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Through Sunday and inch or two inches of rain, gales are possible

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A Shropshire cheese company has fallen victim to a Russian ban on

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food imports from the European Union as the Ukraine crisis escalates.

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The UK exports nearly ?6 million worth

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It's the second biggest food type that the EU exports there.

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It's worth 985 million euros to the European economy.

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But Russia is an important export destination

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It was valued at around ?900 million to the region's economy last year.

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This ?30,000 order down for Moscow. But not any more. What is the

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current situation? We have this order which we've had to stop. This

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cheese is waiting to go into these boxes. You have loads of cheese

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here, what is going to happen to it? This is waiting to go to Russia but

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we've had to stop everything. You had even more going out on Tuesday.

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Yes, roughly the same amount which is waiting to go on to our wagon.

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The cheese they export to Russia is sold in high end supermarkets. It

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has entered the country company around ?2 million. Derek King to

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grow the Islamist in Russia but have told sanctions are not going to be

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lifted any time soon. We hear the business is on hold for 12 months.

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In that time we will wait patiently. Our customers want to continue to do

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business. They are keen to carry on. We are ready to go again. A year is

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a long time. The company says it is exploring the potential of trading

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with other countries. As for the unwanted stock, it is confident it

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can place it elsewhere. All of the cheese will need to be relabelled.

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Earlier I spoke to our Moscow correspondent, Steve Rosenberg,

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to find out how ordinary people in Russia were reacting to

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Quite a positive one. I went to a supermarket and spoke to the

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shoppers. Most of them told me Russia had to respond to Western

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sanctions. Most people thought although they had become used to

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German sausages and European cheese, they could do without them. Russia

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could replace them with Russian food.

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Positive reaction. Do they appreciate why the sanctions have

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been imposed? Not really. They see the West has imposed sanctions on

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Russia. They watch Russian television and that says this

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country has to respond. At the moment, they are backing the

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government and believe it is right that Moscow is responding with these

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food bands. What are the most popular foreign foods in Russia?

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Questions eat a lot of meat from Europe but also a lot of dairy

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products. The shelves are packed with milk, and French cheese will

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stop some people will miss those. But Russian television is telling

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viewers that Russia can respond to this and it is an opportunity for

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domestic producers to boost their production.

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Good to have you with us this Friday evening.

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Why face to face conversations with officers are becoming a thing

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of the past at police stations across three counties.

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The family of a woman from Worcestershire who died

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after her bowel cancer was repeatedly mis`diagnosed are calling

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It's claimed 56`year`old Shirley James was told on several

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occasions that she didn't have the disease, before being diagnosed

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Our Health Correspondent Michele Paduano has the details.

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Shirley James died at 56 after four months

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Her death was the day after she moved into a hospice.

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She has three grandchildren she adored. She was a real family

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person. We could have spent so much time together. If only we knew that

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was wrong. The World War 2 enthusiast,

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who built her own museum, began complaining of sickness

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and diarrhoea to her GP. She was told it was a virus,

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then glandular fever, then ovarian cancer and finally that

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it was all in her head. It was only

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after she pretended to collapse to get into A and E that Worcestershire

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hospital found her bowel cancer. You can't get it back. It is so

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frustrating that they didn't listen. She was generally ill. I could see

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that. The GP surgery said it was sorry

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for the family's loss but couldn't A 10`year study showed that 5% fewer

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in Britain survived then the European average although there have

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been great strides in treatment there is an issue issue with early

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diagnosis. The Worcestershire Royal Hospital

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has apologised for the poor A meeting has been

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organised with the family. Clinicians say blood in stools

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and irregular bowel movements can If we get our cancer in its early

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stages then we can choose it. It is curable. The long`term out good that

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macro outlook is good for patients. Although earlier diagnosis would not

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have saved Shirley James, it could have made a world of difference to

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her last few days with her family. Front desks at 21 police stations

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across Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire are

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to close next month. It means members

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of the public will only be able to walk into six stations in the

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West Mercia force area to speak to Our reporter Sarah Falkland is

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outside one of the stations Which ones are staying? Certainly

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not this one. This is wet church in Shropshire. We're talking about the

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big six. They will be retaining their public counter services but

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from September, 21 other police stations will be losing theirs and

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getting something like this. A 20 47 in to calm which is meant to connect

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the public up immediately to three of the force control centres. Why

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are they making the changes? It is clearly saving money. Something like

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a quarter of ?1 million a year will be saved. The force is insisting

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that its effect will be minimal. Obviously having a person at a

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counter with little contact means we're not using the resource

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effectively. What we are able to do is to look at using our resources

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more effectively by putting our police officers into our communities

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and increasing our patrols. What has been the reaction? We've had quite a

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lot of comments on our Facebook page. Most been unanimous in their

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condemnation. Birmingham city TV has gone into

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administration. The company won the licence

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for the service in November 2012, but hasn't acquired studio premises

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or broadcast equipment, and has been unable to secure

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sufficient financing. The administrators are hoping

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to find another company to take The mother of a man who was murdered

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outside Birmingham nightclub said it is hell not knowing who killed her

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son. He died in hospital after being shot outside the rainbow nightclub

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full stop told months on his killer who are still at large. A reward is

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being offered to encourage witnesses to come forward.

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Birmingham has a rich musical history,

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but suffers because of London's dominance of the music industry.

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However, this weekend a music festival called

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Project Soundlounge is hoping to show that the second city has just

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For the past eight months this group of youngsters have been amerced

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Gaining the experience and skills that it's hoped will lead

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It's helped me gain an understanding of what goes on behind the music

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environment that I'm used to. Project Soundlounge, part of the

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city's Town Hall and Symphony Hall's education programme, gives the group

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hands on experience in many As far as the music industry is

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concerned London is dominant. The idea of this project is to challenge

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that. And showcase the talent we have here in Birmingham. There is a

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great tradition here. We are very proud of that. We want to provide

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opportunities for young people. This weekend sees the culmination

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of the project, with a three day music festival

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in Birmingham, which is also aimed at showing off some of the best new

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music coming out of the city. There is so much diversity will stop

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loads of music coming out. You can imagine. There are more venues

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popping up. Ruben Reynolds was part

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of the project last year. This time round he's mentoring

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the new crop of talent. Without it I wouldn't have as much

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scope to work in the industry. It has opened a lot of doors for me.

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The festival starts at the Town Hall this evening

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And if you want to hear some of the best new music from

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across the midlands then listen to BBC Introducing

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on your local radio station every Saturday night at 8.00pm.

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The top story tonight. A Shropshire dairy is stuck with a cheese

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mountain as Russia bans imports from the EU. Also tonight. Hoping to rise

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to greater heights after landing, while gold. Steve Lewis sets his

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targets. And thousands flock to Shrewsbury for the flower show. Will

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the weather be kind? Are we any closer to answering that

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crucial question, will the Sky Blues The Football League has ruled that

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Coventry City must pay the Ricoh The rent dispute led to the

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Sky Blues playing at It's hoped today's decision will

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lead to The stadium owners ACL have welcomed

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the decision but added that matters How much closer our way today coming

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home? The club always argued it was too much to pay. With the stadium

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owners saying let's hold on a minute, they clearly want to see the

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colour of their money. I think we are still away from Coventry City

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playing in Coventry. No such problem for Wolves though.

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It was feelgood Friday on Dudley Street, Wolverhampton

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and Paul the busker was singing his heart out, because Wolves are

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But Gerald the helium balloon man was keeping

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Going up is one thing, staying up is another and all this

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talk of rising to the Premier League could be a lot of hot air.

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The last team to win back`to`back promotions from League One and the

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Championship were Sunday's opponents Norwich City, so how realistic is it

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For the supporters at the start of the year to be dreaming

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of promotion, there's nothing wrong with that.

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There are three places going up to the Premier league.

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Kenny's quiet confidence is a breath of fresh air,

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unthinkable when relegation left Wolves at rock bottom.

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Watching from the bench at Brighton, no one felt

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To live in the area and to see the fans and how much it

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affects their everyday lives is something no player wants to see.

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It gives you that extra bit of determination

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Now having won League One with a record number of points,

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Wolves are ready to face life in the Championship once more.

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We are looking for a big step up and we will see that on Sunday.

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We know what a big club it is and we know what it means to the fans.

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We are delighted to be part of a team that has such support.

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During the summer Danny spent four weeks visiting Mumbai.

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One experience that's made him appreciate his good fortune.

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We heard from them again yesterday. What else can we look for with two

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this season? We have Port Vale against Wolves who meet on the first

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day of the season. Further down we have Burton Albion. Shrewsbury are

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keen to make a return to. BBC local radio will be there for the first

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kick and in the last kick. Summer is not over yet. Steve Lewis said he

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will not be satisfied until he wins an Olympic medal. He said he still

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in shock after winning gold in Glasgow last week. He's already back

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in training. It boiled down to a shoot out and

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Steve Lewis won it. In fact he got so carried away with his

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celebrations he nearly collided with runners in the 10,000 metres. Even a

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week on from his triumph, the 28`year`old is still in shock. I'm

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still taking it all in but at the same time the Europeans are in a

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week. I can't dwell on it too much. Every time I go to the track, it

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feels pretty good but I need to use it for up`and`coming events. Steve

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is from Stoke but now lives in Phoenix, Arizona to be near his

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coach. I first met in seven years ago when he gave me a pole vaulting

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lesson. He has now won bronze, silver and gold in the Commonwealth

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Games. He still not satisfied. I really feel that I have a job to do

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at the Olympics. Rio is a massive goal of mine. I still think I can

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jump higher. The new, wealth champion was fifth at London 2012

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and every athlete but it was European. The championships ensure

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it will tell us much about his dream of a medal at Rio. Good luck to

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Steve next week. It was the show that never was. 100

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years ago the Shrewsbury flower show was ready to open was cancelled as

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war broke out. To mark the centenary, they are recreating 1914.

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What are they doing? All kinds of things. They have replicas of the

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original poster that was made to promote the show. They've planned

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all kinds of things, hot air balloon rides. Little did the organisers

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know of the terrible events that would affect their lives in years to

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come. Everything from music of the time to vibrant colour has helped

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recreate the atmosphere of what the 1914 show might have been like. As

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we know from recent commemorations, the flower show had been planned the

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two weeks following the outbreak of war. It was cancelled. We are

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calling this the show that never was. Displays of taking on a wartime

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theme. The ladies came suitably dressed. The suffragettes are out in

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force to. There was a truce and all women rallied together. They proved

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they could support the men and do the jobs that were left behind. This

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might tire, the sum the show is more about food. Shropshire is well`known

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for its rich supply of ingredients by many celebrity chef. We are very

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conscious of binding the best produce. Rather than it just be

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local. A lot of the roads lead back up north to Shropshire for things

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that we are looking for, especially fruit and vegetables. It took

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several years for this event to begin again even after the war

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ended. Organisers hope this year it will pay a respectable tribute. I

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joined now by the chair of the show. How difficult would it have been for

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everybody to put the show on during the war. Naturally, people would

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have been traumatised. It did take over two years before they had the

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confidence to try and re`established the show in 1920. Even then it was

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much smaller with only 171 stands. One of the things we have today is

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fireworks. That was one thing that would've been one step too far for

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the early shoppers. What other highlights of the show? I've been

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involved in many years and I love it all. I love the flowers and the

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people. If I had to pick one thing, it is our grand finale where we all

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gather together around the arena and watch the bands and have a singsong.

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This year we're building in the war songs and, again, a fabulous

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firework display. Staying with events of 100 years

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ago. Bruce Burnsfather was a soldier who was never awarded any medals.

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Captain Burnsfather became a celebrated cartoonist during the

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conflict. He found humour in the grimmest of times.

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A world of wartime cartoons, humour born out of the darkest days. All

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drawn by Bruce Burnsfather, a captain in the Royal Warwickshire

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Regiment. He founded the artist's pen could be mightier than the

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weapons of war. It can't be overestimated, the boost he gave to

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soldiers and their families back home. He would experience history.

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In November 1914, he began sketching to relieve the monotony of trench

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warfare. He is during what the soldiers were feeling. In those days

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you didn't have television or radio so reading was the thing people

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dead. The people knew that he had been at

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the front and experienced it. The troops loved the drawings too.

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Particularly a character called old Bill. Cartoonist Bill tidy said

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people were worried he would cause disquiet among the ranks. They said

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this guy is fabulous. He is a real soldier. Bill unveiled this plaque

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in Stratford were Burnsfather live. It is now a guesthouse. Some have

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his cartoons were drawn here in front of the fireplace in what was

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his studio in Stratford. Some were done while he was come blessing here

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having been blown up by a shell. By the time he had recuperated, he was

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internationally renowned. He toured the French, American and Italian

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front lines. He proved an invaluable morale booster for the Allied

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soldiers. Back to the present, will we be

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affected by the tail end of hurricane Bertha. A lot of weather

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to talk about. Not a bad day on Saturday. Still some uncertainty

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about Sunday will stop we are expecting heavy rain and strong

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winds. We do have a warning in force for Sunday as it may lead to

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disruption. They've had some heavy showers around today. A clear way

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this evening. A fine end to the night for most of us. Well lift with

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a dry night with plenty of clear skies. A little cooler than recently

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with a minimum temperature of 11 Celsius. A dry, bright start to

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Saturday. It's a fairly decent day. We will see more in the way of cloud

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as we go into the afternoon but long spells of sunshine. 12 isolated

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showers. A breeze will move those through very quickly. It will stay

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dry and warm in the sunshine. Highs of 22 Celsius. We've been talking

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about the Harry Kane all week. At the moment there is some uncertainty

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but it is likely to hit the south`west of the UK in the early

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hours of Sunday before tracking north`east. It looks like we are in

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for some heavy rainfall on Sunday. It will be a cooler day. The winds

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will strengthen further as the rain starts to clear away. That leads us

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into the new week. It remains a windy on Monday with plenty of

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showers. Stay tuned as details may change.

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Martin Freeman presents a Gaza Crisis appeal on behalf of the

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Disasters Emergency Committee. Over the last month the crisis in

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Gaza has captured the world's attention.

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Military conflict has been taking a devastating toll on a

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densely-populated area. So tens of thousands of people have

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nowhere to live and nowhere else to go.

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The conflict means that the people of Gaza are in great

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