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but it'll be turning quite breezy. Thank you very much. That's it.

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They have to realise the consequences

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of what they have done to mx family and to other families out there

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We hear from Samaritans about what help's available

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The Midlands farms that could be cut in two ` by the High Speed rail line

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It's just like having your heart ripped out, and ruined

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A ?1.5 million boost for Ludlow as the twentieth annual

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And another a weekend to get outdoors `

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still warm and settled for the next few days and sunny spells too.

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I'll have your full weekend forecast later on.

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A mother from Stoke`on`Trent is campaigning to make bullying

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Amanda Stewart's son Dylan was 2 when he hanged himself last April.

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He'd been physically and verbally abused

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She now says she's "gone past the stage when I hate", but she s

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released a picture of Dylan in hospital on a life support lachine,

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That photo is included in Matthew Bone's report `

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Dylan took his own life just months after starting a new school.

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His family say he was tormented by bullies.

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But even up to his final molents he tried to protect his fragild mother.

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Because of the stroke and the cardiac arrest I had Dylan

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kept a lot to himself because he was afraid he was going to make me ill.

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And so he did not say anythhng up until a few weeks

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before he passed away when he was beaten up coming in from school

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Dylan had not been at his ndw school in Telford for very long

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His mother says more should have been done to help them.

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The school's governors have spoken about their sadness but thex have

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insisted the school did everything it could to support him.

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They pointed to a recent Ofsted report that said

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the school offered a excelldnt level of support for students.

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Amanda wants bullying to become a criminal offence.

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She also took the difficult decision to release pictures of Dylan in

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hospital to show his tormentors at the consequences of their actions.

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I have gone past that stage where I hate.

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But they have to realise the consequences

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of what they have done to mx family and to other families out there

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He was so clever, and bright, laughing as well.

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He started assembling it and he never got to finish ht so we

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thought it would be nice if we could finish it off for him and wd put it

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Amanda hopes a change in the law will mean fewer families

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like hers left only with the memories of a child whose life

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I'm joined now by Andrew Lockley from the Samaritans in the Lidlands.

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How big a problem is bullying? People contact us about all sorts of

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things and bullying is one of the subjects that comes up not only from

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young people back from adults as well. It is something we take

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seriously because it does h`ve quite a profound effect on people 's

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lives. This is bullying in the workplace as well? It is solething

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that we do the wrath from thme to time. Dylan's mother has sahd that

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it should be a criminal offdnce what is your view? It is solething

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we needed to deal with and we need to do something about it. It is

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quite a problem. I could not say what the best way to deal whth it is

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but it is something we definitely need to do something about. It has

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to be taken seriously? How often do you feel it is or isn't? It varies

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from place to place or time to time but it is something that is very

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difficult for people to expdrience. We heard that Stephen did not feel

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he could talk about it. That is something `` Dylan. An organisation

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like Samaritans is there to give people someone to talk to. His

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mother said he did not want to trouble her and quite often people

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do not want to trouble their friends and families but they can t`lk to

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Samaritans any time of the day or night. Thank you very much hndeed.

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The latest on the arrest of gunmen in Pakistan suspected of shooting

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Malala Yousufzai, the schoolgirl who's made Birmingham her home.

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Two events took place in thd region today, on either side of thd debate

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about the planned High Speed rail link between London and Birlingham.

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In Warwickshire, farmers, who'll be petitioning the government `bout

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the impact the project will have on their businesses, were ldarning

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how best to present their c`ses to MPs, while Birmingham was hosting a

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national conference about the transport and economic benefits

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Half the farm will be on either side of it.

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James and his father Bill are now preparing to tell a committde of Mps

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in Westminster just how HS2 will blight their lives.

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Earlier they were given a bht of coaching at a special conference

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How confident are you about facing a committee of MPs wallowing the

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conference? I think an enemx went to understand it becomes less taunting.

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`` following the conference. We have been explained the differences. ``

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it becomes less daunting. It is just like having your heart rippdd out

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and flew into the land that you revere and love you just don't know

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what to do. But over in Birmingham `

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where the main rail hub will be based ` a conference explorhng how

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best to maximise the economhc It offers so much to the nation But

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it has got to be led by the local communities.

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But while the minister is positive, the NFU is not and has lodgdd it

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own petition with MPs ` addressing issues such as compensation.

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If people are being taxed on compensation that is grosslx unfair.

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These are some of the issues that we're going to be taking forward to

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a petition on behalf other lembers. Next month farmers will comd face to

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face with MPs to voice their concerns.

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Police have arrested a third person on suspicion

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The body of Glynis Bensley, who was 47, was found in Chdshire

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The latest arrest is of a 20 year`old man from the area.

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A mother and her two sons have been charged

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after three women were injured in a dog attack in Herefordshire.

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It happened in Bridge Street in Leominster at the end of May

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One of the victims is still recdiving

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Davina Stutchbery, who's 51, and her 23 and 22 year`old sons

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Kenneth and Andrew are due before magistrates next month.

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After a week in which the Scottish Saltire has been flown over

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council buildings in Sandwell, Stoke and Wolverhampton in support

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of a 'No Vote' in Scotland, there a growing demands for England

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A Midlands MEP has told the BBC s Sunday Politics that Westminster

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Perhaps we could look at an arrangement where am issues that

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only affect England are votdd on in Westminster by English MPs but I

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think it would be a big mistake to create another layer of burdaucracy

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and the cost on complication. And our political editor

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Patrick Burns returns with Sunday Politics this weekend,

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at its usual time of 11:00al, The father of Malala Yousafzai `

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the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban `

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has welcomed the news that ten men, believed to be involved

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in the attack, have been arrested. The 17`year`old, who now lives with

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her family in Birmingham was targetted by the Taliban in Pakistan

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two years ago for speaking out The BBC's Pakistan Editor, Haroon

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Rashid, was at a press confdrence A short while ago,

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I asked him what was said: This is the first official

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confirmation that the peopld involved in that attack on Lalala in

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October 2012 have been arrested The military spokesmen told journalists

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today that a gang of ten people were involved in it and that thex were

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taking directions from the Pakistani Taliban leader and they werd being

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directed to carry out this `ttack on this girl education activist. What

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sort of impact have these arrests had in Pakistan on a story which has

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gone around the world? Malala is news in Pakistan. People want to

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know who was behind the att`ck and what their motives well but it is

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not a big news story at the moment. Malala was an activist in P`kistan,

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has what she strove for continued? She was as Unitarian starting to

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write an anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu service in Pakistan on the

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plight that female students were facing when the Taliban took

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control. She is a big force ever since then when she was att`cked

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even now they are spending some money on a development of fdmale

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education in that area. An lesson she is herself here in Pakistan ``

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unless she takes leadership of this project it still has to makd a mark

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in Pakistan I think. Thank xou. The mother of twelve`year old

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Dylan Stewart from Stoke`on`Trent, who hanged himself, has called for

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bullying to be a criminal offence. Your detailed weather forec`st to

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come shortly with Rebecca ` Also in Rehearsing and remembering ` The new

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work commemorating World War One. I'm trying to get this match ball

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out, from shooting practice. And the Manager of Coleshill Town

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clearly has much on his hands ahead The twentieth annual Ludlow Food

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Festival got underway today. It attracts 20,000 visitors a year,

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more than doubling the local population and generating

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?1.5 million for the local dconomy. Tourists travel in from

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as far away as Japan and thd United States, as it's conshstently

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named as one of the top ten food So, with such

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an established reputation, what s In the medieval castle grounds, a

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21st`century feast. The Ludlow food Festival is a 21st`century feast.

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The Ludlow food Festival is the peak for the eyes started 20 years ago as

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a backlash against plans for an out`of`town supermarket. So they

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decided to run what was then the first ever farmer's market hn the UK

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and it has grown to this. 20,00 people 20 years on. We have three

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supermarkets in town but many independent shops. 180 Artisan

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producers are here, all within 0 miles of Ludlow. Among them a former

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nurse who now makes chocolate from her home in true is great. H was

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really poorly and I had cancer. I think the positive thing th`t has

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come out of something bad lhke that and this is the most amazing thing

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that I have done. Luxury coffee in banks. This business is not even two

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years old but now supplies ` line that the likes of Harvey Nichols. ``

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luxury coffee in bags. I wotld like something equally as good as what is

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available on a cavity. It attracts people from around the world. We are

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eating a lot and we enjoy this day. After all that lovely food xou might

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want to exercise your limbs and climbed the 100 or so steps to the

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top of this castle because ht is up here that you get the most fantastic

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views. The whole town gets behind this event, these hotels ard booked

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up a year in advance. Makes me hungry.

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When it was built 60 years `go it was considered 'an ideal hole'.

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And today a flat`roofed bungalow in Coventry is being used to stage

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a play, in celebration of 'Post War' style.

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The house was part of an " an environmental experiment" in the

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Our reporter Lindsay Doyle hs at one of them and joins us now

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I think it is the quirkiness. It was as London 1958 as part of an

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international architectural exhibition which was running a

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competition to design the low cost has the future. There was a lot of

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glass, a fitted kitchen and it cost ?4000 which is a snip now btt then

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it was more expensive than lost other houses in Coventry. The

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current owners have secured a grant from the arts Council and the

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Heritage lottery fund to produce a play about the house in the house.

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Before I start the talk I w`s just going to say, to ask, that of any of

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you do experience any symptoms of anxiety, dread or panic while you

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are viewing the house today if you could just raise your right hand as

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a signal. I am with the current owner. And you have done so much

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work on this place? We found out that 17,000 people came to view this

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house in 1960 and that was just a challenge to us. How many pdople

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could we find that have viewed this has? At the same time we went to the

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bitter Tory and Albert Musetm and found a box of correspondence ``

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Victoria and Albert Museum. It was talking about the bravery of the

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builder who built this housd and we were interested to find out why they

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did not buy it. What did people think about it? People were

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perturbed or excited by the amount of glass. Some people thought it

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would be like being a fish hn a fishbowl and other people thought it

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would be quite Californian `nd luxurious. Not everyone lovdd it as

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I found out earlier when I spoke to a lady who visited here in 0960 when

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it was a show home. We also came and saw what people had written in the

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visitor's book. It was actu`lly very interesting. Some were for the idea

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and some were negative. I think one was a bit brutal because it said,

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very good as a filling stathon. A little bit cheeky. Not sure what the

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architect would think about. The play will run on Saturday and Sunday

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and we are looking forward to it. It is open this weekend as part of the

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Heritage open days scheme. And the experimental house hs open

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this weekend as part of the Lots of other places,

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including a number you wouldn't normally be able to see,

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are also opening their doors. You can find out more

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about what's going on via A new choral work commemorating

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the centenary of World War H is going to be performed in Birmingham

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this weekend. "Unfinished Remembering" was

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inspired by the crowds who turned out to pay their respects to

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soldiers killed in Afghanistan, as their funeral corteges wdre

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driven through the town of Birmingham Bach Choir rehearse

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for a new choral symphony. Dedicated to those who died

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in the "Great War" ` and in subsequent conflicts, the m`n behind

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the words says it's an epic piece. It's a work

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of commemoration honouring the It's a work of celebration of our

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diverse society that we havd built, but it's also a work of questioning

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saying we still have to work hard to build the kind of justice and peace

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that those soldiers fought for. The work was inspired

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by the powerful images from Tait moved to the town in 2008 and

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was amongst the hundreds of people The day I moved in there was a

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repatriation and these four hearses going up the hill and I was so

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profoundly moved that I wanted to write a work of comemoration and I

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wanted to write something that asked our society what we were buhlding

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what we were doing and I wanted also to celebr`te human

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life and to celebrate Acclaimed composer Paul Spicer was

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commissioned to write the sxmphony. It's dramatic on all sorts

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of levels. There's a lot of noise,

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there's an orchestra and of course there are two soloists `

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there's professional semi chorus and then there's the Birmingham Bach

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Choir which makes a big sound and And it's a chance for some of the

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choir to remember loved ones lost This is for my dad. My dedication is

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to my great`grandfather, Prhvate Charles. Posted with the roxal air

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force to Africa. Unfinished Remembering will premier

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this Saturday at Symphony H`ll. A wonderful way to reflect `nd

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remember. And we're taking another stdp

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along the road to Wembley . The FA Cup has reached

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the first qualifying round. So Ian Winter is live at Coleshill

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in Warwickshire. Is this the most cosy dresshng

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room in the FA Cup this weekend There's barely enough room

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for the shirts let alone But they'll all squeeze in tomorrow,

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hoping to beat Barwell who `re two divisions above them

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in the non`league pyramid. 24 hours before kick`off and the

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manager of Coleshill Town is poking At last night's training session

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the match ball got lost I think we need to practice more.

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The boulder stuck in the trde. The balls we were using last night where

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brand`new. Most of them went in the net, not all of them though. So far

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in the cup they have been scoring goals for fun. Three having to a

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beat their opponent in the last round. Three to they beat their

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opponents. Gary was only 16 when Aston Villa spotted him and the rest

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is history. The transfer fed back in 1977 was a set of tracksuits and

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Gary went on to win the First Division followed by the European

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cup. Sadly he never got to play at Wembley. The chairman is yotr old

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pal, you went to school togdther, what will it mean to him? Hd's got a

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real interest anyway and he may well be in the dressing room tomorrow. He

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is as keen as mustard and rdally looking forward to it. Could Gary be

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your lucky and moral? I hopd so We have also excited for tolorrow.

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There is a real buzz about the place and we cannot wait to displ`y

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against them and show them what we can do, really. Let's have ` look at

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the goal you scored in the previous round. The last minute of extra

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time. He must have been chuffed to bits? A lot of relief to be fair, it

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was a long game. Our captain loves that celebration. I had to put us in

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there. What a celebration. They must have been at least ten playdrs on

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top of you? It was all right at the start by Dustin is the biggdr lads

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got on there I can certainlx say it has a bit `` at the start btt as

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soon as the bigger lads got on there. We just want to show what we

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can do really. FA Cup is on show and good luck to all the teams `t the

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cup tomorrow. Congratulations to Worcestershire

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county cricket club. They clinched promotion to

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the first division of the county championship today with a dramatic

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victory over Surrey at New Road They will return to the top flight

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next season for the first thme So what does

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the weekend weather have in store? Here's Rebecca Wood with

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a promise of great weather, I hope. Well Michael ` as the weathdr goes,

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very little has changed this week already ` and as we head through the

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weekend it's staying settled too. Now we've had a bit of a split with

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our temperatures today ` sthll lovely and warm ` but furthdr north

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where the cloud has been totgher to clear they're a little lower. Still

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cloud in the forecast for the next few days ` there will be sole sunny

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spells and pleasant brightndss, and our winds start to pick up through

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Sunday. The blanket of cloud sitting over us for much of the morning has

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started to thin and break dtring the afternoon ` and further south and

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east it's been brighter ` overnight the cloud will continue to break up

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and with those clear spells temperatures will fall away to give

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us a chilly night for some places, and with light winds, in shdltered

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spots that could lead to sole mist and fog patches developing. Those

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are the values in the towns and cities ` in rural spots it will be

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cooler. So that mist and fog clearing during the morning and we

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will get some pleasant breaks in the cloud though Saturday morning `

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which will help to lift those temperatures ` highs of 21 celcius

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tomorrow ` a nice day. Then very little changes ` another sililar

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night to tonight. Although for eastern parts there will be a little

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more cloud. And that could be thick enough to squeeze out a few spots of

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drizzle ` combined with somd slightly stronger winds that will

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help to keep temperatures up and stop any mist or fog patches

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developing. Lows of 10 celchus. Sunday ` another similar dax to come

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` again there will be plentx of cloud about ` although it whll break

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up to give us some good spells of sunshine. The best of those in the

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west ` further east that cloud could squeeze out some drizzle. Whnds are

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little stronger ` but we should still see our temperatures getting

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up to 20 celcius. It stays rather cloudy. Not so bad

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at all. The firebrand of hardline unionism

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in Northern Ireland ` Tributes have been paid frol

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across the religious Oscar Pistorius is found guhlty

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of killing his girlfriend Rdeva A mother from Stoke`on`Trent is

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campaigning to make bullying a criminal offence after her 12

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year`old son hanged himself. more than

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400 international competitors. No strangers to battle,

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all have served their country. Prince Harry has challenged them -

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now they will challenge each other, pushing their bodies to the limit

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in the quest for glory.

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