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The bestselling fictional work in the US in 1977 was The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien. [Prospect, page 43]

The British rail system receives almost £5bn a year in public subsidy—almost four times as much as it did when privatised in 1994. [The Economist, 2nd December 2006]

An average avatar in the virtual reality world Second Life consumes about the same amount of electricity per year as a Brazilian. [Rough Type]

In recent elections, around half of the French electorate have either not voted or voted for a far left or far right party. [The Nation, 13th November…

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