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Storm Dennis: Fears for Severn towns amid fresh flood warnings
Residents in communities on the river are being evacuated as water threatens to top flood defences.
Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
The post-Brexit immigration plan says employers must stop relying on "cheap labour".
Brits winner Dave calls PM 'racist'
The Londoner raps about the government, before winning his first-ever Brit for album of the year.
British Army officer becomes first woman to pass brutal Para course
British Army officer Capt Rosie Wild, 28, passes the brutal five-day P Company course.
Cardiff attempted mugging: Man, 77, fights back
The targeted man "showed great bravery," says South Wales Police.
Harvey Weinstein trial: Judge warns defence as verdict nears
The row over a Newsweek opinion piece comes as jurors hold a first day of deliberations in the trial.
Coronavirus: British couple on cruise ship 'test positive'
The UK government is trying to organise flying 74 British nationals home from the quarantined ship.
Heart doctors 'held back stent death data'
The trial suggested more people fitted with stents were dying after three years than those given surgery.
'It felt like nobody took control of our baby'
Helen Gittos lost her baby Harriet when she was eight days old, and she believes the death was preventable.
Arrests as Extinction Rebellion ruins Trinity College lawn
Three people are held following damage to a Cambridge college lawn and four for other offences.
EU puts Cayman Islands on tax haven blacklist
It is the first UK overseas territory to be named and shamed by the EU for not cracking down on tax abuse.
Liverpool undone by Atletico Madrid's Saul strike
Liverpool's Champions League defence hangs in the balance as Saul Niguez gives Atletico Madrid a slender lead after the first leg of their last-16 tie.
Newspaper headlines: 'Historic' immigration shake-up and Brits glamour
The first look at the government's post-Brexit immigration plan leads many of Wednesday's papers.
Caroline Flack death: Will people now 'be kind' in the media and online?
The presenter's death has prompted calls for people to "be kind" on social media and in the press.
Brit Awards: Red carpet in pictures
The best of Britain's musical talent and some top international stars are out to impress.
Memory quilt: Stitching together fragments of a child’s life
When teenager Jaxon Elliott-Sprysa died, his mother arranged for something deeply personal to be made.
'My horse knew I had brain cancer before I did'
A woman tells how her beloved pet kept sniffing the right side of her head before two brain tumours were diagnosed.
Chris Martin: Early recording of Coldplay star to be auctioned
The 1989 cassette features the Coldplay star performing aged 12 in a school music competition.
The converging art careers of Henry Moore and Bill Brandt
Henry Moore and Bill Brandt created images of civilians sheltering during the Blitz.
Billie Eilish on Bond and online bullying
In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the singer speaks ahead of her performance at the Brit Awards.
Plymouth Rock: Mayflower monument covered in graffiti
It was one of several monuments in Plymouth that was vandalised on Monday morning.
Russian activist Anastasia Shevchenko living under house arrest
Anastasia Shevchenko is facing six years in prison for her opposition political activism.
Andrew Sabisky: What is superforecasting?
The idea that came out of a US competition to improve the way we predict world events.
US Election 2020: Meet the voters behind Bloomberg's surge
The New York billionaire has qualified for the next debate. So who are his supporters?
Nasa's 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?
The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.
Should organ donors be paid? The heavy toll of US kidney shortage
Thousands of Americans die from kidney failure each year, but efforts to find organ donors remain contentious.
Coronavirus: The noted victims of the virus in Wuhan
A bodybuilder, a watercolour artist and a film director are amongst those who have died in Wuhan.
Why your new work colleague could be a robot
Better sight, better hands and more intelligence are allowing robots to take on more and more jobs.
How are weather forecasts made?
Extreme weather events are happening around the world regularly and forecasts can help people prepare.
Teenager Haaland scores twice as Dortmund beat PSG
Erling Braut Haaland continues his remarkable form with two more goals to give Borussia Dortmund the advantage over PSG in the Champions League last 16.
Why Wilder and Fury are boxing's ultimate showmen
Before Tyson Fury's rematch with Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday, BBC Sport explores why the two heavyweights are the ultimate boxing showmen.
'An operation's not for me, thanks' - Kenny opts against surgery on broken shoulder
Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny chooses not to have surgery on a broken shoulder so she can ride at the Track World Championships next week.
St Mirren throw away 4-1 lead before beating Motherwell in shootout
St Mirren throw away a three-goal half-time lead before roaring back to beat Motherwell on penalties and clinch a Scottish Cup quarter-final place.
Meet Women's Footballer of the Year nominee Sam Kerr
BBC Sport profiles Chelsea and Australia midfielder Sam Kerr, one of five nominees for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2020 award.
Son Heung-min: Jose Mourinho's unusual reaction to Tottenham's injury concerns
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho gives a unusual stairway analogy when asked about Son Heung-min's arm injury.
Rugby star on his try that went viral and led to Salah comparisons
Salford Red Devils' Rhys Williams talks about becoming a viral sensation and his comparisons to footballer Mohamed Salah, after his try against Toronto Wolfpack went "global".
What would you say to the men who killed your mum?
Two teenagers have a cathartic encounter with men jailed for an Islamist attack that killed their mum.
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Google Cloud rolls up in an AMD second-gen Epyc test car, looks you in the eye, pats the passenger seat
<h4>Meanwhile: Chip fabs still running just fine in China, FYI, says analyst</h4> <p>Google has added rentable virtual machines powered by AMD's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/08/07/amd_rome_epyc_processor_launch/">second-generation Epyc Rome</a> server processors to its cloud platform line-up – as a beta, we note.…</p>
I'm sorry, Elon. I'm afraid I can't do that... SpaceX touts robo-rides for orbital vacations, lift-off in 2021-ish
<h4>If you need to ask the price, you definitely can't afford it</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> SpaceX has pledged to carry up to four passengers into Earth orbit aboard its autonomous Crew Dragon capsule – its first crewed mission for private space tourism – as early as 2021.…</p>
Hard Disk Dri, er, Connive: Two sales execs accused by Uncle Sam of bumping up HDD component prices
<h4>Japanese supplier's biz model, like its products, were straight as a spring</h4> <p>Two former sales executives at NHK Spring Ltd, Hitoshi Hashimoto and Hiroyuki Tamura, were indicted in America last week for alleged participation in a worldwide conspiracy to fix the prices of hard disk components.…</p>
Instagram influencer fools followers into thinking Ikea photoshoot was Bali holiday
<h4>Following this?</h4> <p>An Instagram/YouTube ad horse has carried out a cunning meta-Marshall McLuhan-style spoof by faking an influencer holiday in Bali photographed entirely in her local Ikea.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Japan would like to offer 5G firms cheap loans – because subsidies are only bad when Huawei gets them
<h4>Look over here! Mmmmm, tax breaks</h4> <p>In an effort to counter the influence and spread of Chinese-built kit, the Japanese government has approved a draft bill that will offer low-cost finance to firms looking to develop 5G and drone technologies.…</p>
$2.07bn? That's one Dell of a deal to offload infosec biz RSA
<h4>Texan tech giant hacks off part of security real estate, sells to consortium</h4> <p>Dell Technologies is flogging its infosec business RSA for $2.075bn as it tries to reduce its longstanding debt.…</p>
Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners
<h4>Not many stranger things happen at sea</h4> <p>Penetration testers looking at commercial shipping and oil rigs discovered a litany of security blunders and vulnerabilities – including one set that would have let them take full control of a rig at sea.…</p>
Is it OPPOsites day? Chinese smartphone giant expected to develop its own silicon
<h4>OPPOrtunity knocks etc</h4> <p>You can count the number of phone manufacturers who design their own silicon on one hand – Huawei, Samsung and Apple. But soon you'll be able to add OPPO to that list.…</p>
Google lives in an Orange submarine: Transatlantic cable will get by with a little help from some friends
<h4>French telco pairs up with Telxius on backhaul links, co-lo services</h4> <p>Orange and Telxius are hooking up to provide backhaul links and co-lo services for Google's fibre-optic transatlantic cable, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/18/google_dunant_cable/">due to go live later this year</a>.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Red Hat tips its Fedora at CoreOS Container Linux stans: Hop onto something else, folks, cos this one's on a boat to Valhalla
<h4>Support ends May 26. Users fretting over Fedora CoreOS's limitations might want to jump into Flatcar</h4> <p>Red Hat is set to fling a flaming arrow at Red Hat CoreOS Container Linux*, the software firm said as it laid out the details of the end of life timeline for the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/31/red_hat_coreos_acquisition/">distro it acquired in January 2018</a>.…</p>
Jeff Bezos bungs $10bn at climate change after chump change for Oz bush fires
<h4>Then goes and opens rocket engine factory</h4> <p>Very wealthy bloke Jeff Bezos announced he would be spending billions on fighting climate change the same day his space rocket venture, Blue Origin, opened its Huntsville production facility.…</p>
Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report
<h4>Yet another financial institution only wants freelancers on its own terms</h4> <p>Deutsche Bank is set to lose contractors from key UK teams as it tries to force freelancers to take pay cuts in line with looming IR35 tax reforms.…</p>
That'll take the spring out of your step: Apple warns of iPhone shortages, revenue miss due to coronavirus
<h4>Factories 'ramping more slowly than anticipated'</h4> <p>Apple said the COVID-19 epidemic in China has disrupted iPhone production to the point that it will lead to global shortages of the handset – and likely miss already widened revenue forecasts it set in January.…</p>
Microsoft to bravely defend US democracy for a slack handful of voters in Fulton, Wisconsin
<h4>ElectionGuard guards real-life election</h4> <p>Microsoft is in Fulton, Wisconsin, today to try its ElectionGuard electronic vote system in the primary election for the US state's Supreme Court candidates.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Psst. SANshine, fancy a bit of shared block storage on Azure?
<h4>Microsoft previews its efforts to bring complexity of on-prem IT to the cloud</h4> <p>Microsoft has slung out a limited sneak peek at Azure Shared Disks, which enable on-premises applications that run on clustered storage to be migrated cloudwards.…</p>
Oracle gets a bit touchy-feely as CEO Catz shares a digital transformation bedtime story
<h4>Just what is it you lot actually do anyway?</h4> <p><strong>Comment</strong> Headlining the recent Oracle OpenWorld Europe gabfest in London, Big Red's CEO Safra Catz says big chages are afoot at the company, though the shadow of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/15/ellisons_trump_fundraiser/">its colourful chairman</a> continues to loom large.…</p>
We can simulate him... we have the technology: Virtual humans make jump from super 'puter to Oracle Cloud
<h4>Ah Larry, you're all heart. Virtually</h4> <p>While the faithful were gathered for Oracle's OpenWorld Europe (OOW) knees-up at London's Excel centre, boffins using the company's cloud have been busy creating a virtual human.…</p>
OK, which Dombås stuffed Windows 10 to bursting at Swedish flatpack flinger?
<h4>If only there was some way of organising the space</h4> <p><strong>Bork!Bork!Bork!</strong> Considering the origins of the word "bork!", we were delighted when news reached Vulture Central of IKEA getting in on the act.…</p>
Tutanota cries 'censorship!' after secure email biz blocked – for real this time – in Russia
<h4>Move over, there's plenty of room on Putin's naughty step</h4> <p>Fresh from last week's controversy with a US telco, German secure email biz Tutanota has declared today that the Russian authorities have pulled the plug on its services.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass
<h4>As in, it's easy to damage despite spiel</h4> <p>Early adopters of Samsung's foldable Galaxy Z Flip have shed doubt on the phone's hardiness despite claims from the tech giant about its flexible glass display.…</p>
Chrome 81 beta hooks browser up to Web NFC, augmented-reality features
<h4>'Web apps should be able to do anything native apps can'</h4> <p>Google's Chrome 81 is now in beta, bringing Web NFC support to the browser and extensions to the WebXR implementation to enable Augmented Reality (AR).…</p>
Xerox hopes wining and dining HP shareholders will convince them of takeover
<h4>Just edible gold rather than briefcases filled with the actual stuff</h4> <p>A plate of oysters, followed by genuine Japanese Wagyu sirloin? Washed down with a bottle or two of Screaming Eagle Cabernet '92? These are just some of the levers Xerox may pull to convince HP Inc shareholders to cash out when it wines and dines them this week.…</p>
Severe vuln in WordPress plugin Profile Builder would happily hand anyone the keys to your kingdom
<h4>Remote attackers were able create their own admin accounts</h4> <p>A vulnerability in a popular WordPress user role plugin lets any random person create an admin-level account on targeted websites.…</p>
Microsoft's coding for noobs hits 1.0, decompiling to C# in Visual Studio, and Windows 10X makes its debut... on Mac
<h4>Also: No HoloLens 2 at Barcelona</h4> <p><strong>Roundup</strong> While Windows <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/14/windows_10_patch_problems/">wobbled under the weight of patches</a>, the Microsoft gang updated development tools and buffed up a lure for startups among other shenanigans in this past week.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Samsung gives China wide berth over coronavirus woes, uses sea and air freight to ship smartphone bits to Vietnamese factories
<h4>Chaebol switching even more production out of Middle Kingdom</h4> <p>The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt China's manufacturing and logistics sectors, forcing smartphone manufacturers to adapt. Among them this is South Korean tech giant Samsung, which has begun <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ft.com/content/0dc1c598-4f06-11ea-95a0-43d18ec715f5">shipping smartphone components to Vietnam by air and sea</a>, where two-thirds of its handsets are now being assembled.…</p>
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz
<h4>Spindly thing claimed to stay airborne for a year with 15kg payload</h4> <p>A BAE Systems pseudo-satellite drone has made its maiden flight in Australia, just under two years after being announced as a marketing concept.…</p>
Early adopters delighted as Microsoft pulls plug on Mobile Backend as a Service. Haha, only joking – they're fuming
<h4>'Horrible news' for invested devs</h4> <p>Microsoft is shutting down its Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS), part of App Center, to the dismay of developers using it.…</p>
SpaceX's next Starlink volley remains stuck on Earth to glee of astronomers everywhere
<h4>Plus: Did NASA just accidentally give the game away?</h4> <p><strong>Roundup</strong> Cygnus flies, SpaceX stands down, Rocket Lab is going to the Moon and New Horizons drops a massive dump (of new data) in this week's roundup. A heck of a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a view of Earth from <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/14/pale_blue_dot/">really, really far away</a>.…</p>
Please check your data: A self-driving car dataset failed to label hundreds of pedestrians, thousands of vehicles
<h4>Plus: Trump budget favors AI, 'patent troll' backs down, and CEO quits amid sex pest claims</h4> <p><strong>Roundup</strong> It's a long weekend in the US, though sadly not in Blighty. So, for those of you starting your week, here's some bite-sized machine-learning news, beyond what we've <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/emergent_tech/artificial_intelligence/">recently covered</a>, if that's your jam.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Everything OK down there in the Oracle trench? Good. Big Red has a cloud-based data science platform for you
<h4>Good hook if you're already all-in. Oh, and there's an elephant in the room: full Hadoop implementation</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> After securing a lofty position in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/19/oracle_fy2019/">enterprise applications and databases</a>, Oracle has fixed its eyes on data science. And though <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/08/oracle_openworld_2017_analysus/">analysts have expressed doubt</a> about whether Big Red is producing technologies new to the field, its shiny Cloud Data Science Platform might appeal to those already heavily invested in Oracle's software.…</p>
C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?
<h4>Now, where was I? [tappity tap] ... BALLS!</h4> <p><strong>Who, Me?</strong> Hey hey hey, it's Monday! The new week is but a caffeinated beverage away. Come join us in celebrating another <i>Register</i> reader's flirtation with career-ending disaster with a morning dose of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/Tag/who-me">Who, Me?</a>…</p>
It is with a heavy heart we must inform you, once again, folks are accidentally spilling thousands of sensitive pics, records onto the internet
<h4>Plus: Iranians accused of hacking IT service providers to get at their customers</h4> <p><strong>Roundup</strong> Everything is insecure and everything is broken, exhibits A through Z:…</p>
Good news: Neural network says 11 asteroids thought to be harmless may hit Earth. Bad news: They are not due to arrive for hundreds of years
<h4>And also, crucial point, the software may be wrong and we'll never be released by these angels of death</h4> <p>A neural network has identified eleven asteroids, so far thought to be benign, that may eventually come close enough to hit Earth.…</p>
How the US-China trade war is felt stateside: Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked
<h4>'A combination of losing Huawei and slower than anticipated ramp in 5G'</h4> <p>A small round of layoffs at Silicon Valley's Xilinx was the result of the US government's ongoing war on Huawei, one of the FPGA designer's top customers.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Oracle staff say Larry Ellison's fundraiser for Trump is against 'company ethics' – Oracle, ethics... what dimension have we fallen into?
<h4>Ah, bless</h4> <p>Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison is planning to hold a fundraiser at his California estate in Rancho Mirage on February 19 to help re-elect US President Donald Trump.…</p>
Roses are red, IBM is Big Blue. It's out of RSA Conference after coronavirus review: IBMers will not attend infosec event over 'health concerns'
<h4>Who will join the IT giant in staying away from San Francisco?</h4> <p><strong>Updated</strong> IBM has pulled out of annual security shindig RSA Conference, due to be held in San Francisco at the end of this month, to avoid its staff catching the Wuhan novel coronavirus that's spreading worldwide.…</p>
Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens
<h4>Malvertising campaign makes big bucks for online criminals</h4> <p>Google has removed more than 500 Chrome extensions in response to a report from a security researcher, who found the browser plugins distributed through the Chrome Web Store facilitated ad fraud and data theft.…</p>
Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia
<h4>Techies quit to go it alone, iGiant tries to lure away their staff – then sues – court told</h4> <p>Apple's iPhone chip designers mulled creating their own homegrown server processor for the Silicon Valley giant – but were shot down by Steve Jobs after they presented the idea at an internal meeting.…</p>
Windows Terminal and Azure Data Studio both get a tickle from the Microsoft update fairy
<h4>Also: Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 eyes its operating system shackles</h4> <p>Microsoft flung out fresh updates to its cross-platform data wrangler Azure Data Studio, the Windows Terminal and continued to tease a standalone Windows Subsystem for Linux last night.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Please, sir, we want some more! TSMC pumps extra $6.7bn into chip fabs to meet demand for new gadgetry
<h4>Does this mean things are looking up for the industry?</h4> <p>Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.tsmc.com/tsmcdotcom/PRListingNewsAction.do?action=detail&amp;newsid=PGPGPGPGTH">board of directors has approved</a> a $6.74bn budget for expanding its factories.…</p>
Ofcom: Rule change to force UK comms providers to tell you when your contract expires
<h4>That's phone, broadband and pay TV</h4> <p>Starting from tomorrow, telcos who fail to offer their customers their best deals will find themselves on Ofcom's naughty step, potentially helping millions of customers in Britain.…</p>
Austrian foreign ministry: 'State actor' hack on government IT systems is over
<h4>Russia denies claims from well-informed broadcaster that it was homegrown Turla malware baddies</h4> <p>Austria's foreign ministry has said a weeks-long cyber attack from a "state actor" against its systems has ended – amid local reports that pin the blame on a Russian hacking crew and its initial four-byte payload.…</p>
Arista cats beat bunch of networking top dogs to lap up SDN boffins Big Switch
<h4>Buy to boost cloud, automation and visibility chops</h4> <p>Arista has beaten several rival suitors to snap up software-defined networking (SDN) specialist Big Switch after months of negotiations.…</p>
Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch
<h4>As 1809 is nudged toward the darkness, the Baron of Bork has plans for 1903 and 1909</h4> <p>There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and duff patches from Microsoft. So, yes, some Windows 10 users have found their PC unhappy following Tuesday's patch shenanigans.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Mi first! Latest Xiaomi flagship storms DxOMark rankings with quartet of powerful cameras
<h4>Sold out in China, no word when it arrives in the West</h4> <p>Chinese tat bazaar Xiaomi just peeled the wraps off its latest flagship smartphones – <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/12/mwc_barcelona_2020_cancelled_coronavirus/">MWC or no MWC</a>.…</p>
25 years of Delphi and no Oracle in sight: Not a Visual Basic killer but hard to kill
<h4>Productivity or performance? Hey, why not both?</h4> <p><strong>Analysis</strong> On this day 25 years ago, Borland Software trotted out version 1.0 of the Delphi application development product, making the announcement at the Software Development '95 event in San Francisco.…</p>
Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police
<h4>Maybe stick to walking the beat instead of infosec advice, eh?</h4> <p>The UK's National Crime Agency has publicly distanced itself from a poster urging parents to call police if their child has installed Kali Linux, Tor or – brace yourself – Discord.…</p>
Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD
<h4>The days of spinning rust in lappies looks numbered and deskops will be next, says analyst</h4> <p>Dearly beloved, let us take a moment to remember the spinning rust featured in PCs for the last four decades. This year "no new laptops" will have an HDD inside, and desktops' innards will go the same way in 2020.…</p>
'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'
<h4><i>The Reg</i> talks to Carolyn Porco, Garry Hunt, Alan Stern about the picture that almost wasn't</h4> <p><strong>Special report</strong> Thirty years ago, the Voyager Project celebrated 14 February not with a card, but with a family portrait of the Solar System, which would give rise to the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/07/curiosity_sends_back_pale_blue_dot_picture_of_earth_from_mars/">celebrated "Pale Blue Dot" concept</a>. <i>The Register</i> spoke to the scientists involved, as well as those who might snap a future image.…</p><!--#include virtual='/data_centre/_whitepaper_textlinks_top.html' -->
Can AI-enhanced virtual sports presenters do the job? It's a big ask
<h4>The ball's in your park and I'm just happy for the team</h4> <p><strong>Something for the Weekend, Sir?</strong> Call me paranoid, call me suspicious, call me an ambulance [slaps thigh], but I'm not sure I'm seeing things in the way I'm <i>supposed</i> to.…</p>

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