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Two thirds of the world’s people have never seen snow. (Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar 2008) In Britain, the mean average weekly wage for foreign-born workers is £424, compared with £395 for the native-born. (The Times, 17th October 2007) A pedestrian anywhere inside Paris’s “75” postal code is never more than 500 metres from a Metro station. (International Herald Tribune, 18th June 2007) Vladimir Nabokov spent seven years as a research fellow in entomology at Harvard. (At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist by Anne Fadiman) The Harappan civilisation in what is now Pakistan and northwest India had…

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