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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Roger

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Johnson. Our top story: United in remembrance - towns across the

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region fall silent to honour the fallen on Armistice Day.

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Also in tonight's programme: No gas supply for days - several thousand

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people in Wirral face a cold weekend after a pipe burst.

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Speeding into the limelight - the new film designed to show Burnley

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at its best. And the magic number - the boy who

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has lived all his live for 11 o'oclock today.

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I am 11. I was born in the 11th Today across the north-west, we

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marked Armistice Day. At 11 o'clock, thousands stood in silence for two

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minutes, just as the guns had fallen silent along the Western

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Front for the first time in 1918. For some it was a chance to think

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about the fallen in the two world wars, for others reminder of those

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lost more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nina Warhurst reports.

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LAST POST SOUNDS. They are, of course, too young to remember the

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world wars of the 20th century but, for this generation, British forces

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have been in conflict for all of their young lives. Across the

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region thousands of you stopped to remember. In Salford, hundreds of

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children gathered at the Imperial War Museum North. The two-minute

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silence was followed by a short film and a chance to think about

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what war means to them. My great grandad was driving in the war in a

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fire truck and then a mortar hit Poppies started growing in the

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fields and that is why we wear them. They died for us, they didn't die

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for no reason. For Geoff, who was a prisoner of war in Japan and who

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witnessed the atrocities of Nagasaki, it is important to see

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young people remember. It is really nice because they realise, if you

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totter than, they are very interested in what you have to say.

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Christmas is now fast approaching and financial strains are affecting

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more families than usual, but once again today the 11th hour of the

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11th day was a chance to stop and remember.

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Several thousand people in Wirral are without gas tonight and could

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be without it for several days. It is because water got into the gas

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pipes after a water main burst. National Grid's opened an incident

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room to support vulnerable people, and our Merseyside reporter, Andy

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Gill, is there. How were people coping and what has

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actually happened? We're at a recreation centre where

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National Grid have set up a command centre. Close to hear a water main

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has burst. Water has got into the gas supply and homes have gone off.

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The gas service have to cut homes off when that happens. We think up

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to 3,000 households could be without gas at the moment. The

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National Grid people tell me they have reached about 800 homes to

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turn off the gas. They have to turn it off in each individual home in

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order to reconnect the supply and then switch it back on again in

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each individual home. That is a massive job. Are people OK about

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it? National Grid are dishing out electric heaters and things to cook

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meals on. For elderly and vulnerable people this will be a

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big problem. They do not want to give people too many bits of

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electrical kept because you could lose the electricity as well as the

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gas by doing that. Area where I spoke to us of the people who had

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lost their supply. -- I spoke to some of the people has up how much

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inconveniences it causing you? is terrible. I have one tiny hot

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plate to feed four of us. We cannot have a shower or anything.

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The question is: When is the supply going to come back on? At National

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Grid have to go into each and every home. They will be working

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throughout the weekend, they tell me. A spokesperson said they hope

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to get this sorted out in two or three days. There are still heaters

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and cookers here at this recreation centre and people to give advice.

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Thank you. A man from Liverpool, convicted of taking part in an

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international gun-running operation, has been given an indeterminate

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jail sentence. Steven Cardwell was told today he would not be able to

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apply for parole for at least 11 years. He sold an arsenal of

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firearms which had been smuggled into the UK on transatlantic

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flights. Stuart Flinders has the story. The guns came from this man,

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an American living in North Carolina and Shropshire. Every few

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weeks he would fly into Manchester Airport carrying guns dismantled

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and packed with his other luggage. Eight days after one weapon was

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bought in South -- in North Carolina it was being offered for

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sale in Liverpool. These are the types of weapons he dealt in. Some

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weapons have been put to use. A man was shot in the leg with one of

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them in Wythenshawe in Manchester last year. One was used in a fatal

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shooting. Another was used it in a shooting in Toxteth as recently as

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September. It was far that a car containing a Barry Maitland-Stuart

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small children, including a baby. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

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Another gun was used in an attempted robbery and yet another

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was fired through a window. Steven Cardwell is only the latest

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conspirator to be dealt with. you sell a firearm you as culpable

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as the person who pulls the trigger. That is a strong message that

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should go out to people who are considering engaging in this type

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of criminality. A man who modified the weapons at his factory near

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Liverpool docks was jailed earlier this year. The American man was

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arrested in North Carolina and as - - and is awaiting sentence.

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Controversial plans for a new biomass energy plant in Davyhulme

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have been thrown out by Trafford Council. At a meeting last night,

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councillors unanimously rejected a recommendation in favour of the

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project. They said it was in response to significant public

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concern about the impact on public health.

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Manchester's new Sikh temple officially opened today. The �2

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million Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara has been built in Whalley

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Range and hopes to attract thousands of visitors from across

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the country. You said the name beautifully.

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Thank you. I might just know a thing or two about it! Don't forget,

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tomorrow is the day when the BBC's asking you to record a message,

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story or just part of your daily routine for Britain in a Day. The

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idea was inspired by Ridley Scott's feature film Life in a Day - filmed

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all over the world. Now they want to capture a snapshot of life in

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the UK - and tomorrow's the day. You can record it on any kind of

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camera - or even on your phone. To find out how to upload your film go

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to bbc.co.uk/britaininaday. The results will be broadcast on

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national television - just before next year's Olympic Games in London.

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They have become regular visitors to the River Mersey - the big

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cruise ships bringing wealthy tourists to Liverpool and beyond.

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But when the city got funding for its cruise terminal it agreed that

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ships could not start or end voyages there. Liverpool wants the

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rule changed and the Government is expected to decide in the next few

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weeks. But now the European Commission is saying it might want

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some of its money back. Here is our political editor, Arif Ansari.

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is the cruise terminal and we are walking along the landing stage.

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For many visitors it is their first glimpse of Liverpool. But they are

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only allowed a quick visit. The city's regeneration and tourism

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body wants to change that. At the moment lots of visitors spend lots

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of money while they are here. They are only here for the day, they do

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not stay overnight. It would multiply the economic impact if we

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could do that. The other thing is that it would create more jobs

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because there would be lots of servicing of the additional

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passengers coming through the terminal if we got turn around

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status. Liverpool was the world's premier port. But as cruising

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became more popular Southampton cornered the market. Liverpool is

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again attracting the big ships and wealthy tourists. It's terminal

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opened in 2007 with about �9 million of government funding and

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�8.6 million from Europe. Liverpool is offering to repay the Government

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�5 million but has always said Europe does not want compensating.

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But in a letter the European Commission suggests it does. "We

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will ensure state aid rules are fully respected... A financial

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correction could not be ruled out." They must compete on a level

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playing field. Southampton has no subsidy for its cruise business and

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Liverpool should be exactly the same. It should be private money

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competing with private money, nothing more than that. Europe's

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position on this will not scupper Liverpool's plans but they could

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certainly make them more expensive. Perhaps more serious is set and

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then's threat to take this to judicial review, assuming the

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decision goes in Liverpool's favour at all. A little earlier I spoke to

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Councillor Joe Anderson, the Leader of Liverpool City Council, and I

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began by asking him how damaging it would be to Liverpool's cruise

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aspirations if the European Commission did demand its money

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back. It will be extremely damaging, and the issue for us is that we

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have agreed with central government on the state aid issue and the fact

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that we would be glad to pay back some of the money. We have agreed

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that. It would be hugely damaging if the likes of Southampton and

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others demand that we payee European money back. I think it is

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quite obscene. The fact of the matter is that this would be a

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restraint of trade issue. We believe that the European Union

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money was given for us to increase the economic benefits to the city

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of Liverpool. You mention a restraint of trade, state aid, it

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all gets very little. Is there not a danger that this will end up in

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court. Southampton have said they will ask for a rid -- a judicial

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review. We will pay the money back to central government and if you

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are comfortable with what we're doing we will look at judicial

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review. It is my job to stand up for the city and to bring

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investment. Can you afford that? You have just announced �50 million

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of cuts next year. There will be people in Liverpool who will say,

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it would be nice to have this but we want have vital services

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protected. Each of these cruise liners brings around �1 million to

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the local economy. We have 16 lined up to come in next year. It would

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be a huge boost to the city. Lots of people benefit and it creates

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jobs. Southampton have said that, effectively, by paying the money

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back yourself, you are effectively using state money anyway. Of course,

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up Southampton are trying to protect 75% of the cruise trade

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that they operate. I would suggest that Southampton stick to running

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to what they already have and stop trying to restrict others. I think

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they are being a bit greedy and a bit perverse demanding that we, as

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a local authority, should pay the Exchequer back in difficult

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Financial Times. thank you very much.

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And you can see more on the so- called Cruise Wars on this week's

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edition of the Politics Show. That is here and BBC 1 on Sunday

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afternoon at the slightly later- than-normal time of ten past three.

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Sport now and, Tony, I've never heard of a club telling its

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supporters not to buy tickets for one of its big matches, but that's

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almost what Kenny Dalglish has said to Liverpool fans?

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Yes, quite extraordinary. Dalglish is furious that the Football League

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have scheduled Liverpool's Carling Cup quarter final at Chelsea just

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two days after his side play Manchester City in the Premier

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League on Sunday, 27th November. His exact words to Liverpool fans

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are: "Think carefully before buying tickets for the League Cup game. We

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don't want them spending their money, then we decide there's no

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other option but to use only young players in the tie." It is candid.

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A cynic would say that you have 25 players. Is there any chance of it

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being changed at this late stage? No, it seems not. And as Sir Alex

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Ferguson recently said, it's largely about the power of TV.

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Liverpool want to move the match against City forward to the

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Saturday, but Sky Sports and the Premier League want it to be

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televised on the Sunday. Now 12 of our local sides will be

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hoping for a little bit of glory in the FA Cup First Round this weekend.

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Among them are non-League Nantwich Town, who've reached this stage for

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the first time in their long history. Tomorrow they go to League

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One promotion contenders MK Dons, as Ian Haslam reports. Jimmy Quinn

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was once a prolific goalscorer for the likes of West Ham, Reading and

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Northern Ireland. Before that he played for Nantwich in the FA Cup.

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32 years on he has come full circle. It is fantastic for the club, for

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the players. It is our Cup final. If they perform like I know they

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can, we might at least get them back here for a draw.

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An historic market town which is arguably now best known for its

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cheese-making. This weekend it is all about the football. Everyone is

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really excited. It is the biggest game we have had in our history.

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is brilliant. I am putting �5 on Nantwich. This is a tribute

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smoothie for Nantwich Town getting in the FA Cup. Have people been

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buying these? Yes. We are down to the last trade.

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Mad Bailey works for an insurance company during the day. I have to

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concentrate in the office even though I would like to have a kick

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around. The lads are going down there feeling confident and we can

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get a great win. Sharing that optimism are these fans who met

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watching their beloved club. They have clocked up 100 seasons on the

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Nantwich terraces between them. we happen to get something out of

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the game, well, that would be a good Sunday lunch that we will have,

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want it? It certainly will. And, of course, a place in the

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second round will also be on the menu.

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And you can hear full commentary on MK Dons versus Nantwich on BBC

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Radio Stoke at three o'clock tomorrow. And there's full coverage

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of Preston v Southend on Radio Lancashire, Tranmere v Cheltenham

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on Radio Merseyside, and Barrow v Rotherham on Radio Cumbria.

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Boxing now, and Wythenshawe's heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has

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again hit the headlines, rejecting with contempt a possible fight with

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Audley Harrison. "Leave him to the dogs" was Fury's response to

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Harrison's suggestion. Currently, British and Commonwealth champion,

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he's hoping for a shot at the world title if he beats Canadian Neven

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Pajkic in Manchester tomorrow. Fury's caused controversy by saying

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he really enjoys inflicting damage on his opponents. Richard Askam has

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been to meet him. I know I am the ultimate heavyweight in the world.

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I am going in there to punish him and making quit rather than knock

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him out. -- make him quit. What would you say to people who say

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that your attitude is beyond the Line? My attitude to boxing - this

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is not ballet or football where you can get a kick in the leg and roll

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around on the floor foreign hour. This is a fight game. People get

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hurt. If you're not into parting people and it does not make you

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happy when you break someone's nose or knock them out, if you are not

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smiling and thinking, yes, you are not sporting. This is a brittle

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thing. You have spoken about your psychological state. You have lots

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of highs and lots of lows. Tell me about that. If I go somewhere I

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don't enjoy it. Everything I do I think, that was rubbish. Where do

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you see yourself when you finally retire. I was always destined to be

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great in boxing. Winning this title is just one more step in becoming

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the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

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We can only assume that Richard was on Barry Matt Godden's shoulders. -

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- Barry McGuigan's. I know that you're a big advocate

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of Burnley. Do you think you get a bad press? Yes, if you say to

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people, where deer live, and the living Burnley, they say that the

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11 within shot. -- where do you live?

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Bright lights, forward moving and very futuristic - this is Burnley

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as seen through the lens of a film- maker who is sick and tired of

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people's perception of his home town. They see the bad press and...

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People miss what Burnley is becoming. For me it is not about

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the footballer cricket, for me it is the mix of the old and the home.

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It sits in a bowl between hills and moors that give it a green identity

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will stop and that identity and landscape is changing fast. This

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canal was purpose built to serve as the males and industrial buildings

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during Victorian times. They are now part of the regeneration

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project recently championed by Prince Charles. The viaduct that

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cuts across the town is a stunning piece of Victorian architecture

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against the model recently built college. Those kinds of things

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fascinate me. My grandfather was a photographer. He photographed the

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town in the 20s. I have photographs of the time with 40 or 50 mill

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chimneys. The modern bus station is a destination now. It is somewhere

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that is worth seeing. It is a gateway into the town rather than

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an exit. For me, Burnley breathes in quite a unique way that I am

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drawn to. Which is just as well because this

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six-minute film is made out of 8,000 photographs. Piece of

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Victorian architecture. I am biased but I could see the

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beauty in Burnley there. It's always a bit of a shame when

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you have to go to school on your birthday. But Zachary McGough

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didn't mind too much today because he really was the centre of

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attention. On the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh

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year... Zachary was eleven. Sarah Mulkerrins spent the day with the

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birthday boy and his classmates. Happy birthday.

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For Zachary McGough, this Armistice Day is a special one. I was born in

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the 11th hour. Does this special 11-year-old like spare a -- sharing

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his birthday with Armistice Day? Yes, because you're remembering

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those who have fought. They are not -- they fought not just for the

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families of the king and queen but for you.

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When we named him we did not have a clue and then afterwards my antique

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phones to tell me that God has remembered to -- that it means God

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has remembered. The timetable has been altered to

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honour Armistice Day. Staff and children pause that 11am to

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remember those who had fallen. -- post. Zachary, with his wonderful

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statistic, is an example of the future that so many people gave

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their lives to secured. -- to secure.

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It is good news, believe it or not, for this time of year. Both days at

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the weekend look like being mostly dry with pretty good spells of

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sunshine. That is not the story or the next couple of bars. We have

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had a lot of cloud cover through the day. This band of rain will

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work its way through the Isle of Man in the next few hours. There is

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a little more to come. By midnight tonight it should have left most

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places, moving over the Pennines. Behind it the cloud cover will try

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to start a thin and break-in one or two parts. Temperatures could fall

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as low as seven Celsius for a short while. The cloud clubber will be

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breaking in the morning as soon as the sun comes up. It will be a

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really nice looking day. There will be still some cloud cover around

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the Pennines. It will come and go as the day goes on. The

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temperatures will be pretty good in the sunshine in the afternoon. The

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rain comes back on Saturday night. There is a lot of cloud cover

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around and temperatures will be in double figures again. A very mild

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night. A little bit of rain could still be around first thing on

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Sunday morning but it will move away quite quickly. Dry and find on

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Sunday afternoon with a high temperature 14 Celsius. Earlier you

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heard a little snippet of the choir at that school. Let's go back and

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