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What the papers say

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The Guardian

Energy minister Brian Wilson has given the green light for Britain's biggest wind farm. The £35M project will provide power to 40,000 homes in west Wales.

The ingredients of a traditional Christmas dinner bought from a supermarket may have cumulatively travelled 38,000km, according to a report compiled by food and farming charities. Food distribution now accounts for between a third and 40% of all UK road freight.

The Times

A management buy-out at Wessex Water is thought to be the frontrunner to rescue the company from its troubled US parent Enron.

US authorities have unearthed a videotape that shows Osama bin Laden explaining that the damage to the World Trade Center was much greater than expected. Bin Laden says that he had expected the tops of the World Trade Center to fall down to the point that the aircraft hit them, and praises God for their unexpected total collapse.

A family has moved into the first house in Britain to be made of hemp. Suffolk Housing Society, which owns the property, is hoping to prove that such houses are better insulated than brick houses.


The promoters of next year's British Grand Prix have announced a £10.6M investment to improve traffic flow to and from the Silverstone race circuit.

Octagon's plans include improving access roads, introducing a park-and-ride scheme and adding to existing lanes to the A43 Silverstone by-pass under construction.

The Scotsman

The planned opening of the £15M Cairngorm funicular railway by Christmas will hinge on a crucial visit by HM Railway Inspectorate today and tomorrow. When opened, the 2km rail line will allow 1,000 skiers an hour to reach the summit.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa will reopen to the public this weekend for the first time in more than 10 years after a £20M stabilisation operation.

Engineers have corrected the angle by 16 degrees by extracting 70t of earth from the north side of the tower, enabling it to sink back into a safer position.

Plans to set up a single Scottish water authority have been given the go ahead by the Scottish parliament. It agreed to the general principles of a bill which will merge the three existing authorities and give the united organisation the power to compete with privatised firms elsewhere in the UK.

Financial Times

English Partnerships, the government agency handling bids for the Millennium Dome, is next week to recommend to ministers which of three bids for the attraction they should accept. The government is increasingly confident that a deal to offload the attraction can be secured by Christmas.

High performing councils are to be allowed to sell services for a profit and keep the money as part of a wide-ranging shake-up designed to restore significant powers to local government.

The Independent

The first train for nearly five years has crossed the Friendship Bridge, linking the Uzbek port city of Termez to the Afghan town of Hairaton.

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