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Surrey (/ˈsʌri/ SURR-ee) is a county in South East England which borders Kent to the east, Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the northwest, and Greater London to the northeast.

With about 1.2 million people, Surrey is the twelfth most populous English county, the third most populous home county, after Kent and Essex, and the third most populous in the South East, after Hampshire and Kent.

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Woking (/ˈwkɪŋ/ WOH-king) is a large town in northwest Surrey, England. It is at the southwestern edge of the Greater London Urban Area and is a part of the London commuter belt, with frequent trains and a journey time of approximately 24 minutes to Waterloo station. Woking is 23 miles (37 km) southwest of Charing Cross in central London. Woking town itself, excluding its narrowly contiguous built-up area which extends from West End to West Byfleet, has a population of 62,796, and the UK Government has recorded its Built Up Area as 5% more populous than its Borough with 105,367 residents in 2011, the highest in the county.

Woking has returned Conservative majorities at national elections since its seat was created in 1950 with Jonathan Lord re-elected as its Member of Parliament in the 2017 general election. Read more...

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Branson at Chatham House in March 2015

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies.

Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. His first business venture, at the age of 16, was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. He opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records—later known as Virgin Megastores—in 1972. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label. In 2004, he founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic, based at Mojave Air and Space Port, noted for the SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane designed for space tourism.

In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for "services to entrepreneurship". For his work in retail, music and transport (with interests in land, air, sea and space travel), his taste for adventure, and for his humanitarian work, he has become a prominent global figure. Read more...

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  • ... that a colony of webspinners recently discovered in Surrey was the first new order of insects found in Britain for over a century?
  • ... that in 1844, the medical officer of the Surrey Dispensary said he frequently visited places where excrement accumulated for months or remained in streets until the rain washed it away?
  • ... that a steel sculpture at the entrance to the University of Surrey's Stag Hill Campus was strength-tested before being placed to ensure it could bear the weight of students attempting to climb it?

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