" It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two. "
Sun Tzu

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Terrorist Bombings in London

On July 7, 2005, four bombs struck the London public transportation system during the morning rush hour, killing 56 people, including four of the perpetrators, and injuring 700. The incident was the deadliest single act of terrorism in the United Kingdom since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. Who claimed responsibility for the attacks?



Thomas Cook

Cook was an English travel agent and, in 1841, he founded the travel agency that bears his name. After his idea of the guided tour met with success, he established his Circular Tour of Europe and, later, tours of the US. The company was nationalized in 1948, but it went into decline when it failed to offer the cheap "package holiday" that had recently gained popularity. The agency has been owned by private companies since 1972. What was the cost of a ticket for their around-the-world tour?

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Marc Chagall

Chagall was a Belarusian painter often associated with the Surrealist movement. He began studying painting in 1906 and soon began assimilating elements of cubism into his expressionistic style. He took inspiration from Russian folk-life and portrayed many Biblical themes reflecting his Jewish heritage. He was particularly fond of animal and flower symbols. Among his works are 2 murals designed for the New York City Metropolitan Opera House. Which popular musician was inspired by Chagall's work?

Last updated on Saturday, 7th July 2007

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