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Czechoslovakia Gains Independence

The creation of Czechoslovakia was the culmination of the long struggle of the Czechs against their Austrian rulers. Benefiting from a liberal, democratic constitution, the new republic appeared to have a bright future. Yet the new state was far from being a stable unit. With its antagonistic and nationalistic ethnic elements, it reflected the inherent weakness of the Hapsburg empire. How did the nationality problem lead to a European crisis on the eve of WWII?

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Basket Weaving

Basketry is the art of weaving flexible materials to form vessels or other objects. The materials used include twigs, bamboo splits, rattan, raffia, grasses, and straw. Basketry is an ancient craft, and baskets used for storing grain in 4000 or 5000 BCE have been excavated in Egypt. The tombs of Etruria have also yielded ancient specimens that, along with much later Roman baskets, display weaving strokes still in use. What is the difference between "coiled" basketry and "plaiting" basketry?

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Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone is the president and CEO of Formula One (F1) Management and F1 Administration. Originally a racer, he gave up the sport after an accident in 1951, later returning as a manager and, eventually, a team owner. In the 1970s, he negotiated broadcasting rights with major TV networks that helped market the sport worldwide. In 2004, his home became the most expensive house ever sold when a steel magnate bought it for how many millions of dollars?

Last updated on Saturday, 28th October 2006

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