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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the journalist

and broadcaster, Penny Smith

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and the commentator and broadcaster,

Charlie Wolf.

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Tomorrow's front pages,

starting with...

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The Mail on Sunday leads with fresh

allegations of sexism

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at Westminster.

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The Sunday Times claims

some prisoners sentenced

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to less than a year could be

allowed to go home to vote,

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under new government plans.

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The Sunday Telegraph says that

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chaotic organisation of the health

service is putting patients' lives

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at risk, according to

the NHS medical director.

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On the front page

of The Observer, claims that senior

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Tory donors have urged Theresa May

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to walk away from Brexit talks

rather than accept

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an "unsatisfactory

and unfavourable" deal.

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And the Express leads

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with the crisis in Catalonia,

as Madrid seizes power over

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the regional Parliament.

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We will start with that Conservative

Party donor story on the front page

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of the Observer, Charlie. More

pressure on Theresa May, but not

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from her own MPs, but those who prop

up the party.

The ones with the

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money. And they are right, these

people in business who do this every

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day are saying, be ready to walk

away. It is nothing to be scared of.

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I was at a meeting Governor with

these people. It is almost like

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Groundhog Day. The first rule of

negotiating, this is the only thing

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I know about negotiating, is having

an end cut-off date to say, sorry,

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we are not going to make a deal

here, and walking away. In this

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case, it is different because we are

not walking away from everything, we

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are walking away from a deal with

the EU but obviously keeping Brexit.

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It is time to say, we have two

months to make a deal. It is not

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satisfactory, we are leaving.

The

clock is ticking.

Except that the

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amount of money we are talking about

is so vast, and the money is for all

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the things would have been planned

which might fail which we have

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committed to in the past and they

are saying... You have committed to

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it now. It is like buying a car on

hire purchase and then suddenly

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discovering that it was a

Rolls-Royce and you thought you had

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put a deposit down for a mini. It is

getting bigger and bigger. It is

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like the worst payday loan you have

ever had.

It is like the guys who

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form a band they quit before the

band makes good. If you walk away,

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you walk away. In this case, there

is nothing to worry about.

But that

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is not just about money, it is about

people and jobs.

My country walked

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away without a deal back in 1776,

and we seem to have done all right.

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Things were quite different then.

Every time we do a Brexit story in

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the paper, we could talk about it

all night, let's move on. It is on

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the front page of the Observer if

you want to read more. Two stories

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on the front page of the Sunday

Times. The headline says top BBC

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women expose sex pests. It has a

secret group of the BBC's top female

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presenters has uncovered a string of

suspected cases of sexual harassment

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at the corporation, including a

senior sports presenter. All of this

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with the current climate of the big

backdrop.

There has been a statement

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from the BBC saying, we can't

comment on individuals but treat any

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allegations seriously and have

processors for investigating them".

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Anyone who has reached an age, such

as me, has had this sort of thing

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going on at a fairly low level

throughout my working life. If you

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ever complained in the past, people

would always say, why didn't you

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complain at the time? Well, most of

us did, but what we got was "For

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goodness' sake, get a sense of

humour, you didn't mean anything by

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it". There was a general feeling

that they were OK and that you were

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just being a bit silly. And the word

silly kept coming up. Don't be

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silly, as though this was a

ridiculous thing. For goodness'

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sake, that is what goes on. And you

look back at it and think, why did

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we put up with a? But that was an

era when we were watching things

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like the black and White minstrel

show when now you just think, what?!

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It is also almost confusing from a

man's point of view. We are a bit

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lost. In this environment, we are

all luvvies and it is all TV and

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darling, and there are people I

would hug and kiss a cheek, with

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nothing meant by it. Nowadays, you

start to second-guess yourself. In

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today's environment, I look at the

women I work with here. I wouldn't

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dare do anything sexually harassing

to you, Penny!

Because I would

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karate chop you.

You are a strong

woman.

It is a good point. There are

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a lot of men read stories like this

who are shocked that there are men

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who still do this and get away with

it.

Yes, and a good thing is that

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women do now feel that they can

stand up and be counted and people

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will believe them and will not treat

them as just overdoing it.

It is

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also confusing again from a male

standpoint because I look at this as

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a more free time. Women have come on

page and women do have relationships

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with men at work, and men with women

and men with men and women with

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women and all of that. It almost

seems hard to imagine it going on.

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The wider issue is that women are

now being given a voice. The

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statement from the BBC says "We have

processes for investigating this",

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and thank goodness. Let's hope we

are turning a corner, even if it

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means facing an ugly past. The other

story on the front page of the

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Sunday Times... Prisoners gain vote

in human rights U-turn. This has

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been going on for some time. Police

chiefs were warning over terror

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cuts.

It is also about how there are

certain people such as high-class

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detectives who are now having to go

into local police forces because

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there is such a problem with crime

at the moment. But there is this

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other story about the prisoners.

When you commit a crime, part of the

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punishment is giving up a right. You

give up the right of freedom and to

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me, you should give up the right of

voting.

That is the case in America,

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isn't it?

You would normally give up

that right until you are no longer

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incarcerated. I gather this is

coming from the EU.

It is the

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European Court of Human Rights.

This

is why it has been going on for a

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long time. Let's move on to the

Sunday Telegraph, hospitals failing

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to tackle safety crisis. This is

coming from the NHS medical

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director.

Sir Bruce Keogh, who has

been the most senior doctor for ten

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years and he says the problem is

that there is the central advice.

It

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is the latest cry for help.

He said

it is a desperate organisation with

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no centre, yet it is supposedly the

most centralised organisation after

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the Soviet army, isn't it? That is

what used to be said. Again, I hate

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to put on the American thing, but

this sort of system, as

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well-intentioned as it was and as

lauded as it should be, and I would

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like to continue with a system where

you can show up at a hospital, but

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from a management standpoint and a

funding standpoint, it doesn't work.

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What he is saying the problem is, he

also blames the watchdogs. He says

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there are too many boards and too

many watchdogs. Too many cooks

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spoiling the broth. Terrible things

are being done to save people from

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death and disability. There are

small things that everybody should

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be doing, and not everybody is doing

it.

Everyone has a good NHS story

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and a bad NHS story. Now, Catalan.

That is on the front page of the

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Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday

Express. Catalan leader faces arrest

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as he calls for civil disobedience.

Penny, many analysts tonight at the

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BBC are saying that civil

disobedience is going to kick in.

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They are saying he faces 30 years in

jail. I don't know why I find that

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quite staggering.

And he might not

be the only one.

No. And he has been

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replaced. He then went out and had

dinner and photos with people

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drinking a glass of red wine. On

Monday morning, there might be two

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presidents turning up for work.

Because you have Carles Puigdemont

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and you have the guy who has been

putting by Madrid. So the

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responsibility of them both turning

up and fighting. Pencil cases at

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dawn.

Federal troops will probably

be there.

And it is talk like that

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that is evidently keeping tourists

away, with mounting tensions. Penny,

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you do talk radio. How much do

people care? Are they worried about

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what is going on in Spain?

There

have been people who are saying,

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maybe I just won't go. I did an

interview this morning with somebody

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who is out there and I said, is

there a problem? And he said, no,

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you wouldn't notice. But then I

remember being in Bolivia in La Paz

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and all of a sudden, a coup went on.

It was a bit scary, but perfectly

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normal until then.

Charlie, is Spain

on a knife edge?

It can be. Society

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is falling apart can happen

extremely quickly, faster than you

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can imagine. You only have to look

at what happened a couple of weeks

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ago with the voting, that

referendum. On one level, I support

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the Spanish in the sense that you

can't have individuals suddenly say,

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we are holding a vote when they are

not the government. The way they

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handled that was, to put it nicely,

miscalculated. Going roof with

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batons and what have you. But I can

understand why they might give this

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man 30 years. It is seditious. It is

like me saying, I don't like what

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Theresa May is doing, I think I will

be Prime Minister, or Penny should

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be Prime Minister.

But people do

have the right to have a say in how

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their lives are controlled. It will

be argued about whether this is

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being done in the right way by the

Catalan authorities. There are

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various states in America that

wouldn't mind breaking away from the

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rest.

Civil war was fought over

that.

Is Spain heading that way?

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Again, it is hard to imagine in

today's world, but maybe that makes

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the case for the Second Amendment.

It is hard to imagine. Shall we go

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to some cheery news?

I love this. I

was watching a bit of it earlier.

If

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these are our future players, we

might end up winning the World Cup.

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Let's just start slowly and enjoy it

for what it is. There is another

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picture on the front of the

Independent and the Observer.

Let's

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enjoy it for what it is. They are

not talking to their agents about

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sponsorship deals. This is like 1966

all over again.

We haven't even

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mentioned what we are talking about.

The under 17 England World Cup team

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have won the World Cup in a 5-2

victory over Spain. Spain didn't

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really need this, but England needed

it. And of course, the under 20s won

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as well.

They were so chuffed at the

end, and the coach.

Charlie is with

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me, Penny.

I will be dead by 2066!

I

spoke to a father of one of the

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players and he said he sent a text

before the semifinal saying, you are

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not playing well, and his response

was a hat-trick. Brewster was his

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name. Amazing news for them, but it

is an insight into future talent

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didn't does show that with

investment in which a sport, we can

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produce fantastic performances.

Almost like the American women's

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team. At one point, they had more

World Cup goals than Beckham did. We

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had one of the all-time teams, but

it was our women's team. So if we

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can do it, you guys have a shot as

well.

Thanks, Charlie! Charlie and

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Penny, we will do it all again at

11.30, with more stories. See you

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then. More front pages are coming

in.

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