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(generated from captions) position hasn't changed. Including his new requirement

that in order for any agreement

to be reached Palestinians must

recognise Israel as a Jewish

stay. Settlement issue is

outstanding and it has to be

one of the issues resolved in

the negotiations alongside with

the Palestinian recognition of

the Jewish state and effective

force any future peace demilitarisation arrangement

agreement. But our position is

that Jerusalem the capital of

the Jewish people. Even so, Mr

Netanyahu has said that talks

with the Palestinians could

begin next month. Hours after

he left Israel, his Palestinian counterpart announced his own

plan to build a new state,

without waiting for Israelis to

pull out. This is a path to

freedom and for a state of

Palestine. He wants a viable Palestinian state within two

years, with strong security

forces, public services, even

an international airport as a

way of forcing Israel's hand. We look forward to

continuing the regional and international support to

establish Palestine as an

independent, democratic,

progressive and modern Arab

state with full sovereignty

over its territory in the West

Bank and Gaza, on the borders

with east Jerusalem as its

capital. Neither artificial

date s nor arbitrary deadlines

are going to work. They have

never worked in the past and it

is not serious. What is going

to make a Palestinian state

viable is the end of conflict,

the end of all the Palestinian

claims meeting us halfway with

the political compromises and

of course sitting without

preconditions. There are other

road blocks too. The West Bank

is still occupied by Israeli

troops and Gaza is still beyond

the Palestinian Authority's

control and neither of those

situations appear likely to

change soon. Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting

has arrived back in Australia

without the Ashes but resisting

calls that he step down. He

told journalists weight at

Sydney Airport that his second

Ashes loss left a bitter and

sour taste in his mouth but he

will still be the best man to

lead a team to victory in four

years time. He says Australia's best cricket in the serieses

was sensational and the worst

horrible. Karen Barlow reports.

Sent back empty handed for a

second time by the old cricket

enemy, Ricky Ponting's home

coming was humbling. Still

bearing the scars of a hard

knock in the fifth Test,

Ponting says Loz ing the Ahns

again hurts. Our best cricket

was sensational and our worst was horrible. Criticism is

still mounting over Australia's

lack of spin on the dust y

wicket at the Oval. Not take a

spinner into that last Test on

a wick thaet has always turned

was one that I always thought

was interesting. Upon ing says

leaders always judged on their

results but he is resisting

calls to step down. So I can

understand those point of views

being out there. I think the

pleasing thing for me at the

moment is I am getting some

support from Cricket Australia

and the selector as well about

things that have happened over

the last couple of months. For

me that's a positive

sign. Other returning

team-mates stood behind their

captain. Ricky Ponting has my

full support and I think he is

the best man to be captain and

it's ludicrous that anyone say

anything else. It's There's 11

of us who had the opportunity

to win the Ashes. Ponting says

he's aiming to lead the team

that will head to England for

the Ashes in 2013. I still

think I have a lot to offer the

team as a batsman and a catch

tain and a leader. If it ends

up getting to the point where

I'm not the captain, obviously

my hunger and determination to

keep playing this game is as

good as ever. If that's with a

C next to my name, all well and

good, if not I think I have a

lot to offer. Pronlt willing

spend two weeks with his family

before returning to England for

the fourth one-day match. Now

to the weather - showers for

Hobart with winds easing in the

south-east, a few showers in

Alice Springs, sunny with mild

conditions in Brisbane and

Sydney. And that's all from us.

Lateline Business coming up in

a just a moment. If you would

like to plook back at tonight's

interview with Peter Garrett or

review any of the stories or

transcript, you can visit our

website. Now Lateline Business

with Ali Moore. Thank, Leigh.

Tonight - shoring up his

defences - James Packer finds

more cash at Seek. One presumes

they're getting that cash

through front door in order to

make further onmarket bids or a

buyback. The $7 billion hit -

Australia's biggest shopping

centre owners make big

writedowns on their

properties. Thing also continue

to be reasonably difficult for

them going forward in the six

Section to 12 months. And

Asianos long road to

recovery. As the downturn hit

and parts of our business fell

off the cliff last November,

we've just had to cancel train

services and annual leave,

holidays, the whole thing for

just reducing our capacity as

quickly as we can. To the

markets and local investors

followed the positive lead from

Wall Street. The All Ords

closed more than 1% higher. The

ASX 200 added 48 points on gain

tbis banks and the miners. In

Japan, the Nikkei rose to a

10-month high. The hang

essential close flat on low

turnover and in London the FTSE

is little changed in morning

trade. James Packer's

Consolidated Media has sold its

stake in Seek for just under

half a billion dollars. In the

process, the Packer company has

been turned into a pure pay TV

play and earned valuable cash

to fend off a challenge from

Kerry Stokes. Kerry Stokes

Consolidated Media and says he recently took a 20% stake in

is considering whether to

pursue a seat on the board. But

he's also got plenty of work to

do at his main investment - the

Seven Network, where profits

were decimated last financial

year. Andrew Robertson reports.

Seven Network is the vehicle

used by Kerry Stokes to hold

his investments in companies

like Seven Media Group, 'West

Australian' newspapers,

Internet concern Unwired and

broadband tele phone operate

other Engin I it's an un likely

collection which for some

analysts find it hard to understand: It's a a very difficult group to follow

because it depends ob where the

board which doesn't seem to

have the standard institutional

investment committee that we're

used to wants to take the next

investment step. Zerve

network's full year earns have

slumped 91% to $12 million

after it reduce ed the value of

its holding in Seven Media

Group and 'West Australian'

newspapers to zero. Profit

before those write-downs were

still off 36% as expenses

increased and revenue dropped.

The size of the write-down

surprised some but the company

says it had little

choice. While this is probably conservative in the long run

there is little scope within

the accounting standards for my

other treatment. For media

watchers like Steve Allen it's

more than, that it's a reflect

of a tough year for all media

companies which last week saw

Fairfax lower the value of some

of its mastheads. The media

sector of investment has taken

a terrible battering, as be

lies the revenue trend for most

of its sectors. It's been

double digits down and four out

of five t five tradition

Almeida types. One thing Seven

Network has protected is its

cash, which now stands at $1.4

billion. For Roger Colman, that

is a mistake. The group has

missed the recover in the

equity markets. With its high

cash boldholdings of over $1

billion, suffered from the

falling yield on those cash

holds. In recent months, Seven

Network has built up a $- 19.9%

stake in the Packer controlled

Consolidated Media Group.

Consolidated Media is a big

player in TV through its part

ownership of Foxtel and Premier Meade ya. Kerry Stokes is known

to kof tet sector and hasn't

ruled out a fullachover -

takeover bid for con sol dated:

Ivernlt ice James's company but

at the end of the day what he

wants to do and what we do we

will see. Any more takeover

today got more difficult when

Consolidated Media announced it

would receive $441 million from

its sale of online employment

agency Seek, a move some see as

defensive. One presumes they're

getting that cash through the

front door in order to make

further onmarket bids or a&

buyback because a byeback would

dilute, or hold the

shareholdings of everyone in a

similar position depending on

what people's view was of whether they were preparing to

sell in the byeback. Seven will

pay a fully franked final

dividend of 17 cents a share,

shares which rose 4 % today. Consolidated Media bounced

12%. That share market bounce

may prove short lived after the

close of today. Consolidated

Media posted full year earnings

of $84 million, down 20% on

last year. In a sign of just

how bad things have been and

listed property, Westfield has

outperformed its peers with a

mere $700 million half-year

loss. The world's largest

shopping centre has a suite of

high quality assets an the rye

wridowns it's had to make have

been dwarfed by the likes of

Centro, which today took

another $4 billion hit on its

portfolio. In the shopping

centre business for nearly 50

years,s we Westfield has built

up a portfolio of 119

properties across Australia,

the United Kingdom and the

United States. The value of

that portfolio has taken a

tumble of nearly $3 billion.

And it's contributing to a -

cribbed to a bot ol line loss

in the first half of $708

million. However, operation al

earnings were up 12%. Fortunately Westfield

have always adopt an

operational focus for the trust

so the contraction 2.9 billion

rye wri down in the first half

of their portfolio certainly

doesn't derail the trust at

all. Westfield earns more than

third of its income in the

United States. With American

shoppers avoiding the fall

mauls an Westfield's tenants

struggling to pay their rent,

the revenue there shrank poir

6%.- 0.6%. If you look at the closures and abandonments we

have, in the second quarter

they were half that of the

first quarter, to put it in

perspective. So we are now

leezing more shops than we are

closing and you can see even in

the July period there are some

Bert trends occurring and we're

seeing a lot less

forecloicious. I made a point

about the health of the retail

industry because one would

think that when you're seeing

substantial reduction s in

sales particularly in the

luxury and fashion goods you

would expect those businesses

to be under balance sheet

pressure. We're seeing exactly

the opposite occur right

now. Across the Atlantic, the

UK business has been hit harder

by the economic slowdown, with

incomes sliding 4%. But

Australian shoppers are still

spending. The company's best

performing division grew

revenue by 6.2%. Overall retail

sales in our Australian

portfolio for the rolling 12

months is over $21.2

billion. Up 6.6% as a result of

the resilient environment

together with a strong

performance from development

completed in the last few

years. But Westfield has pushed

back the start date for new

projects. And maintainling its

conserve aiftive approach the

company has announced it will

cut its payout ratio to shareholders. This is quite a

sensitive move. They previously

distributed 100% of operating

earnings. Now that will be more

around 75% so that provides

additional capital in order to

cover their cap ex- requirements. They're sitting quite comfortably on the

balance sheet. The much smaller

rival to Westfield is not

sitting comfortably. Centro

Properties Group near ly

collapsed in the credit squee,

it's made a full year loss of $3.5 billion after slashing the

value of its properties. Thing

also continue to be reasonably

difficult going forward over

the next six to 12 months.

However, on the positive side

the income stream from tenants

is sufficient to meet their

commitments in terms of

repayments to the banks and so

on. So from that point of view

I would suspect that they will

survive. But it's still not

over for Centro. Centro has

been granted some breathing

space by its bank ertion. But

it's still in the - bankers.

But it's still in the courts

over allegations that it

engaged in misleading conduct

and breached its disclosure

obligation. A TV chief

executive resiebd at the start

of the month, Centro is look

for a new executive. Writedowns

and redundancies have taken a

toll on Pacific Brands. The

maker of Bonds and King Gee

posted a lot of $224 million

after low sales an weak er

sales. Earlier this year

Pacific Brands decided to sack

2,000 ers and move it

offshore. We have a stronger

balance sheet. We have a

cleanerer moragile business

with a better alignment of and

balance of skill Schett Seths

that are required for the

future success of this

company. Investors were less

than impressed with shares

dropping more than 1 10% by the

close. For a look at the rest

of the day on the markets I

spoke earlier to Martin Lakos

at Macquarie Private Wealth.

Lakos lairk, it seems renewed

optimism in the US has spilled

over in into our market

again. We're really getting a

number of positive announcements coming oultd of

the US now. The consumers are

getting happier and start tock

spend a bit. The housing

numbers are really strong,

existing house sales as long as

last week. You have to say that

those key leending indicators

we've been talking about for

some time are showing up that

the real chae commee is

starting to recover. And we

were happy to go along for the

ride? Very much. We had another

strong day. I just continued to

grow with momentum. Turn over

about $6 billion. If you take

away the one-off deal in Seek

today, it was till $5.5 billion

in turnover. So solid there and

again with the market rising

just under 50 points pretty

much a broad rally. We had BHP

up 35 to $38.15. And Westfield

up to after a solid result.

Commonwealth Bank up around AMP

up to. Don't forget that index

rise is still takes place with

a number of stocks going

ex-dividend as welz - well. The

profit reports are still coming

thick and fast and one of them

was hi lir gold. How was it

involved? It was a solid

result, particularly at the

earnings before interest and

tax level. We got some good

insight on how that result will

pan out because the second

quarter operating reduction

report was very strong and beat

most analyst's expectations.

Out of that production report,

the cash costs came in at E345

US an ounce. That was beating

expect ation of $410. They gave

solid guideness in regard to

production and production

growth. This is a company that

will double production over if

next few years. So the market's

pretty comfortable and that

stock rallies strongs ly today,

up nearly 8%. Elsewhere,

Australia's second big est

private Hospital operator

health scope has been very

busy. It's gone into a trading

halt ahead of a capital raising

but it's released its profit

numbers and takeover bid. What

is likely to happen when the

shares start trading &

again? We will have to wait to

see what will happen but at

this stage for what is out

there, probably beating

expectation s you would like to

think the stock will come out

of trade oong positive note.

The capital raising is about $1

40,000 to special institution

and they're making another bolt

on acquisition of $30 million

but what really came out was if

the pathology business. That

was up about 19% at the Reserve

you level. So a really solid

result out of health care. What

is really interesting is we've

now seen the ASX 50 stocks

we've seen a plethora of

capital raisings gearing across

the ASP 50 which is down 38%.

Now we're starting to see what

we call miscap stocks under $3

billion market cap, starting to

come up with capital raisings

and acquisitions. So real the

state of the corporate

structure is the health is

getting better and better. Many

thanks for joik us. To the

other major movers today -

share s in Arrow Energy fell

after posting a $366 million Government.

It's debt crisis appears to

be over but the economic

downturn continues to batter

the ports and rail operate

Asiano. The company's annual

profit is down by two-thirds on

large writedowns and a drop in

activity during the June half.

Asiano says there are few signs

of economic recovery and its

focus now will be on costs and

removing risk. Early this year

itiono was on the - Asiano was

on the brink of collapse as it

struggle ed to re finance $5

billion in debt. Now the

company's main concern is the

economic downturn which has

helped reduce net profit by

almost two-thirds. The result

includes more than $200 million

in write downs offer earnings

before significant items were

up by 3%. The third quart over

the last financial wear was

devastating. The volumes

dropped away and we saw some

stabilising in the fourth

quarter and that has continued

into July and August to date.

We haven't seen any real

recovery across the business as

yet. At the cash generation

line or if it was bang smack on

guide ance and expectation.

That was bit of a relief 56

Asiano significantly

disappointed in the first year

or two of list and it was

pleasing to see that they did

hit the guidance as

upgraded. Notwithstanding its

capital raising, Asiano Haz still has two loan facilities

of $2.25 billion each, one

maturing next May and the other

in 2012. Mark Rowsthorn says

the company is in talks with

its Banks and refinancing and

aims to have a deal done by the

end of the year. The talks are

well advance ed and we're very

confident we can get that done.

Once that's done, the balance

sheet is in terms of the credit

metrics we're in very good

shape going forward. No doubt

their cost of dentor debt

margin will go up starnlly. We

have a view that the debt

markets are startinging to

stableise and most companies

that have derev leveraged

should be fine now. Rowsthorn

rose says reports from shipping

companies and Asianos customers

suggest the weak activity left

level also continue for some

time. That means Asian yoes's

level s will be around cost

efficiency gains. Ta>>z

downturn hit and parts of our

business fell off a cliff last

November. We've just had to

cancel train services and

annual leave, holiday, the

whole thing for just reduce ing

our capacity as quickly as we

can. Cost cutting is also a

priority for Transurban which

owns an operating toll roads

like Citylink in Melbourne and Sydney's Eastern Distributor.

The company is reporting a

much smaller annual loss,

thanks in part to $26 million

in cost savings, while

underlying earnings grew 11.5%

for the year. Whilst there is

statutory loss, that's just a

function the way the accounting

standards work with Transurban:

When we look at the cash

earnings, you get a couple of

hundred millions of cash out of

the business. That's how we

value it and all of those lines

were in line with our expectations. A very strong

result despite the detear

glaetion the broader economic

environment. Four of the six

Australian roads recorded

double digit growth. Rnd and

Chris Lynch says he is

comfortable with Transurban's

debt position with Sydney's M1 and M2 refinanced during the

year and Melbourne's Citylink

not carrying any debt. As

markets continue, their

optimistic run and the economic

numbers are watched for signs

of green shoots or yoelo weeds,

what does one of the big known

bears make of the market now.

It's five months since we spoke

to Dr Faber Facebook. & and and

author of the glam glam. Has he

become - bloom bloom, has he

become more opt dk - 'Gloom,

Boom and Doom Report' has he

become more opt mickic. Barack

Obama says the brakes have been

put on the UK economy and some

say the US is of recession. An

hour ago we got better than expected order force

manufactured goods. On the

other side of the coin a lot of

people are saying we're in for

a second wave, whether it comes

from commercial property in the

US or in European? We have to

distinguish between the stock

market and the real economy.

The real economy began

recession in late 2007 and then

between September 2008. And

March 2009 we fell off the

cliff. And then we were at the

very low level of economic

activity. And then the huge

stimulus packages kicked in and

the money printing kick kicked.

In another zero interest rates

and quantity yaitive easing by

the Federal Reserve and also

other central banks. That then

stabilised the global economy

and when you have car sales

dropping 50% and more, then you

of course will have a rebound.

But the question is how

sustainable the rebound will be

or is this rebound at the

present time borrowed from the

future? My sense that - and

here I am talking about the

economy - that the economy in

the near term can recover and

maybe the recovery will be

somewhat lengthier than

expected. The crack of boom

because the first stimulus

package in the US, probably

will be followed by a second

one, and money printing will

lead to even more money

printing next year, so 12 to 18

months. And then we will get

another set of problems arising

from each Government action has

unintended consequences. So let

me just interrupt you - we're

talking I guess two timelines.

You have economy recovering

because of massive government

stimulus. Within that next 12

to 18-month period do you see a

risk of another sort of banking

crisis if you like whether it's triggered by commercial

property in the US? Do you see

that as risk? Not a pronounced

risk for the simple reason

that, you know, I don't hold a

very high opinion of bankers.

But you really have to be dumb,

dumb, dumb not to make any

money when the Government gives

you money free of charge. The baenks get money free of

charge. I wished every person

in Australia who has an honest

business would get money free

of charge and they would make a

lot of money. The bankersgate

get a lot of money free of

charge and they the more market

the Government in the US will

throw at the system and the

more bail-outs will follow - so

you should buy banks in the -

bank stocks in the world. And

then the next question is how

that stimulus is wound back and

whether or not governments can

do it. Is that what you see as

triggering the next crisis? I

don't think they will wind it

back voluntarily. I think one

stimulus package will lead to

the next one and more money

printing. So in five to 10

years time the real crisis will

break out when the whole system

collapses. That will be tend

because the - What do you mean

by that? The system collapse

occurs when at the moment we

have the private sector failing

basically and triggered partly

by government policies and

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in

the US. But the Government was

still in a position to bail-out

but the next time around the

Government will go bust

basically. And so before they

go bust and fold, in other

words don't pay the interest on

their government dents because

you don't misunderstand it - as

the fiscal deficit goes up, the

interest payments also go up on

the debt. Their're now around

$400 billion. I think they will

be around the $drl dollars in

five to soemp year s time and

that will become burdensome on

the GDP. But before the

Government goes out it will try

to inflate its way out. That

won't work. So the next step

will be to go to war. And the

whole thing will collapse. To

the extent that they face an

enormous issue, I think the

estimate that came out

yesterday of the American

deficits over the next 10 years

is over 9 trillion dollars. But

that But that is

optimistic. You have no faith

in the administer's policy to

wind back the business and

start dealing with the

problem? Are you joking having

faced the US administration! I

wonder who on earth would face the US administration,

certainly not someone who

thinks. I take it you are

appalled their've appointed Ben

Bernanke? I think Ben Bernanke

is like a ship captain. He has

warn ing sign, he sails the

ship, there's a storm coming.

He disregards any warning

signal, he disregards the storm

signals. He sinks the ship,

1,000 passengers drown. He

saves the crew in his five

control tower, five officer and

himself in a life belt. He gets

a bravery medal for saving five

people. That's Wall Street. The

rest of the country is

bankrupt. So you see this re

appointment as reward. A total

joke. What could have done a

better job? The problem is that

whatever would have been

appointed would have been Obama

puppet and so there is no

better choice. Mr Faulkner

would be a good choice but they

took him as an adviser and

pushed him a side because he

has sound policies. I accept

someone who comes to me and

said Bernanke did a good job. I

would say containing the

crisis, that we can discuss.

But who created the crisis grow

by letting credit debt get out

of hand. Last time we spoke

five months ago you said I

should buy a farm and a gun

because things are going to get

bad. I assume that's to be

self-sufficient. So what you're

saying, though, we have around

12 to 18 months where you see

there there be some opportunity

force room in te questionity

market and room in the economy

and then we Batten down the

hatch force a long time? I was

lucky in the sense that I was

interviewed in Canada on March

6, the day the sarnd p bot

Ombudsman out. I would buy

stocks because they were very

over sold and intentment was

very negative. Now we went from

$666 to - 666 on the S&P and

the Australian market went up

and down. So the market s they

had a huge move. But I think

following maybe a side what's

correction or so or even more significant correction, the more significant correction is

the more money they will throw

at the system. So stockies can

go up. The pors worst economic

condition is the stocks could

go up and it will end badly. Is

there anything that you can

tell me that would probably

derail your incredibly

pessimistic snare you? No, but

I have to say in Asia we have

in and in merge companies in

general we had a collapse in

exports and industrial

production. But the domestic

economy is relatively sound

and, unlike what the conditions

were before the Asian crisis in

'97 We in Asia we have large

reserves so the Asian countries

are financially very strong and

by the way also Australia. We

have inflated property market

in Australia. But as an economy

we - Australia becoming more

integrated into the Asian

block. I have a relatively high

opinion of the future prospects

of Australia. I mean higher

than, say, of the US. Pollution

Australians are hard working people. That That's n an

excellent place to finish.

Thank you for joining us. It's

a pleasure. A look at

tomorrow's business diary and

we will get an insight into the

health or oisz with the release

of capital expenditure figures.

Woolworths annual results are

out and orm tomorrow night we

will talk to Michael Luscombe.

Before we go a look at what's

making news in the business

sections of tomorrow's

newspapers. The herald sun says

James Packer is work ing to

cement his position with

Consolidated Media. The 'Sydney

Morning Herald' looks at the

same story. The 'Australian'

says James Packer will write

down the value of Crown assets

by $1.5 billion and the

'Australian Financial Review'

says Australia Post will invest

- invest $700 million to expand

its revenue bai.s z I leave you

the Dow has opened down 35

points. The footy is Trading

down 30 points. I am Ali Moore,

goodnight.

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onto our television screens in March, 1997.' Find out what calls Miss Simpson made after six o'clock. So you're taking it seriously then, sir? No, Troy, actually I'm just filling in time till tea. Right. Oh. 'A capable country copper, born out of the acid-tipped pen of author Caroline Graham. Subverting the traditional village mystery, she laced her books with weird and wonderful characters with murder in mind.' As with all my books, they start with character, rather than having a plot. Like Colonel Mustard and someone else in the library - I have the people first and they tell me the story. I think they have so many different layers to them.

I think that the characters that she created all had such oddities about them. Caroline worked very well right across the social board, so to speak. She worked equally well when she was creating upper-class characters -

lords and ladies, the counter set and so on. And...but she also worked very, very well with what, for want of a better term, were the lower-class people, if you like. She worked particularly well with them. You realise I could come back here with a warrant and search this entire place. Search it. I don't give a damn. I mean, these aren't people you're going to meet every day. You know, they're all a bit dotty and eccentric and they've all got unpleasant secrets to hide. Many of them are ready to commit murder. I think Caroline Graham is a gothic writer and that I think that came across, certainly, in the first adaptation, which had the coffins and the undertaker and was wonderfully dark and witty. 'Caroline's Barnaby burst onto the small screen in the form of seasoned detective John Nettles.

Over the course of more than 52 hour-long episodes, he's captured conniving killers...' Mr Barnaby. '..and charmed viewers alike.' I think you know why I'm here. He works mostly...methodically.

Legwork, mostly, and occasionally by a hunch. But there's nothing particularly special about him. That's his quality. He's a thinker. He's putting it together in his mind.

And you're given - you, as audience - can possibly work it out as well. But he's sorting it out all the time and that's very... ..that's very pleasing to watch. I think he's 90% application and 10% telepathy. He's very thorough. He looks at every situation and he'll always go through everything methodically. But then there's always one moment of inspiration.

What did you just say? I just said that... I'm sorry, Miss Bobazan. Uh, Joyce, Cully. There's something very...interesting about the way he charms his suspects. 'Caroline Graham penned just seven crime novels featuring Barnaby and his sidekick, Sergeant Troy.' WOMAN GIGGLES 'Five were adapted for television before writers went on to script dozens of original stories. Remaining true to the books' country roots, producers have painted a picture of English rural life with a twist in murderous Midsomer.' My take on Midsomer is why the hell don't people just leave this place? Everybody's dying. Get the hell out of there. It's crazy, you know. There's somebody dying every week. (SCREAMS) I know it's not pleasant to think of a death in the village, but...life goes on.