitors, each paying £12 (adult) or £57 (family).

More than 16 tonnes of dog muck are scooped off Paris' pavements by street cleaners daily, and 650 people are injured after skidding on it. The mayor has launched a £3.2 million campaign to crack down on crap, says The Independent.

Construction tender prices rose by 0.7 per cent in the year to 1999's second quarter, reflecting rising labour costs and a tentative pre-millennium market. The RICS says new orders for building rose by 1 per cent, down by 3 per cent from a year ago. Skilled labour was in short supply, bricklayers being the hardest to secure.

More than 99 per cent of banknotes in London have traces of cocaine on them , according to The Telegraph.

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