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The origin of garden gnomes, capital punishment in China and pyjama-wearing Brits

By Prospect   April 2011

Garden gnomes were first brought to England from Germany in 1847 by Charles Isham, a spiritualist who hoped they would attract real gnomes to his Northamptonshire garden. Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2010

China has removed the death penalty for 13 crimes, including fraud and smuggling rare animals; 55 offences are still subject to capital punishment. AFP, 25th February 2011

In 2009-10, 8.6 per cent of adults in England and Wales took illegal drugs—the lowest figure since 1996. British Crime Survey, January 2011

Less than 15 per cent of Wikipedia’s contributors are women. New York Times, 30th January 2011

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