7 Days

More floods Britain issued a record number of flood warnings over the week, with more than 50 in force on the 34 rivers across England and Wales. Under water lie 750,000 acres, the size of Lancashire. The Meteorological Office said that further rain and severe gales would continue to lash the country over the next few days.

Dome diamond raid In an audacious daylight attempt to steal a £350m collection of diamonds, an armed gang smashed into the Dome in a stolen JCB. The gang's main target was the 203-carat De Beers Millennium Star, one of the world's largest diamonds. Following a tip-off, Flying Squad officers foiled the raid by lying in wait disguised as cleaners. Police had known of the intended robbery for at least three months, and had previously replaced the diamonds with imitations.

Atwood wins Booker The Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood won the £21,000 Booker Prize with her novel The Blind Assassin. This was Atwood's fourth Booker nomination.

Weaker twin dies The operation to separate the Siamese twins Mary and Jodie, which took 20 doctors and nurses at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester more than 18 hours, resulted in the death of Mary, the "weaker" twin. Jodie remains in a critical but stable condition. The High Court and the Court of Appeal ruled that doctors could go ahead with the controversial operation - despite their prediction of one fatal outcome - because the procedure was the only hope to save Jodie.

Kasparov loses crown Gary Kasparov's 15-year reign as world chess champion ended in London with a whimper, as he drew the final game of his match with former protege Vladimir Kramnik.

Belgrade co-operates Yugoslavia's new government stated that it will co-operate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

This article first appeared in the 13 November 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Essay - The fall of civic culture