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Referendum round-up: Six weeks to go

It's six weeks to go until the referendum and, with the debate ramping up, it can be be easy to lose track - but we're here to help.

Each Friday, we'll give you a round-up of the big referendum stories, the small referendum stories, and the weird ones from the far-flung corners of the internet.

We'll also take a look at what you've been saying on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media sites.

So, here's what's been going on this week.

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The Debate

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Well, it finally happened - Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling went head-to-head in a live TV debate.

The debate set social media alight, with the hashtag #ScotDecides being used more than 140,000 times.

Despite the debate, and all the analysis and chatter around it, it's not clear if it really settled anything.

Writer Armando Iannucci tweeted: "I'm disappointed by the lack of ambition. Scotland's voting on the next 100 years; both men just talked about the next 2 or 3."


Anas and the Giant Pound

Speaking of Armando Iannucci, this photo of Anas Sarwar delivering an enormous pound coin with Alex Salmond's face on it to Bute House made us suspect he might be writing the script for the referendum campaign.

Both sides have been squabbling over currency since Tuesday's debate.

Alex Salmond insisted "it's Scotland's pound and we are keeping it", and Ed Miliband said there would be "big risks" with any currency option.

But the best line on currency this week came from an audience member in the STV debate, who said: "Mr Darling says Scotland isn't a foreign country. Has he tried to pay a London taxi driver with a Scottish note?"


Vote like Jagger?

Joyously, hundreds more celebrities voiced their opinion on the referendum this week.

Up-and-coming rock musician Sir Mick Jagger was among 200 public figures who signed a letter urging Scotland to vote "No".

On the other side, supporters of independence include Sir Sean Connery, actor Brian Cox and novelist Irvine Welsh.

As always, the calm voice of reason came from Barry Chuckle of the Chuckle Brothers, who tweeted: "I leave it up to the Scots to decide."


Reddit-rendum

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The referendum was formally acknowledged by the cool part of the internet this week when it reached the front page of Reddit.

A topic was posted called: "Scottish Redditors, do you want to become independent and if so, why?"

Over seven thousand comments were posted from people on both sides of the debate, and curious onlookers who wanted to learn more.

If you're on Reddit, you can subscribe to updates from BBC World here.


The Games

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Glasgow 2014 came to an end on Sunday, and so we reached the final stretch of the referendum campaign.

The Games were largely free of politics, with Alex Salmond maintaining a "self-denying ordinance" during the action.

But what impact, if any, will the successful games have on the vote? Nicola Sturgeon told The Guardian the games "feelgood" factor would act as a confidence boost for "Yes" campaign.

Is she right? As the referendum draws nearer, keep an eye on the polls.

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