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And on BBC One, we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.

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Our main story tonight: Lonely this Christmas -

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volunteers get ready to befriend dozens on Christmas Day

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as research shows the mental cost of being alone.

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If you haven't got family around or people, then

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You're fed up with watching television all the time

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It's just lovely to be with some other people.

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Our other headlines tonight: The driver who appears to be

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using his phone on Lansdown Hill, as campaigners call

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for greater safety following the tipper truck crash.

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Struggling for survival at the bottom of the league -

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can Bristol beat a side that's having almost as bad

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And getting ready for tomorrow night - the reindeer bringing a touch

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Hundreds of volunteers in Bristol are getting ready to give up part

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of their own Christmas Day and put on lunch for people who'd

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The charity behind the festive meal says an estimated one million people

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in the UK are suffering from chronic loneliness - and that isolation can

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And we want to make the hampers just look really nice and lovely.

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Amy Perrin and her volunteers getting ready for Christmas Day.

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She helped just a handful of lonely people four years ago.

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Come Sunday, there'll be close to 100 having Christmas lunch

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at five different venues in and around Bristol.

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I just wanted to give them a nice treat, really,

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But realising the effect that that has and the change that

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can have afterwards, as well, just that one point

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of contact, and then being helped into new friendships,

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70-year-old Safia Wiggram Christmas lunched with the charity last year.

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A former nurse, she's lost contact with her family and now lives

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I'm used to being alone, but being lonely is a different thing.

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And just missing the sharing, just a little joke or something that

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passed by, you want to say, look, that was funny, wasn't it?

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Or just the touch of someone, touching your hand or something,

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when you're deprived of that, it does - it affects you very much.

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Recent studies suggest chronic loneliness is as bad

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for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

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And it can increase a person's chance of suffering diseases

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If you feel unhappy and lonely, you don't really feel

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like looking after yourself, so it can actually make

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you physically ill because you're not able to look after your

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diabetes, you don't feel like - you're not going out to meet

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people, you don't feel like looking after yourself.

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The charity ensures those they help at Christmas

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None of it would be possible without the hundreds

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willing to sacrifice some of their own Christmas Day.

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I decided to help because I realised that time spent helping other people

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was going to be far more fulfilling than sitting around eating cheese.

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Amy, who's an occupational therapist, is always on the lookout

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for other venues willing to open on Christmas Day.

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Since we're all living longer, this looks like a charity that's

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Laura Alcock-Ferguson is from the charity

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I asked her just how much of a health threat being lonely is.

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Loneliness has been shown to increase your risk of dementia,

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And because there are a million older people feeling chronically

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lonely across the UK, the Campaign to End Loneliness

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considers this to be a major public health issue.

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We're talking about this at Christmastime, but there's

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It's not because you're particularly lonely at Christmas.

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We have to make loneliness everybody's business.

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Something like Christmas gives you the chance just to knock

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on your neighbour's door or say hello to someone

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in the street, but loneliness is the responsibility of everybody.

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Those at Christmastime, people at Christmastime,

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as well as charities - local authorities need to see this

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as a public health issue and even national government,

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businesses and organisations - businesses on the high really need

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to take this issue much more seriously, and their

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Why are so many people - you talked about a million people -

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Loneliness is caused by so many different triggers.

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Retiring can be a big trigger, as well as poor health.

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Lack of transport in rural areas and even a high turnover

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It does affect all ages, of course, and big changes in life often

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And if somebody watching this is feeling lonely, what can they do?

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If you're lonely right now, then it's really important

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to know you're not alone and there are people

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and organisations out there who can help you.

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One of the organisations who is open all Christmas is The Silver Line,

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OK, you've definitely given us food for thought.

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Laura, it's an important time to talk about it, as well.

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The family of the former Wiltshire boxer Nick Blackwell say they've had

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the Christmas miracle they've been wanting so badly -

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Nick, who's from Trowbridge, suffered a bleed to the brain

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after a sparring session at the Devizes Amateur

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He had to retire from the sport after suffering another

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brain injury in a match against Chris Eubank Junior

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Volunteers have been out on Lansdown Hill in Bath

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doing their own speed checks following last year's crash

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They're appealing for motorists to slow down and take care -

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but at least one lorry driver didn't appear to be taking any notice.

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Lansdown Lane in Bath, a steep hill winding past pavements

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often filled with pedestrians, close to homes and

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Now with its own amateur speeding enforcers.

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A new campaign by volunteers aiming to change the way drivers use this

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often congested lane, with a 20 mph limit that locals say

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Biggar some even seemed to use their phone at the wheel.

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So we're starting a community speed watch scheme where volunteers

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are going to monitor the speeds along the lane and inform the police

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of any infringements to the speed limit.

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Four-year-old Mitzi Steady was one of four people killed

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here in February last year when a tipper truck's brakes failed

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Yesterday, the truck's owner and its mechanic were found

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Now this community wants to make Lansdown Lane a safer place.

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They'll be using cameras and placards, as well,

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It's just a very busy road, a very dangerous road,

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and there are lots and lots of children - especially during

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opening hours for the school - coming back and forth.

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The area of Weston in Bath, still shocked by the deaths

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almost two years ago, but determined to change the way

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You're watching Alex and David on BBC Points West.

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It's Christmas Eve Eve - if there is such a thing.

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I hope you've got all your shopping in.

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Still to come: Val from the Great British Bake Off is coming

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in with some last-minute Christmas tips.

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Conditions have taken a turn for the worst here.

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And you thought it was going to be mild. It will be, don't worry.

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The future of helicopter manufacturing in Somerset

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is being put at risk by a plan to move vital machinery to Poland,

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according to the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord

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His claim comes as aerospace company GKN closes its site this month -

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Our Somerset correspondent, Clinton Rogers, has the story.

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In a matter of days, this factory will close,

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the company GKN saying it's simply no longer viable.

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But it is what happens to the manufacturing equipment

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inside there which is now at the centre of a political storm,

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with the former Liberal Democrat leader arguing that,

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if it is shipped to Poland - and that is one option -

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then it could signal the beginning of the end for helicopter

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GKN make airframes for the Royal Navy's new Wildcat

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helicopter under license to Leonardo Helicopters next door.

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When Leonardo, formerly Augusta Westland, decided to take

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that work back in-house, that effectively killed

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Now the company is considering moving the manufacturing kit

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Lord Ashdown says the government could and should intervene,

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not least because the kit is actually owned by

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I think we are in danger of undermining the long-term

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viability of the Yeovil site which has served the nation

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for 100 years in being able to make our own aircraft -

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And if we do not retain as much work in Yeovil as we can, we lose that.

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But Lord Ashdown has been accused of exaggerating the threat.

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The local Conservative MP says he, too, is lobbying the company to keep

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He says no final decision's been made, but it's not the government's

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It's worth remembering also that, unless there are Wildcat orders,

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then there's no Wildcat work to do anywhere.

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And what the government has been working really hard on is working

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with the company to help garner those export orders in all sorts

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So far, the company has refused to comment.

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Now, there are rumours it may be announcing a new foreign order

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If that is true, where the airframes will be made clearly

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Bird flu has been found in a dead wild bird in Somerset.

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The UK's chief veterinary officer has confirmed

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it was found in a wigeon, and is the same strain

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which was found at a poultry farm in Lincolnshire last week.

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The advice from Public Health England remains that the risk

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to public health from the virus is very low, but farmers

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are still having to keep all their poultry inside

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Rail passengers travelling to and from London over Christmas

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Paddington station is closed from eight o'clock tonight

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Great Western Railway services won't get back to normal

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Passengers are being advised to go to Ealing Broadway,

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then use the Underground to get into central London.

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A Bristol teacher has spent the afternoon raising money

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for the displaced people of Eastern Aleppo.

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Ousama Fadel, who's originally from Syria, has been holding

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an open-air food sale at his local mosque.

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All the money raised will go to the charity

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Human Concern International to provide blankets for refugees.

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There's no bigger match in the West on Boxing Day than Bristol

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against Worcester in rugby's Premiership.

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Ali Durden is here to look ahead to all the festive action.

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It's bottom against second from bottom.

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If Bristol can't beat Worcester, they're going

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Mathematically, they're not down if they lose,

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but, psychologically, it would be devasting.

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Win it, and they're right on Worcester's heels

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Bristol have been improving in recent weeks, but they'll face

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this game without one of their most experienced players.

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For most, more time with the family at Christmas and would be welcome,

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but Jordan Crane's injury has come at the worst time for Bristol.

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The four-times Premiership winner will miss the Boxing Day battle.

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Already six points adrift, it's a fixture they can't afford to lose.

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Bitterly disappointed, but I've got every faith

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and confidence in the boys to go out and get the job done.

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If we can get the result and do it in the right manner, as well,

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it can have a real momentum shift for them, as well as us -

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hopefully us on the way up and them on the way down.

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Back-to-back wins in European competition have given Bristol

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a new perspective and a confidence boost, as they now try to break

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It's going to be about staying calm, as well, during the game,

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because it is going to be a great atmosphere at Ashton Gate.

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We want to go out and play the rugby we've been playing over the last

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three or four weeks and hopefully, by doing that, get

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For the fans, a nervous Christmas ahead of a game that appears

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I think there's ten games left after this one.

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I don't think we're likely to win any more than Worcester and bear

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in mind, we'd then be two games behind them and then to play

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on the last game of the season, so for me it's make or break.

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You sense that the atmosphere is different within the team,

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but I think the players will relish what will be possibly be

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Lets get some score predictions from you -

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It is the Christmas gift every Bristol supporter really wants.

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Bristol's game, a three o'clock kick-off on Boxing Day.

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Bath's game at Wasps is Christmas Eve, while Gloucester

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Bristol City away at Wolves - a ground they haven't

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Rovers play Coventry - manager Darrell Clarke has just

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The other big head-to-head contest on Boxing Day

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is between Somerset-based horses Cue Card and Thistlecrack.

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Trainer Colin Tizzard has entered them both into the King George

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Cue Card is hoping to complete the second part of a big-race treble

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But stable-mate Thistlecrack could jeopardise those chances.

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We have to treat both horses as individuals.

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People keep bringing the million pound bonus with Cue Card

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and we might be the people that take that opportunity away

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But they are two individual horses with two separate owners

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and they have to be treated fairly, and then you have to be fair

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to the horse because there is only one King George a year,

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Both horses are expected to contest the troll on Gold cup in March and

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they could be joined by two other runners from the same yard. It looks

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cold. If only they had a hand! Wear it with pride. As we do.

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I don't know if you have a lifetime ambition you want to fulfil,

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but one woman has recently achieved hers - owning reindeer.

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Karen Perrins from Gloucestershire has spent months preparing "her

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boys", as she calls them, and she's now bringing a festive

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Christmas is a busy time for Dancer and Blitzen.

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But it does seem to help if you put the hat on.

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It's been a dream of Karen Perrins to own reindeer and now that that's

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come true, it's been a steep learning curve.

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Also, growing the antlers, as they grow, they're full of blood.

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So you do have to be really, really careful that they don't knock them.

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So it's off to the first visit of the day, but the locals

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Although someone was almost left behind.

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And that meant these youngsters at Little Skylarks in Randwick got

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to feed Dancer and Blitzen with buckets full of lichen.

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# Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, hey!

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Well fed and serenaded, it was time to head to a place where conditions

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Dancer and Blitzen were guest stars for their Christmas community event,

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and if proof were needed about the power of feeding

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This is an absolute dream, this is what I've always wanted to do.

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And to be able to bring them out and share them with other

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Karen now wants to build an accessible sleigh to take

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disabled people on rides, pulled along by the reindeer,

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bringing some real-life magic of Christmas to the Cotswolds

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and helping Dancer and Blitzen work off all that lichen.

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You may have noticed we're starting to get in the Christmas spirit here.

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And who better to welcome into the studio but Val Stones

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from Somerton, who was one of the contestants on the Great

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And you've brought lots of Christmas goodies with you.

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Thank you for coming in. It looks delicious, this food. This Christmas

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special time for you? The best time ever. It is when you get together

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with your family, friends, and it's a time of presents for the children

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and reflection for the adults, thinking about past Christmases and

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future Christmases. It has been quite a year for you. A little

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different from most years. You want everybody's hearts on Bake Off when

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you spoke about staring in love. Yes, but I am one of your original

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hippies. I am of that era and it is something I've always done. When you

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bake it is very reflective. You think and what have you. I like

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that. What he P food have you brought in for us today? These are

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the things I always serve at Christmas. That is festive slice,

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and it is frangipani and home-made mincemeat and a really good slug of

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brandy. This one here is home-made mincemeat and home-made pastry and

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those dogs have little olive ranches that I flying away with. Christmas

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trees, my gingerbread recipe I had when I was on Bake Off. I remember.

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These are my famous sausage rolls. I had one before you came in.

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He was practically salivating! It is a lot of work, isn't it? I don't

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count it as work, bigging is a pleasure. When I was a headteacher,

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I used to come home on Thursday night and bake for my staff and make

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Friday treats for them. Can you come and work here?

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Let's look at you while you are chatting. Any hints and tips for

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anyone who was inspired by you and are facing Christmas and may be a

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bit intimidated? Just take a breath, go shopping, and by some ready-made

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pastry if you can't make it. By some ready-made mincemeat and then add

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extras to it. Add the love and a good slug of brandy. Is that good?

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You couldn't stop him. It is lovely. It has a bit of booze in it. Yes,

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and a real tip is always have plenty of icing sugar at hand because you

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can sprinkle over and hide everything. The last thing is a bit

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of brandy in your gravy. In your gravy? This is lovely. Thank you and

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happy Christmas. All the best for next year.

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This is our last full programme of the year,

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although Points West of course keeps broadcasting right over

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But it seemed only right to have a very quick

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look back over 2016, to the tune of a well-known

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Gold medals coming their way after a magnificent tournament.

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From up here, you realise just how fragile the Earth is.

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The atmosphere here is absolutely electric.

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Brilliant, and David has put his hat on.

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Thank you. Thanks to Bristol's Gurt Lush Choir

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for singing that for us, and if you want to watch it again,

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it's on our Facebook page. Ian is on the roof to give us the

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festive forecast. Have you got your hat?

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Absolutely. A whole raft of equipment in our weather shack.

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Hello. Let me take you through the Hello. Let me take you through the

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forecast expectations through the next couple of days. We will take a

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peek towards Boxing Day, as well. Tomorrow, many areas will be dry and

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generally quite bright. There could well be showers around, rolling in

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Western districts, one or two getting further across. They will

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tend to be the exception. Most areas dry, if breezy. Somewhat chilly, not

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markedly so. Turning mostly mild overnight and into Christmas Day

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itself. It will be an almost extensively cloudy day, a bit of

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drizzle in the air and continuing on a breezy if not windy note. Storm

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Barbara has passed up to the north-west today and so the front

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associated with that came over this afternoon. We are now into this

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regime through tonight and tomorrow, seemed mostly dry conditions. A

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second storm following in the wake of Barbara overnight and into

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Christmas Day, that one is called Conor. No real impact for us. For

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the rest of the evening, the last of the rain on the cold front is just

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edging out of Wiltshire. Behind that, perhaps one or two showers, a

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lot of dry weather will characterise the overnight picture. Rather

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breezy, temperatures around two to 5 degrees. The rest of the day, as I

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mentioned, we can't rule out a few showers coming in from the West, but

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certainly a decent share of dry and bright weather, varying amounts of

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cloud will be the order of things throughout the daylight hours. As we

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get was the tail end of the evening, milder air stars to come back in

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from the south-west. Ultimately, that would be associated with a lot

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of cloud for Santa to deal with as he tries to land on all the

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children's rooftops. Temperatures tomorrow of nine to 10 degrees, but

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by Christmas Day it could be as high as 13. Some parts of the British

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Isles will be competing with the warmest Christmas Day on record. To

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the tail end, some places in the north-west could see a white

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Christmas at least in Shari fashion. Boxing Day looks dry and generally

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bright. Time for us to wish you a very

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heartfelt Merry Christmas as we all going to the festive weekend.

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Merry Christmas. We will still have bulletins over the festive period,

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but it is time now for the last of our festive choirs to play us out.

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Tonight we hear from the Vocal Works choir. Be safe.

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Christmas is about family. I'll have that.

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Let's get this Christmas party started!

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