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This is East Midlands Today, with Dominic Heale. And me, Anne Davies.

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Our top story tonight: A fighting chance for train maker Bombardier.

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Will the effect on jobs be taken into account?

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Also tonight: The brain scanners helping researchers target multiple

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sclerosis. Hope is the only thing that is for

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certain, the one thing we hang on Also, could the future of theatre

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in Derby be in jeopardy? We look at the state of the arts in the city.

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And, I will be meeting Dean Pallet, officially the world's top Ferrari

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Good evening. Welcome to Tuesday's programme.

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First tonight, Bombardier has entered a crucial part of the race

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to win a huge rail order that could bring back hundreds of jobs to the

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Derby train maker. The tendering process for the �1bn Crossrail

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contract began today, with the Transport Secretary promising to

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look at the wider economic impact of each bid. Critics of the

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government say they've learned their lesson, after the outcry over

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Bombardier's lost contract last year. Mike O'Sullivan's at

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Bombardier. Who's Bombardier up against for this contract?

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For Crossrail, Bombardier's got three to beat. Siemens again. Plus

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Hitachi of Japan. And CAF from Spain. Crossrail is described as a

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very different contract from Thameslink. This time, with a

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significant amount underwritten by the government, which could help

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Bombardier. It won't have to raise so much money itself. Crossrail is

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a �1bn order for 60 trains, for an east-west link, going right across

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central London. It's the order Bombardier desperately needs. It

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announced 1,400 job losses. Last week, the workforce here had a

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morale-boosting visit from Prince Charles, keen to show his support

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for British manufacturing. The tender documents were given to the

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four Crossrail bidders today. And they have to be back in by August

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for round one. The game has changed. The government is now taking the

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wider social impact of each bid into account, for the benefit to

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the UK economy. It has absolutely got to be fair,

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open and transparent, we are determined we get best value for

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taxpayers. There is a debate to say, as a government, we have a broader

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agenda around apprenticeships, Skills Development, what can we do

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to make sure we don't just get the trains, ideally if we can, what can

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we do in addition there? What are supporters of Bombardier saying?

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The Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle claims the government

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has learned its lesson. It shows absolutely that the

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government could have done this for the Thames link contract a year ago.

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What that means his Bombardier would not have needed to lose 1,400

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jobs. The government at the time said they couldn't do this. Today's

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news shows they could have done this for the previous train

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contract. There's a long way to go. Some of

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the four bidders will be eliminated in 2013. The contract is awarded

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the year after. Bombardier didn't want to comment, as it's in a

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competitive process. Here we go again, will there be a

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different Arab come for Bombardier this time? -- outcome. Next

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tonight: Experts are using one of the world's most advanced MRI

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scanners, to investigate multiple sclerosis.

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Across the East Midlands, more than 5,000 people are thought to have

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the degenerative nerve condition. The latest research is being done

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at the University of Nottingham. They're looking at areas of the

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brain that haven't been focused on before. Our health correspondent

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Rob Sissons reports. Marion from Derby has multiple

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sclerosis. She is going into the scanner at the University of

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Nottingham to help expose understand more about the impact of

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the neurological condition on the brain. It has turned her life

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upside down. I used to be a very keen sportswoman, skiing, tennis,

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squash. And I couldn't do that really from the moment I was did

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noes to -- diagnosed. This is one of the most powerful scanners

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giving detailed images of abnormalities in the brain. We knew

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for many years these regions, abnormalities caused by MS in the

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middle of the brain. What we haven't appreciated is that there

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are a lot of abnormalities in the brain matter. The doctors hope the

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new investigation will help them learn more. It is truly fitting

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this research into the brain is being done here in Nottingham. It

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is the birthplace of the MRI scanner. This was invented at the

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University of Nottingham. Truly a breakthrough in medicine. You'll

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find one of these machines in virtually every major hospital in

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the world. The dot relies on a drug to help her slow down the

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progression of M S. She does voluntary work for the MS

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Society which is paying for the study. Hope is the one thing we

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hang on to. Just to keep going. I hope one day they find something

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which I think this might do, to relieve symptoms. One day it is

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hoped this sort of research will make a world of difference,

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providing new treatments. Still to come on the programme: The hockey

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players who make a habit of diving. They call it Octopush. And it's one

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of the strangest sports we've ever Private sector rents for housing in

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the East Midlands are set to increase by 25% over the next five

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years. The National Housing Federation blames a chronic

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shortage of new homes. Last year, almost 9,000 houses were built.

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That's less than half the government's annual target for the

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region. The federation also says there are now 124,000 families on

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waiting lists, with the average house in the region costing

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�165,000. It's been described as the

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Cinderella of Britain's rail network. Today, a price tag was put

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on a complete transformation of the Midland Main Line into one of the

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best railways in Britain. The cost? Half a billion pounds to electrify

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the line to London St Pancras. The figure emerged after talks that

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senior politicians from Leicester, held at the Department for

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Transport. Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth was among those at that

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meeting. I asked him what the Transport Minister Theresa Villiers

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had to say. More obviously she does want to see

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electrification go ahead. She has to weigh up the different

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costs. And MPs lobbying for other schemes. Last night was a positive

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reading which is why I will speak in the Commons and make the case

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again for electrification of the Midlands Main Line. There are many

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marginal constituencies along the Midland Main Line. Is that the

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reason why the them that is showing more interest? Perhaps. I'm a

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Labour MP, this is a Conservative government. You could point out

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there are many Conservative marginal seats along the line. My

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priority is getting a good deal for Leicester commuters and the wider

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economy. Can the economic benefits for this region be justified at a

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time when the government's priorities are deficit-reduction?

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This would lead to still rests in the economy, economic growth, --

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would lead to stimulus. It makes economic sense to invest in the

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Midland Main Line. I am calling on the minister to get on with it.

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possible timescale? The minister last night and in the Commons said

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there would be a statement later this year. Today is an opportunity

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for MPs like myself to make the case for this investment. The

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economic argument is overwhelming, it is vital we get a lecture

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vacation because it is so important to the wider East Midlands economy.

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The Next tonight, the dog owner told by the Royal Mail his post

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would be suspended immediately, because his pet went for a

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postman's leg. Peter Jordan, who's disabled, runs his local

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neighbourhood watch group. He says he was so frightened by the

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accusation, he planned to have the dog destroyed Now, the Royal Mail

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has accepted the letter they sent was heavy-handed and has apologised

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to Mr Jordan. Jo Healey reports. This is a Pep, and the postman

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reckoned she went for him. Her rowan care reckoned she didn't.

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Either way, the Royal Mail has apologised for being heavy-handed.

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Is she aggressive? No, she is a young pup, or she likes to do is

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play. Has she ever attacked post men? I have never known horror

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attack anybody. I wouldn't allow it anyway. According to this letter,

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he did, it refers to the instant and it warns Peter his post will be

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suspended because of it. How did you feel when you read this letter?

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It was very upsetting. And quite threatening I believe. To the point

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we would be frightened, I was frightened. So much so, he said he

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almost had his dog destroyed immediately. Peter is disabled, he

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relies on his post for regular hospital appointments. What does

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the Royal Mail say? A postman says he is short a dog went for him here,

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he reported it as a near-miss at work. They say they were wrong

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however to send out such a heavy handed letter, that was a mistake,

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and a manager has been here to apologise. They also say they did

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not suspend his deliveries. Peter accept their apology but is anxious

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other people aren't put through a similar ordeal. They're probably

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best known for the detailed maps they make. But now we're in the

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21st century, the good folk at Ordnance Survey also help gather

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information for sat navs. And the teams which take to the skies to

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capture how things have changed on the ground have just moved to East

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Midlands Airport. Simon Hare reports.

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I am off for a trip on board a true I in this guide but this is no

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called War spy plane, it is one or two aircraft used by Ordnance

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Survey. As well as an army of surveyors on the ground, it uses

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aerial imagery to chart changes in our landscape. We are here at 3,000

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feet. A nice, bright sunny day with plenty of cloud so no chance of

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photos. This would have covered the new work area if the weather had

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been clearer. The team's aims to map one-third of the country every

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After several years in the north- west, the OAS is running this

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flights from East Midlands Airport. Ordnance Survey makes 5,000 changes

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per day to the master map of Great Britain because everybody needs

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that information. It is used by central government, local

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government, there is not a single refuse collection that does not use

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our mapping. It is used by the NHS and so collecting their data

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accurately and maintaining it is the vitals work. The cameras on

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board can pinpoint a new building or road to within 40 centimetres of

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his true vocation. Where is this? This is the University of

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Nottingham. The images are now being used for 3D maps. Making that

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a virtual stroll down your way just that little bit more lifelike.

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It has been a turbulent time for the arts in Derby. Last year Derby

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theatre lost �1 million of funding putting the future of home grown

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theatre in question. At the same time, many have praised the success

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of the city's bid all arts and annual feste celebrations. In the

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second of our series on the State of the Arts, we have been to Derby

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The road is open, sir. There lies your way. Deep in rehearsal for a

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recent production of taming Of the Shrew. Over the last three years,

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30 plays have been produced in the city all backed by Derby live a

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wing of the council set-up to cultivate home-grown shows. But as

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a Babel, Derby live there will not be doing this. Derby live has be

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done really well picking up theatre from an all-time low in the city

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because it was non-existent, to helping build audiences again and

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do some vibrant innovative shows. We do not know when the next one

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will be because there is no funding. It has been a terrible and time for

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the former Playhouse which was rescued from the administration by

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the University of Derby. A bid for �700,000 was unsuccessful. Funding

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has been a key issue for arts venues in Derby. In October the

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council announced it would phase out funding over four years and the

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dance into two. While it is part of cars, many have seen it as a blow

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to their news that appear to be Here many students took part in

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protests over the cuts. Both venues have been given a year's grace to

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look at their finances. But critics are keen to stress the city's

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recent success stories. The form our art photography festival, that

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is the now been foremost exhibition in Britain. Derby is doing better

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than anyone else in the country and feste, that is an outdoor

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spectacular and People in Derby love that. The Arts Council has set

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aside �900,000 for theatre in the city. Where that will go is yet to

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be known but there is hope Derby's reputation for home-grown work will

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continue. Tomorrow we will look at the Arts

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in Nottingham. The River Trent became a disaster scene this

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afternoon. All part of an exercise for specialist fire-fighters.

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Nottinghamshire Fire and rescue teams staged a rescue from a boat

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using their new Pioneer multi- rescue boat.

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Abode is blazing on the River Trent. -- about. The engine is on fire and

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there were multiple people on board. Fire crews from three stations have

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attended, but this is just an exercise. Hectic. A number of

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people still on board and we are slowly getting them off. Tony has

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been put in charge of the incident. He quickly needs to court made the

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rescue of panicked passengers that have jumped overboard as well as

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arranging cruised to fight a fire in the engine room. It is not a

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situation we would normally encounter. The final person to

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leave the boat was the captain. He has injured his back. A very tricky

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operation because what we need to do is transport the casualty with a

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potential spinal injury. As crews thought they were near the end of

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the exercise, suddenly there were 14 passengers missing. Is it is

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vital for us to make sure all persons are accounted for so no one

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is left behind. Can fusing numbers were all part of the scenario and

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the teams were confident they got every one of the boat. This

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experience is vital to the fire services training. The hope is they

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never have to put it into practice. Still to come: looking for a good

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car mechanic? If your thing is high-spec horse power we may have

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found just the man. We found just the man to deliver

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the sport! A bit of a thoroughbred himself. Thank you. The great sport

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of underwater Hocking coming up but first the football and quite a week

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for Nottingham's Derek black stop. He will play for Antigua and

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Barbuda. Black stocks scored his first goal at the weekend after

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recovering from a career- threatening injury.

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Notts County could back in the play-offs as they play it at

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Rochdale. A change in manager has brought them a change in luck.

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Keith Curle is going for a hat- trick of wins.

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Two games and two wins for the new man at Meadow Lane. I do not think

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it has -- could have gone any better. Fantastic reaction from the

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players. The supporters are starting to come on board. He seems

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to have brought a calmness to county. The last manager it was

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very animated and vocal. This one is the complete opposite and it

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comes out on the pitch where you can see players relaxing, not

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rushing things. Not go into tonight's games three points of the

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play-offs. Normally buries one team that sneaks into the play-offs and

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then gives a good account of themselves. That is our aim. Can we

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get in and stay in the play-off positions? If any fans remain

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unconvinced, Keith Curle will be hoping to change their minds at

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Rochdale tonight. You can get the result in our late

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bulletin. Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel has his first England Test

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call-up. The all rounder started a battle with fitness after being

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dropped because he was out of condition. Now he has proved

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himself and has been rewarded with a place in the squad to tour Sri

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Lanka. One of the strangest thought we

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have ever featured. Underwater hockey. It is known as Octopush and

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they are on the lookout for new players. We have been to Beechdale

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Baths to see why it is making such a splash.

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It was invented in the 50s and called Octopush because there were

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eight players on the team and to pressure the park with a stick.

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Nowadays they -- There are six players so the name is not nearly

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as funny. You just need a costume, hat, Gogol, flippers, Stich and

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park. You pull the park around on the bottom of the poor and fitted

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to other players. The game starts with the pack in the centre and the

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swimmer - my team swimming towards it. It can look quite complicated

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from a bath but down below it is far more organised. You are

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rotating activities and players. The real skill is picking a moment

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to swoop down from the surface and take control of the park. You spot

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the play, make the move and you can come up and have a fresh breath of

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air. Like most sports, other countries now lead the way. It is

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now big in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa but its chances of

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becoming an Olympic sport are limited because it is only viewable

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from the water. Three number one problem is it is not spectator

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friendly. If you fancy ago, the British Octopush Association would

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love to hear from year. -- from year.

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I do not care how difficult it is to watch, if you put an Olympic

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badge on it, people will apply for tickets.

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It is well known in the newsroom that Dominic is not much impressed

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by flash motors. His own car is built for comfort not speed. It is

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true but I have to confirm that even my head was turned when I got

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a call from Ferrari asking me to pop into then Nottingham dealership.

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What, I wondered, could be in store? I have not slept all weekend.

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On Friday I got an e-mail saying, get yourself down to Ferrari in

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Nottingham. Can you imagine that? Hello, I have been told to ask for

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Dean. This is the exciting news. Not the car but the guy a working

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on it because the Dean Pallett is officially Ferrari's top technician

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in the world. Congratulations to you. How did you win the title?

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won a competition for North Europe, which put me through to the round

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of Italy where you can be to beat the world technician. He went to

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the home of Ferrari and beat all the opposition? Yes. The top 10 man

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in the world go to compete and I managed to win. I am guessing is

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that way you put the oil in? Yes. Not like checking the oil on a

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normal car. Where is the dip stick? There is a dipstick. That is

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reassuring! A fantastic award for him. Truly deserved. He is a great

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team member. All I need to ask is can I have a spin? You certainly

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can. It is a lovely car but I know my place. The old visual gags are

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the best! Or are they just the oldest? You would not want to take

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a Ferrari out in ghastly wet- weather or anywhere in Nottingham.

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Definitely not Ferrari driving weather. Things will be getting

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cooler as we head towards the weekend. Overnight the staying

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cloudy and mild. They keep to John for sending in this picture. --

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for sending in this picture. -- thank you. It is high pressure that

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a sitting down towards the south- east of the UK. It is bringing in a

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milder air and keeping the weather fronts at bay but we are seeing a

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lot of cloud associated with this high pressure. Overnight we keep

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hold of that ploughed back. Light winds so the chance of mist and fog

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forming in places. The cloud holding temperatures up to nine

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Celsius. Tomorrow morning, a lot of club back around but we are hopeful

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as the get into the afternoon that cloud should start to break,

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especially across the West. Just a gentle south-westerly breeze,

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another mild day with a high temperature of 13 Celsius. Further

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ahead into Thursday, we have that area of high pressure sitting down

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to was the south, so another fairly cloudy day. Some sunshine.

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Temperatures slowly starting to come down. On Friday, a dry day but

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this area of rain is associated with an area of low pressure that

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