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The work as the need to get back to news teams where you are.

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The work as the need to get back to work and we as passengers can get to

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work. The war of words continues over

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who closes the doors on Southern Rail trains

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and another difficult day The show of affection for

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George Michael continues with calls for a permanent memorial

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near his Goring home. Despite to female Prime Ministers,

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why are there so few And the picture that captures

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the destruction of Portsmouth by German Bombers

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on this night in 1941. I don't think there is a street in

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Portsmouth that was a bomb that some time or another during that period.

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-- that was not bombed. It's been yet another bleak day

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on Southern Railway. They have brought almost every

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Southern service to a standstill. That affects about 300,000

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passenger journeys each day. Here's what the Aslef union

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said this afternoon. For the first time, passengers had

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been pleased to see a real replacement bus service.

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Perhaps for the first time ever, passengers have been pleased to see

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Southern has laid on a bus every 20 minutes

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That's the nearest station not affected by the strike.

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Normally, 10,000 people a day pass through here.

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But it's been very quiet - just a handful of passengers on each bus.

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That's the proportion of Southern trains

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being replaced by buses during this strike.

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Even so, the first commuter services from Chichester were quiet.

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heeding Southern's advice to stay away.

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Amongst the passengers who had no choice, there was resignation.

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Bred I have to get a portion every day, I am a teacher. It becomes very

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difficult. But it is just one of those things. Why not we look quite

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angry. They are not pushing their agenda anymore, just causing

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discomfort for the sake of it. I have to get up a lot earlier. I

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would get a train at 8am, but I'm here for a quarter past seven bus.

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It is probably about another two hours onto my daily trouble. --

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travel. I joined the 7.18 bus to Havant

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where commuters could then catch a South West Train

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to London or Portsmouth. It's a 25-minute ride,

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but there's a knock-on effect. The earliest connecting train gets

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into Waterloo at 9.30. No wonder Southern Rail is advising

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passengers to work from home. The Government need to step in and

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mediate and call a truce if there are safety concerns. That needs to

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be looked into. In the meantime, we need a truce so the workers at

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Southern Rail can get back to work and we as passengers can get back to

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work. The rush hour may be coming to an end, but that rail replacement

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buses are still going and they will be into the night, because people

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are now relying on them to get home tonight. They will be back on

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Wednesday and Friday as the strikes continue. Let us take a look at what

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this strike is about. The drivers and the guards are both

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against transferring responsibility From the first of January

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on Southern, it is now It's widely known as

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Driver Only Operation. The first strike ballot by the RMT

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union was in December 2015. In April, the conductors

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started their strikes. The drivers began similar

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strikes in December. But they also have an

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overtime ban every day. Over the last ten months,

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there has been one month Southern imposed a new role

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of On Board Supervisor last week. An offer to the train crew has been

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on the table since August. It promises: No job losses,

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above inflation pay rises for the next to years, and overall,

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the same number of staff In return, Southern wants

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to run driver-only trains without conductors under certain

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circumstances, such Driver Only Operation

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is used on almost one in three trains in the UK,

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and on the London Underground. And nobody has died as a result

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of this way of working. The industry's safety bodies have

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made detailed studies And perhaps safer than

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working with guards. But the unions don't believe that,

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especially on older trains. Today the MP for Havant said

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the unions were simply against the inevitable

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progress of technology. Well, these trains have been working

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on the UK rail network for the last 30 years and they operate on around

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30% of existing trains anyway. The Independent Safety

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Watchdog has said that they are safe and therefore

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the train drivers and unions should get back to work and make sure

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people can get to work themselves and

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families can meet up and our economy This week, we're hearing

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from passengers whose lives continue to be disrupted

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by the ongoing industrial action. Tonight, Sean Killick has been

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talking to a management consultant from Portslade near Brighton

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about the impact her commute It's quite nice to not have to go

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near the trains today. Every cloud has a silver

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lining and for Harriet and Sally, not being able to get

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to London today meant a chance to meet socially for once,

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usually only seeing each other as

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part of a group of 20 or so regular commuters

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on the But even in this domestic

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setting, talk quickly turns to the life crammed onto packed

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trains which are frequently It is not sustainable

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and it is not fair. I would walk in the door

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just after 7pm, now, It could be nine o'clock,

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it could be ten o'clock. Getting in late last

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night and my 16-month-old with my husband and I was

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having to get a takeaway. Because I walked in through the door

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at eight o'clock at night and you've got

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the takeaway cost. I can't commute to a yoga class,

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because if I don't get there, that's ?15 that is gone and lost

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because I can't get there. The way I feel we

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are being treated... If I was cattle, I'd

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know I'd have my area to When I'm standing on a train,

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I can just about And then when you get to work,

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you are like, right. Then you're on your

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phone the whole time, Is it going to go, when is it

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going to go, when do I have to start the conversation with my boss

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that the train has decided A lot of people started

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internalising things and you can see they are getting greyer,

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they are getting tired... Even our group you can tell

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there's a lot more... The laughter is starting to go,

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because this has been going on Harriet and Sally are fortunate

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enough to be able to work But they just want

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an end to the chaos and uncertainty of their

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regular commute. Just to let you know, we hope to

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interview the leader of Aslef, so be with us for that.

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Southampton and Portsmouth could be among the top UK cities

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Some recruitment agencies have seen a 30% increase in vacancies.

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The rise in jobs is believed to be across all sectors of the economy.

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Rather than stifling growth, it's thought last year's referendum gave

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companies the certainty to grow and advertise for new roles.

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Our Business Correspondent, Alistair Fee explains.

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Having left school last summer as a new job-seeker, Jordan's timing was

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perfect. When I saw this was being built on the amount of jobs that

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would come out of it, I thought I would commend. I had my CDs in other

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places, but they were the first people to get back to me here. This

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restaurant chain is among several new places in Southampton's extended

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shopping centre. This has created 17 new positions. The key to hiring

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staff is we have to make sure enough people are coming in and we have

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enough balance in the business so we can afford to hire more people and

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give the best service possible. What is your assessment of the economy in

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Southampton? It is doing good. This place enjoyed its best year in 2016.

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It is busy preparing for the new season and is recruiting to fill up

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to 100 new jobs. We have more work going on an exciting new things that

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will be public soon and we will need more people. We know it will lead to

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an increasing guests and it has been a good year and we hope will

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continue. The job market in Southampton Portsmouth has beaten

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all expectations. This Havant recruitment agency saw a massive

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rise in positions last month. We have seen consistent growth in

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employment opportunities almost as soon as the Brexit result was

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announced, which I think was quite a surprise for me and for many people

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in business, but it was almost as if most businesses and clients were

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waiting for a decision rather than a specific one. Most cases,

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unemployment is across the South is at a record low. With this boom

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across all sectors, a challenge for employers will be finding people to

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fill those vacancies. There are calls for a permanent

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memorial in the Thames Valley village which was home

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to George Michael. Tens of thousands of people have

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visited Goring-on-Thames to lay flowers outside the star's

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sixteenth century house. It's where he was found

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dead on Christmas Day. His death is still

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being investigated. A fortnight after George Michael

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died and the flowers outside his I've come from Portsmouth,

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so not too far. People will keep coming

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back and putting down more and more and more,

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and the candles will light, there Every day, someone is

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putting I had no idea he was

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so loved and popular. I think it will be very upsetting

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for the flowers to go, but I think what's written down should

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be kept safe somewhere, like a book of condolences

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or something, that can be seen

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by future generations. From Denmark to Derby,

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people from all over the world have been

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saying it with flowers. The local florist has been

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doing good business. Everybody has been generous

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in what they are buying, the amount they are buying,

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the amount of people coming through the door as well,

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so you can see The drinks are not free at this

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cafe, almost opposite The owner Stephanie would

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like to see He was here because he liked

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like the privacy, I don't think there should be anything too huge,

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but a plaque would be lovely. George moved to Goring

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for its tranquillity. When the flowers

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and crowds are gone, But he will always

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be remembered here. A court's been told that a former

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bomb disposal expert was murdered Mark Manning's body was not found

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for more than two years after being allegedly killed

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at a garage in Lancing. Colin Gale is alleged to have killed

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Mark Manning before enlisting Stewart Robertson to help dispose

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of his corpse in April 2014. Prosecutors claim a row over

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a debt owed to Mr Manning ended with Gale deciding

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to "finish him off" at P Car Sales garage in Western Road,

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Lancing, Still to come in South Today:

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Closing in on history. Gosport sailor Alex Thomson

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is set to take the Vendee Women have come a long way

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since the first female MP was elected to parliament almost 100

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years ago...or have they? Despite boasting a second

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female Prime Minister, the UK is 48th on the global league

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table for female politicians. Now the Basingstoke MP,

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Maria Miller, who chairs the Commons Women and Equalities Committee says

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parties should be forced to do more Currently only 30 per cent

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of our MPs are women. I spoke to her a little earlier

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and asked her why so few women I think across the country

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still we do not see enough women in leadership positions to encourage

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women to come forward. Also, I think people see

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some of the harassment and the online abuse

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that women can endure and also

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the tragic murder of Jo Cox last year, I don't think that is

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encouraging women to come into That's why this report

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is so important. Talking about introducing

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targets and founding political parties and forcing

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positive discrimination, that doesn't necessarily get

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you the best candidate, does it? And in a way, it

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demeans women as well. Look, we need more women

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to consider coming into politics, but I don't think anybody

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would argue that aren't enough women with the right sort of experience

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out in our communities who could And you seem to have

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all the leaders of all the parties sort of in general

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agreement, a consensus, but there is no action, really, nobody

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is doing anything about it. Do you feel slightly

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frustrated by that? I think there is a huge

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frustration there, because all of the party leaders

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have told us that they think parliament would be a better place

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with 50% female MPs, but they don't really have the strategies in place

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to make it happen yet. At the next general

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election, there are big boundary changes, 21 women look set

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to lose their seats and if parties do not act, we could see the number

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of women going back in 2020. And we heard the Green

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Party, fielding two female candidates

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wanting to job share. So women are up against

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that kind of thing? Obviously, we have to modernise

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Parliament, and that has been happening over the last decade,

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but there is more to do. You've women on South

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Today listening to you now, tell them why they should

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go into politics, in 15 seconds. If you want to change

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your community for the better, if you want to ensure your

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community is the best it can be, then you have to take

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responsibility, stand for election and make sure women have a strong

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voice in Parliament. Last January, quite a lot of us

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registered to give blood. But fewer than half of those

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who signed up actually This year the NHS says it

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needs at least ?200,000 new blood donors, to

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replace people who've had to stop giving because

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of their age or health. Nikki Mitchell reports

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from Berkshire. People with O negative

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blood like Sheila here are much in demand

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as donors. That is because their blood can be

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given to almost any patient and is so often used

:15:42.:15:44.

in emergency situations. Sheila began donating

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after her father was diagnosed with I couldn't help my

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father, he died, sadly. But I carried on and

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they said we need your blood, so I have done this

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since then, since... I was 18 when I started,

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it was just something I wanted to do, but then,

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I've been so glad I could do it all It is so easy for me to just sit

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here for a few minutes. I can get a cup

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of tea and a biscuit! The NHS needs new donors

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of all blood groups, but it is particularly keen to encourage

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younger people and people from black Donors that can donate

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need a place so we can make sure we get

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It is always something people think though,

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I must come along and give blood and then you forget about it.

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So, a new year, we're just hoping people will sign up but also book

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that appointment and walk through the doors to come along and donate.

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I've always wanted to do some good with

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my life during the year, so I just thought, what's better

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than donating a pint of blood every couple of

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My best friend, my school friend, she had to have a blood

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transfusion and that inspired me to give something back, really.

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All donors must register before making an

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appointment online, via an app or over the phone.

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At least 100 pints of blood were collected during this

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session and each pint has the potential to save

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And if you'd like more information on becoming a blood donor,

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There's also a mobile app called 'NHSGiveBlood'.

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The sport. Tony husband is here. We were talking about Alex Thomson last

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night, this is the sport. Tony husband is here. We were talking

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about Alex Thomson last night, this is because Paul yes, there's a great

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sense of anticipation there and the feeling that their manner could

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catch the leader and he could win. could catch the leader

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and he could win. as Sir Ben Ainslie attempts to win

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the Americas' Cup, but just days into the new year, our sights

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are fixed on the toughest offshore Tonight, Alex Thomson remains

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in the hunt to make history as the first Briton

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to win the Vendee Globe. say on current projections, it

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will go down to the wire next week. All this despite losing

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one of his boats foils I've been to see his

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team today in Gosport. Staff glued to their computers,

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tracking the race data in the But in the offices of

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Alex Thomson Racing, they are also preparing to head for

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the finish in western France. I think everyone throughout

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this has different His family and friends are very

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different to the team. I feel we are good at

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concealing it, we are all pretty happy we have come

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to the finish, but I think the emotions will probably go wild

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when he 65 days ago, Thompson

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left for the French He has broken three

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speed records already on the journey around

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globe against the prevailing winds and tides.

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He is currently second, with 3,000 miles to the finish.

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But projections are that there could be

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as little as three hours between the two leading

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Thompson is chasing the prerace favourite.

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In the north Atlantic, you are dominated by the high

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pressure and there is a high pressure there, so it looks like

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whoever is in the lead can't really run away

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from a second or third, so

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I think we will see as the race comes to the closing stages that

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tactically, the sailors will have some big challenges.

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Four years ago, Thompson finished third.

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No British person has ever won the race.

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I remember coming of the canal with Alex and third and we both

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looked at each other and said, we are coming

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You think back to all the great British sailors and

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they've all led and been part of this great sport which is a single

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person setting out on sale around the world alone, nonstop.

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It is a phenomenal sporting challenge and to

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win it would be amazing for all of us.

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A place in history is in touching distance.

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The website has posted the latest positions in the last hour and Alex

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is just over 100 miles behind the leader, but as we deny reports, it

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is likely to close up in the next few days.

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A new record's been set for the number of entries

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Organisers say the 340 boat limit was reached

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The 47th edition of the race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight

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to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock will set off on Sunday

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A new record's been set for the number of entries

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Organisers say the 340 boat limit was reached

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The 47th edition of the race from Cowes on the Isle of Wight

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to Plymouth via the Fastnet rock will set off on Sunday

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And Reading's under-23 side face Yeovil tonight in the last

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Thank you. Just before the weather, we want to show you these fabulous

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pictures. This was sent in by photography

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student. Isn't that wonderful? Joanne Porter captured Cirrocumulus

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clouds over Frimley in Surrey. Gaz McLean photographed

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a Giant Otter at the New Forest And Martin Perry took this

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picture of the bright spells in Freshwater Bay

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on the Isle of Wight. We are expecting clear skies in some

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places but cloud foremost and a bit of a drizzle here and there. A lot

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of dry weather, too. Temperatures will fall to 7-8 C, fairly mild. The

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breeze will increase to the west in the early hours of the morning.

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Quite a grey, start tomorrow. The rain clears eastwards. Sunny spells

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with the increasing breeze and there will be a wind chill. Temperatures

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of 8-11 C, but feeling lower in many locations because of the wind-chill.

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Tomorrow night, the odd spot of rain, patchy cloud, still a brisk

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north westerly which will make it feel chilly. A chilly start on

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Thursday with lows of 3-5 C tomorrow night. A cold and damp starts on

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Thursday. Ahead of this band of rain which could turn to sleet or even

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snow showers. The Met office have issued a snow warning for Thursday.

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More likely over the Chilterns and Cotswolds. You need all the

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ingredients to make the snowfall. We have the northerly breeze and moist

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air from the Atlantic, so we could have some snowfall, we are not

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expecting anything significant or anything to settle. If it does, it

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will be most likely over the Cotswolds and Chilterns. The Met

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office warning is in the fourth through Thursday, when we may

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potentially see snowfall. Friday and Saturday, things brighter note that

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it would bitterly cold. Temperatures are for - five Celsius, but with the

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wind chill, feeling more like freezing or just above in many

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locations. As we head through the week, there's a chance of snow and

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it is getting colder. Now on this day at this

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time in 1941, the people minutes away from the start

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of the worst bombing raid But amidst the devastation,

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a war artist was at work, but incredibly, it's never been

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displayed in Portsmouth until now. It's now gone on show

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at the city's museum. Our reporter Steve Humphrey

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is in Portsmouth tonight. Steve - it's a painting that

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captures the mood of the time? Yes, it was just after seven

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o'clock on January 10 1941 It total, 300 German aircraft swept

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in across the harbour behind me - their target the Naval

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base - and 76 years ago where I'm now standing

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at Gunwharf was part The attack continued

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through the night. By the time it ended, 170 people had

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been killed and hundreds But out of the onslaught

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emerged a famous painting that managed to capture

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the city's mood of defiance. It is clearly showing a war scene,

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but showing the resolve of people to get on and deal with it and get

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through it. I don't think there is a street and this is that was bombed

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at some point or another. Was one of the most heavily bombed cities in

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this country during World War II. Portsmouth's suffering on this night

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76 years ago was immortalised by War artist Richard Eurich. He has this

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access the not even the press would have had. It is an amazing insight

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into part of the city that is normally underrepresented. It was

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such a uniting thing as well as being a desperately awful situation.

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Even as the country battle for survival, art had its place. As

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Winston Churchill visited the city to boost morale, Richard Eurich was

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a work on his painting. You can use art as a propaganda tool as opposed

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to photography. You can change it to how you want things to be perceived

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in a positive light. But the heart of the painting is HMS victory, an

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enduring symbol of previous battles but amid the devastation of the 20th

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century, sent out a powerful message. It is kind of like the

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heart of the dockyard. She is there and does not seem to be affected by

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all parties going on around. Another artist, Edward King, also painted

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Portsmouth's ruined streets. There were a total of 76 bombing raids.

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930 people were killed and 3000 were injured. The Royal Garrison Church

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near the seafront hearing Portsmouth was amongst the buildings that were

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badly damaged, back in 1941. It has been left as a permanent memorial to

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those who were killed and injured. Richard Eurich's painting has been

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left to Portsmouth Museum by London's Tate Gallery. It is a

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remarkable reminder of the city's suffering during the Second World

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War. As we reach 7pm, the moment when German planes flew over

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Portsmouth on this day in 1941, we will leave you with this remarkable

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painting which captures the devastation of the bombing of that

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city. Good night. It's back... Let's get ready to

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grumble. ..with more belligerence... Can you imagine anything more

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diabolical? ..moaning...

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