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part of the week, then it turns

much, much colder. Loads going on,

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we have the full nine yards on the

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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow

morning's papers in a moment.

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First, the headlines:

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On the eve of a crucial meeting

for the Prime Minister in Brussels,

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a group of leading Brexiteers,

demand guarantees, before any

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"Divorce Bill" is paid.

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All four board members

of the government's

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Social Mobility Commission have

resigned in protest of what they see

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as a lack of progress

towards a "fairer Britain."

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The White House says North Korea's

nuclear ambitions pose "the greatest

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threat to the United States,

and to the world."

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A lorry driver who crashed

into stationary traffic on the M6

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after falling asleep at the wheel

is jailed for 16 months.

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Sky-watchers can begin catching

glimpses of this month's

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"super-moon" when the Moon appears

larger and brighter in the sky.

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Brothers, Dave and James Franco star

in the Disaster Artist about another

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film, The Room. Find out what me and

Mark Kermode think about them in The

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Film Review.

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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 is the deputy political

editor of the Independent,

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Rob Merrick, and the author

and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes.

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Tomorrow's front pages,

starting with this.

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Thank you for coming in in and thank

you for staying for the second

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review.

That is OK to do.

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A number of tomorrow's front pages

look ahead to the Prime Minister's

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meeting with the President

of the European Commission

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in Brussels tomorrow.

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The Times reports claims that the UK

and the European Union are "90%"

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there on a deal that would open

the door for transition and trade

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talks on Brexit this month.

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The Independent reports on fears

from MEPs that the future rights

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of EU citizens in the UK and Britons

in the EU are being forgotten

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as a deal gets closer.

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The Express says Theresa May faces

a backbench revolt if she gives more

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concessions to the EU.

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The Financial Times says

the Prime Minister is set

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for a momentous day in Brussels.

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It also reports that there has been

a surge in Swiss banks' reporting

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of suspicious activity

by Saudi clients.

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Some of the papers,

like the Guardian, are leading

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on research from the Joseph

Rowntree Foundation,

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which found almost 400,000 more

children and 300,000 more over-65s

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were living in poverty last

year than in 2012-2013.

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The i has the same story,

describing a "poverty time

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bomb" for pensioners.

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The Daily Mirror says the report

exposes Theresa May's pledge

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to tackle poverty as a sham.

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The Telegraph focuses

on the virtual currency,

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Bitcoin, saying there will be

a crack-down amid concern

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it is being used to launder

money and dodge tax.

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Looking at tomorrow and the Brussels

meeting. Brexit is 90% complete.

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Things are

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meeting. Brexit is 90% complete.

Things are apparently going quickly.

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We were thinking we were nowhere

near trade.

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It looks 90% absent 20 minutes ago.

It was casually mentioned by an

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unnamed official. Work is needed to

find a formula to satisfy Ireland.

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Apparently we are not bothered about

the Good Friday Agreement. That is

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surprising considering Theresa May

and the DUP.

They don't want to

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border between Ireland and the rest

of the country.

Theresa May is in a

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bind.

She has to satisfy the Dublin

government and the EU, guaranteeing

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they will not be a hard border after

Brexit. But she cannot say she is

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more aligned with Dublin than

London. After saying that, I don't

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understand how they can be 90%

there.

Perhaps they are rounding up.

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In order to get to phase two, they

don't have to reach agreement. They

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just need sufficient progress.

That

is a very wide margin.

Progress is

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whatever they decide it is. They

want to move on to trade. The bar to

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is lower than an agreement. -- to

clear. The government wants to have

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a two year transition deal. They

recognise not everything will be

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ready by March 2018. They could be

talking about a transition deal even

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if not enough has been done to talk

about trade.

One of the big issues

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with the divorce bill in the Irish

border was supposed to be the rights

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of citizens. Apparently they are at

risk.

We want to focus on other

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issues. It seems to have slipped

down the pecking order. What we

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picked up from Brussels was a series

of meetings MEPs have had with the

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chief negotiator for the commission,

the belief that the EU is willing to

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compromise too much and keep these

issues into phase two. There might

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not be guarantees EU citizens

desperately want. The legal right to

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stay would still be in doubt if the

UK left without a deal. They say

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they should focus separately on

making sure they can leave and stay.

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Even if that agreement is reached,

there is the family reunification

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rights, the rights of those born

after Brexit, whether they will be

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overseen by the European Court of

Justice rather than the Home Office,

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which many Conservative MPs are

suspicious of. Many were told

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wrongly they are being told to leave

the country when they have a right

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to stay.

Many are choosing not to

come in the first place now.

The

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trouble is it is equally awful, I

would imagine, being a British

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citizen living on mainland Europe

not knowing what your rights will be

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in a few years' time. These

individual people are quite easily

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swept aside in pursuit of a greater

gains believed by those negotiating.

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These are actual lives of people

thrown into complete disarray for

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years to come because no one is

prepared to stand up and say you

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want to stay there and you want to

stay here and you can tell each

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other out. You are welcome. -- you

cancel each other. That seems like

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it quick and easy thing to fix. If

you cannot get that thing done, I

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don't fill terrific about borders

and trade.

The headlines are

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optimistic. A French warship berths.

The French are coming to the rescue.

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We would have a more fun story if

this weren't the FT. We may be

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getting rid of amphibious craft due

to cuts. The French still have some.

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Our marines could go and train on

them because we will have a couple

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of rafts and perhaps a canoe.

We

should not joke. It is serious.

But

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it is a bit funny when it becomes

clear that in the words of Nicks

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Childs, we may have deficits in

shipping is, ie, we will have none,

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but we have a world-renowned force

in the Marines. The French have the

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ships, but their Marines are in the

Army. There is room for cooperation.

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They have ships and we have the

people to put on them. This could

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work.

Unless everyone needs them at

the same time.

Yeah.

You have to put

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a downer on it.

This would be a big

story if it was a normal week.

We

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have not had one for a while.

Conservative MPs are not happy about

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defence cuts. Money is being spent

on cyber warfare and Triton. People

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will say that troops are not needed

any more. Looking at the state of

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the Western world, people might

think closer communication between

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allies. But many people in this

country are suspicious of what they

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see as a euro Defence Force.

The

Guardian. A sharp rise in child

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poverty as cuts bite. We had a mass

resignation of the board of the

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Social Mobility Commission. They

said he would not be replaced

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anyway. But the prospect is that

things will get worse for those who

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are already poor.

They are

devastating figures, no doubt about

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it. The first thing to point out is

this is the first increase in child

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poverty in 20 years. They found

700,000 more young people and

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pensioners are living beneath the

bread line. If you think that is

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bad, a separate study for the

Institute for Fiscal Studies said

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5.2 million children will be living

in poverty in the next five years.

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It is a truly terrifying figure. The

figures out today, 700,000, this has

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already happened already in the last

four years. The criticism of the

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Prime Minister is she made that

speech everyone admired in Downing

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Street when she took over. She said

the government would look after the

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downtrodden not the favoured few.

But the criticism is clearly that

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she just made a speech without

action.

Austerity is not over.

A

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long way to go of it. As I said, the

numbers being quoted are just

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horrifying. 30% of children in

poverty. How can that possibly be

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true? That number just seems so

incredibly high. But the increase is

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700,000. That is not the net figure.

The net figure is one in five. 40

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million people living at 60% of

median income. It is a terrifying

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number. These are actual real-life

people who cannot cope with pay

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freezes and the rising cost of

living. None of these things are

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likely to change any time soon. If

austerity was lightened, the cost of

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living ceasing to rise, seems

optimistic.

The best before date in

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a bid to cut waste. This is the

Coop.

Apparently they will be

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selling food after best before dates

including chips and lollies. It was

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previously being sent to landfill.

Now it will be just reduced in

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price. As we know, best before race

not same as use by. You will not be

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poisoned by a slightly stale crisp.

You will just get some calories you

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need for 10p as you are already

suffering as we read from the

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previous story. It seems like a

little bit of progress to reduce

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waste and give food to people who

are in poverty. I don't think that

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is a good solution, but it is better

to do that than not do it.

Many

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people who can afford to pay full

price will say it is a good idea to

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stop the waste as well.

It is a

positive thing. One supermarket,

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Coop, they will do it and others

will follow it.

Wonky veg is

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another. I got a wonky carrot and a

wonky cauliflower.

It is a broad

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church where you live.

They look

funny but they are OK when you cut

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them up. We will finish with the

Guardian. Air pollution stops play

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in Delhi test match.

I liked this

story.

Go on.

Dramatic riches of Sri

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Lankan players with gas masks. --

pictures. Everyone knows the air

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quality is horrific death and I

would not want to live or a play or

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bowl fast in those conditions. But

as you get to the bottom of the

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story, skulduggery is afoot.

Yes.

That is according to the chairman of

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the English Cricket Board. He says

there was a point where Sri Lankan

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players were put in gas masks and

fast bowlers were unwilling to ball.

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They got 507 runs. India felt

obliged to declare at that point

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because the Sri Lankans would not

bowl at them. They came out to bat

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and were not wearing gas masks. That

is when the Indian board said if for

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the 7000 people in the stance did

not have a problem and the England

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team did not have it, why did the

English team make a farce? --

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stands.

Last year in November they

had to stop two tests. In defence of

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those who exercise in terrible

weather when we should not, it is

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much harder if you are running

because you are breathing more

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deeply. I cannot imagine what it is

like for the pollution to be so bad

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you are, and I quote, vomiting

continuously. I do like the word

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skulduggery.

It is not quite a body

line my favourite bit of Australian

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sledging is when someone was

swatting flies and they said hey,

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leave those flies alone. Ending on

an anecdote. Thank you for coming

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in. Coming up now, the film

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