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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Michael Collie and Suzanne

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Virdee. The headlines tonight: The Queen honours Midlands soldiers who

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have served in Afghanistan. finer moment for a soldier, than to

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have his medal given to him, by his sovereign. And Her Majesty

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remembers the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Relief

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for the school where the threat of closure has finally been lifted.

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And seconds out for the footballers facing a different kind of pre-

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season training. Good evening and welcome to Wednesday's Midlands

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Today from the BBC. Tonight, the Queen honours West Midlands

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soldiers who fought on the front line in Afghanistan and remembers

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those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Her Majesty presented

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medals to 15 soldiers at Lichfield Cathedral before visiting the

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National Memorial Arboretum to commemorate the lives of 112

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military personnel killed during 2010. Was corporate, our stature

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reporter, joins us now. -- Liz Copper our Staffordshire reporter.

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The Queen began the day at Lichfield Cathedral. As she arrived

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at this ancient cathedral close, there was a Guard of Honour are to

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greet the Queen. First she presented medals to members of the

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Royal Murcia and Lancastrian Yeomanry, men who had left civilian

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jobs for the front line in Afghanistan. Absolutely amazing. I

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never thought I would ever make the Queen. It is absolutely fantastic.

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It is a huge honour for her Majesty to present operational service

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medals for Afghanistan. The Majesty is our Colonel-in-Chief and it has

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a huge privilege that she has come along to see us. This was a service

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of thanksgiving, after the regiment's five-month tour of duty.

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It is a tremendous event for the regiment. You can feel a regimental

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lift when her Majesty comes to visit us. It is one of those

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moments in time when you walk -- which you will remember forever.

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is a chance for the Queen to meet families, those who are relieved at

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the return of the regiment. Today has also been about recognising the

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sacrifices of servicemen and women who did not make it home. Within

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the walls of the armed forces Memorial, an annual commemoration,

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a service to pay tribute to the 112 members of British armed forces

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killed on duty last year. Their names inscribed into the Portland

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stone. Amongst them, Staff Sergeant Brett Lindley. This weekend was the

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first anniversary of his death. think you are the only one until

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you come to these events and then you realise that a lot of other

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people have the same torment at that we have. There have never been

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in quite so many in one year, so you know that everyone else is

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suffering the same as you. You know that other parents have had to

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suffer. This was a day dedicated to honouring those who have risked

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their lives, or given their lives, in the line of duty. We are joined

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by a representative of the Memorial arboretum. This means so much to so

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many families who come to see their loved ones names dedicated. And in

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the Queen seemed visibly moved during parts of the ceremony.

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think we were all visibly moved and her Majesty was also moved. It is a

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very special day and hopefully it will bring some of the families an

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element of closure to have the name of their loved one on the wall, and

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they can move on with their lives. What do the families tell you about

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the importance of the Queen coming here for the ceremony? The Queen

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shows national recognition of the importance of their loss, so having

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her Majesty here, as the head of state, mean so much to them. And a

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big day for the arboretum? Yes, we do not often have the sovereign

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come here, and it is wonderful that she was able to grace us with her

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presence. And it was clear what a moving ceremony it was, for

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everybody. It is a lovely ceremony with an element of pomp, and an

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element of real humility. And in the final part when people Olay

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their brief, there is a great deal of sadness, but also happiness and

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trying to move on, and fond memories as well. Thank you for

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joining us on what has been a very poignant, memorable day in

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Staffordshire. The Still ahead on Midlands Today: the lost musical

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scores that lit up the golden era of silent films. A decision to

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close four Shropshire schools was confirmed by councillors this

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afternoon. But the threat of closure hanging over three other

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schools was lifted. The situation arose because Shropshire currently

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has nearly 3,000 fewer pupils than went to school six years ago. And

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that means �10 million a year less from the Government. One of the

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schools that will stay open is Lydbury North, but the future will

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be very different as it forges closer links with another school.

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Joanne Writtle reports. Lydbury North School in south Shropshire

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has just 36 pupils. 11 miles away in Onibury, is Onny School, with 50

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children. And today pupils from Onny came to Lydbury North for a

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music workshop - and to celebrate becoming a so-called federation.

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The two schools will share a governing body and other resources.

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They will retain two headteachers and two sites. We have lots of

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exciting plans and place, but joint visits, and I am seeking planning

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from different teachers. Children from the two schools enjoyed

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playtime together today. Their schools will maintain independence

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and receive individual budgets. There are no plans for job cuts

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Foster b have identified ways of saving money by sharing resources

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more effectively, shearing purchasing arrangements and

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practical ways of working together, making effective savings, bring

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together, things that we had been doing separately. In February we

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filmed campaigners from Onny School heading to Shropshire Council to

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protest against closure plans. Today the children were celebrating

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their reprieve. I am glad that our school is not closing, because I

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have lived in the school for half of my life, and it would be a real

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shame. It is a really good idea that we get to share our work and

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we get to have the same kind of work, and I think it will be really

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fun. It's hoped teachers will travel between the two schools to

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share expertise in subjects. Onny and Lydbury North schools say one

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of the ways they'll save money is by sharing coaches for school trips.

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Shropshire Council has made tough decisions on school closures. But

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it says it would like to see more federations. We believe that

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federations, for our schools, is the best way we can deliver a

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quality education. It's early days in this unusual arrangement. But

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when children returned to Onny this afternoon, they continued to

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celebrate - this time with a pirate theme. If you want to know the

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details of the threatened schools, you can find those on the BBC

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Shropshire website. A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder

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after a 72 year old woman was found dead at her home in Birmingham.

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Police were called to a house in the Harborne area of the city last

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night. A 44 year-old man who was arrested at the scene is being

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assessed in hospital. West Midlands Police say they're treating it as a

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domestic incident. Staff from Severn Trent Water have been

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holding a demonstration outside the company's AGM in Birmingham. They

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were protesting against proposals to close the company's final salary

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pension scheme. The union Unison says it's currently balloting

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around 1,000 staff members, asking whether they're willing to take

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industrial action over the change. This is a highly profitable company

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with a turnover of �1.7 billion last year, and it is still seeking

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to end final-salary pension schemes. We cannot accept that. This is

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about protecting the long-term financial sustainability of the

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business. We see increasing volatility in the pensions market,

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people are living longer, so we have to do something about at that

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to protect the company in future. The future of the NHS is the topic

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of debate tonight as the public and decision-makers come face to face

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in Worcester.The debate's been organised by BBC Hereford and

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Worcester - and in the audience will be three brothers who are

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concerned that care in the NHS is being eroded after the death of

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their father. Sarah Falkland reports. The Kelly brothers were so

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appalled at what they perceived to be a lack of care at the

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Worcestershire Royal, they worked out a a shift system so they could

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care for their Dad 24/7. Retired farmer Frank Kelly was admitted

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with a stroke last November. It was very unfair to be good nurses that

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we met, to be running the walk on their own for a whole shift, from

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seven in the morning until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, on their

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own, the only trained nurse on the ward. Very often. The stroke took

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Mr Kelly's sight. His family say he was often dehydrated and couldn't

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see his meals to eat. There was no urgency for my father at all and

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that is why we stay 24 hours a day, between myself and my brothers, to

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make sure that he did get what he needed at the time he needed it.

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The hospital failed its Care Quality Commission test on dignity

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and depression. The hospital said it takes patient care extremely

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seriously and it was to reassure the public that all areas of the

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laws that will are assessed on a daily basis for staff requirements.

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It goes on to say that wants to make sure that staff have the time

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to spend directly caring for patients, and, with that in mind,

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it has reduced the amount of audits that they have to complete. The

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hospital has passed its latest care quality inspection, but the Kelly

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family say much more needs to be done. There are too many people in

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suits, head people, instead of people out there with everyone, to

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get a good job done, and to care for the people that need care.

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Sarah is in Mr ahead of the debate tonight. There is concern about the

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changes the Government wants to push through. That is probably an

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understatement. Some critics say that what Andrew Lansley wants to

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do is remodel the NHS based on greed rather than need. We can talk

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to Richard Taylor, who is on the panel tonight. We had Matthew Kelly

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saying in my package that there are too many men in suits in the NHS,

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not enough doing the job. Would you agree? I would agree to earn a

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certain extent. You need the right number of good managers, but nurses

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and doctors are crucial. Even the Royal College of Nursing, in the

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last few days, has been reported as forecasting there are going to be

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100,000 less nurses in the next 10 years. That could be a disaster.

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The Health Secretary is trying to cut bureaucracy and hand more power

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to GPS, and making hospital super competitive. Is that the right

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thing to do? I have no objection in principle to giving GPs more power

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which could be done within existing primary care trust structures, but

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I object to the stress and competition because health care is

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not a commodity that response to competition. Certainly, there are

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some aspects where the private sector could do things perhaps a

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little better, but if they cherry- pick and take away the cheaper

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things from a hospital service, then the hospital service could

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fall down. I am very concerned that to be written Bill does not make it

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clear that the Secretary of State has a duty to provide a

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comprehensive health service across the entire country. Do you fear for

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its future? I fear very much for the future of the NHS unless Andrew

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Lansley's plans are changed dramatically. We're off to that

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meeting now with the cameras. We will have a report on that that

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beat in our late bulletin, starting at pains 20 5:00pm. And there will

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be highlights on Friday at 6 o'clock. -- at 10:25pm. Midlands

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companies are looking to cash in on links with Jamaica as the country's

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track and field team heads to Birmingham ahead of the London 2012

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Olympics. Britain already does �46 million of export trade with the

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Caribbean Island. But are other opportunities on the horizon? In

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the the second of our reports on Jamaican Connections, our Arts and

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culture reporter Satnam Rana looks at how local businesses are gearing

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up for 2012. Take Birmingham, invite the world's fastest runner

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Usain Bolt and the rest of the Olympic Jamaican track and field

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team to trains here and - they're the perfect ingredients for

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boositing business. Wade Lyn started a Jamaican pattie company

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in 1988. Today his firm turns over �2.2 million. He's even developing

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a new Jamaican crust in time for London 2012. For our business, it

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is the ideal time to promote what we call our Jamaican heritage, to

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increase what I call the profile of our food, culture and music.

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what opportunities does he see for business in the year ahead?

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monetary value is quite significant. We will probably grow by 10% in the

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next 12 months, with the Jamaican team being here, but, also, trying

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to promote Jamaican food to the wider British public. Over 300

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companies in the Midlands have won contracts for the Olympic Games,

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but with Birmingham hosting the Jamaican track and field team,

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could this be the moment to capitalise on international trade?

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One firm hoping to cash in is Firmin's of Birmingham. It has been

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serving those who serve since 1655, making military uniforms. They're

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hoping to build upon trade they do with the Jamaican Minstry of

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Justice. Already worth tens of thousands of pounds. If you think

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of Jamaica providing room for the Royal Navy, we have been providing

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badges for them since before the days of Lord Nelson. There are long

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conditions -- long and traditional connections between Jamaica and the

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United Kingdom. And for others like Wade Lyn, 2012 is the perfect year

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to build upon his passion to bring a taste of Jamaica to British

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society. Somebody missed their lunch. You could almost smell them!

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We can stay with the idea of food and drink. Still ahead : we are off

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to the orchards, where apple crops have fallen, but cider sales are

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rising. And it is mid-July, but I'm not sure you would believe that,

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looking out of the window. I will have details of when we expect the

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sun to come out of hiding later in It was the thought of all that sun

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and cider. Long lost musical scores dating back to the golden era of

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silent films have been unearthed by staff at Birmingham's Central

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Library. The unexpected treasures were found in a basement by staff

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preparing for the move to a new purpose-built library in 2013. As

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Bob Hockenhull reports, the collection includes music used as a

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theme tune for the legendary Charlie Chaplin. In the depths of

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Birmingham's library, cinematic delights have been uncovered.

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Scattered along the forgotten shelves, around 500 silent movie

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scores, believed to be Britain's largest collection. With the advent

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of talking cinema, this music was so much waste paper, and much of it

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is being thrown away. The fact that we have 500 sets of parts of this

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music, it is partly the sheer quantity that is of interest.

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the collection -an example of music being composed specifically for a

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star rather than the action, in this case - the legendary Charlie

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Chaplin. The collection reveals that musical directors could choose

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from a range of scores, reflecting moods and action to stop for

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example, we have titles such as Help, help, desperation, and

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Supreme Pearl, presumably suitable music for an action film or horror

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movie. Guest pianist Ben Dawson opened this week's City of

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Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Film Music Festival with the newly

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discovered. Those things we regard as cliche now started off back in

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the 1910s and 1920s, with music written for silent film. British

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music publishers were sending out reams and reams Of Music, to be

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played by the orchestras that cinema has could afford. As the

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preparations continue for the move to Birmingham's new Library in 2013,

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who knows what other gems will be uncovered? Very clever. I think

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they might do that at the Black Country Museum. Now, what happens

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when twenty footballers go head to head with a former British boxing

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champion? The answer is they're taught a serious lesson in extreme

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fitness. That's what happened when Burton Albion's squad were shown

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how to punch above their weight in a work out with Birmingham boxer

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Wayne Elcock. This is a boxercise session on a different scale.

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Upsound boxing and punching Former british middleweight champion Wayne

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Elcock is getting Burton Albion's footballers into shape. It's not

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long before his intense work out is almost causing burn out. Someone

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who is taking to the punches though is big defender Darren Moore. He's

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got heavyweight potential. When I stop the football, I can start with

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the boxing gloves. I take my hat off to all the boxers. The manager

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says that this is also about group dynamics. There is the camaraderie,

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with the lads egging each other on, that is an important part of the

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season, making sure that you players come in and integrate to

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the group. Them using his operas, from Gillingham, and Cleveland

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poorer, who says he is happy to be back after a long spell -- loan

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spell two seasons ago. I feel really settled and I am looking

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forward to the season ahead. Everyone has been really well

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coming and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully, we will have

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a successful season. Birmingham born boxer Elcock has been at the

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top of his sport. But after setting up his new Box Clever business last

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year - he says the reward from that has given him a new lease of life.

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I cool that I have found my mission for after I have finished boxing.

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He hasn't retired yet but for the time being - putting professionals

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through their paces is certainly something he'll go the distance for.

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Just watching that makes me feel tired! Cider Sales are soaring -

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which is good news for our cider makers and orchard owners. In

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Herefordshire, Westerns cider alone is looking to plant an extra 1000

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acres of trees. And that's also good news for wildlife as our

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Environment Correspondent David Gregory has been finding out. And

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he joins us now from the sharp end of the cider industry. It's not all

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good news for the industry this year, is it David? The cold weather

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at the beginning of the Year has harmed the apple crop, but it turns

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out that all jobs are very good for wildlife here in the Midlands. As I

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found out at a special event today. This is a traditional Herefordshire

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orchard complete with heritage of cattle. Ancient trees, never

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sprayed with chemicals, so organic. And teeming with wildlife. A couple

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of years ago, the map provided 75 different species of moths, when

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tested. These apples are destined for Western's cider, and the boss

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of the company popped down the road to the UK's first meeting of Cider

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makers and wildlife experts. It is all part of hear that culture's

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year of the orchard. -- Herefordshire's Year of the orchard.

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This is an illustrated guide to all the apples and pears of the county,

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by Thomas Knight. And it is absolutely gorgeous. It is unlikely

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that Thomas night envisaged the modern boom in cider production.

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Can the orchards here be wildly friendly? There is more space for

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wildlife but in the commercial bridge or jobs, they might

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appertain in grass margins, and a mix of seeds, to encourage wildlife

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into the orchard. It has taken some time, but orchards are finally

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gaining their reputation at they dessert, as he wins for wildlife.

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Now, the Elan Frost did for the apple crop, but all of this rain is

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leading to a bumper crop later in the year, so things are evening out.

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Good news if you enjoy a pint of cider. Cider makers would like a

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bit more sunshine so that they can make more of the staff, -- and

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because people drink more of the stuff, when it is a bit sunnier.

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Don't forget, we have the British weather Show, at 7:30pm, on BBC One.

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Time now for the weather forecast. I can promise you some sun. But it

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Her I am calling it an autumnal summer's day today! We're expecting

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to see skies clearing a little this evening a. Some exciting things

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happening in the sky - we saw that funnel cloud at Leamington Spa. And

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we would love to get more of your pictures, too. There have been a

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few showers around. We expect those two Clear, with temperatures not

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dipping all that low, down to around 12 Celsius, just a touch

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milder than last night. Tomorrow, we expect to see some brightness

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and some scattered showers. Probably the heaviest of this

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showers in the north, in the south, a little more sunshine. That will

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affect temperatures, warmer in the south than in the know. Going into

:25:52.:25:55.

Thursday night, and on Friday, we have some high-pressure beginning

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to build. Low temperatures tomorrow night, a round then. It looks like

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high pressure is going to win over the weekend. That is good news,

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because it means that even through Sunday, it might be dry and bright.

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And that bears out the temperatures, with highs of 21 Celsius. We have

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not seen anything like that for a few days. There is a special

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programme tonight celebrating the 50th anniversary of regional

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television programmes, including a Pebble Mill, which had become a

:26:36.:26:41.

global success story. Here is a question - do you know who was the

:26:41.:26:47.

first ever presenter of Top Gear? This is a pretty good programme,

:26:47.:26:51.

let's have it on the network, suddenly the programme I was asked

:26:51.:26:56.

to do in the region again, an idea that came from a regional producer,

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made by original production team, was catapulted onto the network.

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And just look what happened to Top Gear, now! The answer to the

:27:09.:27:18.

question if you have not guessed, it is BBC news presenter, Angela

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Rippon. Everyone thinks the first presenter of Top Gear was Jeremy

:27:23.:27:33.
:27:33.:27:33.

Clarkson, but it was me! Before we leave you, we can look at the

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