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Good evening. news teams where you are.

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I'm Charlie McArdle Welcome to the programme.

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?80 million - the cost of a cruise berth for Guernsey,

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Jersey politicians get a grilling from students

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Plus creative crochet crafters wanted for Jersey's very

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It is harder than it looks but after a bit of practice, I will pick it

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up. This low pressure is going to be our friend with the risk of showers,

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possibly some sunshine. All the details later in the programme.

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More shops, ferry services and ultimately more money for Guernsey.

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That's what a deep water berth could provide according to a member

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of the island's Development and Planning Authority.

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Deputy Victoria Oliver says if there are wider economic benefits

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then the cost of building a berth could be justified.

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Mike Wilkins reports as the first cruise ship passengers

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The first cruise ship passengers of the season

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As Guernsey doesn't have a cruise liner berth, people have to come

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ashore on these small boats, known as tenders.

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And it's something tourists didn't seem to mind today.

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On many cruisers we have made, we have been taking the boats onshore

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when the harbour was not as big for the cruise ships. Little boat, it is

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OK for us. We spend a lot of time and see and we make to cruisers. On

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the sea, it is tough. It is no problem. The sea is no problem.

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Cruise ship companies are very happy visiting Guernsey,

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and that's reflected in the growing visitor numbers.

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More than 130,000 people came ashore last year, that's 10,000 more

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But feedback from the bigger ships shows ferrying large numbers

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of people to and from the shore can cause problems and they'd welcome

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Deputy Victoria Oliver is a member of the Development

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She says if there are wider economic benefits then the cost

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of introducing a berth could be justified.

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It would have to show that it is a benefit that we could get a more

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reliable ferry service and also it would have to have greater

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implications. If you are going to build something like this, if you

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look at Hong Kong, they have shops where their ferry terminal is, a

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huge outlet and it could be a benefit to the island without taking

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away from the main town. But the man who's responsible

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for Guernsey's ports says a cruise The return at the moment, it doesn't

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stack up. There are high capital priorities for the ports are matters

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not one of them at the moment. When the States last considered

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a deep water berth it was estimated But when cruise ship passengers

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alone contribute more than ?4 million a year to Guernsey's

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economy, it's an issue that some An extensive search involving

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Alderney's lifeboat, air search and the island's

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emergency services led to the discovery

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of a man's body last night. It was found at Crabby

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bay, near Alderney's Earlier in the day the police

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were looking for island resident, A formal identification

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will take place later. In Jersey, the police have confirmed

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that the body found off the south coast of the island last

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week was of Valerie Jehan. The pensioner went missing

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on March 3rd after catching Her body was found by fishermen

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near Noirmont Point. A file is being prepared

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for the coroner. If you had the chance

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to grill the politicians, Today it was the turn

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of the younger generation at Jersey's Youth Assembly

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in the States Chamber. Topics which came up for debate

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included student finance, Luxmy Gopal joined

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them in the chamber How did it compare to

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a normal States sitting? Quite similar format -

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Bailiff presiding over much of it, prayer in French, there were tough,

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if not tougher questions, Was their debate also? They covered

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tourism and school buses and student finances, student loans. Students

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were asking why there isn't more funding available to help them go to

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university and the assistant education minister said the island

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can't afford to go it alone and the ink -- industry isn't looking at a

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joint scheme. It did cover a lot of the big political topics of the day.

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The youth assembly is designed to get youngsters into politics. Does

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it work? This was the 20th youth assembly and it is to get them

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engaged in politics and this is what some of the students told me

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earlier. It is really important, especially for the youth of the

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island. We have such a small States assembly and it is important for

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people to get involved and get their voice heard. It gives the members a

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chance to hear what people have to say and the new ideas. It inspires

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people to go in the realm of politics. It is important because we

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are not very involved with things and it gives us an opportunity to

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get to know what is going on and learn more about it for ourselves.

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This was the 20th assembly so what is the impact? It is hoped it will

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lead to wider democratic engagements. The bailiffs started by

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reminding the students of their duty to vote in elections. Historically

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there has always been a low vote turnout for younger people. Thank

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you very much. More steps need to be taken

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to understand the the risks and opportunities for Alderney's

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businesses as the UK starts The States President Stuart Trought

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was speaking for the first time about the island's vision

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in a post Brexit world - and said he was committed

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to exploring its international And while he wants Alderney to be

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consulted, he accepts Guernsey will have to represent the island

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on some matters. Police are appealing

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to a skateboarder to come forward after an accident

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in St Helier this morning. Just before nine,

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a 63-year-old woman The skateboarder who was involved

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in the collision stayed with the woman as they waited

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for an ambulance. The cost of sending letters

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in Jersey is going up From April 11th, there's a one pence

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increase on local letters, and a three pence increase sending

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to the UK and Channel Islands. The increase is being blamed

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on pressure from Royal Mail as well as the fall in the value

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of the pound. Do you remember this

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stunning installation Well it's inspired many

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communities to try and come up with their own creative ideas

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to mark Remembrance Sunday In Jersey, this year there are plans

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for a swathe of poppies - albeit not on the same scale

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as London, but with a twist or two. We sent our crafting supremo

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Alison Moss to find out more. Here we are in Jersey's Central

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market. The old Victorian fountain is being refurbished but also that

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Remembrance Sunday it is getting ready. Tell me about this big vision

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of yours. It started very small and the idea was to get volunteers from

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the community to make poppies, net, crochet, whatever, so we could do a

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display for Remembrance Day. Also from people to reflect on what

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remembrance means to them. It is a community-based thing and we are

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trying to get community spirit back into this beautiful market and for

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the island. You want to cover this in poppies. How many were you need?

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Initially my first thoughts were 5000. As many as we can get. There

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are classes being held in the Central market on how to learn to

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crochet but how difficult is it for a novice like me to pick it up? It

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is tricky because you have to be confident with the first stitch. It

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takes practice. Practice is what we are going to do. Hopefully there

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will be thousands of poppies by the time November comes around and we

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will come back then to have a look. I can't wait to see it. Here is one

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Alison didn't make earlier. It's a been a great day

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in the islands the sun was shining and even a glimpse or two

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of blue skies. Spring is in the air and the clocks

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go forward this weekend. It depends on what you use your

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weather for. Tomorrow is not such a fine day. There is the risk of

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showers around. These were the pictures taken by you today. We have

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some glorious sunshine. We will find more cloud tomorrow. There will also

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be some showers. There will be some sunshine and it would be less windy.

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We between weather systems. This layer of cloud cleared away

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eastwards. This cloud is heading our way and it has some rain associated

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with it. A weather front is coming in on the wind becomes strong. It

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produces some outbreaks of rain into the small hours of the morning. We

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are in the middle of low pressure for Wednesday and we could have

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slow-moving showers and then easterly wind that sin as we head

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into Thursday and Friday. That is the clear sky we saw earlier today.

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The showers are now on the radar heading our way. For the first four

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-- part of the Knights, it is dry and breezy with wind freshening from

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the south. The rain could be heavy in places and five or six Celsius

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will be the minimum temperature. Tomorrow is a wet morning. We have

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sunshine but also showers and some of those showers are at risk of

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being happy with the risk of thunder. Lighter winds than we have

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seen and eight Celsius is the top temperature. These are the times of

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high water. Waves will be choppy. Variable wind of tomorrow. Becoming

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very ball through the afternoon. Showers, mostly good visibility.

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Warmer with easterly winds developing towards the end of the

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week. That is it for the time being. I will be back with a news update at

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eight o'clock this evening. Until then, goodbye.

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And people are flocking to the south Devon coast in the hope of spotting

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the humpback whale just like this near Berry Head.

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We can't resist just coming to see if it's going to be around

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and to see what photos we can get and all that sort of thing.

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Because it's not supposed to be here and it's such a wonderful animal.

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It is quite a buzz because it is unusual to see it so close to the UK

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coast. An amazing feeling. Not everyone has been so lucky. I was in

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a B and it was seen there but no. I was supposed to be home hours ago

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and I thought I can't, not now. Not when it is due and if I leave

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somebody will say it was seen at 5pm!

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They're saying, we've come all the way down from Bristol,

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from Birmingham, somebody came down from Manchester.

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When I was in New Zealand I spent a lot of money

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going whale-watching - didn't see anything.

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I can walk down, half a mile from home, and there's a really good

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chance of seeing the humpback whale in the bay.

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Pete's seen a rise in bookings since the whale was first spotted,

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and he is one of a number of businesses benefiting

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I've been here for 40 years and never seen one in the bay,

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and we've also had porpoises and gannets diving and a seal.

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And, yeah, the bay is absolutely thriving,

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it's absolutely full of life, it's wonderful.

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Well, I've been here for three hours now and, sadly, no joy.

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And I have to admit it is strangely addictive, so I can really see why

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so many people are flocking to South Devon in the hope

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that they'll catch a glimpse of the whale.

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When Emma turns up, the whale is nowhere to be seen.

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Well, joining me now is James Wright from the National Marine Aquarium.

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This is making business boom in the area so it is quite unusual. Whale

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watching is big business in other parts of the world, they have a

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reliable population and this is more sporadic and unexpected. Have we had

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one here before? There are humpbacks around the UK coast land, 1500 years

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ago there were more, whaling was a big business many years ago which

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have a dramatic effect on the population. The worldwide population

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was 120000 and the numbers dwindled into the thousands. The global

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population is back up at 80,000. We may see the effect of the

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reproduction occurring overprotected years. It is a spectacular sight and

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lovely to glimpse a view. There were many worries it was so close to the

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shoreline, what is their normal way of being out in the sea, this is

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unusual? Yes, they do migrate. They move to cold waters where they catch

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smaller fish to feed on and they move to warmer waters when their

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calves are born. It is not unusual to have them close to the shoreline.

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It is not that surprising in those areas however here it is surprising,

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normally be expected the four or five on the Scottish islands. Could

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be in trouble or distress? I don't believe so, they can be occasions

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where this happens and there are videos on the internet where people

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rescue Wales that are caught in fishing gear or lost fishing gear or

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purposely laid and they can sometimes rescue them but the fact

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it has been around three weeks and it has gone away and come back, it

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is quite enjoying the area. He likes it here! And the wail in the North

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died washed up on the shoreline, is there a risk? There are many whales

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out there. People will be quite surprised that Wales around the

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shoreline naturally and sharks as well. We cannot see them but are

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there. The dead whale could have died miles and miles away and

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drifted onto the shore. Thank you. Now to one man's mission to help

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people better understand disability. But as Clare Jones now reports,

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he's using his new role as a nude Since birth he has lived

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with cerebral palsy and a speech problem, but he won't let

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that stop him. I was the first severely disabled

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person to do a Dance Theatre BA Presently, I am studying for

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a Masters in Performance Training. Kevin communicates with an iPad,

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by using his nose or a head pointer. My speech is my biggest problem

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because, not being able to verbally communicate,

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most people think I'm mentally challenged and I don't

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know what I'm doing. When people take the time to engage

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with me, they find out who I am. Kevin has become a life

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model to use his nudity When I am dancing or life modelling

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I am expressing who I am. That I am intelligent,

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creative, sensitive and fully I am focusing on movement, nudity

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and my disability gives me great body definition. He is determined

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not to let his disability get in the wake me run for parliament,

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travelled around the world and... In the future I hope to get my masters,

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do a Ph.D. And make more close friends. It hasn't always been easy.

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I understand I challenge many people and their perceptions of disability.

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To my amazement, many artists and even lecturers have problems with a

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disabled life model. Kevin's view is life is for living. If one persons

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view of what I can do is altered positive leak, it is a small victory

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in the battle to be accepted. -- positively.

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A Plymouth theatre built with war damage compensation in 1961,

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has risen up once again and will reopen as another major

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The Athenaeum was moth-balled eight years ago but is undergoing a make

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over so it can stage professional entertainment once more.

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Its opening show 'Dracula' is a family comedy preformed

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by the South West troop Le Navet Bete.

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Johnny Rutherford joined in on rehearsals.

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I am in the story. Where is the patient? This woman needs a stake

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through the heart. Get me a stake. Restrain her. Stop, stop! We cannot

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have killing on the BBC. It is professional theatre like this which

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we are seeing more of in Plymouth. It is a chance for us to reach a

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larger audience in Plymouth. We have had an incredible run at the

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Barbican but it is only 140 seater so for us to be able to grow and

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there is demand for our work in Plymouth, we have to be able to move

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to a bigger venue. The theatre seats 340 and it went dark as the stage

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was said to be draining the charity funds. Now in partnership with the

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Barbican, it hopes to be in Plymouth's limelight again. It is a

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growing interest in culture and people are now willing to experiment

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and have a go at unusual things so I would like to see dance, comedy, and

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live literature works. The initial stage shows will be professional

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lead shows with the Barbican Theatre but hopefully as we make the theatre

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more sustainable, we can allow the local companies to come back and

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enjoy it as they did. It takes me back because I remember acting on

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this stage Jesus Christ superstar, West side story and even a Star Trek

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rip-off and the stage I remember revolved but that is rare in the

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south-west. Dracula opens at the end of the month. And then on to the

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theatre. More work! Twelve of the largest stones

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from the last of Dorset's open cast mines have been put together

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to create a unique art installation. The project, on Portland,

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has taken three years to create and has been paid

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for by the arts council. Geologists and mathematicians have

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helped place the stones, weighing up to 22 tonnes each,

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so they celebrate both the landscape,

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the solstice and the equinox. The Stones actually create vistas

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out of the landscape and they also throw shadows into the centre

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and people will be able to read information from pools of light

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within the stone shadows so you'll be able to read the landscape

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through the stone. Now what would you do with seven

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hundred thousand pounds? People who live in the west Somerset

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village of Porlock are being asked for advice on how to spend what has

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been described as a "jaw The money has been left

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in a will to benefit And as Clinton Rogers reports,

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now they have to decide As recreation grounds go,

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it is all ready pretty impressive. Now imagine you have

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nearly three quarters It is such a big

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amount of money and... Something amazing

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for the kids, maybe. Probably build a swimming

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pool or something, that The public will get their say

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because 1200 letters have been delivered to people living

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in the area asking for ideas on how to spend the money left to them

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by a lady called Susan Taylor. You know one of the more intriguing

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things about this story is very We have not met anyone

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who knew her well, we don't What we know is she was in her late

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90s when she died in December and apparently she had no surviving

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children and so the bulk of her estate was left

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to the Recreation Ground And can you imagine the surprise

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of those in charge of this area when they were told

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there was a legacy for them? When he came to see me and told me

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what the amount would be, ?700,000 and possibly more,

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it was just jaw-dropping. It will be several months before

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the final decision is made but one thing is certain,

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Porlock is about to get one of the best recreation

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grounds in the south-west. Incredible story. Time for the

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weather forecast. It was sunny and then real downpours. Four seasons in

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one day. Nice in places but also quite bad. We have had a variety and

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some sunshine as well, not all bad news. You have been taking your

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pictures. A lovely shot of the beautiful blue sky. Little clouds to

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sport the sunshine but elsewhere a rainbow in Lyme Regis with heavy

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showers and more to come. The showers continue this evening and

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overnight. Tomorrow, less windy, and there will be showers around but

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slow-moving so you may get a torrential downpour and the risk of

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thunder and hail but also some sunshine to enjoy. Perhaps some of

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us getting away with a largely dry day tomorrow. The showers of one

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village but hitting the next. You can see we have speckled cloud

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around low-pressure, there is white as well so some snow on Dartmoor,

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the possibility of snow overnight tonight, it will not stick around

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and will melt through the day if it falls at all. Low-pressure settled

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across us and then moves south into Friday -- into France giving

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easterly wind towards the end of the week. The easterly wind may have

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cloud associated as well so the chance of a few more showers with

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the easterly wind which generally gives dry weather. The showers Papa

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western Britain, there is a line of cloud approaching giving more

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persistent rain later tonight. -- peppering. There was some sunshine

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and showers in Plymouth earlier, some lovely shots from a cameraman

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and it felt quite pleasant but a chop in a Plymouth Sound and the

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breeze has been quite strong across the south-west. We lose the first

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weather front coming into night, that will have gale force winds and

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as it travels through the south-west, a dusting of snow on

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higher ground like Exmoor Dartmoor and the wind will drop, the sky is

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more clear and it will turn quite chilly. It is quite cold and

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temperature as could be as low as two or 4 degrees. Tomorrow, a cloudy

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day, the sunshine will come through and the showers while widespread

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will be slow-moving and isolated so lengthy spells of sunshine in

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between the showers, not overly warm, seven or 9 degrees. It will

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feel warmer with light wind. A largely fine and dry day on the

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Isles of Scilly. Have a good evening. Claire has the late news at

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10:30pm and an update on the meeting about the threat to a care home in

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the Isles of Scilly. We are back tomorrow. Good night.

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