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STUDIO: Hello, welcome to our look at what is going to be in newspapers

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tomorrow morning. With me are Former pensions minister

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Baroness Ros Altmann and the Evening Standard columnist Mihir Bose. The

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Financial Times leads with a warning from the Chancellor that any extra

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spending on social care and schools in next month's Budget will have to

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paid for through higher taxes. The i has a report on the housing crisis.

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The paper claims ministers are being accused of abandoning "a generation

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of aspiring homeowners" The Telegraph leads with our top story

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tonight, the British man who carried out a suicide bombing for so called

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Islamic State in Iraq on Sunday. The paper says the British

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government paid him a million pounds in compensation

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after he was released The Times says the Brexit

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Secretary, David Davis, has declared that the UK

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will keep its doors open for low-skilled European

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workers, after Brexit. reporting how City bankers say

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the potential loss of jobs to the rest of europe could threaten

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financial stability. Could the England captain,

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Wayne Rooney, be heading to China? The Mirror reports he could be

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leaving Manchester United. And the Mail leads with

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how a suspected jihadi terrorist pocketed taxpayers' money

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after accusing MI6 agents of being complicit in his mistreatment

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at the hands of the Americans. We're going to kick off with the

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Daily Mail, because they have the story that most of the front pages

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have got, the ISU aside bomber that you, the British taxpayer, paid ?1

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million. This guy was a web designer from Manchester, then he was held in

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Guantanamo Bay, claimed that he was unfairly held, was released and paid

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?1 million. I think the payment was to avoid paying more, if it had gone

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to court, it was some kind of settlement. Now he has ended up

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being filmed as a night as suicide bomber. Wonder if the ?1 million has

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gone to eye -esque on some now. Reason British taxpayers paid it, he

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claimed MI6 was involved in what happened. -- the IS suicide bomber.

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The Tony Blair government was also involved in the release and making

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the payment, according to this. It raises questions about why he was

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monitored. Even after he was paid, whether payment is justified or not,

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but given his record, he really should have been monitored. How do

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they allow him to, if you like, have this second life and do what he has

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done. Does it raise questions about those who campaigned on his behalf?

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It does, I suppose they would argue that they could not have known what

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he was going to do in the future. But all the front pages are pretty

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much covering the story. It will sit poorly with a lot of taxpayers. You

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can understand why. Ronald Fiddler, his original British name, before

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changing it. Horrible picture of him, smiling, as he is about to blow

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himself up and stop at the moment of his suicide bombing. Going onto the

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"Brexit" story, The Times, they say Britain will stay open to EU

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migrants, David Davis, exit secretary, talking in the House of

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Lords today, about "Brexit", about the bill to trigger article 50. I

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will be rushing back for the closing, as well. Basically, it

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seems that we need EU immigrants, and this is something that David

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Davis is now admitting. In sectors such as social care and agriculture,

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in the NHS, in lots of areas, we need EU workers to come to do jobs

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that are not being filled and will not be filled by British workers. I

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guess one of the questions here is, if we do need immigration and we're

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not going to stop it anyway, what was the whole "Brexit" thing

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about...? A lot of people will be asking that, and that is one of the

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questions I was raising in the house today. How will you vote on the

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bill? We'll have to see, and amendments coming up in the

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committee stage, the House of Commons will have the final position

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but what a number of people in the House of Lords are saying is that

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maybe the government is not quite ready, we had a white Paper, which

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is not really have any costed plans, so we are not quite sure what all

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this "Brexit" is actually going to mean. Maybe we should not rush to

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quickly. What is interesting, reading what David Davis has said,

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he has made a great case for immigration, he should be the

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Immigration Minister! The arguments he presents about the hospitality

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sector, and interesting that the president of the NFU, the national

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farmers union, has said that if farm workers and so on do not come,

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seasonal workers, we might have great difficulty in getting food!

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This is one of the issues we will have to deal with as we move

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forward, with "Brexit". We do need certain jobs to be done. There are

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immigrants doing them, they will not be able to do these jobs.

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Semi-members in the House of Lords. Some people said that the people

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voted, the Commons passed it without amendment. I don't agree with that,

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that is precisely the role of the House of Lords, which is, if you

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think the Commons has done something that is a bit hasty or has not been

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fully thought through, you can send it back and say, maybe you should

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think again about these particular issues. What about the will of the

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people? We do not make the final decision, the House of Lords can

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send it back to the House of Commons and say, think again on that.

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Commons can think again and say, we have thought again, and actually, we

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think we were right in the first place. Would you vote against the

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bill, against triggering Article 50? If they sent it back, and they sent

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it back to us, it is not the role of the House of Lords to overturn a

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Commons decision but it is the role to scrutinise it.

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The French presidential candidate, some people saying he has a pretty

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good chance of winning, he has been in London today, he went to Downing

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Street, Theresa May agree to see him, Angela Merkel did not want to

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see him because he is a candidate. You wonder whether he is thinking --

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she is thinking, if he is French president, he is the man they will

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be dealing with on the "Brexit" negotiation. And looking at having

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the right bridges, we don't know how hard the negotiations will be. If he

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gets into the lease a palace, it'll be nice for her have someone she can

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talk to, and interesting motive for coming here, trying to get people to

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get back to Paris and so on, even tempting British people to go and

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work in Paris. -- Elysee Palace. Appealing to French voters. A lot of

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French voters there? There is 300,000. A lot, several hundred

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thousand. In another election it might make a difference. And he was

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making a speech to them tonight in Westminster. Also saying in France

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that he will not be terribly kind to Britain in the negotiations but then

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he would have to say that, because the French don't want him to say, we

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will give Britain a great deal. Let's talk about the Telegraph's

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FrontPage, the continuing story about business rates, and looking

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like some indications that there could be some sort of climb-down by

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the government on this whole issue of business rates? Not clear, what

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is happening is a tussle between Sajid Javid and Philip Hammond.

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Sajid Javid, from the local government 's Department, sent out

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some information which misled MPs a little bit, into believing that the

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rate rises were not going to be as big as they were going to be, and

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Philip Hammond now coming under pressure to ease some of those rate

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rises, offset some of the costs. This could be a rerun of the poll

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tax, the poll tax affected individual families and so on, and

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it is quite interesting, if you read the story, there is a suggestion

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that both sides, Philip Hammond and Sajid Javid had briefed reporters,

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there is a line about friends of Sajid Javid, which always sounds

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like the minister talking off the record. Saying he has been the fall

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guy in this, he has been made to appear as if he has imposed these

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rate rises and so on. This effect, I would think, the Tory heartland,

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most of the people who are going to pay the high rates will be Tory

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party supporters? Are they not likely to defect to Ukip? They will

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not defected to Labour. We don't know but rates have not been changed

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in this way for nearly ten years, that's one of the problems, there is

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a big catch up, between the high property price rises, we have had

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over the last ten years, and the amount of rates that small

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shopkeepers are paying. With retail coming under pressure from the

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online business... This is a real blow. I think we are seeing, for

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example, about a quarter of small shopkeepers have ended up in court,

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because they have not been able to pay their rates. We have a real

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issue and maybe the Chancellor is going to do something about it?

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Maybe he is but there is a quote, he has told MPs there is no pot of

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money under my desk. He will have to find the money from somewhere else!

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May be behind the sofa! But it is not behind his desk. The mirror...

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As a former BBC sports editor, I'm sure you would like to talk about

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Wayne Rooney possibly going to China, as early as next week even.

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And getting ?30 million. -- The Mirror. This is part of the declared

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policy by China becoming a great football power, within about ten

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years, attracting players, what they are doing is targeting players who

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are coming towards the end of their career and who have decided, if he

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is going, that there is not much for him to do at Manchester United. And

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play up Rafael England, probably has another year, why not make a pot of

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money. These players of course will profit enormously. -- and play for

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England. Whether that will make China a world power, in football,

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that is another question, because they need to find their own players.

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My own favourite story of the day, I don't know if you were watching the

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match yesterday, possibly not, you were probably in the Lords, but the

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Sutton United goalkeeper, Wayne Shaw, during the match with the

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Arsenal, pictured... Eating a pie... Iain Carter fans to bet on it, and

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someone offered 8/ one. -- he encouraged fans to bet on it. I

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think this has been blown up, clearly there is no digestion of him

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eating the pie affecting the result. -- 8/ one. Is that why the sudden

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shot hit the post and did not go in...? LAUGHTER

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I think this is about the FA and the gambling body becoming a bit too

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officious about this. -- 8/1. Obviously you have got to stop the

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sort of betting scandals we have had, not in this country but

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elsewhere, but eating a buyer, having a bet on it... This is

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getting quite ridiculous. Pretty chunky goalkeeper... 20 stone...

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Probably quite good at stopping the ball from going in the net. He

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doesn't have to do anything, just stands there. 46 years old as well,

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he was the reserve goalkeeper. Classic pun from the sun. The Times,

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Boris Johnson... Boris Johnson, what can one say, if... Looks like he has

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had a pie or two, maybe that is the real story, how many pies to Boris

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Johnson have, and how many bets were there on Boris Johnson having a pie?

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What has happened to his legs! He looks like he's been in some kind of

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battle with somebody! Maybe he is hoping to be recruited by the

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Chinese to play football. Perhaps it could be the new reserve goalkeeper

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for Sutton United. He is advertising health, -- himself, he can eat a lot

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of pies and stop a goal or two. I think rugby is his game. What about

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his choice of running where? Looks like his charmers. I guess his hat

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matches his shorts, to some degree, that is all you can save. It is

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quite a look! Very fetching, shall we say. Fantastic, great to have you

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both with us. I will let you dash back to the Lords, Wendy Venice?

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Midnight, that is what they were telling us. Thank you so much for

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