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extra troops are deployed to flood hit areas with thousands -- about

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more on stand-by. Islamic militants had been holding

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out in the key city of Ramadi which has been taken by Iraqi forces.

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

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us tomorrow. With us are Michael Booker from the Daily Express and

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financial analyst Louise Cooper. Seasons greetings to you both.

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Louise and I look like baubles. Michael looks more sober but you

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should see his shoes! The Guardian says filed flood defences cast doubt

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on UK readiness for a new weather era and features pictures of elderly

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people being rescued. There is a similar picture in the i.

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David Cameron has put troops on alert. The mail includes an aerial

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picture of flood damage and asks why the UK is donating to overseas flood

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prevention schemes. The Daily Telegraph says Britain relies more

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heavily on foreign doctors than any other EU nation and it includes a

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picture of two young children helping out with the flood clean-up

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in Hebden Bridge. The Daily Express says there will be

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no letup in the bad weather. The Daily Mirror carries an aerial

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photo of the flood damage in York and also says 500 prisoners,

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including a murderer, have been released by mistake.

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The Financial Times says the floods have already cost ?1.5 billion, but

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it leads on a story about quantitive easing in the euro zone.

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That will sap any festive spirit! We will leave Mario Draghi to his QE.

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We will start with the i and a picture of one of the boat is being

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used to rescue people in I assume it is York. There are thousands without

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power. Many evacuated. I feel like we have seen flooding a lot in this

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country in the last few years that these pictures seem to be beyond

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anything we have seen. Extraordinary. There is not a lot of

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news around but even so, every single paper has pretty much lead on

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this story. They have all chosen different photographs but they are

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really quite extraordinary. The Mirror has picture of York and

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ruined homes. The i has this emotional picture with old people

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being rescued by the army. The FT has chosen the same picture as the

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Mirror. There are two young children in the mud after the floods. Quite

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extraordinary images we are seeing. Awful to be flooded at any time. I

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have never lived in a part of the country which has suffered in this

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way but for it to happen at Christmas. To see these people, they

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are being told the levels are still rising. There will be more storms

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later on in the week, more rainfall on Tuesday or Wednesday. They have

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no letup in all of this. Their houses are ruined. They hear the

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government saying, we will look at reviewing flood defences and the

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money for it. We had the Cobra committee meeting this morning. It

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is all to show that the government care but at the end of the day,

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there is not a lot practically that they can do. There are troops on

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alert but what can they do? They cannot go in and clean your house

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up. They cannot go and replace all the things which have been ruined in

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your house. Troops cannot sort the insurance and this is what all these

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people have to look forward to it in the New Year. Especially people with

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businesses. You rely on a business to bring you an income. If you do

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not have a business, you do not have an income. For businesses, it is

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doubly worse. Not only have you lost a home that you have lost your

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source of income to provide for your family. What we saw in Cumbria and

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Lancashire before Christmas when they were flooded, it is the

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incredible support we have seen for people turning out for a Java. As

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soon as the water has gone down, I have been amazed how quickly people

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do turn things around. I remember as a child, our house was flooded. In

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the 70s our house was flooded. I was a child so I thought it was a big

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adventure. Clearly it was not for my parents. It brought neighbours

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together because everybody was in the same boat. Or were they? It is

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all well and good and people showing their spirit, but we do not want

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this every two weeks like it is in Cumbria and without any reaction

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from the government to show they are doing something. But at the same

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time, what can they practically do? Indeed. Let's move on to the Daily

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Mirror. Floodgate fury. This shows how many of the buildings have been

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ruined by this water. Tell us about this story. They had to raise the

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Foss barrier because the pumps were going to be in danger and they would

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be overwhelmed and not able to pump the water. They allowed certain

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parts of the city to be flooded and others were not. It will not be

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popular with anybody in that flooded area. If they feel it is for a

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greater good, that is for them to argue, obviously. Depends where your

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property is. The Thames flood barrier, the whole point of it is to

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flood other bits of the country rather than central London, because

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the economic impact of flooding in London would be so severe. It is

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these cruel decisions that have to be made by somebody, where is

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somewhere has to be flooded, where should it be? That is a very tough

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decision to be made. We have seen pictures of York flooded before but

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it is rare to see Leeds flooded. I have lived in Leeds. I don't

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remember it ever happening. There seem to be huge areas in the centre

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of Leeds which will be affected. As we go forward, this seems to be

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something which is more prevalent everywhere. Headline on your paper,

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store chaos to last until the New Year -- storm chaos. That can only

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mean the water levels will go up and that will not be immediately as we

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have been seeing, the water levels peak overnight and it comes up and

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people will have this at least until the end of the week and then they

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are cleaning up again. The times are going with this Met Office forecast

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saying there are 70 mph gales, heavy rain set to fall on Cumbria where

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communities have been flooded three times in less than a month, so

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again, the Times as saying the same thing, clearly, the Met Office is

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issuing these warnings. We will move on and talk about something other

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than flooding. The FT, stores notch up ox and a bonanza. This is

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extraordinary when you think of how many sales we had in the run-up to

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Christmas. It has gone out of fashion, shopping in shops! Mr

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Booker took his wife to the shops and bought a kettle and a test! If

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you do it online, there is no fun. If you go out there and take your

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good lady with you. Your good lady! And is glad that you did not call

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her the Mrs. This is high Street shopping, not just any old online

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shopping. We know Black Friday, online was phenomenal that high

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streets were not great. Why would you want to go into a store and

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battle over a telly with somebody else or a toaster or even a kettle

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if you are a lucky lady! Clearly, this is the first year where Britons

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have had money to spend. We have had inflation zero but average earnings

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going up 2.5 to 3%. That is the first time in eight years this has

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happened. This should have been the year retailers had a good time.

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Unfortunately, two things happened. One was warm weather which

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particularly hit the clothing retailers. We have had a number of

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retailers saying this has not been a great autumn or winter for us. The

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other thing is massive discounting. I get at least 50 offers in my inbox

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every day, 30% off, 50% off, even before we got to Christmas day. On

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Christmas Eve I was getting the same. The retailers have got

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themselves into this discounting game and none of them have been able

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to get out of it. How many will be spending on credit cards? A lot.

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There seem to be a lot of foreign tourists. I think they said in

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London 50% were foreign tourists. I was at the Science Museum today,

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there were a lot of foreign tourists. All spending money, good

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for the economy. The quest heats up for chocolate which does not melt

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when the mercury rises. You prefer yours straight from the fridge. Or

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the freezer, I am a bit weird. I am worried about your teeth. You like

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it one? Not melting but I like it to be soft. This is a Zurich -based

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chocolate ears who have started looking at heat resistant chocolate

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-- chocolate ears. You would have quite a hot mouth.

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This is a game changer. The big chocolate markets Europe and America

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and they are trying to take chocolate to the emerging markets,

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places which tend to be a lot hotter which do not have refrigeration or

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air conditioning. Therefore, the chocolate melts in these hot

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countries. What they are trying to do is develop heat resistant

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chocolate in order to sell it to the rest of the world and make them fat

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and teeth decay as well. Her shoes, the American chocolate company have

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been doing this for years. They sold tropical chocolate bars to American

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soldiers in the Second World War. That is American chocolate. Does not

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the same as ours. If you have ever had a Hershey's kiss. I am not going

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to comment. Other chocolate is available. Are the stock markets

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opened tomorrow? The Daily Telegraph, moody Monday, the

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Christmas come down. It is all over. The gifts are opened, the turkey has

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gone. Not in my house! We have a lot of turkey left and goose as well.

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Ours has gone. We were very hungry in our house. Everybody is starting

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to get grumpy. The drive home, bank holiday jams tomorrow as well.

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Everybody will be fed up, back to work. You start having a row with

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your sister-in-law, that sort of thing. Is this autobiographical?

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Criticising relations is the most common cause of what? The goodwill

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cracking? I think so. The best thing is not to have anyone over. Sit on

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your own. With your new toaster. Connect with other family members by

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phone or e-mail. My brother is in York, he will not be able to get

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out. Identity. I don't know what is wrong with me. I have had the best

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Christmas -- I don't agree. You will not have a moody Monday. This is my

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Friday night. I have got the week. We are being flippant, but if you

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speak to charities about divorce or law years to deal with divorce or

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charities which deal with suicide, this time of year is very stressful,

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because we are all supposed to be enjoying ourselves, and for those

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who are not or having difficult times, this can be difficult times

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for some. The lawyers love the beginning of January because that is

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when they get all the calls about divorce. A very depressing topic!

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Along with the Jims! That is it for That Papers. We will be back with

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more at 11:30pm with Michael and Louise. At 11 o'clock we will have

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plenty more on the floods which have hit northern England. Coming up, it

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is Click.

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