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Good evening, welcome to Midlands I was horrified that yet another

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collection that is so important to the UK, was going to be broken.

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high-tech engineering part that could bring 2000 jobs over the next

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five years. First it was the gypsies refusing

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to move, now protesters say they will not go until these gypsies are

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evicted. And determination of a mum-to-be

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who lay head down for three months to ensure the safe delivery of her

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baby. For me, now that I have got Good evening. Tonight, we talk

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exclusively to the billionaire, prepared to spend big to preserve

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the heritage of the the Potteries. John Caudwell says he's "horrified"

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the historic exhibits at the Wedgwood pottery museum could be

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sold and his offer would keep the collection together.

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There are 10,000 ceramic pieces under threat of being sold to plug

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a pensions black hole. Christie's auctioneers value the collection at

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between �11-�18 million. Many of the exhibits have been

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together since they were manufactured by Josiah Wedgwood in

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the 18th century. Today, members of the Wedgwood

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family said the collection must be saved, and described news of the

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offer to buy it as very encouraging. Here's our Staffordshire reporter

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Liz Copper. Born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent,

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John Caudwell says it would be "disastrous" for the Potteries if

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the Wedgwood Collection were to be sold off. Speaking from his

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Staffordshire mansion, the businessman who made his fortune

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from mobile phones, says Josiah Wedgwood's entrepreneurial

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achievements must be saved, and his offer is a serious one. We have got

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a very valuable collection. Somebody is going to buy it at what

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they see as its fair value. That person might as well be me, which

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then enables the museum to go on and be sustainable. If other people

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buy it in bits and pieces, it is going to be broken up, and we have

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lost their heritage. The Museum at Barlaston found itself at the

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centre of a legal battle after Wedgwood went into administration

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with a pension fund deficit. On Monday, a high court judge ruled

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the museum is liable for that shortfall - so these treasures face

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being sold. This is quite a shock, that we have got a museum that a

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pension fund is able to claim all the items of that museum to swell

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it. I understand the difficulties of the pension fund, but it doesn't

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seem to meet, for what I understand of the situation, that there is

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anything other than a technical right for the pension fund to

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acquire these items. Whatever the view of the current law, it's this

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man, who's now charged with finding a solution to the Museum's dilemma

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- and hopefully saving the collection for the nation.

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whole intention, the whole thrust of this, is to try and raise the

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money the collection is worth, to save the collection in situ. If

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that takes time, the gritters have indicated they are willing to let

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me have that time to try and come up with a proposal -- of the

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creditors have indicated. Generations of the Wedgwood family

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donated items to the museum - they've welcomed offers of

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financial help. It is very encouraging to know that there are

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people out there willing to keep it together, that the contents of the

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Wedgwood Museum of the contents of the last 250 years of industrial

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history in the Midlands. The whole collection will have to be revalued

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ahead of a sale. It's likely a multi-million pound sum will need

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to be found to preserve Josiah Wedgwood's precious legacy.

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And if you're in Staffordshire, you can hear more of Liz Copper's

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interview with John Caudwell on BBC Stoke's breakfast show tomorrow

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morning. Thanks for joining us this evening.

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Later in the programme, a man of remarkable courage: four years

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after losing his arm in Iraq, he's 2,000 new jobs over five years -

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that's the prediction for a city struggling with unemployment. After

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a decade of planning, a new high- tech engineering corridor is

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finally emerging in Wolverhampton. Last night, Jaguar Land Rover got

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the green light to build its new engine plant - while neighbouring

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businesses have told the BBC they're winning international

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contracts and recruiting fast. There are also plans to build an

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academy to groom the next generation of skilled workers. Ben

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Godfrey reports. Goodrich Actuation Systems employs

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more than 1,000 staff in Wolverhampton - making flight

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controls for the likes of Boeing and Airbus. It's high-skilled

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engineering which just been rewarded with international

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contracts that should preserve this business for 30 years. We are

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recruiting, both in terms of engineering, technical skilled

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staff, as well as machinists, Christy site macro. With the highly

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skilled work force in the area, there is no end to the success we

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could have a. Regeneration of the city's northern limits is underway

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- these aerial pictures show a new hi-tech corridor alongside the M54.

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It's now an enterprise zone but for almost a decade, the i54 site

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struggled to take off. That was then, and this is now. After a very

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bumpy side, this site is seen three macro -- companies moving in.

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There's Jaguar Land Rover's engine plant, but aerospace firm Moog and

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lab testing company Eurofins got here first, and they'll open in the

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spring. A new road network's also planned. We will be looking and

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funding the new motorway interchange that will give the site

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direct access to the and 54. In a city with one of the UK's worst

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employment records, there could be a new training centre to prepare

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the next generation of local engineers for new employment

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opportunities. We anticipate several hundred more new jobs being

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created in the supply chain, so they are likely to follow, leading

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to around 2000 jobs possibly, over the next five was six years.

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international eyes are watching. Goodrich Actuation Systems is in

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the process of being bought by a US firm, which could create one of the

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world's largest aerospace businesses.

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With us now is Professor David Bailey from Coventry University.

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This is all very encouraging, albeit a long way off? It is hugely

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positive news, it anchors Jaguar Land Rover in the region. A huge

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amount of research and development as well, and it will create jobs.

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Maybe 750 jobs directly, more in the supply chain, although we don't

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know how many yet. It is good that it is about manufacturing, because

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that is the heartbeat of the region? It is what we are good at,

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it is more important in this region than other regions, and we are

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seeing a great success in the automotive sector, aerospace, also

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JCB, which is exporting. Other manufacturing sectors are

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struggling, like materials and nettles. We have got the Jaguar

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Land Rover factory coming along, and this increased pay and bonuses

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for workers at a JCB? They're doing well, because they have excellent

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products, and they export to places like China, Brazil, Russia, India.

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They are growing quickly. Countries that are focused more on the UK and

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the euro zone are seeing a smaller growth and the prospect of not as

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good. There are still a climate of fear about jobs, though. It depends

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on the sector they work in. Those in the public sector are seeing a

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lot of cutbacks. It depends what company they are working for,

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whether they are orientated towards the growth markets. Sadly, we will

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see unemployment rise over the next year, and we have seen the

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manufacturing slowing down. It will be a pretty turbulent 2012, given

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the head wind coming from overseas. I think the deputy governor of the

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Bank of England said yesterday that he expects the next half of 2012 to

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be tough, but there could be signs of real growth after that. I think

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there is an issue about how tough it will be, but we dip into double-

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dip recession, but it is difficult to tell. We don't know what is

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going to happen in the euro-zone, whether it goes belly-up, the US

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economy is growing slowly, there are fears about a slowdown in China.

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That is a pretty tough external environment. Thank you.

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Two men have been convicted of murdering a Gloucester shop worker

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for his iPhone. Keith Soons, who was 36, was stabbed in the head

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with a screwdriver after a night out in Cheltenham in February. 27-

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year-old Michael Sexton and 26- year-old Richard Smith had blamed

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each other for the fatal blow. The judge at Bristol Crown court said

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he'll pass mandatory life sentences, including a minimum term they'll

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serve. The inquest has opened in Norwich

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into the death of Donald Neilson, who kidnapped and murdered the

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Shropshire teenager Lesley Whittle. In 1975 Neilson, known as the Black

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Panther, abducted the 17-year-old heiress from her home and hid her

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in a drain in Staffordshire. He also shot Black Country postmaster

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Sidney Grayland. Neilson was 75. He'd been suffering from motor

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neurone disease and died on Sunday. A fourth ward's been closed at

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Warwick Hospital because of the winter sickness bug Norovirus.

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Visiting on the affected wards is now restricted. Over the past

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fortnight, there've been 14 outbreaks of the virus in hospitals,

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care homes and schools in the region The Health Protection Agency

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says that's a "reasonable" level for this time of year.

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Now, "Put your feet up, love" is pretty routine advice for mums-to-

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be. But to protect her unborn child, Donna Kelly had to put her feet up

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quite literally for three months, 24 hours a day.

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She'd already endured two miscarriages and when she fell

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pregnant earlier this year it looked like it might end in yet

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more heartache. Until a doctor stepped in and turned the problem

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on its head - so to speak. Here's Welcome to the world, Amelia Kelly

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- a baby born into an upside-down world. A baby her parents feared

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they'd never have. Looking at this game, I just thought, how on earth

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are we going to get to 28 weeks when things are looking so bleak?

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But then, do think we got to 34 weeks, it was absolutely amazing.

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When the neck of Donna's womb started to open far to soon,

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doctors realised she was about to suffer her third miscarriage.

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Surgery and medication failed, so their solution was simple - raise

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her feet up above her head. We were hoping to only have to do this for

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about a month, but it ended up going on for three months. After

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three months, she was quite weak, she hadn't walked for the whole

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period, but she did not have exercises, and can walk very well

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now! As a result of this aggressive treatment, she has had this lovely

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baby, so we are all delighted. Amelia was born prematurely by

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emergency C-section. That she's here at all is due to not just to

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that simple idea, but to her mother's determination to stick it

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out for so long upside down. makes it all worthwhile now we have

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got her. Not forgetting the two who are not with us, but without them,

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we wouldn't have got to where we are now. Definitely worth

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celebrating. I don't think I could have laid down for three months! It

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took a lot of resilience that she is here. Phenomenal. Everyone here

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is delighted by Donna's success and enchanted by Amelia. There is a

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recognition that the upside-down method is not ideal, and they have

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begun research to find an alternative. Blissfully unaware of

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her topsy-turvy start to life, Amelia's now back home at Shilton

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near Coventry - in the season of giving, the greatest gift a family

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Joy out of heartache. A classics starry. -- story.

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Villagers who have been protesting outside a gypsy camp for more than

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18 months are emerging from a meeting that was expected to force

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them to leave. Solihull council was considering ordering the cam's

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removal before taking action against the illegal gypsy site.

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What has happened? We have had a decision in the last few minutes

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and the council has decided to delay making a decision on this

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enforcement order. They have given the protesters until January 16th

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to let them know what their intentions are and they will

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discuss that enforcement order in February. What they had been

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intending to ask the protesters to do was to take down the awning and

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the things they have put up so they can watch over the gypsy camp which

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they want moved from Meriden. With me is the leader of the campaign,

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David McGrath. You will not have enforcement officers, but it is not

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over. We do have a breathing space to plan and we will write to the

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council to talk about a voluntary withdrawal but our concern is hour

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withdrawal should be linked to enforcement action against

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travellers. Enforcement has to happen and we will not move until

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we see that. Nevertheless, you are protesting about the gypsies

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breaking the law but you are as well. We are not. The Council have

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given us time to consider our voluntary period of withdrawal. At

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the same time, we do not want to be fair. We want to move but we want

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to see enforcement action against the gypsies. It will be 600 days

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since you started this vigil and it will continue through Christmas.

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Yes, we will have a carol service, mince pies, you are welcome to come.

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The gypsies have said the protest camp is in the wrong place and it

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should be out here calling on Solihull council to provide more

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spaces for gypsies to move to. They say there is nowhere for them to go

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Still ahead: 12 months ago they were locked in by the big freeze.

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This year the sprout harvest is better than ever.

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And the 12 months have brought a change in our weather. Last year we

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had snow and ice, but this Christmas things look much milder.

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All the details coming up. It is a staggering statistic and

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one we do not want to think about, but a quarter of us will have

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mental health problems at some time in our lives. Drugs and therapy can

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help, but one man has found a different way of keeping his

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illness at bay. His home is his studio, his studio,

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his sanctuary. A safe place where Jean Pierre Kunzler can express his

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emotions through art. If the it rather than intellectualising it.

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Jean Pierre believes he was born with bipolar illness. It means he

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plunges into periods of manic depression. As well as medication,

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his love of painting, he believes has rescued him from the depths of

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despair. When I get to those dark places, rather than let it can see

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me, eye pain. My paintings may not be cheerful, but when I am more

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balance, I will make them more peaceable. For like most patients,

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Jean Pierre has a psychiatric nurse. I went to ask him if art can really

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help. There have been famous individuals over the years who

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suffer with manic depressive illness, who were very creative and

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this art therapy is a great medium for them to express what they are

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feeling. Jean Pierre does not do it for money. He donates his work for

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all to see but that is not all. Jean Pierre Kunzler's work has been

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sent to Prince child and photograph of the Angel of greed -- Gabriel

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has resulted in a letter from the Queen. Learn to love the world,

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because if you can commit it will be a bit easier but if you are in

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Forkball and offs manager Mick McCarthy has praised the spirit of

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his players with their draw with Norwich. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to

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return to the team with the first equaliser and Ronald Zubar got a

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second to insure the biggest crowd of the season did not go home

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downhearted. Steven Fletcher thought he had the winner but it

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was ruled offside. They do keep going and I am lucky I got every

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last drop out of them. We just did not have that finish and I know it

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was an open game but in the last five minutes we had enough chances

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to win and we should have put it to them. We erupted when that third

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goal went in. Aston Villa, Stoke City and West

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Bromwich Albion fought in action this evening and you can follow

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their games on your BBC local radio All these games going on, I will

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have to revisit my diary. In 2007, Jon-Allan Butterworth lost

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his arm while serving with the RAF in Iraq. As part of his

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rehabilitation he got on a bike. Four years on he is a world

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champion and a gold medal they have read for the Paralympics next year.

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The velodrome in Manchester - home to the most successful sporting

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team in Britain and there is another star emerging. 25-year-old

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Jon-Allan Butterworth is already Para cycling world champion. In

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London next August, he will add Paralympic gold. To get on a squad

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with only nine places, it does not take a genius to work out that

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there are more than nine made -- nine men on a squad and we are not

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all going. It will be tough to get to London. I met up with Jon-Allan

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to hear his remarkable story. He was an RAF weapons technician in

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Iraq in 2007 when he was caught up in an explosion and lost his left

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arm. I was trying to stem the bleeding, give myself a chance to

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get over the injury and survive. I would have slowly bled out. If I

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had to wait five or 10 minutes, I would not have made it. He was sent

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to a Paralympic talent day. With no other expectation than to get fit

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again. Next summer's Paralympics seems a long way off, but with

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defence of his world title, Jon- Allan is about to embark on the

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year of his life. We wish him the best of luck. The

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weather has taken a mild tan for now. War in a moment but last year

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we were in the grip of a freezing winter. Crops up like Brussels

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sprouts were often locked in the frozen ground. Very different this

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year with no chance of a Seabrook shortage. One grower has seen sales

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soar by 15 %. This was the scene facing farmers

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last year as they struggled to harvest vegetables in snow-covered

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fields. But what a difference a year makes. Harvesting a healthy

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crop of sprouts today at Essington was simple by comparison. It is a

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downside easier cutting them. Last year we were under six inches of

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snow, it was minus 10 and it was a pain getting them out. This year,

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sales are buoyant and it is much easier cutting them. These proud

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season usually last for the end of October until the beginning of

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March, but last year which it says it lasted only until January due to

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frost. Sales in the run-up to Christmas are always.. Which it

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expects to sell 5,000 stands along with another 100 kilos of loose

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spells this week alone. At his farm shop, a quarter of the entire

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season's sprouts are sold in the week leading up to Christmas. It is

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a vegetable that people love or hate. It just for Christmas because

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nobody really likes them. They make a nice little meal now and then,

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quite refreshing. I think it is absolutely fabulous and it is one

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of your five a day. You need to start cooking them now for

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Christmas they to make them tender. As for the price, �1.49 East End

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the same as last year. But as growing conditions are better, the

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sprouts are heavier. This farm grows modern varieties of sprouts.

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The other secret to a bumper crop according to the Pharma, a rotating

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them with his herd of pigs. Mighty fine pigs. Bursting with

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vitamins and good for you. Brussels sprouts because they were first

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grown in Belgium. Divided in the office about sprouts.

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Love them or loathe them. Now the weather.

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They are very good with bacon or They are very good with bacon or

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chestnuts. Now the weather. We had the cold frosty weather last

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Christmas. This Christmas looking very different, much milder and

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that milder air arrived last night. It gave us very impressive

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temperatures. In Perthshire we got up to highs of 14 Celsius, way

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above what we should be this time of year. The average of more like

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six Celsius. As we go through tonight, it will remain mild but

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mostly cloudy. That cloud moving down and settling over the hills to

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give some mist and murk and some spots of drizzle. Some clear spells

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but it will be mild with temperatures no lower than seven or

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eight Celsius. Four some it could be a great and murky start tomorrow.

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Some breaks appearing in their cloud as you go through the day.

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The most favoured places for this will be anywhere to the east of

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high ground. Parts of Shropshire and Herefordshire. It will be mild,

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whether you are stuck under a cloud or sunshine with highs of 11 or 12

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Celsius. Tomorrow night a cloudy story and a very mild story as well.

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Into Friday, a bit of a change in our weather. This band of rain will

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work its way south and east. Quite a breezy day, temperatures of 10 or

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11 or 12 Celsius. Behind that band of rain, cool air. If you follow

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the isobars, you can see the air comes in from the north-west. It

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will bring cooler air towards Christmas Eve but only a temporary

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feature as on Christmas Day, the mild air works its way back up

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again from the south-west. With temperatures around 11 Celsius, if

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you put a bet on the white Christmas, go back for a refund.

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Tonight's main headlines: the England and Chelsea captain John

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England and Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged with a

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racially abusing another player during a match in October.

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And billionaire John Caudwell is prepared to buy the Wedgwood

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collection to keep it in the potteries.

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Finally take a look at this, this is possibly the biggest and best

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Christmas tree in the region. We have both given by it and it is

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lovingly decorated each year by Bournville Village Trust.

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Magnificent! It was planted in 1948 to commemorate the 90th birthday of

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Dame Elizabeth Cadbury. A fitting tribute. It is just next door to

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the Cadbury factory and as we think it is the most breathtaking tree,

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but we do not want to be biased. If you know of a better one, get in

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touch. It is that all-year-round, that tree. Very special indeed.

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Absolutely magnificent. But get in touch if you have a better tree.

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That is it. Tomorrow we are meeting some of the people setting up a

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