23/03/2017 Channel Islands News


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

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The mental health of teachers should be one of the priorities for

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In order to make this a success, they've got to have a happy

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workforce and really they need to pay more attention to the welfare of

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teachers and two teachers are more general well-being. .

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Making sure the Channel Islands are not forgotten

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Plus, start your day in the best possible way with Wake and Shake

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Raising standards, teaching local history, and responding

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to care inquiry findings - these are some of the priorities

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for Jersey's Education Department in the coming years revealed

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It says, despite having to make savings, it can deliver.

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While unions welcome the plans, they're highlighting the pressures

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Education in Jersey has been in the spotlight a lot lately,

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from issues around free nursery places to funding

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Today, the department laid out its progress

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over the past two years, and its priorities for the next two.

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These include: teaching children more about the island's

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history and politics, updating guidance on children

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with special needs, and improving standards in schools,

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all against a background of having to make savings.

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While some union reps welcome the business plan,

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they say teachers' mental health should be a priority.

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In order to make this a success, they've got to have a happy

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workforce and they really need to pay more attention to the welfare

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of teachers and to teachers' emotional well-being,

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The issue of stress in the industry was highlighted in a recent

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survey of Jersey teachers, with concerns about workload

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The department say they're taking the responses seriously.

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There were two key areas, one was, as you mentioned, workload,

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which is why we're working with teachers to see

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The second is training, they'd like more than we currently

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provide, so we're responding to both those issues.

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The department's confident it can follow through its business plan,

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despite the challenge of having to tighten its belt

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Flags are flying at half mast in the Channel Islands today

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in sympathy for those affected by the Westminster terror attack.

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It was requested flags on public buildings be flown

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Guernsey's senior politician has today written to the Prime Minister

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Meanwhile, security at the ports in Guernsey and Jersey

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has been stepped up, although the threat

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A former ambulance station officer in Guernsey has been suspended

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for a year after failing to follow up an aborted 999 call from a man

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Alan Hamilton called the St John Ambulance in July 2014,

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The station officer at the time Jason Garnham has now been suspended

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Our reporter Jessica Banham has been following this story.

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Jessica, what more do we know about the call?

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Back in July 2014, Alan Hamilton, who was a groundsman

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at the King George VI playing fields, called the St

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That call was cut off and the next day he was found dead

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Now, this week, Jason Garnham - who was in a supervisory position

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that day as the ambulance station officer - was the subject

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of a conduct and competence hearing at the Health and Care Professions

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council over the way this call was handled.

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The hearing heard how the member of staff who took the initial call

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did attempt to call Mr Hamilton back twice but was unsuccessful.

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She said she then asked Mr Garnham whether she should carry

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on trying, but was told she should "stop panicking."

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And what did Mr Garnham say happened next?

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Mr Garnham denied all the allegations against him and told

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the hearing he had followed the correct procedures.

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But today the committee panel found that Mr Garnham failed to send

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the police or ambulance out and failed to ask the call-taker

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to fill in the appropriate call log afterwards.

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It's worth noting here that the hearing was told

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there is "no suggestion" the alleged failings contributed

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But the panel did find that Mr Garnham's behaviour constituted

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misconduct and he's been suspended from the council's register

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for a year, which means during that time he won't be able to practice

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The inquest has opened into the death of Valerie Jehan,

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who went missing from Jersey's north coast.

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The 75-year-old's handbag was found on cliffs

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near Devil's Hole and her body later discovered three miles off Noirmont.

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Today's inquest heard her death is not suspicious

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and was adjourned waiting for results of the post-mortem exam.

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Concerns have been raised about the number of late deliveries

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The aim is to deliver all letters by 2pm each day.

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The consumer group PostWatch says it's been made aware of instances

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It's now looking into the situation to assess

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There will be exceptional circumstances and if it is due to

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fault, we can't alter the weather. Our understanding is that hasn't

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been really do to those sort of circumstances, beyond Guernsey's

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post-control. We don't really know the reason why some of them are

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going late. A report says the Channel Islands

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relationship with the UK must be protected and their voices heard

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in Brexit negotiations. The House of Lords has been

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investigating the implications of Brexit for the Crown

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Dependencies. It identifies concerns

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for the finance industry and the ability to attract EU

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citizens to live and It also questions the islands

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abilities to trade freely with the UK and Europe,

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as Lord Kinnoull Farming and fishing are both things

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which the UK will be discussing with the EU and because of the close

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relationship between the UK and the Channel Islands, these things will

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need to be on the agenda as well. So the position is completely clear for

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the Channel Islands as well as for the UK. What are the implications

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for the island's finance industries? The relationship between the

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financial services industry is pretty symbiotic with the City of

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London, that is actually a good thing because it's clearly very high

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up on the list of things to be dealt with with the EU in the Brexit

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negotiations. You are calling on the UK Government to make sure the

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island voices are heard. How confident are you that their voices

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will be heard? We are confident at the moment the process is working

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well. We heard from the Chief Minister both of Guernsey and Jersey

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that the impression was that interaction between the UK

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Government and the Government of the Channel Islands was going well. How

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can the islands make sure they are not forgotten in this process? I am

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sure the Chief ministers will work very hard indeed to make sure their

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voices are heard with the UK Government ministers, but they also

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will note those we as the scrutiny committee in the House of Lords and

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the scrutiny committee in the House of Commons, are extremely interested

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in making sure the whole UK family, the interests are advanced and

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properly considered. Senior politicians in Guernsey

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and Jersey have welcomed We're told exercise is good not just

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your body but your brain as well, especially first thing

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in the morning. So, as part of their wellbeing week,

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teenagers at one Jersey school put that theory to the test today,

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as Chris Harrison reports. After only just waking,

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its time for these students Here at Hautlieu School,

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pupils took part in a quick exercise It wakes you up and most teenagers

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struggle to get out of bed, dragging themselves into school, it gets the

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blood pumping and muscles moving, wakes them up and sets them up the

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day, keeps them awake during lessons. It's a good idea, they do

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it in China and Japan and they seem to have really good academic

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results, so maybe there is a correlation there. It's been really

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fun, something we do in the form time and sometimes, just hanging

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around dance around, it's really fun for the whole school.

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It's all part of the schools wellbeing week, highlighting how

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important it is to take time to look after both mind and body.

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This morning's Wake and Shake event was led by a local health agency.

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This was originated between the school and ourselves and we were

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having talks about what we can do to get ourselves into the community and

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it is the most fun way and it's nice to get to a lot of kids quite easily

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as well. After a positive start,

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could this school be onto something? I think that's a real possibility.

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In the first stages, it was a voluntary activity, students can she

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will, we are not doing this because we are told to, but because it works

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for us, makes us less moody in the morning and more are ready to learn.

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The students now head off to class, hopefully more awake

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And if it proves popular, it could be their regular

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David, is Wake and shake something you might consider to get

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I think it will, yes, especially if the weather is good and it looks to

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be good this weekend. We have had rained today, this is the grey skies

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across Jersey. It looks like tomorrow a lot of that cloud should

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move away, much brighter, some sunshine and a keen wind, not as

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warm as we would like. This cloud is an area of low pressure heading down

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towards the west coast of Spain and Portugal by the middle of the day

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tomorrow. Behind there are clearing skies, brighter weather, a windy

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weekend, certainly on Saturday morning. Strong easterly winds, gale

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force for a time but high pressure is taking. Patchy cloud this

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evening, still giving outbreaks of rain here and there but a lot of

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that will move away overnight tonight as it goes away to the

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western end of the English Channel, these guys were clear and by the

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small hours of the morning, a fair amount of clear skies and

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temperatures are low. Fort tomorrow, we are expecting to see patchy

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clouds, summer showers, most of us dry, with sunny spells developing

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and top temperature of 11 or 12 degrees, but a brisk north east wind

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developing. Those could be quite strong, especially by the end of the

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afternoon and into the early part of the evening. The is our times of

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water. The ways are small tomorrow with those easterly winds and not

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much for most other beaches. The easterly winds will feature in the

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weather. Generally fair with good visibility. It will be a windy start

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to the weekend, Saturday is going to be fine, dry, plenty of sunshine,

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but cold and strong winds, the wind evening on a Sunday and a little bit

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warmer by the time we get to the early part of next week.

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A reminder of our top story tonight. Raising standards, teaching local

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history and responding to your enquiry findings, these are some of

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the priorities for Jersey's education department in the coming

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years is revealed in its latest business plan. That's it for now,

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I'll be back with the news update just before eight o'clock and then

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again before a past ten. Good evening.

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A Torquay explorer whose adventures are at the heart of a new Hollywood

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blockbuster film is being celebrated at a South-West museum

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Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon in 1925

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They were searching for an ancient lost city, which is the story behind

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Ahead of the film being released this weekend, our South Devon

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reporter John Ayres has been taking a look.

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What you seek is far greater than you ever imagined.

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The film may be typically Hollywood, but the main character

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It's the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett,

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who was born in Torquay and schooled in Newton Abbot.

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He was a former soldier, cartographer, spy and explorer -

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some might argue the inspiration for that well-known film

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The photos we have of Fawcett, they almost evoke that

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Indiana Jones-type image, but also, he has been linked

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to other famous characters and he was a definite inspiration

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for a character in Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World novel,

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because Fawcett and Conan Doyle became close friends

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and Conan Doyle effectively wrote the Professor Challenger character

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This film is based on a true story where Percy Fawcett,

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played by Charley Hunnman, went off in search of the lost

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city of Z with his son and son's best friend,

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Torquay Museum has various artefacts relating to Fawcett,

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including his school cap, false teeth and his diary

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from the film, based on the diaries they have.

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The production company came to the museum and,

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during that research process, they decided that they needed

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to reconstruct their own diary that Charley Hunnam could use.

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They made it a little bit bigger, as well, because on the screen

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they wanted to make it nice and visible.

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He even, during the film, used a diary to block an arrow

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Percy Fawcett has featured in Torquay Museum's ongoing

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Explorers' collection, but they are hoping

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to have an exhibit dedicated to him later in the year.

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The film The Lost City Of Z comes out on Friday.

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Now it won't have escaped your notice that tomorrow

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is Red Nose Day, when people will be taking part in all sorts

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of events to raise a smile and money for Comic Relief.

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Here at BBC South-West there is much talk of the Great British Bake-Off

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style Cake-Off challenge when presenters from radio

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and television went head to head in the kitchens of City College

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Their challenge was to bake a Victoria sponge,

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decorate it and sell it, with the winner being the one

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Simple, you'd have thought, but there were a few surprises.

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Radio Devon's David Fitzgerald was there to compere the event.

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Big mistake having a husband-and-wife team here.

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There's no way you need that much butter.

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My wife wife packed me off with a little box of stuff,

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a recipe to follow and even the teddy, for extra comfort.

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I quite like cooking, but I've never baked a cake.

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I've got no sort of technical hinterland or anything to draw on,

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so I'm literally just going to follow these instructions

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I'm doing mini Victoria sandwiches today.

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My thinking was that what would you prefer to have?

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I'm actually mixing it up and I'm going for a chocolate

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You've been on one, two, three, four rows now.

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I can move around as I wish, I've been told.

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If you put them all in at once, they go all squiffy.

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Well, I'm not sure that's right, now.

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Is the shell supposed to be in there like that?

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I tell you, I'm making double the amount here.

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I'm not sure what, but it's got something.

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Victoria sponge or Victoria cocktail?

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Well, I concede that my offering is looser than any of my rivals.

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I've had a quick peek around the room.

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A pint and a half of cake isn't going to work!

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Larry, I'm sorry, where it says tablespoons of milk, can you show me

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She has split milk in their to weigh up to two tablespoons.

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I think you and I should start again at this point in time.

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Tomorrow, on Red Nose Day itself, we will find out whether any of them

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actually managed to bake a cake and sell it, and if

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Did you really have eggshells in viewers, David? And how you cheat,

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as well. It looks like good fun. A big important weather day-to-day.

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Today, we celebrate World Met Day and this year s theme is clouds .

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We asked you for your photos and here they are.

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Thank you to everyone who has been sending in your photographs.

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Tomorrow it will still be a great day. It is been pretty miserable

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today with the brain, wind and cold. Tomorrow will be cloudy, patchy rain

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beginning to clear but also quite breezy. The promised the moral of

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brighter skies and even some sunshine yet in the day. We have an

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area of low pressure at the moment but it is on the move and it is

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moving away from us. That is high pressure and it is coming at the end

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of the weekend. For the weekend, that is the good news. The bad news

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is that we are on the edge of it so there will be a keen wind to look

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forward to on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the south coast. At

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the time you get the Sunday that wind will begin to drop. Cold at

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night for the weekend, with some pretty good daytime temperatures.

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That was the rain we saw earlier today. It is moving away but still

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the risk of showers left behind. That will continue for this evening

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and overnight tonight. It is rather misty grey, spots of light rain and

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drizzle on the south coast. Any breaks in the cloud will be in the

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North Devon and the northern part of Somerset. Some of that rain will

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come back before dawn tomorrow morning. There will be a keen wind

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tonight, temperatures will not be as low as last night. A mild night, 5

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degrees the minimum. Tomorrow will be warmer but still quite damp

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through the morning. Gradually, a lot of that patchy rain will fizzle

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out by the time you get to the afternoon there will be breaks

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developing in the cloud, sunshine and North Devon, fine weather

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drifting into parts of Somerset and Dorset. Hopefully we will see more

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in the way of sunshine. It will feel warmer despite the fact that is

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quite windy. Many others inland, not a bad second half to the day. At top

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temperature of 11 degrees. The forecast as we head into the weekend

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has a strong wind developing. For the Isles of Scilly, it is a

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blustery day tomorrow, a few showers around but also sunny spells. For

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all of us the wind will be a feature on Saturday. Times of high water.

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Small waves on the coastline tomorrow for our surfers. Usable,

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but only two or three feet. The coastal water forecast has the winds

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from the ether north-east, occasionally seven. Patchy rain,

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becoming merely fair with good visibility. Those winds will be

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strong on Saturday, possibly reaching gale force through the

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English Channel. Saturday is a blustery day, but a fine day. Not a

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cloud in the sky on Saturday, a maximum of 14 degrees. Sunday, more

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in the way of cloud, windy conditions. Similar conditions on

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Monday. So, at last, some fine weather, and awarded the weekend as

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well. My mum got several that taught us

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out today. He is 70. He likes the warm weather. Thanks for joining us.

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Join us again tomorrow, good night.

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