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In 1989, Vincent Van Gogh was the world’s most expensive artist. In 2008, he was 394th on the Artprice auction turnover list. (Breakingview.com, 12th May 2009) The number of millionaires in Britain has nearly halved in size during the recession, from 489,000 in 2007 to 242,000 now. (The Guardian, 27th May 2009) If Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed, six of the nine justices of the US supreme court will be Roman Catholic, two will be Jewish and one a Protestant (John Paul Stevens, 89). (Salon, 31st May 2009) Three babies…

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