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The video game Halo 2 racked up sales of $125m in its first 24 hours of release. Hollywood’s biggest weekend opening ever was Spider-Man, at $114m. [San Francisco Chronicle, 18th December 2004] No words in the English language rhyme with orange, silver, purple and month. [New Scientist, 18th December 2004] In 2004, the worst performing economy in central Europe, the Czech Republic’s, grew almost twice as fast as the euro-area economies. [The Economist, 8th January 2005] 41 per cent of British people stay at home every evening of the week. [The Guardian, 8th January 2005] 5 per cent of China’s…

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