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Twice as many people die from falling out of a building than from food poisoning each year, four times as many drown and ten times more are murdered. [Prue Leith, RSA lecture, October 1996]

The administration of the European Union spends one third of its income on translation from and into all the 11 official languages. [Eric Hobsbawm, Living as Equals (ed. Paul Barker) OUP, 1996]

Negative equity is expected to affect just 250,000 home owners by the end of 1997-down from 1m at the end of 1995. Repayments on a ?40,000 mortgage in 1996 are 16 per cent lower…

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