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the News of the World. That's all from the News at

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

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Tonight ` high speed rail. Still on track ` for now. The government wins

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a key vote on hate shift to but which of our MPs are on`board? The

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bodies in the back garden `2`macro people are under arrest.

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Plus they're rock walls for bonfire events to be postponed tomorrow

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night when firefighters walk out on strike.

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And in the studio, actress Felicity Kendall on being busy, staying happy

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and keeping fit. Good evening.

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First tonight, the government may have won today's vote on building

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HS2, but is a high speed rail link to the East Midlands any nearer

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tonight? The Transport Secretary, the Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick

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McLoughlin, had to face`down Tory backbench critics. And in turn, East

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Midland Labour MPs were challenged to get off the fence and publicly

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back the project. Our Political Editor John Hess has been following

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today's developments in Westminster. From the air, this is the route that

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high`speed trains will take from the East Midlands heading north that is

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if HS2 phase two is completed. Waiting to speak on a Parliamentary

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platform, and HS2 Tory critic. How can she explained that the

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government are on the fifth revision of the business case and is this the

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last or will there be another 25 to justify this case? I cannot believe

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it. The project has gone up by the ?10 billion. This is the biggest

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work of fiction! The shape of rail travel to come. This is Italy and

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this week the government claims similar high`speed trains will

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deliver huge economic benefits to cities like Nottingham and Derby, an

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extra ?2.2 billion a year but back in the Commons, would ordinarily

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well users afford to use it? We cannot afford the new rail line to

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become a rich man's toy. It is absolutely clear that the new

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network must be available to everyone. It has become a political

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route map for the transport Secretary, a line he maintains that

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will spread economic wealth from London. This is the point when the

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debate moves from if two when. I hope it will do so again this

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evening. The government way may have won two days vote but the

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controversy is far from over. Our Political Editor John Hess joins

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us from our Leicester studio. John, across the first hurdle but did HS2

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fly over or limp over? I am in the one Midlands city that will not see

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the tangible economic benefits that were promised in the report.

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Watching today's debate, I was struck at the serious lack of

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cheerleaders for this project. I think there may be a coup here

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because we learn the shadow transport secretary has seen plans

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of phase two of the route that goes through Birmingham into the East

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Midlands, that includes a serious number of tunnelling that will have

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to take place and there is a price tag on that, ?150 million a mile and

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that is why we're hearing from labour they will not blank cheques.

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Police investigating the discovery of human remains in the garden of a

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house in Mansfield have arrested two people on suspicion of murder.

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Police say they're confident the bodies they found are those of the

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home's former owners William and Patricia Wycherley. They haven't

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been seen since the 1990s. Carolyn Moses reports.

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Giving up its secrets. This is the garden were earlier this month

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police discovered two sets of human remains and what they described as a

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grave. They were found in the back garden of a house here in Forest

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town. Police brought in the bone experts to try to age the remains.

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They identified them as those from an elderly man and a woman a little

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younger. William and Patricia Wycherley who used to live here

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would now be aged 100 years old and 79 years respectively. There has

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been no trace of them alive or dead since 1998. The couple first moved

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into number two in 1987. Neighbours say they kept to themselves so when

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they vanished in 1998, it was assumed they emigrated. Then this

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month, detectives received an tip`off shortly before discovering

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the remains but what happened to the couple still remains a mystery? Last

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night a development. Two people were arrested, and man aged 57 and a

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woman aged 55 in London. They have been brought to Nottinghamshire for

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questioning on suspicion of carrying out two murders in 1998. How did

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this home then come to be sold years later?

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Still to come: a first glimpse inside the East Midlands newest

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sporting venue. We look round the velodrome being built in Derby in

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the company of British cycling's Performance Director Sir Dave

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Brailsford. The family of a woman who died after

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being given penicillin by a hospital, despite warnings she was

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allergic to it, say they're still seeking justice. Susan Hammond from

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Nottinghamshire died four years ago at Lincoln County Hospital. This

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week at the inquest into her death, the coroner called on the family to,

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"draw a line under it". Quentin Rayner reports.

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65`year`old Susan Hammond died in July 2009 from a heart attack after

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a violent anaphylactic shock. She had been given penicillin prescribed

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by a doctor at Lincoln County Hospital. An inquest heard that when

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she was admitted, high notes stated she was allergic to the antibiotic

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and she was wearing an allergy band. A narrative verdict was recorded and

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the coroner called for a line to be drawn under the whole affair. How

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can you draw a line when it is your mum and she has been taken from you?

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Anyone else would be in prison. Why is it different for a doctor? Upset

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that the doctor is still working in the medical profession. In a

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statement, the hospital said: We have had no apology, none

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whatsoever. We got a letter a week before we came here and it said the

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accept liability for Malm's death, that is all we have had in four

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years. The family say they are talking to the legal team about what

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steps they can now take. A teenager who's accused of plotting

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a terrorist attack on targets in Loughborough has told a court he had

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an urge to shoot at a children's nursery in the town. A jury at the

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Old Bailey heard that the 17`year`old would sometimes walk to

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college from his home carrying a knife and, on some occasions, a

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pistol. Our reporter Eleanor Garnier is at the Old Bailey. Eleanor, when

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exactly did the teenager have this urge to shoot at a nursery? The

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defendant who is too young to be named was being asked about a day

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last year, December nine ten, when he had been walking in Loughborough

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and he told the court he had the urge to shoot at a children's

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nursery. Asked if he was targeting children or adults, he said, I do

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not know because I would not have done it. The jury heard how he then

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told a friend about this urge and in a message she said, I nearly gave in

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but fought it. During cross`examination, counsel for the

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prosecution asked the defendant, when you get angry, do you feel like

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hitting people? What was said in court about the

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weapons that the teenager had? The 17`year`old admitted today that he

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did sometimes carry a knife and on some occasions a pistol. Earlier it

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in the proceedings, the jury was told the teenager had been diagnosed

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with asthma is syndrome after he had been arrested. The dependent has

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admitted possessing explosives but he has denied using them and other

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weapons to carry out terrorist attacks on a number of sites in

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Loughborough. Kate and Gerry McCann have refused

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to comment on speculation that a leading suspect in the hunt for

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their daughter has died. Madeleine McCann, from Rothley, disappeared

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six years ago while on holiday with her parents in Portugal. Today, some

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national newspapers quote Portuguese press reports saying a former member

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of staff at the resort from where the three`year`old was abducted was

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a suspect. But he died in a road accident a few years later.

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A Derbyshire school has been put into special measures just two years

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after it was rated outstanding by Government inspectors. Ofsted says

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Heanor Gate Science College has declined since becoming an academy.

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It gave the school the lowest possible rating of inadequate in

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three of the four categories assessed. The school says a meeting

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with parents will be held next month.

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Fire chiefs are warning the public not to hold bonfire and firework

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events tomorrow night because of the fire`fighters' strike. Members of

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the Fire Brigades Union are taking action between 6.30 and 11pm. The

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fire service says contingency plans are in place to deal with any

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emergencies but they're urging anyone with displays planned to

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reschedule. Sarah Teale reports. Last month, thousands of

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firefighters walked out over changes to their pensions. They had hoped

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the four hour strike was the first and last in their battle with the

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government over changes to pensions. But now more industrial action has

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been called by the Fire Brigades Union. The first happening tomorrow

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night between 6:30pm and 11pm. The union said it had decided against

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taking action on November the 5th itself. There will be events

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happening on Friday, surely that is dangerous to the public to go one

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strike that night? It is but we will do prevention work right up to the

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moment we go on strike. Unfortunately we are in the

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situation where we have to call the strikes, we hope people will not get

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hurt. If people can move the event to Saturday, that would be

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beneficial for us and we want to Mena flies the risk. `` minimise.

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That advice has been heeded by Boots. It was due to host its annual

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bonfire event tomorrow night for thousands of its staff, but bosses

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their third in the light of the firefighters strike they had decided

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to postpone. Duffield Parish Council has also rearranged its display in

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Derbyshire and several schools across the East Midlands are

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cancelling their events. Their Iraq until the plans to deal with 999

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calls but the level of cover will be significant register. ``

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significantly richest. It's emerged today that the East

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Midlands gets less money than any other region for arts. A report into

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arts funding also highlighted a huge imbalance between London and the

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rest of the country. Over the past year, our region got around ?10.5

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million of funding from Arts Council England, less than anywhere else. We

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got ?2.33 in arts funding per person. London got ?69. But why?

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Most of the largest arts organisations are based in

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Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. We do not have one of

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those major arts centres. The second reason would be that on balance, we

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receive a lower number of applications for our funding from

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organisations based in the East Midlands than other parts of the

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country. Joining us now from the Nottingham

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Playhouse is the theatre's Artistic Director, Giles Croft. Giles, London

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has a huge number of theatres ` the National Theatre, the opera houses,

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galleries ` you name it, it's in London. So it stands to reason much

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more money goes there, doesn't it? I do not think anybody would argue

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with the fact that there should be a degree of bias towards London. It is

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the level of bias that people have found shocking. The figures make

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that clear, it is extraordinary the East Midlands is so poorly served.

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OK. Well, we get the least amount of money for arts. Arts Council England

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says we're not applying for it. Whose fault is that? I can well

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believe there are few applications from within the region but I do not

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think that accounts for the discrepancy. The person interviewed

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also said there are also major art institutions. We work with

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individual artists, new companies, emerging companies. There are a lot

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of people who require funding. A lot of the issue is people are not sure

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how to go about applying. Thank you very much indeed. Now it is time for

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us to go to sport. First tonight, a new signing for

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Nottingham Forest. The Reds have secured Wales international David

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Vaughan on a three`month loan deal from Premier League side Sunderland.

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Vaughan is a midfielder and trained for the first time with his new

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team`mates today. He brings experience of success in the

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Championship to the City Ground, having helped Blackpool get to the

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Premier League in 2010. Forest play the Seasiders this weekend and you

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can see a full interview with Vaughan ahead of the game with his

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old team on the BBC Sports website. So one new face at Forest today, but

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there's also been a departure. Midfielder Simon Gillet has gone on

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loan to Bristol City where he'll link up with former Reds boss Sean

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O'Driscoll. At Leicester they are looking

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forward to a quarterfinal tie in the League Cup against Manchester City.

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It will be on Tuesday the 7th of December. The draw was last night

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and the Foxes are the only Championship side left in the

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competition. Onto cycling, and tonight we are

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focusing on the sport because tomorrow the world's best track

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cyclists take part in the World Cup. The man at the top is Britain's

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cycling performance director, Sir David Brailsford. Dave was born in

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Derby and lives in Ilkeston. He's the man who inspired historic

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victories in the Olympics and the Tour de France and wants the East

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Midlands to be the best when it comes to facilities for cycling. At

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the back of Derby County's Pride Park, there is a new stadium under

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construction. It is costing ?27 million and according to those at

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the top of British cycling, this place holds the key to the future of

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the sport. I am super excited by it all. I have seen a lot of

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velodromes around the world. They are all different. The way this has

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been designed and the multipurpose aspect makes it very exciting. Sir

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David Brailsford was born in the city and yesterday saw inside the

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velodrome for the first time. In the middle you can have badminton,

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football, any sport in the centre well people compete in the cycling

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on the outside. The scale of the flooring is impressive. If you were

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to lead all the wood out for the track here, then two and it would go

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from here to Leicester. It is a boom sport with British cycling

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membership at record levels. It would be a fantastic original icon

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to get more and more people cycling and within a few decades we will

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have Olympic and Paralympic champions that would have started

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here. The paint around the sides shows the steep track taking shape.

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In another year, Derby's belligerence will be complete.

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Now, it's not just the velodrome and Dave doing the East Midlands proud

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when it comes to cycling. Grantham's Rod Ellingworth may not be quite so

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well`known, but he's been credited for much of the sports

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transformation. And that's by none other than the former world champion

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Mark Cavendish. This is the moment that inspired the

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man who trained a generation. In the crowd, a ten`year`old Rod

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Ellingworth. 29 years later he was the power behind the Brit at the top

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of the world. British cycling is building. I felt that it just needed

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somebody to get hold of it, getting people together and believing in one

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thing. There was never much doubt about Rod's sport after a childhood

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of wrapped up in cycling. When you love the sport like we do it is

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huge. Road cycle professionally and he did well but when the injuries

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came, so did the decision to give back to his sport. He is key man in

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the background of Team Sky's Tour de France triumphs. He pushes super

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hard. I totally respect his work ethic. The way he goes around

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things, he supports but he is pretty strong. Together they have

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transformed British cycling. I am really proud of him. To think he can

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get a full`time job out of a sport he likes, it is very good. Knowing

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he has come from the same place as me is inspiring and the people he

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has met and train, it is just incredible. If this was all in front

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of me at 13, I would take this every step of the way. Every step of the

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way is there now. Cycling in great shape in the East Midlands and that

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velodrome will be something special when it is done.

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Next tonight, she's officially a national treasure, loved, in

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particular, by men of a certain age, and with an acting career that spans

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decades. Felicity Kendall became a familiar face on TV thanks to The

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Good Life and Rosemary and Thyme. But her stage career is also one of

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the most enduring in British theatre. At the moment she's

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performing opposite Simon Callow in Chin Chin at the Theatre Royal in

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Nottingham. She came in earlier and we asked her how it was going.

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Going really well, wonderful audiences, they are laughing a lot.

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They are not getting too shocked by the surprise ending because it goes

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deep and dark. It is a great piece and a beautiful theatre. With the

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lovely Simon Callow and we love working together. We started years

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ago in television. You combined TV and theatre. Had you ever had that

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desire to cross the pond and do big movies? I did at one point a long

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time ago but I soon realised I would probably have the career I wanted if

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I stayed in the theatre and worked solidly in the theatre in England. I

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wanted to do new plays more than I wanted to be a film star and I ended

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up doing what I wanted to do. Strictly come dancing, how was that?

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It was one of the things I did entirely for myself. A lot of people

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asked why I was doing it. I said I wanted to do it, I wanted to be part

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of that and I have never been so fit, so fatty happy. `` happy.

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Without Vincent I cannot put a foot in front of another but it was just

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a wonderful experience, life enhancing because you went in not

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being able to move but at the end of three months you could do things you

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were not able to do before. You were also in Doctor Who? I think that was

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three or four years ago now. One of the nation's favourite programmes.

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Yes, it has its own little bubble. The people that send photographs

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from Doctor Who to side have no interest in the other aspects of my

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career. But with other things, you get a combination of programmes. You

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were very fit for Strictly Come Dancing but you are generally known

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for being fit and keeping trim. What is your secret? Exercise. I do

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yoga, waits, structuring, I have to wonderful trainers in yoga and

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Pilates. Whatever suits you but you have to do something. It is the

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hardest thing and there is always a reason you do not have to do it. You

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look fabulous. Thank you so much. I said she was incredibly fit but I

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meant, you know what I meant! US smitten! She was the loveliest

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person. Now the weather forecast. Lots of tricks but not many treats

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with the forecast over the next few days. The weather is very mobile at

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the moment. Low pressure after low`pressure system coming through.

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Brief windows of dry weather in between the first one heads way

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tomorrow. We are back with the rain tomorrow. It will be fairly light

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and patchy but it will be on and off and with us through much of the day.

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The showers stayed away today. Pleasant afternoon but we will see

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showers developing as we have through this evening. Not many, some

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places will stay dry, but we keep a lot of cloud and there will be a bit

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of mist and fork forming for the early hours of the morning. Seven

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and eight degrees the loan. Tomorrow morning will start off drive but the

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cloud of the morning. Seven and eight degrees the loan. Tomorrow

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morning will start off drive but the cloud will thicken up. Nothing

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particularly scary, fairly light and patchy in nature but I would not

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rule out the odd heavy blast in northern parts. The rain sticks

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around for most of the day. 11 or 12 degrees our top temperature. We get

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rid of one weather system on Friday night. But then another weather

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system moves in later on Saturday. A dry start to the weekend. The cloud

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will thicken up, showery rain later on Saturday. A breezy night on

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Saturday. There will be rain around and it will feel quite cool.

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Hopefully something little drier and brighter by Sunday. I realise

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November is tomorrow! Trick or treat. Have a good one. Goodbye.

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To understand why, we're going to build a planet...up there.

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These were the objects that were making the Earth.

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We're now weightless. That's how our planet started.

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