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Happiness peaks at the age of 74. Teenagers rank their contentment at 5.5 on a scale of one to seven. Levels then decline, dropping to 5 at age 40, but rise after to hit 5.9 at 74. Social Indicators Research, 11th February 2010

Kandahar airport in Afghanistan is the second busiest in the world, after Heathrow. Financial Times, 13th February 2010

In the last three Olympic Games, an average of 50 per cent of British medal winners were educated at public school. Daily Telegraph, 2nd February 2010

India has 300 prisoners awaiting execution, almost all by hanging—and…

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