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I've tried to explain -- if I could put this in context. For years, newspapers had vast shelves full of directories, phonebooks. Some of them -- most of them -- all of them had reverse telephone books to get addresses, but it was a laborious process. If you wanted birth and depths, you would have to go to Somerset House. It would take days. If you wanted to get up the Electoral Register, that was a long and laborious process.

Somewhere in the early part of the new century, the technology provided for these things to go on CD Roms. Journalists thought they were getting the same kind of information much, much quicker and much more efficiently.

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