Chip may spark housing crash

The task of the new marketing director at the DTI sponsored Action 2000 – Niki Akhurst – gets harder as panic about the millennium bug spreads.

A rumour has come to the attention of the Diary that people are placing their houses on the market to avoid an expected plummet in property prices come the year 2000.

Among them is at least one computer journalist, who will remain nameless to protect his credibility as a sane individual.

The Millennium crazies fear that one small undetected micro-chip could send the financial markets crashing, leading to a depression, job losses and a crash in property prices.

As the woman in charge of a marketing campaign to get businesses to take action, Akhurst has her work cut out.

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