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During the 1951 British election, 30 per cent of voters attended a political meeting. In 1997, it was 3 per cent. [McCallum Lecture, David Butler, November 1997]

In Turkey, women were given the right to vote in 1934-before France, Italy or Switzerland. [New Left Review, Nov/Dec 1997]

Thirty-three per cent of all American women use anti-ageing creams. [Shift, January 1998]

Buckingham Palace received 580,000 e-mail messages of sympathy following the death of Princess Diana. [Granta, Winter 1997]

US teachers rank computer skills and media technology more “essential” than European history, biology, chemistry and physics. [Atlantic Monthly, July 1997]


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