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football as well as rugby league and cricket and the massive boxing

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bout. That's all coming up after The Papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Martin Lipton, the Deputy Head of Sport at The Sun,

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and the writer and broadcaster Louise Scodie.

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The Times says Boris Johnson has backed away

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from the suggestion that a vote to leave the EU would force Brussels to

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The Telegraph says the mayor has appealed to Cabinet ministers

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backing the campaign to stay in the European Union to "think again".

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The Independent focuses on George Osborne's warning, made to

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the BBC, that he may have to impose deeper cuts in public spending.

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the Guardian leads on allegations of abuse and bullying at a G4S-run

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The FT focuses on the latest losses at RBS.

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The Mail reports on a new biography of Tony Blair and his government's

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And the Express says leading European

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politicians fear the migrant crisis in Europe could destroy the EU.

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Starting with George Osborne, who is on a trip to China at the moment to

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meet G20 ministers. The Independent has taken its headline from

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something he said today. George Osborne proposes new cuts as the

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economic gloom deepens. Several reasons for this, he thinks. He has

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explained what they are but it will really make people's hearts sink.

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Certainly maybe the Independent's hearts sink. George Osborne

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described as taking a fateful decision. Posterity hasn't been

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hugely popular and I don't think that's going to change, if anything

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it'll get worse over the coming months. -- posterity. The

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interesting thing here is when the Independent right that the steep

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reductions in public spending had reopened the Chancellor to the

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charge that he is slashing back the statewide chill -- for ideological

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reasons. Is that something more widely bandied about? That something

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the papers have talked about. Stephen Golding has tweeted and

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says, what about the recent surplus? Now you are prepping us for more

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unnecessary austerity. I am trying to work out who is to blame. Now

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cuts are the fault of the global economy, as opposed to the

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government. Surely it was the global economy last time as well. A lot of

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people were willing to accept cuts over a short period, especially then

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feel they were in fact it upon them. I'm not sure this will be an easy

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sell for any government and this is increasingly difficult for Osborne

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to talk about the necessity of these things when it doesn't look as

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though we are all in it together. That certain people are allowed...

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When you've got huge companies paying zero tax, why should other

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people suffer? These sort of issues will get a go. The global economy

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impacted on the personal economy. It does become a question people will

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be looking for answers to. Surely he will say that he has made a start

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with the likes of Google. Not compared to France. France have

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demanded the huge sum. There is a genuine feeling about we were

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willing to accept things to a point, but perhaps that point has

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been reached. It will be a difficult issue for George Osborne to answer.

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I think there were people who were worried about the effects it was

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having on the more vulnerable members of society, for example.

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There's a lot more empathy around. People vote with their own pocket

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books. Not necessarily. Certainly anecdotal output from people from

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the start is that they've been very worried about people they may not

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even know that well, but they know will be affected by the austerity

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measures. Staying with the Independent. They can't believe it's

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not Sepp Blatter. Fifa pics a new head for football's family. Another

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Swiss man... -- picks. It is certainly mostly masculine. We

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shouldn't be surprised by that. It is a male sport in the main. The

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Football Association has just appointed a head of communications,

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who is a woman, and she will do an excellent job for the FA. But I

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think there are only two voters today after the two 270 voted that

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are women. Two members of the executive committee have been women

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in its history. We've now got this new head of Fifa and his job is to

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be more transparent and accountable and stop the corruption. Indeed. I'm

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not the biggest football fan in the world, under -- understatement, but

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I think international organisations should be transparent and Fifa have

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let a lot of people down. They've let the fans down and let's hope

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this new leadership will turn things around. Do the fans feel let down?

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Or are they more worried about their own individual clubs? Fifa organises

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the World Cup, as far as most fans are concerned. That's been an

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absolute mess! But the tournament is still a success. The voting is a

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scandal, as they said before. We are happy to listen. What we have is an

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organisation that is endemically flawed. It has, over the last 40

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years, since 1974 when -- 1974, when it became a corrupt institution. How

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likely is it that we will scrap it? This is the last chance for Fifa to

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be able to reform itself. Who says, we can't have you doing this any

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more so with the wind you up? I think potentially if class actions

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from various organisations such as US authorities... This is where it

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started. The American investigation into backsliding and deals... Last

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May, the whole process began and it was inevitable someone else would

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come in from that moment. It has taken nine months to get here. The

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question for Fifa and football is whether it will be any better under

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the new regime, given that Gianni Infantino only stood because his

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boss was forced to resign because of the ?1.3 million payment. But he is

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a standout candidate and could do well and speaks 11 languages. Time

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will tell. Boris Johnson in Europe U-turn. He changes his mind and says

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the art vote will be final. No means no. Yes, as opposed to the other day

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when he said no means yes, we can change our minds, who knows? He has

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had to publicly backtrack, which has made me feel delighted. The Brexit

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story will go on until June 23. We have got months of this. I would

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suggest that some of the coverage will be a little dry. Anything we

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got that will embarrass the odd politician in the months to come is

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very welcome. It is amazing how much sway Boris has over the debate. It

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is also amazing how complicated it is for those arguing one way or

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another. There are many things they just don't know. How difficult would

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it be if we were to leave? If we were to vote to leave, and I would

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be surprised at the stature if we do, but who knows, the costs of it,

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the two years, could be pretty painful. The EU won't make it easy

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for us. To encourage others not to go down that path, they will make it

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as hard as they can. As let's be honest the British government would

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have done if the Scots had voted for independence. But there are some big

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names -the Brexit campaign who have got months to make the argument. --

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behind the Brexit. Yes, no one is hitting us the facts just as they

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are. Because there are no facts. There's opinion. Do the British

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people want to remain part of an EU which some of them have doubts over

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but might cling to like a comfort blanket, or can we go our own way,

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when in the 40 odd years since we joined many of the markets, which we

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had then, are no longer markets. Our main markets are now within Europe

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and are we better being part of the huge trading bloc? Boris Johnson

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says he would negotiate trade deals with other parts of the world. The

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FT. Brussels flipped the switch to stop tea loving Brits from boiling

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over. The idea that we wouldn't be allowed powerful toasters and

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kettles, and powerful vacuum cleaners. For environmental reasons.

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If there's one thing we British don't want it is an affront to up

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tea and toast habit. We have an MP blaming Brussels for his four

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attempts at his tea and toast ratio. I would like my tea and toast

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protected. It almost sounds like a television show. Maybe they are just

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giving us a bit of a break, they are trying to be nice to us. Also,

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congratulations to both the forgetting that fantastic quote! The

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quick look at The Daily Mail. -- to Buzzfeed. This is a new biography.

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It is by the man who has put together a number of scathing

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biographies of significant figures, including Gordon Brown and Simon

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Cowell, more important these days! Looking at the clips, this thing

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being tied to Tony Blair... In the book it is tied to a former

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immigration official. He says he told Barbara Roach, the then

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Immigration Minister. It isn't directly linked to Tony Blair's

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decisions. Nevertheless, we know there was a view that in the new

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Labour government they could make a point and try to be a more welcoming

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and inviting country. They also said they haven't got an idea of what

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immigration figures were at point and they apologised. Ed Miliband

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seems to apologise for it quite a lot. It all seems a bit spurious. I

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can't believe this has made it onto the front page. I like the wait has

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been described, like it is the plot of a thriller. Tony Blair presiding

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over a silent conspiracy to change the face of Britain forever. The

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main aim was to make the country see the benefit of a multicultural

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society. It seems highly unlikely and not a very good strategy and

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certainly one that will backfire on the Daily Mail and its readers. They

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are offering a chance to win one of Margaret Thatcher's iconic handbags!

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Hold me back! Dozens of children with decayed teeth. This was a story

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we looked at the time ago, we are still waiting for this obesity study

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to be published as well. The second part of this story is that the

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publication of the childhood obesity strategy has been put on hold. Any

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parent with young kids will be concerned about the question of how

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their children are, what their help is. We've also had this ongoing

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thing about sugar and diets and the amount of soft drinks and how they

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are having negative effect on mental health. There's a general concern

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about the way are growing up. Also keep. We -- also teeth. So many

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children have to have them pulled out. We are talking about children

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aged five to nine. It must be absolutely terrible. There have been

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a number of educational Alicia Keys from the government to try to get

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families to think about eating healthier. -- educational

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initiatives. We have the teeth issue and that compounded by the obesity

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issue. They all link into each other. What is it that's missing? I

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can't answer that question and I wouldn't there try. Vow of silence.

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ENO, the choir won't sing in a dispute over pay. What is the

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proposal? Basically they might have their contracts cut down to nine

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months which mean they would lose a quarter of their salaries. They

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earned just over 30 grand each and said they wouldn't be able to live

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in London where they have to live or work if there is salaries are

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reduced. Performers spent years and thousands and thousands of pounds

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training to become a performer and often get paid absolutely nothing.

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They will never make the money they earn back. I understand why they are

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feeling unhappy. The idea is that they refused to sing? They will

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refuse to sing all sing the wrong songs. When I was so bad, it was

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banned. It wasn't because I couldn't sing! That teacher, who banned me,

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shame on you! It will be a sell out now. There no publicity like bad

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publicity. People will want to see the show to see what comedy costumes

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the artists will wear. Maybe they will be dressed as chickens when

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they aren't singing! Who knows? It's a way to drum up a bit more trade.

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Lovely to see you. Thanks very much. Coming up next, Sportsday.

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