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Stop Press: 26 January

Today's news: a giant cobweb in the V&A, Tesco does deals with a heart (kind of) and is Big Ben the latest political propaganda?

Published on January 26th 2012.

Stop Press: 26 January

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A golden outfit made from the silk of spiders has gone on display at the V&A. The thirteen-foot hand-woven textile was made from the silk of more than one million female Golden Orb spiders, collected in the highlands of Madagascar by 80 people over a five-years period.

£80m Museum Plans Unveiled
Plans for a new Design Museum, scheduled to open in 2014 and housed in Kensington’s Commonwealth Institute, have just been unveiled. The museum, expected to cost around £80m, will be a showcase of three-dimensional objects and digital wizardry, becoming "the world's leading museum of contemporary design and architecture."


To the Left, to the Left (Until 2020)
According to MPs, Big Ben has been put on the back burner, with renovations not set to commence until 2020. The tower, which leans slightly to the left, (an ironic political statement, perhaps?) is not expected to be a major concern for at least another 10,000 years.

A Rocky Reception
Property company, Minerva’s plans to move the historic London Stone from 111 Cannon Street to a site around the corner in the Walbrook building have outraged heritage societies. The limestone block, also known as the Stone of Brutus, is thought to be a former Roman milestone and is named after the founder of London. An old saying claims, "So long as the Stone of Brutus is safe, so long will London flourish."

Hip to be Square
As part of the enormous refurbishment of King’s Cross, Camden Council have  given the go ahead for a new public square. Designed by Stanton Williams architects, the square will reveal the Victorian façade of the station building, which has not been seen for 150 years. Expect granite and York stone paving, outdoor seating and even an area for art installations.


Supermarket Sweep
Tesco is planning to base its promotions on the affluence of families in the local area. So while Peckham residents will be encouraged to buy Value pop, those living in Notting Hill Gate and Kensington will be targets for products from their Finest range. The move follows on from a disappointing Christmas trading result.


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