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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Michael Collie and Suzanne

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Virdee. The headlines tonight: Strike warning as council workers

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prepare to apply for their own jobs. Probably lose about �3,500, which

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will eat into my savings for my retirement, really. The bottles

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whose contents could have killed - hundreds of bottles of fake alcohol

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taken off the shelves. There is a high level of methanol in there.

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There are two other chemicals associated with cleaning products.

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Job worries in the carpet industry as a historic manufacturer

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considers a takeover. And cricket's stars come out in Birmingham ahead

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of England's crucial test match Good evening. Welcome to Monday's

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Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight: A union warns of a "series

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of strikes" this autumn at one of our region's councils. It comes as

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thousands of Shropshire Council workers are to be balloted over

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industrial action. Unison will tell Shropshire Council on Wednesday

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that it's opening that strike vote next week. It's happening because

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6,500 staff have been told they'll be dismissed next month and then be

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re-employed at lower salaries as the council tries to protect jobs

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and save �76 million. It's one of only a handful of councils in the

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country pursuing the "fire and re- hire" policy. Ben Godfrey has this

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report. Malcolm Allmark's due to retire in

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four years, but he told me he's had to think again. The site manager at

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Shropshire Council was told he'll be fired and only re-hired if he

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accepts less money. 6,500 people from admin staff to social workers

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have been told they'll be dismissed at the end of September.

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response was to send out the ballot paper.

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If you earn less than �13,000, your salary remains the same. We have

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tried to put forward alternative ways of saving the amount of money

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that we need to save. On members are telling us very forcibly that

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they are going to be calling industrial action.

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So is there a precedent? Look at Southampton. Here the city council

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has just been through its own so- called "dismissal and re-engagement

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plan". Most workers signed the contract, but there's since been 12

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weeks of strikes, and bins are stacking up. That won't happen in

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Shropshire - refuse collections are privatised. In fact, to avoid

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dipping into a pool of public money, even the Quarry swimming baths in

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Shrewsbury will soon be privately managed. We asked people whether

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they sympathised with the workers. It seems there is a lot of people

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working for the council, maybe they could have made it a small amount

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of people. With that is the way they are going to save their jobs.

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Needs must. They are overpaid anyway.

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The strike ballot opens next wednesday, with the result a

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fortnight later. As dark clouds formed over Shire Hall, no one

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inside was available for an interview. In a statement,

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Shropshire council says it is disappointed by news of the ballot.

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This will save making between 405 hundred redundancies, and many

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staff say they will accept the changes, according to the council.

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Joining us now from our Southampton studio is BBC South's political

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reporter Alex Forsyth. Alex. How does the situation in Southampton

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compare with what's being proposed in Shropshire? There are huge

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similarities between the two, but staff in Shropshire have it

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slightly worse. Here we are talking about pay cuts at up to 5.5%, and

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staff on less money will take less of a pay cut. In fact, those who

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earn less than �17,500 will not have a pay cut a tall. But they are

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being told that if they don't sign up to this, they will lose their

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job. Here What impact have the strikes had in Southampton?

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departments have been sent out on strike a week or two at a time.

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Some libraries have had their opening hours reduced. But by far

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the biggest impact here in Southampton have been the bin

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strikes, some of the binmen have been out for two months. If you

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went out into Southampton a few weeks ago, you would have waded

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through piles of rubbish, and the smell permeated the streets.

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there any end in sight to the dispute there? I think because

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Southampton was the first council in the country to implement these

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pay cuts, the union have focused here. I think they thought the

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ethic of stoppage here, they could stop it elsewhere. There have been

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lots of talks, but so far no resolution. The council here are

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saying that if they don't cut pay, they will have to cut jobs.

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Later in tonight's programme: Learning how to make the perfect

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oatcake - courtesy of Robbie Counterfeit wine and spirits that

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are so toxic they could kill drinkers have been seized from

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shops. Hundreds of bottles have been taken off the shelves by

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trading standards teams. Bootlegging is a growing problem,

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costing the taxpayer an estimated �600 million a year. Here's our

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They are backed up as evidence, but all these bottles were on sale at

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off-licences in North Staffordshire. The team responsible for seizing

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the spirits had also subjected them to scientific test. The results are

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startling. There is a high level of methanol in there, and to other

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chemicals that are associated with cleaning products. The potential is

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that it could cause of blindness in somebody if they drink sufficient

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quantities, and also there is a possibility of causing death.

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Counterfeit wine has also been recovered, produced by criminal

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gangs. These bottles have all been seized with and the last few weeks.

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Counterfeit alcohol is becoming a growing problem. And the potential

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dangers were highlighted last month after the explosion which killed

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five men at an industrial estate at Boston in Lincolnshire. Police

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suspect it was an illegal vodka distillery. For reputable sellers

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of alcohol, like here at the Duke William pub in Burslem, the

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increase in couterfeiting is unwelcome. The reason for the rise

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is partly put down to economics. is because of the recession. There

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is a market for it now, isn't there. People have less money in their

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pockets, so there is a niche in the market. For anyone caught

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counterfeiting, the penalties can be harsh. Whoever produced these

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bottles could face up to two years in jail if they're prosecuted. Liz

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Copper, BBC Midlands Today, North Let catch up with the rest of the

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day's news. A Port Vale footballer has appeared in court charged with

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rape. 22-year-old defender Clayton McDonald, who recently joined the

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club from Walsall, is charged with raping a woman at a hotel near

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Rhyll in north Wales in May. He's been jointly charged with the

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Sheffield United striker Ched Evans. A statement on the Port Vale

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website says Mr McDonald strongly refutes the claim.

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Nearly �10 million-worth of machinery has been stolen from

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farms across the region. That's according to a survey by Stratford-

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on-Avon based NFU Mutual, who say "agricrime" has risen by 17% over

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the past two years. Many farmers are now having to invest in

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immobilisers for tractors. Lawnmowers and jetwashers are most

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commonly targeted, followed by quad bikes.

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A global private equity firm has confirmed today that it's in talks

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about taking over one of the biggest names in the region's

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carpet-making industry. Brintons has been making carpets in

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Worcestershire for more than 200 years. There are concerns that any

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takeover could lead to job losses. Andy Newman has this report.

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They have been weaving carpets here since 1783. But is the historic

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fabric of this family run business about to be unpaid? Talks are under

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way on a deal which could lead to ownership of the Kidderminster

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factory being handed over to foreign investors. In a statement,

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the managing directors said that Barrington's are in discussions

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with the global private equity company, but would go no further.

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We understand that company is the Carlyle Group, based in the United

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States, although we cannot officially confirm it. My concern

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would be a private equity company were only interested in buying the

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name, had no interest in the very historic connection with

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Kidderminster, and simply wanted the name, and had their main base

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in another country and wanted to shift manufacture. Concern for jobs

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in industry which is already a shadow of its former self-. This

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was the factory in the 1930s, thousands pouring out of the gates.

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Today it is hundreds. Many more worked at other firms, in a town

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where 33% of the entire work force made carpets.

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If back in the 1960s, there were no fewer than 60 carpet companies in

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the Kidderminster area, employing 17,000 people. Today there are just

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five main competitors left, employing just 200 people -- 2000

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people. Mike was a Barrington's employee for 30 years, and went on

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to become chief executive of the Carpet Foundation. He believes this

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deal may be unwelcome, but necessary. There will be many

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people who will born -- mourn the loss of the influence, because they

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have a wonderful record over the years, but we have to be realistic.

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Nobody predicted a recession, and we are now stuck with a situation

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where all manufacturing companies are finding life very difficult.

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after famous names like Cabaret, another Midlands brand with a

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worldwide reputation could end up in foreign hands. More news is

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expected in the next few weeks. A lot of people in Worcestershire

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with great interest in what happens there. We will keep you up-to-date.

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There's just one month to go now until the final stage of digital

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television switchover here in the Midlands, when the Fenton and

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Sutton Coldfield transmitters make the big switch. Our science

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correspondent David Gregory reports now on someone who was so impressed

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by the help they got, they're now making sure they spread the word

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She is a busy woman about Redditch, but Kathleen still enjoys high

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quality TV. Oh, John Barrow man! I love him.

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So she's made the switch to digital, and she was delighted to find she

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qualified for free help. He got the little box out, turned the

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television around, put all the things in, showed me how to do it,

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and he was nice. Her daughter, Mayor of Redditch no less, was so

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impressed with the scheme, she's helping get the word out too. So

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you were doing a bit -- doing your bit to tell people about the scheme

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yes? Yes, because if people don't know what is happening, if people

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do know of anybody who was on their own, they should go and check that

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they know what is going on. Half the Midlands has already gone

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digital. The remainder switches in a month. On 7th September, if you

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haven't done anything you'll find BBC Two will disappear. It's a

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warning you're about to be left behind. But there's plenty of help.

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We are doing around 1,000 installations a day. The

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installation involves putting the boxing, and the installer will take

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the time to explain how the equipment works, and they won't

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leave that person Bolm at home until they are comfortable with the

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new equipment. If you qualify for help with digital switchover, you

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were sent a letter. But we will give you the contact details to

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find out more a moment if you have lost it. And you can make sure you

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continue to get your little bit of Barrowman.

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Kathleen will be delighted! People who qualify are 75 or over,

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a registered disabled, registered blind or partially-sighted, or in a

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care home. The number is here on the screen. Somebody will come out

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by appointment, for free, and fit a digital box, and make sure you know

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how it works. That is held for specific groups of

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people. What about the rest of us? Yes, you have to go and find the

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money will feel a TV or your Freeview box. There is another

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number that you can phone. These are the technical people with

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regards to any questions that you might have. They have the manuals

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for all the TV's and Freeview boxes that you might have. The first half

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went fairly smoothly, so we are hoping that this will, as well.

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So there is a final switch later? Yes, all the details are on the

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website. Still to come in tonight's

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programme: England's cricket stars meet their public - but will they

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be good enough to be crowned the world's top test side at Edgbaston?

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And I'll be here later with the latest weather for the Test - and

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the news isn't great. There could Swimming in rivers and lakes was

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once a popular pastime, especially here in the landlocked Midlands.

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But health and safety fears resulted in a bit of a decline, and

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jumping in your nearest lake wasn't thought advisable. I am not sure

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about Now, though, enthusiasts are reporting a revival of so called

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"wild swimming". Bob Hockenhull caught up with a group of "wild

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swimmers" at Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire.

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In recent years, this reservoir has been officially out of bounds for

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swimmers. But now it's one of a number of locations where

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organisations such as the National Trust are encouraging wild swimming.

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This walking group is taking advantage of the trend. People have

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stopped doing things outside, they have eased off a lot. And suddenly

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everybody has started coming back to it. Until the 1970s, swimming in

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your local river or lake wasn't considered unusual. In some cases

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diving platforms were set up alongside the water.

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Since then, Britain has become much more health and safety conscious,

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but the river and lake summing associations has only a small

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proportion, about 12%, of drownings are as a result of people swimming

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in the water. Most accidents occur when people fall in - many have

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been drinking alcohol. The National Trust owns the reservoir, which

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once supplied water to Church Stretton. Up to now the trust had

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discouraged swimming here, so why the change of heart? Of the

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National Trust has had a huge campaign to get people out of doors,

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and part of that is embracing things like while slumming. What we

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ask is that people don't do it alone, make sure someone knows

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where you are, and make sure that you are aware that there is no

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lifeguard here. So what did these intrepid swimmers

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think about the experience? Swimming pools are follow if the

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chlorine, and you have to wear goggles. It is much nicer. It in

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the open air. It is lovely. After walking all day, it is really

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refreshing. It might be cold, but these

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enthusiasts say they'll definitely be back for more. Bob Hockenhull,

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BBC Midlands Today, Shropshire. Refreshing! Is that a word for

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perished? Excitement is building ahead of the

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third test match between England and India at Edgbaston, which

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starts on Wednesday. If England win, they'll replace India as the

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world's number one Test team. Nick Clitheroe's at the Council House in

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Birmingham - an unusual place to talk about cricket, so Nick tell us

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Yes, phenomenal interest in this game, with more than 85,000 tickets

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already sold for the first test match at the new look Edgbaston.

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England's current success has really captured the imagination of

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the fans, and they got a chance to get a few tips from their heroes

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Hello, mate! English cricket is riding a wave of success. Victory

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in the Ashes last year has been steadily built on. Even so the size

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of the crowds who turned up in Birmingham city centre this morning

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surprised the players they'd come to see. It is massive. It is good

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to see such a massive turnout. The start of the football season,

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interest usually drops off, but it hasn't this year. And if you were

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in any doubt about the excitement been generated, just look at the

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size of the queue here for autographs. All this talk about the

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demise of Test cricket, and it to me it is the best form of the game.

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England is doing so well, it is lovely to get the grass roots up

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and going. You could never get as close to football players like this.

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If I was younger, I wouldn't be seeing all these players!

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This was Cricket in the City - an initiative launched by the ECB to

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spread the word about a sport enjoying its time in the spotlight

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and make sure children all across the Midlands persuade their parents

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this is the sport for them. It won't do that ambition any harm if

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England seal a series victory and number one spot by winning at

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Edgbaston to rise to the top of the Test rankings. It is always a

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unique atmosphere at Edgbaston. It is a very passionate, very

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knowledgeable public in Birmingham. You only have to go to Birmingham

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City or West Proms -- West Brom to know that the fans know what they

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are on about. This England team are breathing new

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life into the sport. I am sure India will have something

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to say about that. And joined by one of their squad. You have had a

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fantastic reception here from the Indians and the square. Yes, a

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fantastic reception. It is nice to see people come and support you. It

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is nice to see the youngsters here, as well. How much are you looking

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forward to playing? I am really looking forward to playing, and

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just happy to be in the squad again. I'm really happy that I'm back in

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the side, and very eager to play. I'm sure there is determination

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among the Indian team to get back into the series. Yes, you lose some

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and then you win some, and it is time for us to pick ourselves up.

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We want to go out there and win a few matches. And keep that No. 1

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ranking in the world? Yes, you don't get that easily, so we want

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to hold on to that! We just want to get the result our way. I hope you

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enjoy yourself in Birmingham and enjoy the new look Edgbaston. That

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will be a really exciting test on Wednesday, England against India,

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the third match of the series, it will be a fantastic few days at

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Now, the Football League season got Both Birmingham City and Coventry

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City suffering defeats in the Championship. But in League One,

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Walsall fans may have already seen their goal of the season, as Ben

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Sidwell reports. A new season and a new man in

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charge at Birmingham City. Chris Hughton must have been delighted

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with the way things started. But Birmingham began life back in the

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championship with a defeat. It is certainly going to be a long season,

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this one. There are a lot of good teams to play, and we need to keep

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determination and enthusiasm, and we will pick up results. A There

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were more sending-offs than goals as Coventry took on Leicester at

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the Ricoh Arena. Former Aston Villa and England striker Darius Vassell

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got his marching orders after just 11 minutes, and Coventry were also

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down to ten men before half time, Carl Baker getting a straight red

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for this challenge. The only goal of the game came early in the

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second half, Lee Peltier earning all three points for Leicester.

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Walsall spent most of last season battling for their Division One

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lives, but they started this one with a 1-0 win against Leyton

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Orient, and what a goal, too. Adam Chambers, with one of the best

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finishes you'll see at the Banks' Stadium all season - on his debut,

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against the side who let him go in N new season, but the same old

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argument, with the Port Vale fans calling for the board to go. On the

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pitch, Louis Dodds scored an injury time equaliser as the sides drew 2-

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2. Former Port Vale striker Justin Richards got two goals on his debut

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for Burton Albion at Torquay, but the home side fought back from 2-0

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down to snatch a point. And if your team's goal wasn't

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there, don't despair. Just log on to the BBC Sport website where you

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can find the goals, along with more news and interviews from your club.

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If you're having your tea right now, what are you having? Maybe an

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oatcake? I only ask because today is National Oatcake Day - a day

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when lovers of the Potteries delicacy tell the world all about

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it. That's if campaigners get their way. The oatcake has been eaten in

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Staffordshire for hundreds of years, and some half a million are made

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every week. Even Robbie Williams' dad is a fan, as Laura May McMullan

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The humble Staffordshire oatcake is It doesn't sound like much of a

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delicacy, but it all depends on what you fill them with. Two bacon

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and cheese, please. Two sausage and cheese. You can put anything on the

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new like. People in Stoke on Trent prefer cheese and bacon.

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Well, now there's a group of oatcake lovers who are campaigning

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to achieve a National Oatcake Day! Today in Hanley they seemed to be

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going down a treat. It is not just an oatcake. You have got the

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pottery, the football. Oatcakes bring people together. People on

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mad over oatcakes. They will travel for them. It has been born and bred

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into them. And with more than 10,000 supporters of the campaign

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so far, it looks like they're hitting the spot. We love them

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because they are from Staffordshire. If everybody knew about them, they

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would be mass produced, and they wouldn't be very good. And there

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are a few famous fans as well. I don't know why, but they don't sell

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them in Beverly Hills in California! Well, of course we've

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got pancake day, there's a Cornish pasty day in August, and there's a

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national fish and chips day, which was started in May last year. So

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why not make August 8th national oatcake day? I do actually think

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the date needs thinking about a little more. Across the city, more

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than half a million oatcakes are produced every week. Campaigners

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believe there's definitely an appetite for the Potteries' best-

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And why not? Cheese and bacon are the top ones! Now, as promised,

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Shefali Oza's here with a look ahead to what the weather has in

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store. Will the sun be shining for Not really. Let's just cut to the

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chase and look at what is going on for the beginning of the cricket.

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We don't go into the weekend on this table, but you can see it

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isn't looking promising for the start of the test. This is what is

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going on on the pressure chart. We have this ridge of high pressure

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from tomorrow, but then this rain starts to push in. It is a classic

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wishbone formation, two fronts a hinged at the top. Wind it will

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start to increase as those isobars squeeze together. Temperatures

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today were under par for the time of year. He would normally expect

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23-24 Celsius, but we only reached 18 today. It will become cooler

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overnight. We could see a trickle of showers coming in through parts

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of Shropshire, but otherwise it is dry tonight. Temperatures could

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fall as low as five Celsius., otherwise tens and elevens. We

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maintain that a little flicker showers through the north-west

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going into tomorrow. For the rest of us, it is dry, but we will see

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the cloud infilling from the north- west. Temperatures again, 18 or 19

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Celsius, but coupled with a brisk wind. For the rest of the week, it

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A look at tonight's main headlines: More violence on the streets of

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