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That's all from the BBC News at

Six, so it's goodbye from me -

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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's

news teams where you are.

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Coming up on BBC London News:

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An airport engineer is killed

after two vehicles crash

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on the tarmac at Heathrow.

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Another man is in hospital.

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An investigation has been launched

into how this could have happened.

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Hundreds of passengers were also

evacuated and flights were delayed.

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I'll have the latest.

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Also ahead tonight:

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Has the City changed

enough since the 70s?

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Lloyds becomes the first FTSE 100

company to set ethnic diversity

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targets for senior management.

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How 30 tonnes of wet wipes,

a day are having to be cleared

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from London's sewers

and it's costing millions.

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Plus we may think of it as part

of sexualised pop culture.

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But one Londoner wants to reclaim

twerking as cultural heritage.

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We dance at christenings, no-one

sits there and goes, "my God, what's

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that?"

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A very good evening

and welcome to the programme.

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A British Airways engineer has died

after a crash between two vehicles

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on the tarmac at Heathrow.

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He was taken to hospital

but couldn't be saved.

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Another man was injured.

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Hundreds of passengers

were evacuated from a plane

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and dozens of flights delayed.

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We can get the latest

from Chris Rogers who's

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at Heathrow airport now...

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It started like a typical busy day

for Heathrow Airport but as

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passengers boarded the first flights

to leave, tragedy quickly struck.

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DRS airport cars collided, leaving

one driver injured and another

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suffering a cardiac arrest Arch two

airport cars. As paramedics battled

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to save his life at the scene and on

the way to hospital, he sadly died

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leaving hundreds of passengers

stranded, planes delayed, colleagues

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in shock and a family bereaved. We

didn't hear the details for some

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hours later, but the events did

quickly unfold on social media.

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It's just after 6am.

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The tragic pictures

of the aftermath of the

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runway crash emerge.

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An airport worker is killed

as he does his rounds.

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The other driver suffers

a broken shoulder.

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Police are investigating

why the white BA van

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and yellow pick-up truck collided.

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Often used by Heathrow's staff

to direct aircraft and inspect the

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runways.

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Hundreds of horrified passengers,

their planes delayed for

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around two hours, can only look on.

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Traveller Alistair McLeod

tweeted: "We boarded,

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waited and then the captain gave

a series of delay announcements.

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At around 8:55am, we all de-planed."

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Around 25 planes were delayed.

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London ambulance later tweeted,

confirming one of the

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drivers suffered a cardiac arrest.

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"Despite our extensive

efforts to resuscitate him

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at the scene, and on

the

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way to hospital, he was

later pronounced dead".

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The victim's colleague,

Kevin Fitzgibbon,

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tweeted, "sad day at work today,

lost one our engineering colleagues

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this morning.

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My thoughts are with his family

and friends at this

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terrible time".

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If you've travelled on a plane to

Peter and looked out of the window

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as the plane taxis towards the

runway, you will know how much

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traffic there is not just on runways

but around them as well. Because of

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that, there are strict speed

restrictions in place and safety

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guidelines that everyone has to

follow. A lot of questions need to

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be answered about why this collision

took place. That is in the hands of

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the serious collision unit with

Heathrow police. Heathrow Airport

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and British Airways are cooperating

fully with that organisation. They

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expressed their deep sympathy with

the family of the engineer who died

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here today.

Many thanks.

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You're watching BBC London News.

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Coming up later:

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The World War II bomb taken to Essex

coast by the Royal Navy.

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We'll show you the

controlled explosion.

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Some of the most vulnerable

Londoners are being trapped

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in a "cycle of homelessness" -

due to a change in the law.

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That's according to

the charity Crisis.

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It says new, tougher criteria

are being used to remove people

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from housing waiting lists.

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Now this programme has

learnt that across London

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the number has

been cut by a third.

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Raising questions as to who has

been removed and why.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer has been investigating.

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This person needs to be on the

housing waiting list. She since

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August she hasn't been, she couldn't

pay her rent and fell into arrears.

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She is now homeless and unable to

get back on the waiting list for a

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home for herself and her two

children.

You are just stuck in a

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place that has no control and that's

the worst, that is one of the worst

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feelings. You have a problem that is

your problem but you can't solve it.

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There's nothing you can do about it.

For six months, this has been her

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home, living with friends of her

daughter but they are about to be on

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the move again.

Since August,

they've been permanently just in

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bags and boxes, this is how I've

lived. If I'm here today, might be

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there tomorrow. I might be at my

mum's for a couple of nights, just

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to...

She's not alone. Across

London, thousands being taken off a

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list for council homes since the

local as an act since years -- six

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years ago. It gave local councils

more power to decide who should and

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shouldn't be on the list.

If they

can't register for social housing

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are their options are limited, they

can end up in some kind of spiral of

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homelessness. And poverty. The

reason they couldn't register BBC

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because they had rent arrears and

they are forced into a more

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expensive solution and things will

only get worse from -- couldn't

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register.

Things will only get worse

across London and illustrated pretty

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clearly here where I am standing in

north London. On my right is the

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London Borough of Camden. Here,

waiting lists have gone down by

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16,000 since 2012, a drop of

something like 85%. But if we switch

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across the road, just a few feet

away, this is the London Borough of

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Islington. The waiting lists

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away, this is the London Borough of

Islington. The waiting lists have

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actually gone up by more than 4300,

a rise of

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actually gone up by more than 4300,

a rise of 36%. Some councils have

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excluded people like Clavia in rent

arrears but others have introduced

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rules saying only people who live

locally can get on the list. The

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rules across London are different.

We have urged the mayor to bring

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borrowers together. Particularly

local connections problem needs

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sorting out at a London level. If

you have lived in a borough for a

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few years and then a different

London borough, you might not

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qualify for housing anywhere in

London. Living in London ought to be

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the qualification.

Change like that

would come too late for Clavia.

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three people have been found guilty

of the killing of Thornton Heath

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teenager Jermaine Goupall.

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He was chased by a gang wearing

balaclavas and...

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18-year-old Samuel Oliver Rowland,

21-year-old Adam Benzahi,

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and 17-year-old Junior Simpson

were found guilty of

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murder.

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A British man who fought

against so-called Islamic State

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in Syria has appeared in court

and pleaded not guilty

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to a terror offence.

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It's the first case

of its kind in the UK.

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Emma Vardy was at Westminster

magistrates court.

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James Matthews was greeted outside

court today by a crowd of supporters

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who turned out to voice their

opposition to the charge against

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him. Some of them themselves were

former volunteers who have fought

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against IS in Syria was not James

Matthews, known as Jim, is 43, lives

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in Dalston in London and he's a

former British Army soldier. We

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heard in court today the allegation

he is facing is of attending a

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training camp as part of a group of

people struggling to assist the

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Kurdish forces in their fight

against so-called Islamic state. The

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prosecution say Mr is alleged to

have attended that training camp for

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the purposes of terrorism and he

pleaded not guilty to that charge

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today. It is believed there are

dozens of people from Britain who

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have been to Syria and Barack to

fight as volunteers with the Kurds

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-- Syria and Iraq to fight. The

magistrate here today said this was

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a very unusual case. The first time

that somebody who has fought against

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IS is being charged in the

circumstances. James Matthews was

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granted bail. He will next appear in

court on the 1st of March at the Old

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Bailey.

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The City has long been

seen as the preserve

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of white middle class men.

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It is changing but perhaps not fast

enough.

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Lloyds banking group has

become the first FTSE 100

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company to set an ethnic diversity

target for recruiting its top

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management.

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The high street bank really wants to

increase the number of black, Asian

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and ethnic minorities working in its

top 7000 roles. They really believe

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that a diverse management group at

the very top of the company really

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helps the bank to relate to its

customers and the whole community it

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serves. We do believe there will be

extra pressure put on the banks over

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the next few days when it comes to

gender and the pay equality, the

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issue that has been spoken about all

the time.

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Bankers in bowler

hats and sharp suits.

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The City of London in the 1970s

was a very different place

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to today.

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Or is it?

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In the corridors of power

in 2018, black, Asian and

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minority ethnic faces

are conspicuous by their absence.

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Lloyds banking group

are hoping to change that.

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So at senior management

our figure is 6%.

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And, actually, that reflects

the external labour market at senior

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management positions

across the FTSE 100.

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But I think our view

is that we need to do more

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and we need to go further.

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That's the other reason

for introducing the goal,

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to accelerate the pace of change

and to make sure that our most

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senior levels in the organisation

are more representative

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of the external labour market.

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Lloyds say they are confident

they can meet their diversity

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targets within the tight

two-year time frame.

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But in a place like the City,

how realistic is it?

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And is it ambitious enough?

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I think it's a good idea.

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I think it's a good initiative.

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Whether it's going to be successful

or whether it's going to have

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any kind of traction,

you know, remains to be seen.

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I suppose there's a perception

of an old boys network,

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maybe, in the city.

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maybe, in the City.

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Maybe that's because traditionally,

you've had a lot of middle-class

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white males who been running

operations.

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white males who've been running

operations.

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You look at it historically,

there are more whites

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here than there are blacks,

but it's not a true

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representation of the ratios.

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So if you look in society,

there are more ethnic minorities

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than there are represented

here in the city.

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than there are represented

here in the City.

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Lloyds might be the first FTSE 100

company to set these public targets,

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but they aren't the only

organisation working to improve

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diversity at senior levels.

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Joanna is the managing

director of a consultancy,

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which helps businesses recruit

ethnic minority talent.

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There are issues around

development and opportunity,

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so if you do not have a visible role

model in a position

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in which you aspire to get into,

it can be quite discouraging.

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And it can make you believe

that that's something

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And it can make you believe that

that's not something

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that is actually achievable

within that organisation.

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Which is why what Lloyds

is doing is so good.

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It will actually encourage people

within their organisation to believe

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that the company are taking

it very seriously.

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In one of the largest financial

centres in the world, Lloyds' move

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won't have go unnoticed.

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This might be a welcome step

towards greater transparency.

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We know 162 financials and firms in

the city have signed the women in

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Finance Charter which really hopes

to make the gender gap a lot

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smaller. But it is thought that some

firms in the City obviously haven't

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signed it and there are questions

now about why they haven't signed

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it. And they may have done so to why

they haven't got this gender gap in

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better proportion and have to answer

the Treasury Select Committee in the

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coming months.

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The World War II bomb which closed

City Airport earlier this week,

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has been detonated a mile off

the Essex coast.

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The half-tonne device was moved

there by the Royal Navy

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from the Docklands on Monday.

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Here's Charlotte Franks.

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The plume of a World War II

bomb being diffused six

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metres below sea level.

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This is where the 500 kilograms

device discovered at

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City Airport on Sunday,

finally met its end,

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helped by a two kilograms explosive.

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A team of four divers set

out to work on the bomb

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at 8am this morning

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after it was placed four

miles off the coast.

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Today's tasks were to remove

the equipment used to bring the

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bomb down.

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The second dive was carried

out to place a charge,

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plastic explosives, next

to the bomb, which we then used

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to initiate and set the explosives

within the bomb itself.

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The device was discovered

at the King George V

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dock, which led to an exclusion

zone around the site.

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It was then transported

by boat for ten hours

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through the night,

to this MoD location.

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It's taken a couple of days

for this bomb to be diffused

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because conditions have to be right.

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If you look out there now,

it is quite choppy.

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But yesterday it was

extremely windy.

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Which meant a large degree

of groundswell in the water

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making it very dangerous

for the operation to be

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carried out safely.

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24,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped

in London alone during the Blitz.

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The military is still dealing

with around 60 of them each year.

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The three teams that

I have that work

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for me, are called out between them

around every 18 hours.

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So at least once a day one

of the teams is going

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out on the road to deal with

a device, anything from a small hand

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grenade all the way up to this kind

of thousand pound bomb.

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Following the blast,

the team dived down again

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to check the bomb had

been diffused properly.

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They then returned to shore safe

in the knowledge that

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a thousand pounds of explosives

were safely disposed of.

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Charlotte Fairbanks,

BBC London News.

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Still to come before 7pm:

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The humble T-shirt -

a new exhibition charts the history

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of a garment never intended

to be seen.

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And...

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Dance. It's a channel you can use to

express so much joy, pain, sadness.

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How one Londoner is trying

to reclaim twerking as part

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of her cultural heritage.

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Brace yourselves. We are going to be

talking about and seeing giant lumps

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of congealed fat and wet wipes.

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Clearing fatbergs -

giant lumps of congealed

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fat and wet wipes -

from London's sewers is now costing

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a million pounds a month to clear.

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That's according to Thames Water.

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Last year this one got

stuck in Whitechapel.

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It was longer than Tower Bridge

and weighed as much 11

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double decker buses.

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And if you're having you tea,

be warned some of the pictures

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in Tom Edwards' report

are unappetising.

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Welcome to Europe's largest sewerage

plant in Beckton, East London,

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serving four million Londoners.

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It deals with 17,000

litres of sewage a second.

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Here though, they have a growing

problem of nonperishable

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items, mainly wet wipes.

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It is a massive problem,

not just for us, but for London.

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We remove 30,000 tonnes

of what we call rag a day.

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-- 30 tonnes.

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-- 30 tonnes.

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That is a combination of wet wipes,

sanitary products etc.

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This causes a lot of damage

to the infrastructure, to the

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environment, in terms of pollution

because of blockages, and also to

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people's homes when there

is a blockage and there is flooding.

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Wet wipes help fat

and grease congeal in

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sewers, to form huge fatbergs

like this one in Whitechapel.

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It is costing Thames Water

£1 million a month

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to unblock the sewers.

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This demonstration

shows what happens to

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tissue paper in water

compared to wet wipes.

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Paper disintegrates quickly.

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But the plastic in the wet wipes

means it is not affected.

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I'd like Londoners to bin it,

not block it, which is the

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message from Thames Water.

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Stick it in your

dustbin, don't throw

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it down the toilet.

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I'd also like the manufacturers

to stop marking things

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as flushable when they clearly

are not flushable items.

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That is what we need to be doing.

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This would save an awful lot

of money that Thames Water

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could then be spending

on other things.

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Other things like Thames Water's

poor record at fixing leaks.

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So the message for Londoners -

sewers can only deal with waste

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from people and paper.

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Tom Edwards, BBC

London News, Becton.

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It was designed merely

as underwear, never

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intended to be seen -

but has ever since been

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grabbing our attention.

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Now a new exhibition charting

the history of the humble T-shirt

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has opened at the Fashion

and Textile Museum in Bermondsey.

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Ayshea Buksh reports.

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Often, just a simple

piece of clothing,

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a T-shirt can also be

a canvas for high art

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or radical politics.

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This new exhibition at the Fashion

and Textile Museum in

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Bermondsey charts its history.

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And as one of the world's

street fashion capitals,

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the curator believes

London is the best place

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to show them off.

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London is a creative city.

And many of the T-shirts that we

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And many of the T-shirts

that we actually have on display,

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originated in London.

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And I think the London scene,

in terms of graphics, music,

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fashion, design, have

all had their impact on the T-shirt.

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And I think that's represented here.

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More than 200 T-shirts

are on display.

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Some are from the personal

collections of

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fashion designers Vivienne Westwood

and Katherine Hamnett.

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Others were donated by collectors

from around the world.

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American artist and photographer

Susan Barnett has spent nine years

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documenting the T-shirt

wearing public on both

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sides of the Atlantic.

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She started her study shortly

after Barack Obama was elected.

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Over the years, the

message has changed.

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And it's become a lot darker.

There's more anger.

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There's more anger at

the government, anger at each other.

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Messages of hate, sadly.

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And one of the things that

interests me is to see what happens.

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These are time capsules.

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So whether you want to

show support for social

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activism or your favourite band,

wear your T-shirt with pride.

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It may well be a collector's

item in the future.

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Ayshea Buksh, BBC London News.

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Now if you've heard of twerking,

you will know it's a provocative

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dance move synonmous with pop videos

and scantily clad performers.

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It's been criticised

for being over sexualised.

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But now a dance

instructor from Peckham is trying

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to reclaim the move as a form

of feminist expression, by taking it

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back to its African roots.

We caught up with her.

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She tells us in her

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SINGING.

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Dance.

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It's a channel you can use

to express so much joy,

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pain, sadness, like,

you can express so much

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through it.

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So I started to use that as a way

of really communicating

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the things that I thought

there were no words for.

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OPERATIC SINGING.

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My name is Kelechi Okafore.

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I'm an actor, director,

twerk instructor and pole

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dance studio owner.

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A lot of people seem

to think that this is

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where the movement starts and stops,

but actually the movement starts way

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before that.

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It starts from your feet,

so how you're using your feet,

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how you're transferring

weight back and forth.

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That will then translate to how

you're actually able

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to rock your pelvis.

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For me, from my understanding

of twerk, we're looking at something

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that started in West Africa,

and it travelled with

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the enslaved Africans

to become something else.

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Let's get the hips going.

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Poking out, poking backwards,

keeping the legs straight.

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So one...

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Show me more hip, roll that hip!

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It isn't as hyper-sexualised in West

Africa, because it's a

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cultural thing.

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We dance at funerals,

we dance at weddings, we dance

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at christenings.

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No one sits there and goes,

"Oh my God, what's that?"

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Up, up, roll, roll.

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Nice.

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Women are objectified,

whatever they do.

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A woman can stand still

and do nothing and be objectified.

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So, why, then, not do everything?

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Right, right, right, right, left.

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Right, left.

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I think my classes

attract such a variety of

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women, because they watch

the videos on social

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media and they see

the variety of women.

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And they've probably seen a woman

they can identify with.

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"Well, If she's going,

then I can go."

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And what I really wanted

to do was have as many

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women come through as possible,

representing different types

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of woman.

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I was a bit nervous, to be honest,

but I came in, it was fine.

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Got into the changing

room, ripped my hijab

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and stuff off, it was

a women's only class.

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And just within five

minutes of being there, was

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just in the flow of it,

it was brilliant.

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If I were to speak to the Sian

from years ago that was still

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trapped in that toxic relationship,

and tell her that in a few years'

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time, you would be twerking,

essentially an public, on a stage or

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in carnival might even in a dance

studio full of strangers, I would

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never have believed it.

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Bend your knees, bend your

knees, bend your knees.

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Interesting to hear

knees, bend your knees.

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Interesting to hear the

knees, bend your knees.

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Interesting to hear the cultural

knees, bend your knees.

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Interesting to hear the cultural

history. But this man has got to

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follow that. Ben!

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history. But this man has got to

follow that. Ben!

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You might have been twerking your

way to work today when you saw the

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beautiful blue skies overhead. The

sort of day when you wanted to get

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out of the house. It was a beautiful

start. This Weather Watchers

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captured perfectly from a vantage

point at the Barbican. A beautiful

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view over the city. That was not to

last. I had worked its way from the

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West. We saw outbreaks of rain. That

was Essex earlier. The sort of

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afternoon to hide behind the glass

because of this cloud, which fed

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these outbreaks of rain in from the

south-west. The rain is taking its

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time to clear. It will hang around

in the evening. Pretty soggy for the

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next couple of hours. If we run the

sequence through the evening, slowly

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but surely those outbreaks of rain

will be pushed away to the

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south-east. Eventually after

midnight, the skies were clear. The

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winds will slowly ease. One big

difference compared with last night

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it -- is it will not be particularly

cold. Temperatures above freezing.

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Tomorrow get off to a relatively

bright start. You can see some

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patches of cloud. As we go through

the day. -- on my today we will not

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see cloud and rain from the West.

What we might see some parting

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showers. The vast majority will stay

dry and see sunshine. Have a look at

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those temperatures. 1011 degrees.

That will feel fairly pleasant under

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clear skies. This is Friday's

forecast. There will be a lot of

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sunshine. Some patchy cloud. Friday

is a nice looking day. 910 degrees.

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Light winds. A very pleasant feel.

As we head into the weekend, high

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pressure takes more control. That

means more in the way of dry

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weather. Some spells of sunshine.

Once those temperatures get into

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double digits, they will

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stay that way

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stay that way through the weekend

and into next week.

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That sounds like good news. Thank

you.

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That's it for now,

thanks for your company.

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And your views always welcome

of course on our Facebook page.

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From all of us on the team -

do have a lovely evening.

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Bye-bye.

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