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Can anybody think of any historically-significant cultural or technological innovation to have emerged from Continental Western Europe since World War II?

[Editor: does Catherine Deneuve count?]

[Other Editor: how about the World Wide Web?]

[Reader Ken Hagler: “How about the VAT? You didn’t say it had to be good…”]

[Reader & blogger Mark Byron: SCUBA, Velcro]

[Reader & blogger Steven Den Beste: Audio cassette, laser disc]

[Reader Aaron Dickey: ABBA] hmmmm.

Update: Of course although the World Wide Web was created in CERN (Switzerland) Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor, was an Englishman

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