UFO
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Video: what is the origin of the term ‘UFO’?

 

2 July is World UFO Day, commemorating the purported UFO crash on 2 July 1947, in the Roswell UFO Incident. Whether or not…

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Carefully constructed: the language of Franz Kafka

 

A few months ago I took part in a discussion of Kafka on Melvyn Bragg’s radio programme In Our Time. One of the other participants…

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Quiz: how good is your Canadian English?

 

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