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Surrey (/ˈsʌri/ SURR-ee) is a county in South East England, and one of the home counties. It borders Kent to the east, both East & West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the northwest and Greater London to the northeast.

The county town is popularly considered to be Guildford although Surrey County Council is based in Kingston upon Thames, which since 1965 has been a part of Greater London. With a population of 1.1 million, Surrey is the third-most-populous county in the South East.

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The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Ewell,
seen from the West.

The Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ewell is the civic church of the borough of Epsom and Ewell in the county of Surrey in South East England. Read more...

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Caine in October 2012

Sir Michael Caine, CBE (/kn/; born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in more than 125 films in a career spanning 50 years and is considered a British film icon. Known for his cockney accent, Caine was born in South London, where during his early childhood, he and his parents lived in a rented flat on Urlwin Street, in Camberwell.

He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in British films, including Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). His roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), The Last Valley (1971), Sleuth (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita (1983), earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986, he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters.

Caine played Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). This was his first starring role in several years, which led to a career resurgence in the late 1990s, receiving his second Golden Globe Award for his performance in Little Voice in 1998, and receiving his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules, the following year. Caine played Nigel Powers in the 2002 parody Austin Powers in Goldmember, and Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. He appeared in several other of Nolan's films, including The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010), and Interstellar (2014). He also appeared in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men and Matthew Vaughn's action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. As of February 2017, films in which he has starred have grossed over $3.5 billion domestically, and over $7.8 billion worldwide. Caine is ranked as the twentieth-highest-grossing box office star.

Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s, the other one being Jack Nicholson; Lord Olivier was also nominated for an acting Academy Award in five different decades, beginning in 1939 and ending in 1978. Caine appeared in seven films that featured in the British Film Institute's 100 greatest British films of the 20th century. In 2000, Caine received a BAFTA Fellowship, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema. Read more...

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  • ... 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?
  • ... 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?

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