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certainly didn't stick by the

spirit.

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That's it, so goodbye from me.

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Good afternoon, I'm Asad Ahmad.

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London City Airport and a stretch

of the Docklands Light Railway

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are likely to be closed

all day after a half tonne

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World War II bomb was found

in the River Thames.

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Residents leaving within a 200 metre

exclusion zone of the airport

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were evacuated last night,

as the Royal Navy tries

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to make the device safe.

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The airport was supposed to handle

16,000 passengers today.

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Tolu Adeoye has been

in the area this morning.

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You can probably see

the empty runway behind me.

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Normally, you would expect planes

to be coming and going

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every 20 minutes or so.

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But every flight has been cancelled,

after that World War II bomb

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was discovered yesterday morning

at 5am at King George V dock,

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next to the airport.

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We understand around 260 arrivals

and departures have been cancelled,

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affecting 16,000 passengers.

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The Met and the Royal Navy

are working to make this bomb safe.

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It's weighing in at

around 500 kilograms.

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We've heard from the CEO

of City Airport, Robert Sinclair.

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He's apologised for

the inconvenience to passengers.

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There is also a cordon in place,

a 200 metre cordon,

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which is affecting local residents.

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Many of them have been moved

into emergency accommodation.

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Now, this airport runs domestic

and European flights.

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Airlines including Flybe,

CityJet, Lufthansa having

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to cancel flights today.

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We understand some flights have been

moved to neighbouring airports,

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Southend, Stansted airports,

but still, lots of

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disruption for passengers.

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A number of roads have

also been cordoned off.

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Motorists are advised

to avoid the area.

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The DLR has been suspended between

Woolwich, Arsenal and City Airport.

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We understand the Woolwich

Ferry is running.

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Now, it isn't uncommon to find

World War II bombs across London.

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It is unlikely they will explode,

but they do pose a risk,

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which is why precautions like these

have been taken.

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City Airport believe

the schedule should be back up

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and running by tomorrow.

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And just to remind you that you can

get all the latest travel news

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affecting that part of London

and elsewhere on BBC Radio London

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or take a look at our Twitter feed.

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Real animal fur labelled as fake fur

has been found on sale

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in London's markets.

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A BBC London investigation

found items, which upon

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further examination,

contained rabbit hair,

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racoon dog and mink,

at stalls where buyers thought

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the fur was fake.

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Animal rights campaigners

say animal fur is now

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being farmed on such

a scale that it's cheaper,

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than its "fake" alternative.

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Alex Bushill investigates.

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Our investigation starts

here, Camden market.

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One of the most famous

markets in the world.

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And with a secret camera,

we joined the crowds

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looking for a purchase,

a coat with a fur trim.

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This is the coat that

we have just bought.

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It even has a label on it

saying 100% polyester.

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So, no animal fur here then.

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Only one way to be sure.

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Dr Phil Greaves is the country's

leading microfibre expert.

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So we asked him to run

all the tests needed

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to find out for sure

if this

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was real fur or faux fur.

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What is it?

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It's animal fibre, because it's got

the structural features that

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only animal fibres have.

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It's got an external margin

of scales, internal structure,

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pigment within the fibres.

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It's of two coats, and the fibres

taper towards their tip.

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That's 100% certain?

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100%.

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In all, we bought garments from 17

stalls and shops from across London

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from Stratford to Shepherd's Bush

market, from bobble hats to key

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rings and shoes with pom-poms.

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Again and again, we were sold

fake fur that turned out

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actually to be real fur.

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And again in Shepherd's Bush market.

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And then in Stratford,

many of those stallholders say that

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at that price it has to be fake fur.

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Real fur, they say, is expensive.

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Well, not any more.

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According to the Humane Society,

and animal rights charity,

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According to the Humane Society,

an animal rights charity,

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that is a common misconception.

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They say, in fact, real

fur can now be so much

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cheaper than synthetic fur.

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I think a lot of people think

that fur is expensive,

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and would look at a £10 bobble hat

and not think for a second

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that it could be real fur.

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And we just encourage people

to really be careful not

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to sleepwalk into buying real

fur and supporting it.

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We asked everyone who sold us

real fur as faux fur

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to explain themselves.

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Some simply didn't comment,

like these two, so we don't know

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if they themselves were victims

duped by their suppliers.

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Others, like this lady,

said she was shocked

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and that she relied on the label

and was assured by her supply

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and that she relied on the label

and was assured by her supplier

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it wasn't real fur.

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She has now removed

the items from sale.

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Which all leads to one

inescapable thought.

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If so many of the shops and stalls

that sell fur don't really know

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what they're selling,

how on earth are we, the consumer,

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to know what the fur trim

on our coat or the bobble on our hat

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is really made of?

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Alex Bushill, BBC London News.

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And you can see more on that story

on Inside Out London.

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Tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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A clutch of Britain's finest actors

star in a new film shot,

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in part, on a council housing estate

near Tower Bridge.

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Finding Your Feet stars

Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie,

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and Joanna Lumley among others

and it's about a middle-aged

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snob, let's say, who finds romance

in the most unlikely place.

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Wendy Hurrell has more.

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In her posh Surrey home, Sandra puts

on a party for her husband's

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retirement, and looks forward

to a new life with him.

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I've been planning our retirement

for the last 35 years.

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Except, those plans

come to an abrupt stop.

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What the hell's going on?

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We were just...

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It's not what it looks like, Sandra.

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So, Imelda Staunton's

character moves in

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with her sister, living in quite

different surroundings on an East

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London council estate.

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KIDS SHOUT.

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How important do you think

it is that films such

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as this one are made,

where there are central

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female characters

of a more mature age?

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You've cornered the

market, quite frankly.

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LAUGHTER.

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I'm trying to get into her audience.

I need her audience!

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I watched again one of my most

favourite films, All About Eve,

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and I saw Bette Davis

being interviewed before,

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and she was saying that her life

was being, you know,

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paralleled in the film.

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Because a woman of 40...

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And she talks about she'd just

turned 40 three months ago.

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That's it.

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For women, for actresses,

in those days, that was it.

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And so, I'm thrilled to be

able to say that I think

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things are changing.

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I really do.

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Finding Your Feet is in

cinemas from next Friday.

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Go on Sandra, give it to him!

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Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.

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They must have had so much fun

making that film.

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Now the weather with Kate.

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Good afternoon, it was a cold start

this morning, people waking up

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to quite a widespread frost,

but also waking up to this,

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clear blue sky and sunshine.

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Not much cloud throughout

the course of this morning.

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We will see a bit more bubbling up

into this afternoon,

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some decent, sunny spells,

but it will still feel rather cold.

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It should stay dry.

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There is a slim chance you may

get a bit of a shower

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and some thicker cloud,

could be wintery over higher ground.

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Most places staying dry.

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Temperatures getting

up to eight Celsius.

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Overnight, that shower

risk continues as it

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works its way up from the south.

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It could feel wintry.

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Lengthy, clear spells will mean

the temperatures will get cold again

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with a minimum of 0 Celsius.

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A bright start for some,

but quite quickly that cloud

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will move in and with it, the rain.

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Turning into a rather

wet and breezy Tuesday,

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not very pleasant at all and not

feeling especially warm, either.

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The maximum between

three and six Celsius.

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That rain will clear away overnight

on Tuesday and we will get a clear

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start for Wednesday morning.

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Chilly but gradually this front

arrives through Wednesday afternoon

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and we will see it turn rather

wet and breezy.

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All change, though, for Thursday,

some slightly milder air moves in.

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Temperatures getting

up to 11 Celsius.

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We should see the return of some

sunshine for Thursday, as well.

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That's it.

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Victoria is here at 6:30pm tonight

with our early evening news.

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Plenty more on our Facebook page

and Twitter feed throughout the day.

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Until later, I hope

you enjoy your afternoon.

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Goodbye.

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