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Hello and welcome to Look East. In the programme tonight:

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Wellingborough based Booker Group is bought by Tesco

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in a multibillion pound deal - what could that mean

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police investigating historical abuse allegations in football.

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In her first public engagement since her illness over Christmas,

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champion, and don't call it table tennis.

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First tonight - the huge business deal centred on this region.

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Tesco has agreed to buy Wellingborough based

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wholesaler the Booker Group for ?3.7 billion pounds.

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Booker supplies food to 700,000 businesses

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including independent high street names like Budgens and Londis.

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Tonight the Wellingborough MP Peter Bone told Look East he hoped

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it would mean more jobs at the HQ and warehouses in his constituency.

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Burqa, basting Wellingborough. -- Bookers. Today, they gained a whole

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lot of weight. Taken over by Tesco in a deal worth ?3.7 billion. From

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the distribution centre, Booker supplied 200 cash and carry, more

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buying 5000 convenience stores, pubs, restaurants, cafes. I buying

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into this business, Tesco are taken on a whole new market. Londis and

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Budgens are part of Booker. This man owns this shop, along with a pub and

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a coffee shop here, all supplied by Booker. He calls the backbone of his

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prisoners. I think it is good. It'll be a strong the supplied chain, we

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will get more stock and hopefully that prices will be good for the

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consumers and ourselves. I'm looking to open new stores with Tesco's and

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Booker to help us, it should be good. We are told workers have

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welcomed the news. The company employing 1300 people, it has one .3

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million customers and suppliers 700,000 small misses. It is

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exceptionally good news and it will hopefully lead to more jobs and more

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growth for the combined group. Tesco is an enormous company but Booker is

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a very big company too. I think what we'll see is growth overall which

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will hopeful lead to more jobs than it will certainly lead to better

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profitability, more economy is and that is good for the economy as a

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whole. The company built on supplying the small independent has

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now swallowed up the biggest of all. There's a real endorsement of our

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sector and independent retailers. Everyone was predicting the demise

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of independent retailers, that they would be overtaken by the likes of

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Tesco and now we see in 2017, Tesco buying the right to supply those

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retailers. Booker, part of the shop steel, now being budgeted by the

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food industry. Our business correspondent

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Richard Bond is in our newsroom. Why do Tesco and Booker

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want to merge? I think there is as wrong chance

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that the competitions and authorities will want to look at it.

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Tesco is Britain's biggest retailer, it controls a third of the UK

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grocery market and it owns the convenience jaw stain with -- chain.

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I think if this deal is to proceed, the com petition authorities will

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want to look at those relationships and to them, maybe even ask for one

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of those businesses to be disposed of. Why do Tesco and Booker want to

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merge? I think this is all about buying power. Both of them need to

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buy their supplies as cheaply as they can so they can offer

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attractive customer prices to their customers. Tesco, by virtue of its

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size, already carries a lot of clout in negotiations with big suppliers

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like Unilever. Adding Booker customer base will give Tesco even

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more clout and it will be able to extract more value in the supply

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chain, in other words, keener prices, and that will allow keener

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prices to be passed back to Tesco and Booker and will give them a

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competitive edge in a brutal market. A man has been arrested by

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Cambridgeshire police in their ongoing investigation into

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historical abuse. Kit Carson is well known internationally and here for

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what has sometimes been described as his pioneering youth element work.

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He joined Norwich City, he left ten years later to take up the post of

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academy director at Peterborough Road United, and then he moved to

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Cambridge United, becoming the head of talent and development, that was

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between 2001 and 2006. Mr Carson began coaching youth teams in

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Finland from 2012 but it is unclear whether he is still actively

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involved in coaching there. We understand the allegations here

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relate to his work at Cambridge United and Peterborough United. The

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police confirmed they arrested a man in his 70s and put him into custody

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on suspicion of indecency with children and assault. He is

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currently being questioned at a police station in the county. Police

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say anyone with concerns should call them on 101.

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MPs and business leaders got together today to find out what's

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happening with one of the region's most important planned

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The upgrade of the Ely junction has been promised

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But the message today was that passengers will have

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It is probably the most strategically important junction in

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the nation but when will it be improved? Today, another rail

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summit, local politicians and business leaders once again pushing

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for the work to start as soon as possible in Ely North. It has a

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length the process to it. We've got some money available and we would

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like to say get on with it but actually we have allocated the money

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and there is a big long process. The ?200 million junction improvement

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would make it possible to run more trains. The hope was that the work

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could again in 2019 when the new Network Rail budget kicks in but

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officials from the company told today's meeting that the project was

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complex and there wouldn't be ready to start by then. Although they

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insisted that Ely remains a priority. This scheme would generate

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500 minion pounds for the local area. In my view, it has to be done.

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We need to open up the line to Kings Lane. We want good services from

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Norwich to Cambridge and we want to get the heavy lorries off our road

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and get those onto freight trains. There is a huge benefit to local

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people in doing this but it is a quite torturous process. There was

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some positive news today. Trains running through Ely will have more

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carriages after the summer which should ease congestion. Local

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businesses have committed almost ?8 million to pay for a study that will

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hopefully speed up the design and planning process. There is a real

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determination to see this junction upgraded a bad decision will be

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taken by Network Rail when it has the money and the plans in place and

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the reality is that it is still likely to be several years before we

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even have a start date for the work. This week, we've been

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celebrating the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes but being one

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of Europe's fastest growing towns The NHS nationally is feeling

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the pressure but what happens when your population is due

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to grow by around 15% Currently, Milton Keynes

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Hospital has 526 beds More than 4,000 babies

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were delivered there last year and more than 84,000

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people visited A and E. Stuart Ratcliffe has

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been to the hospital This hospital opened in 1984. Then,

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the population of Milton Keynes was 110,000. 30 years later, and the

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population is 250,000. The hospital itself has also expanded but it does

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illustrate the pressures that this hospital faces and to see for myself

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those pressures, I spent the same -- day with Julie whose job it is to

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manage the hospital beds. It is to be on Friday. What is the situation?

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It is that Tripoli -- typically busy day. We are on an escalation. It is

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governed by the number of patients waiting for heads, the number of

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four hour breaches that you have, the number of fun place to patient

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you have and that volume of patients coming in. We have three M T beds

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currently which we will be filled shortly and an additional 20 or so

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definite discharges and a further ten potentials. I have 50 patients

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in my A department, ten of which definitely need beds. With pressures

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building in A, it is the obvious first port of call. We are still on

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red. We want to create capacity for the male patients we have waiting

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for us. We should have beds coming up shortly. In total, Julie manages

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526 beds in this hospital and it is a constant juggling act. But a new

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ward with an extra 20 beds is due to open next month. It is all part of

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the rebuild but without the -- with the publishing booming, will it be

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enough? We believe the building programmes we have will allow us to

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cope with the extra demand. It is harder to say, the NHS is doing very

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well at looking after even more sick patients. It is always hard to

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predict. We believe what we are doing here is the right entered the

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doing. Do you think the NHS model is sustainable in the future? I

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absolutely believe it is. The values that drive the NHS, the staff that

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work in the NHS, the level of care, the policy of care is still without

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question one of the best, is not the best in the world. The chief

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executive also admits at this hospital and the wider NHS are

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coping. But only just. Back on the wards, that means the search for

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words in the juggling of resources continues. Despite its booming

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population, this hospital does rather better than many hospitals

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which spent much of the winter on black alert. Over the next ten

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years, the population here will grow by another 50,000. Even with that

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planned redevelopment, there are still concerns about whether this

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hospital will be able to cope. Jurors at St Albans Crown Court have

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today been shown pictures of the police excavation

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of the cesspit where children's author Helen

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Bailey's body was found. Police made the discovery

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in the garage of the Royston home that Ms Bailey shared

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with Ian Stewart in July 2016 - That is it from us. Later in the

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programme, we'll have your weekend Julie is here with your

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weekend weather forecast. And a masterclass in ping pong -

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from the world champion. The Queen received a warm welcome

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today from crowds and Fijian warriors when she toured a museum

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exhibition in Norwich. It was the Queen's first official

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engagement since a heavy cold kept out of the spotlight since

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Christmas. This was showcasing art from Fiji.

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A traditional Fijian welcome. The crowd delighted to see Her Majesty

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looking fit and well after her health problems over Christmas. I

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like seeing the Queen because her clothes are pretty. And I love your

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crown, did you make that yourself? Yes. You look royal. Well done. Will

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you remember it for a long time? Yes, because we are allowed to keep

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these flags. That is fantastic. One of the Fijian

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warriors was a professional rugby player in a different guise.

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Different from the day job. This is made from the bark of a tree. This

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is an important symbol... When the Queen visited Fiji in 1953 she was

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presented with a whale tooth, one of the artefacts now on display in the

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exhibition. There is also a canoe which featured in celebrations last

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year. There is a wedding dress which was

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worn by the daughter of a high chief who married a relative of one of her

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ladies in waiting. This is a Fijian who was part of the choir who sang

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to the Queen. I am gobsmacked. Speaking to Her Majesty was an

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honour. This is the largest exhibition about Fiji ever

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assembled. Before she left the Queen met staff and students. Her

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enthusiasm for the exhibition and her affection for the Commonwealth

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country clear to all. Something a bit different now

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because across the region today people have been marking

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Holocaust Memorial Day. the BBC has been telling the story

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of one survivor of the death camps. and this is his account

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of what happened You could see the squat chimneys

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belching fire and smoke, sort of a sweet smelling smoke

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of human bodies. The SS asked very politely,

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no dogs or whips or anything, they said, if you feel you aren't

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quite fit, we can take Of course, some people did,

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the old and the disabled Of course they put them straight

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into the gas chamber. I was extremely confused and not

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terribly happy for the simple reason that for the first time,

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we were separated. I was separated from my

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parents and the parents My mother spotted me,

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broke ranks, came over to me, I saw her then go along

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this ramp and at the end Those who survived realised

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that was into a gas chamber. Yes, the deadline's next

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Tuesday at 11 o'clock. Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy

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is certainly working hard He's agreed a loan deal with former

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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor but not in time to play

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at Preston tomorrow. Toumani Diagouraga could make

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his debut after signing Preston meanwhile have turned down

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a second bid for a reported ?2 million from Ipswich

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for their striker Jordan Hugill. nothing concrete in terms

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of transfer activity. Alex Neil will bring up his 100th

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game in charge against Birmingham. The manager also confirmed

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Louis Thompson's out Elsewhere, a couple of local

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derbies to look forward to. In League One,

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Peterborough host MK Dons. The Posh boss Grant McCann has

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revealed he slept at the club's training ground after Tuesday's

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defeat to Oldham. He said it was their worst

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performance since he took charge. He'll be hoping for

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better against MK. Derivate games are always great. We

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have been good in their big games this season. We need to make sure we

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do it again this Saturday. Looking forward to getting back in front of

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our home supporters. The U's have been in good form

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but are looking to bounce back It is massive. They are big games,

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big games that everyone looks forward to. We have been involved in

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to know. Their game against Luton earlier this season did not go our

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way and we are disappointed about that and we want to go there and do

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ourselves justice. Now, do you know the difference

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between ping-pong and table tennis? Andrew Baggaley from

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Milton Keynes is an expert. After a decade as England's most

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successful table tennis player And this weekend, he's looking

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to make it a hat-trick. Welcome to the fast and furious

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world of ping pong. In a corner of a sports hall

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in Milton Keynes you will find the world champion who kindly agreed

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to slow it down for me. The sound for one is a lot hollower

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and then there is the kit. Explain the differences between ping

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pong and table tennis. The main difference

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is the equipment. A table tennis bat is with sponge

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rubber as you can see there and the ping pong

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bat is with sandpaper. How does that affect

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the way you play? Table tennis is a very fast sport,

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you get a lot of spin on the ball with the rubber and sandpaper

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is a bit slower and also more A two-time Commonwealth

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table tennis champion, Andrew Baggaley has won the last two

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world ping pong titles The brainchild of

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promoter Barry Hearn. A tournament still in its infancy

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but watched by millions worldwide. It is just a phenomenal feeling

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to win two world titles in a row and looking to try and see if I can

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do it again. If you had to choose,

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ping pong or table tennis? At the moment there is only one ping

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pong tournament in a year so... My heart is with table tennis,

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my heart is with ping pong so I love both of them,

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I can't choose. This weekend the blue bat is boss

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once again at Ally Pally. He'll be hoping it's best too

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for a third time in a row. Norfolk's Alfie Hewett

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missed out in the final He lost to his British

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teammate Gordon Reid There's coverage of all

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the sport on your local Diana Moore is one of the country's

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leading operatic singers and has Now she has come home to East Anglia

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to give a special one-off She will be exploring

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the history of female singers Alex Dunlop is at the Norwich

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Central Baptist Church. You can see behind the Diana Moore

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warming up with members of knowledge Barack. She has travelled the world

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but she is a Suffolk girl. -- Norwich Baroque.

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Trouser roles, this is woman dressing as men on stage playing

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Baroque roles. It is exploring the lives of people who did this as a

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living. For a woman to break into that world in the 18th century, they

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must have had to be strong willed. Yes, they were characters. This lady

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here, she was a famous actress and singer in the 18th century. But her

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career was destroyed through a sex scandal. Handel wrote the part in

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Messiah for her and she never looked back. Why come here? It is home.

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Last summer we had a fantastic time. They invited me to choose a

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programme of my own. This is what I wanted to do. Good luck. You are

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going to sing as a part from a Handel's Opera, another close rule.

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Thank you very much. What a wonderful voice. Here is the

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weather. Some parts of the region last night

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fell as low as minus six. That meant fantastic weather watchers pictures.

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It still has not thawed out at three o'clock this afternoon.

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Plenty of blue sky on the Norfolk - Suffolk border.

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The thickest of the cloud will continue to feed up through tonight

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and it is producing outbreaks of rain in places but most of the rain

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to the night will be liked and patchy but we cannot rule out the

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odd heavy airburst here and there. Not as calls tonight. Nothing more

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than two Celsius. Light to moderate sized to south-easterly winds.

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Tomorrow's weather dependent on how quickly this weather front clears

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out to the north Sea. Still uncertainty about how quickly it

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will do that. At the modem looks like a cloudy start to the day.

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Further outbreaks of rain, most of it light and patchy. We are

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expecting to hold onto a lot of cloud. Temperatures could be double

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compared to today, seven or eight Celsius, closer to average. The

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winds change to south to south-westerly. Sunshine in the

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extreme West late on. For most of us it will be a cloudy day from start

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to finish. On Sunday the weather dependent on how far north this

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system spreads. We are not sure how fire officers going to get. The

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further south you are in the region on Sunday the likelihood is you will

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have a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain. Further north, may just stay

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dry. Monday and Tuesday is a lot of cloud around. Monday perhaps light

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rain and drizzle, largely dry. Tuesday more persistent rain late on

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in the day. And check your barometer in the West, it should be 29.82

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inches of mercury, in the East, 29.88 inches of mercury.

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That has flummoxed us. We know you understand the risks

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associated with your pregnancy. Because I'm smaller, people think

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my hopes are not so great. You know what it's like when

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help is needed. You just jump in. Are you saying that

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he's stalking you now?

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