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Britons buy almost half as many celebrity magazines as Americans, despite a population only a fifth the size. [The Economist, 3rd September 2005] Each successive monarch faces in a different direction on British coins. [BBC News Online] There are over 25,000 centenarians in Japan—twice as many as there were five years ago. By 2050, the country expects to have over 1m people aged over 100. [Associated Press, 13th September 2005] In 2003, American companies invested twice as much in Ireland as they did in China. [Foreign Policy, September/October 2005] Until David Miliband’s 40th birthday in July, there were no…

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