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

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With me are the political commentator Jo Philips

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and Nigel Nelson, Politics Editor of Sunday People.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Observer reports that leading Conservative Eurosceptics have

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branded David Cameron's attempts to reform the Uk's relationship

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with the EU as a farce, and warned that the new National Living Wage

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will undermine efforts to cut immigration.

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with the resignation of the chairman of the influential campaign group

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Conservative Way Forward - a victim, it says, of the bullying

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row sparked by the apparent suicide of a party activist;The

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Sunday Express carries the news of the death of Jimmy Hill

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on its front page, while also detailing the number of household

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guests the Queen is expecting for Christmas.

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says as many as 50,000 children in the UK

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are being home-schooled and warns that many may be at risk

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Women will be allowed to take part in frontline

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combat within months, according to what the Sunday Telegraph says

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are radical plans to be unveiled this weekend.

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So, let us begin. A story we didn't mention in that lot but here we go

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again. It is the Observer. It is yet again Mr Corbyn dominating our

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thoughts. Peter Hyman was a speech writer and as chief strategist to

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Tony Blair and is now headmaster. Is writing in a personal capacity in

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the Observer but also because of his closeness to Tony Blair. He is

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warning, and the headline says it all, struggling labour may need to

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split to survive, because he says there are two Labour parties, he

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says one, the supporting of Corbyn, and the other lot which other

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sensible, progressive lot, which seems to be the mother of MPs in the

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House of Commons and it is possible to see how they could work together.

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Peter Hyman is looking to something like the SDP Mark to because how are

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these two strands that are so different but of course the idea

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that saying project will send a shiver down the Albany stilts. The

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SNP was a disaster. Yes, that is why it won't happen. Peter Hyman's

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analysis is spot on. The parliamentary party is completely

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spit. You have the people around Jeremy Corbyn and everyone else.

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That is absolutely right. The one thing that every single Labour MP

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and Shadow minister has told me is the one thing they don't want is a

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split. They don't want to go back to another SDP. So, the idea is they

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really would like to keep the party together. Those against Corbyn just

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want to get rid of the leader and that is posing a problem because

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there is no mechanism they can use to do it. But if he has lost the

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confidence of his parliamentary party, surely they can get rid of

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him? They can put a vote of no-confidence down, they put at

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Challenger up. The problem is that Jeremy Corbyn would probably winds

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again. As far as Labour member ship goes, they seem to like him. Ice

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here whispers -- I here whispers and he says he will not quit before 2020

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at the earliest. That is right. A lot of MPs and ex-shadow ministers,

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they have been counting on the fact that he would get fed up with the

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job but he looks like he is rather enjoying him. Well, he doesn't look

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like he is enjoying it. That is his manner. That is enjoyment for

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Jeremy! Smiling grimly through! Let's move on. It seems to me this

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story doesn't actually move very fast, to be honest. People saying

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the same things over and over again. Everyone is waiting for something to

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happen and nothing will. Now, an old subject. The Sunday Telegraph and

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the headline says it all. It does indeed. Women soldiers to go into

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combat. The Sunday Telegraph is saying they have cleared the way for

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this to happen within months. I would have thought unequivocal good

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news. Women should be able to do combat roles, it has been far too

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long they have not been able to. I'm assuming that that is exactly what

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women soldiers want to do. I think this is long overdue and the sooner

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we do it, the better. An awful lot of people don't think that. I agree

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with Nigel. I think if you join up to be in one of the services, or

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zero EU want to go to where the action is. -- presumably you want to

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go. It brings us in line with Australia and America. But of course

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there are lots of people, and it has to be said, a lot of them are men,

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who think it is a bad idea here, they think women in the front line

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would be a distraction, they question women's ability, physical

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strength, endurance and all of that sort of stuff. Women do play a very

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prominent role. Medics risked their lives to help other people in

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situations, bullets whizzing about and so on. It is not as if there

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aren't women used to battle. Yes, and as you say, doing stuff,

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driving, being out in the front line, piloting submarine and

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aircraft and what have you. I get the sense this is the underground

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stuff but why not? One of the arguments is that if women are

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injured, there was something in the male psyche that says you stop and

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help and that may not be the right wing to do. I've never ready quite

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believed that. If you are trained for the front line, then you would

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know there are certain things you do and don't do. I would point to

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Israel where you see women soldiers there, they blending perfectly, they

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have been fighting wars there for a considerable time. And as far as I

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can gather, totally successfully. Let's move on again. The Independent

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on Sunday, as so often, has very much its own story but it is an

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interesting subject. Home-schooled children, but what are they being

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taught? I'm surprised at the Independent on Sunday because I

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would have thought they were slightly classier paper. What they

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are doing is falling into the trap or even fuelling this sort of

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paranoia and hysteria that anybody who can't see this being

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radicalised. When you break this past story that takes up all of page

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six, all of that front page with a good photograph, actually what the

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story really is is a bout the fact that is the law stands at the

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moment, if a parent decides to educate their child at home, they

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don't have to let the local authority know, unless they have

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applied for and therefore the then declined a place at a school. If you

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decide you don't want your child to go to school, there is nothing to

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stop you doing that. You may say that is bonkers because nobody knows

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where these kids are all the level of schooling they are getting onto.

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But I think this has come out, really, because of an stepped report

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last week about the unregulated and unlicensed schools that are teaching

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quite sort of hardline Islam. Madras us. The interesting bit which is

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rather hidden away in this story is that actually it is not about the

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home-schooling. Fears have been raised that parents are claiming

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their children are being home-schooled when they are actually

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being taught at the legal religious schools which is a slightly

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different thing. There is a collision course with lots of people

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who -- who educate their people -- children at home and perfectly well.

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It should work that children and schools are expected and the Trojan

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Horse cases and so full,... But children being educated at home,

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there is no one keeping an eye on them. Until I read the story, I was

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unaware that children could basically slipped through the net,

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through the system. It seems to me, of course people have every right to

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educate their children at home if that is what they want to do but it

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does seem to me they should be registered. At least you put the

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children on the radar. This comes from Nicky Morgan, the Education

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Secretary who wants a review of home-schooling, the last Labour of a

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mad, Ed Balls, he wanted to do a review of education and it was

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conservatives, amongst others, who stopped it. And at the same time, we

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are seeing more academies and free schools opening up and certainly

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with free schools, they don't have to abide by the national curriculum,

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they are not governed at the same way by the local authorities. They

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will be inspected, yes, but you have to think this through. Are you going

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to have Ofsted inspectors going into somebody's house? I think perhaps

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somebody should. Do you! I think you should keep an eye on children, the

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idea that you don't know what the children are doing all day under the

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brother of education, I don't think is satisfactory. The Sunday express

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has a picture on the front page which will be in a lot of the

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papers, have every famous face, Jimmy Hill dying at the age of 87.

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It was extraordinary what he did for football, I was quite proud of this,

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apart from having 11 men and kicking a ball around, he seemed to have

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invented everything else. The headline in our paper is the man who

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created modern, English football. Reading his obituaries today, I was

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amazed about the number things he did. He seems to have done

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everything in football. Right from the early days of stopping a maximum

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wage of ?20 which seems extraordinary, paving the way for

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the superstars and the millionaires of today. These things are hugely

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important, three points for a win, that changed the whole face of

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football as well. He and I did everything that has happened. Are

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you a football fan? Yes, West Ham. Even for those who are not football

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fans, everybody knew him. Yes, he was that face, voice, and

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everything. And the chin. And the chin. It was Mike Yarwood who used

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to do the impressions. He was a part of our lives, the Saturday afternoon

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Grandstand and all of those sort of things. You do wonder, don't knew,

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people like that are such 1 million miles removed from the awfulness of

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Fifa. That is the point. Decent, proper, good bloke. Binary, Joe, I

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think you were talking about this. -- finally. What is happening with

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the weather. The Observer has a front-page picture which could

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almost be summer. What is happening? I'm not an expert on the weather.

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There was somebody to do that. Crazy highs of 17 degrees, what is

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happening in your garden? Everything has gone nuts. It is interesting

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that the trees are bare but there was stuff coming up. There are a

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pink flowering in my garden. I've got loads of roses and I thought I

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had done all the pruning. It is causing havoc for vegetable growers

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and farmers covet is still so very wet which means a lot of stuff will

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rot in the ground and we do need a bit of Frost for the bugs. By

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example, daffodils, if they all come out soon, there won't be any in the

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spring. That would be miserable. I haven't got a garden but I do have

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an overcoat and I have been leaving it behind for the last two weeks. It

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is the first time I can remember ever in December being able to go

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out just simply in ordinary clothes. That will be the next thing, you

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will get some great bargains on winter Cokes, it will hit the

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retail. And something a bit serious about the economic impact of it. It

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doesn't always apply everywhere. There are some people in some parts

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of the country who no doubt are getting chilly rained upon

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enormously. The rain is coming from the same mild weather, as I am sure

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the weather forecast experts will tell us. And she very much indeed.

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That is it for this hour. We will be back at half 11 for another look at

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the stories making the news tomorrow. Coming up next, it is

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Reporters.

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