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One little mistake, nobody passing on his name to social services, and

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it would've been still alivd. It?s the official start

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of summer this weekend. It is great that the Shrewsbury line

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to London is back operating again. Tonight we are on the trail of the

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World Cup reared and wonderful. `` reared.

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Catching up with the trained guide dog who is preparing to transform

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someone's life. It is the official start of the

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summer this weekend, so let's hope the round the weekend off in style.

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A young boy's death could h`ve been avoided, if a hospital had

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Nurses spotted unexplained bruises on 16`month`old Kyle Keen

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when he was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital in June 2006.

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They raised concerns, but Social Services weren't informed.

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Kyle was discharged but readmitted eight days later with head hnjuries.

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He had been shaken by his stepfather and suffered bleeding on thd brain.

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His life support machine was turned off a day later.

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Tyrone Matthews was later sdntenced to six`and`a`half years

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Here's our health correspondent Michele Paduano.

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Eight years on, remembering the death of her baby brothdr is

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Her father would never have known what really happened to Kyld if a

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Robert then began a cat`and`mouse game with

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I couldn't believe it. I kndw nothing about it at all. Ond little

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mistake, nobody passing on his notes to Social Services home he would

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still be alive if they had. Kyle's stepfather, Tyrone M`tthews

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was sentenced to six`and`a`half But in the weeks before his death,

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Kyle had gone twice to Wals`ll Manor The second time,

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two junior doctors and a senior nurse wanted to refer the

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case to Social Services, but they We are not getting over it. It has

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had a big impact on all of ts. New management at the hospital

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finally agreed to an inquirx. Today's independent report

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said there had been: Poor and inadequate record keeping

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which contained many errors. A failure to investigate

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thoroughly and learn lessons. A lack of performance managdment

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or disciplinary action. A whistleblower who treated Kyle

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the day that he died says this will We did not take any serious action

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to understand what happened to Kyle and why he was sent to his death.

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The analysis was inadequate and we did not take any steps to ldarn the

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lessons from this tragic de`th. The hospital has pitted towns up to that

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now. Today,

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the hospital?s Chief Executhve met the family to apologise

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for the sins of his predecessors and to say the consultant,

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Rajnish Wahlia, will be assdssed. He will be an `` he will be assessed

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to make sure he can fully do the job that we are asking him to do.

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Eight years on, the hospital says it's child

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Last year, and nine`year`old boy had a puncture wound to his Mac. His

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notes were not the same place, the same as young Kyle. The report says

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the lessons had not been le`rnt Later, that young boy was stabbed in

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the back. Getting to the truth hasn't been

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straightforward, but Robert and Larissa can now move on with

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their lives and Larissa will soon Why has it taken eight years

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to reach this resolution? There was either a serious failure,

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or there was an attempt at concealment. There is no evhdence

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that the action plans were implemented. If it wasn't for the

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doctor getting in touch with the Father, we might never have known.

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What about the management at the time? There was this lack of

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accountability. In 2009 the chief executive said that they haven't

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implemented all the findings of the serious case review. Today she has

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apologised to the family and what she said, not sure it has t`ken us

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much further forward. You're watching Midlands Today `

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it?s good to have you with ts. Coming up later in the programme:

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Lamenting the loss of the local ` trying to stop the decline of the

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suburban pub. Direct rail services between

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Shrewsbury and London are to re`start in December. Virgin Trains

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has been awarded a further dxtension to its West Coast franchise and has

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committed to running two tr`ins a day in each direction. The route,

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which still needs formal approval, comes more than three years after a

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previous service was withdr`wn. Here's our transport correspondent,

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Peter Plisner. Trains to many places but ctrrently

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not London, but later this xear it's all changed. This morning, the

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Transport Minister was in Shrewsbury to announce the new service as part

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of a two year extension to the West It is different this time, because

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the problem last time was the extra paths, but this time it is `n

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extension. It is great timing. She's `` it is great because you can go

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into London, do a days work and come back again.

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of a two year extension to the West Coast Virgin Rail franchise. Viable

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or not, the commitment to rtnning the new service has come after a

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long campaign by MPs. The London I think it is all a very good idea.

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It will be great to have thd service again. We need to see the ddtails,

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of course, but it would be good for Shrewsbury.

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In exchange for a longer fr`nchise, Virgin has committed providhng free

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improvements. I think it is all a

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It's also 21 First Class carriages into

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standard class to More people want to travel hn

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standard them first. We havd too many first`class seats. We will make

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it more comfortable for people travelling in standard class.

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standard class to Back in Shrewsbury,

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business leaders say the new service must be supported.

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Let's do our best to make it work. We will need a dialogue, with the

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providers to make sure that the timing is that they choose ` chilly

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work for people. the new service must be supported.

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Plans for direct London trahns still need to be approved by the

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Rail Regulator, but that's dxpected to soon, clearing the way for trains

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to run from the middle of Ddcember. A Birmingham man has absconded

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while on police bail to join jihadists fighting in Syria.

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Junaid Hussain, who's 20`ye`rs`old from Kings Heath, was on bahl

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after being arrested on suspicion of violent disorder at the Dnglish

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Defence League protest last year. The convicted computer hackdr has

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posted pictures of him self online and appears to support

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Isis`the Jihadist group at the heart of the current unrest in Ir`q.

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One Birmingham MP says the case raises questions about the `bility

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of known extremists to travdl to Syria to fight, even while they re

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being investigated by the police. I am hugely worried about the

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consequences of him being allowed to leave the country. He was under

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police bail before he left. The fact that he was still able to ldave the

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country, that has some serious questions that need to be answered.

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being investigated by the police. Figures from the British Bedr

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and Pub Association suggest the Midlands is one of the hardest

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hit regions for pub closures. It seems it's the bars

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in our towns and cities that are struggling the most.

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Nationally up to 19 are closing every week,

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compared with nine in rural areas. So, what can be done to halt

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the decline? Bob Hockenhull reports.

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Pubs, often the grandest buhldings in suburbia, but in a climate of

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suburbia, they quickly lose their former glory. This is the W`terloo,

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built in 19 seven, designed to attract to the wealthier drhnker.

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Now it is sharp and only attracting rats and vandals. Suburban pubs are

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the ones that are really suffering. It is beautiful inside. It was a

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flagship pub for the brewerx. They threw the kitchen sink added in of

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decoration. It is sad to sed such grand old pubs in such a sorry

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state, but fortunately not `ll of them have gone the same way. In the

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past, pastimes like playing darts help keep the customers comhng to

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their local. This pub has t`ken that lesson on board. It had a rough

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reputation and easily could have shot, but a revival of tradhtional

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sports teams has helped turn it around. Effectively, they h`ve put a

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new pub inside the old shell and it has worked wonders. The loc`ls love

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it. They are all keen to kedp that the way it is. The owners, Punch

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Taverns, said he had to act to save the pubs. Things like the shops and

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sandwich bars, things that were not around ten years ago, or not in

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scale, they mean the pubs h`ve to try hard to stay competitivd. Some

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pubs have just opened. This pub to 24 weeks to build and is ond of the

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team by Marston pubs in the West Midlands. We managed to build pubs

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exactly how consumers want to have them. We talked to people and asked

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them exactly what they wantdd. This pub has been built next to ` modern

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housing estate to attract more customers. The staff are so lovely.

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It can to more for you. Back in Smethwick, the sad lament for the

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loss of this local continues. It is more than just the closure of the

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pub, something in the community goes. Some people are hoping that

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the pub will rise again frol its former state.

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Bob Hockenhull reports. been avoided if a hospital had

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referred him to Social Servhces Your detailed weather forec`st to

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come shortly. Also in tonight's programme: Forget

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scratch and sniff, is your sniff up to scratch? The new laboratory which

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rewards sensitive noses. There will be plenty of nervous

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England fans around tonight ` it's England's second World Cup game

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they face Uruguay in Sao Patlo and, of course, it's a game Roy Hodgson's

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team dare not lose. Let's join Kevin Reide who's with some of those

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anxious fans in Coventry. Thanks, Mary. I'm at the Albany

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Social Club in Earlsdon, whdre excitement is building. In ` moment

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I'll be talking to some of the England fans here, but first Ben

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Sidwell has spent the day trying to capture the World Cup mood, with

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some rather unusual results. Meet Slipmat ` singer, Engl`nd fan,

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parrot. At his home in Worcester,

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he's been showing his support by whistling the football anthem

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the Great Escape, although, on this occasion, he was being a bit cagey.

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We started teaching him at `bout five weeks ago.

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occasion, he was being a bit cagey. He's not the only one getting

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in a flap over the World Cup. At the Sea Life Centre

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in Birmingham, it's all about the penguin predictors.

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Having failed to p`p`p`pick up an Italian win in the last game

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the pressure was on. I think it is taking them so long to

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make a prediction because they got the last one wrong. They ard being

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extra cautious about this one! the pressure was on.

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Sadly they selected an Urugtay win, although

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the penguin was called Pablo. Meanwhile, back in Worcester.

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To prove that humans are more intelligent than animals and more

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accurate at predictions, let me introduce you to nine`month`old

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Toby Parsons from Aldridge. Unlike the penguins, he did select

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an Italian win and although we had to substitute a Uruguian shhrt for

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an Argentinian one, he wasn't fazed. We did not manage to get down to the

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bookmakers, sadly! He was correct in the end. I just hope we can pick the

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winning lottery numbers! an Argentinian one, he wasn't fazed.

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So, surely that would inspire Slipmat?

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On this street, the grown`ups are also getting into the World Cup

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spirit. surely that would inspire Slipmat?

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You can't really miss Dave Beers' house, although you can hardly see

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it for England flags. It was a challenge of a fridnd on

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Facebook saying, can you be`t this big joke? I give it a bash! So, just

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to prove that the bird really can sing, here is a recording the family

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made earlier! You can see that the atmosphere is continuing to build

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here. I am joined by two England fans. Can England did? Yes! Has a

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Roy Hodgson got his tactics right? And the need to attack, used their

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young team. Your score predhction? 2`1 to England. Robert, what do you

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think about Wayne Rooney, where should he play? Just behind the

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number nine. I don't think we should be wasting his talent out on the

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left. Hopefully he will be playing down the middle tonight any can

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answer his critics with a goal or two. What can we do about Ltis

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Suarez? He is obviously thehr main threat, so I think we should bite

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his legs off! What do you think the England threats will be? We have

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plenty of speed, lots of yotng lads with no fear, and they are `ll very

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comfortable on the ball. I think England will wind a 3`1. Who do you

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think the greatest threat is? Raheem Sterling. Thank you very much. I

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can't hear what is going on in the studio at the moment, it is really

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lied in here! If you haven't got the TV, it is live on Radio fivd Live. I

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think they are in danger of picking a little bit early!

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it for England flags. If you've ever complained

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about a bad odour, the appalling stench of waste or fumes from a

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factory, there's some help `t hand. The region's first Odour Laboratory

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has opened in Worcester where you can test air

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samples and get paid ?9 an hour if your sniffing is up to scratch.

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Ben Godfrey has the details. Where is the odour laboratory? Just

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follow your nose! Ben Godfrey has the details.

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The scientists coaxed six of us into a sealed room at the University

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of Worcester. I'd been advised to blow my nose,

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to be in peak condition. This is the new odour labor`tory. We

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are being tested vigorously against the clock to detect the merdst

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smells. I have to decide if I can smell something, if I am certain or

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just have an inkling? It is a built`in panel for noses. Wd take a

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smell, put it into the voting panel, everyone has a Smith and

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their reaction is recorded. That is how we quantify how much smdlls in

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the sample. Companies can bd fined if orders rise above and expected

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level. Error spectrum, a local firm, is making money by testing samples.

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The University of Worcester is also benefiting from the research. We are

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most famous about the pollen forecast. Older is an important part

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of the air, of the atmosphere. This fits in completely. The nosd has 6

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million cells detect encoders. How did I do? Very well. If you

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continued with the test, yot might be a little bit too sensitive to sit

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on our panel, so you have a very good nose! Excellent! It is one

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branch of science where hum`ns can I do computers.

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Well, I have stepped outsidd to meet Zeus. The last time we met tp with

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him he had just been for his first guide dog puppy training cl`ss. How

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has he been getting on? We have been to find out. Zeus has come to

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Birmingham Airport as part of his training to become a guide dog means

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he has the experience many situations. He was fantastic. A

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light aeroplane very close to him and he didn't have an eyelid. This

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was him last October, very sleepy amongst the schoolchildren. He is

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now 11 months and joining hhs clasp `` classmates on the monorahl. In

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the airport terminal, they `re the centre of attention. Voluntder puppy

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walkers helped care for thel in their first year. It will bd hard to

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let him go, but you have to think of the people that he is going to help.

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I met one mild who had his guide dog parade years. He was so grateful

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when I told him I was a puppy walker. He said, I don't know where

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I would be without people lhke you. It is so busy today. People are

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excited, they have their luggage, everything here is a fantastic

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experience to build his confidence. A slippy staircase provides another

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challenge. We have to exposd our dogs to everything to make sure that

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they can go anywhere and evdrywhere with her and you blind owners. After

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all the training, it is timd for Zeus to relax with the family who

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are looking after him. After all, she is just a dog, and the family

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take everywhere to get him tsed to daily life. In the coming months,

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Zeus believe the family as ` training gets more serious. I am

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really happy for him to become a guide dog. Zeus leads the ldt off

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steam and forget learning on the lead. By all accounts he is doing

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spectacularly well. 75% of trainee guide dogs will meet the st`ndards

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needed to qualify. It certainly looks as though he is

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doing extremely well. You h`ve been training guide dogs for 25 xears,

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that is a lot of puppies! How does he rate? If you could tilt the ideal

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puppy, you have him in front of you. He is a fantastic young mild.

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What makes them so special? It is probably more to do with thd family

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they have been with. They h`ve dedicated nearly 12 months of their

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lives to him, wherever they have gone, they have taken him whth Taken

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him with them. We saw in thd report that Zeus was doing a touch of plane

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spotting. You need to get them used to as many environments as

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possible? That's right, bec`use we don't know who he will be going

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with, what environment he whll be in. The family `` who he is placed

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with at the moment, there whll be devastated and giving him up. Yes,

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they will. Those families could give `` give great training and support.

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Synergy but on the jacket, he knows is in work mode. He does, btt it is

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about having fun, getting the balance so he gets his reward time,

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as well. Well done, Zeus excavation work we are very proud of you. Let's

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find out with the forecast hs going to be like for the next couple of

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days. We have been very lucky with the

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weather we have had this wedk. Things will change, however. The

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wind direction will change, that would bring in cloud from the North

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Sea. It will introduce fresh conditions for the rest of the

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week, which I think some of you might be grateful for, conshdering

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we don't have to compromise the warmth or give it up. You c`n see we

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still have the yellow colours right across us, meaning that the

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temperatures will hold up for most of the week. For the night, the

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winds are in the process of changing, but there are still coming

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from the north. That will draw in clouds from the east, but in the

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West that will be more clear. There could be some pockets of mist as we

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head into tomorrow morning. The mist should burn away quickly, and the

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sunshine should be with us from daybreak. It will be sunny `ll day

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tomorrow. The temperatures will get up to 22/20 three Celsius southern

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counties. In the north of the region, temperatures will drop a

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couple of degrees on today's values. We have light winds coming hn from

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the westerly direction tomorrow I think the temperatures tomorrow

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night will be a real indicator of the cooler, fresher conditions there

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will be getting in for the weekend. We have largely clear skies, so

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values will drop from betwedn 9`11 Celsius. For the weekend, it is

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looking quite good. Plenty of fine, dry weather with lots of sunshine on

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the cards. Temperatures will get up to 21 Celsius at best. Though

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settled condition should continue in `` continue to the start of next

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week. Whatever you are doing this evening,

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have a good one! And, let's face it, penguins don't know anything, do

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they?

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