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Millennium

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...January 2001 , having made a heavy financial loss and proved something of an embarrassment to Tony Blair and the New Labour government who had supported it. It was widely perceived as a white elephant . In 2003 permission was granted to turn it into a 20,000-seater arena, which opened in 2007 . In 2005 the telecommunications company O 2 (now Telefónica O 2 Europe plc) assumed sponsorship of it and it was officially renamed ‘The O 2...

Private

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...number of these expressions, such as ‘technicolor yawn’, meaning vomiting, and ‘strain the potatoes’, meaning to urinate, were popularized by two films based on the strip, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie ( 1972 ) and Barry McKenzie Holds His Own ( 1974 ). Birtspeak Birtspeak 2.0 is a column which gives examples of convoluted and impenetrable jargon from the corporate world. It is named after John Birt ( b.1944 ), former Director-General of the BBC, who was noted for this kind of language, and the column is accompanied by a cartoon drawing of a dalek ,...

Eureka Stockade

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

...miners – mainly Irish, but also including Americans, Canadians and Italians and two Australian-born – who refused to pay a government licence fee that they considered unjust. (Gold was first discovered in Ballarat in 1851 and during the decade that followed it enticed about 84,000 Irish emigrants to this area.) In the early hours of Sunday 3 December 1854 government forces attacked and captured the stockade – an area of about one acre (0.4 ha), roughly enclosed with slabs and carts, taking the defenders by surprise as they did not believe they would be...

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