23/04/2014 Midlands Today


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a woman has been arrested after three of her children are found dead

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at their King Henry IV is being staged by the

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RSC for the 450th birth anniversary of Shakespeare. So what makes this

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playwright such a huge success amongst actors?

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It is a mixture of language, beautiful beautiful images but also

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unforgettable images. It is the combination of that and his giant

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portrait of mankind. He shows absolutely everything there is about

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us, the good, the bad, the strong, the week and he does it in the most

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compassionate and loving way. But you don't have to be an actor to be

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touched by the Bard. Most of us don't realise we use Shakespearean

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language in everyday speech. You are a sorry sight! That is rude

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but he is quoting Shakespeare. You are taking for ever and a day.

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So is she. All is well that ends well.

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Yes, that is Shakespeare. Beyond the market, the world truely is

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Shakespeare's stage. In 2012 The Globe Theatre in London put with 38

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productions in 38 languages, There's no denying it, Shakespeare is not

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just for the theatre and thespians, Shakespeare is ours.

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Shakespeare isn't just for the theatre and thespians. Shakespeare

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is ours and there is no denying it. There was a major Shakespeare

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conference taking place in France. I am joined by Paul in Paris. How come

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you are in France? Well, the Shakespeare Centre is used to

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welcoming people from all over the world during the year but our good

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friends at the Society of Shakespeare and France have gathered

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hundreds to celebrate the anniversary year with a major

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international conference. It is absolutely fascinating. We have had

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talks on Shakespeare in the First World War, the French were our

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allies of course and this morning a group of us scholars met to discuss

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Shakespeare's friends and colleagues so Stratford upon over and kept

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popping up in France. And you will take Shakespeare on the

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road in the summer in July to North America.

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Yes, we have partnered with the University of Warwick and we will

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travel 10,000 miles across 25 states visiting 14 Shakespeare festivals

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around the States and North America. These are groups of people who are

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making Shakespeare live year in, year out for their communities and

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we want to start conversations and map the sense of Shakespeare across

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America and they are invited to deposit records in the archives for

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posterity so when people look back and say what worthy anniversary

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years like previously, we will have a sense of what Shakespeare in

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America was like at that time. It is a huge project. Walking around

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Stratford, I have had French, German, Swedish, Japanese, what is

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the international appeal? Well, it is his great power of

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storytelling, the way different people translate him into their own

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language and it is the way people feel close to Shakespeare, connected

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with the way he views the world and phrases things so we decided to take

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Shakespeare on the road around the United States as a 450th birthday

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celebration. Enjoy the celebrations. Thank you for joining us. That is it

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from Stratford for now. A teenager with terminal cancer has achieved

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his final wish of raising one million pounds for the Teenage

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Cancer Trust. Nineteen`year`old Stephen Sutton from Burntwood in

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Staffordshire tweeted what appeared to be a goodbye message and photo

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from hospital yesterday ` after his tweet donations dramatically

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increased Smashing Stephen's million pound fundraising target. Jon Brain

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reports. He has a smile on his face but Stephen Sutton says this picture

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is this final farewell to the world. A world he's leaving ?1 million

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better off. On his Facebook page he says it is a final thumbs up from

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me. I have done well to blag things as well as I have, but unfortunately

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I think this is to one hurdle too far. Diagnosed with terminal

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cancer, the teenager decided to turn his plight into something positive

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and raise money for charity by completing a wish list. The crowd

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surfed in a dinghy, went skydiving, played the drums in front of 90,000

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people in Wembley, met and an offence and got a tad too.

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I don't do it for recognition, I like nice comments but I do this

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because the best way to help myself is to help others. I'm proud the

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feeling. The story has attracted the attention of celebrities like

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Russell Brand, Roger Daughtry and Frank Lampard. It raises the profile

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of the campaign further. Breaking the million pound barrier has helped

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faces situation, he says that is it for me, life has been good. Very

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good. Earlier I spoke to the director of fundraising at the

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Teenage Cancer Trust. We are overwhelmed the target has been hit

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and in the time. It speaks so highly of Stephen's ability to inspire

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people but also a huge chance for us to say thank you to everyone who has

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got involved because it wouldn't have happened without thousands and

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thousands of people text in or going online to give. Stephen made a huge

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impression on people in the office. You have met him, how do you

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describe him? Remarkably calm, down to earth,

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determined. I would never want to say no to Stephen. When I first

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spoke to him after he secured a remarkable donation from corporate

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supporters at their dinner, it was a donation of ?400,000 and I phoned

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him to thank him and I was overwhelmed. Stephen was just calm

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and said, yes, it is a good start. He is a really really remarkable

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young man. A leaked report suggesting six

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Birmingham schools are to be put in special measures because of concerns

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over alleged Muslim extremism has been condemned by the council

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leader. The Daily Telegraph and its sister title The Sunday Telegraph

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claimed Ofsted is taking the action. It has inspected a number of schools

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accused of being part of a so called Trojan Horse plot to influence

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teaching methods. But the findings aren't due to be published until

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next month. Of course Shakespeare's birthday is also St George's Day and

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there was a special Citizenship Ceremony in Dudley today. One of the

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20 people becoming British today was Jeanette Tranter, who despite living

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in Kingswinford for more than 50 years, was actually born in

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Colorado, after her mother met an American GI. Joanne Writtle followed

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her journey to dual citizenship and her report contains some flash

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photography. This is my parents on their wedding day. Jeanette

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Tranter's mothered an American GI in 1945. Emigrating to his remit farm

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in Colorado was a culture shock. No electricity on the farm, if she

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wanted food, chickens, she would go out, kill a chicken, pluck it and

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cook it. She churned her own butter. She felt homesick at times

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and that is when my brother was born. And then my second brother was

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born and then a six`year gap until I was. Eventually, because of

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unforeseen circumstances, my father committed suicide and my mother

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could not run the farm by herself. And so very sadly she sold

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everything up and we came back to England. This is the American

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passport Ginette and her brothers travelled with. Six years ago, their

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mother died here, Jeanette has made Kingswinford for home. Today, 60

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years after arriving in Britain, Jeanette is about to become a

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British citizen at a ceremony at deadly register office. Until my

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mother died, it was difficult because she was so proud of us being

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American and so I felt as though I had the go`ahead after she died and

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also I have lived here most of my life. I am British really. Ginette

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was among 20 to achieve citizenship today. A day she has waited many

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years to celebrate. Absolutely brilliant. Really good. What would

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your mum think? Oh, she would be really proud. Yes. A good place to

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be. Let's head back to Stratford`upon`Avon for the weather.

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Shefali is in the gardens at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I am

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taking shelter, not the best day to be outdoors but it is this sort of

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weather, moody and atmospheric that has been the inspiration for poets

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and writers the world over, not least Shakespeare whose works have

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been littered with references from Forgan filthy air to winds that

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crack your cheeks. The folk we may seem soon enough but the wind we

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must wait for one to the weekend when things become increasingly

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unsettled. Looking at the pressure chart, we can see a front straddling

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the country containing a narrow area of rain. It is moving quite rapidly

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so it should be out of the way fairly quickly but looking at the

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timing, we are just about into the thick of things right now. Because

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it is fairly quick moving eastwards it will be concentrated but out of

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the way quite quickly. By the latter part of tonight, looking much drier

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with clever spells, fairly widespread mist and fog developing

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in low`lying areas. There could be problems by the morning. Be aware of

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that. The temperatures are down to six or seven Celsius. Miss dinners

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and murkiness tomorrow, that will lift into brightness and sunny

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spells by the afternoon, largely dry conditions but we are looking at

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potent and sharp showers `` mistiness. 14 or 15 Celsius. The

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showers will gradually start to fade tomorrow night, looking a lot drier

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than tonight and clear spells with temperatures dipping to around six

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or seven Celsius. For the rest of the week, Friday, things go

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downhill, deteriorating through the weekend with prolonged rainfall,

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windy conditions and temperatures pegged back to 13 Celsius. That is

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it from here. Over to Nick. A few want to get involved in the

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celebrations for the 450th anniversary here in Stratford, the

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main focus will be this weekend. On Saturday, crowds will be lining the

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streets to see actors, foreign diplomats and civic dignitaries lead

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the 1,000`strong grand Birthday Procession from 1030. And on Sunday,

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it's the Shakespeare Marathon from the town centre from 9am, with 3,700

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runners on the start line. Good night, good night.

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'The last two generations have been robbed

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'of an opportunity to vote on the EU.

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'And yet it has a greater impact on our everyday lives

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'and not leave it for another generation.'

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I want a Britain that is free to control its own destiny.

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