02/01/2017 The Papers


02/01/2017

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

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With me are Ben Chu - Economics and Business Editor

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of the Independent and Caroline Wheeler,

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political editor of the Sunday Express.

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that children are eating half their recommended daily

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allowance before they even leave for school in the morning.

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The Istanbul terror attack is the Independent's top story.

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It's interviewed an IS defector who says the militant group

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The same lead for the Eye - which carries a striking image

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of the funeral of one of the victims.

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The Times leads with the rail price hike.

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It says fares are now six times higher than those in Europe

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and that one study says commuters now pay 27 pence for every minute

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A similar page one story for the Metro, which reports claims

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that thousands of commuters will now be spending 14% of their incomes

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could be facing 20 years in jail over a plot to scam drug smugglers

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It says the last remaining survivor of the RAF's 'Dambusters' raid

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during World War II should get a gong.

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And the Daily Mail focuses on foreign aid.

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It claims Pakistanis have been queueing at cashpoints to use cards

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loaded with British taxpayers' money.

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Well, we will come to that story in a moment that we will begin with the

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warning about sugar for parents but really it is about the children. A

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new story to strike guilt and fear into the heart of households across

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the land about what their children eat for breakfast. A remarkable

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statistic. The average child is eating the equivalent of three sugar

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cube is a day at breakfast alone which as a parent myself this is a

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shocking figure and I start thinking about what my own child is eating.

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All those sweet pastries and frosted flakes. They have a lot of sugar in

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them and I am certainly going to be looking at the advice and see what I

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want to know really what are the healthy breakfast options? There are

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so many of these things that have sugar in them and you want to know

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what they should be eating and what you should be offering and what is

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out there. We were trying to think earlier about what our children eat

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for breakfast and what is the healthiest option. We both came up

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with porridge has been the one but then we both admitted that our

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children like a dollop of honey or a little bit of sugar or something.

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One viewer has tweeted to say that we should be doing it with a pinch

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of salt. But as the Scottish way. I don't see my children will like

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that. Your children don't mind? No, they don't. Then they have a honey

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on top, however. Bad parent! It is the traditional way of making it.

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The thing that got me is that the minute you think your giving your

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child serial so as a parent you're instantly think that's the real is a

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healthy start to the day. The other day I made scramble on toast and

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they were, they were very happy with that. You don't have to give serial,

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do you? But it is to do with time in the morning. We are desperately

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trying to get to work on time and drop children off at various places

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for the rest of the dates so you think about quick easy convenience

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solutions. What upsets me the most is that, you write, we think that's

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the real is healthy and we know that certain cereals are loaded with

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sugar than we give children them. It is actually the other ones. You

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check the back of the box and you see that they have three teaspoons

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of sugar in every portion. The other thing that worries me is the fruit

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juice. You know, the idea that we are starting off with a glass of

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fruit juice which is one of their five a day but actually the guide

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lines say they should act to have one portion of fruit juice a day

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because it is full of sugar and I would imagine that those three sugar

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cubes at breakfast, a couple of those are already in a glass of

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orange apple juice or the hot chocolate, or whatever it is we give

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them. It is interesting that they say that recent data suggests that a

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war on sugar has now led to a slump in purchases of fruit and vegetable.

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It is kind of going against the healthy message. Anyway so that is

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the Telegraph. Let us turn out to the Times talking about rail fares.

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This is the time of year when people go back to work, purchase a new

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season ticket and find out that longer hold the price has risen

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again. This has been happening year in and year out free long time now.

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2.3% is the latest rise which is still more than the rate of

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inflation and this is only for regulated fares as well. Many of the

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other fares out there, they are not capped by the government, they have

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increased by even more. One fare in Swansea has increased by 20%.

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Imagine using VAT and not having a season ticket? That is serious

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money. The biggest context is that the story is saying that rail fares

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are far more expensive than they are on the continent, something like 14%

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of the salary of an average UK worker compared to between two and

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4% in France and Germany which is a bit of a spurious statistic because

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they have a different funding mechanism. The government has made a

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clear decision that they want more investment and more use of the

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railway to be paid for directly by passengers which is why the fares

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increased so much. In the continent comes from the general taxpayer

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which is why the average fee will be less for passengers but they will

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pay for it in other ways. The real issue is how efficient are our

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railways and I think people have a problem with that. It is not coming

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at the best time, is it? We have strikes and people are not happy.

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Delays, overcrowding and the timing could not be worse. The other thing

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we need to put into context is that many people have not had a pay rise

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and so pay rises have been totally outflanked by these rail rises which

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basically means that people are paying more money to go to work than

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they were last year directly came into these companies, and are not

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getting to work anyway! We saw over Christmas, you know, plenty of

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coverage given to the Southern rail strike and people saying that they

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were losing their jobs because they could not get to work because there

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were no trains to get them there. It is going to be a doom and misery

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started the year, particularly the strike is ongoing. And the strike

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start tomorrow on the platforms because we understand that there

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will be a range of protests that have been organised by action for

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rail. They will be taking place at over 100 stations throughout the day

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tomorrow including London and Manchester. Cardiff, Bristol etc.

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The main protest will be at Manchester Piccadilly in King's

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Cross. A flash mob organised by the campaign for better transport. Do

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you really think that will get the message across? I think it will

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infuriated commuters. The first day back to work and we roll returning

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after a lengthy festive break, and given the weather holidays have

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fallen this year. The first day back to work, increased their rises,

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rubbish services combined with further disruption caused by these

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groups that claim to be, that support to be supporting the

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transport system,. Jeremy Corbyn possibly not seen the funny side of

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McClusky either. Prepared to stand down. A 24% you think he is

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justified in issuing this warning? Here is justified and it is

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interesting that he is doing it because McClusky has always been the

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supportive union figure, the one who was always gone into battle for

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Jeremy Corbyn. Where did the Love go? You could argue that he has seen

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the writing on the wall at last. The polls are quite bad and it is time

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to put pressure on Corbyn to start thinking about an exit strategy if

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things do not improve. McClusky is in the midst of his own battle as

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the boss of The Unite union and the interpretation a lot of people have

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put on it is that this is a way of sparring with his main rival for

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that job and a proxy war over the Labour leadership to try and defeat

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his rival. That sounds quite plausible to me. You also need to

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think about that at the end of the day, the unions have a certain

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degree of cloud. Given their proximity to the leadership and the

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fact that they are pouring in vast sums of money into the pockets of

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individual MPs their power is only as much as the party is able to

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achieve at the general election. You want to be a fair party that is able

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to get into power and polls have shown that 24%, the lowest support

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ratings since July 1983 which was the time of Michael foot. The

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writing is on the wall but as you say, I think there is a lot of

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politicking going on there. His main rival in this contest is Jarrod

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Coyne who was a moderate himself and will be sold off, you know, pursuing

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an agenda which is not quite so pro- Jeremy Corbyn. He has to choose a

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different tack, I think, in order to show up the support he needs. People

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looking at the front page of the Daily Mail tomorrow morning and

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thinking of how much they spent over Christmas. Goodness. Well, the mail

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has a long-standing campaign against this foreign aid budget that the UK

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has. We will one of the few countries that spent directly on

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foreign aid. They think it is a terrible use of resources and

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especially the time austerity. This is the latest instalment of their

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forceful and angry campaign. They say that people in Pakistan are

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being issued with cash cards so they can get foreign aid money directly

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rather than as food or whatever. A terrible scandal that shows why we

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should stop spending so much money. Willis talking earlier about how

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there is very little context given. Who are these people? And what basis

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are they being given this money? And without that information it is

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impossible to make any sort of decision about whether or not this

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is money well spent will not. And we've just spent all this money, you

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make the comparison and we are feeling the pinch and all this money

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is going to these people living abroad literally into their pockets.

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The interesting thing that they say is that the amount giving in direct

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cash has gone up and there have been concerns around corruption around

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the scheme. It is also right to put it that this is historic. This has

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been going on for five years. However the new International

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developments that Terry has been very very clear that actually she is

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aware of what is going on and she is taking her time to review the entire

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aid budget and to make sure that basically the British taxpayer is

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getting some kind of value for money and that actually aid should not

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just be about a bottomless pit it should also be about as spending in

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a sensible way that gives us something back in terms of, you

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know, the national interest. Some of the money has been going in to help

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us with counterterrorism, for example. If you look at the area

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that this money is in, and think about what was going on in

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Afghanistan and winning the hearts and minds, etc, etc. But, also, I

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think we do need to know more. It is a knee-jerk reaction to say that

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this is an abhorrent situation but on the base of it, yes there will be

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many people who are annoyed that this is going on and I think without

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further information it is a dangerous sort of conclusion to draw

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that this is ultimately a bad thing that is happening. More detail

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inside the paper, hopefully. Quickly, the Daily Express. An extra

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incentive to stick to your health. The paper as saying that it will

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help you defeat dementia particularly if you have type 2

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diabetes or are obese. Does that make you think that you need to

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stick at it this year? We were talking earlier about fitness and

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health. Any message of this kind of nature at this time of year is

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always going to try and move readers, definitely. I think many

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people rethink that they need to keep in shape, keep down their fat

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consumption etc. It is good for us. But I, kinda, a regular will

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reminder is always warranted although I do prefer the headlines

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that say chocolate make you smarter or that drinking wine is good for

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you. In a way that contradict themselves because they say keep

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feet to defeat dementia and then they have a think yourself thin diet

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plan. Just do the metalwork, don't worry about exercise. -- just do the

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mental work. That is it for the papers. Coming up next week a sports

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day.

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