03/03/2018 BBC Weekend News


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Good afternoon.

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Hundreds of people in the north

of England and in north

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and mid-Wales, are without power,

as the UK struggles

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with the continued effects

of the week's bitter weather.

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Motorists and rail passengers

have been told to expect

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continued disruption,

with Scotland receiving

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the heaviest snowfall,

and some of the lowest temperatures

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in the UK.

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Elsewhere, it's

expected to get milder.

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As the snow begins to melt,

the Environment Agency has issued 13

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flood warnings for parts

of north-east and

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south-west England.

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Our correspondent

Dan Johnson reports.

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Another day of Britain taking a

battering. After the snow, from the

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high tides and the flood warnings.

On the coast, the seas have taken

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over the railway line in Dawlish. On

the outskirts of Cardiff, the snow

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is hanging around. 400 homes without

power. Some people have now seen

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enough.

Very pretty and all of that

but I must admit it is getting on my

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nerves now.

It has affected me in

terms of not being able to go to

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work.

I didn't expect it to be as

bad as it is and we are getting

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cabin fever.

The motorway across the

Pennines was deserted because of

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heavy snow and high winds. Leeds and

Manchester were reconnected earlier

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this morning. The traffic may be

flowing here but most of the roads

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across these hills are still blocked

with snow and there are strong winds

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in places, too, potentially causing

more snow drifts. The A1 has

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reopened further north. Over the

border, just look what the trains

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are having to plough through in

Scotland. With even more snow

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expected to fall. Rail travel is

difficult across the UK. As well as

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snow and ice, services are affected

by strike action in Merseyside.

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Hundreds of flights have been

cancelled with teams battling to

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keep runways open. In Manchester,

officers searching for a man who

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went missing after leaving a

nightclub pulled a body from the

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canal. Scarborough is one of the

places starting to clean up. There

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are flood warnings in place in the

south-west and the north-east. The

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long thaw may have begun but more

problems are still to come.

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Some of the worst disruption

is in Scotland where much

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of the rail network

is badly affected.

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Our correspondent Catriona Renton

is at Glasgow Central Station.

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It has been the coldest start to

march on record, what are the signs,

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if any, of improvement?

Quite a lot,

actually. Some good news for you,

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although it is far from a typical

Saturday here at Glasgow Central

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Station but services are starting to

run. No trains between Scotland and

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England but there are final checks

happening and it is hoped the

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mainline will be up and running

later today. ScotRail are hoping for

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a full service tomorrow. Other

travel, airports and roads, take

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extra care and check before you

travel to the airports. We have

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forecast for more snow here so

untreated roads still icy. The

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Scottish government have urged

people to carry on that community

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spirit we have seen over the last

few days and to keep helping each

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other out. The picture around the

rest of the UK? As we heard down

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say, it is gradually improving but

there are still warnings for icy

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roads which remain treacherous. Then

there is the next thing when these

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snow starts to melt and there are

flood warnings in parts of the

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south-west and north-east of

England. With all of this disruption

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around the UK, it'll take some time

to get everything back on track.

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Thank you.

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Consumer groups have criticised

the energy company E.On's

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announcement that it's raising

prices for many of its customers.

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The company, one of what are known

as the Big Six energy suppliers,

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is scrapping the discounts offered

to some of its dual fuel

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customers as well as removing

the discount for those who opt

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for paperless billing.

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Our business correspondent

Joe Lynam is here.

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We often tend to think we are --

where one of these companies Leeds,

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others will follow. Will they?

Too

early to say. E.On are saying they

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are making it simpler for customers

to understand their tariffs and

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compare them with other suppliers.

They are scrapping the discounts the

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dual fuel customers, which has the

effect of raising the cost for

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customers from next month by £22 on

an average bill. The real issue is

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whether this will spread and cause a

new wave of price rises. We don't

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know but we know oil prices are up

14% in the last year and there was a

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huge spike in wholesale gas prices

as a direct result of the Beast of

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the East. We know that companies buy

in large quantities which protects

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them from these large spikes in

demand so they shouldn't raise their

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prices as a result. The other key

thing to remember is that wholesale

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gas prices is one of your -- one

part of your bill. Distribution,

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getting it through your cables, is

about a quarter of the bill. And

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their profits are 5%.

It is an

environment where the energy

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companies are facing quite a lot of

political pressure. Are they worried

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about the implications of price

rises?

There is a price cap on its

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way, it'll be in force by next

winter, probably. And then, of

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course, there is the Labour Party,

talking seriously about

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nationalising a lot of the companies

and the water companies.

Thank you.

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A number of people have been injured

and at least 100 arrested

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in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

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Clashes between police

and anti-government demonstrators

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occurred after the authorities

ordered a search of a protest camp

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near the parliament.

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Scientists are trialling

a new camera which could help

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with the early detection of one

of the deadliest forms of cancer.

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Almost 8,000 people died

from oesophageal cancer

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in the UK last year.

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Now doctors and physicists

in Cambridge have joined forces

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to develop a new camera that

could pick out abnormal cells before

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they develop into cancer.

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Our science correspondent

Richard Westcott reports.

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Right now, this is how you find one

of Britain's deadliest cancers.

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Oesophageal cancer kills 21

people a day because it is

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so difficult to spot.

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Using a camera with a normal

white light on the end,

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the doctors are looking

at the dark red patch.

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These physicists already

use different coloured

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lasers to study electrons,

now they are adapting the technique

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to look for early signs of disease.

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What happens is the tissue becomes

cancerous, you get a change

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in the chemical composition

and different chemicals

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have different colours,

which means that if we look

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at the cancer with a technique that

allows us to capture information

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from all of the different colours

of light that are being reflected,

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we can get a fuller picture

of the disease state

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that is present.

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And this is how it might look.

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Two thirds of our patients

will present with a cancer

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that's already spreading

to the lymph glands.

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And, then, after that, it can go

to the organs, like the liver.

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If we treat a cancer

at the point at which it's

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still within the tissue itself

of the oesophagus, and it hasn't

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spread anywhere at all,

then we can remove it all,

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and cure it.

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And that's exactly

what happened to Jackie.

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They caught her disease

in time and now she's fine.

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I knew there was something wrong.

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People shouldn't have

heartburn for 20 odd years.

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Well, actually, it was 30 years.

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They'll start trailling

the new camera on patients

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in the next few weeks.

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If successful, it could also be used

to spot other cancers

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before they become fatal.

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With all the sport,

here's Mike Bushell

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at the BBC Sport Centre.

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Good afternoon.

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The system may have been

ridiculed in the week,

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after the Spurs Rochdale FA cup

match, but the use of video

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assistant referees has

today been approved

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by football's world

governing body, Fifa.

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It means despite the confusion

and delays it caused in that match

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on Wednesday at Wembley,

it could now be used at this

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Summer's World Cup.

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It will mainly be used to decide

if a ball has crossed

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the line for a goal,

in penalty decisons,

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red cards and situations

of mistaken identity.

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Lots of football matches

are off so check the sport

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website for the details.

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But the Scottish Cup quarter-finals

have survived so far.

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The Scottish championship side are

holding up so far, goalless it

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remains in the first half.

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Seven Premier League games

all still on as well.

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Burnley and Everton are just

coming up to half time.

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And Everton are leading 1-0,

Turkish striker Chenk Tosun

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scoring his first goal

since signing in January.

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England are celebrating victory

against New Zealand in the third

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one day international.

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The Kiwis made a steady start,

as they chased 235 to win.

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But Ben Stokes took a brilliant

catch, off Adil Rashid,

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to start a run of wickets.

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Moeen Ali took three wickets

as the Kiwis lost four

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wickets for six runs.

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A century from Captain Kane

Williamson did take them close

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but in the end England won by four

runs and lead the series 2-1.

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The man who has masterminded

Great Britain's domination of rowing

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over the past two decades,

Sir David Tanner, has

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retired this week.

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But, while he'd been in charge

for over 21 years and his crews won

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35 Olympic and Paralympic medals,

he never attracted much attention.

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So, our reporter Tim Hague went

to meet him, to find out more.

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Surprising really that one of

Britain's best elite coaches ever is

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little known outside of running yet

British rowing under Sir David

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Tanner's two decades of

leadership...

Great Britain on the

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line!

Have won 35 Paralympic and

Olympic medals. Why is he retiring?

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Why am I retiring? It will be hard

to step out. Rowing gives my hobby

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and my life, in some ways but I

won't leave rowing. I've done 21

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years which is quite a long time.

The first rowers have been out from

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7am. You can see the sun is still

coming up and that commitment to

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being the best comes from Sir David

all the way down. He is an ex-head

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teacher and he still carries it with

him.

We've all been called into the

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headmaster 's office and he has

created this incredible place of

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success and inspiration and he will

always be remembered.

I was

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confident that with financial

support, and that is where the

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lottery comes in, I could build

something very good but not world

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leading as we are now.

Does he feel

sorry for his successor? Comparisons

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have been made with the

irreplaceable Sir Alex Ferguson when

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he left Manchester United.

I don't

see myself as Sir Alex Ferguson at

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all. I don't think I am a big cheese

in that way. I'm not modest about

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being the leader of the best rowing

nation in the world, OK? But I don't

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need to be somebody who puts his

head above the parapet too much.

But

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success like Sir David's should be

celebrated. Did you know that since

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you took over you've had a hand in

40% of British rowing medals in

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British history?

I hadn't worked

that out. Is that right?

40%, the

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first games was 1900.

It's not bad,

is it, then?

Not bad at all. And we

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wish David a happy retirement.

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That's all the sport for now.

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