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The headlines tonight. is all from us.

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A national college to train apprentices for High Speed Rail

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It reflects the growing confidence of the region, and it's

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It's going to be a game changer HS2.

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But with the two sites 95 mhles apart, we'll be asking if this is a

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How would you feel if you woke up to find

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It felt as though either a helicopter had

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Not much harmony here, UB40 go to court in a row over who

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And Midlands Today at 50, much loved former presenter

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Kay Alexander takes us throtgh the archive from 1974 to 1984.

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And it has been the driest `nd warmest September on record, but

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that is about to change as we going to October.

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Birmingham will be the site of the new National College for

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High Speed rail but it will have to share it with Doncaster.

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The HS2 college will be loc`ted in, and run by,

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The college will provide spdcialist vocational training

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But how will it actually work when both sites are 95 miles apart?

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Our transport correspondent Peter Plisner reports.

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The Prime Minister touring the site Birmingham's new Street Station

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currently undergoing a ?600 million modernisation. It's one of the most

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complex railway civil engindering project in the country and prove

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that Birmingham has the expdrtise to mastermind training for HS2. The

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city also hosts the city for `` Centre for brow education at

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Birmingham University, one of the largest at the UK. And this is where

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the college will be based, near Aston University, another place of

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the strong engineering expertise. The man in charge of the bid for the

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HS2 College for Birmingham says it is great news for the city `nd the

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reader. We put a great bid hn,, nation of expertise in the

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educational sector, business support and counsel integration. I think it

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reflects the confidence of the location, and I think HS2 whll be a

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game changer. Birmingham is at the heart of the proposed HS2 ndtwork.

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This site is only a stones throw away from Ron proposed HS2 station

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in Birmingham city centre and it is already be home of the construction

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headquarters. Today's announcement comes days after West Midlands MPs

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from across all parties sent a letter to the business secrdtary

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stating that we have the location, leadership and collaboration to make

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HS2 college success. So is their disappointment at having to share

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the college with Doncaster? One of the MPs who signed the lettdr says

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not. That will be quite an experiment. Different cities and

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regions co`operating togethdr, which could be good for the futurd. But

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not good for those affected by HS2 who today have been questioning the

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timing of the announcement. I think what we have seen today is ` cynical

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attempt during Tory party conference to come up with something that makes

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HS2 look like a good idea. The reality is, with a 50 billion cost

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and rising, and rising, it is an absolute

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disaster for this country. Despite continuing opposition to HS2, the

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new college is expected to open in 2017 and it will play a key role in

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both the construction and operation of the high`speed line.

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The announcement about the new national college was made this

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afternoon, but despite repe`ted requests no one from the Department

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of Business and Skills or Transport was available for an intervhew, even

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though the Conservatives ard in Birmingham

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But our Political Editor Patrick Burns is outside

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So Patrick, is this move more political than practical?

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Mary, you will never keep politics out of the decision as big `s this.

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You will just have so much riding on it. We have been hearing, so much

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intense political lobbying, on behalf of all four short listed

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cities including Birmingham. But Doncaster does have some very

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significant political backing, it is deeply cheap `` constituencx of Ed

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Miliband. As a Sheffield MP, Nick Liberal Democrat leader has a broad

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interest in that area as a whole. And I think this point us towards a

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fact that this is a street party project, `` three party project 451

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MPs have yard in his constituency. Hd says a

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business park would come `` create jobs. I fixed the key point is `` I

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think his key point is is the main party leaders will use the perceived

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advantages of high`speed rahl to put it opponent including UKIP on the

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wrong side of the argument. While the main conference events

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take place in the ICC, And garden damage is

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the top problem, closely followed Urban badgers are also diffdrent to

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their country cousins They are typically much larger than

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their rural counterparts, and that's because we know that they

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are fed in gardens by peopld. I once talked to

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a chap who fed cheese and phckle sandwiches to his badgers in his

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garden and the badgers loved it So because of that,

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they are much bulkier. Stopping badger feeding on this

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street might encourage them to Certainly more extreme attelpts to

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discourage them haven't worked. They suggested tea bags soaked in

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Jeyes fluid, so I went and got 40 tea bags, soaked them in a lass of

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Jeyes fluid, we scattered them over the ground where they had already

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been, we scattered them down the side of the fences,

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it made no difference whatsoever. Badgers could be coming to

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a street near you and not everyone And you can read more about this

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on David's blog Around 200 tonnes of scrap letal

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have caused serious delays by catching fire on a yard in the Black

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Country. 50 firefighters ard tackling the blaze at Charlds Street

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in Smethwick. London Midland says services in and out of Birmhngham

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past the scene had been suspended, tickets are accepted on bus routes.

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There are always `` also delays on the Midlands Metro.

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A court's heard allegations that a soldier was brutally murderdd by a

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comrade at his Shropshire b`rracks in a possible revenge attack

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32`year`old Corporal Geoffrey McNeill,

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of the Royal Irish Regiment, was allegedly beaten to death bx Lance

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Corporal Richard Farrell at Tern Hill Barracks in March this year.

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The trial at Birmingham Crown Court continues.

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A row between the original members of UB40

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over who can use the band's name, is set to go to the High Cotrt.

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Current band members have started legal action against the former

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lead singer Ali Campbell and former members Astro and Mickey

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It comes as the three prepare to release their first album together.

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UB40 or not UB40? That's wh`t many fans of the biggest selling reggae

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act in history are now asking. There's been a lot of confusion but

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what we've decided if the f`ns will vote with their feet. There is

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another UB40 out there, my older brother Duncan is singing the hits

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that I had. But there is a TB40 with me, Astro and Mickey where xou have

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got the original thinkers. So it is everyone who they want to sde. 0

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years ago when we got together, we made an agreement went someone

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leaves the band, they do not take the name with them, the band stays

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with the original members and we are the original members and th`t is it.

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It is no simple. `` very silple UB40 has sold more than 100 million

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records but the last few ye`rs has seen riffs, rows and bitter

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divides. If it had just rem`ined on a professional level, then laybe

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after a few years we could set them around a table. But this is got

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personal. You think to yourself do I really want to have anythhng to do

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with it? Six years ago, when Ali Campbell left, he was replaced by

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his older brother Duncan. The two have not spoken since and are now

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locked in legal battle over the bad's name. It is the confusion it

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has to be put right unfortunately. We were hoping that his reaction

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would be to step back from the situation but it looks like he wants

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to contest it. Both bands are currently on tour, both using the

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name UB40. How long that will last is likely to be decided by the

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courts. For more than half a centurx,

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David Coleman was the voice He lived in the Midlands

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for many years. And tonight Ian Winter is

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at the Aldersley Stadium in Wolverhampton for a rathdr

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special event in his memory. Tuesday night is training nhghts

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here at Wolverhampton and Bhlston athletics club, and David Coleman

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was the honorary president of the club. He died at the age of 87 just

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before Christmas, but he was passionate about his athlethcs. He

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really loved it and that is where the club is holding this very

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special event this evening. David Coleman used to run on this same

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track, so if we can call yot in John, you are the starter, these

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youngsters are going to follow in his footsteps, get ready, on your

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marks, get set,. On your marks. Go! Sorry, mate.

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David, made his first TV appearance on the first David Roger Bannister

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broke the four minute mile. His marathon broadcasting it was up and

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running. He loved covering lost sports, but athletics was hhs

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passion. And it said Colgatd the risk `` resolve he wants! It is

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Linford Christie! He covered 11 Olympic Games. George Best never

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made it to the World Cup finals but David Coleman did. On six occasions.

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Can he do it? He surely must. After almost 20 years of hosting `

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question of sport, and a lifetime of broadcasting, David Coleman OBEs

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will always be fondly remembered by sports fans across the Midl`nds and

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beyond. So, the kids are still runnhng on

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the track. Let's have a chat with two of the guys who knew David

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Traill well indeed. Mike Coleman is his son, one of several children.

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Telly, what would your dad have made of this? He would have been in his

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element. This is what he was all about. The fact that he is hn his

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name, he would not have been seeking that an heap probably would not have

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realised that. We are just really pleased there is a legacy whth his

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name, and hopefully it will last for years. Your dad was famous for his

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gaffes, how did he react to that? Initially very badly, because the

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great that started it was, that started it off, `` the quitter

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started it off, he comes on the corner and opened his legs `nd shows

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his class, that was not even him, it was Ron Pickering! What was David's

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legacy to this club? We werd already a top club when we had him, we had

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international athletes and then we suddenly had the greatest

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commentator in the world mark `` bar none, so it was absolutely

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fantastic. As you say, he is still inspiring us today. Thank you very

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much. It would be rude not to finish with a gaffe. In the words of the

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great man, that is the fastdst time ever run, but it is not as fast as

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the world record! Stoke City have climbed six places

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up the Premier League table And it was a special night for

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Neil Baldwin. His life story was dramatisdd

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in the BBC programme Marvellous And he received

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a standing ovation before khck`off. Stoke won

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the game 1`0 thanks to this goal It was their first home win of the

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season and lifts them up to 11th. And manager Mark Hughes was full

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of praise for the man who stpplied He's done great since he's come

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here, we've been really ple`sed Once again, he's made an impact

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in a positive way for us. You know when you give him

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the ball in wide areas that he's going to cause fullbacks and wide

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guys a problem and he was able just to stand the ball up and th`t's

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the type of service Peter craves. All this week we're celebrating

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the 50th Anniversary of We've been raiding the archhve to

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bring you some of the highlhghts. Kay Alexander was a familiar face

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on this programme for many xears and she's been looking back

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at the era between 1974 and 198 . In the 1970s, Led Zeppelin were

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showing the world how it's done A local band, taking the rock world by

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the scruff of the neck. Heavy metal music made right here in thd

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Midlands. Over at BBC Birmingham, in our own

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style, we were trying to captivate audiences in new and exciting ways.

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In the late 50s, it was every girl's due to be picked up hn this,

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and it was every young man's dream to own and drive one. Yes, that

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really is me! Shocking behaviour. When I joined Midlands todax, we

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were in the nationwide era. When all the regions joined together for a

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national news magazine hour. There was something from everyone in it.

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For example, some of our vidwers sound very strange ways of raising

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money for charity. Anxious places in the crowd, reflecting the hhgh drama

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of the training session upon which so much depends. Do you havd any

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protection down there that we don't know about? No ferrets were injured

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in the making of that rogue ramp! Well, not much, anyway. Most of my

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career was at Pebble Mill in Birmingham. The building th`t became

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the first purpose`built bro`dcasting centre in the UK. And a legdnd in

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its own right. You have a vdry good evening on BBC One tonight, good

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luck, Khlifa! With the BBC now at the Mailbox, this vast site will

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soon become a dental hospit`l and health centre of excellence. It was

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such an exciting place. He would meet in the corridors the fhlm stars

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who were being interviewed `t 1pm. We often used to do that on Midlands

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Today, but we did completelx mad blue Peter sorts of things. We would

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have the latest batch of lion cubs in the studio from the Safari Park,

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live. Midlands Today reportdrs, producers, presenters and

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technicians have worked hard to cover the biggest news storhes for

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you over the past 50 years. Who can forget the awful events of November

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1974, when the IRA detonated two bombs at two part in Birmingham 21

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people died and almost 200 were injured. Tensions were so hhgh at

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that time that I had to be locked in the studio set any invading

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terrorists would not be abld to gain access to the air. In 1976, the

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Queen officially opened the NEC The nation has at last acquired an

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exhibition centre which can bear comparison with the best thd rest of

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the world has to offer. And who can forget the weather that amazing

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summer? It was also the dec`de when industrial relations were hdated.

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More than 12,000 of the Longbridge workforce turned off the unhon

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meeting. Here is Derek red Robbo Robinson addressing a mass rally.

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There were more than 500 walk`outs in 1978 and 1979. It was not all

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hard news. Midlands Today sdt about finding the more quirky stories like

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the parish priest from Stoke`on`Trent determined to live an

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alternative lifestyle. They have asked me about the campus on the TP.

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As I said to them, Buffalo hs in short supply in Stoke`on`Trdnt.

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Remember when my late colle`gue Alan Towers brought us the skateboarding

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duck? Is it really your board? Yes. It was. What do you mean? Hd will

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not let me on it any more. Where Led Zeppelin led the way, the lhkes of

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Black Sabbath followed. Midlands heavy`metal went mainstream and so

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did we. The 50 years, Midlands Today has produced a mountain of lemories.

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Filled with stories that yot have brought to the air with us. I have

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found myself being interviewed after I had just given birth to mx son.

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Just another product of the Birmingham maternity hospit`l and in

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this programme, we are going to follow a typical day in the life of

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this hospital. What's more, I went on to marry one of my co`prdsenters,

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Brian Conway. Now, that is rock 'n' roll!

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The voice of Kate Alexander, we have still got it `` she has still got

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it! Over the last five decades

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entertainment news has also been From Hollywood to Bollywood,

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we've also tried to reflect what's Our arts reporter Satnam Rana

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has been taking a look. Our region is full of entertainment

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and entertaining people. And for half a century,

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Midlands Today has entertained you. I declare today, Friday 6th of July

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2007, Ozzy Osborne Day! When Birmingham's famous export Ozzy

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Osborne got a star on Broad Street, # Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing

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Matilda... # I love ordinary people,

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that's why I've come to Birlingham. A youthful looking George Clooney,

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stirring up a Perfect Storm In fact, the red`carpet has been

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rolled out over, and over again Midlands Today has also celdbrated

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home`grown talent over the decades. You want to know what's going on

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in Coventry or Solihull or Wolverhampton,

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that's what you want to know about. But it's not just the rich

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and famous who've entertaindd us. I've seen Asian women stare at me

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in town, and I deliberately go up Not only do they have a heart

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attack, they think, that's `ll right From carnivals to melas,

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drama to dancing, when you've been And then sometimes, well, the

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entertainment has come from...us! In the programme, I shall bd telling

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Nick the way to, well, you know There's no business

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like show business. September was unusual with hts

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dryness, let's see if Octobdr carries on.

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It has been mentioned a few times already today so I am not tdlling

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you anything you don't know, it has been the driest October `` September

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since records began. It is going to change by the end of the wedk when

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things become cooler, wetter and windier. Best interest rate it by

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the wind mass chart. It is `ll down to high pressure. And the Jdtstream.

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This sounds like it should be more south, it has been in the north and

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it has affected our weather. The temperature is still very good, the

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yellow is warm air but it whll sweep away to the south`east by the

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weekend being replaced by the cooler blue air. Even before the change

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occurs at the end of the wedk, we are looking at subtle changds occur

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in the head of that. `` occtrring ahead of that. Clear skies hnitially

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but through the night the cloud will decant from the west and we will

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bring in some light and patchy rain as a frontal system crosses the

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region. Towards the end of the night it dried up again. Quite a bit of

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mist and Merck in the early hours which is what we wake up to. This

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will clear slowly and gradu`lly and for a brief period we will see some

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brightness as that cloud brdaks up and it will be dry as well. Another

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system roles in from the west which will be coming in in the afternoon.

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That will be bringing light patchy rain in the western half of the

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recent `` region. Temperatures will rise from 17 to 19. Tomorrow will be

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dry and more fresh. We will be back at 10:25pm, join me there.

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The stage is set for the Party Conference Season 2014.

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Stay with BBC News for the key moments,

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including Conservative Party leader David Cameron's speech.

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