Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Article excerpt

Whose year is it anyway?

Some things which 2014 has been declared to be the year of:

- Year of the Horse (China) - International Year of Family Farming (World Rural Forum) - Year of the Brain (European Brain Council) - Year of the Salamander (Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) - Year of Crystallography (UN) - Year of Solidarity with Palestinians (UN)

Topping out

Some things due to be completed in 2014:

- Melco Crown casino, Manila, £1 billion building with 240 tables and 1,250 slot machines - Marina 101 tower, Dubai, with 101 storeys, 1417 feet - Hampden Park stadium, Glasgow Football stadium being converted into dual use football and athletics stadium for Commonwealth Games - Sudbury Health Centre, Suffolk NHS polyclinic rst mooted 30 years ago - Purple Line, Los Angeles metro

Closing down

Some things due to close in 2014:

- 10 London fire stations, with loss of 14 re engines and 552 reghters - Magistrates' courts in Pontefract, Burton-on-Trent, Stratford-uponAvon and Haywards Heath - Blundeston Prison, Lowestoft, Suffolk (if an inmate on life sentence loses his judicial review to keep it open) - Nuclear power stations in Hartlepool and Heysham

On their way

Some estimates of how many Romanians and Bulgarians will come to Britain in 2014, after our labour market is opened to them on 1 January. …

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