28/02/2018 London News


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That's all from the BBC News at Six

-- so it's goodbye from me -

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Coming up on the programme tonight:

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The severe weather affects millions

- in and around London -

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as trains and planes are disrupted

by snow and ice.

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Since Sunday,

by snow and ice.

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Since Sunday, we

by snow and ice.

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Since Sunday, we have

by snow and ice.

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Since Sunday, we have put

by snow and ice.

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Since Sunday, we have put down

by snow and ice.

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Since Sunday, we have put down about

by snow and ice.

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Since Sunday, we have put down about

60 tonnes of grit in the Square mile

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and have average and a daily 24-hour

shift about 150 workers working to

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do that.

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And as it could be about to get even

worse, we'll have the latest travel

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information to help you over

the next 24 hours.

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And I am in Essex, were freezing

cold temperatures brought buses and

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trains to a standstill this morning

and forced many schoolchildren,

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their parents and commuters stay

indoors.

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Also tonight:

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The campaigners battling

a terminal disease -

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as well as the Government -

over whether sufferers should be

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forced back to work.

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Go! Go!

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Go!

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And from snowball fights

to sledging - Londoners make

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the most of the weather,

with some schools

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cancelling PE - for less

traditional school activities.

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Good evening.

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I'm Asad Ahmed.

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Snow all around us from first

light this morning -

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and a short time ago,

in Central London,

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it started to fall again.

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Many schools were shut,

while commuters battled

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just to get into and around London.

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Freezing temperatures

didn't help matters,

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with a biting wind chill

being felt everywhere.

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There wasn't an area of London

or the Home Counties

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which escaped the freeze,

and it could all be

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about to get worse tonight.

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Our correspondent, Tom Edwards, has

been seeing how London has coped.

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This was the day the Beast from

the East repeatedly hit the capital

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with thick snow flurries.

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There one minute, only

to quickly disappear.

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First thing, Londoners

woke up to a thick layer

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of snow, which meant

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tricky journeys and icy roads.

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In East Dulwich, this driver slid

down Dog Kennel Hill.

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Buses didn't run on some routes,

this one came off the road.

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And those that did run were packed.

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For Tom, from Twickenham,

that meant a much longer journey.

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I think snow is going to cause

disruption anywhere,

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I understand it being a difficulty.

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But I think, by this point,

you'd hope we can prepare

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a little bit better for it.

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I mean, you know, it was known ahead

of time that it was going to snow,

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there could have been a bit more

prep work, I think.

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There were again delays

and cancellations on many Tube

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lines and on the trains.

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Normally, you can clearly

see the Shard here.

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Dozens of South-Eastern

services were unable to run.

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Cancellations into London Fenchurch

and Charing Cross, for example.

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And this is usually a view

of the Thames at Blackfriars.

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The main roads have been gritted

and salted and are flowing,

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as you can see, pretty well.

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That's not, though,

the case on the side roads.

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They haven't been gritted at all.

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Much more treacherous.

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That's also the case

on the pavements.

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Road surfaces, though,

changed quickly throughout the day,

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and some tried their best

to grip the pavements.

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and some tried their best

to grit the pavements.

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Stephen looks after his street.

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We all work together and keep

the area as best we can.

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As snow showers came

and went, conditions

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changed from hour to hour,

and vehicles inched around.

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Or, in this case, gave up.

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Airports also cancelled flights.

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This was Stansted.

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Commuters, though,

were pretty resilient.

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I'm used to this.

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I've been in the country

for a while, so I'm not too...

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I'm not too bothered.

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I just take my time.

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It's not been too bad,

about 20 minutes late also.

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But I know my colleagues have

struggled to get in, so...

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In the Square Mile, it

hasn't snowed since 2014.

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There, they've been working

through the day to grip the roads.

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There, they've been working

through the day to grit the roads.

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What we do is the main roads first,

and we move to our main pavements.

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We keep police stations accessible,

hospitals, public service buildings,

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and then we move to

the other backstreets to do

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the pavements there.

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This timelapse footage

shows London being hit

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by the snowstorms again and again.

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The bad news for commuters is,

more snow is forecast.

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Well, Tom Edwards is at

Victoria Station tonight,

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and he'll have the latest travel

information for you.

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But before we hear from him,

let's head to Essex,

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where thick snow fell overnight.

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Chris Rogers has

spent the day there.

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Chris, tell us what it's been like.

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I don't care what it looked like on

television. About five layers and

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thermals and it is -4 here and I can

still feel the cold. This epitomises

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what happened in many parts of Essex

this morning. If you lived here, you

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could not give -- get buses, they

were not running. And even if you

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did get to those train stations, the

trains were not running. Not so much

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the snow as the freezing

temperatures that practically shut

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many parts of Essex town.

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Chelmsford was a ghost town this

morning.

No one was going anywhere,

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with bus routes suspended and trains

delayed or cancelled. No wonder many

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decided to stay at home.

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For those determined to get to work,

it was not just icy tracks causing

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delays and cancellations. Dave

usually mans the ticket machines.

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Today, it was all hands on deck, or

should I say platforms? What is the

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problem with the doors?

They can be

frozen and shut because of the

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river.

Fred was trying to get the

doors working.

We will do whatever

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it takes, we have drafted in extra

staff and there have been people at

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the platform since 5am clearing

snow. People in the depot have been

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de-icing the trains. We are used to

adverse conditions. Not quite as bad

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as this, but we used are trying to

get the service.

On the roads, and

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thus gritting paid off with main

routes remaining driveable.

But

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where was everyone? We are a bit

busy today. We are just advising

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people to keep as warm as they can.

We have got vehicles on the way to

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you.

But imparts B roads, --

impossible B roads were making life

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difficult for the East of England

Ambulance Service.

Difficult day

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with the weather so we are

unfortunately stacking holes and

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responses to patients at the moment

due to the number of calls and

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resources we have on the road and

the driving conditions are proving

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difficult to deal with. It is not

typical to have this level of snow,

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it has come down very liquid which

has been challenging to get the

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roads clear and we are having

difficulties getting the ambulances

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through in difficult areas like

coastal areas in Essex and is toward

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the South bend, it is difficult

driving circumstances so difficult

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at this level of delays going

through the patients for the Road

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traffic conditions we have got.

We

need the 200 schools close across

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Essex, many parents had to stay and

work from home -- with nearly.

My

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daughter was off school so we have

come out lunch break.

Is that what a

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lot of people have done, Essex teams

have been abandoned?

Definitely, a

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lot of our systems are really slow

because the amount of people trying

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taxes them from home. Will you be

back at school tomorrow?

I hope not,

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but maybe.

As temperatures stayed

well below freezing, there was

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little appetite for anyone else as

-- for anything else but sledging

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and snowball fights. I think we

should hear from Nick Miller about

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tonight and tomorrow. I understand

storm Emma is on the way.

People

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will think it is not happening

because there has been no snow but

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it has turned cold and snowy and the

impacts have grown. We'll certainly

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not out this. It is the beast from

East and now Stom Emma and people

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are wondering what we can expect

from that. This is an area of low

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pressure in Iberia now moving North

and the head of that, it is passing

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the moisture into the bitterly cold

across the UK and our part of the

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world. And that does mean more snow

on the way. The good news is that it

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does not look like we're in the real

dangerous targets this system. That

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is more towards south-west England

and Wales. But tomorrow, it instead

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of sunshine and snow showers, it

will be a cloudy day with outbreaks

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of snow on and off on Thursday and

lasting Thursday night and perhaps

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until Friday. We may not see

significant accumulations, but we

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will see further accumulations. Any

snow is an issue and it will be

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measured in further centimetres on

what we have got. Yes, there is more

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snow on the way. The West from

London, you will more significant

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snow there are than here. That does

not mean to say we're not out of the

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woods, very challenging conditions

still remain.

Very much.

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We will hear from you later in the

programme.

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OK, so now we know

how things might be -

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let's hear from Tom Edwards

at Victoria Station.

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Tom many people struggled today -

what's the advice for

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tonight and tomorrow?

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I am afraid it is Groundhog Day at

Victoria and even worse than it was

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last night. Big crowds here, look at

the boards, Orpington cancelled,

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Ramsgate. London bridged also

delayed. And the trains leaving

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Victoria as you can see from this

pottage are absolutely packed, it is

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going to be a big struggle for

people to get home from here

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tonight. And I am afraid it will be

the same tomorrow morning. This is

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the advice so far at the moment.

Revised timetables for Southern and

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south-eastern and some stations may

be closed in Kent and some branch

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lines, south-western as well. And

also see QT may be running an

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amended timetable. There is some

good news, a full-service, we hope,

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and Greater Anglia, Stansted

express, Thames Link and great

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Northern. As 40th all services, this

is what they had to say. -- as for

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Transport for London services.

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So there were some issues this

morning on the London Underground

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system, and those were sorted out

fairly quickly as we

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went through the day.

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We had a smaller disruption to bus

routes, at the worst,

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we had 30 routes affected out

of over 500 routes

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operating across London.

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And we've had our gritters out

of traffic has been flowing

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pretty well on the major

route across London.

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We're going to have our

gritters out on the roads,

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we've got overnight making sure

that your rails are de-iced

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and trains can keep running

and so on, but I would advise people

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to check before you travel,

because you never know,

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there may be localised disruption

to you when you want to go

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travelling in the morning.

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This is what the Evening Standard as

saying. Because these snow showers

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are extremely localised in some

cases, the best advice is to check

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those websites. Back to you.

At

Victoria Station, thanks very much.

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Breaking news now just in as I speak

about a man aged in his 60s who has

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died at Stanson on SPARC in South

East London, very popular among dog

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walkers. He was found dead in the

water and it is understood he went

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into the water to rescue his dog. If

we have more information on that, we

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will bring it to you later. Snow is

talking point of the day and we will

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have more.

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But there's also this to come too.

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They're already battling a terminal

disease, now these campaigners

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are fighting the Government over

whether they should be

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forced back into work.

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Hundreds of teenagers gathered

at a church in West London today

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for the funerals of two friends

killed by a drunk driver.

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Harry Rice and Josh McGuiness died

alongside another boy,

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George Wilkinson as they walked

to a birthday party in Hayes.

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Tonight, their parents said their

grief is like a 'life sentence' -

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and they want the driver to be

given one too.

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Here's Katharine Carpenter.

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A final journey along

familiar streets.

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On this, the bleakest of days,

friends and strangers in Harefield

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paused to pay their respects.

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These were local boys, and their

deaths have been devastating.

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An absolute treasure.

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And that's the only way

I can describe him,

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he was just a treasure,

because he was so kind.

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We have our own life

sentence now of just pure,

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it's like torture every day.

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I can only describe how I feel,

it's like Groundhog Day every day.

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And I just don't know,

I don't know what we'll do.

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The teenagers, described as 'cheeky

and fun-loving', were mown down

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by a speeding drunk driver

a month ago.

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They were with others on the way

to a birthday party.

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Today, hundreds of their friends

gathered for their funeral.

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Young shoulders carrying

a heavy burden.

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A church so packed,

some stood outside in the snow.

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Teenagers do get a bad press,

but all their friends,

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what they've done from the minute

of this crash, they've arranged

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and organised events.

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They got the whole community

within a day, they wrote

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to the council, got the council

to reduce the speed limit,

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and they've promised

to maybe put the cameras in.

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They also described the boys

who stopped the fleeing

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car driver as heroes,

and say, from now on,

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their focus will be campaigning

for tougher sentences for those who

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kill behind the wheel.

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Katherine Carpenter,

BBC London News.

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And our condolences to the three

families involved.

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Motor Neuron Disease.

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In every single case, it's terminal.

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Sufferers often die within two

years of being diagnosed,

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which is why campaigners today

protested outside Parliament

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against a Government

policy which routinely

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re-assesses patients,

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to see if they're

well enough to work.

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Marc Ashdown was also there.

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Liam Dwyer is something of a miracle

man, MND patients rarely survive

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more than a few years,

but he's been battling

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the disease for 12 years.

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He and his wife Anna are under no

illusions how tough things will get.

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Pretty horrendous, and it will take

away the use of all the muscles.

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And it will leave people,

the majority of people,

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unable to speak, unable to walk,

and eventually, they can not eat

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and swallow, and eventually,

their breathing muscles as well.

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Carrying on working, then,

is out of the question.

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The government's employment support

allowance provides finance

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when someone can't work

due to a disability.

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But some 600 MND patients,

including Liam, face

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being reassessed to see

if they're now able to work.

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They don't know what causes it.

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There is the treatment for it,

there is no cure for it.

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So people are not

going to get better.

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So it's a waste of the government's

time, and it's very frustrating

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and hard for people

to have to deal with.

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They don't want to know.

It's ridiculous.

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Yeah.

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You do get frustrated

with it, don't you.

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Liam joined other MND patients

and families outside

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Parliament today to send

a message to ministers.

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Once assessed as unable to work,

people like Dave here should be

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allowed to get on with living.

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There's no way I will improve.

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MND 100% never improves,

you only get worse with it.

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So to do reassessments ridiculous,

which is stress on us as families.

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But also, it's a waste

of public money.

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They want a quality of life,

they want to actually live,

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instead of having all the stress.

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And that's why we're here today.

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I lost my husband to

motor neurone disease.

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I lost four family members

to motor neurone disease.

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I had no physical reserves.

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The disease is probably

best known because of

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Professor Stephen Hawking,

who's been battling

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it for decades.

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But he is very much

as unique as his mind.

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A third of patients die

in the first year of diagnosis.

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More than half within two years.

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The Department for Work and Pensions

told us they know how difficult

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it can be for people

with debilitating conditions,

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and they're constantly ensuring

assessments are kept

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as easy as possible.

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Since September,

MND patients registering

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are no longer reassessed.

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That still leaves people like Liam

facing stress and frustration

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when time is sadly against them.

Mark Ashdown, BBC London News.

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A woman who was rescued

from the 19th floor

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of Grenfell Tower in June

- has died.

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Those who knew her have

described her as a 'flamboyant

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and colourful character',

although she was already suffering

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from long-term health conditions.

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Alex Bushill is here

and can tell us more.

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Very sad, this, Alex.

She was known

as Pilly. Her husband said she died

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at the end of last month. For the

previous seven months up until then,

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she had been in hospital. From

previous interviews, they lived on

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the 19th floor and she had advanced

outsiders because she couldn't walk.

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That's why he felt he was unable to

carry her down 38 flights of steps

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at Grenfell when the fire broke out

to effect an escape. He followed

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advice given and waited three hours

before they were eventually rescued,

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around 3:30 in the morning. Her

husband put in a statement that she

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was "A colourful, flamboyant and

loving person that we were together

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the 34 years, and she was simply the

love of his life."

Alex Bushell,

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thank you.

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London has some of the highest rates

of child poverty in the country,

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and over the last decade things have

got even worse.

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It's why a mother from Wandsworth,

who became concerned

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about the situation set up a charity

for babies and young

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children in need.

0:19:000:19:01

It's called 'Little Village'

and takes donations of baby

0:19:010:19:04

clothes and accessories,

giving them to those in need.

0:19:040:19:06

And the charity says

the number of families

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using its service is on the rise.

0:19:080:19:10

Over the last month, we've seen

babies sleeping on towels and sofa

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cushions, toddlers walking

round in shoes two sizes too small.

0:19:150:19:23

This is the face of

poverty in London today

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and it's on our doorsteps.

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Now to our look at how London has

been influenced by cultures

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from around the world.

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Today, we look at how

the community from Down-Under

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has added to our appreciation

of art and food.

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And before we go to

the National Gallery,

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Wendy Hurrell takes us to meet some

very active Australian women

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enjoying the taste

of home right here.

0:19:440:19:50

Colourful conversation

and shared humour over brunch

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on the Grand Union Canal

at Paddington.

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We call this mashed avocado.

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But here, they call

it smashed avocado.

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That's a bit of a cultural

exchange, isn't it!

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This community's contribution

to the capital is, amongst

0:20:010:20:03

other things, fresh food

and a coffee culture.

0:20:030:20:09

These are members of the Australian

women's club, who more than 10,000

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miles from home get together at

art galleries, theatres and cinemas.

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They just absolutely love

everything about London.

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Its dynamism, its interest,

its history, its culture.

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And they really embrace

all their different interests.

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You'll never see everything you can

in London, but we're certainly

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making a good shot at it!

0:20:320:20:36

The lure of London's culture

is nothing new to the Antipodeans.

0:20:360:20:41

There's another Australian

that spent time in London,

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a painter called Arthur Streeton.

0:20:420:20:46

He came here eventually in 1897,

and though he didn't really get

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the recognition he deserved

and sent most of his work back home,

0:20:490:20:52

he lived in the capital

for 30 years.

0:20:520:20:56

Now, though, one of his paintings

sits very comfortable in the same

0:20:560:21:01

room as those by van Gogh, Cezanne,

Gauguin at the National Gallery

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in Trafalgar Square.

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He had never been to Europe.

0:21:050:21:07

He knew about the new modern

European painting being done

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by the impressionists in France.

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He said, I'm going to

try my hand at this.

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I don't think any

French impressionist painter

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would have chosen this

very strongly vertical format.

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The cliff, the sea, this very vivid

line that zigzags across the picture

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is like Chinese calligraphy.

0:21:270:21:31

So here, you have a young man,

isolated, if you will,

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off in Australia, but absorbing

with a kind of extraordinary freedom

0:21:390:21:43

the various influences he could find

and producing a highly original

0:21:430:21:46

art from it.

0:21:460:21:50

Arthur Streeton at the turn

of the 20th century kept Australia

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in touch with art in Europe.

0:21:530:21:55

And it's a cultural conversation

that continues today.

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Wendy Hurrell, BBC London News.

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And you can see more on how cultures

have been creative -

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on 'Civilisations' - starting

tomorrow on BBC Two at 9 o'clock.

0:22:080:22:10

Back to the snow now.

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And yes, it brings difficulties

with travelling around

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and keeping yourself warm.

But admit it.

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It is good fun, too,

and this all comes days

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after the Winter Olympics ended.

0:22:230:22:26

So has it given people

a taste to try their hand

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at something knew, or does

a good old fashioned

0:22:290:22:32

snowball fight still win the day?

Chris Slegg as been finding out.

0:22:320:22:37

Are you ready? Staff, are you ready?

Go!

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If snowball fighting was a sport at

the Winter Olympics, the children in

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South end would win the gold. They

don't believe in snowball bands

0:22:520:22:56

here, in fact, the pupils take on

the teachers. London's very own

0:22:560:23:02

Winter Olympics is not just about

snowball fighting, we have the first

0:23:020:23:07

snowman World Cup going on in

Regents Park. Over there, T Mexico,

0:23:070:23:11

they admit they do not have an awful

lot of experience and are taking on

0:23:110:23:16

to my right our very own team GB.

Look at that, a huge amount of snow,

0:23:160:23:22

this could be big.

It depends on how

much free time we have, it could

0:23:220:23:28

become a snowman.

How are the opposition getting on?

0:23:280:23:32

To be honest, we from Mexico, so it

is our first snowman ever in the

0:23:320:23:36

world. We are not experts in

constructing a snowman.

Meanwhile,

0:23:360:23:41

over on Primrose hill, competition

in the louche was intense. The

0:23:410:23:44

champions, though, had to be Daisy

and misty, who had their school

0:23:440:23:52

closed for the afternoon.

We have

been doing this together since we

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were four.

We have done years of going into

0:23:550:24:00

trees and things, but now we've

mastered it.

You certainly have!

0:24:000:24:04

Others, though, certainly haven't.

No medal there. Back at the snowman

0:24:040:24:13

making competition, there are

surprise champions.

0:24:130:24:15

The final whistle goes, this is the

end product, T Mexico's first ever

0:24:150:24:22

snowman. I'm impressed.

It was

definitely teamwork, and you know,

0:24:220:24:28

why not do something fun on a

Wednesday!

Fun has not been in short

0:24:280:24:33

supply.

0:24:330:24:37

I loved the way teachers were taking

on the pupils in the snowball fight,

0:24:390:24:43

don't you love the way the reporters

are wrapped up in their woolly

0:24:430:24:47

jumpers tonight. Will they be

wearing them tomorrow?

0:24:470:24:50

They need to be. The snow is not

going anywhere, it is so cold. The

0:24:510:24:55

snow showers come down and nothing

melts, and we got more snow showers

0:24:550:25:00

in the short term before a longer

spell of snow is on its way. It is a

0:25:000:25:05

strange day when I came to work and

found more snow in central London

0:25:050:25:09

from my direction in

Buckinghamshire, this is a picture

0:25:090:25:12

from today, looks beautiful, but we

know it has been bitter out there.

0:25:120:25:16

And the snow has been causing

problems. There are snow showers out

0:25:160:25:20

there at the moment and will

continue to fall here and there

0:25:200:25:23

overnight. A fume or centimetres in

places, but most will get a further

0:25:230:25:28

dusting here and there. It will fade

further in the night, but there is

0:25:280:25:32

more cloud showing up here, so it's

not going to be as cold tonight as

0:25:320:25:36

it was last night, but it will feel

just as cold because of that win. To

0:25:360:25:41

weather warnings, Met Office yellow,

a warning for snow on Thursday and

0:25:410:25:47

Friday as storm MR approaches, and

not just snowing but windier than it

0:25:470:25:51

has been, so wind chill is a

significant factor again. --

0:25:510:25:55

temporary work. It looks like things

will be worst from this across

0:25:550:26:01

England and Wales because of the Met

office amber warning covering

0:26:010:26:05

Hampshire and Berkshire as well, so

you don't need to go too far west of

0:26:050:26:09

London to find conditions like in

London as well. Tomorrow will show

0:26:090:26:13

its hand, and it is a different day

because we have had sunshine and

0:26:130:26:17

showers, a cloudy day, solid white

here, and outbreaks of snow at times

0:26:170:26:21

during the day. It will still be

bitterly cold, not quite as cold in

0:26:210:26:28

some spots, but the wind is still a

factor and makes it feel much colder

0:26:280:26:32

than the temperature might suggest,

particularly with the strength of

0:26:320:26:36

wind, approaching 20 mph with

stronger gusts as well. It looks

0:26:360:26:40

like outbreaks of snow will continue

on Thursday night, and for much of

0:26:400:26:43

Friday as well, giving further into

metres in places. Look at next week,

0:26:430:26:49

temperatures are heading up. Maybe a

hint of spring at last.

0:26:490:26:52

Thanks the now.

0:26:530:26:56

Before we go, a look at the day's

main news headlines.

0:26:560:26:59

And no surprise about

what everyone's talking about.

0:26:590:27:00

Snow and ice warnings are in place

across large parts of northern

0:27:000:27:04

and eastern Britain,

with roads closed, trains

0:27:040:27:05

cancelled and planes delayed.

0:27:050:27:06

Thousands of schools closed

across the UK as sub zero

0:27:060:27:08

temperatures took grip.

0:27:080:27:15

Readers are urged to check before

they cavil tomorrow as temperatures

0:27:150:27:18

continue to plummet tonight.

0:27:180:27:20

That's it.

0:27:200:27:21

Do keep your pictures

coming in of the snow.

0:27:210:27:23

Send them on Facebook or Twitter

and feel free to film yourself

0:27:230:27:30

describing what it's like and how

much you're enjoying or hating it.

0:27:300:27:33

We may just get you on TV.

0:27:330:27:34

I'll be back at 10:30

with our next news on BBC One.

0:27:340:27:37

Stay warm.

I'll see you then.

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