18/10/2016 Reporting Scotland


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The prices we pay - in shops, for travel

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and for household bills - are rising.

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Official inflation data almost doubled last month and it's widely

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expected this could be the start of a new bout

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One of the main factors driving this up are fuel prices.

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Here's our Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser.

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Inflation had risen to 0.6% to August, and it was expected

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to rise, but it was up 1% in September against a basket

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to rise, but it was up 1% in September across a basket

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One of the reasons was the increase in fuel costs.

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Petrol and diesel have been rising steeply

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and they are expected to continue rising in the weeks to come.

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They have been hit by a double whammy.

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Brent crude, is the benchmark price and that has been rising

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and in January it hit a low point of $30 but now it is over $50.

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The pound since the European Union referendum, it has dropped in value,

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so anything which is valued in foreign currency including oil,

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That is driving costs up right across the economy.

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Inflation is measured with a shopping basket of more

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than 700 everyday items in the household budget

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and many of them will be affected by the same thing.

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decided to leave the European Union our currency sterling has declined

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in value, down about 18% against the dollar and the euro

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The price of importing raw materials is up.

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Two more items rising fast, clothing and hotel

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But there are exceptions - competition remains fierce

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in the supermarkets keeping prices down, and that means food prices

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continue to fall in September, but don't expect that to last.

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The price inflation basket is a very large one but it is not big enough

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to include housing costs, and we also get figures on them.

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The average home in August sold for 4.3% more than last year,

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nothing like the price rises seen in England, partly because of

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The oil sector has stalled and city prices have plunged 18%

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Home-buyers and consumers are looking for confidence,

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but they are facing uncertainty and that is with

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We can put up with inflation, as long as we can expect

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to see incomes rising, but is it rising, will it rise

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We will find out more when we get wider figures about the labour

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Ukip's David Coburn says he's considering running to become the UK

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leader of his party - if he's asked by colleagues.

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There's a leadership vacuum in Ukip, which has had a torrid time

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But, the party's former Scottish chairman says he laughed

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when he heard David Coburn - Scotland's only elected

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Ukip politician - was considering the move.

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Our political correspondent, Andrew Kerr has more.

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David Coburn was elected two years ago to serve

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Now his sights could be set on the top Ukip job.

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Nigel Farage's departure has left a power vacuum in the party,

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his successor Diane James was in post for just 18 days,

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as the leadership contest opens David Coburn has said

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Many people have suggested it, but I will wait

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It is more important to get someone we can unite around,

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that is the most important thing, but if nothing else I've got some

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experience in running Scotland so hopefully that would be helpful,

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but we have a lot of people, very talented in Ukip and we need

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to settle on somebody who will do a good job that we can agree with.

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But the MEP was shunned by the Scottish political

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There are wider problems for Ukip with the leading leadership

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contender having dropped out after an alleged

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You have elected politicians fighting each other where there

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is this hatred in some cases towards Nigel or anyone who is seen

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Some people called me his puppet, things like that.

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Whilst that is happening, they are letting down the members

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I do think at this stage Ukip is ungovernable.

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David Coburn doesn't recognise that portrayal.

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We are not easy to govern, why should we be?

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We are ordinary people, it is not like the smooth

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politicians who want to head for the House of Lords.

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But here in Scotland, for some people the prospect

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of David Coburn becoming Ukip's UK leader is a step too far.

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Ukip's former Scottish chairman fell out with the party,

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I laughed when I heard it and I phoned a few friends,

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former Ukip, who also had the same reaction, it is not funny,

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The idea that the man has any leadership qualities to lead a party

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If David Coburn decides to run he could be against these Ukip

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figures, Paul Nuttall, Suzanne Evans and Raheem Kassam.

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These people and the party have achieved what they set out to do,

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David Coburn might wonder about the leadership,

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while others wonder about the future direction of the party.

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There were numerous failings in the treatment and assessment

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of a mentally ill man who attacked his parents in Troon.

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Four years ago, Graeme Morris, who was living in Brighton

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at the time, travelled to Ayrshire where he killed his mother

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A new report criticises mental health services

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Ten patients of the Sussex Partnership Trust have killed

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Aileen Clarke has been looking into this Scottish case.

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In October 2012 Graeme Morris, who was 30 at the time.

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to his parents' home in Troon and he

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slapped and pushed his mother and beat up his father,

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He was diagnosed as a schizophrenic and pleaded guilty to culpable

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homicide and is being detained indefinitely.

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He had attacked his parents, such was his paranoia

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he believed his father had abused him and along with his mother

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This lengthy independent report into Graeme Morris's care

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in Brighton where he was living has found a number of failings

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and weaknesses in his treatment and assessments and a failure

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to involve either his family or a former partner,

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when assessing the risk he might pose.

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To discover, that he was using drugs, for example, and legal highs.

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Despite that the report concludes that Graeme Morris's violent attack

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on his parents was neither predictable or preventable.

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However the report notes that his family do not agree.

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They believe it could have been predicted and prevented.

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Today the chief executive of the Trust responsible

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for his care, gave this apology to his father.

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I apologise entirely, this is not something we wanted

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to happen and I can understand how devastating it is for him.

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There is nothing I can say that can bring his wife back.

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I would want to assure him that we are serious

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Cafes, shops and restaurants in Aberdeen have signed up

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to welcome women who want to breast-feed on their premises.

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Figures show almost half of new mums feel uncomfortable

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nursing their babies in front of others.

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It is still a fairly uncommon sight in public,

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but here in Aberdeen that could be about to change.

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Businesses are being recruited to display their breast-feeding

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I have gone to a few places myself where I've been desperate

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to breast-feed and to have a sign on the door to say that

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you are welcome is good and I will feel less uncomfortable.

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Still in this country compared to Sweden where I'm from,

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you rarely see people breast-feeding in public, and it is important that

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women who have just given birth have got

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the opportunity to go out and do

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what needs to be done and also have safe places to breast-feed,

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where we have facilities to change our babies

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This is one of more than 60 cafes, shops and restaurants

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in Aberdeen which have already signed up to the scheme,

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they will display a logo saying that breast-feeding is OK here,

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women can see it as a safe and secure environment for them

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The aim of the scheme is to reduce the stigma and to make it more

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It is a woman's right to be able to breast-feed in public

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but it is helping them to feel more comfortable to do that.

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This cafe is already a haven for breast-feeding mothers,

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We have had a great response, we have done this now for four years

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and there has been no negativity from any guests and we have

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been bold enough to say, use our units to breast-feed.

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Is this it scheme something older mothers approve of?

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Someone of my age, we didn't do it, but it is all changed

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When you were breast-feeding you would not have gone

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If it had been happening at the time, I would have done,

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but everything was hidden in those days.

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This is the logo to look out for, it is dotted around businesses

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in Aberdeen city centre but the scheme is already expanding

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into rural areas, another important step to a breast-feeding

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The number of people killed in fires in Scotland has gone up slightly.

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45 people died - that's up four on the previous

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12 months, according to the Scottish Fire

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More than half the number of call-outs were false

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Here is the weather. There is a lot of dry and settled

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weather in the forecast over the next few days and we need to look to

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the jet stream to understand. This steers weather systems across the

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Atlantic. Its shape is important. Developing into a horseshoe shape

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keeping the rain at bay and within the apex of that high-pressure sets.

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That will edge and sweet and over the next few days keeping as largely

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dry and settled. Some crisp autumnal sunshine. Tonight mostly dry. One or

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two showers. Still quite breezy. Nothing to call. Tomorrow morning a

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number of showers to start on the West Coast, through the Hebrides,

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but most of the mainland starting dry and bright. Temperatures there

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at eight in the morning. Showers in the Inverness area, far north-east,

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north-west and Northern Isles. I please from the north-west. Through

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their course of Wednesday showers in the West tend to fizzle and feed

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away. There will be some on the East coast. Elsewhere plenty of sunshine.

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Down the East coast from the Borders towards his anger and cant quite

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breezy with a number of showers elsewhere. Dry and bright. Light

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winds and sunshine, it should feel fairly decent. Into the evening

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showers across Eastern part of a country but more cloud and a call

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that night. Into Thursday, high-pressure still with us. Keeping

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that low pressure at bay and keeping their weather front in the Atlantic

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there. We start to see thickening cloud for the Western Isles but for

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most it is dry and bright and sunny. Temperatures similar. And to

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most it is dry and bright and sunny. little in the way of change. Might

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it not sunny spells. One or Our next update is during Breakfast

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at 6.25 tomorrow morning. But from everyone on the late team

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here in Glasgow and around the country, enjoy what's left

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of your Tuesday evening. It was the most beautiful view

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I've ever been through.

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