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People are silhouetted as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London...People are silhouetted on a sunny morning as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London, May 19, 2014. Sterling eased on Monday, on growing talk the Bank of England will step in to cool the UK housing market, which would allow the central bank to keep interest rates lower for longer to sustain recovery elsewhere in the economy.

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People are silhouetted on a sunny morning as they walk past the columns of the Bank of England in the City of London. Sterling eased on Monday, on growing talk the BoE will step in to cool the UK housing market, which would allow the central bank to keep interest rates lower for longer to sustain recovery elsewhere in the economy

A photographer photographs the curve of the German share price index DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange...A photographer photographs the curve of the German share price index DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange May 15, 2014.     REUTERS/Remote/Fabrizio Bensch     (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS)

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A photographer takes a picture of the curve of the Dax, Germany’s share price index, on a board at the Frankfurt stock exchange. Read more

Budget 2014...A photographer adjusts a camera as media wait outside 11 Downing Street, the official London residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of George Osborne's Budget speech in the House of Commons. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 19, 2014. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Media wait outside 11 Downing Street, the official London residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of George Osborne’s Budget speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Muppet Kermit the Frog rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange...Muppet Kermit the Frog rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange March 17, 2014.  Kermit rang the bell to celebrate Disney's new movie "Muppets Most Wanted." REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

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Kermit the Frog rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Kermit rang the bell to celebrate Disney’s new movie Muppets Most WantedRead more

Mervyn, now Lord King, also received a £597 silver napkin ring and a £2,505 sculpture of German playwright and scientist Johann von Goethe when he retired on July 1. The £13,000-worth of gifts were all paid for by the Bank of England, which is owned by the country. Three events were also held to mark his departure, which came to more than £10,000. An evening reception on June 26 cost £4,672, while a £3,450 dinner was held the following day. Another dinner was held on June 28 at a cost of £3,800, with the flowers and invitations for the three events coming to £1,501. The information emerged following a freedom of information request from msn.com, with the Bank of England insisting the gift of the silver napkin ring is normal for all departing senior directors. See PA story ECONOMY King. Photo credit should read: Diana Blakeney/Bank of England/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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On stepping down as governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King was presented with this portrait of himself by artist Diana Blakeney. In addition to the £10,000 painting Sir Mervyn, now Lord King, received a £597 silver napkin ring and a £2,505 sculpture of German playwright and scientist Johann von Goethe when he retired on July 1. The £13,000-worth of gifts were all paid for by the Bank of England, which is owned by the country. Three events were also held to mark his departure, which came to more than £10,000. The information emerged following a freedom of information request from msn.com, with the Bank of England insisting the gift of the silver napkin ring is normal for all departing senior directors Read more