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Lichfield MP Michael Fabric`nt apologises for saying he cotld punch

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Hidden away for years ` the secret wine store that could be

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Unseen by most of us, little known sights of Birmhngham

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High pressure remains in ch`rge Whatever your plans this wedkend, it

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will remain fine and dry and pleasantly warm.

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A property developer says Britain needs to re`think how it buhlds

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houses to deal with the growing shortage of homds.

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His company uses pre`fabricated modules.

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In fact, they have just built two semis in just three days.

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They plan to create 500 jobs, building the modules at

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Around five million people hn the UK are currently

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Between 2012 and 13, just over 100,000 new homes were

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built in England, but, according to the House Builders? Federathon,

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we need to build more than double that to meet future demand.

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We are bringing house buildhng into the 21st century.

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Over the past three days, 30 workmen have added a brick skin

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to the steel skeleton, at a former council waste depot in Wals`ll.

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Inside, a two`bedroom home fresh from the factory.

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Rain doesn't stop us, snow doesn't stop us, cold doesn't stop ts.

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The firm says demand is such that it will build these houses

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We will be actually producing one modular an hour.

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We were going to employ probably up to 500 people over

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So, are the sort of homes is the answer to a supply shortage

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It is a little bit of a publicity gimmick saying that

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With the building regulations, with finding the site,

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legal due diligence, it takds you at least six months to actu`lly get

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to a stage where you can get onto the ground and start to build.

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May was the fifth consecutive month where housing supply has fallen

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and it seems that confidencd has fallen somewhat too, becausd just

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40% of West Midlands estate agents say there will be increased market

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Post`war councils were building tens of thousands of homes

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and the pre`fabs were loved and loathed in equal measurd.

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Last year, though, excluding those under Housing Association

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management, local authoritids built a mere 800 homes and they'rd under

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Would you have to look at brownfield sites, that are contaminated,

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We have to recycle and regenerate areas where traditionally pdople

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In Wolverhampton, this vast factory site, where Sunbeam Motorcycles were

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once made, has been derelict for almost 20 years, yet,

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this week, permission was granted for more than 100 homes.

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So, recovery is not just about a quick fix, but also

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Michael Fabricant, the MP for Lichfield, has bdcome

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embroiled in a social media storm after tweeting he "...might

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end up punching a journalist in the throat", if he appeared

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Mr Fabricant has since apologised for the relark

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Our reporter Joanne Writtle is outside his constituency

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To start this sorry tale, wd need to turn the clock back to Channel four

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News last night between the journalist Rod Liddle and the

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genderless Yasmin Alibhai`Brown This clearly got under the skin of

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the Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant. This morning he tweeted that if he

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had to have a discussion with her he would either have a brain

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haemorrhage or punch her in the throat. He has since apologhsed He

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has also posted a picture of themselves on twitter wearing a pink

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feathered ower added demonstration against violence against wolen.

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Yasmin Alibhai`Brown has told us that the party whip should be

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withdrawn from him and that she will not accept his apology. This has

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gone right to the top, with David Cameron condemning his commdnts come

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and Maude locally the Tory LP from Redditch has had this to sax.

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It is unacceptable to make those sorts of personal remarks

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I do tweeting myself, but it wouldn't dream about making a

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I think Michael has apologised now and

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the Prime Minister has made it very clear that it is not accept`ble

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What has been the reaction elsewhere? Many people have been

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saying how appalling visitors. It is a bit out of order, isn't it? You

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can't go around threatening that kind of behaviour. Any kind of abuse

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is not acceptable. It is not something an MP should be s`ying. I

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think it was very unwise to say what he said. You can't condone ht. No

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direct word to us from Mich`el Fabricant. Earlier today he did

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tweet that he had been to the dentist and he would be doing no

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media today. Sunday Politics will be in hts usual

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11,00am slot here on BBC Ond. The programme will be asking

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whether or not hard`pressed councils should get involved in helphng

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struggling football clubs. Sunday Politics will be in hts usual

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11,00am slot here on BBC Ond. The programme will be asking

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whether or not hard`pressed councils Good to have you with us thhs Friday

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evening. It's a happy birthday to

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the special house where milhtary families can stay close to their

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wounded loved ones in hospital. You may think pubs are closhng

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at an alarming rate, but thd number A residential home for the families

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of injured servicemen and women who are being treated at the Quden

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Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is The Fisher House, which was funded

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by a number of charities, It provides a home away

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from home for families. She lives in the Falkland Islands,

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but, for the past nine months, Fisher House in Birmingham has been

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her home from home. Her husband, Norman,

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who's an army veteran, is brain damaged and is being treated at the

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nearby Queen Elizabeth Hosphtal Fisher House has been a God`send

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because I hadn't got anywhere else Being so close to the hospital

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and everything, Fisher House was built

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as a charity`funded haven, where the families

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of injured or sick, veteran and You walk through that door

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and it is a comfort blanket. The network that they have,

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they go above and beyond duty. They can see in your eyes that

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you are not having a good d`y. Soldier Angela Kay was airlhfted to

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the QE from Afghanistan last year ` not through injury, but

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because she'd developed leukaemia. While I was in hospital, my Mum

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and my boyfriend, Gary, staxed. That was one of my worries ` yes,

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I was dealing with the dise`se, but We know that stress

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and anxiety increase their pain management, incrdases

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everything that they worry `bout. If we can take that out of ht,

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it really does help This is one of the biggest family

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rooms and there will be In all, there are 18 en`suite

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bedrooms in Fisher House, and the past year they've provided

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5,000 nights of accommodation for A proper first birthday party is

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planned tomorrow, but with thousands of injured soldiers still ndeding

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long term care, Fisher Housd will be The governors of a Birmingh`m school

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placed in special measures in the wake of the so`called Trojan

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Horse allegations have resigned Saltley School was one

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of five downgraded The governors say they have little

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faith in Ofsted and reject The City Council says they will be

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replaced by a new interim board A rare collection of wine

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and spirits is expected to lake tens of thousands of pounds at atction,

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after being discovered hidddn away The bottles, some of them more than

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100 years old, are part of a collection which is sahd to be

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unlike any other in the world. They've been down here for decades,

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bottle upon bottle, gathering dust and gaining value.

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Do you want to try some Algdrian wine?

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gathering dust and gaining value. The Evesham Hotel's wine

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collection is unlike any other. Since owner John Jenkinson began

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collecting in 1976, he has `massed wines from 73 countries, fe`turing

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187 different grape varietids. In those days you could not get

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Chilean wine anywhere, except that the Chilean embassy.

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187 different grape varietids. But when a new general manager took

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over a few months ago, he started delving deeper

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and made some incredible finds. Slowly moving some bottles to

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decide, I first found that 0914 Champagne Cognac. That got le

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thinking. We started to go through more of the seller and came across

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these lovely brandies behind me and made some incredible finds.

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Today, one hundred of the bottles went up for `uction.

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We expect some of the singld bottles to make up to ?3000. Cumulatively,

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we expect ?40,000 to BR best expectation.

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of the bottles went up for `uction. The finds have got wine connoisseurs

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rushing for their corkscrews. It is really exciting stuff. There

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is such a. There is stuff from all over the place. This wine comes from

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Georgia, part of the world were thousands of years ago it is

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believed the first`ever wind was produced.

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rushing for their corkscrews. The auction runs for two wedks,

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all the money raised will bd spent on renovating the hotel.

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for England in their opening two World Cup matches means the inquest

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Defeat for England in their opening two World Cup matches means

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of the art technology, but could the answer be playing for fun?

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Recognise that sinking feelhng? England have known World Cup

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disappointments before, but losing both the first two games is a new

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low. So, what can be done? Well part of the answer lies in

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Staffordshire with the ?105 million St George's Park Training Complex.

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It's influence will take tile, though.

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Worcester author Chris Green thinks the answer is simpler.

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He wrote a book called Everx Boy?s Dream and says football's academies

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are stifling young talent. He suggests kids should just have a

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kick around. But does it matter?

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Well, this was the scene on There is too much organised the

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door. We want disorganised but all! We want them to have a kick around.

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But does it matter? Well, this was the scene on

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Birmingham's Broad Street l`st night when Wayne Rooney's equalisdr went

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in. A problem the FA acknowledgds is

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that only a third of Premier League We have a good crop of Engl`nd

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players who want to attack. We haven't got A* player. Engl`nd is

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part of the UK, so I think ht would be great if there was a Teal GB

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auditing UK. Dashboard team GB. A problem the FA acknowledgds is

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that only a third of Premier League players are English. But wh`tever

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the solutions, it's clear something must change if England are to

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compete with the world's best. Ironically, I think we've played

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quite well and there are a number of things that are quite encouraging.

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At the moment we just don't have that killer touch in front of goal.

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At least there is some conthnuity, Roy Hodgson is saying `` st`ying.

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And some good news for Albion fans? Yes, they have signed former England

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centre half Joleon Lescott. He has joined on a free transfer. Great

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signing. What about Ian Bell today? He got 100 and got the blinding

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catch! Absolutely. It's perhaps surprising that,

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although pubs are closing at the rate of 28 a week, the numbdr of

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breweries is actually incre`sing. Nearly 200 opened

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in the last year alone. To build on the growing intdrest

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in real ale, some small breweries in the Midlands have set up courses

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so people can learn how to lake their own beer, as Bob Hockdnhull

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has been finding out. In days gone by, brewing bedr was

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often small scale ` family businesses helping quench the thirst

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of the immediate neighbourhood. Such tiny enterprises once seemed

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consigned to history, but the wheel is turning full circle, with

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the renewed popularity of rdal ale. The Windsor Castle Inn, in Lye near

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Stourbridge, is a pub and a brewery. Not only can the customers drink

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the beer, they can help makd it These enthusiasts have paid

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for a Brew a Beer Day. It is quite low tech, so it is

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quite cool, quite appealing. As long as you know what to do

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and make sure you follow the instructions,

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what comes out is pretty good. This brewery was founded

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by Nathaniel Sadler family hn 1 00. His great`great`grandson sthll runs

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it and has no qualms about letting I think

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the basics can be soon mastdred The science

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behind it is very complex, but the day`to`day brewing can soon be quite

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hands`on and enjoyable, so dveryone gets involved and, hopefullx,

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everyone has a good time. The brewing industry hopes getting

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the public involved like thhs They had started to improve last

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summer, increasing by 5.2%, but in the first quarter of this

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year they fell again by 3.1$. In a few weeks' time,

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those on the course can comd back What would happen

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if you drank it straight aw`y? Well, you would still get drunk

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there is still alcohol in there but it is just not a finishdd beer

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` it is very watery, thin, no body The beer students hope todax's

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lesson will give them enough knowledge to brew their own ales

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at home. First, at the bar, there's

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a chance to find out what their So, Walter,

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the beer that you brewed today, Yeah, from what I've tasted,

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before it's fermented, Let's hope those who end

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up drinking it agree! Now, do you have

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a problem that's driving yot mad? Cowboy builders, ropey plumbers

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dodgy car dealers, ruthless insurance salesmen,

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slapdash electricians? You sound as if you need help from

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the BBC's Rip Off Britain programme. Well, they're in the Black Country

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this weekend at Merry Hill shopping centre and

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one of the illustrious faces you'll see there will be Julia Somdrville,

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once of BBC and ITV news. So,

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do you get a big response when you We have been doing them for four

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years and they are incredibly popular. We take over an shop and

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set up our own pop`up shop `nd we have on our experts there, dealing

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with everything from travel to finance and so one. Anybody can

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come. In fact, we want anybody who thinks they might have a problem to

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come, bring their problem whth them, come, bring their problem whth them,

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and our experts will try to sort it out there and then. And people turn

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up the numbers? Yes, people are queued up around the block. Even if

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you don't have a problem, wd do these workshops just to givd general

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advice. You must hear some breathtaking stories? Yes, we do.

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Especially with the Internet now, the scammers really get thehr claws

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into people. I just did a story about holiday lodges at Loch Ness,

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and you didn't realise that they did not exist until you drove h`lfway up

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the mountain. Do you read slall print? Not very often. I didn't

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either. But they think people are wising up. I will be gullible as a

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nation? I don't know about gullible. I think people have the

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right to trust people. I thhnk that has been undermined by people

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finding out that the small print may allow people off the hook, or things

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just don't work out that wax and they lose money. So, we start at

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10am on Saturday, open at 10am on Sunday. We really want people to

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come. If you have got probldms, bring them. If you don't have

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trouble is, come anyway. We also have a gripe block where people come

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coming complain about anythhng. Lovely to see you, Julia.

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Have you seen the film or stage version of War Horse?

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They've been tremendously successful,

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telling the story so poignantly of how horses went to the battlefields

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Now, a Staffordshire riding school's launched a campaign

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During World War One, more than a million horses were sent

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Throughout history, horses have played

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You are going to take a sitting trot, elbows in...

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In the peaceful surroundings of this Staffordshire riding school, that

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They've launched an appeal for a horse memorial.

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Generals are listed, men ard listed, but there is nothing for thd horse.

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Why can't there be something for the horse, that has givdn

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Children from local schools are getting involved

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They fought very valiantly and think it is very import`nt that

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we commemorate the important contributions that

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horses have actually made in both of our World Wars.

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Without horses, you wouldn't have really won that war.

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More horses died than men in the war, so I think it is a good thing

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We remember the soldiers, btt we don't remember the horses as much.

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I think we should, because they did just as much work as we did

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This is a scale model of the sculpture.

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The final version will be a life size.

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And this is what the war horse monument will be built, herd

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It'll sit alongside the other tributes,

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statues and sculptures, honouring all those who have made sacrifices.

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The film and stage adaptations of the War Horse story have

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captured the emotional impact of the role horses played in w`r time.

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Richard Davison is an Olymphan and a former British dressage team

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He's supporting the appeal `nd believes there will be enthtsiasm

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There's a special BBC World War One event at the King's Hall in Stoke

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Imperial War Museum experts will be on hand to help people tracd

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Birmingham's hidden architectural treasures often lie behind closed

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But now they're being opened up through a photography exhibhtion.

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It's all part of the annual Love Architecture Festival.

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More now from our arts reporter Satnam Rana.

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If you are a living in, working order visit Birmingham, there is

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every chance you miss great architectural sites, either higher

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up down below. Now we will be able to look at these sites throtgh

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photography `` a footer graphic exhibition called hidden sp`ces The

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grand Chamberlain clock towdr at the Council house. 159 steps to the top.

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At the top, a viewing tower used during World War II to spot fires in

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the city. Then there is this... A constant ticking, ensuring that time

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does not stand still for us down below. It is quite surreal, when you

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are actually walking past the clocktower and you can see people

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looking at it saying I wonddr what it is like at the top. Hidddn spaces

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has been put together by thd cities associated architect. Curtahn Street

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station will hold the exhibhtion. It itself is architect Julian Porter,

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the oldest railway terminus in the world. These photos tell us a lot

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about the development of thd city and the city has a lot to bd proud

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of, and I think these buildhngs are allowing us to see into bags `` into

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that. So, from the sprawling underground tunnels of the Cold War

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to the 10th century folly tower in Edgbaston, the exhibition brings

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architectural treasures out of hiding.

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Another warm day today and fingers crossed, it's looking

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We have had a fine summers day today. It will be dry for S`turday

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and Sunday. There will be some cloud around that time is, but thdre will

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be plenty of sunny spells. Ht will be very pleasant and warm, with

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apertures in low 20s. The pollen levels will be high across the

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weekend. As the weather beghns to change next week, the pollen should

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ease off a bit. For now, we have high pressure in charge of the

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weekend. That is what is kedping us dry. A fine evening at the loment

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with just a little bit of cloud around. It will stay settled for the

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rest of the evening, dry ovdrnight tonight with clear spells at times.

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It is with these clear skies that temperatures overnight might get

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into single figures. It will be a fine, settled starkly Sundax and we

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will see plenty of sunshine the day tomorrow. Again, there will be some

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cloud around at times, but will not cause any problems. Another warm day

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with highs of 21 degrees. Another settled day again on Sunday. More

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cloud on Sunday, but it will break to give 20 of sunshine and ` high of

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21 degrees. All change earlx next week, there is the increased risk of

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a few showers on Monday and Tuesday, and more unsettled at the

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middle of the week. For now, a fine, settled summer weekend ahead with

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the temperature is not doing badly at all for this time of year.

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I'll be back at 10.00pm with your latest update.

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Have a good evening and a great weekend.

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