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Tim Walker : Doomsayers await the end of the world – in 12 days' time

THE end of the world is nigh, or so apocalypse observers would have you believe.

The Mayan and Hopi Mesoamerican Long Count calendar may have begun in 3114BC and continued unerringly ever since, but it comes to an abrupt halt on 21 December 2012. Hence, the belief gaining ground among those who fall for this kind of thing that the cosmos will cease to exist in 12 days' time.

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