23/12/2016 Channel Islands News


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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to BBC Channel Islands.

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A frenzied Friday for shoppers sees a buying boost

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Bed shortages and cancelled operations Jersey's hospital

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continues to struggle under pressure.

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We count down the weird, the wonderful and heart

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warming stories that got you talking in 2016.

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We have quite a blustery Christmas ahead of us. Quite mild, but next

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week it is somewhat colder. I will have all the details later in the

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programme. It's frenzied Friday

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for Christmas shoppers. And this year, while it may have

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been a bumper time for people buying online in Guernsey,

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it seems the High Street It's thought changes made to parking

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in town at peak times has encouraged people to get out and go shopping

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as Lucy Bickerton has With just two more sleeps

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until Christmas, it's But how much present buying has been

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done from the comfort of home? Half-and-half. This year we did do

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some shopping online, but now we are doing more on high-street.

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High-street mostly. Yes, for me as well. Mostly online. Definitely. You

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won't be able to buy lovely jumpers like this here. On the high street,

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because I prefer to see what I'm buying. If it doesn't fit, I take it

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back and change it. Guernsey Post says they've

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had their busiest December yet. And put the increase down to more

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people buying online. But initial views are that shops

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are also doing well this Christmas. The good weather may have helped,

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but its thought relaxing some parking restrictions in town has

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also meant more people It's one of those things

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where you you do come with an initiative which this year

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has been fantastic, you work on that and next time we'll perhaps get

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through to the public who perhaps So has this really encouraged some

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people away from their computers I definitely brought mum in today

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knowing that we probably had a bit longer because it takes a longer

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walk in and everything. It's a good idea. Anything to encourage people

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to come into town and support local traders is a good idea. I don't

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think so. I think shopping is a must, so if you need to come into

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town, you need to park and that's it, really.

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The festive retail number crunching won't take place until the new year.

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But for now it seems many will be raising a glass

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13 planned operations have had to be cancelled so far this week

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as Jersey's hospital continues to come under stress.

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Recent staff illness has added to the pressures of severe bed

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shortages and it's not known whether the situation

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Emma Chambers has the latest details.

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As you see with all the lights on in the wards inside,

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the hospital is far from closed, but it is under pressure.

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Managers admit there is a strain on resources at the moment -

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this week the hospital has been on red alert, the second highest

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category, but has since stayed stable at an amber alert

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That means there's a low number of beds available.

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The situation hasn't been helped by higher than usual numbers

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of staff off sick, which has led to the cancellation of a number

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operations including six yesterday and two today.

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The hospital says it's regrettable but unfortunately unavoidable.

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In total 13 operations have been cancelled this week.

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So with Christmas round the corner, what does the next few

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Well, the good news is that there are fewer procedures planned over

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Christmas until the New Year, so clearly fewer operations

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But there also are asking people to act appropriately.

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That means only using the emergency department if absolutely necessary,

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cancelling appointments if patients have had flu or vomiting,

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and contacting GPs and pharmacists for advice on norovirus type

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It means using the emergency department just for emergencies.

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A 31-year-old man in Jersey has been committed to the Royal Court to face

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Wayne Highfield of Regent Road in St Helier is accused of sexually

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assaulting a 25-year-old woman at the end of last year.

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This morning he appeared at Jersey Magistrates' Court

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where his case was committed to the Royal Court.

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Fishing for sea bass has been banned in Jersey's waters.

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The island's Environment Minister says he's made the move to ensure

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the survival of the fish for future generations.

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Commercial ships won't be able to fish for bass,

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and recreational fishermen will have to put back any bass they catch.

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It's the latest step as part of efforts to protect local stocks.

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The latest figures have been released revealing the numbers

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of births deaths and marriages in Jersey for 2015.

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The annual report shows 1052 babies were born on the island -

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the vast majority in St Helier, where the hospital is, with just 22

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Almost 500 couples got married and additionally

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778 people died - 96 more than the previous year.

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Christmas not only dents our purses, but also our relationships.

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Citizens Advice Jersey say January is the busiest month

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for relationship advice because of the financial

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and family pressures that come with the festive break.

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It says there is lots of support and advice out there

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for when relationships break down, but how you cope on the day can

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Some children go up -- grew up hating Christmas because of

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arguments and what happened in their household. Don't let that become a

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legacy of the break-up of your relationship or indeed your divorce.

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Try and, you know, keep it civil for ever on's benefit and think of the

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longer term goals. -- for everyone's So as we steam ahead towards 2017,

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we thought it was a good opportunity to look back at the year's big

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stories - but what were they? Penny Elderfield has the top ten

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stories that got you talking and clicking on this year -

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and there are some surprises. 2016 has a lot to be remembered for.

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At number ten, it's the tale of this sick cat which was taken to

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Guernsey's animal shelter. Things weren't looking good. Until, that

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is, it had a good wash, when it became clear it was just a puppet.

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Number nine, it is the five Jersey boys who went for the England

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manager job. What are you doing in here? Eye after my job? They ended

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up meeting the man who got it, Sam Allardyce. He is a big friendly

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giant. Very friendly. We now know he wasn't there for long. The number

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eight spot goes to Guernsey's election. With all be hellos,

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goodbyes, highs and lows. That's politics. You know, move on to other

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things. An appearance at number seven, although it is all about

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where you do another one or two on board. The ferry operator had to

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change its toilet signs from ladies and gents to symbols after a

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complaint or transgender discrimination. Wrapping it up at

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number six, it is the wrapping teacher from Jersey. Catching the

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attention of American rapper 50 cents. He thinks he has some flow.

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At number five, -- rapper 50 Cent. The greatest honour any diplomat can

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display. This Jersey woman sheltered her Jewish friend for 12 months,

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risking her own life to save his. Another act of wartime bravery at

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number four. These men were deported to prisons in Europe for

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distributing news sheets. After seven decades of searching, this

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year their daughters finally found them. At last. I have found the

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closure I was looking for. At number three, enjoying the December

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sunshine may be the best option for pupils at this Jersey school. After

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their annual summer beach trips were cancelled because of health and

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safety. A nautical number two, and the quest to find a name for this

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research vessel. Eventually, it was after Sir David Attenborough, but

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the public voted for Boaty McBoatface, a suggestion from

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Jersey. The chief Mr Hurd made headlines after describing the

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island as Islamophobic when talking about the decision not to accept

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refugees. He later apologised for his comments, but perhaps won't be

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celebrating his win on this occasion. An eclectic win to say the

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least, but bring on 2017 and all the weird and wonderful news we get to

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hear about. Some great stories there.

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Jersey's Christmas Day swim in St Ouen's Bay has had to be moved

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for the first time because of Storm Barbara.

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Stormy seas and strong winds mean the conditions are just too

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dangerous so instead it will be held at St Brelade.

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Scores of people are expected for the event which sees swimmers

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take a dip in the winter waves without a wet suit.

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This is the first time we've moved it. Obviously we've been looking at

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the weather charts for the last week, and obviously the isobars are

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tallying up. That rapper tightening up. The wind is increasing. With the

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wind and the swell, the rips etc, it will be slightly dangerous for

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swimming in the Bay. That's just one of the many

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Christmas day swims taking place but will the weather help us

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into the icy waters, Thank you. Hello, good evening. I

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think that Christmas this year will not be too bad for the islands. It

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will be quite blustery. Generally quite mild, and we will see some

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showers dotted around from time to time. They're set up at the moment

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is for quite deep areas of low pressure to pass between Scotland

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and Iceland. One that is moving away through the night to come, and

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another quickly follows. The races in the same sort of direction toward

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Iceland through Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day. The weather

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front that trails behind that will eventually get to us, probably not

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until Christmas Day night and the small Isles of Boxing Day morning.

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Until then, we have some patchy rain to get rid of first, and those

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blustery winds, but they should die down later this evening and with

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clear skies at times, tempered as well into single figures, down as

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low as 7 degrees. Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, bright, dry and

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breezy day. Some sunshine. Just the chance of a few passing showers, but

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they will be few and far between. Still quite mild, ten or 11 degrees

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I think will be the maximum temperature with a brisk west or

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south westerly breeze. Our times of high water. St Hilaire 2:33am and

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250 7p. Some big waves have been generated by those two areas of low

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pressure in the Atlantic. I don't think the server will be that clean

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with onshore winds. The winds are from the West tomorrow, Force five

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and occasionally six. Generally fair with good visibility. Here is the

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outlook of way to and including the early part of next week. Sunday

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starts bright and dry. Christmas Day. We will see pretty good

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temperatures on Sunday, 12, 13 degrees. A blustery south west wind

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which will increase through the morning and become strong to gale

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force in the afternoon. A front going through overnight, so Boxing

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Day is bright and dry with lighter wind and then turning cold and

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quiet. For the early part of next week. Have a good evening.

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Before we go, just a reminder there are regular news,

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travel and weather updates on BBC Radio Guernsey

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From all of us here at BBC Channel Island News,

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finish it off. Enjoy. I will, probably too much. That is very nice

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actually. I do have to go back to work boat. See you in a bit, go on,

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go. Still to come in

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tonight's programme... Join me for corals and horses at

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Bigley barracks. -- carols. And a blustery Christmas I had. Quite mild

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but next week at a somewhat colder. Now the last of our

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Santa Steam Train series. Given the time of year we've been

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taking some special journeys on the railway and tonight we travel

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between Paignton and Kingswear. On the Spotlight Express we meet two

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young passengers whose lives are affected by illness this

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Christmas. Our reporter John Danks

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followed their trip Welcome aboard the spotlight express

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on the Dartmouth steam railway. As the train steams on towards

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Kingswinford Dartmouth the excitement is on board is building.

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One passenger trying to take it all then is four-year-old Flynn who is

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here with his grandparents. Flynn's is with us today because his big

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sister has been rushed to Children's Hospital. She is being treated for

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cancer at the moment and has been fighting for 15 months. Her third

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session of chemotherapy so she is away for three months now. Doing

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events and trips like this with the little one is very special to him

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because he misses his sister and his mum. And soon it is time to meet

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Santa himself. I like your jumper! I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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Thank you very much. Flynn's trip was paid for by the Torbay holiday

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helpers network, a charity that specialises in days out for families

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with seriously ill children. I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Also

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getting into the festive spirit is four-year-old Harry from Newton

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Abbot. Is ticket provided by a cancer charity. He has been

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undergoing treatment for leukaemia since April. It is one of those

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little things, it is very small and it means so much to them. He has

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been so excited. Because Father Christmas is here so it is brilliant

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really. Magic of it. And Flynn already knows what he wants for

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Christmas. To play with Allah. -- for to play with Ella. It looks

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like these two have headed off. In the run up to the big day we've

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seen families reunited as servicemen and women return from tours of duty

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- others of course won't be home We'll hear their Christmas

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message in a moment. But first military families have

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gathered to sing carols at the home Johnny Rutherford is

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at Bickleigh Barracks. A carol service with a bit of a

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difference, isn't it? Actually we are at Bickleigh Barracks but have a

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look around, this is in fact the stables at Bickleigh Barracks. Where

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22 horses although they are not quite military forces but I will

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explain that in a second are here at Bickleigh Barracks. Earlier on I had

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a look around the stables. The stable club was founded in 1961 but

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the horses aren't actually military working horses, no Trooping the

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Colour here. Some are owned by military personnel and some by

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Republic. Cathy Gillespie runs the stables. Who are the stables

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actually for? They are here for families and their children and not

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just the military but also be public as well so anybody can come up and

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have riding lessons and see the work that we do, our primary purpose is

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to provide riding lessons and horse care for military families. Would

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you like to have a look around? That would be great. Let me put Bob to

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bed and there will be right with you. This is thin. Hello. He is

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still a baby. Here we have grace. Hello. She is wondering what is

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going on. She is gorgeous. And then we come to my favourite because he

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is my horse. This is labour. The stables here, we work very closely

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with soldiers who have PTSD and problems like that so we are doing

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therapy with them. We're going to be extending that into 2017. Quite a

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big thing because back in May the stables were close to closing and

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within two weeks, and now all good to go. 2017 is definitely for you to

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be our year. Something special going on? I am not going to say, watch

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this space, but there is going to be something very special happening

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over 2017. The commander of 42 commando is here. What does this

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mean having the stables here? It is wonderful, it brings great warmth

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and character to the unit. We are having the carol service this

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evening not just to get into the Christmas spirit to remember all the

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people at 42 Commando deployed at the moment. Members in the Middle

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East but also people in the Naval service and wider Armed Forces

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working for Christmas and means we can figure them. There are some

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families here this evening? Yes, the stables live with us here at

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Bickleigh Barracks but they work with servicepeople from all over the

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Naval service and give a lots of the community so we are bringing in the

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family is deceiving to say thank you. It is always a difficult time,

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to be away from families. Yes, as I said we have people away and it

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gives us a moment to think of them. The stables are all about a

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community and family spirit and there is no better time than

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Christmas to have that. Hopefully we will hear some music later on.

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As we mentioned - many military families won't be

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together this year - spending the festive

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The men and women on board HMS Ocean which is currently out in the Gulf

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have sung their Christmas wishes ? well, almost.

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# Were going to have a party tonight.

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# Snow is falling, all around me, children playing, having fun.

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# The season, love and understanding, Merry Christmas,

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everyone. And you can see the full video

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on our Facebook page. Well, the big day really is almost

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upon us now and here at Spotlight we're big fans of Christmas,

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so our Christmas celebrations Here is a reminder. It is nearly

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over, this stupid money spending bracket we call Christmas. The

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pantries are stuffed with charities, cakes and puddings. Sellers are

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dripping with... Sorry, I have forgotten it. Can we start again?

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What a fantastic site. And Santa Claus has got 31 hours. How much do

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you get paid? I think that is a personal matter, isn't it? Would you

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do it for nothing? I would if they wanted me to.

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I looked across the field. I thought I saw a rabbit, spiced the rain

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gear. When we came close it was a baby reindeer! 531 hours and that

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gives us the speed which is 6 million mph.

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Looking at the plumpness of the breast. Do you agree? Yes.

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The knowing nod. I think someone is following you around. I will miss

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him after Christmas. It feels like Christmas eve, but that is not so

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plenty of time to start the shopping! I would think about what

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It looks like we will have a relatively quiet Christmas. There

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will be some wind. Quite a strong wind. It is easing off a bit

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tonight. It will return tomorrow. Generally it is mild and we will see

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some showers dotted around. Compared to other parts of the country we are

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doing quite well. That book of cloud to the north-east is one area of low

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pressure. That is leaving Canada. Tracking across the Atlantic and it

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has been given a name and it looks like that will head towards the

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centre of Bavaria. Heading towards the far north of Scotland. For much

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of Christmas Eve for tomorrow looks like it will be dry. A few showers

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dotted around. That turns up through Christmas Day. The weather front

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will arrive late in the day for us on Christmas day afternoon into

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Christmas Day evening. Let's have a look at the rain we saw earlier

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today because that is now clearing away from Dorset and the east of

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Somerset and what we are left with is more broken cloud over to the

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West. This was earlier today where is there was some pretty big waves.

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Strong gusts of wind earlier today have whipped up the seas. Not too

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bad for people other than the bug with the breeze nowhere near as

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strong across the northern half of Britain. 40 or 50 mph. Those winds

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have eased and I think for tomorrow it won't be nearly as windy and

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actually quite a bit brighter too. This evening and overnight tonight

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the first line of showers clears away and we are left with clear

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skies. Just a few showers dotted around. In between some lengthily

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clear skies which will it turns quite cold. Overnight temperatures

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could well be as low as three or four Celsius. I don't think we will

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see a frost but it will be a cold start. We should get some morning

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sunshine before the cloud thickens and later in the day we will start

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to see thicker cloud approach from the far west but most of the day

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brightened dry. The chance for a few showers. Otherwise a dry story and

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not as windy is today. Temperatures getting up to an around ten or 11.

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For the Isles of Scilly bright and breezy then cloudy in the afternoon.

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For other surfers the waves are going to be big. Very messed up

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because of the wind. Ten feet along the northern shores of Cornwall. The

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winds for the coastal waters are westerly. Forced 5-6. Mainly fair

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with generally good visibility. Here is the Christmas Day broadcast. A

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lot of cloud and also quite windy. Not strong to start with but picked

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up and in the afternoon on the coastline we will have gale force

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winds. Through boxing day and the early part of next week it is much

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quieter but also quite a bit colder. The only white stuff we are likely

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to see is a bit of frost from early next week. From all of us have a

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lovely Christmas, back to you. Well, that's our last full

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programme before Christmas - we will, of course, keep you up

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to date in our bulletins We'll leave you tonight

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with the sound of members From Arsenal, a very happy

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Christmas. -- we leave you with Rudolph, the

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red nose reindeer.

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