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‘We are so accustomed to numbers,’ Fioramonti asserts, ‘we do not realize their power anymore.’ And yet they increasingly rule our lives: the state of the economy, quality of life and myriad other conditions are all graded according to statistics
In 1990, on the brink of the fall of the Soviet Union, officials in present-day Transnistria declared the region as a Pridnestrovian Moldavian Region (PMR). In 1991, Moldova (including Transnistria) would become independent of the then dissolved USSR
The story of language in Europe, Dorren tells us, is like a game of Chinese whispers: once upon a time there was a single tongue – which linguists refer to it as PIE (Proto-Indo-European)
As Upton Sinclair wrote – and Naomi Klein quotes – ‘it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.’ This quote reaches the heart of global inaction on climate change
In 2010, herpetologist Robin Moore initiated a global frog search. He drew up a list of 100 species that hadn’t been seen in 15–140 years and mobilised more than 140 researchers in over 20 countries to try to find them
Jules Pretty does not hate modernity. He simply reminds us that we are at risk of losing an intimate and respectful relationship with the natural world. To this end, he travels among people who still live close to nature
Difficult decisions confront the residents of St Petersburg whenever they attempt to conceptualise their city’s past. It is tempting to blot out the Soviet era, but this would mean forgetting the heroic days during the Second World War
In 1933, Patrick Leigh Fermor left England in a pair of hobnailed boots and walked across Europe ‘like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar’. The books he wrote became classics and people dreamt of following in his footsteps

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