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Diary

Artist Tracey Emin, famed for exhibiting her 'unmade bed' and a tent featuring names of 'Everyone I have ever slept with', has found a new muse. She is using her controversial creative genius in a nascent war against London's Crossrail project. Emin reportedly detests public transport, and Crossrail has got her goat even more than normal as it will be tunnelled underneath her home in the capital's east end. She is a member of the local residents' group, the Spitalfields Society, which has posted images of local buildings daubed with antiCrossrail slogans on the web. If the rail project ever gets off the ground, can we hope to see Emin channelling her anger into new work - perhaps another embroidered tent, or stencilled nissan hut. . .

The Strategic Rail Authority and pro-bicycle action group the Cycle Touring Campaign picked a bad week to launch a 'major new awards scheme' for best examples of integrated rail and cycling. Introduction of new rolling stock meant that for the first time rail operator Southern was unable to return cyclists to the capital after the annual London to Brighton bike ride 11 days ago. Instead of wheeling up to Brighton station and stacking their bikes aboard roomy guard's vans, event organiser British Heart Foundation laid on 52 coaches and 26, 40t lorries to transport most of the 27,000 weary cyclists back home. But many riders had made their own transport plans by hiring their own vans from the seaside. By mid-afternoon Brighton was gridlocked and the return journey to London took three to four hours. Worse still, hundreds of cyclists were left stranded overnight. Their one consolation was that railway staff allowed them to camp out at the station until the total ban on on Monday morning.

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