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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Aerial view of Parliament Buildings
Aerial view of the Houses of Parliament, Parliamnet Square and Westminster Abbey. * 25/11/02: London is "far too dominant in the political, economic and cultural life of Britain today, " believe more than 75% of Britons, according to a survey published. And a third would even consider moving the capital out of London to help reduce its overdominance and to relieve congestion in Britain's largest city, according to a poll for the political monthly Prospect magazine. In a YouGov poll of 2, 037 people from all parts of Great Britain, 76% either agreed strongly (34%) or tended to agree (42%) that London was too dominant.
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