yesterday was...

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A good day for:

Japanese lepers, to whom their health minister offered "deep regret" for delays in abolishing laws that require the isolation of lepers. A bill is scheduled for next month.

A bad day for:

Earl Grey tea, with the revelation that it is the chosen drink of stand- up comedienne Jenny Eclair, "the peroxide bitch from hell". "That shows just how outrageous I am," she said.