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Bitesized Blighty: November 1, 2019

Hector Don

  • England fans will be glued to television screens up and down the country tomorrow morning as 15 men wearing white line up to face South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. The game, which kicks off at 09:00 GMT, is being played in Japan but almost 6,000 miles away back home excitement has already reached fever pitch. It has been 12 years since England were in the final and 16 years since they won it, so fans are understandably getting pretty excited at the prospect of captain Owen Farrell lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.
  • The next UK government will find it difficult to encourage civil servants and businesses to prepare for a no-deal Brexit in 2020 after “crying wolf” no fewer than three times this year, Whitehall and industry figures warned on Thursday. As the latest Brexit deadline of October 31 passed without taking effect after the EU agreed to extend the UK’s membership of the bloc until January 31, Whitehall officials and business leaders said there was a limit to how often the UK could prepare for a no-deal departure.
  • A rare white squirrel has been photographed in Royal Deeside. Experts said it was believed to be a red rather than a grey squirrel as it had the hairy ear tufts absent in greys. The squirrel was snapped by conservationists working to protect red squirrel populations in the north east of Scotland. They said they would now work to determine whether or not the animal was a "true albino" with red eyes. 

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