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Police arrest the cheats on the streets. Coping with Christmas in

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hospital we need a brave eight-year-old who has been

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inundated with cards. A labour of love, the sun determined to complete

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his late dad's unfinished films. A new service designed

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to reduce pressure on A at the Bristol Royal Infirmary has

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been suspended, following David Birtwistle from Whitchurch was

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treated by out of hours medical staff who sent him home rather than

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refer him to casualties. He died two days later.

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Our Health Correspondent Matthew Hill is outside

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the BRI for us tonight, Matthew what happened?

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This front door service is one of 14 that has been set up across the

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country. The idea all patients that go to A are seen first and

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assessed to see if they need to go to A or if they can be treated and

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discharged by Eddie P. On this occasion, it was only operational

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for four days before it came to a sudden halt following this death. It

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opened between 2pm and 8pm in the evening. I have just had a statement

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from the family of David Birtwistle, who was the father of an

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18-month-old daughter. His wife said, his death is a complete shock

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as he had been fit and well and didn't have any long-term medical

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conditions. She says the cause of death is still being investigated

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and we don't move the system at A that they contributed to his death.

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Dave was an amazing man, loved by all his friends and his sudden death

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at such a young age has hit us all hard. He died two days after being

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discharged. But there will be a root cause analysis investigation by the

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clinical commissioning group, that pay for this service. They will be

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looking at exactly what happened. Whether it would been any different

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had he been admitted to A and they are trying to find someone who is an

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expert to take an overview of this. Someone from outside. So they are

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taking this seriously, which is why they are conducting the

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investigation, which will feed into the inquest that is due to take

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place in March. Still lots of questions, thank you very much.

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A former royal marine from Taunton who was jailed for the murder

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of a Taliban fighter has been refused bail this afternoon.

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It's ahead of a new challenge to his conviction at the Appeal Court to be

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Alexander Blackman, who's also known as Marine A,

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shot the insurgent in 2011 in Helmand Province.

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Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton Rogers has this report.

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Surrounded by vocal support, Alexander Blackman's wife walked

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into the Court of Appeal with high hopes her husband would be

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Two hours later she emerged disappointed but still hopeful

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We must remember that earlier this month, the criminal Case review

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commission decided to refer the case back to the Appeal Courts. And this

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is the most important step towards getting his conviction and sentence

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overturned. Blackman's legal team had applied

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for bail pending that hearing, which is could be heard as soon

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as late January, but until it is heard the former

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Royal Marine sergeant will stay In his home town of Taunton

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that was a decision Absolutely, should have been allowed

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out for Christmas. It is a travesty of justice. To have had bail on this

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at this stage would presume the appeal is going to be one. At this

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stage, I don't think you can do that. Disgusting, I feel sorry for

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his family. He should be let out straightaway.

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However, an MP who has been part of the campaign of support

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for Marine A and has visited him in prison, says Blackman will not

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He will go to bed tonight, not entirely a happy man, he would

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rather be at home, but at least he knows in a few weeks this could be

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over one way or the other. We have to take the emotion out.

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A former Royal Marine colonel told me this afternoon that

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unquestionably Blackman had made a mistake in shooting dead

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the wounded Taliban insurgent, but others may need to take some

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Yes, he has failed, but to an extent, the system has failed. Did

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we look after him properly? Did he know exactly what he could and could

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not do? If he didn't, then there is a failure in the system because we

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should have made sure that he did. And if he was under stress, as some

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of the reports suggest, then the system I think, should have picked

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him up and supported him before. So his wife will be spending another

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Christmas without her husband, but with hopes 2017 might produce a more

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positive legal outcome. So with the countdown to Christmas

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well and truly underway thanks for your company

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here on Points West this evening. Do stay tuned because we have plenty

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more presents to deliver including. Some Christmas cheer

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from Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley. And celebrating the shortest day

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of the year at Stonehenge. I called him Tom because we are so

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close. He is coming up anyway! Fortunately not live.

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The number of people begging on the streets of Gloucester has

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been cut dramatically since a new campaign in the summer.

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Financial and housing support has been offered to nearly 40 people

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but there have also been arrests of so-called "professional beggars".

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Those who ask for money despite being on benefits

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Here's our Gloucesteshire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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Since the summer the new team tackling begging and homelessness

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in the city have got to know everyone on the streets.

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They know this man well, this morning he was given accomodation,

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but has once again refused it preferring to beg

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Not nice to be at the stage of enforcing action against people, but

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that is what will happen if people make the choice to bed to feed their

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drug addiction. behaviour order banning him

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from the city centre. And it wasn't long before the team

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caught someone with an order, Don't talk about it now at the

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minute because you are under caution.

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They say he was given the order for persistently

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begging despite having accomodation and benefits.

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It is difficult because there are different profiles are begging. Some

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are homeless and genuinely in need and vulnerable. They need to be

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supported off the street. There are a large number doing it cynically.

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We have been targeting those people. Many homeless people have been found

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a place to live and there was good We may have a private landlord who

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is willing to take you. As soon as I get my flat in the New Year, my life

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will change to Matt Whitley for the better. I need to get off the

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street, my health is deteriorating. Those working to tackle begging say

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the problem is made worse because people are being kind

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and generous, but say money should We see people spending their money

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and drugs a lot of the time. Unfortunately, when well-meaning

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people give food instead of money that frees up many people would have

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spent on food, now to spend on drugs. It has been a long and

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delicate job, and some people still do need support.

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Spending Christmas in hospital can often be difficult,

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and for children it can be especially hard.

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Bailey Cooper from Bristol is one young boy facing the prospect

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of having to do just that as he undergoes chemotherapy.

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Our reporter Chloe Ball-Hopkins also spent time in Bristol Children's

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hospital in the lead up to Christmas when she was younger.

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Seven weeks ago, eight-year-old Bailey was simply enjoying life.

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But life was about to take an unexpected turn.

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I don't even know how to explain the feeling.

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Our world just collapsed right in front of us.

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A GP appointment for a possible chest infection led to a diagnosis.

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They took us into a room and just went from there and then we found

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out he had to have some more MRI scans and found he had lymphoma,

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Since then, Ward 34 has become a second home for him.

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To try and keep his spirits up, Christmas cards, hundreds of them

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all addressed to Bailey from strangers across the country.

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In there are lots of different styles of cards. Today, we delivered

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over 100 more, all made by children from Gloucester 's school. He really

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does take the time and he looked at every single card. It goes to show

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there are some good people out there. Ten years ago I was in the

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same position as Bailey, waiting to find out if I was going to make it

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home for Christmas. It was making paper snowflakes that ensured that I

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did. Going round and sticking bees up was enough to make sure I was on

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my feet and went home. These days, it is all about distractions, from

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choirs to entertainment, it is jam-packed on the wards leading up

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to the big day. And that is made a special as it can be for those

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staying. Everyone who can, will come and eat together. We will come and

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eat together and presents are handed out on Christmas morning by Santa.

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We are trying to make it as Christmassy as we can. We said when

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he is out we will do another Christmas day. Bailey's Christmas

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list may include Lego and a sleeping bag, but there is one thing he

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really wants. I just want to get better. The whole family are hoping

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the new year brings a positive prognosis for Bailey. But in the

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meantime, there is a small issue of several hundred Christmas cards to

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read. We help you out and well soon. We know you have lots of friends

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thinking of you and we send our love to everybody in hospital this

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Christmas. We are thinking of you. And Bailey's uncle has organised

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a charity football match and auction to raise money

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for the 'Let's Fight It's next Tuesday afternoon

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on Kelston pitches in Yate. The new look for Weston-super-Mare's

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town square has been revealed. North Somerset Council says work

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will start in January. They want to revive the open space

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and Italian Gardens, The council's bidding

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for a grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership to help

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fund the project. Somerset have named their

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new cricket captain, Opening batsman Tom Abell has been

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given the job of leading the side The club have described him

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as "an old head on young shoulders." It's always been a dream of mine

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to play here at Somerset. And now to be skipper,

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it's hugely special for me. We've got a great mix of real

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talented youth and a lot of quality So it's a great time to be involved

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at the club and to be captain is a huge privilege

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and honour for me. Jim Allenby will continue to captain

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the side in the fifty over The unfinished work of Bristol

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animator who died earlier this year may now be completed, by his son.

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Terry Brain created some well-known characters such as Shaun The Sheep

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and in the 1980s, this was a series called trapdoor. But he never got

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the chance to bring a series called weird rhymes to the screen.

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It was one of the most-watched children's animations of its time.

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Lucky I've got something handy to bonk him with.

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Trap Door was broadcast across the world, and made by Dave's dad.

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This is what our house was like when we were growing up.

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It was just like this all the way through to the back room.

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Terry Brain's Plasticine characters were famous.

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It was weird, because to me it was just what your dad did.

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But in school, I felt like a celebrity because everyone

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was like, your dad did Trap Door, amazing.

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And from his warehouse in Kingswood, another project started.

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He was always reading nursery rhymes to us and stuff but changed

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nursery rhymes a bit, would draw sort of odd pictures

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together with it and he was said one day I want to animate these.

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But other work got in the way over the years.

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The Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep took Terry Brain

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And then, he was diagnosed with cancer.

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He started to get pains in his stomach, so he went

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to hospital and it started looking like things weren't looking so good.

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But we thought we had a few months to get these finished

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and then the next day he was gone, sadly.

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So, the job of making Weirdy Rhymes, is now one for his son

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He said, the day before he passed, he said, I can't believe I'm

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about to kick the bucket and you're going to finish these projects

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for me, become millionaires and live that fancy house

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What a gorgeous way to remember his dad.

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30 years in the making, these nursery rhymes are finally going to

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come to life. It is just a shame the man who created them is not going to

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see it. What a great legacy. Thank you for sharing it.

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Here's a Christmas question for you David...

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Can you remember what the three wise men brought Baby Jesus?

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The most famous hit of Spandau Ballet.

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Well the front man, Tony Hadley is performing tonight on Bristol's

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waterfront at the Spiegeltent, that's a travelling marquee of

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I caught up with Tony, to hear all about it.

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Fantastic band, the Tony Hadley band are great.

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Spandau had a very successful year and a half's tour,

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My band are brilliant, we have a great

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I am enjoying writing new songs and performing new songs and just

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What can we expect at the Spiegeltent, what is that?

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I have got to say, I went down there today and it's

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It's like going back in time, it's like going back to a Victorian,

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Beautiful, really Christmassy and stuff.

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I've got a stack load of Christmas songs to learn.

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I recorded a Christmas album, so that's out at

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# Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

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# From now on, our troubles will be far away #.

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Then of course we've got to do the classic, True, Gold.

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And some songs I just love to sing and perform.

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So, it's going to be an hour and a half of bing, bang, bong.

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And when I'm singing White Christmas you've all got to sing along.

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Let's have a little reminder, like we need one, of

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# With a thrill in my hand and a pill on my tongue.

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# Dissolve the nerves that have just begun.

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# Listening to Marvin all night long.

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If I walk around London, and I do pretty

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much walk everywhere in London, there's no point driving!

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And you get the old black cab drivers, "all

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That's what I kind of get all the time.

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So, if people want to come along, where do they go?

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They go to the Christmas Spiegeltent.co.uk

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Come down, it's going to be a right laugh, just have a lot of

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fun, bit of Christmas spirit and a few beers afterwards.

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Tony Hadley, truly one of the nicest people.

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And very tall! On Monday's show you may remember

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we spoke to Portishead's Ben Smith who completed 401 marathons

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in 401 days. Ben won an award for sporting

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achievement in the face of adversity at Sunday's Sports Personality

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of the Year. When he came in to see us he told us

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he didn't have the award, as it was taken off him

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at the afterparty! Well Ben's relieved to report that

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it's been sent back to him today, Keepers at Bristol Zoo have

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announced that their newest gorilla Afia has been hand-reared

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since birth by humans. She's been gradually re-introduced

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into the gorilla troop - Afia's now busy exploring her new

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home back among the other animals. Today is the shortest day

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of the year, with less And of course that means it's

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the Winter Solstice. Yes it should be getting

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lighter from now on. And hundreds of people gathered

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at Stonehenge this morning Pam Caulfield's got a snapshot

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of the celebrations. As the atmosphere intensified, the

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sun began to rise. At 13 minute past eight on the shortest day of the

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year. Druids, pagans and the public gathered, with colourful costumes

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and characters aplenty. The atmosphere is brilliant. Doing my

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music, doing a few pictures, meeting amazing people. Just spreading the

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love. Some came to dance. Some came to feel the power of the stones. And

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others, just came to relax. It was a coming together of everyone. No

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matter what you are, you can enjoy it. The important part of the year,

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you've got to remember it just continues. Back continuum is

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exciting. As a spiritual place, it is amazing. It is spiritual,

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everybody is having a good time and smiling. The winter solstice

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happened at 10:44am. For scientists, it is when the North Pole is

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furthest away from the sun. For pagans it marks the rebirth of the

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sun for the New Year. For me it is almost like we place so much value

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in Christmas and buying things, we forget there was something before

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that before people did just celebrate the change in seasonings.

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It was so wonderful to celebrate with our ancestors and the sun

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coming back. It is the first day of winter, the days will be getting

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longer now, meaning some is on its way. -- summer.

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With talk of summer, talk of the weather is natural.

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It is the winter solstice and it does mean we will see the shortest

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day today and the longest night. After which, those days should get

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longer. It will be a cold night with those skies clearing so it sets us

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up for a chilly start of the day tomorrow. Not too bad apart from a

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few isolated showers, it should be dry and bright. Tonight, we have

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this weather front moving towards the east. Skies have started to

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clear here and temperatures are dropping. A cold night and with the

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light winds we could see some frost, mist and fog forming. Tomorrow,

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sunshine and the further west you are will see some showers. Tonight,

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we have rain clearing towards the east, so it should be a dry night in

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a couple of hours. Clear skies, light winds and it does mean we

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could see some mist and fog forming. I think it will get quite cold

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tonight. We could get averages close to freezing. I think there will be

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some patchy frost overnight. Temperatures hovering at freezing,

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if not that little bit above. Tomorrow, there will be mist and fog

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first. Once it lifts, we will seize on sunshine. More sunshine compared

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with today. Not everyone, it will be a dry day. The further east you are,

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the more likely it is you will have dry weather. More sunshine tomorrow

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and temperatures roughly where they should be for the time of year.

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Highs of around seven or 8 degrees. As we go through towards the

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Christmas weekend, we start to get storm Barbara pushing towards the

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north-west of Scotland. For us, it means strengthening of the winds

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during the day on Friday. We the gale force gusts. Friday night into

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Saturday we get the rain. It does mean as we head into Christmas Eve

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itself, things do start to settle down. The Christmas Eve during the

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day it should be dry, bright with a lot of sunshine. We should see some

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out there pushing in than those temperatures are creeping up as we

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head towards Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve night into Christmas

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Day, I think we will see some rain. But it should clear early on

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Christmas day. Unfortunately if you are looking for a white Christmas,

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you might be disappointed as we could see one of the mildest

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Christmas is on record. 15 degrees is the temperature to beat on

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Christmas Day. I think we could get that somewhere across the West

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Country. The wind will start to pick up and we could see rain over

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Christmas Day into Boxing Day. It does start to settle down after

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that. I had better go, I have some sprouts

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to boil. All this week we've had a song

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from a different West Country choir It's just been lovely

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to hear from them. And tonight it's the turn

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of the Bath Youth Gospel Choir. # You better watch out,

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you'd better not cry. # You'd better not pout,

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I'm telling you why. # He's making a list,

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he's checking it twice. # He's gonna find out

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who's naughty or nice. # He knows if you've

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been bad or good. # You'd better not pout

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I'm telling you why. # They're going to build a Toyland

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all around the Christmas tree. # You'd better not pout,

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I'm telling you why. The roads we walk have demons

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beneath them... ..and yours have been waiting

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for a very long time. What is this? We can't do this.

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Is this supposed to be a game? I thought this was some

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kind of... What? ..trick. Of course it's not a trick.

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It's a plan. What's the very worst thing

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you can do...

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