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

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The number of young people from the west going for a degree

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A few have gone to college but most people have gone into jobs.

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But we'll be asking - are they really missing out?

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A clash of civilisations - critics say a modern tunnel under

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well enough to watch a game this weekend, after his heart surgery.

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And on it like a flash - dozens of yellow car owners invade

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the village where this hatchback was called an eyesore.

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I'll be live later with many shades of yellow proving that bright is

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actually pretty beautiful. The South West is bottom

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of the class when it comes to the number of students

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applying for university. Less than a third of

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18-year-olds here want to go into higher education -

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that's compared to Experts and successive governments

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have tried to boost the numbers - but the West's biggest city,

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Bristol still has some Here's our political

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editor Paul Barltrop. Bristol and the South

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West are prosperous - The south of the city is less

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well-off, and in educational terms Fewer than one in five children

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growing up around here apply The contrast with next door

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North Somerset is stark. in places like Long Ashton -

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just across the vale over there - are two and a half times more likely

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to aim for university. two secondary schools

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in the South Bristol constituency on to higher education,

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but most don't. It just seemed a bit too

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daunting and obviously, it is really expensive nowadays

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to go to university so I planned on doing my education

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here and moving on to employment. I don't feel like university

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was the best option for me at all because I didn't really enjoy

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school, didn't really I would really like to go

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to university but the line of work I would like to go

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in within the industry The south-west should be performing

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much better than that. In particular wards have apalling

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pull through not just to university, but into further education

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and higher skills education. Many head for what is on offer

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at this South Bristol I think the big unknown of uni

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was actually the fear of uni, how I could afford to pay,

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and how much debt I'd That pushed me towards

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an apprenticeship because I wouldn't experts and politicians,

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but sending more to university I think it's a really

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shocking statistic. I think it surprises people,

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I'm really pleased that We've got two universities

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in Bristol, Exeter down the road, Bath down the road

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and it's a shameful But with schools' funding

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under increasing pressure across the South West,

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getting pupils to aim He's the Associate Headteacher

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at the school we saw there - Did you go to university? I did

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eventually. I left and went straight into an apprenticeship and with my

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background there was no history of university and I was keen to just to

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make money. That was the route for me. A lot of people feel that way? I

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think so. That is one of the issues around this whole debate around

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south Bristol, large amounts of paid employment and you have families

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replicating what has gone before and you have youngsters whose

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aspirations are limited by their experiences. Who turned out all

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right? I certainly did. I was lucky enough to have gone away with a good

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set of all levels so when I made the choice to move from British Telecom

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and do my degree I was able to do so. But everyone is academic, not

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all work is academic. There is nothing wrong with that? I

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absolutely believe so. There is a real danger of putting so much

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emphasis on your only successful if you have a degree. Quickly earlier

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there are so many other rich nowadays into high-level implement

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and you can become professional and almost any sphere. Apart from

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medicine without a degree course. It is about ?27,000 to go to university

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plus your living expenses on top. There is a lot of debt at the end of

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it. The much of that as a deterrent? I think it is a great deterrent. We

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have young people and our sixth form doing extremely well and have offers

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for university places but I know of a number who are actively seeking to

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try and get apprenticeships with companies apparently it's the same

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qualifications but they get paid and trained on the job and you see that

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as a far better alternative. And a word or two, of someone is bright

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enough to go to university and academically inclined, should they

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say forget the money and gold? Efficacy are passionate about it

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then yes they should but it is not for someone else to make that

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decision for them. We open their ice to what is out there and then be

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help them. Thank you very much was we have a special programme

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on Sunday politics this weekend talking about student fees and for

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that you should go to university or not.

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The actor Jeremy Irons has spoken out against Gloucestershire's

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He was at the launch of a new legal challenge against the project.

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A community group has referred the contract to the Competition

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and Markets Authority - claiming it's anti-competitive,

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We are in a world of limited resources and you see all over

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And to build a mammoth incinerator in this beautiful

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part of the world is, I believe, a step back.

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It could be seen almost as antediluvian.

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Gloucestershire County Council says the new facility will save taxpayers

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over ?100 million and make enough clean electricity to

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The Liberal Democrats have launched their campaign for May's

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Former cabinet minister Vince Cable joined candidates who'll be standing

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The Lib Dems lost control of Somerset to the Conservatives

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in 2009, and two years ago lost their local MPs.

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But they believe they're now reviving.

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The Lib Dems are a very positive about his upcoming elections. We

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took a terrible hammering at the 2050 general election and a lot of

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councillors were hurt by it but it is now very positive mood.

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Among the party's candidates is Tessa Munt, the former MP for Wells.

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You're watching Friday's Points West with Alex and David

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Stay with us because we've lots more to come before 7.00 including.

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Find out how the volunteers are getting on coming Ryan's house into

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a home. We have a separation and the forecast between a showery Saturday

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and a dry Sunday. A huge tunnel and dual carriageway

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close to Stonehenge will destroy the ancient landscape,

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according to the farmer Highways England says

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the ?1.4 billion scheme But speaking publicly for the first

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time, Rachel Hosier told Sabet Choudhury that ancient burial

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mounds will be threatened. Stonehenge is one of our top

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tourist attractions. It is the jewel in the Crown

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of the UNESCO world But our experience of

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it is somewhat hampered. That noise is the A303, the main

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route from Cornwall to London. It often grinds to a standstill,

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unable to cope with demand. Now a ?1.4 billion scheme to be

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reroute the road through a tunnel and make it into a dual carriageway

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has been given the go-ahead. But Rachel Hosier is not happy

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because it will pass through her land which is littered

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with ancient burial mounds including It is named because it has the bush

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on it so that they left Bush Barrow man in there and then they took

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all the what's and all of the gold Within 500 metres of where

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we are standing through the western end the back entrance or portal

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to the tunnel will go. All these barrows are on the ridges

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looking down into that valley. So what does the man in charge

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of the channel have to say I have met Mrs Hosier, we are

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listening to what she is saying, we are listening to all the other

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9,000 bits of correspondence we have Would you change your plans

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if it doesn't work out? We are still in consultation

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and analysing all those consultations in taking a view

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on the best way forward. Earlier this month more

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than 20 archaeologists registered their objections

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to the scheme. They are concerned that the tunnel

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entrance to Bush Barrow will destroy the views of the winter sunset

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which is now thought to be fundamental to

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the stones' positioning. The final plan for the proposed

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tunnel as expected in the autumn. Building work is scheduled

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to start in 2020. And you can see what happens

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when Seb visits another secret archaeological site that experts say

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is also under threat, on tonight's A convoy of 100 yellow cars

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will roar into the Cotswold It's in support of a pensioner whose

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own vehicle was vandalised. Peter Maddox lives in one

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of the most photographed areas in the country -

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but some tourists didn't like his yellow car being parked

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there and claimed it It was later badly damaged -

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with the word "move" Well, now people from

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across the country want Welcome to Bibury, it is looking

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absolutely fantastic and what a way to arrive. This is a quantum extreme

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that has been built by Daniel and behind this is the road and Peter

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had his car. It was damaged sadly and the vandalism but there is a

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happy ending to this story because as you can hopefully see very

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shortly there as a group of cars here, but I going to be and this

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convoy tomorrow that came from all over the country to support Peter

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and absolutely fantastic effort and I caught up with Peter Elliott to

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find out what he would thought about it all.

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Peter, what has that support from the public meant to you?

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What is nice is that you are going to become a

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colour because Vauxhall are going to name the yellow after you.

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Let's find out who's jobless was to organise. This crazy idea has

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exploded hasn't it? It has grown a very large and the last couple of

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weeks since the media attention. The support we have received has been

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absolutely fantastic, the public has been behind us. Sadly the irony is

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that your yellow car didn't make it. Yes, my yellow car is in the

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doghouse at the moment, the fuel cap wouldn't open so have had to turn up

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enabling car. Where have you guys come from? East Yorkshire. You are

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Peter's daughter-in-law, we had from her Mary, what does this mean to you

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and your family. The family are just overwhelmed and it is the most

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fantastic thing and Peter is really looking forward to tomorrow. You

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have 100 people, but many more wanted to take part. A lot more.

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Peter is a bit of a celibate? He has always been a bit of a celebrity but

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know it is a wider celebrity. Where have you guys come from? North

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Yorkshire. People have come from all over the country tomorrow she wants

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to be here at about 10:30am tomorrow morning. Enjoy it. I love that

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story. I hope the big yellow sun is shining for you. I don't think it

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will be but that is not the point. I think it is believed. I love Bibury.

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Now here in the West - we've got a bit of a history when it

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That's Her Majesty the Queen in Bristol in 1958 -

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when she made the first long distance call without an operator..

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Well, now our phones are making headlines here again.

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I was trying to remember for the codeword for Bristol. I think it

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Builders, carpenters and bricklayers - along with the DIYSOS team -

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have been working flat out all week to transform the home

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You may remember we told you how Ryan Pollard has had to stay

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in specialist accommodation in Gloucester since he collapsed

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Well his family want him back - and DIYSOS have a matter of days

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Lee Madan is there - how's it going?

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it is very much a work in progress but I am told we are ahead of

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schedule and that is thanks to the amount of volunteers who had given

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up their time to come and work here for free. Just today there are 130

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tradesmen and said this three-bedroom house including these

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guys. James, you are one of them, why did you come to work here for

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free? It is an amazing opportunity to come and help change someone's

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life for the better. I did that and Ireland. What has the mood be like

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inside the site? Absolutely amazing, a buzzing atmosphere of you

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wondering to get the job done and work together to create his

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beautiful home. It is Christopher to a normal building site? How is that

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working, Coric we all tend to McCann and work together, you just get it

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done. There was one little mishap earlier. I did screw through a water

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pipe earlier and it came straight down, sorted the problem out and

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everyone was happy. I am told the mood and said there was just a.

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These guys have to get everything by Thursday, that his friend Ryan

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finally comes home after spending five years and that care form and it

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is all thanks to goodwill of these volunteers. We salute you.

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Just a fortnight after major heart surgery, Cheltenham Town's manager

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Gary Johnson could be back at the club tomorrow,

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Our sports editor Alistair Durden has been to see him.

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I knew he was feeling ok as he was cracking jokes as soon

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Gary has had heart surgery before, but nothing on this scale,

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But he says he's feeling better day by day, and he's touched

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by the level of support and kindness he's received.

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There have been plenty of well-wishers and from right

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It is only two weeks since Gary's surgery but the 61-year-old

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You don't want something like this but when something like this

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happens, that sort of makes you appreciate the work that

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you are in, the industry that you are in, it's a pretty close-knit

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family and it is not just the effort of getting the cards,

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it is the effort of the words that people could in the cards that

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are overwhelming and soon I will get round everybody

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Gary's operation was performed by Doctor Alan Brian who's son Joe

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And of course where Gary's son Lee is the head coach.

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We had moments where I could talk with Dr Brian about football,

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but he was very concentrated on my heart as opposed

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to my managerial career or Joe's football career.

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I stopped short of saying if I don't come through this

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then Joe will never play for Bristol City again.

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As soon as I came round from the operation, the doctor

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shook me up and said, Mr Johnson, you have to wake up no,

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Gary's current club Cheltenham haven't won a game

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Although truthfully he has already started working again from home.

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A couple of days ago I needed to speak to the strikers

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because I felt that wasn't quite performing and I could go

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there so I still have enough respect that can bring them here.

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They all came here and we had a chat and I should videos

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and things they can improve on and I was pleased that

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We are in a delicate situation at the moment I know it is just

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when my wife Florence Nightingale decides that I can get back

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to the football then as soon as I feel ready I will go back

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Great to see him looking so well again.

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So tomorrow he's hoping to take his seat in the crowd

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with his wife Caron for the game against Morecambe.

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Cheltenham just six points above the relegation

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Rugby's European Challenge Cup has reached the quarterfinal stage.

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For Bath it's a home tie against French club Brive.

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It's nine years since Bath last won a trophy.

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They won the competition in 2015 but got knocked out

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Bath's Olympic Silver medallist Heather Fell

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is taking on a gruelling new challenge this weekend.

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After retiring from Modern Pentathlon, she's currently

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in South Africa putting in some final training before tackling

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If you haven't heard of this, it's a two and a half

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mile open water swim, followed by a 112 mile cycle ride,

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and then to finish, you run a marathon.

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I haven't actually swam in the seats they had been here and most friends

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said there is a lot of sharks around but I didn't think I will be

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worrying about that on race day because they will be plenty of

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people for them to nibble at. It is another factor could take into

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account in South Africa. The Ironman is on Sunday,

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and Heather is hoping to complete I'm not sure about the shucks. It is

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this Sunday but it is not televised. I might go in for that. It's not too

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late. Sit watching it eating cake like me.

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The story of a Second World War land girl whose life became an enduring

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tale of love has been turned into a stage play.

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It's been created by a Somerset man who's no stranger to writing -

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he scripted 600 episodes of BBC Radio 4's The Archers.

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Now 92, Elizabeth Henderson still lives on the Cotswold

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fell in love with farming and her husband-to-be.

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That her life has become a stage play is, she says,

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You know, it's an excuse to have a party.

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On the whole, it's a plus rather than a minus.

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Only it's me that gets checked up on, not the boys.

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No Finer Life played to a packed house on

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It's set towards the end of the Second

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World War, when an 18-year-old Somerset girl wrote to a rather

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famous Oxfordshire farmer asking for a job.

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He was an author and quite a famous one.

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And simply everyone was reading his book.

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You see, George Henderson wasn't just a farmer,

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he was an author and his book on how to work the land became iconic.

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It was after reading that book that Exmoor farmer and one-time producer

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of Radio 4's The Archers decided to take Elizabeth's life to the stage.

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It's a brilliant story because she left school, all she wanted to

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do was be a farmer and that's why she joined the Land Army.

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And it was that period at the end of the war,

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and the year or two after the war, when there was a great sense of

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idealism and we were going to make Britain better and the countryside

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And Elizabeth's story will play to theatres

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across the west until the end of April.

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Ian has the weather. As I mentioned earlier, there is something of a

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split between Saturday and Sunday, Saturday as a classic April shower

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day with sunny spells whereas by contrast on Sunday image of high

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pressure it will be dry and I suspect it will actually be under a

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fair amount of sunshine. And uploaded a front will run across us

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tonight with low pressure dominating the pattern into tomorrow and the

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showers and they will fade away by tomorrow evening as high pressure

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starts to come in from the west to settle things down into Sunday. For

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the rest of this evening we have sharia outbreaks of rain across

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Cornwall, Devon and western parts of Somerset and all of that creeping

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its way farther eastwards as tonight wears on the storm of us will see

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some phase of showering before the natives through and temperatures

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around seven to nine Celsius by daybreak many of you will wake up to

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a dry starts tomorrow, others will not and that really sets the tone

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for the rest of the day because it will automatically starts to settle

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into a character of sunny spells and showers, some of the showers turning

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quite heavy with perhaps some thunder and conversely if you are

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free of those then it should be a reasonable enough afternoon with

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some sunshine around and temperatures ultimately about 13 to

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15 Celsius, a bestowing on the last couple of days but with the strength

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of the sunshine it shouldn't be too bad. Insurers will feed through

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tomorrow evening as high pressure starts to return and it will become

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quite a chilly night to lead a slew into Sunday Sunday getting up to

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similar temperatures with rule to mid-teens and varying amounts of

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cloud and sunshine it should be a pretty pleasant stay. ASBO Monday as

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we head to next week it is looking like a lot of dry weather generally

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with some weeks and southbound and whatever you're doing a great

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weekend. Thank you for that. I'll see you on Sunday politics this

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weekend. Have a lovely time, night.

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