" We are not rich in the bank, but we have always prospered, and we have quite enough. I never walk out with my husband but I hear the people bless him ... I never lie down at night but I know that in the course of that day he has alleviated pain and soothed some fellow-creature in the time of need ... Is not this to be rich? "
Charles Dickens

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Émile Zola Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Zola had an ardent zeal for social reform. His part in the Dreyfus Affair, notably his 1898 article "J'accuse," was his most conspicuous public action and earned him the animosity of the anti-Dreyfus party. Prosecuted for libel, he escaped to England, where he remained until an amnesty enabled his return to France. A couple of years later, he died suddenly under suspicious circumstances, overcome by carbon-monoxide fumes in his sleep. Was it just a tragic accident or something more sinister?

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The Eurobarometer

Eurobarometer is a series of surveys that have been regularly performed since 1973 on behalf of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU). Posing a range of questions, it examines public opinion on issues relating to the EU across its member states and investigates topics such as the environment, technology, and health. A Flash Eurobarometer consists of telephone interviews that yield results more quickly. How often is the Standard Eurobarometer survey conducted?

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Pompey the Great

Pompey was a Roman general and the rival of Julius Caesar. Along with Caesar and Crassus, he was a member of the First Triumvirate established in 61 BCE. After the death of Pompey's wife, Caesar's daughter Julia, Pompey and Caesar became enemies. When Pompey received the sole consulship as the leader of the senatorial party, Caesar broke with the senate and crossed the Rubicon, and a civil war began. Pompey was defeated at Pharsalus and fled to Egypt, where he was assassinated while doing what?

Last updated on Sunday, 29th September 2013

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