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  • How John Dixon got the Needle

    How John Dixon got the Needle0

    The man who gave a new meaning to needlework by transporting an ancient Egyptian obelisk to London was a Surbiton engineer. Shifting a 69ft red granite monument 3,000 miles and installing it on the Embankment looked impossible in the 1870s, but John Dixon relished a challenge. The hieroglyph column, made in around 1450 BC and

  • Potholes that echo

    Potholes that echo0

    Surbiton’s annual competition to find the street with the worst potholes is hotting up, with three leading contenders for hole-of-the-year in one road alone. Take a bow, St James’ Road – the cabbies’ favourite rat-run, close to Surbiton station – which is now in pole position for the prize, with these cavernous cavities… some of

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