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Gloucester Cathedral hosts a Muslim ceremony but there's been criticism,
putting religious tolerance to the test.
We'll be talking to the Dean of the Cathedral about
what this says about relationships between the two faiths.
the winners and losers of the plan to leave the Single Market.
A flying legend remembered - the medals and logbooks
of Eric "Winkle" Brown are unveiled in Somerset
And row, row, row your boat, gently down the...cycle path?
Gloucester Cathedral is defending its decision to allow
a Muslim prayer to be read, after it attracted
The video of a local Imam in the Chapter House,
which is attached to the Cathedral, was shared on its Facebook page
as part of an exhibition celebrating the city's different faiths.
But it then had to be taken down because of
Well, Andrew Plant is at the exhibition for us now.
Yes, this is the Faith exhibition here at Gloucester Cathedral, it
carries on all around the cloisters and it is designed for members of
the public to come along and explore more about the 37 different faiths
they find here in the city from Judaism to Hinduism and Islam to
Christianity but it has caused a bit of a row, it was launched at the
weekend at the local imam was asked to come along and read out a common
Muslim prayer but a video was posted online and some of the comments were
so angry and abusive, the Dean has decided it would be simpler to take
the whole thing down. Filmed on a mobile phone,
a traditional Muslim prayer read by a local Imam,
which was then posted online. The video attracted some criticism,
much of it offensive, and the cathedral removed the entire
post from its Facebook page. The prayer wasn't part of a service,
but was read as part of the cathedral's exhibition
launch, which also including drumming, Hindu dancing
and a pagan rock band. St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow found
itself the target of criticism in similar circumstances last week,
after a local Muslim student That took place during
a Christian service. Imam Hassan - who read the prayer
at Gloucester Cathedral - Gloucester Cathedral
representatives say this incident was fundamentally different
from the one in Glasgow. The exhibition, they say,
intended to start although they admit the online video
lacked any context and say they'll We have got with us Stephen Lake,
the Dean of Gloucester. Do you think there was anything wrong with the
Facebook post? It was a statement of fact of what went day on -- on in a
day of education and Dale faith sharing. Not a day of Christian
worship in the cathedral, it was out here in the cloisters, so nothing
wrong with that, that was the purpose of the exhibition and its
launch, but sadly too many of the comments are generated were so
negative that I really couldn't have those on our Cathedral Facebook page
and it had to come down. Do you think there was anything about the
Facebook post itself? Perhaps more context that would have stopped
people making those comments? Possibly but having read them,
probably not, because unfortunately there is a great deal of prejudice
in our world as we know and that exhibition is to find to decrease
being able to talk face-to-face, so being able to talk face-to-face, so
in that sense, all the information was there on the website but it was
providing an opportunity for others to say things that, for us, were
unacceptable. Do you think perhaps there was anything you could have
done differently? And perhaps by taking it down, is that showing
people you think there was something originally wrong with it, with
having someone from the Muslim faith here reading up in the Christian
church? Absolutely not, in -- for a start and it was outside the
cathedral itself, so this was about partnership, working together and
trying to show in our city how interfaith people do work together
and in that sense, it was really important. Taking it down was merely
practical. What we haven't taken that is this wonderful exhibition.
Tell us a bit about that, outlined it for us. It is running for five
weeks and it is about meeting people face-to-face and learning where they
are and where we are ourselves and people can come any day to the
cathedral, apart from when it is closed because there is a big
service going on, and learn a great deal. Stephen Lake, thank you very
much indeed. The Facebook post has gone, scrubbed off the Internet but
the exhibition is running for another five weeks and is free to
the public. Back to you. Andrew, thank you very
much. West Country businesses
are being urged to embrace Business West, which represents
thousands of local firms, has backed the Prime Minister's call
for them to explore new trade links. But the weakening pound means some
are thinking seriously Here's our Business
Correspondent Robin Markwell. What I am proposing cannot mean
membership of the single market. It was the week when her
words echoed across We will pursue a bold and ambitious
free-trade agreement with European Union.
Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain
from Europe. No deal for Britain is better than a
bad deal for Britain. Assembling such a complex trade deal in two
years will require this sort of speed and precision. But while we
wait for negotiations to start, changes already happening.
Speak to any firm that does business with Europe -
they will tell you Brexit having a big impact.
It is down to the weakening value of this, British Sterling, as compared
to this, the euro. These caravans are being
fitted with a German Since the referendum last June,
there's been a 15% rise That's now being passed
on to the customer - with the price tag for
a new caravan up 5%. The costs might be rising but bosses
remain upbeat. One of the upsides for us is that a weak pound means
overseas holidays are more expensive and as a result, people will holiday
in the UK, which is good for us, the staycation phenomenon will continue
so it is good for the caravanning sector. It was echoed at this food
fair in South Gloucestershire today. I think we need to be optimistic, I
would like it that we can get cracking deal for companies, they
would like to carry on exporting as they do, they put it in the van, and
it goes whether it is going to Wolverhampton or makes no
difference. But the political turbulence isn't everyone's taste.
HSBC is moving 1,000 UK staff to Paris. They are not alone. They sell
skateboards and sports clothing from this base in Bristol but are
thinking of moving some of their warehouse business to Holland if
free trade with the EU comes to an end. It is a huge decision and a
decision we won't make until we can see where the negotiations are
going. We hope to be able to keep all of our warehousing here, but it
all hinges on the negotiations. While the politicians talk of
businesses face a bumpy ride, with plenty of ups and downs still to
come. The Bristol businessman and Brexit
campaigner Arron Banks is launching a news website,
saying he wants to Mr Banks gave ?7 million
to the leave.EU campaign. He's now funding a website called
WestMonster, having praised similar American sites for helping
Donald Trump get elected. If you look at Trump in particular,
he bypassed the mainstream media spectacularly with social media
and went directly to people. That's what we are
attempting to do as well. I mean, the Brexit campaign, we used
leave.EU to communicate directly with people the issues
we thought were interesting. Tomorrow, Mr Banks will
be at Donald Trump's He's among just a handful of British
figures to be invited. And I dare say we will be talking
about that on Sunday Politics this weekend.
For some time. You're watching BBC Points West
with Alex and David. Find out what the Chinese
have to teach us about And the gift that left museum staff
in tears. Captain Eric Winkle brown's medals and flying logbooks.
Find out more about them in a couple of minutesminutes' time.
A public inquiry into how refugees find homes and work
It's being led by the local Labour MP Thangham Debonnaire,
and is also looking at the help they get with learning English.
Some experts are now calling for Brits to learn more foreign
An English class for refugees in Bristol.
Don't worry if you didn't get this far, will go through the answers.
Demand always outstrips supply and money to fund lessons is tight,
but everyone agrees they are crucial.
When he is speaking Arabic, I understand everything.
So it's important to you to learn English.
Language learning is the most important thing,
Like you say, it allows them to find work, to integrate
and the longer it takes, the more frustrating it can be
for that individual and can potentially lead to the risk
In Bristol, the focus is on more volunteer led conversation groups,
but research shows more intensive language learning, as happens
in Europe, may be more expensive but is more effective.
That's exactly what one refugee just said, it would be so much better
if we could have intensive full-time English classes for a period
without being asked to go and do job centre interviews and work
experience and so on because, actually, there are refugees I have
spoken to who are balancing family, English classes
The Bristol MP is looking into language provision for refugees.
Part of a wide-ranging public inquiry taking evidence
So what about the idea that us Brits should alerts of new languages
So what about the idea that us Brits should learn some new languages
I'm trying to learn Arabic and Somali at the moment.
I'm trying really hard, it is a bit slow progress,
but I think that is something which most Bristolians
We pride ourselves on being open to all comers and I think
that is something we can do a hell of a lot better on.
Many marched through the rain in Bristol recently
The Government says it is committing more money to language learning
but it may have to think again about how it's delivered.
A man's died following a crash in Weston-Super-Mare this morning.
Emergency services were called to Kewstoke Road at around 8am
where a car had collided with a tree.
The toll road between Kewstoke and Weston-Super-Mare was closed
Sale sharks have sacked Thomas Scott, the player they are accused
of leaking confidential information to Bristol Rugby ahead of their
match on January the 1st. The 29-year-old made his brother Luke,
who plays for Bristol, the night before the match. Bristol say it was
a family catch up. The Rugby football union is still
investigating the case. The trainer who let former Wiltshire
boxer Nick Blackwell take part in a sparring session
in which he suffered a bleed to the brain
is to appeal against having Nick Blackwell was injured
at Devizes Amateur When making the decision last week
the British Board of Control said Liam Wilkin's conduct
was "detrimental to Now, the Fleet Air Arm Museum
in Somerset was celebrating today. They've just been given a set
of logbooks and medals belonging to Captain Eric Winkle Brown -
the legendary test pilot who'll go down in history as one
of the Fleet Air Arm's greats. Captain Brown died last
year at the age of 97. But tales of his daring,
his great expertise and his Amanda Parr went along to the museum
for a look this afternoon. Well, it was a gift that stunned
staff at this museum. They tell me a few tears were shed. By the time
they found out that the logbooks and medals of Captain Eric Winkle Brown
were going to be auctioned, it was too late for them to come up with
the money they would need to buy them so the day of the auction came
and went but the very next day, they were told that a generous and
mysterious benefactor would be giving the items to the museum and
so today, they are celebrating. Especially one guest, an 11-year-old
boy, a big fan of Captain Brown, who has been campaigning to save those
books and those medals. Eachan Hardie chooses his heroes
well. For years, stories about Captain Eric Winkle Brown captivated
this young man. So he wrote him a letter. And friendship blossomed
through letters. I thought he would never write back but luckily, he
did, so I thought I could send letters to him, he would write back
and then I would write to him and then he wrote back. What kind of
stuff was he saying? He said ICU want to be a Fleet Air Arm test
pilot and ICU love planes. He felt it was so important that the
logbooks particularly should be available for future historians and
test pilots to read and thought what could I do and he got such a
brilliant reaction to having written his letter, he thought, what letters
can I write? Captain Brown has been called the Fleet Air Arm's most
significant pilot of the post-war period. In later years, a prominent
figure in aviation heritage, he had so many tales to tell. He flew
almost everything the Royal Navy had, survived a torpedo attack and
combat in the skies. He was the aircraft carrier deck landing
expert, testing and innovating and later pushing the boundaries of
high-speed flight. And getting to know him has helped form a young
lad's dreams. In my future, since I love planes, I now want to become an
aeronautical engineer and fly my own planes. I am imagining that he is
standing right next to me. Eachan Hardie Road to everyone he could
think of it might help save the logbooks and medals for posterity
and it seems someone out there, the mystery benefactor, thought he was
right. Well, over the period of his long
career, Captain Brown flew hundreds of different aircraft models. This
was one of them, to see vampire, the first pilot to land it on an
aircraft carrier and take off in it from an aircraft carrier. He holds
many records and that is why these logbooks are so eliminating and such
an important historical record, which is something the curator here
David Morris knows only too well. This is a man who blew everything
there was to fly. Seemingly so, 487 aircraft types. This is a record. It
is and a record that is unlikely to be beaten, people will just not have
the opportunities in their flying careers these days to have that many
aeroplanes available to them to fly. It was an extraordinary time and all
he saw throughout the Second World War, it was an extraordinary career.
Just a peek inside some of these books brings the man to live, I
guess. It does. He was flying, test line, captured German aircraft,
Italian aircraft, Russian aircraft. He was flying British experimental
aircraft, he was training pilots for combat flying. Here at Yeovil Town,
we have extracts from the logbooks which show him flying numerous times
here in 1942, there is a wealth of information in the books. He was
well-known to the museum, would he be pleased to know these books and
medals will end up here? Absolutely. For all of his flying career, the
part that meant most to Eric was, of course, Navy pilot and Navy flying,
so for them to be here now permanently in the collection would
have pleased him immensely. Thank you for that. If you are interested
in having a glimpse, you can come along and see them, they are here
for the next four weeks or so. They will be away to be studied and men
will be part of a major exhibition in the summer.
She really brings it to life than the
books, I love that little boy writing to him.
And nearly 500 planes, it is amazing to fly that many.
Now something completely different. British students generally lag
behind their counterparts in China when it comes to maths -
but a scheme being tried out in 77s?
49. -- 7/7s. Very good. We rehearsed it!
No, we didn't. Two teachers from Shanghai
are visiting to show how Chinese schools use a style of teaching
known as "mastery". Tracey Miller has been
to Mangotsfield Primary Lucy, Sophie and Jake have
mastered a few words of Mandarin from teachers
who are visiting from China. But they are really here
to teach maths mastery. It seems a very simple lesson
in two-times tables, but there's a huge amount
of planning in the structure We might think well,
they just need to learn, they need to learn the two-times
table and know the facts, We need to understand exactly
what the structure of multiplication Abby's a maths teacher
at the school and last year, she went out to Shanghai to see
Melody teach her class. This exchange project is funded
by the Department of Education But the big question
is, does it work? We have been learning fractions
with Lin and he has taught us lots of ways that we've never really
seen before and they teach it, like, really differently
over there in Shanghai. The way that he did it is a bit
different to our way and now we have, like,
easier ways to do it. And it's not just the school
who will benefit. This lesson was closely watched
by teachers from across the region. At the end of the week,
the teachers will be flying back to China,
but they've also enjoyed I have learned how to teach
in England, so it is a very The universal language of numbers
that will hopefully improve And just as a little test,
this is a maths problem set by those teachers from Shanghai,
it's on our Facebook page And we'll post the answer
on the page later this evening so you can check back to see
if you were right. Plenty of New Year's resolutions
will have included getting a bit But they might not involve
something like this. A bike which you row
rather than peddle. The idea came from a former champion
oarsman who was bored of the gym and wanted to get out
into the fresh air. So Bristol inventor John Packer came
up with a prototype. Our reporter Ali Vowles has
been to give it a try. This is the road rower and whereas
I'm using normal pedal power with non-moving arms,
John is using a steering wheel that goes backwards and forwards,
whilst steering, and a leg movement
like that of a rowing machine. I don't know of any other word out
that uses so many muscles at once. If you want it to be,
it can be an exhausting work-out. You steer
while you are rowing. You are having to combine
follow-on motor movements You get used to it after a while,
just like riding a bike. And here's the techy bit,
what makes it work so well are two one-way clutches
which are underneath the seat. I don't think we are going to swap.
We will see if I like it. I apologise now to all the users
of the Bristol to Bath cycle path, I want to put my legs like this.
Excuses, excuses. Oh, the embarrassment. My dad was
the last person to do that when I first started learning. There you
go. This is an early model and John
and the rower Rupert Cattell are hoping to raise funds
to progress the design. Today, they tested it
on some of the elite rowers at Oxford University and they're
hoping that we mere mortals might be interested in it too as a fresh air
alternative to the gym. I may have managed it
for just a few seconds, but I'm not sure I'll be swapping it
for my road bike just yet. I think maybe I prefer the other
way, the pedalo. When you are peddling on the water. I felt
saddle-sore just watching it. A picture of Exmoor has won
a photography competition organised Taken by Penny Webber,
who lives near Porlock, it captures the winter sunshine
through Exmoor's trees - with Penny's labrador also
taking centre stage. You can just see... Is that a
Labrador? Yes, it is. Just checking. Standard to all pictures, I believe.
Ian is on the roof and he has the weather.
Well, mentioning winter sunshine, plenty of that across the region
today and plenty more tomorrow. Let me take you through the forecast,
once again waking up to seems like this one, with frost aplenty in some
places, some a severe frosts, so it goes without saying that it will be
a cold start and inherently a cold day, but are said by light winds,
dry conditions and wall-to-wall sunshine, I suspect, across the
district. A familiar scene of late in terms of high pressure
dominating, but in contrast to recent days, the extent of the
cloud, which has been a bit of a nagging issue, certainly for those
in the North, has drifted further northwards through tonight and into
tomorrow, there it should remain, so we should see much more in a way of
Sunny weather across the region through the course of tomorrow. The
knock-on result at least for tonight is that those clearer skies extend
their way northwards, set in place right across us through the course
of the night and as you can see from the blues, it will be decidedly
chilly. We could well see some patches of freezing fog across parts
of Gloucestershire, more out towards the eastern borders, those with
Oxfordshire. Elsewhere, not expecting that to be an issue but
certainly find where the ice scraper will be under the car seat, it will
definitely be an issue with temperatures like that so broadly
zero - -3, some areas closer to minors for down to minus six. So if
we have some freezing fog, it will take until late morning to clear.
Then you will catch up with everyone else, a lot of sunshine around and
very little change as the hours tick by and once again as we get into
Friday night, the risk of a Prost starts the return albeit by that
stage, add to the south-west, more in the cloud -- wail cloud around.
Temperatures chilly, 3-6, but as many of you saw today, in the light
wind, are very pleasant experience. Saturday, very similar, there will
be more in a way of cloud around and it will continue to be the case for
the weekend but underpinning all about, it will remain cold.
It does feel cold, but those winter days when it is Sunny, they are
lovely. It was beautiful this morning with
the blue skies, a change from the damp and the great. We had better
go. There is an update at 10pm, otherwise back tomorrow. Take care.