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A man from London is helping to raise awareness of a rare bone

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marrow condition as he desperately tries to find a donor to help his

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sick father. The dad is originally from Sri Lanka which means his

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chances of finding a match is lower than if he was white and British.

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He now lives in Kent from where Charlie Rose reports.

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A winter's day is a world away from the Sri Lankan sunshine. But Yevi

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A acen background means he is struggling to find a bone marrow

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donor the UK, a search that's becoming increasingly urgent.

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Recently we had a bone marrow biopsy and that showed that the condition

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had progressed and was very aggressive. He would get quite tired

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and he is losing weight rapidly at the moment. It means that now it's

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imperative that he finds a donor because that's what's going to

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sustain him. The family managed to get a Sri Lankan superstar cricketer

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to help in their drive to raise awareness via social media. But so

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far, no luck. From the entire register only 4% from a south Asian

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background and 3% from Afro-Caribbean background. Doesn't

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mean to say any other back ground can't be a match for my dad or

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anybody else, but the tissue type is more likely to be from a south Asian

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background. At the moment we find a perfect match for about 60% of white

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northern European patients who need a transplant. But that drops to

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around 20% for any patient of ethnic minority. Experts say joining a

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register is easy. Yevi and his family hope the search will soon be

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over. There's to be a highly unusual

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auction of auction on Tuesday which will sell gadgets belonging

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to British secret agents who worked behind enemy lines

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during the Second World War. The Special Operations Executive

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were based on Baker Street and had their laboratory

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in the cellars of the Robin Gibson has been looking

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at the gadgets on offer. They look like props

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for a vintage James Bond movie, oddball gear designed

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by white-coated boffins who spent their days thinking up

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bizarre weapons and secret gadgets to break their agents on the ground

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out of one tight spot or another. To the naked eye this looks

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like an ordinary fountain pen, OK. When it unscrews, it reveals

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quite a sinister dagger. This would have been used

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by an agent if need be to either fight his way out of a corner

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or to eliminate an enemy sentry. This watch concealed a microphone

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to record conversations. A garrotte made of jagged wire

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conveys its horrific use. They all date back to

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the Second World War and were issued to agents and commandos dropped

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behind enemy lines. The items range from the gruesome

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to the incredibly ingenious. Here is a uniform badge

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which unscrews to reveal a compass A key, the end unscrews to leave

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a comparement useful for a coded message perhaps or some sort

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of suicide pill. Most people that buy this

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stuff are historians, they're keeping it to keep

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the history and story Edward Toms, who is now 96,

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and was attached to both the SAS and the Special Operations Executive

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during World War II. We all had buttons that

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could be used as compasses because the SOE laboratory

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was in the Natural History Museum cellar and it is where all these

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gadgets were being invented Murderous weapons may not be

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everyone's cup of tea, not least as the auction takes place

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on Valentines Day but the collection is expected to go for

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thousands of pounds. A look at the weather and there's

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a chance you could wake up to snow tomorrow or rain,

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depending on where you are. Either way, I can guarantee it will

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be cold outside so wrap up warm. Enjoy the Six Nations rugby

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which is up next on BBC One. Good afternoon. An afternoon to

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snuggle

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