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In the programme tonight: The threat to a pioneering scheme easing

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the pressures on A by keeping elderly people out of hospital.

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We will do our best to cope with what has happened but I really,

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really don't think it is indeed best interest of in Hertfordshire.

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The man accused of killing Royston writer Helen Bailey says kidnappers

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Why a Bedford accountant was stopped from making a charitable donation.

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And I'm here inside shed one at Cardington, looking at the future of

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the airship industry. First tonight the row over health

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funding in Hertfordshire. The county council is reporting

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part of the local NHS to the Health Secretary after it

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pulled millions of pounds out of a fund designed, in part,

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to stop bed-blocking. It comes as latest figures show that

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in our part of the region in December patients spent nearly

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15,000 days in hospital beds Our political reporter Tom Barton

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has been looking at the figures. The picture of delayed

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transfers of care, better known as bed-blocking,

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is very mixed across our So in the best-performing areas,

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Luton and Central Bedfordshire, last year for every 100,000 people,

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on average five beds But in Northamptonshire the figure

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was five times bigger. 25 beds each day were being used by

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someone who didn't need to be there. In Cambridgeshire and

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Hertfordshire it was a little I've been taking a look at one

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scheme in Hertfordshire where they're taking action

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to improve that figure. Myra Stephenson has been

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in St Catherine's Nursing Home in Letchworth Garden City

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for three weeks. She came here straight from hospital

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and she much prefers it. It's just like a hotel and whatever

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you would want, it's there. And the nurses are individuals

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and you're an individual. Myra is benefiting from the scheme

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which sees the local NHS and Hertfordshire County Council

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working together and It's paying for exercise classes

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like this, which have led to a massive drop in the number

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of falls, stopping unnecessary It is also helping to get people out

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of hospital more quickly. Hertfordshire have just started

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using this red bag as a way of making the process of leaving

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hospital run as It has got everything in it that

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you need to go home, so it is a change of clothes,

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it has got your medication and it The project also has

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a trusted assessor, working in the Lister Hospital on behalf

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of the Hertfordshire Care Home Association,

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helping to get people out of hospital as soon

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as they are ready. We have had a 45% reduction

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in hospital admittances since we've In terms of the trusted assessor,

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she has now saved, I think it is, 305 bed days in six months,

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so that means that we have made The Herts Valley Clinical

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Commissioning Group has just taken ?8.5 million out of the shared fund

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that pays for schemes like this. Very few parts of the NHS

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are making such payments. Yesterday a council committee

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decided to ask the Health Secretary I strongly believe that patients

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will suffer because while we can absorb some of the impact

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of that funding reduction within the service, and we will be

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able to resolve some of it, the magnitude of ?8.5 million just

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being taken out five weeks before we set our budgets is,

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it makes it almost For now though Myra and others

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like her are benefiting from a system that is really helping

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to stop unnecessary So that's the situation

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in Hertfordshire. But, as we saw earlier,

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the worst performing area In December 2010 patients spent

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1,500 more days in hospital beds The latest figures published today,

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for December last year, show that figure is now

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more than 5,000. Part of the reason,

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according to the county's care home association,

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is that many homes won't work with the council because it

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doesn't pay them enough. The impact is that we cannot provide

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the service that we need They don't pay a sufficient amount

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of money per week per resident. We are reaching, in

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effect, a tipping point. We have said to them that they need

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to increase their funds, they need to increase them rapidly

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to prevent further homes from shutting and prevent

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bed-blocking to the local hospitals. Northamptonshire County Council says

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it's giving care home operators more And is planning to invest an extra

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?1.7 million in the next year. And more investment is likely

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to be needed because this In 2008 there were 970,000 people

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over 65 in the East of England. And it's only going to get bigger,

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raising questions over how we look And later in the programme we'll be

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in one of the region's hospitals to see how they try and deal

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with the issues of Next the fiance of children's author

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Helen Bailey has claimed he was blackmailed for ?500,000

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by a pair of mystery kidnappers Ian Stewart denies killing

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Helen and told a jury that he spoke to her four days

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after she disappeared. Let's join our reporter,

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Kate Bradbrook, outside Ian Stewart was on his

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feet in the witness box Ian Stewart said the two men were

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business associates of Helen 's late husband Johnson Field and said they

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had visited the house many times and demanded paperwork from there and he

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had been physically assaulted by them. They threatened that if they

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did not get what they wanted they would demand ?500,000.

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Ian Stewart was on his feet in the witness box

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His voice broke several times as he gave his version of events

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He told the court that two men named Nick and Joe abducted Helen

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on the 11th April, the day she went missing.

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It said on Friday 15th, Nick turned up at the house with a phone.

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Ian spoke to Helen, who said "Sorry about everything, I love you."

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He replied, "It's not your fault, I love you too."

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Ian Stewart told the jury that the following day he met Nick

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in Kent to hand over Helen's phone as they had requested.

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He said on 26th April Nick and Joe demanded access

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They said Helen told us where something was in the garage.

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Ian Stewart later told the court they must have

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Ian Stewart claimed throughout that Nick and Joe had threatened

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that he would never see Helen Bailey again if he told

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He said they told him if they didn't get what they needed

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they would demand half a million pounds.

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Ian Stewart is accused of drugging Helen Bailey with sleeping pills

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He told the court Helen had taken them when she realised he couldn't

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When asked why that wasn't mentioned in his defence

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The drug zopiclone was found in Helen Bailey's system when her body

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was found three months after she disappeared.

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Under cross-examination prosecutor Stuart Trimmer QC put

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Now, Ian Stewart also admitted today that he had lied for months about a

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note which he said that Allen had note which he

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left saying she had gone to left saying she had gone to

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Broadstairs and he said he had to do that in order to keep a safe and

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also because he was told his sons could end up in hospital if he said

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anything, but he told the court today that month later he received a

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phone call saying that one of the men, Joe, had now been dealt with

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and that he was safe to contact police. Ian Stewart denies all of

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the charges against him and his defence case will continue here on

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Monday. Thank you.

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A Muslim accountant from Bedford had ?400 in charity donations frozen

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online after his name appeared on a restriction list

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Mamunul Islam had used the online ticketing website EventBrite to sell

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tickets to a community film screening in late January

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when he was told the money would not be released

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When Mamunul Islam organised a charity film night in Bedford

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he gave guests the option to make a donation for the screening.

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But when Mr Islam went to withdraw the money from ticketing

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website Eventbrite he received an e-mail saying the money

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was being temporarily withheld because the name M Islam matched one

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that had been restricted by the United States Office

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If it was my own government, it was our own Parliament,

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it was our treasury officer putting such restrictions, than

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I would've said, OK, this is my government doing it.

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This is the US government telling a British citizen he cannot have

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that payment because your name is Islam, you are a Muslim.

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Mr Islam had used the site many times before without a problem

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but Eventbrite told us it as an automated system that does

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the matching and is then reviewed by a team member.

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In a statement the company said Whether our colleagues reach out

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to the organiser to get additional information

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In this event they only had a last name and no geographical information

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so our colleagues contacted Mr Islam for additional information to help

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verify that he was not the person on the Ofac list.

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We took these steps as a routine compliance measure and not

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in reaction to any recent news events or changes in US law.

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Mr Islam's MP Richard Fuller says he is investigating the incident,

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but doesn't believe Mr Islam was discriminated against.

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It is not an issue of discrimination, it's

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about whether the computer programmes that are being used

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are being applied fairly in all cases.

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It wasn't a close match, I don't think Mr Islam's name

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should have been flagged up and I am going to check with the company to

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Eventbrite says unfortunately someone with a very common name

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like Islam is more likely to match the list.

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Eventbrite, the site that we are using,

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Mr Islam believes media pressure encouraged Eventbrite

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The company says it is truly sorry for the distress caused.

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The government has lifted part of a ban on keeping poultry outside,

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but birds on farms in high risk zones will have to stay indoors.

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The restrictions were introduced in December to help prevent

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It means egg producers in high risk areas including

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parts of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

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will lose their free range status from 1st March.

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Peterborough travel giant Thomas Cook has cheered a solid

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start to the new year, but says it still remains

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The company says that holiday bookings for the Greek Islands have

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risen by nearly 40%, as travellers move away from Turkey

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and Egypt because of concerns about security in both countries.

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Chief executive Peter Fankhouser said there was no sign that Britons

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had been put off by the weak pound, but there was still plenty of

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Shares in the company fell almost 10% on the news,

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More at 10.30pm, but now here's Stewart and Amelia.

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Still to come tonight: More wintry weather on the way.

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And fighting the fines for taking children out

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We meet the couple who refused to pay and ended up in court.

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As new figures reveal that so-called bed blocking

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is the highest on record, we've been given exclusive access

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to one of the region's hospitals to see how

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The head of the NHS said today that delays in getting people out

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of hospital and into social care or back home have gone up by 90%

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Simon Dedman has been to Basildon Hospital to see how

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a team there is dealing with the problem.

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We have had a very challenging night.

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We are still on black alert currently.

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It is the first meeting at Basildon Hospital to work out

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I've got three potential discharges for today.

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We are in a position where we have no more beds in the hospital,

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so we have 28 patients placed in A, so at the moment, if we have

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any more ambulances arrive, we only have one trolley

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If you have more than one patient, what are you going to do?

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Then we will have ambulances queueing.

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We admitted more people than we were able to discharge yesterday.

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Basildon's managing director takes me through the latest situation.

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What we're hoping to do is move patients into our elective

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orthopaedic ward, which means we are not able to do joint surgery,

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Just coming round to see if there are any patients for hospital home?

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After the morning meeting, nurse Natalie Cook goes ward to ward

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to find patients who could be discharged from hospital

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and get their treatment from Basildon hospital nurses

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The consultant saw you yesterday and is happy for us to take you home.

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She has found one who will hopefully be discharged today.

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She heads now to find four other patients who can get

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But the real problem is being dealt with here.

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Sick elderly people who get stuck in hospital.

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This ward aims to treat the frail quickly and get

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That is what this team works on every day at nine.

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Some patients have been here for ten days though.

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But after two days on this ward, Eileen is looking

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I am on some tablets, I don't know exactly what they are for,

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other than having those in the mornings and apart from that,

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it's just being here and getting looked after.

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Some patients here are waiting for social care to kick in.

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The majority of the patients who come over here we treat

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The longer they stay, more complex problems arise,

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so having access to community services and talking

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to leads in community, we are able to get them out quicker.

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Every bed in Basildon Hospital is taken and it has pretty much been

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that way since the beginning of the year.

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So much so that if you needed something like a hip replacement,

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they would pay to send you private, none have taken place

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Basildon Hospital is trying but getting slack in the health

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This time of year, lots of families will be spending hours trying

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to find a decent summer holiday at a decent price.

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So do you take the children out of school during term time

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when everything is much cheaper, or do you wait for the school

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The government says children need to be in school and unauthorised

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absences attract a fine of ?60 per child.

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But when Matt and Kerry Thomas from Norwich were fined ?120

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following a trip to Majorca, they decided to fight

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Wearing her uniform today but last summer, faith and her brother took a

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week out of school with their parents. They headed for the Spanish

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holidays it would have cost 3000. I holidays it would have cost 3000. I

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and the exchange rate and I learned and the exchange rate and I learned

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how big the world was. Their schools took a DM view. The local council

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took action. Matt and Ceri Thomas refused to pay the ?120 fine so it

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was doubled. They still refuse to pay and so today both sides faced

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each other in court. I know what is best for my children not someone

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sitting in a courthouse or behind a desk. I know what is best and the

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best thing for them was to have the experience of a foreign holiday.

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Matt is pinning his hopes on the case of another father who won his

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case at the High Court. He took his daughter to Florida and faced a

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and now Supreme Court judges will and now Supreme Court judges will

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decide if he has to pay. I don't think there is an issue, as long as

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they catch up with their work and make sure that is not affected.

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Maybe when they were younger, maybe not so much when they are older

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because of exams. I don't agree with it. They are therefore education.

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The county council told us it is Headteachers themselves who decide

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whether or not to take action... Aside from the lower cost of

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holidays during term time, there are those like this family who thought

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their rights as parents are being undermined, but the government is

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clear, even a few days away from school can affect exam results and

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have a detrimental effect on a child's's education. That is the

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only holiday we have ever been on as a holiday. But we took it on term

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time which is against the law. The family will be back here for a full

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trial next month. I'm sure most of us remember

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the case of the wheelchair user who took his local bus company

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to the supreme court, after a dispute with a woman

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with a child in a buggy over He won the case, but now something

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similar has happened in Essex. Nicki Price has cerebral

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palsy and was waiting She says there were two pushchairs

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taking up the space for a wheelchair and the mothers refused

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to move them. Nicky Price on her way to the bus

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stop. She says using a bus must be a basic right. Unfortunately they are

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not very reliable. They are always missing buses out which makes the

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enough is bus overcrowded. And when Nicky try to get on a first bus

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recently, there were two pushchairs in the space for the wheelchair. The

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drivers ask the mother to fall they pushed us up, they both said no and

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Nicky could not get on. I was devastated. I was upset, angry. I

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was worried about my child which was my main thought at the time, which

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was I must get to my child, to pick her up. But I felt like a second

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class citizen. And it came despite Doug Pauley's recent victory in the

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Supreme Court. He could not get onto a bus when a mother with a pushchair

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refused to move. The judges ruled they should do more to accommodate

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wheelchair users. Nicky Price says the ruling has not made any

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difference. She dreads being left stranded at a bus stop. I am

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vulnerable, left out in the cold, alone. Where does it... What if

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something happens? I feel scared to use the buses. In a statement, first

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said: Nicky Price see the fore says she

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has received overwhelming support over what she feels is a continuing

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injustice against wheelchair users. You may well know that hidden away

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in a giant hangar in Bedfordshire is the longest aircraft

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in the world. It's called the Airlander and it's

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a cross between an airship and a conventional plane.

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Last summer, everybody got very excited when it

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made its maiden flight. Then, a few days later,

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there was a crash landing. Now after months of repair work, it

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could be back in the air very soon. Airlander in the skies above

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Cardington. One of many maiden flights. Its second test flight

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ended in this, and undignified nosedive on landing. The state of

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the cockpit shown it could have been worse. I have been given special

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access inside shed one. To find out how the air lender is recovering.

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The cockpit now being rebuilt, those at the controls that they are

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unharmed. There was a loud noise when we hit the ground. Pretty soon

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we realise that most of the damage was superficial. We were fine and a

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chilly got top and walked off the flight deck. Are you looking forward

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to going back up? We are all excited. There was frustration we

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had to stop flying to repair the aircraft, but we know we have made

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loads of changes to our training and we will come back much stronger.

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This shed is 100 years old, built for the original airships with its

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own climate, far colder than own climate, far colder than

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outside. A century ago, nearby shorts town was built to house the

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workers and now the apprentices once again being recruited from the same

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area. It is amazing to follow in their footsteps and a revolutionary

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aircraft like this is amazing. It's a great feeling, a great atmosphere,

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everyone grew up around here so knows the history. If it hadn't been

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for a heavy landing, the Airlander would have had extra flying time but

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backers remain optimistic. Details confidential but they include a high

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profile investor from the middle east and it is hoped Airlander will

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return to the skies very soon. Come March time, we should leave the hang

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out again for our 2017 flight test programme. Then we will work with

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customers, working up to some longer trips into Asia, North America. This

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is the latest chapter in airship history as the industry celebrates

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its 100th year here. Handsome. Very impressive. Now the

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weather. Colder firmly establish across the British Isles. Bitterly

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cold for at least 48 hours and there have been some snow flurries. These

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photographs define some. Evidence of snow on the windscreen. You can see

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a little bit of snow there on what looks like a table. Most of us saw

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leaden skies today and with the temperature and the bitterly cold

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wind, it has not felt pleasant. There will be the risk of further

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snow showers over the next 24 hours. High-pressure, huge area of high

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pressure across Scandinavia and that is blocking these Atlantic weather

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systems coming in. Colder air across us over the last 24 hours. These

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showers will continue this evening. Mainly for coastal parts, but as

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that north-easterly wind freshens, they could move further inland, so

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the chance you may wake up to a dusting of snow tomorrow morning,

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particularly if you live in eastern counties. A few degrees below

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freezing. Tomorrow's weather, not a lot changing but we have this

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feature coming in from the north sea and there will be more depth to the

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cloud tomorrow, so any showers will be heavier. The risk of those

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showers through the day, a lot of dry weather but no evidence of

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sunshine. Temperatures once more similar to today, two or three

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degrees. Factor in that degrees. Factor in that

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north-easterly wind, it will be bitterly cold. Snow showers could

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move further west so as we go into Friday evening, a greater risk of

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getting a dusting of snow and further across western counties as

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well. Certainly looking very wintry over the next few days. There are

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changes into next week. Low pressure moving up from the south and that

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will change things. Slightly less cold air for the weekend, but we

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still have the north-easterly wind so it will feel the same temperature

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wise. But by mid week, more of a springlike feel as temperatures

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cover perhaps into the mid teens. Fantastic! That is all from us.

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Goodbye. OK, everyone, have you got

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your bamboo sticks? If you just paint

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what you want to paint, I've turned around,

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my painting washes away. ..and take on

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The Big Painting Challenge. Remember, you're not painting

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a pond. Before I met you,

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I was a civilised woman.

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