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Laurence Olivier
Actor and author Steven Berkoff chooses Laurence Olivier was one of the leading actors and theatre and him directors of his generation. He was also the founding director of the National Theatre. The son of a clergyman, among his most notable stage pe
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The Progressive Revolution
1 It gave us the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (issued by the new National Assembly in August 1789). This set of principles (on which the revolutionaries would base the new constitution) included: liberty of the individual, equa
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“In October 1964 the athlete Yoshinori Sakai lit the flame at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. He had been born just over 19 years earlier, on the same day that the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This was no coincidence. Sakai wa