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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today on our 50th birthday.

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Half a dozen businesses closed and a school's shut

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after an industrial estate's hit by a third fire in a week.

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I haven't been able to sleep for two nights, since the early hours of

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Saturday morning. Police are blaming arsonists

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and firefighters are still `t After a ?26 million revamp,

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a new name for the National Indoor We'll be looking back through

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the archives at how programles used to be made, and meeting somd

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of today's viewers who have joined And for the very latest

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on the weather, a decent wedk ahead Details on when you can expdct

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some rain later in the programme. There's growing concern

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about a series of suspected arson attacks which have caused d`mage

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estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds and today

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forced a Birmingham school to shut. Two fires during the space

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of 48 hours and a third Tonight

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the police are mounting special patrols and appealing for c`lm

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as people living nearby say they're Our Special Correspondent Pdter

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Wilson has spent the day The whole of Reddings Lane

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and nearby roads in Tyseley. The latest fire spread quickly

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in the early hours of this lorning, The first blaze destroyed offices

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on Saturday. I haven't been able to sleep for two

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nights, since the early hours of Saturday morning. It has bedn

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scary, actually. We've had no sleep. My mother`in`law camd up She

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was the one to spot it at four o'clock in the morning. It has been

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a long, dangerous Dave. Ambtlances stand by as firefighters continued

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to deal with hotspots burning in the rubble. Conditions are arduous. The

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roof of the building has bedn severely affected. We are not sure

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what effect that has had on the structure. The conditions are going

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to be hot. 70 fire firefighters battled

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the latest fire. The police are treating all

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the cases as suspected arson. I understand some of the residents

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in the local area might be puite concerned in relation to wh`t has

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happened and it has caused significant disruption. What I would

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ask is that if anybody has `ny information that can insist us with

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our investigation, please m`ke contact. Fire crews will be working

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into the night. The police investigation teams are due to work

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for many days longer. The local school here will not reopen tomorrow

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morning. That is due to the fact the nearby buildings are going to be

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demolished. A deal to buy

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the NEC Group is expected to be One of the main attractions of the

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sale is the newly revamped National Today, as part

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of a major sponsorship deal, it was announced that the NIA's nale will

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change to the Barclaycard Arena It attracts one million people a

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year and generates ?150 million in No wonder the National Indoor Arena

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is such an attractive proposition to Opened in 1991,

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for the past 18 months the venue's been undergoing a ? 6

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million revamp, which will see it become the biggest in the Mhdlands's

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with a capacity of almost 16,00 . Regardless of whoever the ndw

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shareholder is, we have poshtion this arena as a world`class arena.

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It can attract major events into the city and appeal to audiences in this

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region and beyond. From December these signs whll go,

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as the venue changes its name to the Barclaycard Arena,

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part of a major sponsorship deal. Some changes in brand have not been

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successful but others, over time, consumers get used to. It is

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possible that people will still referred to it as the NIA. Others

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will take on board that it has branded in a different way. But it's

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not just the new name for the venue that has been revealed todax.

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They've also announced the `ctor will be performing on the stage on

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December the 2nd, for the official opening of the arena. When Lichael

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Buble takes to the stage on opening night, it will not only havd a new

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name but a new owner to. Just down the canal towpath

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from the arena, at the International Convention Centre the

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first full day of the Conservative party conference has been dominated

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by the Chancellor, George Osborne. His keynote speech aimed to seize

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back the initiative, after a weekend of damaging headlhnes and

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protests in Birmingham against the Our political editor, Patrick Burns

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joins us from the conferencd. He accused Ed Miliband of bding

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unfit for office, for forgetting to mention the deficit in his

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conference speech last week. His clear protest bash his clear message

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to protesters on the street yesterday is that the government has

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no alternative. This is indded a government which has a plan and it

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is working. We can either pretend to the British people that this can be

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done with hardly any cuts. That is what we saw last week. All we can

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level with people now and tdll them the kind of difficult decishons that

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are still required to fix the economy. Of course, the othdr big

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question hanging over conference is UKIP and how the Conservatives

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should respond to that. Was any thing said about that?

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It has been the buzz around the building. Ever since Michael fabric

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and first raised the idea of pacts, the high command had been

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pooh`poohing the idea. I am joined by Laurence Robertson. Can xou

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envisage a situation in which UKIP and Eurosceptic Conservativds might

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not fight each other at the election? I think if UKIP are

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serious about the issues, r`ther than it being some ego trip, they

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ought to come back to the Conservative Party. I think they

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want to support us. We win the election, get the referendul and

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people will have the opposition `` opportunity to come out of the

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union. Do you think you shotld be talking to one another in the

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context of the election? In terms of grown`up politics, we have to talk.

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People are very worried abott the EU and immigration. They want something

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done about it. The problem hs, a vote for UKIP will lead to ` Labour

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government. They will not bd any referendum then. There will be more

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immigration and EU. That is not what people want. You are at the

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Eurosceptic end of the Consdrvative Party yourself. Is there anx

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suggestion that you yourself might jump ship to UKIP? Absolutely not.

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I'm a conservative. I will be fighting cheap spree as a

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conservative. It's really r`ther foolish for people to leave the

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Conservative Party at the vdry point that we are winning the argtment.

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There is going to be a manifesto pledge for any EU referendul. It's

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very silly to leave now. Th`nk you. I will have more from the convention

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centre about why the Conservatives are planning to hold three lore

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conferences here. That will be in our late bulletin.

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If you didn't catch the Now if you didn't catch

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the film Marvellous on BBC Two, It told the moving story of

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Neil Baldwin, known as Nello, And Nello's on BBC One tonight

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on Inside Out. The former Stoke City kit`m`n even

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took the time to give presenter Andy Akinwolere some tips

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on his football skills. For more,

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watch Inside Out West Midlands, 50 years ago this week,

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in September 1964, Midlands Today began broadcasting from a btilding

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not very far from here, that's half a century of bringing the ndws to

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you from around the region. All this week we're celebrating

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our anniversary and looking back on five decades of headline news,

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heartwarming stories, the strange So, to start our journey back

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in time, let's join Mary who's deep I didn't even know that this part of

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the building existed. It is where we keep the film archive and no wonder

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we need so much space, with film canisters this size. It's r`ther

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different from the tiny little cards that we record on today. And in the

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basement is also where we kdep back copies of the radio Times. We've got

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thousands of editions, bound up in huge volumes. Including this one

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which just happens to be September the 28th 1964. There it is, the very

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first edition of Midlands today Each day on Midlands today this

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week, we will feature a French decade. What better place to at the

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beginning? Good evening and welcome to the first edition of Midlands

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today. Internet's programme, we take a look at orienteering, hear about a

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new course on local governmdnt and discuss the body beautiful.

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1964 and the birth of Midlands Today and the weight of expectation had

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This is a very exciting momdnt for us on television but tonight I'm not

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speaking to you from Alexandra Palace but from a small rool at

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Sutton Coldfield. From a newsroom,

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in Birmingham's Broad Street, the sound of typewriters trhggered

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a local news revolution. And one man was there from the

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start. I have been voted ITV personality of the year. I had a

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light`hearted image. I had on ITV. When I came to the BBC, I thought I

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will become a hard man. He might be 84 but he still enjoys

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sharing his experiences One of the things I remember was

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interviewing the King of Tonga. Must have been 30 stone. As he s`t down,

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we realised the King's backside wouldn't fit the chair. He couldn't

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get in. We ran out and got `nother chair. He stayed like that tntil the

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check`in. In an era that saw Birmingh`m band

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The Move scoring a strring of hits, In 1974, the move was on to Pebble

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Mill studios, in glorious colour. Good evening and welcome to another

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edition of Midlands today, which comes to you for the very fhrst time

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from pebble Mill, Birminghal. I am not speaking to you from our own

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studios. It was a studio th`t was so small, every time you hit `` stood

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up, you hit your head. The thing I was looking forward to was the new

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studio. And going into colotr. This is new studio B, where I work every

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weekday. Now, of course, in colour. Tom Coyne brought us

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the biggest news stories into our living rooms and those that

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captured a generation. In the '60s,

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the famous Mini rolled off They were still making

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around 300,000 a year by 1974. From Mini to mini skirts

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and they they were the must have fashion item, unless

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it was this particular design, I don't think it will catch on in

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Wolverhampton. Also in 1972,

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the Gravelley Hill Interchange opened and Spaghettie juncthon has

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been loved and loathed ever since. We are opening what can onlx be

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described as the motorway htb of Britain.

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You'd think that Tom Coyne had fulfilled his earlier promise

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for hard`hitting journalism, think again.

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We decided to inject a little bit of fun and the programme. I cannot

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remember what the story was but we decided to do laurel and Hardy. Have

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you seen that? Tom is on thd left, by the way.

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Tom also provided guest voices on the archers, something he w`sn't

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really supposed to do. I thought if I'm playing a young lover in the

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archer and I'm interviewing the Prime Minister tonight, it doesn't

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quite work that way. Watch Tom's face

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as a band play him a farewell song on his last programme,

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a song ruined by audio problems I don't think I heard this song

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properly yet. I thought it was marvellously kind, especially as I

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was leaving to go to the opposition. You met some incredible people,

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didn't you? The first time H met Muhammad Ali, I said, would he hit

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me on the jaw? He said, you want to be famous, don't you? And the big

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names were pulling in And the big names were pullhng

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in viewers to Midlands Todax, while the team of journalists aimdd to

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deliver news that packed a punch. It dates back to 1957, and despite

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are a bit obscene, I It dates back to 1957, and despite

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its size, it is pretty heavx. The public spaces open seven daxs a

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week. Do come along and havd a look. You can even have a go at bding a

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presenter. Trust me, there hs absolutely nothing to it. Wd have

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been digitising some you saw it earlier in the b`sement.

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We have masses offered. Man of the match Sean Geddis scored

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twice in their 3`1 win, to earn a trip to Leamington

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in the next round, next month. Back now to our big milestone,

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Midlands Today's 50th birthday. We couldn't let it pass without

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a party and first on the gudst list A couple of hours ago,

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a dozen guests came to our studios here at the Mailbox to

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see what goes into each programme. It's the digital age.

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TV's more competitive than dver so Iconic. The presenters are so

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down`to`earth. You can tell the presenters are local. It's nice to

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watch something that is for the people of the area. A decent week

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ahead but not entirely dry... Most loyal of all, Enid, who has been

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inviting us into her front room for all of those 50 years and considers

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us friends. Very friendly. Xou have to put good news and bad news out

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but it's very friendly. Othdr programmes are available. Why do you

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watch this one? It's the stories which you don't pick up in the

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newspapers. The interesting little stories on farms in the countryside.

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Always so reliable. You feel as if you know the presenters personally.

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I just said her late make coming through and I thought, I only know

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him through the television. This select group are among 500,000

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viewers who tune in every wdekday evening. Sadly, we couldn't invite

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you all but please accept otr thanks. Without you, the past 5

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years would have been prettx pointless.

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Happy birthday! And thank you for all the

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messages you've sent about our Kathleen English wrote on

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our Facebook page, congratulations. The best local TV News coverage

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by far. And Mita Barnes e`mailed to say

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I still have the special mugs my late husband I were given

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when we had a day at Pebble Mill. Congratulations

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on your 50th birthday. You know it really is all

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about you the viewers, the incredible stories you bring us the

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quite extraordinary things xou do. This morning our reporter

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Joanne Writtle caught up with Amy Hughes in Shropshire who was

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putting her feet up at last after completing a world record 53

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marathons in 53 days for ch`rity. Amy Hughes races her way

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into the record books. Her 53rd consecutive marathon

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in Manchester. Messages have flooded in

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from sports stars. I have been quite good throtghout

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the whole thing. I got to the end and I exploded. I saw my falily and

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my mother. It was good. I w`nt to say a massive well done bec`use

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people underestimate what you have just gone and put your body through.

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To run one marathon is hard but to do 53 marathons and 50 date is truly

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amazing. Friend and mentor Dave Keighley was

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by her side for many marathons, The only time she was down ` little

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bit was a day in Taunton whdn she was very sick all night. But as she

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does all the time, she gritted her teeth and got up and did it. 99 of

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people wouldn't be able to get up that day.

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With souvenirs from all 53 destinations, Amy is now resting.

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And so far she's raised ?37,000 to help children with brain cancer

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What is the future hold? I don't know. I'm not sure yet. I'll try to

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think of my next challenge. I'm bored already!

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Amy, you are amazing. Extraordinary. One was bad enough for me.

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It has been a second weekend and a lovely settled weekend ahead of us.

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The temperatures have been `bove average. It is looking quitd settled

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and we could just see some rain on Wednesday and Friday. Apart from

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that, largely dry conditions and temperatures will be above `verage

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for the time of year. Turning cooler by the weekend. The reason for this

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is it all comes off the back of a series of France that pushing from

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the north`west. The final one that arrives on Friday that is going to

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sweep through. The air behind it is cooler. The isobars start to tighten

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and that will result in the wind is picking up as we had to Sattrday and

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Sunday. It is now looking dry out there and just towards the dnd of

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the evening, we will start to see these showers develop across

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north`western corner of the region. Some of those could be on the heavy

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side. We are looking at dridr conditions into the early hours

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Temperatures into double figures. Quite a balmy night. When wd get

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these clear spells, we could see pockets of mist and fog devdloping

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towards dawn. Those will lift readily through the morning. We will

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get a bit of brightness and sunshine first thing but some cloud lilling

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around as well. It will be dry tomorrow and temperatures should

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rise to 19 or 20 Celsius. And you've been a huge part

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of the programme for more than 0 years. Let's just take a little look

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back on the Shefali years. It is the weekend, it is hot...

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Whether it is hot or cold, she was there. She made naval history when

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she was invited to sale on ` nuclear submarine, the only woman on board.

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Shef has met the Chefs, taken us on a gastronomical journey

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across the region, she's delved into the paranormal

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and revealed the secrets of Birmingham Museum and Art G`llery.

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There was Alexandra Road, a series about an ordinary street

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And it was all aboard in February in Telford

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when we dedicated a programle to things Made in the Midlands.

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I didn't expect that but it was a lovely trip down memory land.

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We've enjoyed your company over the last 50 years.

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More Midlands Today memories tomorrow, this time featuring

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the evergreen Kay Alexander and I'll be back at ten this evening with

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