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Sir Roger Bannister,

the man who broke the 4

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minute mile, has died.

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He goes straight game forwards.

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His achievement in 1954 gave him

a place in the record books -

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and athletics history.

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I was totally overwhelmed

and delighted.

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It was a great surprise to me

to be able to do it today

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and I think I was very lucky.

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We'll be hearing tributes

to Sir Roger from some of those

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he inspired to compete.

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Also on the programme...

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Ireland casts doubt on government

plans for the Irish

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border after Brexit -

saying there is still no detail

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on how to keep the border invisible.

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'Where is the world' -

say the people of Eastern Ghouta,

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as the Syrian government advances

on the rebel-held area.

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Would you stop interrupting me while

I am interrupting new?

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And will it be V for Victory

at the Oscars tonight?

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With Gary Oldman among

the British hopes.

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Good evening.

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Sir Roger Bannister -

the first man to run a mile

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in under four minutes -

has died at the age of 88.

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He made athletics history

on a track in Oxford in 1954 -

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when he was an amateur athlete.

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It was a moment that came

to symbolise sporting achievement.

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After retiring from athletics

he became a distinguished

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doctor and neurologist.

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Today fellow athletes paid

tribute to a man who made

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"the impossible possible."

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Joe Wilson looks back

at a remarkable life.

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NEWSREEL:

25-year-old Roger

Bannister, third from the left.

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There are some moments of sporting

history which become part

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of the world's history.

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He's decided this

is the right moment.

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What Roger Bannister achieved

in 1954 was like a lunar landing

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for 20th century sport.

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Bannister's old friend and rival

Chris Chataway is in third place,

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waiting to take over as pacer.

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To run a mile and stop

the clock before it reached

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four minutes in 1954,

this was a magical number,

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a barrier of human achievement.

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A feat that would redefine

what was humanly possible.

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And it would fall to a young medical

student to achieve it.

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After two-and-a-half laps,

Brasher gives way to Chataway.

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Bannister, a superb tactician, has

suffered some criticism in the past

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for adopting his own rather

unorthodox training methods.

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But they are paying dividends now.

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At this point it

becomes quite painful.

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I overtake Chris Chataway

and begin the finish.

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And here he comes.

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Bannister goes streaking forward

with about 250 yards to the tapes.

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Every stride counted.

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The tape broke at three

minutes 59.4 seconds.

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And Bannister has done it.

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Though he is out on his feet,

his coach and team manager tell him

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he has achieved his ambition.

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It might have felt like the world

stopped when that clock stopped.

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Four minute mile was a sporting

catch phrase everyone recognised.

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All I can say I'm absolutely

overwhelmed and delighted.

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It was a great surprise to me to be

able to do it today.

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And I think I was very lucky.

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There was certainly a feeling of it

being a national event,

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and something of a landmark

for the country.

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Sir Roger Bannister was a hugely

influential figure in sport.

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Especially for those whose

athletics careers came after.

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Roger was a great athlete.

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He would tease Seb and I in later

years about had he been around

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in our day and had better tracks

and better shoes and better training

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methods he would have beaten us.

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He was one of the cleverest people

I think I've ever met,

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and he was, in equal measure,

modest as well.

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He never really got what he did

and it wasn't a front.

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Laura Muir is the most recent

athlete to continue Great Britain's

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middle distance tradition,

giving everything to win a silver

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medal at the World Indoor

Championships this weekend.

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She studied medicine to become

a vet, and recognises

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her link to Bannister.

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I think he was very influential

and very sort of inspirational

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to a lot of people, and to me,

that you can combine, you know,

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academics and running.

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Sir Roger Bannister

was knighted in 1975.

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Athletics was only

a small part of his life.

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He regarded his work as

a neurologist as more significant.

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When he was diagnosed

with Parkinson's disease

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he described the gentle irony that

a neurologist should find himself

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with a neurological condition.

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Training for Roger Bannister

in athletics had been half an hour

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a day on a cinder track.

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The world's first for minute

miler was also perhaps

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sport's last great amateur.

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Sir Roger Bannister who has

died at the age of 88.

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The Irish Foreign Minister has

suggested that Britain's proposals

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for the Irish border after Brexit

may be rejected by the EU because it

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will need to protect how

the single market works.

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Simon Coveney said there was little

new detail on how to avoid a hard

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border in the Prime Minister's

speech on Friday.

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Theresa May insisted

there would be no return

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to barriers and border checks.

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Here's our Political

Correspondent Eleanor Garnier.

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It is more than 300 miles long.

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Tens of thousands of

people cross it everyday.

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And more than £1 billion is done

in trade between Northern Ireland

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and the Republic every week.

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But after Brexit, these roads

will be the new frontier

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between the UK and EU.

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The challenge, how to keep

this border invisible,

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when Britain is outside the single

market and the customs union.

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We are committed, the Irish

government is committed,

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all the parties in Northern Ireland,

to making sure there

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is no hard border.

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The Prime Minister's plans

would mean 80% of companies

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would face no new customs checks

and with new technology,

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she believes a hard

border can be avoided.

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But the Irish government

has its doubts.

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I am not sure that the

European Union will be able

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to support a situation whereby 80%

of companies that trade north

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and south and south north

will actually protect the integrity

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of the EU single market.

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To sort out this most trickiest

of Brexit conundrums,

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multiple sides need to be won over

and the Prime Minister

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has already made clear,

she will not accept the fallback

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position in Brussels.

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One that would see Northern Ireland

stick to the rules and

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regulations of the EU.

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Mrs May believes her latest

thinking is a step forward.

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It sets out some ways,

particularly on the issue

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of customs across-the-board,

in which we can resolve

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that and I am pleased

to say that the Taoiseach,

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when I met him recently,

has agreed that the UK and Irish

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governments and the Commission can

sit down and look in more

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detail at the proposals

that we have put forward.

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But others elsewhere

in the UK have their doubts.

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I think one of the most shameful

features of the whole Brexit

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process has been the way,

the negligent way in

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which the interests of Ireland have

just been cast aside.

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So, when I hear her talk

about technological solutions,

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I guess there is nobody

who would disagree with

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the objectives she is setting,

but she is talking at the moment

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about technological solutions that

perhaps do not even exist.

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The Irish border is a key sticking

point in the talks, but other

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problems need solving, too.

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There has been progress,

but the Brexit negotiations

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still have a long way to go.

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This week we will get a better idea

of how convinced Brussels is when

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the EU side publishes its draft

guidelines for the next round of

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talks, but the shape of our future

relationship with the European Union

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and back could give us a big clue

into whether what the Prime Minister

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is asking for is achievable.

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Hundreds of people have been fleeing

Eastern Guta as government forces

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continued their assault. There are

now said to hold a quarter of the

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province which has been in the hands

of rebel groups. Jeremy Bowen

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reports from Damascus.

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These people said their village was

moving because the Syrian Army had

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arrived. One man cursed the Russians

and Iranians, key allies of the

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regime. Air strikes he said

including band cluster bombs had not

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stopped.

TRANSLATION: It has been five days,

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no fuel, no bread, no food, no

water. Where is the world? Where are

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human rights? We are humans, not

animals.

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animals. 400,000 people live in

Eastern Guta, an area of fields and

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small towns about the size of

Manchester. Most of them are

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civilians who have not been able to

escape the war.

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TRANSLATION: When the plane 's

shelves, I could not see anything in

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front of me.

I did not wait for the

ambulance, I started running.

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ambulance, I started running.

The

air strikes have been followed by

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ground troops who are making rapid

advances. The strategy seems to be

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to cut Eastern Guta in half.

Negotiations between the rebel

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groups and the Russians have been

going on for quite some time. It is

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not clear if the objective is a

ceasefire or are they effective

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surrender of the rebels. The biggest

rebel group says it is regrouping

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after a retreat. The fighting is

still going on, for the regime the

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prize is the end of the last major

rebel enclave around Damascus. For

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the rebels, these are desperate

moments. Jeremy Bowen, BBC News,

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Damascus.

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Work is continuing to clear snow

from the roads after days

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of disruption as the thaw continues

after this week's storms.

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There are still some

problems on the railways -

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Dan Johnson is at Carlisle railway

station for us this evening.

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Dan.

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Not exactly the Polar Express.

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The train to Carlisle but has not

moved for three days.

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They have been trying to free it

from a snow drift blocking

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the line from Newcastle.

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A farmer helped rescue

the passengers.

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They were very pleased to see us.

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Very, very pleased, because they had

been there for about five hours

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before we found them.

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They were just sitting,

getting colder and colder.

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We found them and we got it sorted.

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There are teams working

like this across large parts

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of the railway network,

but the problem is, they keep

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clearing snow from the tracks,

but then high winds blow it back

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again, blocking the line.

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So that means replacement buses

and increasingly weary passengers.

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Hoping to get the train back

on Wednesday morning and I had just

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been staying there since.

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It has taken you five

days to get here?

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Five days, yeah, yeah.

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Going to Weymouth and I have just

been told I have got

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to get three trains,

a Tube and then a bus.

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It is difficult to fathom,

after this period of time.

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I am sure they are doing their best,

but I am really irritated.

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And we could see more of that

frustration tomorrow because even

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though Network Rail says it has

cleared the West Coast Main line

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between here and Glasgow, trains are

still not running north. That

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service has just arrived from London

and the passages have had to get on

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coaches to continue their urge

journey to Glasgow. Other lines are

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blocked and some trans-Pennine roads

are still tricky and we have had

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power cuts in parts of the country,

villages in Devon where teams have

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only managed to reach with a water

has been cut off four days. The

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after-effects of the storm last week

and all this snow are still having

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long-lasting impact. Thank you.

Apologies, the line to Dan was a

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little tricky. Sorry about that.

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Voters in Italy have been

going to the polls today

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in a general election.

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The campaign has been dominated

by the issue of immigration

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with the centre-left government

facing opposition from

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a coalition of right-wing

parties and the popularist

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five star movement.

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Here's Our Europe

Editor Katya Adler.

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Charming, but troubled Naples,

unhappily encapsulates the problems

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at the heart of Italy's elections.

Falling living standards,

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unemployment, and mass irregular

migration from Africa. But

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uncertainty hangs in the today.

Italians are voting for change. They

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are just not sure which political

party to trust.

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TRANSLATION: I am so worried about

Italy. I said a prayer before coming

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to vote.

TRANSLATION: Italians are

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frustrated. They need to hear our

voice today. Some of Naples is the

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leader of the party tipped to become

Italy's largest today. His 5-star

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movement claims to be corruption

free and people friendly. But the

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political system here favours

coalitions and meaning this familiar

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face could be kingmaker in stead.

Naples and the south of Italy will

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swing the vote today, Silvio

Berlusconi did some last-minute

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campaigning here on behalf of a

right-wing Coalition. So, what does

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this rather chaotic political

picture mean for Italy and Europe?

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After all, this is the Eurozone's

third-largest economy.

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third-largest economy. Confusion or

is quintessentially Italian,

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Brussels is used to it, the

financial markets seem prepared for

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it, they believe that a Coalition

government will water down more

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extremist populist policies on

offer. How does that help Italians

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get to grips with their problems?

This shop is famous for its

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handcrafted political figures.

TRANSLATION: Today, all Italian

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voters will help paint the future

landscape of the country.

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Hollywood's finest will be

celebrated at the 90th

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Academy Awards this evening.

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But the event takes place

against the backdrop of allegations

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against Harvey Weinstein,

and the #MeToo and

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Time's Up movements.

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Unlike the Golden Globes

and the BAFTAS - there will be

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no black dress code.

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Our Arts Editor Will

Gompertz is there.

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Here on a still concealed

Oscars red carpet, just

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about everybody has got an opinion

about what is going

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to happen tonight.

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But what does a genuine Hollywood

insider, with her ear

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to the ground think?

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Does she expect there to be

a post-Weinstein reaction that might

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change how Academy members vote?

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In terms of voting on the Oscars,

I don't think that there will be

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a real effect on who wins

and who loses.

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My daughter, Angela was...

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I would be surprised

if Three Billboards repeated

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its BAFTA success and won

Best PPicture.

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That movie is quite polarising among

American Academy members.

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The Shape of Water,

Guillermo Del Toro's film is one

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that has won a lot of the precursor

awards that lead up to the Oscars,

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so that seems to be sort

of a rising contender.

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Who is going to win?

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I would put my money on Get Out.

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Chris was just telling me

how he felt much more

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comfortable with my being here.

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Noted.

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What about Best Actor?

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You cannot reason with a tiger!

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The front runner for Best Actor

is Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour,

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for whom this is, in many ways,

possibly a lifetime

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achievement award.

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There is an outside contender,

Timothee Chalamet for

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Call Me By Your Name.

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He has kind of captured,

what I think of as the

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ingenue spot this year.

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Surely Francis McDormand

is a shoo-in as Best Actress for her

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performance in Three Billboards

as a grieving, seething mother.

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If there is any movie that sort

of captured the #MeToo movement

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and the idea of female rage,

surely it is this one.

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And what about Greta Gerwig

and her film Lady Bird?

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Could she become just the second

woman in the history

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of the Oscars to walk away

with the Best Director prize?

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I think Greta Gerwig is a long shot.

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I think her being nominated is

a milestone for a female director.

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Three, two, one.

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Ready?

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Action!

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Guillermo Del Toro is the person

I would put my money on.

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This could indeed be the year,

but The Shape of Water is the film

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that makes the biggest...

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Splash?

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Will Gompertz, BBC News, Hollywood.

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There's more throughout the evening

on the BBC News Channel,

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