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Delusion

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Celebrity spats have always sold papers and things are no different in the internet age. Rather than the Eurozone crisis, it’s turmoil within the Kardashian Klan and Elton John’s latest bun-fight that draw attention to the pages of the Daily Gossip. But when it comes to public tiffs, it’s not only the tabloids that relish the scent of blood in the air.

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Hunger

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"Sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them." A reasonable enough remark perhaps, but not particularly clever. Surprising then that this rather banal piece of prose from the 2008 novel The Hunger Games has been revealed by bookseller Amazon as the most commonly highlighted passage on the Kindle; some eighteen-thousand or so eager readers saw fit to draw attention to it on the bestselling e-reader.

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All that glitters

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As bling goes, standards have clearly changed. Though handbags and heels may be the modern-day status symbols of choice, to the European royalty of long ago only diamonds would do. Seventeenth-century French queen Marie de Medicis was so taken by the wonder of the Beau Sancy diamond that she hectored her husband until he bought it for her.

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Woolwich: a day for reflection

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The Association of Islamic Charitable Projects (AICP) is a non-profit organisation based in the UK. Since our founding we have strived to present the positive and peaceful face of the British Muslim community. In our classes and events we emphasise social responsibility and civic-mindedness.

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Friends: upgrading to premium

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As usual when it comes to Facebook, the numbers are impressive and this time it's all about the billions. As the imperial social network lumbers its way towards one billion subscribers, it has just added the mobile photo application Instagram to its portfolio for the lofty sum of $1bn. A staggering investment indeed, even by Silicon Valley standards.

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A death in the (publishing) family

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Growing up, the Encyclopaedia Britannica was a permanent fixture on library shelves in all our schools. Even at a young age there was something imposing and dignified about the dark brown covers and the gold, inlaid lettering. This presumably was the intended effect. But for the urgent demands of school projects, we rarely had any need for the dusty volumes but they contributed a gravitas that was sure to be enjoyed by visiting parents and governors.

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What matters most

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The newest model is brighter and slimmer and faster. It does things we didn’t dream of before, connects us in ways that were unknown for most of history and puts information at our fingertips at a startling speed. It makes the old version look dated and clunky; truth be told, we'd rather not be seen in public with it any more.

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