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One Martin newsagent has found a novel way of avoiding those frantic crushes that block up the aisles when customers rush to enter the National Lottery. The branch in Argyll Street, just round the corner from Oxford Circus tube station and home to the London Palladium, has moved its National Lottery playstation outside the shop and into the street. This could become the next summer craze if it catches on – just like streaking or break-dancing – though local council Westminster could have a word or two to say about it. Martin head office says shifting playstations outside is not a part of company policy and could annoy Westminster, which is notoriously strict on such things. The chain’s National Lottery supremo Martin Helm tells the Diary he will be having words with the branch manager. Sounds ominous.

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