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Welcome to the programme. The headlines: Plans move a step

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nearer that could mean thousands of new jobs created around Coventry

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airport. It is ready to go. It is a side

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that can literally be happening within weeks or months.

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A ground-breaking deal signed between the University of

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Birmingham and one of the most prosperous cities in China.

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TRANSLATION: If the companies from Birmingham want to come to

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Guangzhou, we will treat them justly and fairly.

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When the shops and restaurants that have made this town world-famous

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have held their long -- held their own through the economic downturn.

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And the women's wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon.

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Good evening. Tonight, the prospect of thousands of new jobs and A

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Prost -- partnership between private and public money. They

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would be created in the shadow of Coventry airport. Local authorities

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have joined with businesses to back the plan. They believe it could

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create up to 14,000 jobs next year by cutting through red chip and

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planning regulations. -- red tape.

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Denys Short likes to get things done. He set up a beauty product

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Ivers -- business in Stratford- upon-Avon from scratch. Turnover is

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now �1 hand and 30 million. His business may be thriving but he

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fears for the rest of the country. What does it take for real --

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people to realise there are no jobs our business is? What needs to

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happen for people to say, we needed to turn this round and focus on

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growth and jobs. He is behind a plan for an enterprise zone on land

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behind Coventry airport. They have just submitted a bid. We start out

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with jaguar Land Rover and move down here, a defunct sewage

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treatment works. It is fundamental to Coventry. It shows we are open

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for business and we are prepared as eight region to move forward. It is

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important for the region. Enterprise zones lure businesses

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with incentives, relaxed planning laws and he --. The Isle of Dogs

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started out like this. If the enterprise zone over here is going

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to be a success, they have to look at this. This is the worst traffic

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bottleneck in the area. It is likely to be a problem for five or

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six years. If the enterprise idea comes forward it could be resolved

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into a three years. It is important it is usable. Critics argue that

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enterprise zones and this place jobs. Ashby's place. Every job

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should create another job outside the enterprise his own. There would

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be a need for it with their losses in the car industry. A would be

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brilliant. I think the rope round there is not designed for that

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amount of people. It is bad enough now. The government will announce

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if the bid was successful in two or three weeks. It was something of

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pride and if we when it will be a great honour.

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A ground-breaking deal has been signed between the University of

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Birmingham and China. It was a multi-million pound research centre

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set up in the city of Guangzhou. Chinese officials will arrive at

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looking for business partners and clearly there is money to be made.

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China is a world's second largest economy and it is predicted it also

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pass the USA by 2020. What can a Chinese opera businesses from the

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West Midlands? -- what can be Chinese offer?

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All smiles as they signed a memorandum of co-operation, they

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are in business. It is a unique collaboration between a British

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university and China. There are a number of advantages. We will be

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working in one of the fastest- growing economies in the world. One

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of the evidence is the best research is done internationally.

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Brains from Birmingham will collaborate with researchers in

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Guangzhou on projects relate -- ranging from health to

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manufacturing. Already the University spearheaded the largest

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health trial in China. We estimated 1.9 million deaths in China are

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caused as a response that -- to passive smoking. It kicked off last

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weekend when the Chinese premier visited MG Rover. He went on to

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sign deals in the UK were billions. Clearly officials in Guangzhou are

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hoping for the same. Around 100 are in Birmingham and armed with a

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glossy video, they are trying to promote business. If a business

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wants to invest in your city, how confident can they be that there

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will not be political interference? TRANSLATION: To further co-

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operation, we will issue a series of policies regarding companies

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from the UK and Birmingham. We will give them support and help.

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If what we are encountering is a seriousness of commitment and

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openness to working together and a desire on both sides to get his

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right. The Birmingham-Guangzhou research centre will open in the

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Teva. I am joined by Professor David

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Bailey. Our China connections keep growing. Why is it good for

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business here? All universities in the West Midlands are active in

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emerging economies. That is partly about students, partly about joint

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research. At Coventry it is everything from automotive design

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and three to low carbon economies. It is more about economic

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development. Whether it is an enterprise zone in the West

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Midlands or at supporting administrations in China. China is

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the fastest-growing economy in the world. What is the attraction for

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them to do this this year? We know it is good for us, but what for

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them? We can offer skills, Brahms, technologies and lease on a visit

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by the Chinese premier last week. - - Bryant's. We can't do the

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development in the UK and the money factor in China and both benefit.

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It is about finding ways to increase trade. Will we get on with

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business here but find it difficult in China? We will have to make it

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work as we do with other markets. There is a big role for

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universities in understanding cross cultural differences. Let's take

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you to the top story, the enterprises and in Coventry. For

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there will be all sorts of tax benefits. Is that no way to get

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this country back on its big economically? There will only be 20

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when enterprise zones, not everyone had them. In the 1980s they were

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short lived. Be on the Enterprise Zone, how do things develop? It

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will help businesses grow. It builds on the success of a science

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park and it will offer an attractive place for inward

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investors. It is supported by councils and universities. When a

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tax rates and run at Ayr is a chance of it working.

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-- and run out, there is a chance of it working.

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Don't mention a tennis! Still ahead tonight... The Saxon relics going

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on show for the first time with treasures from the stuff which

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record. -- Staffordshire abhorred.

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Around 100 jobs could go at a Premier Prison when a private firm

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takes over running the prison. -- Birmingham prison. Their company

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due to take over the prison in October has confirmed 123 posts are

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at risk in management and administration.

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An investigation into the work of a Staffordshire surgeon has concluded

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one patient was not treated correctly. Dr Changez Jadun's

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activities have sparked for separate inquiries. He no longer

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performs some procedures on the brain. The trust also admitted his

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whistle-blowing policy did not work. Under changes announced, a fit of

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workers in a council was the big drop in pay. 50% will get a heck --

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pay rise and some of the noted at all. All staff have to agree by the

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end of October RTE's redundancy. -- or face redundancy. Please explain

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why you are doing us? We have to do it. The equal Pay Act came into

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force in 1970, followed by the single status legislation in 1997.

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We are obliged to take this process forward. Inevitably, Unison is

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latching on to the fact that staff will have a pair reduction. What do

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you say to that? There will be winners and losers. We cannot avoid

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that. We do not want there to be losers but we have to follow the

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government guidelines in the introduction of this grading system.

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That is what has shaken out. We have followed procedure and this is

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how it has worked out. The union is saying, there is no doubt Walsall

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will seek strike action similar to Birmingham earlier this year. Does

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that worry you? I would be disappointed to hear that. We have

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had good negotiations with the unions. We have worked well with

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them to resolve these matters amicably. I would be disappointed

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if we got there that situation. official statement says they are

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disappointed at the way this has turned out. So be it, we have

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followed procedure. We have carried out the evaluation in a correct

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manner in consultation with unions. Might I said, there will be winners

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and losers. Bearing in mind, 81% of people will either stay the same or

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be a winner, 19% will have a change. A lorry driver has been jailed for

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12 months for causing the death of a her for a couple who were crushed

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when it's begun shed its load of timber. Tom Matts and Terri-Ann

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Barnett died after the lorry hit a bridge at Belmont in February. Ray

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Morgan has been told he will serve at least six months in prison.

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MPs want the Government to postpone closing the National forensic

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science service based in Birmingham. Ministers announced the closure in

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December, saying the service was losing �2 million a month. It is

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due to be wound down by March but the Commons Science and Technology

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Committee said meeting the work elsewhere could create unacceptable

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risks to justice. An empty building designed for use as a regional fire

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control centre is costing the taxpayer �1.4 million in and will

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went. Wolverhampton control centre was commissioned by the Labour

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government to bring emergency call services under one roof. The

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National Audit Office says it was flawed because it did not have the

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support of Fire and rescue services. Local produce, visitors from around

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the world and individual food protesters, the recipe for economic

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success. While there have been hard times for some, on the whole they

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have held their own. Ludlow has developed an

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international reputation for fine food. The annual Frugi festival in

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a September attracted 22,000 visitors, double the local

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population, and generates millions of pounds for the local economy.

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This chef gained 8 Michelin-starred two years ago. Turnover increased

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30% in the last financial year. Some Australian tourist recently

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planned their trip to the UK based on a visit to this restaurant.

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supporting local businesses by buying locally, supporting

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independent farmers and shops, and in turn the locals support me.

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There is a market for days a week. The shops are owned by independent

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people, we do not have changed here. People are passionate about what

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they are selling, they know about the producer. The pictures and

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because know the origins of everything they are using and that

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is really special. Visits here has remained stable. Mike of the shop

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owners, they were affected more by this know than by the economic

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climate. We get a lot more visitors from the West Midlands area. They

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seem to travel to Ludlow regularly. They used to come every week but

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now they perhaps come once a month. Perhaps that is due to fuel prices

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as well as the economy. This picture it says people are more

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cautious. In the last few years it has grown 10 to 20% each year. This

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year, it has been stable or is even dance some percentage. It is

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worrying but compared to some places, probably very good. A mix

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of local people, we get home owners and tourist shop here. Their

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opinion then buried. I am going to Manchester tomorrow. I am taking

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food to my son in Manchester because I'll have the choice.

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pubs and restaurants are great. The fine dining is good. Tourists but

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accommodation within a 30 mile radius a year in advance of the

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annual rate festival and with many holiday makers opting to stay Hann,

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those in the food industry here That has made me hungry. Lunch was

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a long time ago. Still to come:

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How the gorgeous spring weather - remember that - has produced a

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bumper and early crop of a fruit that we love to drink.

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And there could be good fruit growing weather this weekend -

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mostly dry with some sunshine and a bit warmer. The full forecast in a

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few minutes. I think we are going to like the

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forecast. Rare Anglo Saxon documents rarely

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shown to the public are going on display for the first time. Over

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1000 years old, they give an insight into the dark Ages, a

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period we know little about. The exhibition has been put on to

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coincide with the first tour of Staffordshire of the famous

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Staffordshire hoard. Lindsay Doyle reports.

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This is one of our archive strong rooms which we do not normally

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allow access to, so you are privileged. Stafford is truly going

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Saxon. Rare Anglo Saxon documents are going on display at the records

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office to coincide with the first visit to the town of the

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Staffordshire hoard. We are very lucky that they have survived from

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that period will stop the connection with the Staffordshire

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hoard adds even more to what they tell us about the history of the

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county. The documents are over 1000 years old and they rarely leave the

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archives. The most valuable is the last will and testament of a mercy

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and nobleman, who leaves his wealth to the abbey. It is not just the

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will, but there are several documents relating to the

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conveyance of land. They are not normally stored like this. They are

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being prepared to go on display for There will, for example, was folded

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into a small package of perhaps three inches square. And this would

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have been kept in someone's pocket, in a pouch or his saddlebag. Just

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over the road, the famous hall of Anglo Saxon gold from the ancient

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kingdom of mercy or is being carefully unpacked. It was found in

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a field two years ago by a metal detector enthusiast. It is

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absolutely fantastic to be able to put the items on display. Some of

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them have never been on display before. And on show for the very

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first time, the actual metal detector used by the manner

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discovered the hoard. The first stop for the artifacts, it will

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then travel to Lichfield and Tamworth.

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If that has whetted your appetite, there is a programme on Sunday

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presented by Dan Snow on BBC One at 6pm.

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Dan is here with the sports news. I understand there has been around in

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women's football on Twitter. Yes, communication is not always a good

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thing. England's women have got their World Cup campaign back on

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track with victory over New Zealand. For Enny Aluko, it is the perfect

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response to comments that she received after the first match,

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comments she described as poisonous. Aluko missed several second half

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chances. England drew their first game 1-1 with Mexico. She said that

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comments directed at her on Twitter did nothing to help her or the team.

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It does affect me. It is quite poisonous. When I am in a World Cup,

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you need to keep positive going into the next game. I do not need

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these things directed at me. There is a time when I might say

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something back. Carson has left to join a Turkish

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side. As a Roger Vingham have not revealed how much the former

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captain has been sold for. -- West Bromwich Albion.

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It was not just Andy Murray who had a big day today. While he was

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losing on Centre Court, Jordanne made her Wimbledon debut in the

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wheelchair doubles. But she also lost in the semi-finals.

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It is the most famous tennis club in the world and is home to the

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most famous tournament. Today, Jordanne was part of it. For the

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first time, she graced the grass of Wimbledon. Then 19-year-old from

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Halesowen played in the semi-final of the ladies will chair doubles,

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an invaluable experience. It was a good experience and I really

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enjoyed it. It is lovely to play with Lucy. We worked hard to get

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the ranking that we have, and we worked hard together to be in

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places like this, playing in these tournaments, so I was proud.

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despite the lure of Andy Murray on Centre Court, there were plenty of

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fans cheering them on. It means a lot that people are taking the time

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to look at wheelchair tennis, taking the time to support us. We

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appreciate that. Sadly, her debut was a losing one, losing in

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straight sets. But she will hope to be back twice next year. Once in

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the Wimbledon championships, and again at the London 2012

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Paralympics. Finally, if Alex McLeish needs help

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winning over the fans at Aston Villa, he could do worse than to

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call on this man. Yes, that really is Prime Minister David Cameron

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going for his morning jog in an Aston Villa shirt. The photo was

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taken in Hyde Park. I presume he has Cameron Number 10 on the back.

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Am not sure that he and the Chancellor have much spare cash,

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but Alex McLeish could do worse than to ask. His uncle was the

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chairman of Aston Villa in the glory years. It is the club of the

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Establishment. Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England,

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Prince William, Tom Hanks, no less. Exactly, a Holyrood superstar.

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There is an argument as as men of that age should not be wearing

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football shirts. I have to say, he was exercising so I think it is

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allowed. And most men have not given up the dream of playing for

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their side. Thank you.

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It may not be the most tasty of fruits, but the humble black

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currant is having something of a resurgence. Almost a third of the

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total crop produced in the UK has grown in this region. This year,

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thanks to the spring weather, the black current season is earlier

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than ever. Deep in the Herefordshire

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countryside, the black current harvest is well under way. On this

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farm in Lyonshall, close to the Welsh border, they have been

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growing the fruit for almost 100 years. We are picking this variety

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about two weeks earlier than ever before. Lovely fruit, swelled by

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the rain and ready to harvest. some parts of Herefordshire, they

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have been harvesting blackcurrants for two weeks, something unheard of

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before. So why has the season started so early? We had a

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fantastic the cold winter, lovely warm spell in the spring and plenty

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of water recently. Sunshine on the Bush has now to get the sweetness

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into the berries. So this should be a very good crop. On this farm in

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Herefordshire they grow around 125 acres of blackcurrants. That

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produces around 300 tons of the fruit each year. 90% of that is

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bought by a manufacturer of a rather well-known blackcurrant

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drink. That still leaves enough fruit to produce a drink of a very

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different kind. This is Casillas, an alcoholic version of

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blackcurrant juice. It is one of the products they make on the farm

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from this bear fruit. This is this year's crop. What makes good

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blackcurrants? In terms of nutritional benefit, it is the

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colour, the Act -- the anti- oxidants that come from such a dark

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colour. There is also the fact that his is full of natural fruit sugars.

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As far as the crop is concerned, these are lovely berries, so we are

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pleased. With more fruit now being produced in the UK, the growers

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will be hoping the blackcurrant resurgence is here to stay.

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Someone around here perked up when they mentioned coses. -- when they

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mention the alcoholic drink! Can we Yes, we will be drinking in the

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garden this weekend. Not as warm as last weekend, but the headline is

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that we will see sunny spells and it will stay mostly dry, and it

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will begin to turn a bit warmer as well. The reason for the fine

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weather is this area of high pressure right on top of us at the

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moment. Through today, that has trapped a lot of cloud underneath

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it but that will melt away through the rest of tonight. Clear spells

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developing which will allow things to turn fairly chilly. In towns and

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cities, down to 10 Celsius, but in the countryside, may be as low as

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six. It will be a bright start tomorrow morning with a lot of

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sunshine through the first part of the day. But more cloud developing

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into the afternoon. Temperatures doing quite well tomorrow, getting

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up to 22 Celsius, 72 Fahrenheit in a light and variable wind. Tomorrow

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evening and tomorrow night it will stay fine, which is good news for

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over 400 women heading to the University of Birmingham for the

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start of the Starlight stroll, kicking off at 10pm. Pleasant

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weather for walking. Clear spells, patchy cloud and temperatures down

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to 10 Celsius. But there will be some sunshine on Sunday, very

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pleasant conditions. Patchy cloud, some spells of sunshine and

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temperatures beginning to rise. Maybe 23 Celsius. Not good news for

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everyone. High pollen levels make things miserable for hayfever

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sufferers. That will continue through the weekend and into the

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first part of next week, because during Monday and Tuesday it will

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stay fine and dry, with sunny spells but only in the daytime, not

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the night time! Temperatures eventually into the mid- twenties.

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As far as the weekend goes, not too bad.

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Just to confirm, it will be dark at midnight!

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Before we leave, the headlines: The former IMF chief Dominique

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Strauss-Kahn has had his bail conditions relaxed in New York, as

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doubts emerge about the sexual assault case against him.

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Over and out for Andy Murray, beaten again by Rafael Nadal in the

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Wimbledon semi-finals. The Spaniard will play Novak Djokovic in

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Sunday's final. And plans for thousands of jobs

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with the creation of a business enterprise zone near Coventry

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airport. A couple of big events are amongst

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many this weekend. There is a weekend of celebrations to mark the

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reopening of the canal at Droitwich Spa. It cost �12 million to make

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the seven-mile stretch navigable again, completing a Worcestershire

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circle. There will be displays of boats and trips on the water. And

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they will have the weather for it. And today has been the start of

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three days of music in Coventry. Three days of music and

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entertainment. One of a highlights is the Godiva choir who have been

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chosen to perform as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. BBC

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