I was signing up for an online service. One of the stages was to select my country from a drop-down list. That should be easy, I thought, but the UK was not listed. Neither was England. A further hunt and …

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BRIC, MAVINS and PIIGS Back in 2003 the acronym BRIC was used by Goldman Sachs when talking about the economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. The report speculated that by 2050 these four economies would be wealthier than …

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Jedward to represent Ireland at Eurovision. The Grimes brothers had been favourites to win Friday’s ‘Eurosong’ contest. They are the twins who lost out on X Factor glory – but Jedward have become Ireland’s next Eurovision entrants with the song “Lipstick”. …

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