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A RECENTLY renovated 18th-century London house, which was once the residence of Dr Samuel Johnson - a literary phenomenon and lexicographer - has been reopened to the public. For years visitors have flocked there from many parts of the world to enjoy the environment in which he produced the formidable Dictionary of the English Language which laid the foundations for modern methods of lexicography. For the visitor, 17 Gough Square - near Fleet Street and St Paul's Cathedral - is a time-warp, the outcome of a determination by today's Johnson House trustees to recreate the contemporary atmosphere as faithfully as possible.

MINIMALIST artist Martin Creed has won the United Kingdom's leading art award, the Turner Prize. The win provided another talking point this year because the director of the Tate Britain art gallery, Sir Nicholas Serota, and the judges did not fight shy of the avant-garde. Creed won for his display of an empty gallery space with lights switching on and off every few seconds. In a ceremony which linked the worlds of art, music and fashion, emphasising the UK's increasing cultural significance, Creed was presented with his 20,000 pounds award by global music icon Madonna (both pictured) who lives in London.

LATEST research from Barclays looks at the factors that contribute to the strongest business relationships. The findings show that the "old school network" is officially dead with just one per cent of business people saying that attending the same school or university helps to make their business relationship work. Instead, the keys to a successful business relationship are seen as openness and honesty, with almost half (47 per cent) of the respondents mentioning these factors as important. Regular communication, efficiency and reliability also feature highly on the list of favoured attributes of a business relationship, but less than a third (28 per cent) felt that it was important to like their business contacts. The business relationship research shows that different behaviours and attitudes are clearly identified with the strongest and weakest relationships, and that certain relationship styles are more effective than others. The research has enabled Barclays to identify the most preferred type of business contact by analysing the behaviour and attitude in the strongest types of relationships.

A THIRD of men in the United Kingdom live on a diet of beer and fast food, a major investigation into the nation's dietary habits has revealed. Researchers who broke diets down into several different groups found that "beer and convenience" was the biggest category for men. Men in this group ate large quantities of ready-made meat products, fried potato chips and white bread, washed down with beer. They avoided healthier choices such as wholegrain cereals and nuts, fish, low-fat dairy products, fruit juices and wines. Women were not much more health conscious, the scientists found. The most popular diet for them was the "traditional British diet", high in refined cereals, sugars and dairy products. Although these women preferred tea to alcohol they also ate more chips, cakes and confectionery than vegetables, fruit and wholegrain cereals. The findings, from a team at University College London, were reported in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Sublime or ridiculous? You decide.
Visitors to London who travel by black taxis will now be able to enjoy more than just the usual banter for which cabbies are so well known. A new computer-based, multimedia entertainment and information program will be vying for their attention during the journey as well. The in-taxi televisual system - claimed to be the first of its kind in the world - will allow passengers to browse through a selection of entertainment on a small flat-screen monitor fitted into the back of the driver's seat. These features include a London guide highlighting tourist information, London history, sport, business, shopping and technology. After successful trials last year, Cabvision, a media company which supplies airtime and sponsorship opportunities for advertisers on taxicabs, is installing the system in 100 of London's familiar black taxis.

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