Page 201. " the man was a good Inca "
macchu picchu
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The Incas inhabited a large part of South America from about 1200 AD to 1573 AD. Although the civilisation was broken up at this time, Inca customs continue to be recognised among small tribes in South America. 

Page 201. " Ancient Greece "
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Ancient Greece was the civilisation that emerged between the 8th century BC and the Roman conquest of Greece in 146 BC. Classical Greek culture was in large part adopted by the Romans, and Greek philosophy had a great influence on modern philosophy and science. 

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Page 201. " Or maybe around 1775 "

1775 marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. This was the campaign that led to American independence from British rule in the following year. 



Page 207. " and a mandolin "
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mandolin is an instrument similar to a lute, with a tear-shaped body and 4 double sets of strings. It features famously in Louis de Bernières' novel:

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Page 207. " The animal fair "

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Page 215. " he planned to assassinate Hitler "
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 Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party in Germany before and during the Second World War. A committed Fascist, he believed that the German race needed to be purified; his solution was to murder those he perceived to be impure, including Jews, Gypsies and homosexuals.  The result was the genocide of millions of people.

Various plots to assassinate Hitler flourished during the 1930s and early 1940s, both among Allied troops and among Hitler's own soldiers, but none of them was successful. Hitler eventually shot himself in an underground bunker in 1945 when it became clear that Germany was about to lose the war. 



Page 218. " It was a terrible sin to buy anything with a German or Japanese label "
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During World War II, the nations opposing Nazi Germany were known as the Allied Forces; those who joined with Germany were known as the Axis Powers. These included Japan, Italy, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.


Page 218. " Cross-eyed "

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Strabismus is a condition where the eyes are not properly aligned. Sufferers are often referred to as cross-eyed. 

Page 224. " Gangrene "
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When part of the body receives an insufficient supply of blood, the tissue dies and infection sets in.  This process is called gangrene. It spreads to other parts of the body and, unless stopped by amputation, the result is usually death.