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No doubting the feel-good story of the year: the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners trapped 2000 feet beneath the surface for 69 days. Extraordinary scenes this morning as the first miner, Florencio Avalos, was safely winched to fresh air and his waiting family. It has been an epic of endurance, perseverence, courage, hope and faith all now rewarded in the most astonishing fashion. Who can fail to be moved by this?

Let's just hope neither Oliver Stone nor Spielberg direct the movie.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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