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Idea of the Week

January 27, 2010

‘These families, who had formed the backbone of the village in the past, who were the depositories of the village traditions, had to seek refuge in the large centres; the process, humourously designated by statisticians as “the tendency of the rual population towards the large towns,” being really the tendency of water to flow uphill when forced by machinery.’

– Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

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