12/04/2017 Channel Islands News


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

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Taking a tougher stance - You're now more likely to be

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prosecuted if you're caught using your mobile phone

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You could kill someone, really easily if you just look at your

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phone 30 seconds. They're not looking where they're going.

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They're not looking where they're going.

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It's definitely too serious, I think they should just get a fine.

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Delays and cancelled operations - Staff shortages are having an impact

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at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

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Keeping it in the family - Jersey weather watchers awarded

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And the weather looks quite promising for Easter, some rain

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around for on Friday but sunny on Sunday.

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More people will be prosecuted in Jersey's courts for using mobiles

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The island's Attorney General has toughened up on offenders by making

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the crime too serious to be dealt with at parish hall level.

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The move comes one month after Jersey Police released figures

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showing prosecutions of drivers using mobiles was at its

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Then the guy should drive? Never macro yeah what was I thinking?

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Never macro yeah what was I thinking?

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Hard-hitting adverts shown across the British Isles

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to make people think twice about using a mobile phone whilst

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driving. Now Jersey's most senior prosecutor is taking a tough stance

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on how offenders will be dealt with, to get the message across.

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Historically, mobile phone offences have be heard

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by Jersey Honorary Police at parish hall level.

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But now, anyone using a mobile phone whilst driving heavy

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goods or hired vehicles, carrying passengers for money,

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involved in a collision or if you text, use the internet

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or make or send photographs while at the wheel,

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The Attorney General issued the new directive stating:

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A move supported by Jersey's Honorary Police.

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Sometimes it is only when people go to court that they realise.

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Particularly if they drive for a living author picking children from

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school, it can have effects on their life if they disqualified from. It

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have a huge impact But do people in St Helier

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think these offences I think it should go straight to

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court and if the people in go to court a deliberate or stay away. I

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don't because there are 100 million other distractions while driving.

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Yet it is dangerous but I definitely think it's too serious.

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A serious move that prosecutors hope will prevent people of taking

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Patients needing surgery in Guernsey are having to wait up to eight

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The Medical Specialist Group says it's waiting for a surgeon

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But as Mike Wilkins reports, it's meant extended injury time

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This man's desperate to play football for his island again.

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Guernsey FC defender Jack Domaille was injured in October.

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He was told four days before his surgery that he would have to wait

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for more than five months for his operation.

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I was gutted. I'd set my heart on head-on and was focused for, and

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that was sort of taken away. It just feels cruel.

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Social media is full of people criticising

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This person, for example, claims her father was told to wait

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two months and soon had a heart attack requiring emergency surgery.

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The Medical Specialist Group says in a statement: "One

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Jack now won't be able to play fof GFC until at least the start

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of the 2019-2020 season, but he says the delays have affected

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It's affected everything. Me and my partner Abe Waterhouse this year and

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that don't be put -- me and my partner bought a house this year.

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That could be put back five months. Financially it's been a bit of a

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Financially it's been a bit of a struggle.

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Although the UK has a different health system, people now have

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to wait a maximum of 18 weeks for an operation.

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And for some people, like Jack in Guernsey,

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The family of the woman found dead in St Helier last week have paid

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tribute to "a loving mother who will be deeply missed".

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Ana Rebelo was found strangled in a St Helier home

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No one has yet been charged with her death.

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Today, in a statement, the 51-year-old's family said

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they continue to grieve and are working with the police

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They thanked islanders for their support, saying, "We have

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They've asked to be left in peace while they try to come

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The body that regulates UK charities is deciding whether to step

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in following the dispute between the RNLI and the St

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The RNLI dismissed the coxswain and the crew resigned in support.

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The Charity Commission's told the BBC it's aware

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of the case in Jersey, but says it doesn't get involved

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However, it can take action if there is mismanagement or damage

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Meanwhile, politicians are set to ask questions in the States next

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The future of dozens of Guernsey businesses is still uncertain

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after permission to change the use of a former vinery site was denied.

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Applicants wanted to change the use of the Pulias Vinery so it

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It was one of two sites earmarked by the States for businesses

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being moved from another former vinery site at the Fontaine.

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But this morning the Planning Authority rejected the move,

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a decision described as a victory for common sense by those who didn't

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want to see industrial businesses on the site.

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Alderney's government is being warned it needs to make

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a decision on the controversial France-Alderney-Britain link soon,

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or risk losing its role in the electricity project.

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The head of the island's Chamber of Commerce claims

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if a decision is not made soon, the chance may pass the island by.

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The half-billion cable will link France and Britain via Alderney.

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Opponents of the project fear it'll damage the island's unique identity.

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You're watching the BBC in the Channel Islands.

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Later in Spotlight with Victoria and Andy...

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A new challenge - swimming seven ocean channels around

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David will have your weather forecast in a moment, but first,

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the UK Met Office today presented a gift to a family in Jersey to mark

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Mary Norman's family in St Brelade has been measuring rainfall

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on the same site since 1917 - it's one of the oldest

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private weather stations in the British Isles.

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Luxmy Gopal went along to find out more.

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It's a family tradition of a different kind.

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Nearly every day for the past century, Mary's family has

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It started with her grandfather, who needed to know rainfall

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Even when there's no rain to measure - as was the case today -

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Mary mocked this up for us as an example.

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While April showers may have been lacking, there was a showering

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of gifts from the UK Met Office to mark the milestone.

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Of the 2,500 sites that record rainfall across the UK

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and Channel Islands, few are run by private volunteers

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and fewer still are 100 years old. I didn't really give it

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When we came here and I realised it will be 100 years in 2017,

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there was something in me that wanted to achieve that mark.

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Only because it would be statistically quite

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I think actually the interesting thing is that the mechanism

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for reading it has not changed in that hundred years.

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There's a lot of talk these days on climate and weather patterns,

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this has been going on for years in farming community.

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To get 100 years worth of data from one site where you can spot

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the changes is invaluable from a scientific point of view.

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And Met Officers say Mary's way of rainfall-measuring will continue

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to be invaluable for recording weather patterns,

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Wonderful, and congratulations on them.

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So, the question is will the Normans be out measuring rainfall

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Rainfall amounts are likely to be small Nellist the main story. The

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rain that comes by over the next couple of days is going to be

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fleeting. Light showers. Perhaps the transfer some more persistent rain

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on Friday evening, Friday night into Saturday. Until then a lot of dry

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weather. This is one of our weather Watchers in Guernsey, some lovely

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sunshine in today. Tomorrow there more cloud, then some showers then

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becoming more dry with the chance of some sunshine developing later in

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the day but it will take its time for that sunshine to reappear,

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perhaps later in the early evening. We do have a front that might

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produce some showers overnight. Fine to start with but then becoming

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increasingly cloudy. High pressure is just being held back to the west

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of us but that does come a little bit closer as we headed into the

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Easter weekend. Not forget Friday though, these two weather systems

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will make progress towards us. Overnight tonight, the cloud will

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return, it's going to be patchy, but towards the morning it will cause a

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few showers and 9 degrees, the minimum amateur. Tomorrow we have

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showers through the morning and dying after lunch followed by sunny

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spells and some breeze with a top capture 12, 214 degrees. The tides

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as you can see here. First first, they waves are not very big brass

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best along the north coast of Guernsey at best. For the coastal

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waters, wins are north-westerly, two to three, occasionally for at first.

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-- four at first. Friday is the day with a lot of crowd and put cloud

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and politically some rain in later in the day. The Norman Tebbit and

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monitoring the range hundreds of years now, but there is a way that

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everyone can get involved in monitoring the weather. We do have

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the BBC's weather weather Watchers website. Here's the address. You can

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sign up. You don't have to be recording the weather all the time.

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You can do would you want to. You can also take pictures as we have

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been showing on the programme, so, join in, send us your pictures, or

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if you are really keen, some weather observations as well. Thank you very

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much David, I joined up the other day so I am hoping to see my picture

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up there in the near future. Before we go a quick reminder of our top

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story in the Channel Islands. More people will be prosecuted in jersey

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macro cautery using their mobile phones behind the wheel. The islands

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the Attorney General has toughened up on offenders. That is it for the

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time being, I am back at eight o'clock and your local news is at

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10:30pm. Good night. It will be new experience for the

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tenant farmer, who will be looking after.

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I have never looked after deer directly, certainly not any managed

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form scenario, so this will be new and slightly interesting. Very

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diverse from what we usually do but they are wild, they are not under

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the same stressors that a farm animal comes under, so hopefully we

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will not have too many issues. It is believed to 16 of these deer

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are pregnant, along with one stack. It is hoped they will have new

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arrivals by June. As people look for different ways to

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celebrate her face, pilgrimage have undergone a makeover. It has taken

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one bishop from his home Parish a long way.

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Two weeks and more than 100 miles on the Bishop of Saint Germans on the

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last leg of his pilgrimage across Cornwall. He has followed two

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ancient routes that have been used by pilgrims for more than 1000

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years. What has it has been like walking

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for two weeks, constantly meeting people? Sam Ricketts has been

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fascinating because apart from the root, I have really not planned too

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much at all. So every day as a surprise and I have met some

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extraordinary people. I have enjoyed incredible hospitality and have been

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to parts of the diocese that I had not visited before and found all

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sorts of interesting stories, fascinating people and I have to

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say, I was nudity but that would be able to walk with me would enjoy

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that but I had not realised that the person who would welcome a false or

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would you like they were joining in. Into pilgrimage spirit, he relied on

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the bounty of well-wishers. He did carry the bag but never needed it

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and the welcome was just as warm. After a well earned break, the party

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set off again for the last few miles, joined by the Bishop has

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researched ancient routes. Many people are searching for a new way

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of spirituality and a new way of relating to God and in the beautiful

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land of Cornwall, you are aware of the fantastic landscape all around

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you and that creation speaks to us about God and the beauty of God and

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his creation, and all that he gives us, the many blessings that we get.

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And the pilgrimage ends here, with the boat crossing to St Michael's

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Mount, the final destination for thousands of pilgrims who have

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trodden this very path over the centuries.

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Best friend from Somerset is on track to achieve a lifelong

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ambition. Was spoke to her just before she set

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off last September and now she, who suffered from any as a child, has

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already completed three swims, one in California, one in Hawaii and one

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in New Zealand. Just go. First Gibraltar, then Japan, followed by

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Northern Ireland to Scotland and finally the English Channel.

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Right now, she is back on training hard and Brendan Rodgers caught by

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the author. -- court backdrop with her.

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My early morning swims may start at seven but finished in the afternoon.

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But when you're training for seven oceans in 12 months, stamina is

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everything. We went down to about 5.5,

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6 degrees, so that by the time it Her toughest challenge to date

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was swimming the Cook Strait She had to abandon one swim,

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but refused to give up and completed it

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on the second attempt. Though when she got

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to the shoreline, she was plainly Back in the pool, she's preparing

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for the next leg of the challenge, the Strait of Gibraltar

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in a couple of weeks. And then I have four

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channels in four months to complete the

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challenge. You have no doubts, do you?

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No, none whatsoever. I know it's possible,

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I know it's entirely possible so the only bit of luck that comes

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into it is to do with the weather, we have to get

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the weather on time. Butterflies in the UK last year

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suffered their fourth The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme

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found 40 out of 57 species showed Scientists are blaming a mild

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winter and cool spring. Well, Clare Woodling

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is at the Butterfly Farm in Buckfastleigh this evening

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where it's quite it is indeed. It is a rainforest.

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That's what's been created here and tropical butterflies living here are

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thriving here in this glasshouse. The sort of conditions you might get

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in Costa Rica... About 90% humidity, but unlike the butterflies that are

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thriving here are butterflies in the wild in the UK are struggling in a

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changing environment. David Field is the owner of the butterfly farm here

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at Buckfastleigh. Why the decline? We have known for that butterflies

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in the wild are in trouble as a result of result of loss of habitat.

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We are losing areas of open natural grassland, wild, unspoiled areas,

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hedgerows as well. Areas that contain plants and flowers, that

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butterflies need to complete life cycles. Climate change is a factor?

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Yes... It is a cause of a problem, and if... It can disrupt butterfly

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life cycles and breeding patterns. What do you have that especial here?

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Butterflies have everything they need here. They're fit cabbage and

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humidity can all the food they need so they really thrive. Visitors can

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see the whole life-cycle from X to caterpillars is jumping on Leeds, to

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butterflies emerging from a chrysalis at the end of the life

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cycle itself. Thank you very much indeed David. It is certainly

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extremely steamy in here it is to be set, so conditions suited to the

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tropics they wear they belong, there is a pond over there which looks

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rather inviting. We'll have a full weather round up

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in just a moment but first, Or cloud than we would like perhaps

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this weekend, but things are staying rather dry and bright. Tomorrow, a

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few showers around them at times cloudy, some sunshine coming through

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in the afternoon. Similar to today, actually. High pressure still close

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by but needs to be somewhat closer. This weather front gave us the few

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showers we saw earlier today, and that is moving out of the way but

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the high pressure is weaker and has moved out into the Atlantic so this

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is the middle of the day tomorrow, and ploughed around to generate

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showers in the morning, brighter in the afternoon. The day that could be

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damp is going to be Good Friday because to weather systems coming

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in, bringing with them some cloud and outbreaks of rain off and on to

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the date but should be gone by the time we get into the weekend. This

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is Saturday with a bridge of high pressure, the worst of the weather

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to the south of us. By Easter date the high pressure is there and just

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about stays there, beginning to weaken on Easter Monday. These two

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weather systems coming in on Easter Monday might be a bit slower than

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indicated, so perhaps half the day on Easter Monday should be fine and

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dry. The satellite picture from earlier today, shows there is some

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good holes in the cloud now, I bit more cloud coming in from the

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north-west later on this evening but this was Teignmouth this evening

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where there was some glorious sunshine. The sun came through, it

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is being pleasant, pleasant but on the cool side though with the wind.

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Hasn't stopped it being a fine day to enjoy for everybody out on their

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holidays and enjoying the seaside. See temperatures at the moment

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around about 10 degrees, 50 Fahrenheit. Overnight the night,

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skies, but later coming down from the north is more cloud. It might

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produce a few showers do the night but I have to say the rainfall will

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be very small for those that see it. That wind will ease, overnight lows

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down to around six or 7 degrees for most of us. Tomorrow, a cloudy and

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great start to the day, but things improve, and by lunchtime or just

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after the skies opened up allowing sunshine through here and there,

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second half of the day looking promising and similar to today

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infect, temperatures responding 13, 14 along the south coast. 55

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Fahrenheit. Lighter winds today than today. -- than today. Cloudy at

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first for the Isles of Scilly, then sunny spells. The Heinz of high

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water, pens and is 649, Plymouth 's 745. For the service, the clean is

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served on the south coast, choppy on the north coast was nothing more

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than three or four feet at best. There's the waters forecast, a few

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showers around, but generally good visibility. Heading to the Easter

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weekend demo Good Friday a cloudy day as I said, spots of rain through

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the afternoon. By the time he gets to Saturday it is bright, dry, a bit

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of shower at some point on Saturday morning but otherwise dry, and

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uneasily itself fine and dry. Could do with being a bit water but we

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can't have everything! Have a nice evening.

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We are back later with news of a humpback whale just seen of Falmouth

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this evening. Goodbye!

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