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A billion seconds ago, it was 1974. A billion minutes ago, Jesus had only recently died. A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age. []


In the US, 36 per cent of newly-wed couples have had a physically violent argument by the time they get married. []


British television is showing 176 reality TV shows this year. [Observer “Review,” 17th April 2005]


William Hague was the first leader of the Conservative party since 1922 not to become prime minister. [The Guardian, 8th June 2001]


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