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When Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, his army used more horses, and more horses per soldier, than did Napoleon’s over 100 years earlier. [Prospect, p17] Rents in central Manchester are 40 per cent higher than in central Manhattan. [Centre for Cities] Adjusting for inflation, the most expensive film ever made is the 1963 Cleopatra, which cost almost $300m in 2006 dollars. [New Yorker, 8th January 2007] Neither the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post has an Australian correspondent. [Down Under by Bill Bryson] In India, unlike most advanced democracies, electoral participation is positively correlated with…

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