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Last year, in all state-funded schools and colleges in the London borough of Lambeth, 1,100 people took GCSEs, but only 45 took one or more A-level. In the one private school, Streatham Hill and Clapham High, 48 people were taking one or more A-level. [Government school performance tables]

Each year, Americans spend as much on lawn care as on books, about $30 billion. [International Herald Tribune, 30th March 1999]

One in five conversations lasting ten minutes or more will involve a lie; if one of the parties goes to college or university it will be one in three. [Civilization, February/March…

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