Gulf magnates who have worked on Dubai’s artificial “palm” islands want to reclaim two three-mile stretches of the Thames Estuary between Kent and Essex and turn them into resorts. The islands, connected by a six-mile bridge spanning the estuary, would include yacht marinas, theatres and housing, and be lined with cafes and shops. Architects believe they would help to protect London from tidal surges which could become a greater danger if sea levels rise. The Sunday Times 11/05/08 page