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and it has been a good day for England's cricketers. That's all in

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Sportsday in 15 minutes, after The Papers.

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

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With me are Tims Collins, Former Tory MP and Managing Director

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of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, and Paul Johnson,

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'Diamond Wheezers', is the Sun's take on the Hatton Garden heist and

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claims an ex-girlfriend handed them over to police after being jilted.

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The Mirror also goes with that story and says the hunt is on

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for ?10 million worth of valuables that are still missing.

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The Mail claims it's a ?20 million fortune that's missing,

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along with 'Mr Big', who is still on the run.

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Their picture is of the late Alan Rickman, whose death was announced

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The Independent says, "Coe declared fit to clean up

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athletics", but the paper asks, "Was he part of the problem?"

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The Express leads with pensions and says that in the next 15 years

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three quarters of those reaching retirement age

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The Telegraph goes with the same Work and Pensions data,

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but this time focuses on those who will be worse off.

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The i devotes its front page to news that ten Labour MPs could lose their

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The Guardian claims that a worldwide split in the Anglican

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We will start with the coverage of the Hatton Garden heist, which took

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place audaciously, as it was described, last Easter. They picked

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a long bank holiday weekend. The language around this is gangster

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territory. If you look at the front pages you could be forgiven for

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thinking the UK has lost turns the clock back 20 years. It features a

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Mr Big, a jilted mole, cast that includes the big man, Billy the

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Fish. Extraordinary. Seven found guilty. The average age is 63. The

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oldest 76, who arrived on the scene of the heist, as we now call it. But

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we would be mistaken to think this was a group of cuddly, old grandads.

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The Daily Mirror has another picture. Hatton Garden secrets.

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There's a of money missing. There is a lot of money missing. I think the

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Mirror slightly missed one angle. Normally you would expect they would

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try to have a go at the government. But this bit might have missed. In

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the Mirror, ?10 million has gone missing. According to the Mirror,

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police said, we offer a ?20,000 reward to find the goods. That is

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austerity Britain for you. It is really just another story about

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pensions. Plus, where is Basil? The ghost? I love that report we did

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today where Daniel actually squeezed through the concrete that they

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drilled through. It made me feel ill, because I am a little bit cost

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to pick. But they were very determined. -- claustrophobic. If we

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didn't have somebody else pushing from the other end he would still be

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there. On the one hand it is extraordinary ingenuity. And in a

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public place in the pub bragging about it. The Daily Express and the

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Telegraph is where we will go next. Date are telling us different things

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depending on what you look at. -- data. The Express says millions get

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pension boost, at the Telegraph says that many will miss out on that.

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They are both right as it depends on when you retire. If you're under the

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age of 43 you will probably worse off. These are part of the changes

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new to the system and really goes to the heart of the politics of this,

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the fact that people over the age of 43 vote in much greater numbers than

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those under the age of 43 and this is what

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The system will be designed by people who are elected to look after

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the people who will vote. Is that really how it is bought through? I

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don't know. It is an interesting story. The Express says low-paid

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women in particular will benefit from this. ?36 week. You would have

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to be pickup elation about how much that means to you by the time you

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get to 2030. I suppose compared to what they are currently getting it

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looks decent. There are lots of different systems, depending on

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whether you opted out of the state owning system. Essentially everybody

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will retire on the same flat rate pension, which is obviously better

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for many people who haven't been able to build up a contribution

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record, but worse for those, especially younger people, who have

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a chance to put more into the system but now won't be rewarded for doing

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so. Jeremy Corbyn critics fear bloodbath. Ten Labour MPs facing a

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fight to keep their seats. There was a boundary commission. There have

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been many before. But the Tories certainly perked up at this one. In

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order to reduce the number of seats down to 600, it looks like 35 of

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those would be Labour held seats. That would have a significant effect

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on the electoral mathematics. It is no wonder that the Conservative

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rebalancing, this is what it calls rebalancing, this is what it calls

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it. Then in some cities you would get three Labour held seats moving

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to two. Consequently some are at risk of their seats. But none of

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this has started yet. The word bloodbath strikes me as being a bit

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hyperventilating. Three well-known MPs might be at risk. The point is

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that what Jeremy Corbyn says is that he is not in favour of what is

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called mandatory reselection. In other words, if you are standing as

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a Labour MP for the same constituency he says you shouldn't

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automatically face reselection from the local party. But if your

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constituency is disappearing and you are having to compete with the

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neighbouring Labour MP and you are paying musical chairs then there is

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absolutely no guarantees and there are many people on the moderate Tony

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Blair or soft Labour MP side that might get pushed out of it. Church

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of VoIP is split over gay rights but liberals pay price, says the

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Guardian. -- church avoids split. It has been on the cards for a while.

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Different parts of the Anglican community and the world are feeling

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differently about gay marriage. We often forget that the Church of

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England is a global entity. It is an organisation that has got followers

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in many parts of the world. What essentially has happened is that

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North America, like much of Europe, has become very socially liberal,

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but Africa is anything but. So many of the African Church of England

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bishops not only are opposed to the idea of endorsing gay marriage, they

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actually want all gay people to be made criminals and are lobbying the

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government for that, which is an extraordinary illustration. But what

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has happened is the Archbishop has sided with the Africans on the basis

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that as we all know in all sorts of respect Africa is growing and it is

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a big challenge for all of us in the 21st century that the new emerging

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powers are much less socially liberal than Europe and North

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America. Your paper says the split has been averted, but is that

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for now? I think so. This has been going on for 20 years and has been

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at the heart of so much bloodletting in the Anglican Church, 85 million

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people around the world. It has been going on for 20 years and I think

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the Archbishop of Canterbury believes the church is too obsessed

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about this and should be more interested in global issues, like

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religious violence, religious intolerance, climate change, et

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cetera. He is trying to move things on. Whether this works I think is

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highly doubtful. You've got some of the Africans denied saying,

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Kenyans in particular, saying this is the beginning, not the end.

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Somebody else is quoted as saying this is extremely fragile, so we may

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not even get to the end of the week on this. Back to the Telegraph. The

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story on the front page. It says 1 million Syrians facing starvation

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because of dozens of seizures across the country. -- seiges. The town of

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them are dire was desperately waiting for aid. -- town of Madaya.

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This has been played out in several different places. Yes, and it is

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slightly episodic. Madaya rose to the surface after very harrowing

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photographs, people in a very poor state. But the overall picture is

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absolutely appalling and harrowing. What we have is at least 400,000

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people dead in the Syrian civil war, which five years of civil war is

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marked in March. You've got 9 million people who fled their

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lives... Fled for their lives, fled their homes. The equivalent of the

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entire population of London on the run. This is something the world has

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not seen for a long time. The story also reports, this study was done by

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an organisation called Seige Watch, it has been widely reported that

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this besieged towns have been blocked in by both sides. Some have

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been encircled by troops loyal to Assad. Only two by IS. This is

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another indication by the Prime Minister says it is very difficult

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to see how they will be a future for Syria with Assad still in charge.

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The Times. This is Phillip Coleman quitting this festival in protest

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over of unpaid authors. He is speaking because he says that it is

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at odds with one of his other roles, to stand up for rights of authors.

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This is a really interesting story. It turns out he is president of the

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group, that gives him some status in this. Literary festivals are really

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booming in Britain. The average pay is up to ?200. He says many authors

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don't get paid, but you pay the electricians, the people who put the

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brochures together, but printers, the people who erected the tents. He

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says, why not the authors? He says well-known authors don't need the

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publicity or the money, and the ones who are poorer aren't making a great

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living at all out of writing books. So they should be paid in the sense

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of fairness. He says, I've had enough of this, I'm out. But some

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festivals would really struggle if all authors had to be paid. They

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would. I know some authors who are incredibly poor, they literally find

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it very difficult to get money together, sometimes to find a meal.

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It is not as though large numbers of these people are well-paid. The

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problem is, this is clearly an organisation where festivals... Are

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you going to say that actors need to be paid for promotions as well? What

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we are talking about actors, we are talking about this more festivals.

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It looks like the intervene and say that any festivals

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we support will be paid. At authors might not be grateful if this means

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festivals invite fewer authors. Creative people feel they are

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encouraged to work for profile. Let's have a look at the Mail.

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Finally. A picture on the front page of Alan Rickman with JK Rowling. Of

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course he played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. Brought to

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the attention of the younger generation. King of the baddies. He

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was by all accounts of wonderful human being. Some people have

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commented on how much he was beloved by other cast members. He was a

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brilliant billion, but he was more than that. -- villain. Remember that

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fantastic film Truly, Madly Deeply? He was an enormously talented actor

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and it is such a shock that he has now gone. He was said to an

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interviewer, I don't play villains, IP interesting people. One critic

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described him as saying he had a face that was a cross between an

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eagle and a big cat. His voice appeared between the somewhat

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lips, like a ventriloquist. And I read he had a wicked sense of humour

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and he likes to play pranks on his fellow actors and the crew when

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onset. Quite a wicked sense of humour. I saw a clip of him on the

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Jimmy Fallon show. He spoke in the interview after he had inhaled some

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helium. It has been remarkable. The story broke at about 12:30pm and

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since then we have had about 500,000 viewers -- 5 million. But more

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traffic from America. Very interesting. Lovely to see you.

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Thank you very much for sparring with each other. Coming up next,

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Sportsday.

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