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

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With me is Neil Midgley, media commentator from the Telegraph,

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and Louise Court, Director of editorial strategy

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Daily Mail leads on the former owner of BHS, Sir Philip Green,

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who it says could be forced to pay out tens of millions of pounds

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to help the company's pension black hole.

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on the parents of six and seven year olds who are planning

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to keeping their children away from class to avoid new school

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The Guardian has an interview with Jeremy Corbyn in which he says

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the anti-Semitism row will not blow his leadership off course.

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The i says the Labour Party can expect heavy losses across the UK

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in the local elections following the argument over

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The Mirror has an interview with the BBC

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presenter Chris Packham, who speaks out about his battle

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The Express highlights new research which says

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eating one bar of chocolate a day can reduce diabetes

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We start with what is happening in the Labour Party and how the

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Guardian is reporting this. Kobin sets up an inquiry to anti-Semitism

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and fights back after a tumultuous week -- Jeremy Corbyn. We were

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reporting earlier that the newspaper Jewish news had got this exclusive

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about an independent inquiry that Jeremy Corbyn set up, and now here

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it is in the Guardian. He had to do something. He had to take action. It

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has been a dreadful week for him and the Labour Party. He has also said

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he will propose a new code of conduct for the Labour Party and how

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they deal with racist issues. It has been terrible. I wonder why it has

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taken so long, because it was going on for a long time. We would just

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looking at the front pages before we came into the studio, and I did a

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bit of googling and of course, there were whispers about anti-Semitism in

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the Labour Party even before Jeremy Corbyn was elected. In the run-up to

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the general election last year as well. The former editor of left foot

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forward, every left-leaning journalist, in August of last year,

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when Corbyn was campaigning for the leadership, he was talking them

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about how uncomfortable Jeremy Corbyn was when quizzed on Channel 4

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News about having hosted Hamas and Hezbollah in Parliament. Bloodworth

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said, I am paraphrasing, but he said, I question the Labour Party

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and how seriously it is taking anti-Semitism. So this has been

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around for a long time. The fact that there was the whole John Mann

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versus Ken Livingstone kind of ruckus in the Millbank Studios

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stairwell the other day, followed by Jeremy Corbyn doing his usual

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routine of refusing to talk to reporters, desperately tried to put

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a code into a door this morning so that he could get away from the

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reporter following him, there has been a complete lack of organisation

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in the Labour Party and a sense of chaos and farce around something

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which is incredibly serious. But Ken Livingstone was suspended. Yes, he

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has been. And he should have been. The fact that there is this almost

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any Hill sort of farce with people being chased around -- a Benny hill

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farce around something, I mean, he was talking about Hitler and Zionism

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in the same sentence, which is massively offensive. That should be

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something that Corbyn was straight down on. But he's not going quietly,

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because he is still saying he is going to contest it. It is

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impossible for them to keep a lid on it. Ken Livingstone said, they will

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have to admit me back to the party. Even on the day he said it, he said,

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I am not saying anything controversial, but it was so

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offensive to some. Ken Livingstone knows what he's doing. He is a

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seasoned politician and he would know a comment like that would

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attract attention. Incredibly inflammatory. He has tried to

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explain it away by saying he is making a particular historically

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accurate point. About the deportation of Jews before the

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Second World War to Israel. Specifically, the platform on which

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Hitler ran in the 1932 election in Germany. Well, even if that is true,

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it is an incredibly distasteful factor for Ken to pick out when he

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is responding to accusations of anti-Semitism against some of his

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parliamentary colleagues. That is not the time to choose to be

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historically selective about Adolf Hitler. Let's look at how the i is

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looking at it. It says the party can express heavy losses in the

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elections next week after bitter anti-Semitism rows. But we don't

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know how much difference this row will make to voters. They were

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concerned about local elections in the first place, but this makes it

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worse. If you think about the groundswell of the popularity of

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Corbyn, which was based on a lot of young millennial voters who he

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engaged with and they felt he was genuine, but being caught in a

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racism row is going to turn those young people off. A lot of people

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who turn out for elections tend not to be younger people, they are older

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people. There is interesting stuff going on on social media, away from

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what is happening with the Labour Party directly. Sayeeda Warsi,

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Baroness Warsi, who sits on the Conservative benches in the Lords,

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and is a Muslim woman as well, she says on Twitter, in the world of

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politics, while Labour is in a civil war, in the real world, West

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Yorkshire sincerely do is try to heal the rift. And there is a letter

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in a newspaper from a man who was a refugee from Nazi Germany and came

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to Britain in the 1930s. He is a Jewish community leader in Bradford,

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saying that now is sharp, the MP -- now Shah, the MP who wrote

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intemperately about Israel on Facebook and is a Labour MP, he says

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she has apologised for this and this should be the end of the matter that

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there are other tweets on social media saying that in Bradford, the

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Muslim community, amongst others, contributed towards the synagogue in

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Bradford. So on the ground, people are trying to put this right in a

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way that maybe puts national politicians to shame. And quite

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right, too, that there should be community cohesion. But that doesn't

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stop there being a big problem in the Labour Party. On a national

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level, that is something Jeremy Corbyn has to address. It is sad

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that one of our two major political parties is embroiled. I am no Labour

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supporter, but there should be an opposition which is strong and

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united and ethical time when we have an insecure international situation

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and we are going into a referendum on the future of the country next

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month. We should be talking about Europe, not rather nasty, unsavoury

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internecine goings-on in the Labour Party. Let's move on. The times says

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parents shun school tests ooh and ah the Times. Not everyone is going to

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turn up for these tests for seven-year-olds by the sound of it.

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This is amazing. I think it is a great story. We keep hearing reports

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that a lot of our kids are the most stressed and the most unhappy in

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Europe with the amount of pressure put on children. Why are six and

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seven-year-olds taking these tests? A lot of teachers they they don't

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get the point of it. And creating these tests is putting huge stress

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on the teachers, kids why so many leave the profession. But the

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parents are going to risk fines of up to ?120 per child by keeping them

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out of school for the dates of the tests. Why are you smoking? --

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smirking? I wish my school had allowed me to stay at home. You did

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not have those tests. Not these ones. My equivalent was showing up

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for rugby in the hail in Leeds. Count the building. Exactly, but so

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are tests. Oh, Neil! Well, yes, kids are stressed and we put so much

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pressure on them these days. But at the same time, there are lots of

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things in life that six and seven-year-olds are not going to

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like but they are going to have to show up for later in life. And their

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parents should be teaching them the lesson at that age that sometimes,

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you have to man up or woman up and do it. Louise, would you keep your

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six or seven-year-old at home? Would I keep them at home and risk a fine?

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Probably not. So you agree with me? No, because I think sums up to the

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parents that do. Overall, I think kids do far too many tests at

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school. It stresses out the whole family. And it is pointless. What is

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the point? Do an exam at ten or 11, but not before. It depends how the

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school manages to handle the Sats. A lot say secondary schools take

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little notice anyway. But it says here that headteachers are giving

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their tacit approval and in some cases lend their support to the

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campaign, called let our kids begins. What are these tests for? I

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don't know! But if a school set a test, you should show up for it. But

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the organisers of this are anonymous. So do you think they are

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terrified of their children being picked on? Reprisals from Nicky

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Morgan? Coming to get them before she turns them into an academy. They

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sit two reading papers and two maths papers and two in spelling and

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grammar, quite a lot. And you don't want a seven-year-old to feel they

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are a failure at six or seven. Unless you're going to do something

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with those results, what is the point? The problem with maths is a

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lack of rigour in the exams further up the ladder. If kids were properly

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prepared for serious O-levels and A-levels, as we were in our day...

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You are ageing me now! Well, I am sure Louise was doing GCSEs or

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whatever trade -- trendy thing they have now, but in my day, the exams

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you sat were graded so that universities and employers could

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distinguish between the kids who sat them on the basis of their result.

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Now that there are prizes for everybody and everybody passes, that

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is impossible. They don't all pass. 98% or something get something. They

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don't all get A*s. But they all pass. In my day, the average

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national exam result was a CSE grade four, which was a fail. There are

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targets that the schools set. But and universities say there is not

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sufficient distinction to distinguish between the most able

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and the list able. And that is feeding further down the system into

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this enormous stress where kids have to be constantly taking tests. And

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once you passed your exams, you went down the pit. That's right. Let's go

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to the Daily Mirror. This is Chris Packham, my suicide agony. He is a

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hugely popular presenter. We will see him soon on Springwatch on the

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BBC. He was talking about how he struggled with Asperger syndrome,

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and he was suicidal, even though he had this tremendously successful

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career. I was researching this before we came on. Thank goodness

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for Google. If you suffer from Asperger syndrome, you are more

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prone to depression, apparently. This story is on the front page of

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the Times as well. What is strong about it is the fact that

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apparently, eight Out Of ten Cats suicide attempts are done by men.

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And there is a lot of concern about men being at risk of suicide and

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suffering from mental illness and depression because they don't talk

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to anybody about it. There is a huge stigma, so to have somebody in the

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public eye talking about this is a brave thing to do. It is, and men's

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mental health, Louise runs an organisation of women's magazines

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and I used to work on very young women's magazines. We gave a lot of

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coverage at one stage to telling the young women reading our magazine to

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talk to their boyfriends and make sure there were emotionally literate

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in talking about their problems instead of bottling them up. And

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here he is talking about thoughts of suicide. As Louise said, there are

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too many suicide attempt is among young men. On to page three of the

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Times. Still in fashion, face of folk at 100 is chic and so stylish.

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And there is a model of the same age who looks sensational. Marjorie Bo

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Gilbert. A fantastic name, and she is the retired director of a

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cardboard box manufacturing company, which is not glamorous, but she

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looks amazing. She is wearing Victoria Beckham clothes in this

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photograph and she says, I always like to keep myself looking decent.

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Even if I am not going up, I try to keep standards up. I dress to sit

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myself. I don't dress for boys. She laments the fact that we are not all

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wearing hats. I am with her on that, there are not enough hats worn these

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days. All gloves. Yes, if you like. But 100 years old, Vogue. I had no

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idea it was that old. How old is Cosmo? It is not 100. It is just

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over 50 in America and 43 in the UK. Still good going. Would you put

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someone aged 50 in a fashion shoot in Cosmo in the UK? I don't see why

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not. We probably have. You have an editor over 50. That is different,

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because you don't see that. Vogue are making a big point of anti-ages

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in fashion. Will you follow them? Cosmo never follows, Cosmo said the

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trends. So what if the trend you can set? We could have a naked man over

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100 in doubt. I would come and do that! You are too young. Finally, I

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know you are probably sick of me talking about Leicester City. The

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Daily Star says God signs for the foxes. Leicester City have turned to

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God in any effort to seal their fairy tale first Premier League

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title tomorrow. I know you are a pistol palace fan, Louise. -- a

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Crystal Palace fan. But are you pleased for Leicester? I think it is

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great to see another underdog up there, doing amazingly, especially

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when they don't have the funds like Crystal Palace don't have the funds,

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some of the big clubs. It cheers everybody up to see that possible.

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The club chaplain is going to lead the players in prayer before they

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meet Man Utd on Sunday. The mind boggles. I am not a football fan,

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but the idea of a Premier League dressing room falling into silence

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for spiritual contemplation before a match... I am sure it happens all

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the time. Does it? A very large Leicester flight has been purchased

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in our house. It is enormous and vulgar -- a large Leicester flag. I

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could put it on this table as a cloth. You have to wrap it around a

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Bible now. And maybe lend it to Gary Lineker when he has to present in

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his pants in September. He could be in Cosmo.

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are online on the BBC News website, where you can read a detailed

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It's all there for you seven days a week.

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