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It's no good getting in a spin about the end of the millennium

For people of a certain age it is impossible to relate the term 'fin du siecle' to the dying months of this year. Difficult to relate it to any period except the turn of the last century, when the age of Napoleon, Jane Austen and Queen Victoria gave place to the age of Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemingway and Fergie. That was a turning point in history indeed: one minute the tremendous pageantry of kings, emperors and empires putting the finishing touches to the environment; the next a catalogue ...

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