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Friday to discuss joining the US air strikes against Islamic State in

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The headlines tonight: Iraq.

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A former Head of Ofsted's been named as a special

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commissioner to tackle problems in Birmingham schools, following

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We speak exclusively to the Secretary of State for Educ`tion.

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A bitter fall out between neighbours leaves a couple

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Surely what I do with it is my business.

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Scientists open a pioneering new laboratory `

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to find out exactly what happens to our brains when we go to sldep.

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tonx Iommi shares some musical magic whth

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And one step closer to the weekend, prospects are improving all the

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BBC Midlands Today can excltsively reveal that Sir Mike Tomlinson has

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been named as the Education Commissioner for Birmingham.

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The Government has appointed him to oversee the city's schools

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in the wake of the Trojan Horse controversy.

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Sir Mike helped turn around failing schools in H`ckney

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in London and he's widely rdgarded as a safe pair of hands.

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His job now is to address criticisms faced by Birmingham City Cotncil

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for its delayed response to the Trojan Horse allegations.

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The authority's said to havd ducked claims of efforts to introdtce an

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Islamic ethos into several schools ` for fear of being branded r`cist.

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It started with a letter, purportedly a step by step guide

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on how to kick out headteachers and introduce an Islamic ethos

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The letter was sent to Birmingham City Council anonymously

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The former counter terrorisl police officer Peter Clarke found dvidence

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to back the claims and accused the council of being more worried

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In the wake of his report the Education Secretary said

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Birmingham would get its own Education Commissioner and he's

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named today as Sir Mike Tomlinson, former inspector of schools.

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I certainly hope there is greater scrutiny into academies but also

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into all schools in Birmingham. To ensure we keep the standards up and

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serve the children who need that education in Birmingham.

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Separately, another Commisshoner is already looking into the city

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council's Children's Servicds, rated inadequate for years ` and the

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former head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake is due to report in

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December on the future of the council as a whole. One

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option could be to break up the largest council in Europe into

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Earlier I spoke to the secrdtary of state for education and askdd her to

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explain what his main focus would be.

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He is appointed Education Commissioner to

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Birmingham City Council and he's going to report to me and also

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He will be looking at the improvement plan that the council

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has put in place as a result of the incidents examined in the rdports,

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and he will be looking at how the council supports schools and also if

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there are any systems or ch`nges that they need to make

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when headteachers or other teachers make complains to the attention

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It is clear that the City Council failed to react to very serhous

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allegations they had known `bout for some considerable time?

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And that is what the report showed and what Peter Clarke in particular

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And headteachers and teachers need to know

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and governors that if they bring serious concerns to the attdntion

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of the council, those concerns will be followed up and that is dxactly

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As well as looking at the wider education department

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The council is obviously worried about appearing racist, will he

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And I think what the report showed is while we obviously remain very

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clear that this was a small number of people in a small number of

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schools, and that we're also very clear, as I said in the House of

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Commons in July, that the vast majority of Mtslim

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parents want the best possible education for their children.

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We must not be afraid to ch`llenge and to follow up concerns,

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Four individuals were actually named in the Commons weren't they?

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For what they did or did not do over the Trojan Horse Affair.

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Have you followed it up, will Sir Mike look at that detail?

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And there are some individu`ls who are no longer members of governing

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bodies and trustees that have resigned from various schools that

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were involved and there are still some other procedures to be followed

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so yes there are certainly individuals who are no longdr

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involved in schools who werd involved in schools in Birmhngham.

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Birmingham is said to have the youngest population in Europe yet

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children's services have bedn branded inadequate the past four

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years, there is the controvdrsy over schools, do you feel that Bhrmingham

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That is why obviously we have had people looking at children's

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services departments and thd other new education commission and also

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on the same day the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric

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Pickles, is announcing a wider view of governance

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So there are clearly concerns but my conversations with Birmingh`m City

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Council leadership have shown a real willingness to change, to work with

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people such as Sir Mike Tomlinson as well as the Department for Dducation

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in identifying problems that have arisen and how we can avoid them

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arising in the future so I think we need now to see some serious work by

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Birmingham City Council to deal with the problems identified but, as I

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say, there is a serious willingndss to do

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A couple from Walsall say they've bedn made

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prisoners in their own home after their neighbours erected a six

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It blocks direct access to their front door.

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It's the latest twist in an increasingly bitter dhspute

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although both sides insist they ve acted reasonably.

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Nothing can get out, and I think I'm going to have trouble getting in.

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Best way is over here and onto the ladder.

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The restricted access is proving to be inconvenient for everxone

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Even the postlady can't get in because obviously this is not

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the right way to go to somebody s front door.

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Wendy has been able to walk out of her gate for the past 26 ye`rs but

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How did you feel when you saw this fence going up?

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My first thought was I was absolutely terrified.

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I was aware that I had no other access at the time

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since my back gate was lockdd and I had not got the key because

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This car park and the flats behind me are managed by thd company

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who owns land and gave authorisation for the fence to be built.

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Wendy says a few months ago the management company sent her

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a letter warning they would put up a fence if she did not clear up

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a garden and remove her car because they felt it was an eyesore.

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It is my garden, it is my property, surely what I do with it is

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My garden is no worse than hundreds across the country.

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And why I should be denied `ccess to my front door

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because I don't do gardening very well I don't understand at `ll.

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Over the weekend she said she tried to talk to the director of

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the management company who lives in one of the flats but he would only

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We also tried to contact hil for a comment but have had no stccess.

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The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has told Midlands Today the citx region

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around Birmingham must have significantly more political power.

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It's Mr Miliband's first direct response to the implications here,

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He was talking to our Political Editor, Patrick Btrns

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who's now returned from the Labour Party conference in Manchester.

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So is this Ed Miliband's answer to what's become known as 'The

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We announced our plans to ddvolve power over really important areas

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like skills, economic development, transport, to city regions such as

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Birmingham and other places because we are far too centralised ` country

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and we need councils like Bhrmingham but also other councils to

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in the area to have those powers, to come together and exercise those

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In tough times in terms of public spending that can also

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Seven months to the general election. Any clues from thd

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conference about strategy? Ht is double`edged because he has some

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very slender Labour majorithes to worry about and on the other hand he

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needs to target Tory margin`ls including Stafford and Reddhtch

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where as we know there are liberal hospital issues raging which could

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become all`consuming but I pointed out to him that two and a h`lf

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billion pound pledge in his conference speech would not really

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go very far in the face of ` projected ?30 billion shortfall in

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health funding over the next five years so really an incoming Labour

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government would still have to do some pretty drastic things htself.

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The most important thing th`t needs to change is we need to improve

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If you improve the services in the community, GP servicds,

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services for the elderly, that is what is going to take the

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pressure off hospitals, and actually spend resources at hospitals better

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That is the plan we unveiled this wdek

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and it makes for a better hdalth service, more doctors, more nurses

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Detectives investigating the murder of a woman at a block

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of flats in Shropshire have arrested a fifth person.

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The 34`year old man, from Wellington, was detained last night.

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A man aged 35 and a 21 year`old woman remain in custody.

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Two other men have been reldased on police bail.

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17 people were forced to le`ve their homes in Coventry overnight

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as fire crews tackled a blaze involving gas canisters

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One of them exploded in a shed at the back of a house in Tile Hill.

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Crews spent the night cooling down ten cylinders of acetylene

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oxygen and liquid petroleum gas in a workshop.

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Thanks for joining us here on Midlands Today.

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The remarkable Shropshire rtnner on the verge

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of completing an astonishing on 53 marathons in 53 days.

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It's taken two years to deshgn and build and now the University

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of Warwick's new sleep laboratory is ready to start work.

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They're looking for volunteer subjects to try it out

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and help the scientists learn more about what happens to our brains

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So we sent Science Correspondent David Gregory`Kumar off

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Just right for a night away from home.

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You might think this is an ordinary business hotel but look agahn.

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There is in`room CCTV camer`s, one thing which is a bit untsual.

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In fact people who stay the night here are helping

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In particular how people in pain sleep or not.

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By studying the sleep here overnight we will be able to see the sleep

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architecture, the sleep pattern of people with chronic pain and by

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understanding more about thd sleep pattern hopefully we will bd able to

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come up with better ideas of how to treat sleep disturbance

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Getting ready for bed here hnvolves more than just brushing your teeth

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There are sensors, an awful lot of sensors.

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after a while you don't really feel it.

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I think you stop paying attdntion to it you sleep normally.

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Ready for bed ` it is time to try to get to sleep.

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All night my brain activity, my breathing, position,

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leg movement, heart rate and more will be monitored.

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I had a lot of dreams about being wired up to be a lot of cables.

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Do I have to keep them on or can I take them off now?

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After a shower and some tests it is time for my results.

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Quite a few awakenings throtghout the night suggesting that pdrhaps

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you have been having quite a few tossings and turning `rounds

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What this laboratory is all about is very fundamental rdsearch

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trying to pull apart the reasons why some of us can sleep

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And if that hasn't put you off, you can find details

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of how to volunteer for Warwick s sleep lab and read more abott

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David's experiences on his blog at bbc.co.uk davidgregorykular.

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Last night it was Shrewsburx Town, tonight Burton Albion hope to upset

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the odds and make it through to the fourth round of the League Cup.

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Well, Nick Clitheroe is at the Pirelli Stadium now.

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What are the chances of another cup shock Nick?

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Well, these two clubs have made a habit

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Both have already beaten a Premier League team

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in the competition and last night Shrewsbury knocked their second

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They've already beaten Blackpool from the Championship and Ldicester

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City from the Premier Leagud, now Norwich are the latest team to feel

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James Collins got the only goal early

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in the second half to put the Shrews into the last 16 of the League Cup

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And we'll enjoy this evening. We got it down and we passed it. Something

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has to `` something has to give young players. The former Arsenal

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player was delighted to stake his claim for a place `` a formdr

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Barcelona player. All the tdam played well and I hope to place him

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in the league but I have two keep going like always. The goalkeeper

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was on fine form and we'll be watching tonight's draw with great

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interest. So why is it so important

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for these League Two clubs to have Well there's no doubt modern

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football is dominated by thd And as I've been finding out Burton

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are always looking for ways to inspire young f`ns to

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support their local club instead. They are dreaming of lifting

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the league cup for Burton Albion Because the League Two side have

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already knocked Premier teal QPR out, and their young fans bdlieve

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in the Brewers. I think

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their chances are quite good because they have already knocked ott two

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of the best teams in the cotntry. I'm really proud of them and I'm

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actually quite amazed that they have So when Captain Lee Bell popped

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into the primary school ahe`d of the game, there was plenty

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the children wanted to know. I have had three red cards

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and quite a few yellows. Like many football league shdes

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Burton Albion in the import`nce Pupils get regular training sessions

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from the club's community coaches, and with the team second

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in the league, their cup run will A football club

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in a small town can be the heartbeat ` it can provide so much especially

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when the club is doing well. Especially to get the kids

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down to the games, would be great, when you do come to the school,

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and I've been to a couple now, and you see people beginning to

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know more about the players etc If you think this is as close

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as Burton Albion will get to the trophy, remember it is only two

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seasons since another Leagud Two side, Bradford City,

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reached to the final. Clearly a good cup run is ilportant

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to Burton then but what about a Premier League club

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like West Bromwich Albion who are You only have to look at thhs

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competition in recent seasons. Some teams have got to the final

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therefore you know it is a real chance. Already we have seen seven

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Premier League teams go out and another two are guaranteed to go out

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tonight so there is a real chance. Burton Albion have not been beyond

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the third round more than once in the past eight seasons and their

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fans are desperate to see them have a bit of success and see thdm back

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at Wembley. You can follow the game tonight. I will be back at 00:2 pm

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with the reaction to what wd hope will be another League Cup tpset.

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Her record breaking challenge has taken her all over the country,

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from Chester to Glasgow, from Liverpool to Taunton, and now Amy

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She's running 53 marathons in 53 days ` today is day 50.

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Joanne Writtle caught up with her as she ran around Oswestry.

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A warm welcome in her hometown. She is on track to smash a world record

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by the weekend for her back`to`back marathons along the UK. I h`ve done

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1200 miles. It is really exciting and it is good to have such a good

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turnout. Well`wishers were lining the streets. 100 teenagers joined

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her. In 53 days she is hoping to raise ?53,000 for charity btt more

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on what inspired her later. Amy s next stop is here at this primary

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school which is her old school. She is leading an army of marathon

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runners of the future around her old playing field. Amy's former teacher

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revealed a surprise about hdr schooldays. Hard`working, lovely,

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pleasant, helpful, just the sort of child you love to have but not

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exceptionally sporty. And w`iting to complete the last few metres of the

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day, three`year`old Isabel. The family friend who inspired @my. She

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is raising money for the ch`rity named after the youngster to help

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children with brain tumours. In May she was diagnosed with a cancerous

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tumour. That led onto almost 12 months of treatment but thankfully

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we are on the other side of it now and she is currently cancer free. In

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no time she was off. 12 months ago she could not walk so to silply

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watch her walk let alone take part in something like this is jtst

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amazing. I feel like I am crying but I am too tired. It is amazing. Today

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has been... Unbelievable. Rock legend Tony Iommi,

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the lead guitarist of Black Sabbath has been sharing his musical

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knowledge with students tod`y. He went back to Coventry Unhversity

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where he was awarded with Our arts reporter Satnam

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Rana joined the lesson. Sell`out concerts, huge arenas,

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thousands of fans. That is what Black Sabbath's Tony

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Iommi is normally used to but today the sound he created was

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played right back at him. Some of us would be

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a bit too paranoid to do thhs but for this young man coming f`ce to

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face with the pioneer of he`vy metal music and the founding membdr of

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Black Sabbath, how can you say no? Tony Iommi is now

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a visiting lecturer at Coventry University sharing 50 years of

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experience in the music indtstry. They are into the music,

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they want to learn, and I think if they can talk to

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somebody who's been there and done And it helps me to be able

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to talk about it with them. I remember things by talking to

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them that I normally forget. He spent an hour taking

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questions and answering thel. Writing the songs and hearing

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them way want to hear them. Meeting a living legend is

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a dream come true for many of us and for these music students, well,

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this was one lecture they wdre Black Sabbath was one

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of the first bands I really got into and hearing it

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from the horse's mouth, the guy who made that album that changed your

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life, that became the soundtrack to I think it is just fantastic to able

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to ask him questions and to be able to ask him in such

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a relaxed manner that he's not. . he doesn't think that he's

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a lot better than you, you don't get that feeling `t all,

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so it's just easy to talk to him. It was quite simply a lesson

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like no other. A chill in the air at the moment,

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don't you think, Shefali? You will see an alteration hn the

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wind direction in the days `head and that may bring in milder conditions.

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It will turn breezy before the weekend and then things settle down.

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Largely dry conditions. Morning showers are the biggest hurdle to

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overcome this week. It has been very dry decently and we do need to rent.

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You can see why those winds are going to be picking up before the

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weekend. We get a knock`on dffect. There is a lot of interference from

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frontal systems from the Atlantic but because of the presence of this

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height I sure they're going to be significantly weekend and that high

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pressure is dominant over the weekend so much better condhtions by

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that state. For this evening, overnight it is looking dry and

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bright. It is clear throughout the southern half of the region in

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particular the stop here we will see the lowest temperatures. Lows around

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seven degrees. Even colder than that across the countryside. Temperatures

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are remaining in double figtres across the north of the reghon and

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that is because cloud will gradually start to increase from that

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direction into the morning tomorrow and through much of the day so

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initially for the south of the region it will be bright with some

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sunny spells the date that cloud will stream further southwards and

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it will become duller as thd day goes on and the cloud may wdll

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introduce the odd spot of F`me in part. Temperatures rising to 19

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Celsius. Spitz and spots of rain. Friday should be largely drx and the

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weekend as well. The prospect

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of British military action against Islamic State fightdrs moves

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closer, as Parliament's rec`lled. Ed Miliband insists it's not just

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the NHS that's high on his `genda ` A former head of Ofsted has been

:25:25.:25:32.

named the new special commissioner to investigate the so`called Trojan

:25:33.:25:35.

Horse plot in Birmingham schools. with your latest update, including

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the night's football results. I go round the country

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and talk to people and so many people say life's an incredible

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struggle at the moment and even if it's not a struggle now, they

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feel uncertain about the future What kind of future is

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my family going to have? People have lost that confidence

:26:22.:26:24.

that there is going to be a future that is better than

:26:25.:26:26.

the past, that their kids are going I think that now there's sense

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of we have been through the pain, we have made the sacrifices, where

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is the vision for the country? It's time we had a plan

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and that's what my plan

:26:40.:26:42.

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