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to be lower than average. Make sure you pack your jumpers if you are

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going away. This is East Midlands Today, with

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Anne Davies and me, Dominic Heale. We have seen the country 's biggest

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drop in wages. We are questioning the sustainability of any recovery.

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Plus Royal Crown Derby halts production to protect jobs. As the

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refugee crisis in Iraq continues to shock the world, we hear the views

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of Kurdish families here. In sport, this is what it is all about for a

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Leicester City this season. We are with the Premier League trophy.

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First tonight, what is happening to our pay packets?

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Earlier this week, we had great economic news in this region

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when the latest jobs figures showed we had had the biggest drop

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in the unemployment rate of any region in the UK over the last year.

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But other official figures show something else, too.

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In the same period, the East Midlands saw by far the biggest

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We are now, on average, ?36 pounds a week worse off than

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Our Political Editor John Hess has been examining whether the

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What ordinary people supposed to believe about the state of the East

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Midlands economy. It had the biggest rate unemployment dropped. The best

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figures we have other ones produced by the Office of National

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Statistics. The reliable surveys rather than employment records. What

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do they reveal? In our region, we had the best news and jobs, we also

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had the worst news on P. Average earnings in the last quarter stood

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at ?491. One year ago, that figure was ?527, a drop of ?36. No other

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region has seen such a drop. This will add fuel to the argument for

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those who see the new jobs being created are not as well`paid as

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those have lost. We have seen the sharp drop and it seems to be the

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likes of zero hours contracts are lowly paid jobs. We are looking for

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sustainability. The fight people worse off before this recovery

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came, we cannot sustain recovery on that. More runs a cleaning firm on

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the outskirts of Nottingham and pays his stuff the minimum wage. I have

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to keep my wages they really are, because it gives me some sort of

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confidence. If I increase wages, it would put more pressure on myself in

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the business. Our people in content with squeezed pay packets? There has

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been a pay freeze for about four years. We have been offered the

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percentage next year, but it is not enough. Obviously, as I for that, I

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will say yes. But he seems to say the same. It is a low wage currently

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that does not seem as if it will get any better. When will we start

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rising? The vast majority of single will be awarded pay rises up at

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least in line with inflation rises and some larger. Will impatience

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over pay dominate the political agenda?

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Is there then a simple correlation here?

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It is probably more complex than that.

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It might be that lower levels of pay do encourage employers to

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That looks like a simple enough equation that would explain this big

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fall in both pay and in the unemployment rate, but on the other

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hand, it might be that employers in this region at this particular

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moment in time need people at the lower end of the pay scales, not

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In this area, there are a lot of jobs, which tend to be in the likes

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of lower paid and industries. Is the issue of pay likely to cause

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increasing political difficulties? I think it will. We have heard

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arguments about the economic revival. The council will be joining

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with unions to complain about zero hours contracts and low pay.

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One of our best known pottery companies is halting production,

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Workers at Royal Crown Derby have voted in favour of plans

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which will see the factory close for three weeks from Monday.

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The firm is also asking for voluntary redundancies.

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A proud industry which has been part of Derby for hundreds of years. The

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demand for some products has fallen. Since 2009, workers have been only

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40 B contract. For three weeks on Monday, the production line will

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come to a halt. The union advised the workers to back this plan. They

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are hopeful this will protect the jobs in the long term. When the

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four`day week in 2012, the company said they were determined to get

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everyone back on to full`time work. But the unknown looking for

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voluntary redundancies. We had an overwhelming vote on acceptance of

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this. This demonstrates that our employees are on board. We do a lot

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of work behind the scenes to ensure that people are fully informed and

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that the are on board with us understand the challenges. We

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understand taking these measures are no will ensure the future of the

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company. The company is the only porcelain company country to have

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survived for 250 years. They are hoping that the changes will ensure

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that production will continue for years to come.

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Still to come, the return of the Foxes to football's top flight.

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Add 529 years since the King of England died here in battle,

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hundreds of people are preparing to reunite the Battle of Bosworth.

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Plus, I was going to see all quiet on the weather front. However, come

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Sunday, we may be battling the wind. Police

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in Nottingham have been granted more time to question three people about

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the death of a seven`year`old girl. Shanay Walker's body was found

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at a house Two women and a man were arrested

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on suspicion of murder yesterday. Police now have a further 12 hours

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to continue questioning them. Shanay's aunt Kay`Ann

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Morris has already been A medical student from Derbyshire

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who was killed in Borneo is to be Neil Dalton, from Ambergate, was on

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a hospital work placement in Kuching Newcastle University is honouring

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him with a posthumous MBBS, along with fellow student

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Aiden Brunger, who was also killed. Tests are to be held

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on wind turbines in Derby, after it was found they could affect

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radar at East Midlands Airport. The turbines

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at Spondon were built early this year for Severn Trent Water,

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but were put on standstill in June, However, this week they started

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moving again, ahead of new tests. The firm says it is working with

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the airport and hopes new radar Iraq is back in the headlines and

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so is the question of Britain's possible military involvement

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in the crisis there. Today, the UK government said it

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would consider arming the Kurds The announcement came as the Kurdish

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community here protested against the continuing violence

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in their homeland. They gathered in Nottingham to

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condemn the actions of the group As the statue of playing Clough

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looks on, the Kurdish community comes together to make a stand

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against the slaughter in their homeland. The United Nations see

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thousands of people have been driven out of northern Iraq by the

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self`styled Islamic State. This is making me so sad. Every night I am

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crying. I am playing for my people. Do you still know people rear,

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friends and family? Yes, I know people who are on the front line.

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Altogether, 25 of my relatives are no fighting. Last week, my brother

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was injured. The protesters here welcome the help of Britain. We are

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grateful that the British government is coming along to help us. It is

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really worrying because you need to wake up in the morning and check

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which city is under threat, you need to make sure, are they OK, have they

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got away. It is very unsettling to be here and watch this. Many people

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want an independent country for the cards out with Iraq.

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New plans for 300 homes on a disused theme park

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Waystone Development wants to build the houses, a retirement village

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and leisure facilities on the site of American Adventure,

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but the local parish council is concerned about access and traffic.

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In May, the scheme was rejected by Amber Valley Borough Council

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for being "too vague" about the housing types.

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It will consider the new proposals later this year.

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Drivers using the A453 will be switched to a new

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The route between the M1 and Nottingham is currently

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From 8pm on Wednesday, the existing road will be closed between West

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And then on Thursday, vehicles will start using

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A World War One memorial window has been commissioned for Southwell

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This design, by the artist Nicholas Mynheer, has been chosen.

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It shows combatants from both sides of the war seeking common ground.

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To a much more ancient conflict now and a battle considered one of the

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It left a Plantagenet king dead and heralded the dawn

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We are talking, of course, about the Battle of Bosworth

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This weekend, 529 years on, hundreds of people will re`enact it.

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The annual event has long attracted thousands of visitors, but

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organisers say this year's event could be one of their biggest, all

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The weapons are nearly ready. We will be hitting each other as hard

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as possible. Bosworth battlefield is about to welcome visitors in their

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thousands. We have traders all the far far side, so there will be a

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wide range of goods. There will be jousting over here, there will be to

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battle re`enactment over the weekend. The re`enactment is

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traditionally seen hundreds of people taking part. This group has

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driven all the way from Germany. I am interested in the study and it

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has been a great lot of fun fighting with people. Unfortunately, my side

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is going to lose, but that is OK! They are wanting to give the public

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are more accurate impression of what the battle was actually like.

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Cannons, swords, axes, firearms banging into each other, a lot of

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screaming. This year 's re`enactment could be the biggest since the 500th

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anniversary back in 1985. Interest in the battle has soared since the

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remains of Richard III refined and Leicester. You have got a big battle

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tomorrow, do you fancy your chances? Of course. I think the loyalty of

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most of my group are secured. It will be no problem at all. History

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tells us is confidence may be a bit misplaced, but at least he is not

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facing 500 years under the car park. An East Midlands charity is getting

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into the furniture business Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland

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has received so many desks, tables, sofas

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and chairs that they have opened They say charity begins at home, but

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this one helps to furnish homes and businesses. Faced with funding

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cuts, age UK in the region have been forced to look at new streams of

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income. We were trying to look at ways to generate a lot of stock that

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we could sell on. We could then plough this back into the charity.

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The offer a range of services which are often a lifeline for older

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people. They are hoping this will be safeguarded by the new venture. The

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needed to change. We know of a respite support for older people. We

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help people who are no longer able to look after themselves over any

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more and to help with these centres. The goods on offer could make a big

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difference for new companies starting up. For new businesses,

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funding is often very tight. People can get the likes of furniture for

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their officer very good prices. The rear house on Saint Georges Street

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opens to the public tomorrow. Tonight, only once place to

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be here at Leicester City. The Premier League trophy is here,

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a reminder than we are only hours way now for their first season back

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in the top flight for a decade. For many of the players this season,

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this is their big break, a chance for

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the first time to play in arguably But for striker David Nugent,

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it mean much more than that, as Natalie Jackson reports on his

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big season back in the big time. Last season, he was the best striker

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in the division. David Nugent scored 20 goals as Leicester won the title.

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On the eve of the new season, he still feels he has a point to prove.

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He has played for England, won the FA Cup, but he has unfinished

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business in the top division. Portsmouth arrowhead. A great strike

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from David Nugent. I do not think I got a good enough

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shot with Portsmouth in the Premier division and I am determined to take

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the most of it now. No 29, he feels this is the biggest season of his

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career. He plans to shore with Leicester that he is good enough

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with Leicester to score goals in the top flight. I definitely got the

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pleasure of when I was a lot younger. There was a lot talked

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about me when I was at Portsmouth, with the likes of England. But I

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want to prove I can play at the very top level. His manager says he has

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scored over 50 goals for the club in scored over 50 goals for the club in

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three seasons. I am ready. The fans have been excellent and they will

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get right behind as this season. They will be our 12th man and help

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us get as high as possible in the league. He is itching to walk out

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tomorrow against another top`flight team. I have been out of the top

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five for four years, so it is great to get back into the Premier League.

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There is a huge buzz about the place. Everton are the visitors

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tomorrow. We will get the few predictions. 2`1 to Leicester. I

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agree, 2`1 Leicester. 1` nil to Leicester. The viewer, consensus

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that Leicester are definitely going to win.

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So, those Leicester fans are out the picture as far as Forest

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and Derby are concerned, which will focus their rivalry even

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Both have their eyes on this, the Championship trophy, and both

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believe they have a chance of lifting it, just like Leicester did.

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Kirsty Edwards has been in both camps this week.

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Just a quick look at the other fixtures, with both Notts

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County and Mansfield having their first home games this weekend.

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At Notts County, there will be a moment?s silence

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Two wins out of two. The goals scored and none conceded. Whatever

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of the teams you support, it has been so far so good at the start of

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the season. For me, the attitude has been very

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good. They are very honest. I just hope that during the season we will

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get better and better. If you are doing well, it is going to be a good

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environment to work on, when everyone is pulling together. We

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want to just continue on alert. A good start for both, but no one

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happy to be involved in the Forest captain. This will be an emotional

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return after his name months out for a knee injury. I was very humbled

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with the reception I got. I have been here a long time and it is one

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of the best receptions I have heard since I have been here at the club.

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They go to Bolton tomorrow, Paul Darby play at Sheffield Wednesday.

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We want to make sure we stay in the game and after 1012 games, we are

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right up there. We want to go in there with the well and winning

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mentality. We are going there to win the game. There are tough

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challenges, but that is how we wanted. We have set ourselves a

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number of goals and we want to make sure we are ready to do what is

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required of the season. Two big rivals with big ambitions. Both are

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expected to be in the mix for promotion, although it is early

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days, the signs are good. Just a quick look at

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the other fixtures, with both Notts County and Mansfield having their

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first home games this weekend. At Notts County,

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there will be a moment?s silence and a minute?s applause for former

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vice chairman John Mounteney, There will also be a book

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of condolence. With that in mind,

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I would just like to apologise on behalf of all of us for showing

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the wrong pictures last night, Two county championship games

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on today. Leicestershire and title chasing

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Nottinghamshire both playing. Catch up with day one scorecards and

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reports on the BBC Sport website. Return of Leicester to the Premier

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League. Let us talk to a couple of ambassadors from the club. Alan,

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what does this mean for the club? It means everything. You can see their

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reaction. We have not in the beam in the top division for a decade. The

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place is absolutely buzzing. They have even brought the trophy for us.

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Maybe that is being a bit optimistic. I remember seeing him

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when he arrived. Of clubs which have been promoted, they probably have a

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better chance than most. Back in the day, they got the likes of Peter

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Shilton and David Nash. But we had many great players in that period.

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In 1996, I was much more worried about Martin O'Neill said, with a

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got regard to relegation. They are very much like this one. They are a

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very young side. But they have been building up nicely. In 2003, Mickey

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Adams went the opposite way, it was not a young team, it was full of old

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stalwarts. I do not remember last week, never mind ten years ago. The

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average age of that side was over factory. They certainly have not get

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that this time. How do you feel about the new season? Very

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optimistic. I think the manager has the players with them. We have got a

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good team from last season and have added a few, so I think we will have

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a good season. We shall see and we shall follow Leicester during the

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course of this season. Two county championship games

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on today. Leicestershire and title chasing

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Nottinghamshire both playing. Catch up with day one scorecards and

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reports on the BBC Sport website. Just before the weather,

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there is a story this week that seems to have really captured

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people's imaginations. These two Lancasters,

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flying together over the region One is ours,

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from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the other has come over

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from Canada, so they can tour We've put some video of them

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in action in our skies So, if you want to see those planes

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again ` and hear those Merlin There is also some great air`to`air

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footage on our page, so fill Looking scary words as the lady to

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my left, but not very good news. Well, but of a mixed picture. If you

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are getting out and about, it does not look too bad. It will be a

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largely dry weekend by the day, with the few showers on Sunday. But it

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will become increasingly windy. For now, we had a largely dry day, but

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we have had some heavy rainfall pushing through during the past

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hour, particularly in Nottinghamshire. More heavy showers

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coming in the rest of the evening. They will die out overnight

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tonight. A tiny, with clear spells. In the towns and cities, a low of 13

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Celsius. A decent start to Saturday, with plenty of sunshine in

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the morning. It will come increasingly cloudy during the

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course of the day. The odd shower in the afternoon. But it will stay dry

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for most, with high temperatures of 19 Celsius. Saturday into Sunday, we

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have a cold front coming from the north and that will bring patchy

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light rain on Sunday morning. Behind it is when things start to change

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low pressure on the North Sea is going to bring in cold arctic gear,

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unusual for this time of the year. It will feel fresher and cool on

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Sunday. Sunday does look like it will be a largely dry day again,

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with just the odd shower. I am leaving there is the chance of snow

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in Scotland! You are joking!

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