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Three quarters of all Oscar-winning films have been literary adaptations. [Prospect, page 70]

In 1895, 5 per cent of Britain was covered in woodland; the figure is now 11.8 per cent. [The Observer, 26th January 2003]

In 2002, there were 82 murders in Manhattan – fewer than there have been for a century. [Salon, 31st December 2002]

American schools are more segregated now than they were before the introduction of civil rights laws in the 1960s. [The Economist, 24th February 2003]

There are 400 plastic surgeons in S?o Paolo – the same number as in Britain. [Evening Standard, 24th…

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