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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me,

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A UK first ` a university tdacher training school offering secondary

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It has been described as gold for over 300 people registering further

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jobs at the school which we haven't even advertise yet.

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Growing demand for secondary school places means

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Put the pounds into preventhon rather than patching up the

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potholes ` criticism for cotncils playing catch up on road repairs.

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Here is Francis. Turning in the glitch on nicely. Leach, wow! What

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about that! Birmingham City legend,

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Trevor Francis, joins the list of luminaries

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on Broad Streets Walk of St`rs. who donated her fortune.

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of a remarkable Warwickshird woman weekend, you never know,

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you might be pleasantly surprised. will have full time trainee teachers

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in all its classrooms, alongside Bizz`macro this is how it looks now

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and this is how it will look in September. When the school opens it

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will be the first of its kind, a place pupils to learn and trainee

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teachers to learn the trade. classrooms will be bigger bdcause

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they will be designed to have visitors and

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outcomes they can. There ard appointments around regional

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school's commissioners. Thex will have a real responsibility `round

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free schools and academies. Donations on a plate `

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the funds needed to save the Wedgewood Collections is less

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than ?500,000 short of its target. Millions of pounds being spdnt

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on road repairs could be saved by preventing damage

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in the first place. That's the view of the

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Commons' Public Accounts Colmittee, who want the Government to

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concentrate on prevention r`ther But following the recent wet winter,

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extra funding was made available to local councils to repair dalage

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caused to the roads. Walsall Council has been investing

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the money on a new techniqud which halves the time it takes to

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fill in potholes. On this stretch of road in Walsall's

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busy town centre, deep potholes But this is latest offensivd

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against them, a revolutionary bit of The Velocity Patcher,

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as it's called, Then, a blend of bitumen

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and chippings are pumped in at high It's quick,

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efficient and less expensivd. In the first month alone we did 1500

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pairs with this piece of eqtipment. It is very quick, we have over 00

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miles of highway network in this borough and it was a very wdt winter

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which has caused a great de`l of damage. There are a lot of potholes

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and we are trying to work otr way around the network.

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In March, the Government gave all local authorities in England

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and Wales a one off emergency payment for road repairs.

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In June, the government said it was making much more money available to

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fund road repairs and counchls could bid. Walsall was allocated `lmost

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?450,000 which it spent on this It sounds like a lot of money, but do

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you need more? We will alwaxs need more when it comes to repairing

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roads. It sounds like a lot of money but it does not go a long w`y. We

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are trying to get the best value for the taxpayer in terms of ushng this

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system. The council is hiring the epuipment,

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but local resident Tracey W`shbrook The mess that they have left, that

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is coming over the drive ended your house is atrocious. Don't you like

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this that they are doing solething about it? I want it done properly,

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not just patched up. The council says it plans to patch

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as many potholes as it can by The acid test is how resilidnt

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the technique proves to be. A major security operation hs

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underway in the centre of Birmingham, ahead

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of the Conservative Party Conference A number of the main roads `round

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the ICC will be closed and dxtra Bob Hockenhall is at Centen`ry Plaza

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this evening. Well, a team of 1000 police officers

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and security staff are responsible for protecting the public and the

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Conservatives here. This afternoon we witnessed police teams sdarching

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bins, bushes and drains and they have been inside the ICC,

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particularly the Symphony H`ll, checking for anything suspicious.

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Earlier I asked the man in charge how he felt having the UK tdrrorism

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threat raised to severe might affect as operation. It poses a new

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challenge, undeniably. However, this is not specific to the confdrence,

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it is a UK threat. The dangdr here is moderate, therefore what we have

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to have contingencies, yes, the police operation will feel like it

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has done in the past. Will the public notice much disruption? A

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fence has been erected behind me but pedestrians will largely be able to

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move around this area. It mhght be different traffic and there might be

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some disruption. Which a fence has been erected behind me but

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pedestrians will largely be able to move around this area. It mhght be

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different traffic and there might be some disruption. Bridges street will

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be closed Old Street. Some people were concerned about this. H think

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it will cause absolute chaos on the road and stop people coming up

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here. They won't be going into the pubs, will they? They have two have

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a conference somewhere, so ht will disrupt where ever it is. The

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manager of Lord street has said that one or two businesses have dxpressed

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some concerns `` broad stredt. Most are happy because when the

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Conservatives have been herd before because they saw their takings

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garrotte, double awkward Drtpal Meanwhile UKIP is preparing

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for its conference in Doncaster Our reporter, Elizabeth Glinka,

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caught up with the party's leader, Nigel Farage,

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and asked him whether he backed the The first thing we have to do is

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make sure we have an English parliament that sits in Westminster,

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where Scottish MPs are not voting on English legislation. It is

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outrageous that our youngstdrs pay tuition fees because of Scottish

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vote in Westminster ten years ago. Let's sort it out in England Wales

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and Northern Ireland and Scotland first, and then we will talk about

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devolution. Specifically for the voters of the West Midlands, did you

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know what it will mean for them There is an argument that the County

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Council could have a bigger say over their own lives. Before the mid`80s,

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local authorities that business rates. How you voted, Labour or

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Tory, whatever it was, fund`mentally affected the business rate paid How

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was like that could be returned to County Council level.

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And you can hear the full interview on Sunday Politics at 11am on

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The travel company Tui is to close its call centre in Coventry,

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The firm, which operates holiday brands Thomson and First Choice

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says its office at Westwood Business Park will shut by December 2015

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It's now consulting with staff over redundancies.

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The last operational Vulcan bomber flew over the former RAF Gaxdon base

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in Warwickshire this afternoon in salute to the heroes of the

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The site was one of ten RAF bases, where Great Britain's nucle`r

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The aircraft was the twelfth bomber to be built and first flew hn 1 60.

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The campaign to save the Wedgwood Musuem is ?500,000 away

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It comes as the Staffordshire digger maker JCB's pledged to give

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?100,000, which has been matched by a private charitable trust.

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Our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper, has the latest

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on the appeal, which has now reached more than ?2.3 million.

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They are both world`famous `nd both made in Staffordshire. The Wedgwood

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Museum is now being helped by JCB. The chairman is page ?100,000 to the

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appeal to save the collection. It `` is pledging. Wedgwood was a

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fascinating man, he started the Industrial Revolution in Brhtain.

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Much started in this part of the world. The museum's collecthon must

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be sold to repay some of thd debt after it went into administration in

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2009. This is one of the world's most important archives. Thd

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national fund is spearheading a campaign to save it. Just under half

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?1 million is now needed. Although it is one of the largest donation

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dead in made so far, it is the many smaller contributions to helping the

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campaign towards its target. The smaller donations are so valuable.

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If you have a spare ?10,000 or 10 we do want to hear from you. We hope

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we will get there, but only if people will make small donations.

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Those nations, hopefully, whll be match funded. If you donate ?10

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that could turn into ?20 very quickly and that will make the

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difference. Those nations are needed by the end of November, the deadline

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for raising the money `` those donations.

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Also into night was 's programme, the bag is pulling back. Two goals

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did West Brom a victory in the League Cup. And the forgottdn

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benefactor, the Warwickshird woman who lavish a fortune on public

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buildings, parks and institttions. They started university is ` huge

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event in many teenager's lives. Many thousand have been arriving across

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the Midlands for freshers wdek. Birmingham has five univershties and

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more students than anywhere outside London. We have been to meet some of

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the new arrivals. It is a moment filled with excitement, joy and huge

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apprehension. At Birmingham City University, many students move the

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contents of their whole livds into this space of a small room hn halls

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of residence. Hi, how are you? I'm Jack. I'm Bethany. For many

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students, starting university is a huge trip into the unknown. I am

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excited but slightly nervous. I am looking forward to meeting ly

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flatmates. Not everyone was as confident about meeting new

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friends. I'm still meeting new people over and over again. I am

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happy, sad, scared, petrifidd, all the emotions. This boy is at the

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University to study sound engineering. Right now, I c`n't go

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mum, can you help me? I need money! I don't want to do that. Thhs is my

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time to be independent. An pattern settling in, Bethany has brought

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just a few memories of home with her to university. I feel like ht

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doesn't feel like I am stayhng here. It feels like I am here for a week

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too. It click in eventually. For parents, saying goodbye is past But

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with friendships are ready`lade it is time for these universitx

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students to spend for themsdlves away from the comfort of hole. We

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will hear more from the students on tomorrow's programme as thex begin

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their education. And, we will find out which one has already dropped

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out. The Midlands has three teams left

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in the League Cup and following the draw last night,

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Shrewsbury Town will host premier league Chelsea ` quite an exciting

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prospect I would think, Dan. The Shrewsbury manager, Micky

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Mellon, says he relishes thd chance to go head to head with the Chelsea

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boss, Jose Mourinho, next month Mourinho calls himself the

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Special One and he's got the achievements to back it up with

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two Champions League victorhes. Micky Mellon's major managerial

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successes were at non`leagud level This summer Mourinho spent lore

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than ?92 million on new plaxers Micky Mellon signed 17

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but only one of them cost money But there's one area where

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the Shrewsbury boss definitdly has Mourinho never made it as

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a professional player while Mellon won three promotions includhng one

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with West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies will join Shrewsbury in

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the last 16 along with Stokd City But Burton Albion missed out,

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as Nick Clitheroe reports. Having beaten them in the l`st

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round, the fan is incensed `nd upbeat. Within minutes, the

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championship side was in front and their grip never loosened. @ solo

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efforts to double Brighton's lead was scored. When the third was

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taking, the game was up. We can t complain. Second in the league, we

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beat QPR and Wigan. We are still an elite club. We lost the last two

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games and last night, but now we can get back to the league games. What

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about West Bromwich Albion? They were

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looking for a good cup run of their own. Their mood got even better when

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the new signer scored his fhrst goal. Unfortunately, he injtred

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himself in the process and was carried off. The nights to good turn

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for the worse when there were scores either side of half term. They were

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condemned to more League Cup misery. 60 seconds later, he scored the

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winner. That is only the second time they have got by the hind `` beyond

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the second round in nine ye`rs. I felt we deserved the win ovdr all.

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It wasn't looking like we wdre going to get that. Not long to go. I'll be

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in's were awarded a trip to Bournemouth in the next round. ``

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reward is a The former Birmingham City star

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Trevor Francis is to be indtcted into Birmingham's walk of stars

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on Broad Street. Francis broke into the first team

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at St Andrew's as a teenager He left as

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the first million pound transfer. He was arguably

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the club's greatest ever pl`yer My report contains some

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flash photography. lit up St Andrew's as a plaxer.

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Today he was back ` and with a big smile on his face. The annotncement

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was made by comedian Jasper Carrott. I wasn't born here, but a l`rge part

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of my life has been associated with Birmingham city football. The

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announcement was made by Jasper carrot, he was also part of the

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selection process. He was a magnificent ambassador to the city.

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He is still on television doing his commentary. The people in Bhrmingham

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love him to bits. This is not his first award. He was voted the top

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Midlands football manager in the 1970s. To be the best of anxthing,

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or of what you have seen, you have to be very special. Get your hands

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out of your pocket! My many congratulations. He played the blues

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aged 16 and went over to make over 300 appearances in the next ten

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years. He scored over 133 goals People used to say can be bx him. He

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would cost you 1 million. Gtess what, it happened. He left for

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Nottingham Forest in 1978 as the first million pounds player in the

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world. He will be giving his star in November. The demand for autographs

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and photos today showed that at the age of 60, Trevor Francis rdmained a

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star attraction. Long beford the welfare state was formed, the people

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of Warwickshire and Birmingham relied on the generosity of one

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woman, Louisa and Ryland. She lavished the equivalent of thousands

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of pounds on many buildings. But, her name was not the stowed on any

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of them. Now, Sarah Falkland has been looking back on her life. She

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was his second cousin, once removed of my great`grandfather. A beautiful

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heiress, she was burning in's most generous benefactor. Louisa and was

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an only child. This house is paid for out of the fortune that she left

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behind. Her life, particularly her early life, with painted with

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heartbreak. She was forbidddn to marry the man he loved. `` she

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loved. She decided to devotd her life to good causes. It is tragic

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when you can't follow your heart or be with the man you want to be with.

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They were wealthy but not aristocratic and there are probably

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lots of rules about who you could or could not spend time with or marry.

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By the time she was married `` middle aged, she was a recltsive no

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children of our own. She had, in effect, adopted the entire

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population Birmingham. This city could have been named after her It

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was her idea that she would help shape it. She built a hospital and

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the church and gave thousands of the city's art school. Art and the

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natural world were her passhons Louisa loved nature. We havd a bird

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catching a moth. She commissioned the creator St Pancras stathon in

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London to create this church. Seven stone mission to Italy were employed

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to carve the intricate design. It is listed as a great two stylistic

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building meaning that it is just a shade below the Tower of London in

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Chatsworth house. Living by her buildings and thanks to her modesty,

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her name is almost forgotten. She once said, if good is done, it is

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good enough for one to have the privilege of doing it. A relarkable

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woman. A drama about a Staffordshire man

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who's been a fixture at Keele University for more than 0

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years is being broadcast tonight. He also worked as a kit man`ger for

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Stoke city. Would you sign this before you go? A Babel are xou sure?

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Slightly irregular. `` Bibld. Not the front, that is the bishops and

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archbishops. There is space at the back for regular clergy. Right. So

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there is. You can watch Marvellous tonight. At the beginning of the

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programme we were if you have been left slightly close

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`` cold and underwhelmed, you will be pleased to hear that this weekend

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things are picking up. It is largely dry with spells of sunshine and it

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will be warming up, a touch. High pressure comes and goes but will

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always retain a background presence. It will dominate over the wdekend.

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These frontal systems pushing but the air will be warm on Sattrday. It

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is warmer behind the warm front That is why tempters will phck up

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slightly. Even those winds will now calm down. They won't be th`t

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strong. This evening and ovdrnight, we are looking at a bit of rain

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across the extremities of the region, mainly towards the north and

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the West where this frontal system is pushing down. It will introduce

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cloud. Even if you start off with Sun, there will be some clotd. Most

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values are`a night, ranging between 13 and 15 Celsius. There max also be

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some mist and fog patches. We start the day tomorrow on a cloudx note,

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some mist that will lift. The odd spot of rain, even towards the north

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and west of the region throtgh the afternoon. For the rest of ts, the

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cloud breaks up nicely to ghve us an spells of sunshine, lengthily, which

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will send temperatures up to 17`19dC. The air becomes Waldner ``

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warmer. In the evening, things dry up and there will be clearer

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spells. It will be warm into the weekend.

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