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immediate word on casualties. It happened in the north-west of the

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country. We will have more details when we get them. Now it is

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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 are Rob Merrick, who's the deputy political

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editor at The Independent, and the author and broadcaster,

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The Telegraph leads with the ongoing Brexit talks, saying British

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tourists will be guaranteed free health treatment in

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Brexit negotiations also dominate the front page of The Times,

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saying thousands of European criminals could face deportation

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The i features a picture of workers removing cladding

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from a high-rise building with the headline "100% unsafe".

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The FT focusses on the Italian banking system, saying the country

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has set aside billions of euros worth of taxpayers money

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"Shocking Scale of Migrant Problem" is the headline

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The Guardian leads with yesterday's cyber attack on parliamentarians,

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saying the Russian Government is suspected of being involved.

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So, the Times and the ramifications of us leaving Europe, whether it is

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soft, hard or medium boil. Foreign criminals to be thrown out after

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Brexit, it says. At the moment, I assume we cannot do that. It says

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that in 2015, only 44 criminals from EU countries were repatriated, so

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this is a great frustration to the Government that they cannot deport

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more from non-EU countries. I'm sure it would be popular with people if

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more people could be kicked out. I think this is an attempt to get a

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cheap, Poplar headline, because this cannot be the big issue when the

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Government releases the details of what it is going to do tomorrow. --

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eight popular headline. What really counts is whether they are going to

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be able to satisfy the EU over whether or not these citizens will

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have the rights they expect when we leave the EU, and if they do not

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have the rights they expect and that the EU wants, then Britain will not

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get very far with Brexit talks. Able may remember on Thursday Theresa May

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me tweet said that she had made a generous offer, but all we have in

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front of us here is a tasty headline saying we will be tough on foreign

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carols. That is not really the issue. -- foreign criminals. It

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seems unlikely we could be sure of that at this point, and also, it

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seems kind of strange that the numbers given by the Times, 6000

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foreign criminals in British jails have served tendencies and are

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waiting deportation. If they are awaiting deportation, surely we

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could already deport 6000 people. It is already possible to get rid of

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them. We may not have yet done it, but it is already an option. And yet

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the numbers from 2015 are 44, which is a a lot fewer, and I am no expert

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mathematician, than 6000. This implies to me a failure of process

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rather than a failure of principle. It comes back to the immigration

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system. And the Home Office. Who was running that for all those years(?)

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The scale of it is enormous, then. Even though it is not the most

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pressing issue, as you said, Rob. Even if it is 13,000 foreign

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offenders, that is a lot fewer than 3.2 million EU citizens. What I see

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is the Government getting a favourable headline in tomorrow

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morning's paper and what really matters tomorrow as are the going to

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provide finally, after one year, finally provide the detail on the

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rights servant offered to EU citizens after Brexit. If it does

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not, they cannot start the trade talks. There is a health care pledge

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for UK tourists in the Daily Telegraph. Ministers are going to

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keep paying, and again the seals are a relatively small story. It is

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likely that when we go on holiday, we can take our cards with us, and

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if it were to be injured on holiday in Belgium or Portugal, we can go to

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hospital and be treated for free. In exchange, Belgian or Portuguese

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tourists who get hurt in the UK would be treated for free. It has

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been an excellent reciprocal system and of course it should be

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continued. Lots of people go on holiday, so it makes sense.

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According to David Davis this morning, on the Andrew Marr

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programme, he has said the NHS will foot the bill if the EU does not. He

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has now been derided for saying he will come from eyes if the EU will

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not. It is only ?155 million. That is not much in the scale of the tens

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of million pounds that are being talked about in terms of Britain's

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divorce bill. That is not very much money. I would like to have it

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myself, but it will not make much difference to the negotiations. This

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is one of the many things people realised the day after the

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referendum but would happen. Access to free health care abroad. Another

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example would be the likelihood that we will have to pay to visit the

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rest of the EU in future. Perhaps only a very small amount, but

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certainly we will have to go through checks, so we will lose the ease of

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travel that we currently have. The benefits that we have taken for

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granted from EU membership, we will lose those. But it is most likely

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that we can reach an agreement with the EU that we can continue this

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system of subsidised health care for tourists and travellers. But in the

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end, it will come down to negotiations if they ever get

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properly started. But that will come down to how many people come here

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and claim treatment on the NHS and how many others go there and turn an

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ankle, and I suppose we will have to wait and see what those numbers are.

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Most people take out travel insurance anyway, but that is my own

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fault for running half marathons abroad. Better shoes? I have the

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feet of a dead man. I am glad they are under the table. I do not want

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to think about them. I wish I could not. Let's stay with the Telegraph,

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the Government faces a six under million pounds bill after fire

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checks at flats. -- a ?600 million bill. That doesn't sound that

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unreasonable when you think of the scale of the problem. I think this

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is an extrapolation. They have checked 60 blocks of flats and 60

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have been found to be unsafe, which is in many ways, 100%. We think

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there are 600 blocks of flats around the country which needs to be

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tested, that is what Downing Street told us last week, and thus we are

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suggesting that if all 600 continue in the vein of the first 60, it will

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be ?1 million power block of flats. It is a huge sum of money, but not

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relatively to people burning to death, so I think we are going to

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have to just pay it. But that is just for the cladding. There are

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other issues, sprinklers, fire doors, five extinctions. -- fire

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extinguishers. Local councils have been given no assurances about

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sprinklers and fire extinguishers. The fire in Lakanal House in

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Camberwell. Yes, after that, the coroner recommended that sprinklers

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be installed in all high-rise flats, but she only encourage that, it's to

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not become law. The Government sent a very weak letter to local

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authorities, said we had done that, and no sprinklers were installed. In

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the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, I expect they will be. I am

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surprised to see the Telegraph is focusing on the figure here, whether

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it is ?600 million or less, there are hundreds of high-rise flats and

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tens of thousands of people around the country living in circumstances

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where there are do not know who are potential death traps and future

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infernos. I think all of that is, at the moment, far more important than

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whatever the bill will be down the line. This is just the figure for

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high-rise blocks. And then potentially it will also have to be

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paid for other public buildings. Yes, hospitals and schools, and the

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Telegraph has the rather unnerving paragraph that plans to test every

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hospital in the wake of Grenfell Tower has not yet happened because

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they do not have resources to check every hospital, presumably because

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they are looking at every block of flats in the country. Last week we

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were told that they could test 100 tower blocks a day, so far 60, so

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slightly fewer than 100 per day. That is a huge issue. The Government

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said they would test 100 a day, 600 blocks, that is it, 60s, and the

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tests started last Tuesday. They should have nearly finished, so what

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is going on? And if the defined problems in schools and hospitals,

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what will happen? Good news for these schools is that it is nearly

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the end of term, so they only have a couple more weeks. Slightly more

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difficult for hospitals which they cannot just evacuate for a period of

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time. The i is looking at this story and seeing that all of the cladding

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that has been tested so far has been judged to be unsafe. And of course,

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the Camden issue, with hundreds of people who had to leave their homes,

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they are uncertain how long they are going to be in temporary

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accommodation. A friend of mine has been evacuated, he has been on the

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news all week, because he is April active agitator, chair of the

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residents association, and he has been evacuated. He was moved out on

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Friday night, and he has no idea when he has grown to be back home.

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It is terrifying, I have no idea what he can even aim for as a kind

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of wish. Do you just wish that they will fix it in a matter of weeks and

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you can with back on? Will be just fixed the cladding, or other issues

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which rendered it urgently unsafe? I do not know, he does not know. And

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some people have chosen even now not to leave. About one in five in the

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Camden flats. Not everyone has somewhere else to go. We say choose,

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but if you do not have anywhere else to go, and you have a pet and you're

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not allowed to stay in a hotel with it, what are you supposed to do? I

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am astonished by this headline, "One hundred percent unsafe," because I

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sat through a couple of interminable briefings at Westminster last week,

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we were told that many of the towers did not have the suspicious type of

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cladding. We were very much led away from the idea that a huge number of

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tower blocks were going to have the same similar disastrous cladding

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that we had Grenfell Tower. And yet 60 tests come back, and all 60 have

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failed. I find that astonishing. I think local authorities were

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encouraged to put in samples from the cases they were most worried

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about first, so it is possible they have done the most dangerous ones

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first and the less injuries once later on, but as time goes on, it

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does appear that we have been looking at a public health scandal

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that only skilled because not have imagined when the tower block first

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caught fire. Let's finish with The Sun this hour.

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An eight foot shark at the beach in Majorca. It is only a shark! It is

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not like it is a great white shark. What type of shark is it, Natalie? I

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watched Jaws three days ago, but I'm not an expert. I watched it on a big

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screen. It was a delightful night out. Anyway... Shark attacks not

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withstanding. There was virtually no shark attacks, but there was all the

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joy of watching people who have not seen Jaws before jumping in the

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hour. There were children they are, and they were entranced by the idea

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that people could smoke in a hospital. It seems mad. I do not

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think it is a man eating shark. Would you like to try to find out? I

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wouldn't. Normally when people see a shark, people punch it on the nose,

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because it was in a survival book to do that. Sharks are much maligned,

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and the? Hundreds of thousands get killed every year. Yes, and they are

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beautiful machines designed for living forwards and swimming. When

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the people, people are up in arms but it is because they are in the

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water. You would scarper if you saw that found in the water. You just

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make sure that someone is closer than you are. Oh, that is nice(!)

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When people go through the forest, and there is a lying, one puts on

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his trainers, and one says, you will never out on that line, and he says,

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I don't need to, I just need to run faster than you. Remind me never to

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go on holiday with Rob Merrick. I would like you to go away and find

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out how common sharks are. Find out how common sharks of that size in

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the Mediterranean around Majorca are, please. I will do that. We will

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see you at 11:30pm when you have done your research.

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Another Martina Cole thriller, another number one bestseller.

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