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Pringle was surprisingly chipper since, by his own admission, he should be near suicidal. Researcher Ben Page of Ipsos Mori had outlined the conditions for happiness which included being married, having a religion, being richer than your friends, and having plenty of leisure. Pringle described himself as an unmarried atheist who is poorer than his friends and has no leisure time. ‘I should slit my wrists’ he said cheerfully.

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