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Forty per cent of Britons would exchange the material benefits of the 1990s for the stability and certainties of the 1950s. [John Browne, Chief Executive of BP/Amoco]

This century, democratic government has turned into authoritarian rule more than 70 times. [Foreign Affairs, May/June 1999]

Indonesian politician Megawati Sukarnoputri has seen Beauty and the Beast 50 times. [Today Programme, BBC Radio 4]

In Britain, the NHS budget has doubled from ?23.5 billion in 1988 to ?45 billion in 1998. [The Rise & Fall of Modern Medicine, James Le Fanu]

In New York’s Central Park, crime has fallen by 80…

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