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Nottingham element: Victoria Centre

The Victoria Centre stands on the site of the old Nottingham Victoria railway station, which was demolished in 1967.

The clock tower and the former Victoria Station Hotel (now run by Hilton Hotels) were the only parts of the old station to survive.

The shopping centre was built between 1967 and 1972 by Taylor Woodrow. Above the shopping centre rise the 26 floor, 256 feet (72m) high "Victoria Centre Flats", which run North to South along the length. 

On the first floor, opposite John Lewis, is Nottingham's largest indoor market, the Victoria Centre Market. It sells a range of goods including fresh food, meat and fish.

Scientific element: Vanadium

Inhaling large amounts of vanadium can result in lung problems, such as bronchitis or pneumonia. It has been shown that workers exposed to vanadium peroxide are more susceptible to eye, nose and throat irritation.

Vanadium was used to make portable artillery pieces and body armour in World War I.

It has very colourful oxidation states, including purple, green, blue and yellow.

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