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Failing targets despite extra funding. The A departments failing

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to cope. The Cambridge academic Lord White

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Highlands stag is in a stable condition. The stag ran out of the

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gate and gored someone as they came out. It is unbelievable.

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We will be here later, it including: The writer, Louis de Bernieres, pays

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tribute to his friend and neighbour, the acclaimed novelist, Elizabeth

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Jane Howard. And Alex will be here with the

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weather after a day of flooding in the region.

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Good evening. First tonight. Have our A

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departments reached breaking point? In the run up to Christmas, as

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predicted, hospitals experienced extra pressure on emergency

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services. Here hospitals treated a total of almost 17,500 people in

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just one week and many failed to meet the government target on

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waiting times. The aim is to get 95% of A patients seen within four

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hours. But out of 11 emergency departments here, only the Luton and

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Dunstable, Bedford and Peterborough achieved that. There are now calls

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for patients to be charged for using emergency services. Stuart Ratcliffe

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is at Milton Keynes hospital where they're pushing for a new and bigger

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department. The management would like to see a

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new, bigger A department. When the Department was first dealt it was

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designed to treat around 20,000 patients a year. It is now treating

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somewhere around the figure of 80,000. This is one of the

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fastest`growing towns in the country so the pressures on this department

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are only going to increase. Yesterday I spent the day here to

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find out how it coping. On New Year's Day, records were

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broken here. Nearly 90 ambulances or patience to this department, more

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than any other day in the hospital's history. So how to ease

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this pressure? In the summer, Milton Keynes was given ?2.7 million but

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the government. Some of that money was spent on new beds to prevent

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ambulances stacking up outside. We have new ambulance bays in the last

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few weeks. Yesterday we had 88 ambulances coming from South Central

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alone, let alone the other surrounding areas. We bring them

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into here and we can assess them, give them pain relief. When I

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visited on January the 2nd, things had returned to normal. Went out

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drinking over New Year, as everybody does. I fell home `` stumbled home

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and tripped up a curb and fractured meisters `` thumb. It has been quite

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good. They x`rayed me within 15 minutes. The extra funding has paid

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for more staff and over Christmas this allowed the department to hit

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it waiting time targets. There is a growing belief that in the longer

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term, the only option is to build a larger A We are putting together

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an outline case for funding for a new A, and people with minor

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injuries can still come to this site and be treated in a timely way. But

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we will make sure we will have the acute A capacity that will last

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the hospital for the next ten to 20 years. But to relieve current

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pressures, the hospital once people to think about whether this

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department is the right place to be treated. It is very frustrating for

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us as a team who are trying to see the patients who need emergency

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care. But it is frustrating for the patients as well. So they are having

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to wait. It can be frustrating if we are turning them away from here

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telling them to go to their GP. There is no doubt our A

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departments are under pressure. The question is, with public money so

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scarce, how those pressures relieved? So, in summary it was a

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successful Christmas and New Year for this A department. It hit all

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of its targets and it wasn't the only one to hit it waiting time

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targets. The Lister hospital, Luton and Dunstable, Bedford, Peter

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borough, Adam Brookes all hit their targets, but Northampton failed to

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meet their targets. But the hospital told us it did see a 20% increase in

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the number of people using its A department compared to last year.

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Back to the report you mentioned earlier, one in three GPs said they

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would back the idea of people being charged to use A departments. It

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could work something like this, perhaps patients with a charge

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between five and ?10 to use the A department. If it was a genuine

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emergency you would get it back. emergency you would get it back

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This is only an idea and there are no further proposals to introduce

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charging just yet. As well as hospitals, ambulance services have

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also been busy over the Christmas period.

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The East of England Ambulance Service says it received more than

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2,000 emergency calls during the New Year celebrations, a slight fall

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compared to last year. Most of the calls involved falls or assaults.

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A woman from Cambridge who was critically injured when she was

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gored by a Highland stag, is tonight making progress despite being in an

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induced coma in hospital. Dr Kate Stone suffered a life threatening

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injury to her neck when the stag bolted and struck her. Alex Dunlop

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has just sent this report from the hospital in Glasgow.

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Doctors have carried out an operation on. The Kate Stone's

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throat. They say her condition is serious but stable. She is in this

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medical induced coma so her windpipe can heal. I spent the day at the

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remote village in western Scotland where I found a community bewildered

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and shocked. The gate work Dr Kate Stone was gored by the stag, firmly

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shut. Dr Stone had been enjoying a short break in the Highlands with

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friends and joint party at this hotel. A local musician invited them

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back to his home for a nightcap and that is when they discovered the

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animal. It seems the stag had wandered into the garden and became

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disorientated, unable to find its way out because of this fence. When

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Kate Stone and her friends returned late at night, they walked through

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the gate, the stag became spooked and charged at her. Its antlers

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pierced her neck and chest and Dr Stone was airlifted to hospital in

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Glasgow where doctors operated on her windpipe. In summer they are up

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on the hill. Local people are appalled by what happened. The stag

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ran out of the gate and gored someone as they came out, which is

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unbelievable. Someone described it as a one in a million event? It is.

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I think it was trapped and just tried to get out. I also heard

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everybody else in the group had head torches on and she didn't. The

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44`year`old research engineer from Cambridge who is an expert in

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microelectronics recently showed off her latest project to the BBC.

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Following the accident, her company based in the city told us they had

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received overwhelming support from friends around the world. Red stags

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are common in this part of the Highlands and very shy. Attacks on

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humans are unheard`of. This man is a local shepherd and knows the area

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very well. The stags if they are out on open ground, you are safe, they

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will not attack. It is when they are cornered in small Gardens or in

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forestry corners, they might attack. This part of Scotland is an

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important tourist area and locals are keen to assure visitors that

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what happened is a rare events, albeit one that has shocked the

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whole community. One worrying aspect is that its antlers may have pierced

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her throat and her sister fears she may be left paralysed why this. But

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it is early days. Doctors say she is making good progress. They hope to

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bring out of the medically induced coma in a few days and they make a

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proper assessment. More than 4,000 motorists have been

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caught speeding in Northamptonshire in the last year but it's not the

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work of the police. Instead volunteers have been out on the

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county roads clocking speeding drivers. They can't prosecute anyone

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but they say their actions are making a difference. 41 miles an

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hour. Doing more than 40 in a 3 . hour. Doing more than 40 in a 30.

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More than half a dozen cars this lady caught speeding in just a few

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minutes. Volunteers like her, she says, can help the police. We have a

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small school and the cars can range from anything from 35, 40. 56 is the

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most we have had. We can catch anything up to 40 to 50 cars in an

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hour in the morning and at night. If they catch drivers going too fast

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the details will be passed to the police who will write to the owners

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saying when and where the vehicle was speeding. But that is not enough

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to prosecute. We know the registration, the type of vehicle

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and what day they are coming through. So we can support the

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community with mobile reinforcement. You come and do speed checks

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yourself? Yes we can. The driver overtaking here was banned for a

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year after being filmed by a camera like this one mounted in another

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car. The public helping to prosecute, but not all are convinced

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about speed watch volunteers. I don't know. Sometimes they think

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they have more power than they think they have. Is a letter strong

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enough? No, it is just some silly group. Who are they, them and a

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thousand other groups telling you not to speed. There is never a

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policeman about when somebody is doing 70, but it is very good. More

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than 4000 drivers were caught last year. They do an important job. It

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adds a lot of valuable evidence to the parish councils and people in

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villages to start looking at ways of stopping speeding through their

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areas. They can then identify where the hotspots are and get things put

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in place. They don't have the powers of the police, but they can help

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stop, they say, drivers speeding through their communities.

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Work has started to widen the A14 in Northamptonshire to six lanes. Over

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the next few weeks there'll be some overnight closures

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poultry. If it works, it would be a major breakthrough in the fight

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against poisoning. Still to come: What the sporting

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calendar has in store for 2014. And the weekend weather forecast, on a

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day when we saw plenty of wintry weather.

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The acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard was being remembered

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today by her friends and neighbours in Suffolk. In recent years, the

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writer lived in Bungay. She died there yesterday at the age of 90.

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Today, the best`selling author Louis de Bernieres paid his own tribute,

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saying she inspired him to move to the area. Our chief reporter Kim

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Riley has spent the day in Bungay, gathering memories of one of our

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most talented writers. For more than 20 years since she

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moved out of London, this market town has been home to Jane Howard.

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Here, the author of 14 novels and three works of nonfiction continued

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writing to the very end. Married three times, most famously to fellow

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author Kingsley Amis, she never won a major literary prize. But her most

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famous works, how about a middle`class English family around

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the time of World War II, were hugely popular, and made it to TV

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and radio. A young Hugh Bonneville, one of the rising stars. Just two

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months ago at this restaurant near her home, a launch party was held

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for her fifth novel in the series. I was utterly charmed by her. I

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thought she was the most remarkable lady. She was great fun. She did

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not, for me, come across as particularly frail. She had a great

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commerce sparkly sense of humour. It is thanks to Jane Howard that this

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old Rectory is home to novelist Louis de Bernieres. When she heard I

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was looking for a house in Sussex near to my family, she said, there

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is a wonderful house near here. Why do you not go and look at it? So I

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did. That is why I am here. She always said she was my honorary

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aunt. My own aunts died, and she appointed herself my aunt. And you

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have that in one of the books here. I have, an inscription in one of her

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books. To my nephew Louis, from aunt Jane. You will miss your Jane. Very

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much. Jane Howard's daughter Nicola told

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me her mother had been devastated by the death of her brother Colin last

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month. She had become physically very frail, but was mentally strong.

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She spent three hours per day every day writing, and was halfway through

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her next novel. A prolific writer more and by her many friends.

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You can find a full obituary of Elizabeth Jane Howard on the BBC

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website. Let's move on to sport, and it's a

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busy weekend ahead, starting with the rugby tonight. It's football

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tomorrow dominated by the FA Cup. Here's Tom.

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It's that time again ` round three of the FA Cup. Some say the

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competition's unique. Others admit they could do without it. However,

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it remains one of the highlights of the footballing calendar. We have

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six sides still in it. Here are the ties. Stevenage, who're bottom of

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League One, travel to Doncaster. In`form Ipswich are at home.

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Peterborough with a potential banana skin away to non`league

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Kidderminster. It's Norwich`Fulham. Southend are at home, with MK Dons

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away at last year's winners Wigan. The 1`1 Premier League affair there

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sees Fulham back at Carrow Road. I think it is a good distraction. It

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is a club competition that everyone looks forward to, we are playing

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against top`class opposition, which makes the Tasker even tougher, but

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we are at home, so I think it is a good distraction. There isn't

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anybody that doesn't enjoy the feel of the FA Cup.

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Certainly not every manager agrees, including Norwich's former boss Paul

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Lambert. He believes the majority of top`flight clubs would rather not

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have the distraction, and that "survival" is the priority. The

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debate's certainly raging. It's something you want to try and

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progress into. The cup has a special meaning to everybody, and in our

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game, everybody wants to win. The FA Cup is a big competition. I think it

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is a unique competition. Everyone in world football, you always get the

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cup, and nothing is like what we've got in our country.

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Rob Butler is BBC Radio Norfolk's football pundit. He joins us now.

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Rob, does the FA Cup still matter? Of course. As a Norwich fan growing

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up, I had great memories of two semifinals in 1989 and 1992. We lost

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both, sadly, but those quarterfinal replay nights when we got through

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with some of the most magical night there I have ever experienced, and

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have still not been tops. Going back a long way, in the 1959 cup run for

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Norwich, when the whole history of the club is built on the FA Cup. It

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is a real shame that Paul Lambert, of all people, has decided to

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degrade it, almost, with his comments, but as a fan, the FA Cup

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means everything. And FA Cup win at Norwich would be great. And for

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smaller clubs, the chance to earn an upset, and make some money. Yes, we

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know too much about that. Last year, at Norwich, Luton town gamely

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and one. The first time in non`league team has beaten a Premier

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league team. That was very embarrassing. Yesterday, Chris

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Hughton said it was the low point of his Norwich career. Also, fans will

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remember when we thrashed Sutton United. The certain players were

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clapped off by the Norwich fans that day, and it is great to see MK dons

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having a crack, and Wigan Athletic, the FA Cup holders, and

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Kidderminster go to Peter Rook, which is a potential banana skin as

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well. Thank you very much for that. You can hear more on the BBC Radio

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one but their word Norfolk broadcast tomorrow. Andy King has been in

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temporary charge at Northampton since the sacking of Aydi Boothroyd,

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before Christmas. And you can hear more from Rob and

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Still no word from Northampton on their next manager.

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In rugby, Northampton play tonight against one of their Premiership

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rivals, Harlequins. It's second versus fourth at Franklin's Gardens.

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Saints could go top with victory. So they're going for the title. We

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have football clubs in promotion and relegation battles. Much to look

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forward to in 2014. Golf's Ryder Cup. Football's World Cup and of

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course the Commonwealth Games. 17 sports on show in Glasgow, including

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gymnastics and shooting. Both have athletes from our region looking to

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impress this summer. They are on a roll at this gym club.

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British men's champions for years in a row, led by man of the moment Max

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Whitlock. 2014 is a big year for Macs and gymnastics. Medals at the

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Europeans, the worlds, and the Commonwealth games are there for the

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taking. The Commonwealth games are a great competition for us. In the

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public eye, it is massive. We just want to go out there and enjoy the

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petition. That is what I want to do. And hopefully I can qualify for

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the Commonwealth games, because it would be an amazing experience.

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Believe it or not, Max and his training planners are out of shape.

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Motivated for the year ahead, but carrying a few extra pounds. We

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trained a little bit in between Christmas and New Year, and I could

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see they were struggling. Gymnastics is one of 17 sports at the

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Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Another sport on the programme

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requires a little movement as possible, apart from the trigger

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finger. From Basildon to Cambridge, where to Britain's best shooters set

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their sights on Glasgow. They are team`mates at this club, but in

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Glasgow, they could be rivals. The rest will play for England, Jenny

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for Wales. I'm pretty sure it will not be much of a rivalry, but at the

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end of the day, both of us will come off the podium with smiles on our

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faces. Whatever happens, there will be a hug at the end. Jenny has

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already been selected, while the rest, 17, is on target to reach her

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first major competition and shoot against a training partner. I am

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going there for one reason. It will be my first time on the podium. Last

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games, I was forth. This time I want to be on the podium. Ultimately,

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having someone who can shoot and at every training session, someone who

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has that push that just makes you shoot that little bit better, and

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one that little bit more, going into a competition with the mindset that

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you have trained with, you can't ask for anything better. For our leading

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athletes, they have to put a disappointing 12 months behind them.

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Robbie Grabarz's initial aim is the indoor Championships in March. In

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the same month, Formula one returns, with Red Bull once again favourites

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to dominate. There are few who think England's football team will do that

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in Brazil this summer. As for England's believe good cricket

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captain Alastair Cook, will he still be in charge in June when Sri Lanka

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arrive? One thing is sure, Milton Keynes golfer Ian Poulter wants to

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spend his summer at Gleneagles, hoping to be Europe's Ryder Cup

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talismans again. And as a footnote to that, worth a

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quick glance at the top of the Football Conference. Luton and

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Cambridge seem to be going head`to`head in the race to be

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promoted back to the Football League. The Hatters are unbeaten in

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18 matches. The U's start the new year protecting a 100% home record.

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Now, severe weather is threatening the weekend's sporting calendar.

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Keep an eye on the BBC Sport website for news of cancellation, plus, of

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course, your local BBC Radio station.

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Now, dare I ask from. Lots of things to look forward to in 2014. What

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you're looking forward to? It would be lovely to see Luton or Cambridge

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get back into the league. But I am a big golf not, and the Ryder Cup is

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very special. Ian Poulter, who has been unbeaten in his last couple of

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Ryder Cup matches, to win at Gleneagles will be magic. And your

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New Year 's resolution is to tweet more. Seriously! Follow me.

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Now, of course, you've seen parts of the country are being battered by

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storms and high tides. But it looks as though our region has got away

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with it, this time. In our region, the Environment Agency has issued a

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number of flood warnings, which means flooding is expected, and

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flood alerts, which means flooding is possible. Be prepared. Our

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reporter Neil Bradford is at North Bank near Peterborough now.

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Good evening. Tonight, the water levels near this sluice have dropped

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quite significantly, but the road remains closed only for access and

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is likely to do so for some time. Earlier today, the road, which runs

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to beat Brad, was submerged. This was one of two areas where flood

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warnings remain in place. The other is across the county border in

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Northamptonshire. That's at a caravan park which is prone to

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flooding. As you can see, the levels of the river there are quite high,

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but no damage to property yet. Elsewhere across the region, there

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are nine flood alerts in place, which means flooding is possible.

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And it is not only flooding. We have had a number of hailstorms across

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the region today? Yes, that is right. They viewer sent us this

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footage of what he described as a massive hailstorm, which in just a

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few minutes, left his Road in South Cambridgeshire in a carpet of

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white, and another viewer from Westley is not only got his camera

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out, but also his tape measure. He says the hailstones varied in size,

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but some were as big as two centimetres in diameter. Of course,

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here in the open and land, it is the wind that is causing the problems

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tonight. If you are concerned about flooding, however, you can get the

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latest information on the Environment Agency website for their

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flood line. The screen. Thank you very much. All kinds of weather to

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content with today. What can we expect this weekend?

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Still unsettled, and the Atlantic continue to throw all it can at the

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British Isles. We have got off more likely than other parts of the

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country, but today we have had rain, hail, strong wind, blowing in from

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the south`west, and costs between 40 and 50 miles an hour. Let's look at

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the showers and where they have affected the region. Where there are

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bright colours, you can see how heavy they were, but there are less

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of them around. So although there is still a risk of show this evening

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and overnight, they will be less frequent will stop also, the wind

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will become much lighter through the night. Still breezy by the end of

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the night, but more of a light to moderate south`westerly by dawn. In

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terms of temperature, the Atlantic brings in slightly milder air. For

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some of us, we might get down to around three Celsius, but at most,

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four or five degrees, keeping us free of the frost. The next area of

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rain you can see on the chart is moving in to start Saturday. This is

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the pressure pattern for the weekend. You can see low`pressure on

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Saturday. The next low winds itself up in the Atlantic to bring some wet

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and windy weather later on on Sunday. So although it will not rain

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all the time, expect some wet and windy weather right through the

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weekend. Having said that, it will not be as windy through tomorrow,

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but there will be quite a lot of rain to content with through the

:26:14.:26:16.

morning. Some of it is on the heavy side. The good news is, it looked as

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if it were clear into the afternoon, so for some of us, we cease to be

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drier and brighter, particularly across the west by the end of the

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day. But in coastal part of Essex and Suffolk, you may well hang on to

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some wet and cloudy conditions until much later, before it gradually

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clears away, and then we get clearing skies for tomorrow night.

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That means it will be a widespread frost, and there is a chance of icy

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patches where there has been alien rain. This is our pressure pattern

:26:44.:26:47.

for Sunday. Huge area of low`pressure filling almost the

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whole north Atlantic. It will not as much impact as was previously

:26:51.:26:55.

thought, but it will bring rain and strong winds on Sunday. Having said

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that, much of the daily 's like this. Try and bright weather. We

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start next week still unsettled, so just be aware of the frost tomorrow

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night. Everything thrown in for good measure.

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Have a good weekend. Goodbye.

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