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Coming up, Fantastic Neasts but how much magic is there from Eddie

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Redmayne in the J-Tear rolling spin-off from the Harry Potter

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series? We have that and more in the other top releases in the Film

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Review -- Fantastic Beasts. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be With me are the broadcaster,

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Natalie Haynes. It's nice. I'm not making a comment,

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it is nice. And the Independent's

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deputy political editor, The Daily Telegraph leads

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with Prime Minister Theresa May's planned tax pledge to try

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and win back business. 'New push for "clean break" EU

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exit,' is the headline for the Daily The paper says 70 Eurosceptic

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MPs are joining forces. The Metro says: "Blair is back

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in politics," with reports that the former prime minister

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is setting up a new institute And according to the Independent,

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a third of young homeless people Let's look to Wednesday and the

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Autumn Statement, the first one with Philip Hammond at the helm, here it

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is on the i, Osborne austerity continues in Brexit budget and

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Britain has to get match fit. Austerity was supposed to be a thing

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of the past, wasn't it? And it feels like the last two or three weeks or

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so we have had a little drip drip of worrying about managing families, we

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will have some sort of fun for them which will make things a little bit

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easier and nicer, excellent use, and suddenly three days before the

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statement of thing is coming back and it is no, austerity, we are in

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trouble, he is the only person who feels, who is breaking the party

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line and saying we will be in trouble with Brexit so we can't do

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anything and the question is expectation management or war and I

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think expectation management... That is unusual, normally it is me.

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Maybe. There are elements of disagreement between Number Ten and

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Number 11 and Theresa May is keen to find someone to make good on her

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promises for struggling families and Philip Hammond is less committed to

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that and more worried as Natalie says about the impact of Brexit and

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if he has any money to spend, he will spend it on tackling the causes

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of our productivity crisis such as by transport and better broadband,

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we need, along those lines rather than giving money to people in need.

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Alternatively, perhaps the government thought people were not

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excited about the budget and it will be first of all a splurge for

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families and now it is continued austerity. Tune in on Wednesday and

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find out. No, I don't think so. Do you? You talk about families who

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will really struggle. They are on the front of the Guardian. Revealed,

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cost four 6 million families. ?2500, some families will be worse off by.

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Journalists light myself don't just report what happens in that budget.

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You have to look at the big picture and what has already been announced,

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when it was announced it was going to happen in years to come and so it

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is happening now and what that means is huge cuts to Universal Credit for

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low income families and huge cuts to benefits for many disabled people. A

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four-year benefit freeze. So whatever goodies Philip Hammond

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manages to find down the back of his so far there is no way he can

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possibly compensate for what is coming and that is what this report

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says. And as you say it is up to families just about managing with

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?2500 worse off, it is an enormous sum. Has that fear come from this

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study from the consultancy, Policy and Practice? Yes, the financial

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circumstances of 187,475 households were studied and they have included

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in that not just things like the benefit freeze but they have also

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looked at rising rents and increasing inflation and the number

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they have come out with is ?48.90 a week and when you think about it

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that is a serious whack, it is a serious amount of money to spend on

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groceries, heating, electricity, petrol, which of course is now

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incredibly expensive, and these are things which people are going to try

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to stretch their money to meet and it is a lot of money to lose. The

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Times, Aleppo loses last hospital in onslaught from Russians. It is hard

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to imagine, isn't it, the conditions in eastern Aleppo in particular,

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because it has been under bombardment and under siege for so

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long. Yes. And there were eight medical facilities, none of which

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have now been functioning since Saturday, according to the Times. I

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have to say they are the only paper that sees fit to include what is a

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major I would have thought news story on their front page. Yes, I

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suppose perhaps everyone else is just so riven with helplessness that

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it doesn't feel like the information you want to share, that there are

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premature babies being moved because the room where they are with their

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incubator is filling with smoke. I assumed we could all agree that

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bombing a children's hospital was wrong but it turns out there are

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people who will defend all kinds of things. There are reports as well of

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barrel bombs being used loaded with chlorine gas and a family of six has

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died. It is difficult to get a lot of information out of Aleppo because

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of the conditions. There are not many journalists, if any. There is

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some testimony and to map quote leap out, one in the Times, quoting a

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former graphic designer leaving eastern Aleppo with his family and

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he says if you watch the film Mad Max you can imagine the city, there

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is nothing useful, we spend time hunting for things to stay alive, I

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feel I am not living in the 21st century. And a quote from a British

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doctor who was there, no more, and they have been fed messages from the

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Assad regime that if you don't live in the next 24 hours you will be

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killed. The Times deserves credit for keeping the story on the front

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page. Other papers have not. It is not just another story about how

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terrible life is in Aleppo. It is something over and above that. The

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last hospital. There is no hope for people with injuries in a Aleppo.

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Looking at two papers, the Telegraph and the FT and what is happening in

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politics in mainland Europe and notably France and Germany. Firstly,

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the Telegraph, Nicolas Sarkozy suffers shock defeat in first round

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of French primary. He wanted a second go at being president and it

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is not to be. Yes, I suppose if there was one contender in the

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election that a reasonable number of British people would have heard of

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it would have been Sarkozy as president, perhaps it is our

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mistake. He is out of the race. It has been suggested that it is

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another example of voters turning against the establishment candidate

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in the same way as Brexit. And with Trump winning. The contenders who

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beat him were former French Prime Minister is so you can argue they

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are in the establishment as well, maybe people just like Nicolas

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Sarkozy. And Francois Fillon looks to be the contender next year and

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the person who will take on the national front. And from what I have

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read Nicolas Sarkozy risks chasing the populace vote and moved a little

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bit to the right in the hope of appealing to those who might intend

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to vote for Marine Le Pen. If the last few months have told us

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anything it is that repositioning yourself when you are already a

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known quantity is a recipe for disaster at the moment. We have a

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strange craving for what is perceived to be authentic and I used

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those quotes because that is in the eye of the beholder. Someone can be

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in the establishment or the blue-collar billionaire can be

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employed and people don't see it as being intrinsically ludicrous.

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Nonetheless it is an attempt to say, oh, well, my politics are like this,

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and voters are not buying it. We don't want people to triangulate

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their position. We don't want people to move position. We have a strange

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point in politics where we said on the what is your position, OK, I am

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not interested and from then on you cannot win it back. The FT, Angela

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Merkel seeking a fourth term in office, she seems to be sticking to

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her guns and saying, I know it will be a tough challenge. Although her

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popularity has waned, she still has a lot of wide support. You're, I

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wonder if it has anything to do with Obama's visit this week. There was a

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real sense, wasn't there, during the coverage of the visit that he was

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passing on the torch of her being the person we are looking towards to

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speak up for a united Western category of countries and leaders

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and there is a vague sense that perhaps he is already bypassing the

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next president of the US and offering it over to Angela Merkel.

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Maybe that was the push she wanted. But there is an anti- Muslim,

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anti-immigration party that is increasing its support in Germany.

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Yes, there is. I mean, it is less popular than the National Front in

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France, and I don't want to make predictions in politics, but surely

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Merkel will win again. Now you have said it. There is a quote from her

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hair which... -- her here which... How many people in the world will be

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dependent on her and suicidal if Marine Le Pen wins next year. Angela

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Merkel says it is grotesque and almost absurd to suggest she can

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solve the world's problems alone. We can only do it together. Sorry,

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Angela, but people are looking at you as the only person who can

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vaguely keep things on track. The sun that, a tiny Navy is a danger,

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who has said it? The defence Select Committee has a report out tomorrow

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which makes the case for a shipbuilding splurge in Britain --

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The Sun. If you ask people how money warships Britain have, people would

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say 30, 40, 50, I don't know, memories that we once had an empire,

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it is true that we have in fact 19, 13 frigates and six destroyers,

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which is in many, and that is the point the committee will make

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tomorrow. Will it make any difference? Most of the defence

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budget is going to be spent on renewing Britain's Trident

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submarines and missiles over the coming years and decades and I

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suggest that will leave little for expanding the rest of the defence. A

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pathetic fleet. You're, and as always we have more details front of

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the Telegraph, but as always with stories about defence acquisitions,

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the usual weight, you have spent how much, it doesn't work because... MPs

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criticise mistakes in the design of the destroyers which have led to the

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billion pound vessels being plagued by power outages in need of engine

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refits. A report called restoring the fleet and in its usable failing

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for not being designed to operate for long periods in warm seas such

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as the Gulf and it does seem like an inexcusable failing. A bit of an

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oversight. Yes, ?1 billion and engine refits. As always with

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defence stories, you find yourself gazing at the sums and eyes

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watering. Very quickly, two store is also on the Telegraph, British

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children bottom of world fitness league, 38 countries have been

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compared and we do very badly on. Yes. I find it hard to relate. I was

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watching my daughter swimming up and down a 50 metre pool and she was

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looming far better than I ever could, now, let alone when I was

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that age and there are clearly lots of children who I see out there

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playing sport as much as my generation ever did but presumably

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there are not enough of them. This story tells us that overall these

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children are getting less fit. England used to have a C-D rating

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and now it has a D- rating for the fitness of 11- 15 -year-olds and

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Scotland is even worse with F. I wonder what it is, then, because it

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is expensive to do these activities if they are not available in school,

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joining clubs, getting them now, it costs a lot of money. It is and they

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are expensive and yet, still, the requirements seem not to me to be

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impossible with one hour of moderate exercise per day. You think, well,

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that is 1.5 miles walking to school and home, isn't it, and I know it

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rains and not everyone embraces, as I do, the chance to get soaked and

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say, this is brazing and character building, I really do see that, but

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it is not unfeasible to fit that into your life, it doesn't have to

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be a trampoline or ballet class or horseriding or the things we think

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of as expensive, it could be going for a run or a walk. Finally,

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keeping his crown, Andy Murray on the front of the Telegraph beating

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Novak Djokovic to finish the year world number one. Ah yes, it would

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have seen a unthinkable when Novak Djokovic was all conquering. I find

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it astonishing that Andy Murray can win so many tournaments in such a

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short amount of time and somehow his battered body has taken him over the

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line. We were talking earlier that presumably he will collapse into a

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heap if he hasn't already. Extraordinary stamina. It is

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extraordinary and also the psychological strength that must

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have been required to beat him yesterday after being one point

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down, serving for the match twice, winning on the tiebreak, and then

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coming out and having, I am sure not easy, relatively easy straight sets

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win over Novak Djokovic, it is just amazing, his willpower is something

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to marvel at. Rob knows all of the finalists at Wimbledon back to 1970.

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Who played in 1983? Oh, that was when John McEnroe won. Oh, you see?

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It is his superpower. It is. It is your superpower. I think it is

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right. Lloyd? Yes. Mastermind. John Humphrys on the phone. Got away with

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it. Don't forget, all the front pages

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

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review of the papers. It's all there for you seven days

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a week at bbc.co.uk/papers, and you can see us there, too,

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with each night's edition of The Papers being posted

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on the page shortly Coming up next, it's

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