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As we increasingly rely on the internet for instant information, the reference book begins to look like an artefact from another era.
In 2020 many people will become involuntary slackers. Boredom, despair and loneliness kill too.
Once a backward country in the grip of a grim dictatorship, Portugal has become a hot spot for tech migrants, surfers, foodies and yoga gurus, with a popular socialist prime minister.
The local newspaper, which prized truth and accountability, was once the best training ground a journalist could possibly have.
Boris Johnson was parachuted into Uxbridge four years ago and has never bothered to make himself popular there. Now, activists in this odd and divided constituency are agitating to overthrow him.
Fischer led his party through the 1990s and was deputy prime minister, before suddenly opting out to give more time to his autistic son. He remained Australia’s best-loved politician.
Two new books purport to be about cricket but tell us a lot about the vagaries of life.
Gould’s Euroscepticism now seems prophetic, but it blighted his promising career.
It has suffered one of the most brutal terror attacks in recent history, but under Jacinda Ardern the country is increasingly considered a beacon of sanity in a world of extremism.
Rather than tackle the impending catastrophe, Australia seems intent on becoming the most nannyish nation on earth.