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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle. is

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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands. These are Monday's headlines.

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A four month wait for an MRI scan, unless you can afford to go private.

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extra investment in the staff to run the scanners, I don't see how we can

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reduce the public waiting list any time soon.

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Tooth decay in decline - a new approach is delivering great

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Holiday hotspot - Jersey's been attracting visitors

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And we've got a bit of a change underway in the lead up to

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Christmas. I will have the full details later on in the programme.

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People in Jersey are waiting on average 16 weeks

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That's compared to two in England, and six in Guernsey.

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The figures - released to the BBC in a Freedom

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of Information request - also show there's only

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one scanner in Jersey, despite repeated promises

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This is a common procedure in hospitals.

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MRI scanners like this are used to examine almost every

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They can detect a big variety of conditions

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Deputy Jackie Hilton is worried how long the wait

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At the moment, I've been told that the second scanner is not

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going to work alongside the original one, so when we have the new scanner

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we will only have one scanner in position.

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The old scanner will be used occasionally as backup.

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So that was disappointing as I don't see, without extra investment

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in the staff to run the scanners, I don't see how we can reduce

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the public waiting list any time soon.

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And that waiting list is currently 16 weeks long,

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unless you want to pay to go private.

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Jersey's health department has promised the new hospital

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will have two scanners, but that's eight years away.

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The director of Jersey Hospital says a replacement scanner should work.

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16 weeks is a longer wait than we would like.

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We do our best all the time to move people around,

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of that scanner and to try and bring those waits down.

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There is nothing that we can do before we get the new replacement

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scanner in place that gives us anymore capacity other

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than minimise the downtime for maintenance, but obviously that

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We do have the opportunity to send people off-island for specialist

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The replacement scanner was due to be installed

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by the end of the year, but that's been delayed

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So the message seems to be - if you're worried,

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and you can afford it, you might be best to pay.

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Meanwhile, Jersey's hospital cancelled five operations

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today as it's now back up to a red alert status.

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There are currently fewer than five beds available.

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The health department says higher than normal emergency admissions,

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winter flu and staff sickness are putting pressure

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The number of four to five-year-olds with tooth decay has

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dropped to its lowest level ever in Guernsey.

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Latest figures show that 14 in every 100

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Mike Wilkins reports on the measures taken to punish plaque.

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Not a sound many young people want to hear,

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but now fewer children are having to receive treatment

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In the last five years there's been a significant drop in tooth decay

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Five years ago, almost a fifth had evidence of dental decay.

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Dental nurses are better trained and the head of the children's dental

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service says new departments are delivering encouraging results.

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We're working very closely now with education. We work with the

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dieticians, other health professionals and we also about

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three years ago having won a bursary, we introduced

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tooth-brushing any charity based preschools.

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Whilst tooth decay is falling, sugary drinks and poor brushing mean

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that of those with bad teeth, on average at least three

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Guernsey's Director of Public Health says tooth decay

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Some of the drinks are linked to obesity, nutritionally they are

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useless, such as Coca-Cola and fizzy drinks. They are a particular

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problems with tooth decay and tooth decay associated with a lot of pain

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and problems potentially for children. A lot of this is also

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preventable. The advice is to not give children

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sugary drinks and for them to see their dentist every

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six months and to brush Jersey's Treasury Minister has

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been questioned over Concerns over the drop

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in students going to university because of the costs involved has

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prompted a review by They want to hear from students

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and parents to come up with alternative ways on how

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the island can help with student financing,

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as they say today's meeting highlights the lack of work done

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by the ministers involved. The work in between the two

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departments education and Treasury was of concern and that is not that

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options that could have been considered from a Treasury

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perspective looking out for university students really hadn't

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been done and therefore at the panel will continue to gather evidence. We

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want to hear from the public and hear their views on how they feel

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student financing should happen on the island.

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Jersey was a holiday hotspot for Neanderthals -

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that's according to new findings by archaeologists.

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Research led by the University of Southampton has unveiled that

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a cave along the island's south coast was a must-see tourist

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destination from at least 180,000 years ago.

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Well, to find out what attracted our ancestors to our shores,

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I spoke to Dr Andrew Shaw from the University

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Although the world around the Neanderthals and around Jersey was

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changing dramatically over the time they were occupying the site, you

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have the consistency of a place which offered protection and shelter

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and views over a wide landscape in the area which is now drowned by the

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sea. What would Jersey have looked like then to those people who were

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visiting? It would have changed over time. It would have been a wooded

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landscape, a landscape over to words perceived is now. It would've been a

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rolling grassland, called climate, very few trees with woolly mammoth

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and woolly rhino roaming the landscape. How do we know this

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wasn't a permanent base instead of the home instead of going away and

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coming back again? We can see how people were using both the site

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itself and its wider landscape. From that we can see people were only

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there for a short period of time but where repeatedly visiting the site,

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going and coming to the site, it being there for a short period and

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going away again and then coming back again. Back to the tools, what

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was about them that you knew they weren't per minute there? Frequently

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they were making their stone tools out of Flint and Flint isn't

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available in Jersey itself. It comes from sources now under the seat,

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halfway towards Guernsey, we can see people were visiting those locations

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to get the Flint, carrying Bertelsmann and working them at the

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site and then moving away again to get more raw materials to roam

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around that landscape. He invented the envelope

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folding machine, printed the first perforated stamps,

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and was instrumental in the mass manufacture

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of the modern deck of cards. Now Guernseyman, Thomas de la

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Rue has been honoured with a blue plaque,

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marking his place of birth. His name is set in stone

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in the heart of St Peter Port, but how many islanders really know

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who Thomas de la Rue was? Thomas de la Rue behind you, do you

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know who he was? No idea. I've no idea who years, no. Was he in Big

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Brother? No clue. I have no idea who he was. I think he invented printed

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banknotes. He was a printer. He was a printer. Do you know any more?

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Gray you've got a pub. I don't how much he uses it.

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A blue plague in Forest Shores marking where the house

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We're putting up, more or less, one a year.

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Individually, they serve as reminders of that particular

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person, but collectively now, we're getting a nice

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story about the famous Guernsey people of the past.

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Thomas de la Rue left Guernsey in 1816, but his legacy continues.

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We still believe in innovation and entrepreneurialism

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We're the world's largest printer of commercial bank notes.

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We're the world's largest commercial printer of passports.

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And just recently we celebrated 200 years of formation.

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The name Thomas de la Rue may have been more associated

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with this pub than printing, but it's hoped this blue plaque

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will remind people just how much this visionary Guernseyman achieved.

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Well, there's been three days of disruption for travellers

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with a thick blanket of fog covering the islands.

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Bee, I hope you have good news for those who are hoping to head off

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I do. I think we can see that low cloud and mist clearing. It would be

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plain sailing. We will see the wind is picking up. Many of us have seen

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scenes like this today. It feels like forever since some of us have

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seen some sunshine. As we go through the week, there will be some change.

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The winds will start to pick up and we will see some rain at times.

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Hopefully that stubborn mist and fog should start to clear. For tomorrow,

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through daylight hours, it should be dry and we've got this weather front

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out to the west. That will bring a spell of rain overnight and into

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Wednesday. Wednesday looks like a wet day. You can expect a lot of

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cloud, outbreaks of rain, some of which could be quite heavy. For

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Thursday, largely dry day, with some sunshine. We've had a lot of cloud

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today. Some rain are starting to patients over the last few hours, it

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will turn rather damp overnight tonight, it's a mist and low cloud

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persisting. Yet again another grey murky night. In terms other

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temperatures, nothing too worrying. Frost free anywhere between four and

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8 degrees. More hopeful of seeing sunshine tomorrow compared with

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today, some of that mist and low cloud should start to break up. It

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will be largely dry to the day, some sunshine breaking through into the

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afternoon and then during the early evening we get those winds picking

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up with that weather front starting to push on. Here are your times of

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high water. In terms other surfing, we've got fairly clean conditions, a

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bit more of a weighed down towards Jersey compared with further north.

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The winds will be a southerly, four or five. We will have those stubborn

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mist and fog patches but they will start to lift as we go through the

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day. If it be changed on the way as we head towards Christmas. Tomorrow,

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the last of the really foggy and misty days. Some of that will start

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to lift and break-up as we head to the afternoon. A wet and windy day

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on Wednesday. More sunshine as we head towards the end of the week but

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the winds will start to pick up. No of anything wintry though.

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You're up to date with the news from the Channel islands.

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It's all aboard the polar express. Victoria is live somewhere very

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extraordinary. and we can join her now from a very

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appropriate location. It is very chilly but then it would

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be in the North Pole, in the heart of Devon. Tonight we are going to

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give you a real Polar Express experience, I am even armed with my

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hot chocolate. On Friday I asked you if you have ever seen the film.

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Don't worry if you have not because tonight we will give you a real

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experience of the Polar Express and at the same time, launching our very

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own Spotlight express which will be a week-long series of Christmas

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trains and stories driving you on a journey throughout the region,

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hearing from different people about various Christmas traditions. I hope

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he will stay with us as the excitement builds because they are

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only six more sleeps before Christmas. I have seen with my own

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eyes Father Christmas and the elves who have been busy shipping

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Christmas presents across the world. Do stay with us for the Polar

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Express which is packed with very excited children and their parents

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and another person who managed to get a ticket was our very own Andrea

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who went on a journey that no one will ever forget.

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It's an action-packed journey, all the way to the North Pole.

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And it's not just the children having fun.

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A change of pace to drink that hot chocolate and eat their cookies

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and while they do it, the story of the Polar

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We've arrived and the elves and Santa take a break

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I've got some special elves that deal with that.

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Santa says hello and the children, well, just look at their faces.

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# Jingle bells, jingle bells # Jingle all the way.

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On the way back from the North Pole, there's loads more fun.

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# Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.

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# Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.

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# Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open sleigh.

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Father Christmas was here to visit and he gave us a bell.

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I think he's the real Father Christmas.

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Just to see Father Christmas, to ask for what they want for Christmas,

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We have a nice collection of them on the tree now.

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Felt a bit silly in the car on the way up in our pyjamas,

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It was lovely to see you singing and dancing,

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The team are so energetic and so friendly and welcoming.

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It's a real party mood on the train, it's lovely.

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# We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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By the time the Polar Express arrives at its final

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destination in Okehampton, there is no-one on board

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Never mind the children, I am equally as excited as we wave off

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the Polar Express. We have managed to keep hold of some of the

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characters. You are from Exeter. Is this the first year you have done

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it? Yes. What is it like being on board the Polar Express? Really fun.

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How many times have you seen the film? About a million. Two of the

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shafts. Is this the first year you have done it? This is the fourth

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year. It is a great way to see the season in. Everyone enjoying the hot

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chocolate? One of my favourite scenes in the film. We try to do the

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backflips but we just jumped on the chairs. It does seem really good

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fun. Is there a baddie in this film? I own this train, I am the king of

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the Polar Express, the king of the North Pole! I have never seen Father

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Christmas. Seeing is believing. The conductor here in charge of the

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train. We have a schedule to keep. What does that say? Are there any

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nonbelievers on the train? If there are, they get thrown off. It is on

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time. We have a schedule to keep here. Thank you so much. We don't

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have to be here to get into the Christmas spirit. Making your own

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cards and singing carols can fill you with festive fun and a group of

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children in Plymouth have been doing just that.

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Christmas can sometimes be a very lonely time for the old today. These

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children are on a special mission to bring joy.

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It was wonderful. Their little voices and the expressions on their

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faces. They were lovely. I think they enjoyed it as much as I did. It

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is good making people happy at Christmas that don't usually have

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Christmas together with their family. The children handed out

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their home-made Christmas cards to everyone. Thank you very much. I

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drew one with two snowman on. I could cry so easily. They are

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perfect. The way they have drawn, not silly things I have seen before

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and like I draw myself. Mission accomplished, Joy delivered. Have

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you done all of your Christmas shopping yet? Song feel it is

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getting all to commercial these days. What happened to soap on a

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rope and that simple pair of pants that you used to get from your

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grandma? John has been looking back through the archives and finding out

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about Christmas presents. People's aspirations used to be a little more

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colourful. They never had it so good in the

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1950s. As the 60s swung in, people wanted more. I want a jaguar. A

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Mercedes-Benz. These days people expect to be bowled over at

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Christmas and are prepared to splash out. About a ground probably. I have

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three children. Back in the day, folks went wild. How much money do

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you reckon to spend at Christmas time? ?10. To be fair, ?10 is worth

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over 150 quid in today's money says it is easy to see how the Christmas

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budget can balloon. Things that they want, they cost hundreds of pounds

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and when you put in a few board games, nice things, you are there.

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Time to reset those Christmas values, something they hankered for

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52 years ago. I suppose that in England today, it is an opportunity

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when the world is at its dimmest of making whoopee. The real meaning of

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Christmas has been forgotten about. Sometimes the story of the Nativity

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has been lost as well. Many would say amen to that and perhaps we

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should all be thankful for what we have got. What would you like? Good

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health? Nothing else? Christmas presents, Polar Express, we have

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singers here as well. And beware that this evening has been really,

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really chilly. It feels like the North Pole here.

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Well, you are at the North Pole. I am much further south. We seem to

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have lost David. He is a little bit further south at Okehampton station

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where the Polar Express set off earlier on. It comes along the rails

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through the light and ends up here at the North Pole and the children

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are treated to a Christmas extravaganza. We will hear more of

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the carol singers, but, Justin, you would love it here. It looks very

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festive. Let's see the weather is going to be like. It looks like we

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have a change on the way as we had through this week. It will be rather

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cloudy with a lot of mist and fog but we will see some rain starting

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to push in. The satellite picture shows we have a lot of cloud across

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the south-west, some might rain and that cloud. The temperature is

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getting to know tonight. We have various weather fronts out towards

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the West. By tomorrow, we have one to watch out for. It. The cry, some

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of the card will lift and then rain is spreading in in the afternoon.

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The winds will pick up as well and was the end of the week, things do

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start to settle down. We have a lot of cloud out there, most and we have

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had some rain but the bulk of it is clearing towards the east. It will

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be done overnight, a lot of mist and low cloud. With that cloud it does

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mean temperatures are not too low. It should be frost free,

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temperatures of three or 4 degrees. A grey, damp start tomorrow. One or

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two places further east will see some spells of sunshine. Many of us

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keeping that fairly solid layer of cloud. Not as mild as today, highs

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of around eight or 9 degrees. For the Isles of Scilly we will see a

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lot of cloud, some early drizzle and it will stay rather misty. Here are

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your times of high water. In terms of our certain conditions, fairly

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clean conditions. Here we will see five or six foot along the north

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coast. The winds will become suddenly through the day. Some

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drizzle at times and the visibility of all the good occasionally poor.

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It does look like we will see a change through the week. Tomorrow we

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will keep that low cloud but it. To shift as we had through the day.

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Wednesday will look unsettled with strong winds and rain at times.

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Thursday largely dry with some sunshine. Friday the winds picked up

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with some rain spreading in. Rather blustery as we head towards

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Christmas. Jim, a local folk singer is here this evening with the North

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Dartmoor quire. But from us here at the Polar Express, we all believe,

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the team here at Spotlight. Thank you for joining us. Enjoy the music.

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Ben dropping a frozen turkey on Mum's foot.

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Put me down! No, we talked about this.

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Taser him! That is a video game, isn't it?

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I'm going to need at least another 15 years to recover from children.

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This is all nonsense - it's highly entertaining, nonetheless it's...

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I'm starting this new job, I'm taking over a really tough school.

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Where is it? You're not going down south...?

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Huddersfield? I know. That's like the dark side of the moon.

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You do know that this house is haunted?

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This is all nonsense - it's highly entertaining, nonetheless it's...

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