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Toby Jones and Paul burkini star in

Caedmon journey's to make end. Here

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about that and the other top

releases of this week in The Film

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Review. -- star in journey's end.

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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 author

and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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and the Political

Strategist Jo Tanner.

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Let's have a look at

tomorrow's front pages.

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The Metro uses a Musketeer analogy

to describe Amber Rudd's comments

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on Cabinet relations.

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Theresa May is appeasing

Tory Brexiteers by scrapping plans

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to remain in the customs union,

according to the i.

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Meanwhile the Times says a Cabinet

compromise on the customs union,

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is on the cards.

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A top Bank of England official warns

against post-Brexit,

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banking deregulation

in the Financial Times.

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The Guardian has an exclusive

on a secret fraternity of Freemasons

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which is continuing

to operate in Westminster.

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Lloyds becoming the first bank

to ban customers from using credit

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cards to buy bitcoin,

is the Telegraph's top story.

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The Express says it's

time to wrap up warm,

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describing the forthcoming cold

spell as a "Scandinavian freeze".

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And on the same story,

the Mirror says temperatures

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are going to plummet to minus 14.

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That's the flavour of

tomorrow's front pages -

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no real consensus on what the main

story is, so let's see what's

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appealed to our guests this evening.

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I know you will kick us off with the

eye and the woes of Theresa May.

She

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is there in China saying she is not

a quitter and she is her own person.

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She is increasingly not. That does

make me sad because she is a female

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Prime Minister and I think she needs

to be much more gutsier. As soon as

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she returns here, something happens

to her. According to this paper she

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is ruling out the customs union with

Europe. It is not up to us, exactly,

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because there is so much evidence.

It is not up to the Brexit

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supporters either, it is up to the

evidence of what will be good for us

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and what the Europeans will agree

to. It seems to me that while she

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was away, the plotters were at it

and gnashing us to confront them.

It

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does claim to be an attempt to sue

the hardliners and that is the

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balance she is trying to sort out.

It is interesting because there is a

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suggestion that she is weak and she

is not doing a good job. But Angela

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Merkel has yet to form a government

and we're talking about the. We at

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least have a government. I know it

may be dysfunctional time... Are you

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sympathetic? I think it is

interesting, what is happening in

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Germany. Angela Merkel is quite a

big figure but actually she is

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having a difficult time there.

They

are struggling. But this is within

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the party. The Tory party. Everytime

you she needs to... People saying it

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will be a new Margaret Thatcher,

these people are off within 30

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seconds.

Is a personality or

temperament? Maybe.

But there are so

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many Theresa Mays that I do not

recognise which one...

If you look

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at the times, when you read the

secret plan to end Tory turmoil on

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trade talks according to the times,

they say she has a plan to divide

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and rule. There is a suggestion that

she is starting to grab hold of

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this.

Can you talk us through this

story in the Times? It is about

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splitting up players causing her

headaches.

The suggestion is that

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the customs union is a huge area of

concern for many politicians of all

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colours. The suggestion is that

there is some kind of time limited

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extension to elements of the

existing customs union that will be

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proposed. The briefing here in the

Times is that there is a belief that

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this will prove to be more

attractive to Michael Gove than

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Boris Johnson and it will start to

break up two of the so called

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Musketeers.

It is a poor plan. Those

to have been at it and hating each

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other, loving each other, hating it

other. I do not trust them at all.

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It is interesting. The civil service

does not normally get into this

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stuff. And Lord O'Donnell, who was

the head of the civil service, he

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has deuce Brexiteers of selling

snake oil. The consequences matter.

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They need evidence. -- he has

accused Brexiteers of selling snake

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oil. They are not going to accept

that we take this softly for a

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little while. They will not buy

that.

Oh to be a fly on the wall for

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this two-day summit.

We have a

Cabinet meeting, Michel Barnier

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coming over, and the negotiations

are getting hard-core.

But who will

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Barnier negotiate with? Which side

of the Tory party will be speaking

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with the voice of the Tory party,

the government, the nation...

It is

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high stake but they'd a briefing

that this meeting will solve many

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disagreements. That is a high hope.

And then there are 27 countries...

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Yes, they do need to sign off on the

deal on the other end. It is quite a

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long process. The Guardian has a

different lead. An exclusive about

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the murky world, as they may put it,

of Freemasons and the relationship

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with MPs and journalists.

yes. Just

as we celebrate the Centenary of

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women getting the vote and a

fabulous suffragette picture on the

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bottom, we have the unveiling of a

men's club. Freemason orders set up

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for journalists in Parliament and

MPs. It recruits MPs, peers and

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parliamentary staff and a gallery

lodge that was established among the

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political press call. Apparently

they are both active. I don't know

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how many people are involved but the

suggestion is that they have been

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going for some time. Most people

assume that this sort of stuff has

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died out.

It is completely

inappropriate. I have always

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objected to a lobby system. What

sort of democracy has journalists

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privileged enough to be good friends

of parliamentarians? That is

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something that I think should have

changed a long time ago. When I

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first began writing for the

independent they refused to join the

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lobby. In the end... It is powerful.

There is no other way to access

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information. They had dinners with

each other and then they pretend

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this great distance. Now we find

that for some of them they are bound

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with ritual and secrecy and all

kinds of weird things.

These reviews

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would be very dull as we did not get

these snippets every now and then.

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We only get this detail because of

the gossip.

We should start a female

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Freemason group.

The lobby now have

fantastic representation of women.

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Of maybe the women don't want to be

a part of this circle. Maybe they

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don't want funny rituals and a

secret handshake.

The feeling is

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that the lack of transparency is

definitely problematic.

Winnie

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Gassman to go in undercover. We

could get a TV series. -- were need

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Yasmin to go in undercover.

One of

the smaller stories at the bottom

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here, the NHS and record numbers of

dying of malnutrition.

This story is

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kind of... There is half the story

essentially on the front page and we

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don't know the full details of what

the numbers allude to however 351

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patients with malnutrition listed on

the death certificate in 2016 which

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is rather frightening. It sounds

like quite a large number. Looking

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at it, what we do not know is what

that means. There is a suggestion in

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the story that people are already

arriving in hospital with nutrition

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issues. My mother was in hospital

last year for five months and she

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must have done that menu round and

round on the loop. She lost nearly

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five stone while she was there. It

is a challenge for people to eat.

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And as families become more

desperate unique visitors to come in

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and help encourage people to eat

because nurses do not have the time.

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This suggests that more should be

done to ensure vulnerable and

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elderly patients receive help. But

who have time?

There are a lot of

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young retired people, young in body

and spirit, I am sure that would

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help if they set up a group. It does

take time. I went to see my hospital

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-- sister in hospital today and she

had not eaten nothing. I tried to

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get her to eat. I did not hang

around for a long time because I

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couldn't. And then I went away

feeling terrible. If I had stayed,

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maybe she would have eaten. She had

just decided she would not eat.

And

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in all fairness to the NHS, they

have invested heavily in improving

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menus. On the whole it is not

actually the food that is the issue,

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it is more about the patient and the

experience in there.

Many elderly

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people decide that that is the way

they can hasten the end.

They make a

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conscious decision. An interesting

thought there. Stand now with

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health, men still dying of

embarrassment in the Daily Mail.

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This is prostate cancer. An

important story. The Daily Mail are

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adopting a campaign on this.

Essentially, they say that men are

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still dying of embarrassment and the

idea is that they are to a Barrass

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to visit a doctor with prostate

cancer symptoms. There was a story

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last week was saying that prostate

cancer has become a bigger killer

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now than breast cancer. This story

of talks about people from the

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sector explaining that now there is

half the funding and half the

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research that goes into this cancer

and yet it is such a big killer. We

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have almost seen breast cancer take

off with lots of events and themed

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months and that sort of thing but

men have symptoms that can often be

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sensitive things they do not want to

talk about. Women will go down to

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the pub or be in a gym and talk

about a lump they found. Someone

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will tell them what to do, men are

not necessarily going to talk about

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some of the symptoms involving

prostate cancer.

I am pleased that

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the Daily Mail is doing this

campaign because campaigning has

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been at a very. You see posters of

famous men saying going get yourself

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checked out. Actually, what has been

great about the women, and maybe men

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should learn from this, is that they

make these campaigns at exciting,

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interesting and shame free. It can

be done. Many young men need to

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start...

Yes. From the younger

generation.

We should do

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comparisons. The women got all the

resources, that kind of talk is

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happening a lot on Twitter at the

moment. We are all human.

It is not

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a competition. The housewives

favourite paper, the Daily Mail,

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this is about talking to women and

telling them they need to remind the

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men in their life but this is

something going on. You need to go

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to the toilet three times in the

last couple of days, are you sure

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something is right? This is where

women will play a major part of.

And

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Yasmin, the Daily Express talking

about a killer phrase lasting ten

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days. Scary weather on the way. We

will be inconvenienced.

I think

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there are so many people who will be

at risk now. The homeless, who we

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see all around London and there has

been a phenomenal increase in

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Manchester and in Edinburgh and all

sorts of cities. I don't know how

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many of them will die. Just simply

die of the cold. You can not survive

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these temperatures all-night. Then

there is also, as said earlier poor

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families cannot afford to heat their

homes. They could not even hit the

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kettle too many times to fill a hot

water bottle. Young asthmatic

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children... I think we should really

be collating information on those

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who are not getting adequate

heating.

I must say, as a parent of

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the younger child, I must say that

sometimes, however, these cold snaps

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can be helpful because they can kill

off many bugs, many viruses and

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things that appear in mild weather.

One of my sons classes this week had

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six or seven children of. It is a

prime virus time of year. I'm about

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to go to Norway next week so it

least I have the codes for it.

There

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we are. Will -- whether you end --

like it or not we end with the cold

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weather. Remember you can see it all

seven days a week on the BBC

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website. If you missed the programme

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tos, thank you for joining us.

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