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Framlington World Cup challenge

Week two of Framlington Investment World Cup competition and who would have thought the Nohopers would be in heading up the league table. Last week&#39s leader, Austyn James, has slipped to fifth place. Let&#39s hope Ian Walsh&#39s team, It&#39s England&#39s Year (currently in second place) will be right and we will see an England victory in Japan.

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B&W offers buy-to-let loan

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