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Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan home county in South East England. The county town is Aylesbury and the largest town in ceremonial Buckinghamshire is Milton Keynes.

The area under the control of Buckinghamshire County Council, or shire county, is divided into four districts - Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe. The Borough of Milton Keynes is a unitary authority and forms part of the county for various functions such as Lord Lieutenant but does not come under county council control. The ceremonial county, the area including Milton Keynes borough, borders Greater London, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

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Buckingham is a town situated in north Buckinghamshire, England, approximately 10 miles (16.1 km) from the border with Northamptonshire. The town has a population of 11,572 (United Kingdom Census 2001), (2007 est. 13,200). Buckingham is also a civil parish designated as a town council.

Historically, Buckingham was the county town of Buckinghamshire, it was declared county town in the year 888 by Alfred the Great. (Aylesbury took over this role in the 16th century).

Buckingham has a variety of restaurants and pubs, typical of a small market town. It has a small number of local shops, both national and independent. Market days are Tuesday and Saturday, with a Farmers' Market held on the first Tuesday of each month. Buckingham is twinned with Mouvaux, France.

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Michael James Wallace Ashley (born 1963 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire) is an English billionaire retail entrepreneur, in the sporting goods market. He is also the owner of Newcastle United after paying around £135 million to buy the club.

Ranked 54th in the 2008 version of the Sunday Times Rich List with estimated wealth of £1.4 billion, Ashley was seen as an intensely private person, who never attended industry functions or gives interviews. Philip Beresforde, who compiles the annual Sunday Times list, said neither he nor his staff have ever managed to contact Ashley, and describes him as "easily Britain's answer to the late Howard Hughes." However, since Sports Direct International Plc went public, and his purchase of Newcastle United where he has taken to sitting in the stands with fans, Ashley has taken on a more public and accessible persona.

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  • that the River Ray rises at Quainton Hill and flows west through a flat countryside for around 25 km or 15 miles before it joins the Cherwell near Islip in Oxfordshire?


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