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A Royal Naval battleship designed in the 1700s was built with 60 acres of oak trees, said Jubilee Line Extension chief Roland Paoletti this week, on the cost of public works.

Jobs in architecture have risen by 11.1 per cent in the last year or around 1712 jobs, according to Plimsoll Publishing. The average pay in the industry is £20,500, up from £18,300.

The average family of four takes around 832 baths a year, says bathroom and kitchen equipment firm cp Hart. A bathroom sink for a family of four will be used around 7500 times. All this activity will need 27 hours of cleaning.

Cement sales increased in the three months to August 1999 with a net balance of 36 per cent of builders' merchants recording increased sales compared with the previous three months, said management consultant Michael Rigby Associates.

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