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Did you know that Britainís first self service petrol station opened in November 1961 on the south end of Southwark Bridge? The very first fuel-only (as opposed to repairs) garage was opened by the AA in 1920, at Aldermaston. Petrol, by the way, only entered our vocabulary in 1870, strangely a trade name of a company called Carless Refining who coined the word for a solvent used, among other applications, to treat nits.

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George Brown
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I had lunch with a chess champion the other day. I knew he was a chess champion because it took him 20 minutes to pass the salt. - Eric Sykes
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Masada - 0073, Newton the First Scientist Knighted - 1705, Battle of Culloden - 1746, Spithead Mutiny Begins - 1797, Lenin Returns to Russia - 1917
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