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On this weeks meet the author, will be speaking

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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 Jim Waterson of Buzzfeed UK and Tim Stanley

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with

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a grim outlook for Europe is headlined on the Express,

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quoting a warning from Angela Merkel's deputy,

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of the consequences if Brexit is badly handled.

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The Telegraph says Theresa May has given pro-EU

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civil servants their marching orders,

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telling them to get on with the delivering Brexit.

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between the Prime Minister and China over the nuclear

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While the i has a special report on the influence

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The Scottish Daily Mail accuses Sir Philip Green of blackmail,

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saying he's willing to clear BHS's pension deficit if the watchdogs

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on the spread of Zika in across Asia.

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It says 41 cases have been confirmed in Singapore alone.

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Bank Holiday Monday could ignite a heatwave.

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I just want a bit of rain, a tiny bit! It has hit many places in the

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UK but not my garden! This a little bit would be nice. Much more

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important matters to discuss, such as Brexit, The Times, leading on

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Theresa May's thoughts on the Hinckley deal, this is the nuclear

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power station that was just about to see the exchange of contract, she

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was just through the door of Downing Street, and they said, let's have a

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think about this, a cooling off period. The Times are talking about

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how her attempts to unpick this deal, years in the making, macro

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energy -- EDF weather company involved, Chinese officials were

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even planning to sign the contract, at a big ceremony, it was the night

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before when she pulled the plug and said she wanted to have a think

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about this. It is all about whether she is comfortable with Chinese

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businesses having access to our nuclear projects and whether we need

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to be worried about serious global power having that sort of

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information and involvement in our national infrastructure in nuclear

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power. We need all of those things but do we want it in one big

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project, especially when we could wait a little bit longer and perhaps

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invest in smaller nuclear plants, which could be applied locally and

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provide electricity within a certain region. It is not just security, it

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is the price tag as well, quoted that when she called Francois

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Hollande, the French are part of this deal, to explain the decision,

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she said, it is my method, my method to go through everything, line by

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line. That matches what we know about her, she has been Prime

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Minister for only a few weeks, we are discovering what kind of Prime

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Minister she is. Meticulous. We knew that she had these concerns when she

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was Home Secretary, she raised them with George Osborne on a number of

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occasions and this was dismissed, was nothing new. This was what she

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was saying when she was the Home Secretary. If we had the Tory

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leadership election, which could be going on, David Cameron would be

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Prime Minister for another couple of weeks and this would have been

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signed, and we would be building it already. Last-minute, this project

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started at the tail end of the Gordon Brown government, it has been

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going on that long, finally, all the civil servants who spent six, seven

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years to get this, new person in charge, final person to sign off,

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they have changed their mind, it is telling that this is yet another

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thing where they are happy to rip up what went on in the previous

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government. George Osborne pet project, the member state visit,

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when you're all of the stops, and already, complete change. The

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message from the UK Government, China, come here, invest in what you

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want, we need your money, we want to be first in. If you look at the

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front page of this newspaper, the rise of China in Britain, they say,

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this is what she's worried about, she's concerned that China has too

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much of a stake in United businesses and energy. The figures are

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extraordinary, 3.8 billion spent on mergers and acquisitions, the pace

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and investment is up nearly 500% in 60 is, China is becoming a major

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investor. -- in six years. There is not just a security risk but an

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economic risk, we rely so much on investment from China, which is a

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fledgling economy, not a completely strong economy, a lot of the

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investment comes from state-run businesses. A lot of issues when it

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comes to trade with China, the other thing to bear in mind, the human

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rights record. When we get so close, drawn into the economic orbit of

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China, it comes with it, brings with it so many other bigger ethical

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issues and worries that other countries do not. Speaking of big

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issues, Brexit, very much re-emerging on the front pages over

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the weekend, particularly what is going on within the cabinet, the

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civil service as well. Moving on to the Telegraph, Theresa May telling

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civil servants to get on with Brexit, there is going to be a big

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meeting. At Chequers, awayday, you have been away on a summer break,

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you have got to come up with a fuel ideas to impress the boss when you

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come back! LAUGHTER Going around the table, and you get

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to the end, and you think, he has already said what I was going to

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say! What do I do? LAUGHTER Easy to forget that Theresa May

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technically campaign for remain, she seems to be wholeheartedly embracing

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Brexit now. -- Remain. She is the Prime Minister of a country which is

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voted out. We do not know what it will look like but this is

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interesting, her team will keep briefing the stories out there, full

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steam ahead... Whatever it means, they do not quite know but they want

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to get the word out to the public that she is committed. You speak to

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the source is more than I do, different sources from different

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cabinet departments, not all of them necessarily getting on, do you

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get... Do you get a sense that the sources are leaking information for

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their own benefit? Of course, 75% of the cabinet ministers asked to

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present how you make Brexit work were against it, you have that

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problem. Secondly, three departments will be directly in charge, they are

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foreign, the new office for Brexiteer and the new Department for

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International trade. In those three you have three very big

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personalities, who do not gel, and the word is coming up from those

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departments that they are already fighting over staff. Effectively

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fighting over who gets the biggest desk. Who is going to be running

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Brexit. Already, apparently, the heads of the Department, Liam Fox,

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David Davies and Boris Johnson have been called together for a meeting

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to get back together and get on with it. There is going to be a lot of

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jockeying over this. If it is not handled properly, the Daily

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Express... A certain gentleman in Germany has warned... A lot of

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quotes from them, this weekend. Angela Merkel's deputy, warning that

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if the UK got everything it wanted, other countries could leave the EU,

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Europe could go down the drain. That make sense, if the EU gives Britain

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a good deal, that would encourage others to follow suit, I don't see

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the incentives for the other remaining countries. Could it affect

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the EU economy of Britain is given a bad deal? But they cannot make it a

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palatable option otherwise it would be encouraging every other country

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which has considered splitting or holding a referendum doing something

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similar. Germany would say this because it is entering a period of

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negotiation, when you do that, you don't begin by saying, whatever

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Britain gets will be great for all of us... No, you say, if we give

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them what they want, the sky will fall in, they want Britain to water

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down their demands. David Davis's famous list of what he expects to

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get is a markedly optimistic, the idea that you can have free

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movement, retain access to the single market, you will not get

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these deals easily. This is the same day in which German sources also

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said that Ttip is out of the window and is not going to happen. Thank

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goodness we left, that is why we need to leave, Bees has left the

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queue we were at the back of, now we are one ahead of them. They are

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bound to say this sort of thing. They do not want negotiations to go

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on. -- TTIP. Before we came on air, Angela Merkel has said that the EU

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is letting down refugees, more cracks in what is meant to be a

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union. The Scottish Daily Mail, lovely picture there, the main

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story, Sir Phillip Green. The newspaper accusing them of

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blackmail. This is over the pension pot hole. This is damage limitation,

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the damage has been done, he has got to save his knighthood. The final

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BHS doors have been shut, that has come to an end, and now there is the

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issue of all of these investigations, he has been very

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clear, picking fights with people who have been probing into BHS,

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Frank Field, Labour MP, who has been to particularly critical, Phillip

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Green has given as good as he has got, this is a man, despite all his

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wealth, much of it in his wife's name, it tends to do most of his PR

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himself, on his Nokia 33 ten, taking calls on a battered old mobile phone

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and dealing with journalists quite directly. -- Nokia 3310. He is not

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used to dealing with this level of scrutiny, and now it is all about...

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He's tried to cut a deal. Cut a deal rather than blackmail? That is how

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he would perceive it, this is what comes naturally to them, there is

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always a solution. He may have to take his public humiliation. The

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people I feel for, the people who work for BHS. I heard... I read a

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lovely story, on Twitter, a lot of Department stores around the country

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are offering work, even if it is part-time, two members of BHS staff.

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It is nice that the high street is coming together, you feel for the

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people. The Financial Times, scary story, BBC News reported on a model

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that scientist had created on the spread of the Zika virus, reading

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the FT tomorrow, that model has come to light, it is spreading, where

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they said it would spread, we were worried about it ruining the

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Olympics, but in fact, probably a bigger issue. It is like a zombie

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apocalypse movie, fleeing from one country, and they find a dead

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walking in another, in the case the Zika virus, it turns out they have

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confirmed 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Singapore,

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will this be linked to Rio? I don't know, when I heard that it was that

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safe to go if you take precautions, that was a risk, some athletes chose

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not to go, it has spread to Florida, this is a disease which as a world

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we will have to accept is not just Latin American, it will get to

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Africa as well. I know a journalist working in Rio, they got the Zika

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virus, it had travelled to another couple of countries before he was

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even diagnosed. We do not know how easily it spreads through sexual

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relations and so forth, but clearly it can spread beyond just being

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local, now we know that. We have got to find some way of dealing with

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that. The race is on to get a vaccine, money has already been put

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into that, although it is amazing, even with air travel and all the

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rest, how well we can contain these things, bird flu, above, horrifying,

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amazingly contained within a couple of years. -- Ebola. We are amazingly

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good when we pull resources to contain one thing, shutting these

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things down. -- pool. That is it for this edition of the newspapers, we

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will do it all again in one hour's time.

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