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Every home in the UK is to get a free book for Christmas. The government has announced plans to send out 26 million copies of its What everyone should know about the Y2K Bug booklet. Oh joy. The 24-page publication, part of a £9.4 million campaign, will encourage Brits not to hoard food or wood-burning stoves. Gwynneth Flower, managing director of Action 2000, said: "This leaflet helps consumers to understand the myths about the Millennium Bug. "The end of the year is a time for celebration, not for unnecessary worry. Banks are not going to lose your financial records and your central heating will come on." Leader of the House of Commons Margaret Beckett added: "Everyone can be confident that the UK is as well prepared as any country in the world." Let's just hope that one country the UK is better prepared than is Japan. In Japan, the government has issued a campaign advising the Japanese people to prepare for the worst. ®

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