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Batman, John
(1801-39) Pioneer and entrepreneur, and founder of Melbourne. Born in Australia of a transported English convict (who spelled his name Bateman), Batman was unusual in trying to compensate local Aborigines for the use of their land at Melbourne with an annual rental. His quasi-legal agreement with them was invalidated by the colonial authorities.

Batmania A name once proposed (in honour of John Batman), but never adopted, for the city now called Melbourne. The fictional Batman lived in gotham city.

mag lev A system of transport that uses magnetic levitation. Magnet fields hold the train slightly above the guideway, reducing the friction and allowing high speeds.

Megalopolitan Building, The The Fleet Street headquarters of the Daily Beast newspaper (owned by Lord Copper, a character inspired by the newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook) in Evelyn Waugh's 1938 satirical novel Scoop.

rabbit run A place (particularly in a shopping centre) where a large number of pedestrians pass by.

regentrification (US) Gentrification.


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