The new MI6 building in Vauxhall cross, near Waterloo. 29/06/04: The parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee - which overseas the works of the intelligence services - has said in its annual report Tuesdau June 29, 2004 that the focus on international terrorism is undermining the ability to deal with other security threats to the UK. The report revealed that the budget for the intelligence agencies had risen from 909 million in 2001-02 to more than 1.1 billion in the current year, with further increases in the pipeline.
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A Halo surrounds the Angel of the North near Gateshead during the eclipse as watchers on the ground enjoyed a spectacular experience as the partial eclipse took form. *14/10/03: The company which built the statue was put into administration threatening scores of job losses. Administrators called in by Hartlepool Fabrication said 38 redundancies would be made immediately, but there were hopes of finding a new buyer to save the remaining 55 jobs. Derek Simpson, general secretary of Amicus, said the statue, sited off the A1 near Gateshead, would now become a monument to the "wilful destruction" of British manufacturing.
Westbury White Horse conservation
Finishing touches to the whitening of the Westbury White Horse near Westbury in Wiltshire. A four-week conservation project to protect the white horse ended. *...English Heritage, which is in charge of preserving the monument, helped direct the operation to steam clean the horse, dating back to the 18th Century. The white horse, one of seven visible in Wiltshire, is believed to date in its present form back to 1778 and is a feature of the scheduled ancient monument of Bratton Camp - an iron age hill fort. The horse, which costs 16, 000 to clean, stands in a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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