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brighton missed out on the chance to return to the top of the championship. they drew 3—3 at brentford. the bees scored after 94 minutes to lead 3—2 but brighton equalised in the 97th minute. they are now one point behind newcastle. celtic are now 27 points clear at the top of the scottish premiership. they came from behind to beat stjohnstone 5—2 at mcdiarmid park. the hosts were leading 2—1 at half—time after goals from watson, moussa dembele came on with half an hour to play, turned the match with a second—half hat—trick, helping his celtic now have 19 wins on the bounce and the league. the africa cup of nations final is underway in gabon. egypt and cameroon have 11 titles between them. egypt are leading against the lions, thanks to arsenal's are many. it'sjust
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approaching half—time. egypt are leading cameroon 1—0. in the davis cup, it's the singles between don evans and vasek pospisil, it's a nailbiter, pospisil winning the first set on a tie—break and getting one break in the second set, taking it 6—4. it looked all over, even more so one dan set, taking it 6—4. it looked all over, even more so one dan evans trailed 1—3 in the third and then he w011 trailed 1—3 in the third and then he won five games in a row and upset. they are into a fourth set, don evans has broken and is leading 3—1. an incredible first rubber of the day. dan evans can win this title britain. england lost by one point
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against australia in the netball quad series at wembley, the second defeat of the tournament for england after a heavy loss to new zealand, it's a much improved england who led in this match, within touching distance of victory, but the lead slipped in the final stages despite pushing hard to pull level against the number one side in the world. they trailed by one goal with one minute left but a late australian steal meant there would be no chance of getting the victory. great match but they lost 47—46. australia won the series as well. through the game you can look at some of the critical moments where we could have got ahead of australia but we have to look at the positives, the way that we picked ourselves up, we came out and showed them, the girls fought from the start to the end and we made them made changes and you've got to do that as a coach, challenge the coach as well as the team. sergio garcia led from start to finish in the dubai desert classic.
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he won led by three shots from henrik stenson, the swedish player. the spaniard carded a bogey three final cut of 69 to finish on mountain and. it's his first european tour title in more than three years. and £350,000 in prize money. victory moves garcia back into the world's top ten. tyrrell hatton of england wasjoint third. a quick update on the tennis. it's still 3—1 to dan evans in the fourth set in that davis cup tie against canada, and update in the next hour. now on bbc news it's time for meet the author. sophie kinsella's new novel is called my my not so perfect life, which gives you a clue. it's about a woman in her 20s who leads an apparently glamorous life in london, although the truth is much more prosaic, and has to move back home to the country when she is sacked, to work for her father. but the life she finds there is not
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quite what she expected. sophie kinsella has written a string of worldwide bestsellers, including the confessions of a shopaholic series, picked up by hollywood. and if you are wondering — well, she does not mind the term "chick—lit", but she much prefers what one book shop called her novels, "wit—lit". welcome. you are talking in the book, introducing us to a metropolitan life. it's not quite what it seems. do you think that that is the truth about the way that people live these days, particularly in london? i think that all of us are suckered into projecting the perfect life. i think that social media has not helped this tendency. which i think was always in us.
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you know, back in the day you would have your portrait painted, wouldn't you 7 speak for yourself! you'd make sure you looked alluring...well, 100 years ago. but i think my forebears would have aimed to look as rich and prosperous and happy and wonderful as they possibly could. then, the portrait would be hung on the wall and you could go about your everyday life. i think now what we do is constantly throw out portraits of ourselves through social media, and also through our professional demeanour, just this sort of image. then we look at other people. although we know that it is invented, we sort of believe it anyway. this book seems very much of the moment, in that this picture which is built up, say, on instagram, which really is a construction which is quite fake. she goes back and lives in a wee little one room place, although when she is out and about, she looks quite glamorous. this really is a bit of a problem
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for us, not for us all, but a problem of our time? i think it is. it is sort of accelerating. i mean, social media has exploded, certainly in my lifetime, from not existing to almost being a planet that we have discovered, and now we live on! we have colonised it and had to make it work for us as humans and i think it brings out the best and the worst. i love the connection but this measuring and judging is not good. you write about women with particular feelings, notjust women, but particularly for young girls, teenage girls, and so on. this world that they are introduced to, you talk about measuring, testing, living up to expectations. whether it is how you look, your sexual experience, whatever — it is the sort of thing where, in your young life and my young life, didn't exist. absolutely didn't exist, you had your own teenage struggles. perhaps you would tell your diary about them, and maybe a close friend. you spent a lot of time on the phone with one person, whose voice you could hear,
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by the way. as humans, we respond to so many signals. voice, touch, eyes. and on social media, there is a barrier. there is a visual construct and this wretched "liking" which everyone becomes addicted to, and a validation that we have all got hooked on. it is not good. where can it end? it can only lead to a kind of addictive reliance on it. we should not give the idea that the book is a meditation on contemporary society! it is not. it is a story. but that is the theme, really. when you get an idea like that, does it gnaw away at you until you've written the book? yeah, i think i go around the world with a sort of radar. whatever i see goes into my stories. so, when i see people shopping too much, that goes in. and when i see people projecting lives and feeling anxious because they are not living up to some sort of measure of success, that goes into a story. but what i try to do, as you say, i try to make people laugh, whip over the pages, see what is coming next. it's not a treatise, not a thesis, the thesis is sort
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of there between the jokes. what do you think you have got that makes you a good storyteller? i think from what my readers say, they relate to my characters. they sort of see themselves in the characters, they see those flaws and foibles. they think, ah, i have done that. in everyday life? in everyday life. but then what i do is push it to the nth degree, whether it is getting into ridiculous situations. i love a bit of farce, silly situations, and quite intricate plots. i'm a real geeky plotter. but you start off with somebody that you relate to. so go with them through the story. it is the old story, isn't it, that if the reader doesn't care about the character, not necessarily total affection, but does not care in the sense that is not interested in... then, the thing is a dead duck? i completely agree. you can have an anti—heroine, but you need someone that is interesting.
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all of my sophie kinsella novels i have written in the first person. that makes them quite intimate. there is a connection. what is the advantage of writing in the first person? i find an instant intimacy with the character. i know these characters so well, and i did used to write in the third person. there was a slight level of detachment. you are moving chess pieces around. now, it is like method acting. you are in one person's head? i live these plots, and actually my husband can tell when things are going badly for my character, they go badly for me! i weep, i laugh... you know, it is quite an emotionaljourney. and when you're in the throes of a story, once you have got the idea, you think that you are there as a character who has begun to form in your mind? you just go at it, hammer and tongs? i do, i do. i'm a real planner in terms of plot. i love a plot, i love structure. i spend quite a lot of time working things out, turning points and getting it all clear in my mind. also working out what i want to say, because you can have an idea for a story but you're not sure what you are trying
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to say about the world. 0nce i've got that, i'm impatient. i want to see how it turns out. what do you want to say about the world? i think all of my books want to say, look at us, we are human! aren't we ridiculous? look at the pickles we get ourselves into... it is about absurdity? it really is. and, by the way, we are all like this, but never mind. let's notjudge ourselves. are you one of those writers who goes around either literally with a notebook in the pocket, where you scribble down things. or, at least a notebook in your head, and you spot somebody in a coffee shop or somewhere and you say, right, i've got her...? i do, and i think i do it all the time. i've got you, right now! well, good luck! i never have the right person for the right chapter. if i could go to a coffee shop and find the right character and put them in now, that would be very handy. it doesn't work like that? it never works. but you store them up, or store up a little facet of something you've heard, and it comes back to you later. do you think about your readers when you are doing this?
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you have a vast army of readers out there, do you ever think about it and what they want? i connect with them, and when i meet them, interestingly it is the same wherever i go. they have a sort of human... what do they ask you, what kind of questions do they ask? they want to know what is happening next with my characters. i know that they love to laugh, but to be honest, i don't visualise them when i am writing. i think that would freak me out. so i write the book that would please me as a reader. what would i love to read? i love a plot, some comedy and something to think about. what about endings? have you thought of... you know, a really tragic ending? well, i sometimes think, you know what? i should do that sort of... because you haven't, have you? gut—wrenching. .. no, i haven't, i haven't done the gut—wrenching tragedy where you just think, "why?" as you turn the page. so far i've not been ballsy enough to do it. maybe someday? bit of resolution. maybe one day. sophie kinsella, thank you very much. thank you. we've got colder weather heading our
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way a little later it in the week ahead. in the short—term, frosty tomorrow morning and then some rain in the forecast, let's see what's happening this evening. not a lot, the frost develops overnight, i say not a lot but there will be fog around by dawn, could be dense in places so take it steady behind the steering wheel. the fog will not last long because we have a weather front approaching, and that will blow all of that fog away. the winds will increase across western areas, the rain will reach the far western fringes of the uk later in the morning. let's look at the rush hour. it's eight o'clock, still really chilly, freezing in places. city centres above freezing, rural spots will be minus three. whether you are in the south or the north,
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it will be chilly and there will be fog around as well. so what will happen through the course of the morning? this rain band with the wind, you can see some arrows, stronger winds, reaching western areas of the uk, wiltshire, salisbury plain, through wales, across the irish sea and into northern ireland, maybe south—west scotland, the rest of the uk, a dry afternoon and through the evening the weather front, they will slowly push towards the east, in the pennines and also the grampians. said weather front is going to stop when it reaches eastern areas of the uk. so here on tuesday, looking cloudy, there will be some rain through the day, of the north sea so i suspect in places like hull and norwich it will feel chilly and unpleasant, a nice day in belfast, very nice. then on wednesday it
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dries out, you can't see that weather front, it's dries out, you can't see that weatherfront, it's invisible, but it is falling apart, areas of cloud across the uk, some sunshine, temperatures beginning to drop, four and five in the east, hint of things to come on thursday, and on friday easterly winds and a chance that we are going to have wintry flurries, only light ones, as we head towards friday and into the weekend so we will have to wrap up. that's it from me. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8.00pm: nhs under pressure — the number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for hospital treatment in england has doubled since 2012. passengers from countries subjected to america's travel ban seize the chance to fly to the us, as judges refuse to reverse a suspension of the controversial order. ministers pledge more affordable
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homes will be built in england — aimed at tackling the high cost of renting. also in the next hour: after six days of demonstrations the romanian government revokes a decree that would have reduced tens of thousands of protesters are celebrating in bucharest as campaigners vow to keep up the pressure on the government. and in half an hour, here on bbc news, the travel


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