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Trevor Baylis

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But there is only one person I blame for getting shafted, and thatís myself. I went into the deal which I thought would secure the future of Orange Aids with culpable impetuosity. I had been used to doing business on a handshake and my word of honour, and I made the error of actually believing what the men in the pin-striped suits told me.

 
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