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Dates with destiny

The year 46 BC became dubbed ‘annus confusionis’ – the year of confusion – because of the change from the Numan calendar to the Julian calendar.

The move to a more accurate solar cycle-based calendar meant there were 445 days in 46 BC.

Confusion reigned in 2016 too – thank goodness there were only 366 days. And 2017 might not be much different. In his Autumn Statement last month, the UK’s new chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £23bn national investment fund to help address the gap between Britain’s productivity and that of some of its EU counterparts (for now). The backdrop to his speech was obviously Brexit, which will be set in motion next year.

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