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This is East Midlands Today with Dominic Heale and me, Kylie

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Pentelow. Our top story tonight: just in time - a bone marrow match

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for Rik Basra. After months of hunting for a donor,

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the Leicestershire policemen will have a life-saving operation within

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days. Also, the soldiers are spending

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Christmas on patrol while their families worry back home. I will be

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absent. But it is something that I have got to cope with the the day.

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Plus, or what will the new year bring? All didn't want his work.

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the job counts. And I will be finding out why all

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these people are counting down the days till Christmas in a very

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Good evening and welcome to Thursday's programme. First tonight,

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it's the lifeline he's been praying for.

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A last-minute bone marrow match has been found for a Leicestershire

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police officer who needs a transplant to save his life.

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Rik Basra could have only days left to live. Tonight his family say

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finding a match now is the miracle they've been waiting for. Angelina

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Socci reports. Rik Basra was diagnosed with acute

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myeloid leukaemia in 2009. He went into remission, but in September,

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had returned. The Leicestershire police officer was told that his

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only chance of surviving was to have a bone marrow transplant.

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the moment that you find out, you realise that you need to find a

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match to win you find that it is not go to be that easy, despair,

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frustration, sometimes even anger. And I think more so because there

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is a process involved for somebody to be a donor, and it is steeped so

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simple. So it is hard to understand or someone you love could die

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because p But don't know about this. Desperate to find a suitable match

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committed up a donor session to encourage people to come forward.

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And after an appeal, hundred registered. Today, the news they

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had been waiting for. A match they had been found. It is not going to

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be easy. But we will remain positive and take each day as it

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comes and we have now got this opportunity which we will grasp

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with both hands, and make sure he gets through it successfully. This

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really is our Christmas miracle. My daughter has summed it up. Best

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Christmas present we have ever had. Well Angelina Socci is at the

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Leicester Royal Infirmary tonight, where the transplant will take

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place. Christmas really has come early for this family. Rik Basra

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has been here at the Leicester Royal Infirmary for the last week,

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and is now in the transplant unit. The procedure is expected to take

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place within 48 hours. Do we know anything about the Dover? The dough

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and I didn't come from the session held at Leicester a couple of weeks

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ago, but has come from an Asian male in Germany. -- they don't off.

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Earlier, the Anthony Nolan Trust praised the efforts of the family.

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Hopefully, the success of this campaign will mean that we can take

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that to other areas within the UK, and really develop relationships

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and build awareness within, particularly Asian communities, to

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build the numbers on the register, so more people like Rik Basra can

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get that fabulous news. For Rik Basra and his family, this is a

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dream come true, but they realise that this is just the start of a

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long journey ahead. Thank you. You're watching East Midlands Today.

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Later in the programme - Christmases past versus Christmases

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present? Your fond memories of festivities in the '40s and '50s.

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And Sally's got the weather, including the latest Christmas snow

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updates. # The weather outside his frightful

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to Mark Roe. # With only three sleeps to go, it

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Hundreds of soldiers from the East Midlands are spending their first

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Christmas on the front line in Afghanistan. They're with the

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Mercian Regiment's second battalion - defending one of the most

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dangerous parts of Helmand Province. It's a worrying time for their

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families back home. But one mother's helping to inject a sense

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of Yuletide normality - she's sent a Christmas tree to Afghanistan.

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent Jeremy Ball has the details.

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Hay, mum and dad... A letter that means so much. It is going to be a

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tough Christmas for the Hadleighs here in Derby, because the eldest

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son is serving in Afghanistan. sit in a parcel with a Christmas

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tree, some decorations, he has received it. I will be upset, but

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it is something I've got to cope with for the day. Danny is at this

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remote outpost in Helmand province, where they are getting into the

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festive spirit, but the work will not stop on Christmas Day, because

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the Taliban could take advantage if they stayed inside their base.

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are on patrol in the ground, they are constantly watching us, and

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they pick the right moment and the right time to have a pot shot at us.

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But we have a watch team on the roof. It makes you realise how

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close they are to it. Danny's brother knows what he's up against,

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because he served in Afghanistan last year. I worry more, because he

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is my little brother, I have always been looking out for him. You think

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about what he's going through, his next step, Andy were panicking all

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the time. It is step -- scary to know how close he is do everything

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that is going off. And how dangerous it is out there. I didn't

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realise that he was right in the centre of it. I am really proud of

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him. He is brave, strong and he would do his job well. They are

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counting down the days until Danny comes home on leave, but Christmas

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won't be the same this year. Jeremy Ball has joined us in the

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studio. He is one of hundreds of soldiers in Helmand. What are they

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actually doing? A lot of them are projecting a new bomb-proof road.

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This road goes right through hostile territory, and connects up

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to �9, roughly as far apart as Nottingham and Leicester. --

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connect up to main pounds. This is helping of the Afghan government

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keeps things open for business, which is why the soldiers are such

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a target. How much action I actually seen? It has been pretty

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tough in the first stage of the tour, they were exchanging fire on

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pretty much a daily basis. Two months on, there is more of a

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threat from improvised bonds. 80 of them have been seriously wounded

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and had to be flown home, and one of them, Matthew Haseldin, was

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tragically killed last month. you.

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Jobs are under threat at the Castle Donington-based airline BMI. The

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owners of British Airways plan to buy BMI for more than �170 million.

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The company IAG is warning jobs will be lost, if the deal to buy

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BMI from current owners Lufthansa goes through.

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The partner of a missing man from Grantham is pleading for him to

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come home for Christmas. 46-year- old Stuart Taylor was last seen on

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the 13th December in Market Harborough in Leicestershire. He

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was reported missing a short time later. His family and the police

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are getting more concerned for his safety.

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People can now apply for the first new jobs to be created by the

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planned extension of the Nottingham tram network. Two lines are to be

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built next year, extending the tram to Clifton and Chilwell. Nottingham

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City Council says 70 people will be recruited for a range of jobs

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including receptionists, researchers and engineers.

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It's very nearly the end of the year and one story has dominated

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our headlines. And everyone else's. Yes, the economy. Over the last

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year we've followed the region's cuts, crunches and crises.

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Mike O'Sullivan's been looking at how the East Midlands economy fared

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in 2011. And what might be in store for 2012.

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Need a man from Leicester who says he is not fussy about the job he

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does. Dylan has been unemployed since Jean. Around the time things

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began to slide in our economy. can take a factory job, security

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job, which is why I have just completed a job in that. In -- any

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job that comes I am willing to take that. I am not saying I have to get

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a job in an office. It is a mixed picture in the jobs market. Will

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the number of people claiming jobseeker's Allowance has gone up

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in our region by 12% in a year, figures show there are more private

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sector jobs around. The public sector has shrunk to help cut the

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national deficit. 16,000 jobs gone in a year. But the private sector

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is creating jobs, up by 42,000 in a year, although it is not clear how

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many of those are part-time. So how has the economy of the East

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Midlands shaped up over the last year? This chart shows some

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indicators. The East Midlands climbed after the recession in 2010

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and seemed to be doing OK for the first six months are up 2011, but

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the pace of things has slowed down. This is what comes out, showing a

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downward trend at the end of the year. This firm in Nottingham share

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is rising the export waver. Supplying a low carbon injured

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penology to Sweden and the USA. Part of the trend in which experts

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-- exports are. The company now wants to start training -- trading

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with Brazil. Fearon legislative barriers, they are the right

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partners, it is cutting edge into different languages, long distances

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to travel. And there are surprising stories in the domestic market. At

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this engineering firm in Ilkeston, it is claimed at the lack of

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conference to attend work abroad means more orders for work at home.

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People haven't got confidence to take their money somewhere else

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abroad, so people have brought the business back into England, so they

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can see where the parts are being made. This business leader told me

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she is keen to focus on the positives, but said the euro-zone

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debt crisis is a dark cloud looming ahead. Business confidence is

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fairly weak, but as we move into 2012, we hope to see some changes

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in this. I think we also need to focus on the positives. A but Dylan

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is taking things one day at a time. I really want to work, and on a

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daily basis I look for job. region has climbed out of economic

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slowdowns before. Now it is going to have to do it again.

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The car maker Toyota, which has a plant in Derbyshire, is predicting

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a 20 per cent increase in global sales next year. The company

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produces cars at its base in Burnaston. It's forecasting sales

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of almost 8.5 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota hopes to recover from

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losses caused by natural disasters in Japan and Thailand.

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A coach driver from Nottinghamshire has been charged with drink driving

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after a crash damaged eight cars earlier this year. Paul Shields,

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who's 47 and from Mansfield, is accused of causing the collision at

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Worthing in West Sussex in June. He's due before magistrates next

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They �6 million refurbishment of East Midlands trains was completed

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today, 11 weeks ahead of schedule. The Meridian fleet has been given

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up -- and updated look, including new seats, carpets and a larger

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luggage space. Talking about travel and such

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things, the Christmas tempo is quickening and if you are not yet

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organised, time is running out. You could just forget about the

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whole thing, get on a plane and fly off.

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Despite the financial squeeze, passenger numbers are up at East

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Midlands Airport this Christmas. You could say that this flies in

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the face of the grim economic times. Despite everything else pointing

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down, passenger numbers at East Midlands airport are up at this

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time last year. This is her 4th Christmas abroad. We just love it,

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sitting in the sun on Christmas Day. You cannot be it. How can you

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afford it? Have a word with my husband. You can either sit back

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and think about all of the difficulties or and you can just

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enjoy yourself. Top vested destinations this year

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include Tenerife, Alicante, Dublin and Belfast. Today is is seen as

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the start of the Christmas getaway, with more than 8,000 passengers

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travelling through the airport. Between now and the beginning of

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January, the 80,000 people are expected to be on the move, with

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January second set to be the busiest day with around 10,000

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passengers travelling through here. We are around 2.5% up on last year.

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People are really determined to get away this year. It has been a grim

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here economy wise. Even on Christmas Day itself,

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flights will be coming in and out from the likes of Malaga and

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Barbados. The odds are that we will not be getting a white Christmas,

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where these travellers are heading to, there will not be snow.

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They are getting away from it all, but we can have just as much

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Christmas fun at home. This next but can, anyway.

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They are a group of neighbours who decided to make an advent calendar,

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but they went one better than the traditional version and the what

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beggar. These houses in six streets. It has become a daily delight this

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month for people living in this area of Derby. Going to see what it

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chant and will be revealed this morning. Which one do you like?

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Residence in the six streets airier have gone together to make their

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homes into a giant advent calendar. One or sometimes two houses Peddy

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unveiling their displays in their windows. There has been a buzz

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about it. The local nursery have walked the children up to look at

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the windows in the morning. It has been great fun to see how different

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they all are. Me and my sister made an angel. I like the sparkly dress.

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I wanted something to sort of attach Santa to the house. I have

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gone for something quite glitzy and well let. Summing to let him know

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that we are here and that he does not forget the family. There is a

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lot of Christmas spirit in the area. It is a bit of fun and to make

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people laugh. We have a Penguin a winter Wonderland. We made it all

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ourselves with recyclable materials. Everybody met when we were giving

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out the numbers to decide who was getting which stays, and we had a

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glass of wine while we did that. People have been very secretive

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about what they were doing and not telling other people, it has worked

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very well. Injury advent tradition, there are only two more windows to

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reveal, what will they bring? On Christmas Day, the teddy bears will

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wake up and open their presents. We love that idea. I want to do

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that in my street next year. It is one of those weird ideas that

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actually works. Time for the sport. They say good things come in small

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packages, and cricketer James Taylor is a case in point.

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Nottinghamshire officially welcomes the diminutive batsman to Trent

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Bridge today after his move across the border from Leicestershire. He

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has been tipped as a fancied favourite for next season.

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James Taylor was loved by the Leicestershire fans, but like his

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predecessor, he has left to join Nottinghamshire in pursuit of

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international cricket. It is a great opportunity for me to face

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the best bowlers in the country and the First Division, and show

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selectors what I can do at the top level. He was born in Nottingham,

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but played for Leicestershire when he was still doing A-levels. He

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became the youngest player to score 1,000 runs for the county in one

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season. He currently plays in one rung below Test cricket. I'd just

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got off a plane a couple of days of war from India, and straight back

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to Bangladesh, a quick stop for Christmas in England and straight

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back out there. James is a terrific signing and a wonderful batsman. He

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will be a great addition to a squat. His father was a jockey, and at

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five feet 5, James is one of the smallest players in cricket.

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suppose I have a lot of scampering allow up -- around the wicket. A

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lot of unusual shots to expect. When I am required to, I could hit

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the ball out of the park. Want to football, and Derby

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County's Chris Riggott is leaving the club by mutual consent. He

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rejoins the Brahms after a long lay-off through injury, but has not

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played for the first team so far and has decided to move on.

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It is the time of year when you look back over the past 12 months

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and see what you would like to do differently. As ever in sport,

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there have been plenty of highs and lows. Here are our review of how

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our football clubs have fared. -- here is a review.

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No doubt where the most turmoil has been, Nottingham Forest fight their

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way into the top six, but lost the play-off semi-final. Then they lost

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their manager, too. Billy Davies finally lost his job after months

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of conflict with the club's board. His replacement had a shocking

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thing, looking like a fish out of water. He lasted 112 days. So did

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Steve Coppell, his arrival paid instant dividend. Right now he has

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a side which plays well but cannot score.

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Derby County, by comparison, I'd be very model of stability. So much so

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that this season is in mirroring the last. A brilliant beginning of

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followed by a slide. They kept their head above the relegation

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places earlier this year, they kept their manager and brought in a new

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signings in the summer. The result was the best start to a season in

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over a century. Followed by a terrible run of defeats. All they

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want for Christmas is an end to injury.

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It is never dull at Leicester City, with a target of the top two, the

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club's Forest Hunt on the money tap. And who it flowed. Signing after

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signing arrived. The results have a resolutely failed to match the

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ambition. With its not quite clicking, SenEricsson is on his way.

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What happens text here if promotion does not?

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As for Notts County, they are still enjoying the fruits of last year's

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rescue mission from the man who sounds like a warrior, Mad Dog and

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Martin Allen. Sting against the odds was one thing, carrying County

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into the League 1 top six was quite another. Staying in touch with the

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promotion race is tough, but a whole calendar year in the division

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is perhaps more than we might have expected.

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Next for our clubs, who knows? Every year, every club has a story.

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Yes indeed, and finally big night tonight, it is the BBC Sports

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personality of the Year award. Leicester cyclists Lucy Garner has

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made it to the final three for the Junior Sports personality after she

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became junior road race champion of this summer. Derby's Steve Pate and

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will be at the award show, too. He won the East Midland's unsung hero

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war for his 25 years working at a gem with youngsters, specialising

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in some more wrestling. It is at 8pm tonight on BBC1.

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Thank you. There is always one Christmas that

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you will never forget, a memorable present, a dinner cooked to

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perfection or maybe Nana having won too many sherries.

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But where they've really all better than they are today? Our

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correspondent has been along to meet a group from the 50 Plus Club

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in Derby to hear their memories of Christmases past.

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He used to be got in the morning, and who would be the first one to

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rush downstairs? I was basically frightened of Father Christmas

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coming into the house. We would all go to Mass. We used to go to the

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church for a carol service. That sort of thing. We used to go to

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church on Christmas morning. Derby, will be had, like most towns,

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departmental stores rose wedded to a grotto or on a boat to see Father

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Christmas, and I truly thought that you travel the long way. It was

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absolutely amazing. Every Christmas morning be used to have a pork pie.

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It had lashings of, torsos on it. It was more tomato sauce than it

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was pork-pie. Turkey was a novelty. They'd used to be just a rooster, a

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cockerel. You could get a turkey if you could afford it. I can remember

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seeing my grandmother and my and doing that. I remember going into

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the living room with a big roaring fire. We had this Christmas tree

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and be put these paper garlands on, because that was all we had. And we

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lead candles and my dad went to the fire with the long piece of paper

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and let its and went to the candle on the tree and set the whole thing

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on fire. That was the end of that. We did not have a television then.

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You were lucky if you had a radio. We had a little TV. It was not on

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all day, was it? It was very simple, you had a piano, probably and

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neighbours would come in and we would all sing and have carols.

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had a good time, a really good time. Don was just telling me about one

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of his memories come, come on, share.

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Too many drinks and my uncle almost dropped his trousers.

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Unlike you teased earlier, with your lovely singing.

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I can tell you are so genuine when you make that remark. I have heard

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you make that remark. I have heard of listening the waistband, but

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your uncle to get too far. We have had a really lovely day across the

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East Midlands, some really nice sunny spells. It has been mild,

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with most places into double figures. Surprisingly mild for the

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time of year. Through the evening, we will stay mild. A lot of cloud

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building up. It is coming ahead of a cold front. The wet look to

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tomorrow. I thought I would share this sunrise. A gorgeous shot.

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If we take a closer look, here is that cold front that is working its

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way towards us. Heading towards the Atlantic and working its way

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towards us during the course of the night. Tomorrow, ahead of that, we

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will see that cloud increasing. One or two clear spells. As the cloud

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staff to increase to the evening and overnight and thickens up. We

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will see one or two drizzly spots, but it will mainly stayed dry. Many

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places will stay in double figures. Was of eight or nine degrees. We

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will start mild tomorrow. Cloudy and drizzle, and then there comes

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this cold front working its way and from the north-west. The middle

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portion of the day will be heavy, persistent rain. Strong winds

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accompanying that train. As we go into the afternoon it will clear,

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but cold air will feed in. There will be one or to show any

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outbreaks into the afternoon. We could see some sleet and snow mixed

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in. Then into Friday night, and very cold with good, clear skies.

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Frosty as well. The frosty but lovely and sunny start to Christmas

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Eve. On Christmas Day, a cloudy and when the affair, but mainly drive.

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