Matt Baker and Alex Jones are joined by former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash and writer Tony Hawks. Anita Rani reports from flood hit Lancashire.
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Hello. Welcome to The One Show with Alex Jones. And Matt Baker. Tonight
is dedicated to the great wet weekend that we had. Lots of you
probably wore one of these, the fashionable poncho. Indeed, but
that is not what we are talking about right now so we can take it
off! Tonight's guests are an odd couple, but they have two things in
common, the love of tennis and the country of Moldova. It is Pat Cash
and Tony Hawks! Good to see you both. Pat Cash, straight in for the
question that lots of people are asking you, is that as close as
Murray is going to get to the Wimbledon trophy? I don't think so.
I think he will win at some stage. You must have tipped him. I tipped
Rafael Nadal and he went out! You know, the top four guys have been
winning all of the titles. Murray played a very good match. He is
getting closer all the time. It is hard to expect him to beat Roger
Federer. A few things worked against him yesterday. The roof?
really suits Roger Federer's style of play. He plays a risky type of
game. When the winds of blowing the ball around, he cannot play that
game quite so well. It was unlucky for Murray but he is getting closer
all the time. It is focus. It is all up there, just because. Emotion
and the release after the match, it was fantastic. Did you shed a tear?
I did. It was lovely that he showed that side to him and we have warmed
to him. I think the whole nation has. I was wiping tears away. We
were asking if you have had a Murray moment. When could you not
hold back those tears and if you have got a photo, all the better,
there is the address to send them in. We will read them out at the
end of the show. Empty beaches, muddy car parks, damp socks. 2012
photo albums are going to look pretty much the same! So what do
you do? Stake in or go out and make the best of it? Angela Bell met
those whose motto is to wrap up and carry on. -- Angellica Bell.
might think that organising outdoor summer event would be relatively
easy, but June has been one of the wettest on record. And so far July
has been absolutely... Bucketing down. Lashing it down. Horrible!
The East of England Show held outside Peterborough has been
running since the 1700's. Despite the forecast it has still attracted
a keen crowd today. The farming public has to work in all weathers
and keep going. I think in Britain we do it. It has not put a damper
on the day? I have enjoyed it. I would like to do the judging in my
kilt and worries but that might not be suitable! My parents have got
sheep and they came yesterday and slept in a tent. What? In the mad?
Yes! -- are they mad? It was very bad yesterday. The did not consider
not coming tomorrow? Of course not. Has the rain affected business?
Sort of. As soon as it rained, everybody disappeared. When the sun
came back out, everybody came back out and that was nice. You have
been in a country for 10 months. What do you think of the British
weather? Horrible! I was expecting sunshine. It is just rainfall. We
are going back to winter and they do not know what is happening.
we talk too much about the weather in this country? Yes, we talk about
it. I like it because you make us prepare. Maybe, as a wise man once
said, it is true that there is no such thing as the wrong weather,
just the wrong clothes. I always say that! You have told me
that twice before! Yes, get the message! Thank you very much for
that. Many people in the South West of England have had to deal with
real flooding this weekend. Some remarkable pictures on the news.
Anita Rani is in Lancashire with a community that has been helping
each other out. Hello. Hello. Don't be fooled by the blue skies. The
small town of Darwen was affected by the appalling weather that we
have had. The reason being that the river Darwen runs underneath and
behind this pub. It has happen not just once. And the last four weeks,
this pub has flooded three times. The landlord of the pub is Anthony.
How bad has it been? Horrendous, nearly catastrophic. The cellar is
totally flooded, 9 ft of water. We lost all of our stock and equipment.
That happened a couple of weeks ago and then this weekend you were down
there again bailing it out. Yes. After the first episode we put in
some emergency pumps so that we could deal with any problems and
luckily that has kept the water level down this weekend. Touch wood
it will carry on. Touch wood. In nine years of being the landlord,
have you seen anything like this? Nothing like this. It has been
catastrophic. We hope it stays dry. Businesses have also been affected.
Jonathan is a solicitor. Normally you sort out the flooding claims.
What happened to you? We had bad weather over the last week and then
on Friday the police told us to evacuate the building. That was
because the buildings could fall down? Yes, the flooding have caused
problems in the alleys behind and the buildings were going to fall
down. We hope it stays dry. Throughout all of this, the
community has pulled together so cheers to you all. Cheers!
weather that we have had has been so sporadic. From drought to this.
It is just depressing. For you Dickens fans, you will have great
expectations of this next film. author's favourite holiday home was
in Broadstairs in Kent. Arthur Smith went for bed and breakfast at
Bleak House. In 1851, novelist Charles Dickens
wrote a fond portrait of an English seaside resort with its semi-circle
sweep of houses and we're all food and beer. -- strange old wooden
pier. He was describing Broadstairs in Kent. He was renting that house
on the cliff at the time and that is where I am spending tonight.
There are a lot of houses in Broadstairs that lay claim to
hosting Charles Dickens. And some that do not! He came to Broadstairs
for many years, the first time in 1837 when he was writing the
Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Very soon he latched on to lodgings
on top of the cliff. Fort House, as it was known there. The name was
changed by an entrepreneurial owner after Dickens died in two Bleak
House to make the connection complete, but that is why he spent
his summers. He wrote there? wrote wherever he was, he couldn't
not right. He rode David Copperfield here. The great scene
at the end of the novel, the massive ship work and the body
washed up on the beach, that was written at Bleak House. -- the
massive shipwreck. It was a great inspiration. Watery walls came
rolling in, threatening to engulf the town. It was fear from this
view that he got the inspiration for the famous storm scene. -- it
was here. David Copperfield was Dickens's most autobiographical
novel, and much around Broadstairs inspired him. What is now the
Dickens Museum was the fictional home of David Potters -- David
Copperfield's aunt. Bleak House itself does not feature in the book.
Amazingly, its current owners were not attracted by its literary past.
When you came here, you did not really know much about the Murray -
- Dickens connection? Not at all. We thought it was a lovely place
but I now realise more. I have never been such a than that I have
read the books. But now that I have read a couple and I think they are
brilliant. Do you ever think as you are sitting in your rooms that this
is where Charles Dickens was? I have done that a few times. If
anybody wants to sit in the chair at Charles Dickens's death can take
pictures, I do not mind. The children write notes and put them
inside the desk. Has anybody ever suggested that you are Dickensian
character yourself? I get that all the time. All the time! I wonder
what he would have called you. Don't say A Bumble. He was much
fatter than me! This is where I am spending the night tonight, said to
be the very bedroom where Charles Dickens slept. I wonder how he
would have spent the evening after the children had been put to bed
and all of the words were gone from his bed. Maybe you would have had a
drink in the Albion Hotel, or at the frigate, which he described as
the cosiest sailors in. Maybe he would have stood on this terrace
and watch the light training from the sky. Half-awake and half asleep,
this idle morning in our sunny window on the edge of a chalk cliff.
That is how Charles Dickens described Broadstairs and this
House, 160 years ago. Skies, C, beach and village, lying still
before us as if they were sitting for the picture. It is still quite
a scintillating view. I can imagine sitting here and writing all summer
myself. If I was not so lazy! Broadstairs heritage is celebrated
every year with a week-long festival. Millions of people have
been inspired to visit this town. It is sad to think that after the
publication, the tourists arrived and Charles Dickens laughed. It was
no longer the quietest little place in the world. -- Charles Dickens
left. It was never quite the same for Charles Dickens.
So beautiful. You would love that. We have to thank Arthur Smith for
this whole world of playing the Moldavians at tennis. This is now a
film and it was a book. Give us some idea of how it started. I was
watching England play Moldova in the World Cup qualifiers with
Arthur Smith. I had been playing tennis and he said he did not think
I was very good. I said that I was number two in Sussex as a junior.
He said that I was not good enough to beat those footballers. I said
but I was because but callers are not so good at tennis. --
footballers are not so good. I said the England team would never let me
play them and so I had to play the Moldova team and the loser of the
bat had to strip naked and sink the Moldova national anthem. -- the bet.
Then I set off on that adventure, it made the book and then the film.
What is your part in that? Tony is an old friend of mine. We have a
passion for tennis and we have a charity which tries to get free
coaching for children on public courts. We feel that is very
necessary in the UK. Plus, starred in the movie! I did not, just three
words of commentary! It is a fantastic movie. Travelling around
the world to play tennis you have some amazing Adventures but it was
nothing like this one that he had travelling around Moldova and
everywhere else, trying to play these people. It was fantastic.
Let's have a little look. You start talking them off one after another.
Lovely! Absolutely brilliant. That bet worked out well, a book and a
film. What you need is another challenge, really. Maybe but it is
enough of a challenge getting a film out and about. We are a small,
independent film, let's face it. think it is time to set up
challenge number two. We have a certain Arthur Smith on the
telephone right now. What is next? This is what I propose. You have
done the Irish, you have done Moldova and it is time for the
Welsh. Wales became the first country recently to have a public
right of way around the coast. You have got to walk round it, starting
with nothing. You cannot advertise it in advance. You have got to turn
up wearing only what you are wearing, and find places to stay,
some way of eating, for the whole thing. I bet you cannot do it
because you are not man enough. If you lose the bet, you have to stand
in a tars and costume in Caernarvon Castle and sing the Welsh national
anthem. And what will he do if he does do it? This is the thing. He
gets me doing things and he just sits on a sofa and watches
television! OK, I might take you on. I will have a think about that.
have cut him off! He is gone. The see you later. Wherever he is
staying has not got very good reception. Playing The Moldovans At
Tennis is out now in cinemas. we are giving all the money to this
care centre for children with Now, it is just 18 days to go until
the Olympic counting down finally stops. Over the last few weeks, Ade
Adepitan has been introducing some of the 1948 London Olympians to
their morpbt counterparts. Tonight he takes a look at hockey. A
dangerous game, that. At the last London Olympics in 1948,
the British male hockey team won a silver medal.
John Peak, who is now 87, was Britain's youngest player at 23.
64 years later, and Olympic hockey is back in London. 19-year-old
Harry Martin is the youngest member of the team, trying to build on
John's legacy. It is so much quicker. I'm glad I'm
not playing now. The One Show has brought John and
Harry together here. The sport has changed since John
was playing? We did not have a training base at all. We did not
get together until a few months before the Olympics, we did not
know we had been chosen. How long have you been together? Overall we
train about three years. I would not say we were not fit,
but nothing like the athletic stage with all of the doctors, the food
and the training schedule. I work in the gym on month Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, two pit sessions, Thursday, and Friday, two pit
sessions and then running and Saturday.
Amazing. John, what was it like being the
youngest member of the team? suppose that they looked after me.
How old are you Harry? 19. You get a bit of stick, but it is usually
deserve. But they look after me. What is it like being 19 years old
and in a high-performance team? Sometimes I get a call from my
friends as I just started university, but none of that, it is
all worth it. Iefpl not jealous at all! In 1948 food was rationed in
Britain, but athletes were permitted the occasional treat.
We probably had a few sausages that we should not have done. When I was
at the Naval College at Greenwich, I do remember there was a special
breakfast, I got eggs for breakfast. Other did not.
We are given individual programmes depending on what you need.
Pies, burgers? Not that anyone is fat, but some are told to stay off
the carbs! Not fat, but told to stay off the carbs?! That means you
are fat! Sport science has made today's players stronger, fitter
and faster. Hockey is now so fast that at London 2012, the pitches
will be blue with a pink surround. That and the yellow balls, help the
spectators and the cameras to keep track of the action. There are a
few reasons why the game is so much quicker, the most obvious is the
surface it is Astro turf, that is very different from the green,
green grass of Wembley that John played on in the 1948 Games. The
ball has even changed. The ball that John used looked like a
cricket ball. Soft leather, even with a seam. It would absorb
Moysure and get dirty and have to be replaced erten minutes or so,
slowing the game down. Now the ball is a hard plastic and reaches
speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Another reason that the game is so
quick is because of the stick that the players use. This is the 1948
stick, but even then, some nations were ahead of the game.
This is the British stick, that was the stick that the Indians were
using. When we played in the final, they were able with their sticks to
move it about much more quickly and carefully than we were. They were
very good at it. They were more effective than we were on the grass,
which we thought would be better for us. Today as sticks are made
from advance materials, like carbon firebrand and Kevlar. The sticks
that Harry use are very strong and the smaller heads means that they
move the sticks quicker, results in faster dribbling, faster swings and
seriously vicious hits. There is a good chance with the home support
that both men and women teams can win the medals this year. I know
that one person will be watching this extremely fast sport closely!
I just said that Australia are going to win! On that hockey stick,
another fact for you. It is connected to farming.
Hockey gets its name from the French word for shep hard's crook.
There you go. It has been a fascinating series. Ade Adepitan,
what have been the main differences looking back to' 48? Obviously the
equipment, but what struck me was rationing. The fresh food produce
was a luxury back then. The athletes now we could not train
the same way as we do now with their food. Bradley Wiggins is
doing the tour do France, he southerns -- burns up 6,000
calories a day, that would have been impossible then.
Now, the training camps, they are not just in London? This is what I
love. We bring it home, we are spreading it around the country. In
Aberdeen, the Cameroon team are staying up there. I know you are
laughing! But a little bit of rain and cold. In Antrim there are three
teams staying there, Egypt is one of them. Stop laughing, dudes! In
Cardiff there is also another three teams, Trinidad and Tobago, so Alex,
you can welcome them. Orpls Ormskirk, this is a test of
geography. The Federated States of Micronesia are one of the countries
staying there. And in lovely East Anglia, Bury St
Edmunds, we have Rwanda staying there.
You are getting the torch very soon? I will be. On the 26th of
July. I will be carrying the torch through London. I will be keeping
my hair back so it does not go up in flames! Any way, coal mines were
once the backbone of British industry. Now there is a major
concern for two -- million homeowners, whose houses are built
on top of them. Mortgage lenders are so reluctant to lend on these
properties, many are finding it difficult to move.
The housing of the 60s, transformed the British landscape, creating
modern housing etaits like this one, but 50 years on, the area's past is
badly affecting its future. You would not think it to look at it,
but this house is unsellable, or unbuyable, the reason? It was built
on top of a former coal mine. As a result, the only person who did put
in an offer last year was refused a mortgage.
And that's because until 1949 this whole area was a colliery, dotted
with mine shafts. Vertical holes drilled up to 1 80m into the
grounds. After the coal shaft closed, the shafts were corped, the
estate built, and hundreds of families moved into the new homes.
We moved in August of 1975, the problem came when we tried to sell
the property in 2009. The person buying the house could not get a
mortgage because of the coal mining report.
The house is close to four former mine shafts, long since covered by
homes and gardens, but this was not a problem when Lawrence bought the
house. It say in the letter that there are no active workings to
affect the property? That is correct. That is one of the reasons
why the mortgage company gave us the mortgage in 1975.
But now that has changed. The chance that damage could occur in
the future has made the lenders cautious. He they are saying that
the property is in the likely zone of influence.
That is fine, unless you bought the place in 19 79.
The coal mines are have offered to reassure buyers and mortgage
companies that should something go wrong that they will not have to
pay out, but this has not worked. Caroline Gripton is the estate
agent whose job it was to sell Lawrence's house in 2009. Have you
had problems selling houses in this area because of the mine shafts?
the 11 years I have been an estate agent locally, we have had four
properties deemed unmortgagable. A couple here, specifically, number
30, across the road, there and another couple further up the
street. Mine shafts only pose a problem for buildings within 20
metres, but this was not the case when many residents bought their
homes. In 1991, the goalposts moved. You could mortgage a property
providing there were no mines within five metres. Then at the
beginning of the 1990s, that became 20 metres. Because a lot of the
people have lived here for many years it has never been an issue
because they bought at a time when that restriction was not in place.
There are more than 2 million homes at risk of damage by being built
near former coal mines. In the current economic climate, mortgage
companies are risk-averse. We asked an independent surveyor to check
out how the mine affects the value of Lawrence's house.
We can see on the map that in the vicinity we have four main shafts.
We are here and there are two in the opposite property's garden and
two behind the property. And two in front. So this is the house we are
standing outside of now. What about a house for example up here that
does not have any mine shafts around it at all? This house would
probably be worth in the region of up to �150,000.
And this one? Because of the close proximity of the four mine shafts,
the current value base on that would be about �90,000.
What a difference! Absolutely. this house has had no con
structural problems, does that not come into it? Unfortunately not,
even though there are no cracks or signs of movement caused by a mine
shaft, the fact that there are four within this area is what the
problem is and there is a risk. Off the back of that, solicitors and
surveyors have to advise their clients on the risks.
After a full assessment, Sophie told us that she would be reluctant
to recommend a mortgage company lends on the house at all.
Lawrence's only hope now is to find a cash buyer or to sell at a
significant loss. Who is going to buy a property with
mines in the vicinity? It would help me if the property fell down
and nobody got hurt. Now, earlier on we asked for your
stories and photos of the Andy Murray moments we have loads. We
have this one from Ross, whether his beautiful wife walked down the
aisle, he could not hold the tears back.
Bless you. And this one, the mum and dad
turned up to their daughter's 21st birthday in Uganda. Daughter Cora
having a moment, when she put a bow in her hair. This is a nice one,
the husband giving a speech about how much he loved his wife. Pat
said, he was crying because he was gutted! Now, before we go, it is
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