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round results and the latest from the US Open, where Heather Watson

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has failed to enter the second round.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow. With me are Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor of the

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Spectator, and journalist and broadcaster Henry Bonsu. Tomorrow's

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front pages. The Daily Telegraph leads with the story about

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paedophile gangs preying on more than 1,400 children in Rotherham

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over a period of 16 years. The Sun's headline is: 1400 victims of PC

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brigade. The Guardian features the same story, saying the Report damns

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politicians and police. And like the Telegraph, it also carries a picture

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of Kate Bush, who returned to live performance tonight after an absence

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of 36 years. As well as those two stories, the Times reports the World

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Health Organization, suggesting people should be banned from smoking

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e`cigarettes indoors. Scotland's Daily Record reports that Gordon

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Brown and Alistair Darling put their bitter feud on hold for the campaign

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to save the union. The Financial Times has the story of Burger King

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transferring its headquarters to Canada as part of its $11 billion

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acquisition of coffee and doughnuts chain Tim Hortons. And The Daily

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Express says Britain is now home to two million illegal migrants. Let's

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begin. This striking headline, 1400 victims of PC Brigade, a reference

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to the story that has emerged today from Rotherham. Give us your take on

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their coverage of this. They say these 1400 victims of the PC

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Brigade, this is probably one of the few stories where the word

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politically correct does apply. Police and council officers were

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failing to pass on allegations of rape, sexual abuse and sexual

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exploitation of children being threatened violence and doused with

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petrol, partly because they were worried of being accused of racism.

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My concern is the importance of the Asian link. If they had the

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evidence, they would have followed it. But it could well be that what

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was most important in their minds but that these were children who

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were probably looked after, that it would be a lot of hassle to deal

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with these cases and they couldn't be bothered. They didn't listen to

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them and follow`up the complaints and let it go. The fear of being

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branded racist is an alarming element in this story. If we are

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talking about a situation where somebody thinks something is wrong

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but because of the racial background of the perpetrator they decide to

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say nothing about it... They might say that afterwards but if we had a

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fight now and the police came... Please don't do that. But they

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wouldn't hold back and say, we are looking for a blackmail in his

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middle 40s. `` black male. The report said some superiors had set

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not to include a description of the men who were alleged to be carrying

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out these offences. Even though it could help them find the perpetrator

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and solve a potential crime. This is where it becomes strange because

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it's not fear of the crime, fear of what's happening to the children,

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but fear of being labelled a racist. It becomes more important than fear

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of a vulnerable 11`year`old being sexually exploited. The other point

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being made here, it's the last sentence on the Sun, they said none

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of this stuff would be disciplined. Apparently because there wasn't

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enough evidence to act against them. The council has stepped down but I

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understand the professor, who carried out the report, is writing

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to people who have moved onto other bodies and authorities to point out

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that they were involved in this report, so there were aware. What we

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have seen in many cases where social work has gone wrong is that they

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haven't been talking to the police, the police haven't spoken to them,

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the authorities weren't working in a joint away. We saw this when there

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has been no racial element. That is the key to this story. Organisations

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promise to do this, as this will never happen again that they don't

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talk to each other. Take us through a different story. The Express, to

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Gaza, what might be slightly more encouraging news from that part of

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the world? It needs to be because we've had seven weeks of fighting.

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Israel, which has one of the best equipped military is in the world,

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and Gaza, led by Hamas, and we've seen 2200 people dead, the vast

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majority of them civilians of Palestinian background. Around 80 or

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so is Raleys, the vast majority soldiers. Of course whenever Israel

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is involved in a conflict with the Palestinians, the US, the UN, they

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always say they have to back Israel pretty much no matter what. At there

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has been criticism of Israel this time. `` but there has. But not

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enough. This ceasefire has to hold and this blockade has to end and we

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need to see a proper two state solution and we need to see the end

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of this blockade. It has been interesting politically in terms of

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the British government's response. It has been confusing for those

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observing from Israel and foreign capitals because the coalition

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response has been split between the Lib Dems, who want to take a much

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harsher line with the Israelis over the way the IDF has been responding

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to Hamas, and the Conservatives, who still want to support Israel's right

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to defend itself against a mass, a group which doesn't believe in the

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state of Israel at all. `` Hamas. So the messages have been mixed. The

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government hasn't been speaking with one voice. Nick Clegg has spoken

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about it. One of the things, I have been contacted about this on

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Twitter, the generation that feels so strongly linked to Israel and

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will defend it no matter what will gradually disappear and those people

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who haven't got such a close allegiance to Israel, either from

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what happens during the horrific Holocaust or what has happened since

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1948, I suspect Israel will find it has fewer friends in the future than

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it has had. We shall see. Turning our attention to domestic politics.

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Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, double trouble, a great headline in

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the Guardian. I think Boris Johnson is helpful for Cameron in the Nigel

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Farage respect, in that he is quite good at countering Nigel Farage. He

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appeals to people who aren't that interested in politics. He is his

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own man. In that respect, Boris Johnson announcing he will stand as

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it Tory candidate is a good thing for Cameron. But him getting closer

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to the Commons and having more opportunities to make life difficult

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for Cameron isn't good in the long`term. It will be mayhem. But

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it's a government. He is basing his bullets... What about Nigel Farage?

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South Thanet has decided that Nigel Farage will be their candidate for

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the 2015 election and this is interesting because it's a marginal

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Tory seat. What could actually happened is that UKIP could split

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the conservative vote and labour could get the seat, or Nigel Farage

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could return as UKIP's first MP. He said if UKIP doesn't get an MP in

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2015 he will stand down as party leader and he hasn't hosted the

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easiest thing to win. Rotherham is much easier for him to win and South

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Thanet. I was about to raise that. He has represented Kent at European

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level already, so you can understand why he would go in that direction,

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it interesting he is targeting a currently Conservative seat, whereas

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in recent times there have been taking a lot of votes from labour as

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well. I think deep down he believes this is their heartland. People have

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come along and made false promises and on `` I think he feels that if

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they can't win them, they can't win anywhere. It is a barometer.

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Although they topped the poll at the last European elections, their vote

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tends to drop significantly in subsequent elections and that could

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happen again. He is clearly talking confidently about winning a seat but

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he is very confident that UKIP will have representation in the next

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houses of Parliament. You think they will? I think they have a good

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chance of returning one MP but I'm not sure about the 12 target seats

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they've got. It's very difficult for UKIP. The system is against any

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party like this. And we are voting for a government. When you look at

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Nigel Farage, do you see a Prime Minister in waiting? Probably not.

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Moving on. Talking of politicians who enjoy life, there's a photograph

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on the front of the daily Record that's dealing with actually the

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relationship between Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling but we can't

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avoid seeing Alex Salmond tucking into a chocolate bar above them,

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which isn't the main thrust of the story. Take us into this one. This

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is a fascinating story. It isn't the story about Alex Salmond's diet

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going wrong but that Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling could battle

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together to save the union. This is so interesting because Gordon Brown

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has spent the past year and a bit doing B, if they want my advice,

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kind of act. `` doing the. In the last few weeks of the campaign, he

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is going to step alongside Alistair Darling. I wonder who ran food. I

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suspect Alistair Darling probably pick up the phone. `` who rang who.

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I know they will get together in Dundee, which is supposedly the most

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Scottish Nationalists place of all other cities in Scotland. You can

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see why the bad blood runs so`called between them, it goes back to the

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time when Alistair Darling refused to step down as Chancellor. He gave

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an interview and was really honest about the depth of the crisis. And

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Gordon Brown unleashed the dogs of war. The dogs of war. If Gordon

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Brown comes in in a more prominent way, clearly the man pictured above

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the headline will make a. He will say, this is a sign that they aren't

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going according to plan. `` make hay. We don't want to look at this

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through too much of a Westminster perspective. At Westminster, Gordon

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Brown is like the useful idiots, which is a bit unfair. But in

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Scotland he is still hugely respected. The effect it can have on

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the Labour photos is huge. You are right. Westminster view is so

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different. `` voters. They will say that he was the man to do things for

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the union and there will be more people like him to come. But stick

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with the Times. A ban on smoking e`cigarettes indoors would cost

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hundreds of lives, it says. This is what the WHO says. And they say it

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has stepped into and issue counter`productive advice. Because

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lots of us who have never been a smoker have sat in relaxed fashion

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next people smoking my face almost. At night hotels.

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They say there's a of "vaping". `` there's a danger of "vaping" . We

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don't know if the paper harmful pollutants. What I thought these

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were safe. Or safer. Yes. I suspect one of the things they aren't happy

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with is that some of the major manufacturers of the e`cigarettes

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are the big tobacco companies. Suspect there is an industrial

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point. A modern way of getting the paper because you are inhaling

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nicotine, which is still bad for your heart. But these e`cigarettes

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are hugely useful to people trying to give up smoking. But we don't

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have the figure on those. It is have the figure on those. It is

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anecdotal. The WHO says is it a gateway alt, rather than a gateway

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in? It looks cool as well. I shouldn't promote it. I think it

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looks strange. I think you are A final word on Kate Bush. She looks

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magnificent, resplendent, there is a great deal of mystery among men of a

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certain age, who are fascinated in Kate Bush in the mid to late 70s,

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how successful she was. How unusual. And then to disappear for such a

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long time. If you have not seen someone perform for 36 years, it is

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a good way of drawing a crowd. She has definitely kept people waiting.

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She seems to be anti` Miley Cyrus. She has not oversold or overexposed

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herself, which a lot of stars do today. She has kept her fans

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waiting, and it was still there for her. I have been trolled about my

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chest hair, I was unaware that it was so repellent. I would have

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thought it would be about your shirt! Thank you for sorting that

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out. Thank you to Isabel and Henry, and we will be back at the same time

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tomorrow. At midnight, more on the report that has revealed that 1400

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children were abused in

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