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chilly old week, George. Rais thank you. That's all from the BBC

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We are victims of a witchhunt, says a governor over claims his school

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has been infiltrated by Muslim radicals. This is a completdly

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anonymous document which maligns my good work and my good name. The

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chair of governors speaks to us exclusively after the alleg`tions

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earlier this month. Under trial in Birmingham, ` new

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prosthetic limb that could transform the lives of thousands of alputees.

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Although I was active beford, I am even more active now. All aboard the

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heritage railway clocking up record numbers across the Cotswolds.

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It is the biggest game in the club's history. Join me livd at

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Saint Andrews, where Birmingham city ladies play in a Champions League

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clash. And all of the weather detahls for

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you later. Good evening. A school governor says

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allegations that he is behind a radical Muslim plot aimed at making

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schools work to more Islamic principles are a witchhunt.

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Birmingham City Council is currently investigating a letter which claims

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the plan, known as Operation Trojan Horse, has already affected

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leadership at four schools. The letter names Tahir Alam, ch`irman of

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governors at Park View Acaddmy. Officials from the Department for

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Education are currently at school, saying they are monitoring serious

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allegations. School watchdog Ofsted is also carrying out an inspection.

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Our special correspondent Pdter Wilson has this exclusive rdport.

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Business as usual at Park vhew, the start of a new school week, but

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every weekend stories in thd national papers full of alldgations

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and accusations. But teachers, although polite, were making no

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comment. I am sure if you make an appointment

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they will be happy to talk to you. An unsigned letter known as the

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Trojan Horse plot prompted ` series of investigations. It may bd a hoax

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but it includes a five`point plan to install radical Muslim governors.

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One of the few names mentioned is Tahir Alam. Today he spoke out for

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the first time. This document is an signed, undated,

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completely anonymous and it maligns my good name and my good work that I

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have done in education for lany many years. I do not subscrhbe to

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the strategy outlined in thdre so I reject that totally. Are yot an

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extremist? That is how you have been painted in some parts of thd media.

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I am far from that. I find that amusing because I have a tr`ck

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record of working with lots of different organisations and we are

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very open and transparent in the way that we do things. If the

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authorities were to force you out, what would be lost? It is an

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example, it is a trend making institution in that it is a very

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deprived area and we have ghven these children hope and opportunity.

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The exam results a decade ago where amongst the worst in the cotntry.

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Now they are one of the best in the city, with a pass rate of 70%. But

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Ofsted are looking closely `t the management of the school, and one MP

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believes the authorities should be lifting the lid on how the school is

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run. I think we have to wait for the

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enquiry, the inspection to take but there are serious concerns that need

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to be dealt with before we love forward.

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Alum Rock is one of the most deprived areas in Britain. Three

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quarters of the pupils recehve free school meals. So what do thd parents

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make of the controversy surrounding their children's school?

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A lot of kids coming out of this school am aware they are ending up

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now, colleges, universities, into decent jobs, compared to whdre they

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were before, I think they should lay off the school. Three of us have

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been here, it is brilliant `nd I don't believe any of it.

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The Education Secretary was in Birmingham last week. It is thought

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that the pressure on the City Council and Ofsted to investigate

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Park View has come from concerns within his office.

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I think it is probably best if we talk about Birmingham on another

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occasion because there are inevitable sensitivities about it.

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Ofsted won't comment on the latest reports that the school could be

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taken over. In a statement the school say they are cooperating

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fully with the ongoing investigations but they say they are

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disappointed that any detailed purporting to be part of those

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investigations is reaching the public before the report is

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published. The school says ht will not comment any further.

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In another statement, the ldader of Birmingham City Council say they are

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reviewing the way schools are run in the city after the anonymous Trojan

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horse letter. You are watching Midlands Today from

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the BBC. Good to have you whth us this evening. Still ahead, we are

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off to the theatre. From Stratford to the west dnd, the

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1000th performance of Matilda in insurers the success of the RSC ``

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ensures. And we will be looking at some of

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the captivating scenes from thousands of pictures of Birmingham

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taken by you. A Birmingham professor is tdsting a

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revolutionary new implant for patients who have had an amputation

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above the knee. If it works and they can control infections, it hs

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believed it could help amputee soldiers. Here is our health

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correspondent, Michele Padu`no. Nestled near Kington on the

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Herefordshire border with W`les there is not much in the wax of

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disabled access, particularly when you have your own smallholdhng.

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Michael Lloyd had his leg alputated due to bone cancer at just 21. Given

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the chance to test a new attachment for an artificial leg, he ldapt at

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the chance. It is fabulous. It has changed my

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life completely, it is much easier to do even small, everyday tasks. I

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can walk as far as I want over hilly ground, nothing stops me.

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His thighbone was shortened by three quarters of an inch here at

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Birmingham's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and the attachment grafted

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into the bone. Mr Lloyd has antibiotics for infection, but

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surgeons see real potential. One of the things about people with

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amputations is that they test their limbs to the limit and I wotld not

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be surprised if one of thesd did not get into the Paralympics.

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Since Mr Lloyd's operation, silver technology has been used to reduce

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infection. Professor Grimer believes in future that this type of implant

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could combine with limbs th`t move electronically.

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This is a standard prosthethc leg. It would fit completely over the

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thigh and suction holds it hn place. Patients say they get chafing,

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sometimes even pressure sords, and can't wear them for several days.

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Michael's now has enough sensation to drive with a clutch.

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The first time for 34 years I have driven a manual vehicle and I can

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feel the clutch biting. 1960, Massey Ferguson. Almost as old as le but

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not quite as good condition. But, never mind horsepower, the

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greatest benefit will always be Shanks's pony.

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And Michele joins me now. This has clearly helped Michael immensity `

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how likely is this to becomd available?

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It is early days. They have only treated 60 patients worldwide with

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this and clearly at the beghnning it was not working properly. They have

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found this new silver technhque which seems to be promising from now

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on but the trial will take `nother year to 18 months to finish and only

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at that point will the comp`ny, Stanmore implants, know whether they

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can take it forward. It could revolutionise the lives of xoung

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servicemen and women? Clearly the younger the patient is, the more

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they are going to get out of it I believe one of the earliest people

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treated was a Falklands war veteran. There is also the possibility that

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Paralympians like Oscar Pistorius could use this in future.

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It survived two landslides which cost more than ?1.5 million to

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repair, but today one of our heritage railways is celebr`ting,

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with a record`breaking year for passengers. 86,000 people travelled

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on the Gloucestershire Warwhckshire Railway last year, and todax Railway

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staff stepped up their camp`ign to attract even more visitors. Bob

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Hockenhull reports. This steam train will represent a

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renaissance in Cotswold tourism if all goes to plan. The

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Gloucestershire Warwickshird Railway has been run by volunteers since the

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line closed in 1979. The tr`ck currently runs 12 miles between

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Lavant and Cheltenham but today delegates for the tourist industry

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heard about ambitious plans to extend the line a further two miles

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to Broadway. We are lucky in that the rahlway

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corridor has largely been preserved. That is great not just

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for the community but for local transport links and for bushnesses

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as a whole. Shares in the lhne are being offered to the public to help

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pay for the extension. The bridges to Broadway appeal aims to raise

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half ?1 million by October. It has already raised ?340,000. It will be

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three years before the railway pulls into Broadway station for the first

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time since 1960. Before then there is a full schedule is `` of repairs

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planned, to be carried out by professionals and volunteers. The

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Heritage line has had its sdtbacks, two landslides led to its p`rtial

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closure but ?2 million was donated by the public and when it rdopened

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last year it carried a record 8 ,000 passengers. It is hoped that opening

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the Rhine to roadway will boost the whole area. `` the line. A steam

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railway will attract a lot of people and when you get people looking

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around and travelling on thd line, it will bring business to the

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villages. Once Broadway is reached, the railway enthusiasts hopd they

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can extend further to Stratford and then it really will be the

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Gloucestershire Warwickshird Railway.

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We are victims of a rare `` a witchhunt says a governor over some

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claims his school is being infiltrated by Muslim radic`ls.

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Shefali will be here shortlx with your detailed weather forec`st. And

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also in tonight's program... A big European night at St @ndrew's,

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as Birmingham City Ladies t`ke on Arsenal in the Champions Le`gue We

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are there live. It is the children's story of an

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extraordinary girl with nasty parents that has now become a

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massive hit on the West End and Broadway. Matilda the music`l has

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just celebrated its 1000 performance with sell`out audiences, but it

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began life in Stratford`upon`Avon and its Midlands origins ard now

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guaranteeing the success of new projects with the Royal Shakespeare

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Company. Here is Joan Cummins. Matilda, the adaptation of ` Roald

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Dahl classic by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is plahn to

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sell`out audiences across the world and has plans to open in Australia

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next year, but the musical journey began in the Midlands.

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Mathilde was born in Stratford`upon`Avon. More than

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80,000 people saw it in its three`month run and it was

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transferred to the West End and New York and more than 1.75 million

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people have now seen it, ensuring the success of the RSC.

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Everything we put on stage hs made in the area around Stratford.

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And RSC adaptation of Les Mhs was transferred in the 80s before it

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gained success but the RSC hs determined to hold on to its made in

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Stratford production of Mathlda with production profits funding

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community RSC projects. The income lets us do things we have `` we

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would not be able to do othdrwise, like streaming which had thd second

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into schools. `` Richard thd second. The 1000 performance was marked with

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a preshow cake for the cast and praise from the delighted atdience.

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You cannot watch that and kdep your mouth shut, it is hysterical, I

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filled up with tears. There is a great mix of adult and youth, it is

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a great mixture. Best thing I have ever seen.

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Roald Dahl's widow has watched Matilda's journey and emotionally

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told us her husband would h`ve been proud of the RSC's version.

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It is a miracle. I mean, yot know, it was the first interpretation of

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his works that I think he would be thrilled.

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Fabulous, and congratulations. Time for sport, and a big nhght for

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Birmingham City Ladies. Dan Pallett is live for us now at St Andrew s.

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Yes, European football is b`ck at the home of the Blues. Birmhngham

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City Ladies are taking on Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions

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League quarterfinal. You can see the girls warming up here. Kick`off is

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at 7pm. It is the second tile they have played at St Andrew's `nd

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reflects the rising profile of the women's game. Nick Clitherod

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reports. It is their moment in the St

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Andrew's spotlight, and Birlingham City Ladies are determined to seize

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it. Because tonight's game `gainst Arsenal is the biggest the club has

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ever faced. I don't think I can explain it. Up

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to now it is the furthest wd have got in this competition and to go

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further would just be a dre`m come true for people.

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Back in November they celebrated their first ever game at St Andrew's

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with victory against Zorky Krasnogorsk from Russia. It was a

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wonderful night for the plaxers But in the months since Birmingham city

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have lost some of their top players to other clubs, while Arsen`l have

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brought in other players from Japan. Blues have even lost goalkedper Mary

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Earps, who was only modelling their new kit last month. At least Karen

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Carney, who joined the club at 1, is still with the Blues. Shd may

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have won 85 England caps but right now nothing would give her lore

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satisfaction than beating Arsenal, over two legs.

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We are not a high spending team but we produce young players and when we

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do produce we don't half produce. The team we have got, the

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youngsters, in a couple of xears or even one year, the big teams will be

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trying to tap them because H know they are that good.

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So tonight in true Blues tr`dition Karen and Emily will be aimhng to

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keep right on to the end of the road, a road which ends with the

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Champions League final in Lhsbon in May.

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Let's speak to the proud cltb chair chairman `` chairman. It dods not

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get much bigger than this. @re the girls confident? I think we are the

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underdogs obviously but over the last three years the top two clubs

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are Arsenal and Birmingham. There have been some changes in the

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playing staff but we are confident. The first test is tonight. @ few

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scores to settle, they just beat you to the league title a coupld of

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