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A panel ac­com­pa­ny­ing our pro­file of Aung San Suu Kyi said she was born in Myanmar on 19 June 1945, which, we claimed, was “just weeks af­ter the end of the Se­cond World War”. The war in Europe ended on 8 May 1945 but in Myanmar, then the Bri­tish colony of Burma, the cam­paign con­tin­ued un­til July, with even­tual vic­tory in south­east Asia de­clared on 15 Au­gust 1945, VJ Day (“Damned by her si­lence”, last week, page 30).

Us­age cor­ner: “The right is man­ag­ing a cockup of such epic pro­por­tions that some of the Tory elite want to dis­as­so­ci­ate from such a toxic brand” (sub­head­ing, Com­ment, last week). While some sources de­clare dis­as­so­ci­ate and dis­so­ci­ate to be in­ter­change­able, the text of the piece fol­lowed our style guide: use dis­so­ci­ate/dis­so­ci­a­tion, it says, not dis­as­so­ci­ate/dis­as­so­ci­a­tion (“Like fad­ing pow­ers of the past, Bri­tain shows signs of be­ing in ter­mi­nal de­cline”, page 31).

Our in­ter­view with the new chil­dren’s lau­re­ate, Lau­ren Child, said she would be giv­ing an in­au­gu­ral lec­ture in Lon­don on 19 Septem­ber. We meant 19 Oc­to­ber (“‘Let them daw­dle and learn by ac­ci­dent’ – why lau­re­ate wants new deal for chil­dren”, News, last week, page 7).

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