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After the death of Princess Diana, Colombia’s flower sales rose by 20 per cent. [The Globe and Mail, 3rd October 1997]

Nearly one in three Londoners would like to see the Spice Girls abducted by aliens. [Columbia TriStar]

The UN employs 53,333 people in its offices; three times as many work for McDonald’s. [Ploughshares Monitor, 1997]

Of Egypt’s 61m people, 95 per cent live along the Nile. [The Globe and Mail, 16th September 1997]

There are 20,000 faith healers in the UK, nearly twice the number of Anglican priests.

[The Guardian, Madeleine Bunting, October 1997]

The historian Robert Blake…

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