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A man from London is helping to raise awareness of a rare bone


marrow condition as he desperately tries to find a donor to help his


sick father. The dad is originally from Sri Lanka which means his


chances of finding a match is lower than if he was white and British.


He now lives in Kent from where Charlie Rose reports.


A winter's day is a world away from the Sri Lankan sunshine. But Yevi


A acen background means he is struggling to find a bone marrow


donor the UK, a search that's becoming increasingly urgent.


Recently we had a bone marrow biopsy and that showed that the condition


had progressed and was very aggressive. He would get quite tired


and he is losing weight rapidly at the moment. It means that now it's


imperative that he finds a donor because that's what's going to


sustain him. The family managed to get a Sri Lankan superstar cricketer


to help in their drive to raise awareness via social media. But so


far, no luck. From the entire register only 4% from a south Asian


background and 3% from Afro-Caribbean background. Doesn't


mean to say any other back ground can't be a match for my dad or


anybody else, but the tissue type is more likely to be from a south Asian


background. At the moment we find a perfect match for about 60% of white


northern European patients who need a transplant. But that drops to


around 20% for any patient of ethnic minority. Experts say joining a


register is easy. Yevi and his family hope the search will soon be


over. There's to be a highly unusual


auction of auction on Tuesday which will sell gadgets belonging


to British secret agents who worked behind enemy lines


during the Second World War. The Special Operations Executive


were based on Baker Street and had their laboratory


in the cellars of the Robin Gibson has been looking


at the gadgets on offer. They look like props


for a vintage James Bond movie, oddball gear designed


by white-coated boffins who spent their days thinking up


bizarre weapons and secret gadgets to break their agents on the ground


out of one tight spot or another. To the naked eye this looks


like an ordinary fountain pen, OK. When it unscrews, it reveals


quite a sinister dagger. This would have been used


by an agent if need be to either fight his way out of a corner


or to eliminate an enemy sentry. This watch concealed a microphone


to record conversations. A garrotte made of jagged wire


conveys its horrific use. They all date back to


the Second World War and were issued to agents and commandos dropped


behind enemy lines. The items range from the gruesome


to the incredibly ingenious. Here is a uniform badge


which unscrews to reveal a compass A key, the end unscrews to leave


a comparement useful for a coded message perhaps or some sort


of suicide pill. Most people that buy this


stuff are historians, they're keeping it to keep


the history and story Edward Toms, who is now 96,


and was attached to both the SAS and the Special Operations Executive


during World War II. We all had buttons that


could be used as compasses because the SOE laboratory


was in the Natural History Museum cellar and it is where all these


gadgets were being invented Murderous weapons may not be


everyone's cup of tea, not least as the auction takes place


on Valentines Day but the collection is expected to go for


thousands of pounds. A look at the weather and there's


a chance you could wake up to snow tomorrow or rain,


depending on where you are. Either way, I can guarantee it will


be cold outside so wrap up warm. Enjoy the Six Nations rugby


which is up next on BBC One. Good afternoon. An afternoon to