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Hodgson and Sir Bradley Wiggins admits he is unlikely to take part

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in the Tour de France. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

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at what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. We are staying the full

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distance tonight with our guests David Williamson, the political

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editor of Western Mail, and the broadcaster and author Dreda Say

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Mitchell. The Independent has a striking image of a lone piper on

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Gold Beach at Arromanches. As the world remembers D`Day, what if

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anything have we learnt? The great escape, Bernard Jordan makes the

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front page of the Daily Mail. That story of the 89`year`old veteran who

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absconded from a care home to join his comrades in France is also on

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the front of Daily Mirror. The Times has Royal Marines waiting for

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landing vessels. Its headline is a Tory manifesto to end illiteracy.

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The Herald features a smiling picture over Celtic's new coach. The

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news that the Labour stalwart Peter Hain will step down makes the

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Western Mail. In the Financial Times is that Turkish authorities have

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been handed a list of people who are trying to travel to Syria to join

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the conflict. And, the Scotsman reflects the words of thanks from

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leaders across the world. Let's begin with a D`Day

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commemorations, of course. A number of very beautiful pictures make

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their way onto the front pages. The Independent is where we will start,

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with a lone piper playing on Gold Beach, has Royal Marines landing

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craft arrived at Arromanches. The headline, the world remembers, but

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what, if anything, have we learnt? A reminder, David, that diplomacy or

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diplomatic spats are still continuing on the beaches today

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because of the presence of world leaders who have all sorts of

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differences, yet to be resolved? Absolutely. What we are looking at

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really is a cauldron, will which has all the ingredients for something

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terrifying, whether it is the Ukrainian situation or whether we

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just look around the world to what is happening in the Pacific, where

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it seems to be that there is regional nationalism bubbling up.

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The language of violence has being used again. This is a reminder, it

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is one thing to whip up a population, it is another thing to

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try to bolster a political position because of a military adventure, but

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this is what happens when the Dragons are let out. People who have

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to slay the Dragons are brave men, we see a few of these genuine

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warriors. I kept thinking as we were talking earlier, we need to be

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talking about women as well. The nurses who went over not knowing the

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conditions they will be working in, knowing it was a field and that was

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about it. The horrors they had to deal with. Putin, Obama, Cameron, it

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can't be lost on them, with all the problems we are facing, what have we

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learnt? When I think about something like this, we have to definitely

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commemorate and come out, but there has to be a sense of truth when they

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talk as well, and a sense of honesty. These can't just the days

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of commemoration, they have to be springboards for real change in the

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world. I have to sound very cynical about whether leaders are going to

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be really making changes in the world. I see this as a day that when

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all these leaders leave and go back to their countries, do they once

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again get mired up in the Rhone national issues and look at other

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countries is not being friendly? `` their own. Those young men in

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particular, who are now in their 80s and 90s, those men in particular,

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and the women as well in support, who are remembered, not politicians.

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At the end of the day, after the commemorations, it is the

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politicians who will be picking up the reins and pulling people in

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different directions. One of the biggest conflict at the moment is

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going on in Syria, and that feels very isolated. I worry what is

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happening with Syria, and it just keeps going on and on, and every

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time we keep seeing these dramatic and terrible pictures from Syria,

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but actually what is being done to ensure that that conflict comes to

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an end? On D`Day, this is an unprecedented pooling of sovereign,

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with Australia and New Zealand riding into the rescue with the US

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and UK, and here we are so many decades on, and our complete

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inability to broker even ceasefires in Syria, and co`operation did not

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stop once war was won. The European Union was built, the United Nations

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was created, and in Britain the welfare state of solidarity. All

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those things do seem to have gone out of fashion. Is this an

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opportunity to actually on the true achievements of the veterans, by

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rebooting these ideas? That is an excellent way of putting it. But

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again, sorry, cynical, I don't think that will happen when they all get

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on their planes and go home. On a slightly lighter side of the D`Day

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commemorations, the great escape. A veteran skips a care home to join

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the tributes in France. And 89`year`old man, a former Royal Navy

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officer, Bernard Jordan, who sparked a full`scale police search by

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leaving his care home in Hove, because he had been told he couldn't

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go to the commemorations, but he went anywhere. I think it's

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fantastic, and when you dig deep to what he actually did, he said he was

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off for a walk in the park, and he hid his medals under his coat, and

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then he got on a coach to France. People were saying, you are not

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correct, all that strategic planning, and all the things he had

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to do, it really shows that he was up for it. Like I saw earlier, I

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wonder if anyone thought about the veterans who are in the care homes,

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and wonder if anyone thought of that. How are we going to get them

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to Normandy? Or was it left at to military organisations with veteran

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groups and families to get the veterans fair? I think sometimes

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older people who end up in care homes, in our British society they

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get forgotten. Just thinking as well, the experience it must have

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been to these people to actually stand on beaches that were once like

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something out of Tom Tate's Inferno. `` Dante's Inferno. To have

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participated in... I think it is very hard to even try to conceive of

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what those beaches must have been like. We have an image of beaches

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and see, and the ocean being relaxing, and sand and stone beaches

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being where you take your family. I think it is hard sometimes to

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conceive of what hell it must have been for those people. Some of the

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archive footage, it was so loud, with the noise, the bombardment, all

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that activity. To have seen all that alive, and have parachutists coming

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in from overhead, must have been quite overwhelming to the people of

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France. Let's move away from the D`Day commemorations. The Tories

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planning a manifesto pledge to end in literacy. Isn't it extraordinary

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in 2014 that we are still talking about this? This makes my teeth

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slightly grind together, as a former teacher and someone who does still

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teach in prisons and young offender institutes, and go into schools

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still as well. First of all, every child to read and write, the caption

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is almost a tape of the Labour literacy strategy. That is, every

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Child a reader, every child a writer. When I think of literacy, I

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think what parents don't understand is that the literacy test that

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children take in Year 6, when they are 11, is they are not sitting

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reading a book. It is copper hedging. They will be asked to read

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a number of texts, and asked to answer a number of competent and

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questions. It's not about whether they can read it, it's whether they

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understand. Some of those tests are bad, I'm not sure I would have

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reached the national level when I was 11. I will let you talk, David,

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because I have so much to say. My other big issue is, when people keep

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talking about education, the curriculum, all they talk about are

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English and mathematics. The curriculum was always meant to be

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broad and balanced, we need to be talking about other subjects. The

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arts at the moment, under the current administration, are going

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out the door. I will come due a moment, in a sentence, if you can,

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why are there still children who cannot read to the required

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standard? Children develop at different ages, lots of different

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strategies to get those children up to a particular level need to be put

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in place. I can think of some of my friends who couldn't read as well as

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me when I was 11, but when they were 13 they were outstripping me. You

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have to put in the development of children. We can't make a children

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feel like failures, but what schools are doing and have been doing for a

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long time is putting strategies in place to make sure all children get

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to expected levels. David, cheaply and! Sorry! One of the things is

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that education goes so far beyond the classroom, beyond the school. It

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isn't a case of the teacher doing this, it is, do you actually read

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your children at night? Do you give them books, do you take them to the

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live research is part of their life? Because a child's development does

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not stop at 3pm when it is time to go home. What is interesting about

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this story is that it is in the context of these OECD figures that

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shows that compared to countries like South Korea and other places,

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the UK wasn't performing very well, and in Wales this has been a huge

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issue because we were the worst of the UK nations, and had actually

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gone backwards in so many key areas. There was a realisation that unless

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uranium is discovered in Snowdonia or something, our children are our

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greatest natural resource. If this dries up, how do you begin to create

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a culture of enlightenment, really? It makes it sound like it is all

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doom and gloom out there, and I wish some ministers would come in to see

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the schools I used to see. I used to work in the East End of London,

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amazing schools doing amazing things. It is not doom and gloom.

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You can't argue with the pledge as an aspiration, can you? Not as an

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aspiration, but when they make it sound like there aren't great things

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happening in our schools, that is what it feels like sometimes.

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Sometimes it puts off very high quality people wanting to be

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teachers as well, because it feels like they are going into an industry

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that is not working very well. It is working well, and our schools are

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fantastic, and our children are fantastic, like you say.

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ill more homes in the countryside. `` build more homes. Effectively

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offering an apology saying they underestimated how well Britain

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would do but they said they do need to sort out the housing problem.

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Christine Lagard is such a highly... People seem to worship

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her. There were great hopes that she could somehow become European

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Commission President. She has apparently ruled herself out. She

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has still got a job, she says. Actually, Britain is doing

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fantastically, but you do have a housing crisis. Should we be pleased

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with this? We are doing better than the IMF told us we would, but we

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have to build more houses. The issue isn't about building houses. I think

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there are some other issues. It depends on where you are living in

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Britain. You will be thinking, this doesn't sound like what is happening

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around me. I don't perceive we are doing very well. Particularly for

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people who are long`time unemployed, young people, and those

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who are older people and are unemployed. Under a number of people

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who were made redundant in 50s and they haven't had a job for a while.

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Was talking to a number of people who were saying they want to keep

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green spaces and they don't want more houses. They want a sense of

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space. Not everyone living on top of each other. Too many things to talk

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about. We have run out of time. These two can talk. Lovely to see

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you both. Stay with us on BBC News. We will have more of those poignant

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commemorations in Normandy 70 years on from the D`Day landings. Coming

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up now, it is time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm

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Thomas Niblock. Andy Murray is out of the French

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Open. He lost in straight sets to Rafael Nadal, who will now play

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Novak Djokovic in the final. With

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