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Hello and welcome to Look East. so it's goodbye from me

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In the programme tonight: Living with ME and how research in Norwich

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It is very promising, it gives hope now for the first time that there

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could be a treatment for this devastating disorder.

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The merger which is about to create the biggest district

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Ratty as you've never seen him before.

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And I am in Stevenage where astronaut Tim Peake is inspiring the

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next generation. An international centre for research

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into the causes of ME Scientists told Look East today

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they are making real breakthroughs in finding a treatment

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for the condition, which is also It's thought 250,000

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people across the country are affected by ME and so far,

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there is no effective treatment. The most common symptoms are severe

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fatigue, painful muscles and joints, Now scientists in Norwich

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are planning to trial a cancer drug, which has been found to help

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patients with ME in Norway. The research in this region has been

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crowdfunded by ME sufferers like Rosalind Amor from Bury St

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Edmunds. She's so affected by the illness,

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she spends her life Arriving at Rosalind's home, the

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first thing you notice is the sign on the door. That is because

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Rosalind cannot tolerate too much noise or too much light. Rosalind

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was diagnosed with envy at the age of eight. She is now 25.

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Conversations have to be conducted in a whisper. It's awful. Feeling

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tired and weak and heavy. Rosalind's health improved when she was 15. She

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could walk, stand and use a wheelchair outdoors but four years

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ago, Rosalind had a relapse and today she cannot get out of bed, is

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fed by tube and users hand gestures to communicate. You must get down

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about how you feel. I don't want to waste my entire life in bed. Despite

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everything, Rosalind remains positive. She writes a blog for the

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invest in N E research charity and helps to raise money for them. Now

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she can use an iPad and connects to the rest of the world again,

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immediately she is back in touch, part of the team and the fact that

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she can contribute to the blog and writing is what she loves to do. I

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want to be a journalist. I want to be a journalist since I was 17. Do

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you think that might come one day? Rosalind loves the outdoors but has

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not been in the garden for years. She is following the developments in

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research closely but is also realistic about what the future

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might hold. In Norway they've found that a drug

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normally used to treat cancer Now those scientists

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are here in Norwich to talk about carrying out a trial of that

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same drug here. Ian Barmer reports on the research

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that's giving a real hope of finding ME has always been seen as a

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condition in the mind but now scientists in Norway are confident

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they could be on the verge of a breakthrough to show it is a

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physical disorder. Until now there have been no effective treatments

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but a commonly used cancer drug has delivered a big improvement in

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symptoms. We had a view patients who had long-standing, severe ME who got

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lymphoma and we saw that when they got lymphoma treatment,

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chemotherapy, they seem to have a benefit from that treatment in their

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symptoms. The research looks at the way sugar is converted into energy

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in the blood and that is closely related to research in ME underway

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in Norwich. The experts from Norway are in Norwich now to help plan for

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a big upcoming trial here. It is very exciting, very promising. It

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gives hope for the first time that there could be a treatment for this

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devastating disorder. Knowledge is becoming a national centre for the

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study of ME. Next year the work will move to the quadrant Institute. And

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by the end of 2018, the major trial using the same drug will start at

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the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital with patients from Norfolk and

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Suffolk. That is good news for people like Charlotte. She is

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desperate for an effective treatment for ME. It has been a long time

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coming and I have lost the last ten or so years of this, of my life to

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this, so I just hope they have a breakthrough and can help us out.

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Scientists are more confident now that ME could be reversible. For

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Charlotte and the quarter of a million sufferers, that cannot come

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soon enough. A plan to merge two councils

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in Suffolk completely is expected If the tie-up between Waveney

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and Suffolk coastal is agreed, the new authority will become

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the largest district But what will it mean

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for people who live there? Our political correspondent

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Andrew Sinclair is outside the meeting at Melton

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near Woodbridge. Good evening. Meeting will get

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underway in about 20 minutes. Last night, Waverley Council approved

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these plans. If Suffolk Coastal approve them tonight, history will

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be made because this is the first time that two councils have voted to

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merge. District councils are responsible for more than 100

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different services, maintaining beaches, public toilets, car parks

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and collecting the rubbish. In two years' time in Waveney and Suffolk

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Coastal comedy names on the jackets will change but that should be all.

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I hope residents will not notice anything. We have been working with

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Waveney District Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council in

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partnership for ten years and so I hope they have noticed anything so

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far. It has saved these two authorities ?16 million so a

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complete merger was the obvious next step but among residents in

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Lowestoft, there was a lot of scepticism. I think the more local

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the better. Bad enough getting them to do something in this town N

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adding a feud more. -- few. The new council will stretch from Lowestoft

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to Felixstowe with the two headquarters at Lowestoft and Mt.

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The move will save ?1.3 million every year. The council says there

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will be few job cuts as most services are already emerged but

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there will be up to 30 fewer councillors, something which worries

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the opposition. If councillors are reduced, you will not have people

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who know what is going on in their communities so how can you represent

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people properly. What would happen if you did not do this? We would

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have to cut services because of the finances that would not stack up,

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because as a District Council, we are struggling to set budgets. And

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this probably won't be the last merger. Other councils in Suffolk

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are thinking of following suit as the pressures on local government

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finance growth. That though it will take place shortly.

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Andrew, while you're here, can I ask you about some other

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political news tonight involving the Norwich MP Clive Lewis?

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Clive Lewis has spent the last week telling colleagues and journalist

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that because he represents a constituency that booted to remain

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in the referendum last year, he cannot bring himself to vote for the

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triggering of Article 50. Today, Jeremy Corbyn ordered all his MPs to

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vote for the triggering of Article 50 and anyone that doesn't will be

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sacked. At one stage there were rumours that Clive Lewis would

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resign over this. Tonight he said he would be voting for Article 50. I

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respect the result of the referendum, he said. In an interview

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tonight he said he may yet change his mind when he goes back to

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Parliament next month. who was subjected to lewd comments

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from the master of a hunt, has told Look East they have

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received an apology. who was also a local Conservative

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councillor in Norfolk, making the comments

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to 41-year-old Linda Hoggard during a hunt in North

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Yorkshire on Monday. Mr Carter resigned from Breckland

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District Council last night. Today's tabloids will not have made

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comfortable reading for Charles Carter, but sex and hunting make for

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a saucy headlight. It is now 12 years after the hunting act was

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passed but the battles between the pro-and anti-hunt lobby still wager

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on. Charles Carter's lewd comments captured on social media. Pardon? I

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shall tell my husband that, shall I? A former Master of the West Norfolk

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Hunt, Charles Carter was also a reduced rate councillor. His

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behaviour condemned by the local Tory party and the local council

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leader. He contacted the protester to apologise to the husband and made

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it clear it was meant in no way to be rude. I spoke to Linda Hoggard's

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husband tonight. He would not say whether he would accept the apology.

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In Charles Carter's form award, mixed views. We used to call him a

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hooray Henry. He spoke with an Oxford twang. Does what he's saying

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disqualify him from being a councillor? I would have thought so.

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It would not go down well in disparaging. People get wound up

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about hunting and it is nothing to do with the village and being a

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councillor. Should he have quit? No. Perhaps like the proverbial fox,

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Charles Carter has gone to ground. He has not responded to requests for

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an interview. People tell me that while he has not lived in the area

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for several months, he has been a good counsellor. But this sort of

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behaviour both angered local councillors and voters. Even Charles

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Carter accepted he had to go. with temperatures struggling

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to get above freezing. It comes after freezing

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fog earlier this week. the big problem now

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is how to stay warm. Today the weather is bitterly cold.

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Temperatures struggling to rise above freezing, a wind chill of -4,

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minus five. It's a time when agencies are busy helping the

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vulnerable and older people stay warm. We have been providing room

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thermometers, we have provided newsletters that have had how to

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stay warm in winter information. Occasionally our advice team might

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hear from someone who's heating has broken down, particularly in a cold

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snap like this and they may not get an engineer for a couple of days so

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we have a few space heaters and blankets and we can to a drop-off.

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Coffee mornings and lunch clubs like this one in Chelmsford which provide

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hot meals can be a lifeline. It is essential. I do a bit of cooking at

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home. But first of all, there is the mail and the company. Just eating

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with others is wonderful and you cannot wait to get here. The cold

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weather can cause us problems. It has been a busy time for plumber

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Chris who has been called to fix a boiler in school. In the mornings,

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phones don't stop. Normally get calls coming back in around half

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past four when people get home from work. We do get a lot of water leaks

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from tanks in lofts. Pipes splitting, that sort of stuff. It is

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still chilly but in Chelmsford, they are enjoying a hot lunch. The

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temperature at the moment is -2, however, from tomorrow, it is

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expected to get milder, seven or 8 degrees, but the information about

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keeping warm is not just for older people, it is for everyone, having

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spare food in the cupboard, checking heating and layering up when you go

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outside. Still to come tonight: ?1,000 a week

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- the care homes passing And the moment this Essex

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photographer thought he'd never see. Around 20 lucky children had a day

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they'll never forget today. They met the astronaut Tim Peake

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in Stevenage at a new educational centre aimed at inspiring

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the scientists of the future and today, we were told he's

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going back into space sometime But in Stevenage, it was all

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about getting young hands For a man who was blasted into

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space, it was a suitably out of this world opening. Strand putting us

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from Stevenage to Mars. This testing yard at the heart of the interactive

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centre, all about inspiring the next generation. It is all hands on with

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a teacher with unique qualifications. It's really exciting

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meeting him and everything is very fun to play with. He is a bit famous

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so that is really exciting. I asked him about the Northern lights and he

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sought them about to authorise -- two or three times a week. What more

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expiring for these children than to be standing next to someone who has

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been into orbit, looking out to the future of space exploration. If you

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can get them excited about science at that early age, that is when they

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will make the decision to study those and we can grow our workforce

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for the future, which will be of huge benefit to the UK. And there

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was a nod to today's news that he is set to return to orbit. Space is a

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wonderful place to live and work. Every astronaut would love to get

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back up there. The Airbus Centre will be won by North Hertfordshire

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College. Access to live space research and extraordinary asset. It

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is rare to see a business open the doors of its most incredible

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projects to help inspire the next generation. These would-be

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scientists filling an important void. For our burgeoning industry in

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the UK which is the right thing we need a good strong pipeline of our

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own engineers and scientists and technicians coming through, and

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these sort of programmes are an excellent way to create that talent

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for the future. When he was a boy, Tim Peake dreams of being a pilot. A

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message to these youngsters, anything is possible.

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When the national living wage was brought in last year,

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there was a warning that it would have an effect on care

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there's evidence that it's forced up the cost of care

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and been a factor in some homes closing.

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The living wage came in last April and will go up by 30 pence an hour

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One nursing home in Essex has already put up its weekly charge

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to more than ?1,000 to pay for the increase in the cost

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This from our business correspondent Richard Bond.

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Rising wages are always good for morale and when the living

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or minimum wage rises in April, many of the 80 staff at this nursing

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Lucy Young works in the kitchen and is chuffed by the prospect

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I enjoy working here, but getting more money would be brilliant.

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Cheviot nursing home has 31 residents and is

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It's run on a not-for-profit basis, but as wages rise, it

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A year ago, the price of a new bed place here was ?939 a week.

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That has had to rise this year to ?1,036,

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an increase of 10% and the boss says that is down to the living wage.

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The national living wage has gone up by 11.5% in the last two years,

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so it has had an impact on the amount we charge people.

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I'm sorry about that, because it must sound

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like an enormous amount of money if you are in the position that

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you are looking for care for someone you love.

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Yes, and believe me, we are not making a profit.

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The strain of higher fees falls on people like Ken.

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His wife Maureen has been here for 18 months

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She needs round-the-clock care, but it's hard for the couple to pay

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the fees with interest rates on savings on the floor.

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If you have made sensible plans for retirement and relying

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on and investment income and the income from the investments

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drops to virtually zero and yet your commitments continue

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to rise, I cannot see anybody being in a position where they can

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It's part of a charity and has the resources to survive,

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but many smaller homes may not be so lucky.

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Everyone likes the idea of higher pay, it's just footing the bill

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The cost of caring for the elderly is high and rising, and those people

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paying the full cost themselves are actually subsidising

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Most homes are a mixture of people who pay for themselves and those

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whose care is paid for by councils. The cost is going up and councils

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have been unwilling or unable to pay the full increases, so we have been

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in this situation for some years were bills for Private people have

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been rising at a faster rate than for councils. It has reached a point

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where each private residence is subsidising each publicly funded

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resident to the tune of up to ?8,000 a year and clearly the increases in

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the living wage are going to add to that number and it's a situation

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that many argue is unfair and unsustainable.

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Norfolk's Alfie Hewett has made another major tennis final.

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who won his first Grand Slam title with Gordon Reid

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has now reached the final of the wheelchair doubles

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He'll play against his British doubles partner

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Alfie and Gustavo Fernandez from Argentina

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beat the number one seeds in the semifinals.

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This region has another World Champion.

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has won the Ladies World Indoor Bowls Championship

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Ellen Falkner from Cambridgeshire in the final at Hopton

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She first won the title three years ago,

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making her the youngest ever champion.

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Coming back here every year has been an absolute pleasure. This is the

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start of the year, could not be a better start. It was an incredible

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fame and to be up against Alan, it is what a lot of people would have

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asked for. I am a bit lost for words but rather than talk about my

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performance, I would rather talk about Catherine and say well done,

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well played and enjoy the moment. If you saw Winterwatch last night,

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you'll have seen the Wind in the Willows character Ratty

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as you've never seen him before. The remarkable wildlife

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pictures were shot in Essex They were taken by local Film

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maker and photographer it took a lot of time

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and a lot of patience, we thought you'd like

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to see them again. We're on the River Colne,

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it's a chalk stream. I knew that it was a special site

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when we first arrived here. A lot of people walk past this place

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and don't understand Spend a few minutes,

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observe and it comes to you. The voles are fairly

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nervous and you've got to be incredibly still,

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so you are freezing and being very cold in the water, but just don't

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move about and as time goes by and you do more days of it,

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they'll become more relaxed and then Sitting right in front of you,

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you know, chewing away, they are always here,

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every single day, but some of those special shots you need,

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they happen just once and you've got One of the most satisfying things

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is, because we have this beautiful chalk stream,

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you can see these little silver bullets which are the water voles

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underwater with the air trapped The life of the water vole is very

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short, most of them don't get very far into a second year,

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so a huge steep learning curve. On first coming to the site really,

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it was this idea that possibly, possibly we had caught water voles

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that were climbing trees. The evidence on the tree really most

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people would put it down to squirrels and I think

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it was worth spending some time, and then they started to climb

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and they were going up along the branches and I think

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they were probably six I thought that was

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quite interesting. Maybe not so steady on their feet

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and then to my commencement they just kept climbing

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and climbing and climbing. I don't know what the difference

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was between bark at the bottom and the bark at the top,

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but they just like to go higher. And the last programme in this

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season of Winterwatch is on BBC Two It was very cold today. Yes, we have

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all been complaining about the cold today. These were our top

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temperatures. Some places not getting higher than minus two

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Celsius and then factor in the wind-chill, it felt colder. Another

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cold night on the way. Not many photographs today because not many

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braved the outdoors to take them. Grey and overcast through much of

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the day but just as the sunset, the glimpse of a blue sky. Over much of

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the region there will be clear skies developing, so another sharp

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tonight. It looks as though many of us will get down to minus two

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Celsius but you can see on the map, a bit more cloud coming to the south

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by the end of the night and the possibility of light sleet or snow

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into counties like Essex. Gradually tomorrow we will see something

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milder coming our way. Although it will be a cold start to Friday, with

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a widespread frost, it will recover. This weather feature heading

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northwards through the morning. A very light covering of sleet or

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snow, not expected to settle. It clears the way. The middle part of

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the day dry and bright and then it tends to cloud over again.

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Temperatures around four or 5 degrees but by the evening, we could

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be up at around seven or 8 degrees as that milder air works its way

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northwards. We still have the chance of patchy rain arriving by the end

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of the day and overnight, and then we're into an unsettled weekend.

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There is a bit of uncertainty about this weather feature but it looks as

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though it will bring us strong winds, cloudy at times with the

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chance of rain and shall this. I had this dream that we were going

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upstairs and the boss said, tonight, we will go somewhere warm to present

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the programme. Don't think it will come true. Good night.

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Einstein replaced Newton's theory of universal gravitation

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with a more accurate theory - general relativity.

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So, why's my apple falling? Well, it's not.

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It is the ground that accelerates up to meet the apple.

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So that's why the chair that I'm sitting on now

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that actually feels as if it's accelerating up

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It's really changed my relationship with this chair. Mm-hm.

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