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

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thousands of days off sick due to stress and anxiety -

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I was ending up just crying on every single night shift.

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I had three bleepers on me at one stage,

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We'll be asking how the healers can be helped.

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The 800 candidates seeking to run some of our biggest councils

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and the six bidding to be the worst's first metro mayor.

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Teaching infants how to survive in the water -

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a mother who lost her son tries to prevent other tragedies.

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And on a roll - the lawn bowls player hoping for Ghld

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New evidence has emerged about the pressures on doctors

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with news that thousands of sick days are being lost

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They account for about a third of all sickness

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in hospitals across the west, but at the Bristol Royal Infirmary

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Our health correspondent Matthew Hill has been hearing

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from one junior doctor who could not cope and has left the profession.

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The seniors, they just took me outside, they completely shouted

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at me and said how much money I had cost their hospital.

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This doctor, who wants to remain anonymous,

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says stress levels became so intense while working in A in Bristol

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that she became suicidal, and that's why she left medicine.

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Doctors like her also have to put up with abuse from patients,

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with one in four saying they suffer from it.

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Elbowed in the throat, this hospital worker

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is being attacked by a drunk, aggressive patient.

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Nationally, last year, stress accounted for 37% of all

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But our figures show that, for the NHS, University Hospitals

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Bristol had 46% sick days attributed to anxiety, stress or depression.

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That's almost five years lost in a year alone.

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The trust has declined my request for an interview, but in statement

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says it is concerned about this growth in absence from anxiety,

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It says that it offers all staff a well-being programme,

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which includes a health MOT, and it says it now gathers data

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on absences and a much better way, but it's still not possible

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to say whether they are due to problems at work or at home.

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But these figures may be an underestimate.

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As we've been told, not every doctor was willing to admit they took time

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This doctor took time off from stress.

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At the time she didn't declare it and just said she was ill.

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So, it was very common for us to work 12 days in a role.

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A few of those would be 13-hour shifts, and you come in early,

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Often you don't get to take breaks, just

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And even though people say, oh, you must take breaks,

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you feel like you can't, because if you do then somebody's

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life, somebody's care might suffer for it,

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and that would be on your conscience.

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The Department of Health says the latest staff survey shows that

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some measures were improving, with levels of work stress

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at the lowest levels nationally in four years.

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I really would describe it as a really strong sense of dread,

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of not wanting to get out of bed, and then eventually I was like,

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I sometimes would find colleagues hiding in cupboards crying,

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Is and you'd just get used to that, as if that's a normal

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With growing staff shortages, this unrelenting pressure

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Matthew Hill, BBC Points West, Bristol.

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Dr Lucy-Jane Davis is a junior doctor who is a member

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of the British Medical Association, which represents

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thanks for coming in. Medicine has always been stressful and life or

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death, so what has changed? You are right it has always been

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stressful. One of the things that has changed in the last year or so

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is the funding has decreased, but also for junior doctors, we have had

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a contract dispute which led to industrial action. That was very

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stressful in itself. It has made a lot of people ask, what is the

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point? Where are we going? How do we cope? Morale has been undermined

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significantly by what happened. All the consultants sitting at home

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and saying that you should have been around in the 70s when I was

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training when there were longer hours and a few resources.

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That is probably true and sometimes it is helpful to go back and look at

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history. One of the things that has actually changed is how patients

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come in now. People used to come and stay in hospital for several weeks

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but now they must get sent home much quicker, so the job has changed a

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lot as well. As we agreed, it has always been

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stressful, but I guess doctors rely on their support from members of the

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team. And from their consultants and managers and so on. Is that

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happening? Are those systems in place?

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Sometimes they are and when a team works really well that is great, and

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that is what is needed. And sometimes the pressure on a

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department can be so great that actually things fall apart. The

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other thing that has changed is the way that they work. We work far more

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in shifts so we do not necessarily work in the same team, and that can

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be very stressful at times. It is hard to get into medical

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school and be a doctor, but as one of the things people are told over

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again if this is a stressful environment. Is it for you? Can you

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cope? Could you do a shift at A? What changed? People must say, yes,

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I can, and then reality kicks in? I don't know. You start medical

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school with absolute dedication, most people, that they are really

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caring and compassionate and dedicated. But actually some of us

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never wanted to do A I never wanted to do A That is not where

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my heart lies and where I am good at, but we actually all go through

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the system and learn and do foundation jobs and other clinical

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jobs as well. Actually, different people find different routes through

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medicine soothed them. But the problem is when the stress and

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burn-out becomes so great that actually all of that caring and

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dedication is lost. And A is not the best part of what

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you do? Lovely to have you on the programme.

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A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

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The three-month-old, who was from Swindon, died

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at Bristol Children's Hospital last Friday.

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Wiltshire Police say the man was previously arrested on suspicion

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Police say they've had several calls from the public following a renewed

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appeal for information about a 30-year-old unsolved murder.

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66-year-old Helen Fleet was killed in Worlebury Woods

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Following a re-appeal for information on the 30th

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anniversary of her murder, police say some of the calls they've

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had have provided them with names and they are looking

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The men and women aiming to run the west for the next four

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Several of our biggest councils are holding

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elections in a month's time, while a brand new metro mayor

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will also be chosen for the Bristol and Bath area.

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Today was the deadline for anyone wanting to stand,

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Here's our political editor Paul Barltrop.

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Nearly everyone across the region will have local elections taking

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The biggest single contest is for a west of England

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mayor, covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath

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Then, in the three neighbouring counties,

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Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire are all presently

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So, who's thrown their hat into the ring?

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The metro mayor contest is the big one, and,

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while the official announcement will be tomorrow, it looks

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Conservative Tim Bowles, Labour's Lesley Mansell,

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Stephen Williams for the Liberal Democrats,

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Darren Hall of the Greens, Ukip's Aaron Foot,

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But the numbers of candidates standing elsewhere gives an insight

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Across the three counties, the Conservatives have a full slate.

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The Lib Dems have got more standing this time, with gaps in just

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Ukip, who made their big breakthrough last time,

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face an uphill battle - the number they have

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The Greens will contest nearly half of all seats,

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But rather telling is what's happening to Labour -

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they've struggled to get candidates in Gloucestershire and

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Wiltshire, and have fewer standing than last time.

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They tried not to let that overshadow today's

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Shadow Cabinet member Keir Starmer was the guest of honour

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at the Guildhall in Gloucester to launch Labour's

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For all parties, the candidates are in now place, and

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Thank you very much. But let's take a bit deeper.

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As we learn who is in the running to be the new mayor for the west

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of England, we've been looking into what the job may entail.

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It's a new position created by Government to channel more money

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But so far it's yet to really engage the voters, as Robin Markwell

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For 800 years, Bristol and mayors have gone hand-in-glove.

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There's the Lord Mayor, with all the pomp and ceremony

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of the post, and, more recently, an elected mayor too,

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a job currently held by However they Labour's Marvin Rees.

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a job currently held by Labour's Marvin Rees.

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Now, at the bidding of Government, voters are being asked

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to choose a third mayor, not just for Bristol but for

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South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset too.

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The idea is that they will bang the drum for the West in Westminster.

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My personal hope as an officer is that we get somebody

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who is a strong spokesperson for the region, and is effective

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in getting more powers, more money for the region.

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The metro mayor would be based initially at Bristol's Engine Shed

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On housing, they'd help choose how many homes

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the region needs and decide whether they should be built.

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Whether or not it's on the greenbelt is the big bone of contention.

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They'd franchise bus services, pay for community transport,

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control key roads and have the power to bring in a clean air zone,

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and that could mean a ban on polluting vehicles.

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They would have money, too, the best part of ?1 billion

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over the next 30 years to go on infrastructure, and last

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of all they might try to put up business taxes, raising rates to pay

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Well, Keynsham in North East Somerset as they come with a fair

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few traffic problems of its own, so what would a metro mayor armed

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with ?30 million per year to play with do for a town like this?

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But on the streets it was a case of,

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"Election? What election?"

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Are you pleased to have another election? No.

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You know what this person is going to do.

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Well, I don't see why we need one, really.

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Have you heard of the metro mayor? No.

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What you think it might be? Something to do with the Metrobus?

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At the tattoo parlour, the thought of another

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politician seemed painful, but the idea of spending that

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If I was metro mayor for the day, well, maybe a given free transport

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for old people and take them out for the day and do something.

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I am sure people will get into that as we talk about it more. At the end

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of the programme we will give you details of how you can be part of a

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special debate programme on the subject of the new mayor for the

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West of England. Yes, and there's lots more

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still to come, including: Why one mum is throwing children

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in at the deep end to teach And make a wish -

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Cheltenham's famous Fish Clock 250 soldiers from Wiltshire have set

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off to join a Nato taskforce today, designed to deter Russian aggression

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in the Baltics. Operation Cabrit will see UK

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troops join up with others from France and Denmark,

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and is Britain's largest Nato British boots on the move - brought

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in by bus into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire this morning

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from their base camp in Bulford. Their ride was already waiting

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on the runway, as the UK moves troops into the Baltic

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state of Estonia, part of an international force -

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a demonstration of strength There is a series of measures that

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Nato are activating at the moment, in order to deter that Russian

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adventurism that we have The deployment of the enhanced

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presence battle troops The 250 troops flying out of here

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today will join a similar amount already in Estonia, and eventually

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there will be 800 UK troops there. And that is the country's largest

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contribution to a Nato deployment Last week, these heavy-duty green

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machines headed out ahead by boat - armoured vehicles supporting

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the 1,100 soldiers being stationed in Estonia

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for the next eight months. There's Latvian, Estonian troops,

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French troops, American troops, and several troops of different

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nations taking part in exercises all around Poland

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and so on and so forth as well. It's important that we all

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band together, if you will, and show solidarity,

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if nothing else. British troops will make up the bulk

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of the Nato force there, joined by French, Estonian

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and Danish soldiers too. Officially, they're called

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an enhanced forward presence. They are, though, a warning

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against any form of hostile Andrew Plant, BBC Points West,

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RAF Brize Norton. I am sure we all wish them a safe

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and successful tool. -- poor. A Wiltshire woman has become one

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of the first in Britain to teach young children how to survive

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when they fall into water. Olivia Rowe's three-year-old son

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Jack fell in to their swimming She's since set up a charity

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in his name, and, after an intensive training course in America,

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she's started lessons for toddlers Here's our Wiltshire

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reporter Will Glennon. This is not a swimming lesson -

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it's all about staying alive. This four-year-old is

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being taught how to float and keep his head above water

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if he fell in accidentally. For me, that's the most important

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thing, is that everyone who goes... Every child who goes into water

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and into a pool can see, you know, falling in a river,

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you know, or a pond, that if that happens

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they can save themselves. In July 2014 Olivia Rowe's son Jack

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drowned in the family It was the day of his

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third birthday. While she popped out,

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and Jack was out of sight of his step-brother,

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he somehow fell in. I had to take Ella to a school

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disco, and when I was out I got the call from Harry,

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my stepson, who was looking after him,

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saying he I came home and then later

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a friend discovered him at the bottom of the pool,

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at the side of the bottom, Olivia set up a charity called

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the Jack Rabbit Foundation, and went to Florida with her

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swimming teacher friend Jo. They both trained in infant

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survival techniques. Back home and they've begun

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classes n Wiltshire. Back home and they've begun

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classes in Wiltshire. Babies and toddlers are shown how

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to work with the water, and survive. So, in the water, getting them

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in and comfortable with the water. She was never confident

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enough in water, and I thought, because this

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is mainly about what water confidence and survival,

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it's the best thing you can do It's amazing.

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I love it. I already signed

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Archie up before they had even got back from the states

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during their training. I just saw their videos

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and so it was something I really wanted him

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to do and be part of. This is just the beginning -

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the charity wants to teach as many children as possible,

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and, ultimately, roll classes out across the whole UK,

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saving young lives in Jack's name. Will Glennon, BBC Points West,

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Wiltshire. Bristol City have the chance to move

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away from the Championship relegation zone this evening

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when they play Preston. City are currently just a point

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clear of danger, with seven matches Tonight's game is away from home

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but is also being shown live It's a year to go until the start

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of the Commonwealth Games, which will be staged

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on the Gold Coast in Australia. There are more events and medals

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to win than ever before, and it will also feature

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the largest-ever para-sport Paul Brown from Bristol hopes to be

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challenging for the gold in the para-lawn bowls,

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and he's come in to talk to us Thank you for coming in. Very

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exciting. How is the prep going? Very well and it is about to kick

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off. We have got one year to go, so all the preparations now get going

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really and we have just started our selection, being told about the plan

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for the next year. It will be a busy year, but an exciting year.

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You started as an able-bodied bowler, is that right?

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Correct, yes. What happened is ten years ago I had a battle with cancer

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which resulted in my right leg being amputated above the knee. I'd then

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effectively took up balls from my wheelchair and did that for many

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years. -- I took up bowls. I only stood up when Glasgow came round in

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the classification system came round and I worked out several things. I

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found out that I could bowl using a prosthetic and it presented a huge

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challenge for me in that I had been bowling so long sat down, and so

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there were a lot of new challenges. One of the challenges was noticing

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how much my balance, basically, because I bowl of one like. -- one

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leg. All upper body, and they get really

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low, don't they? Randomly from a chair as well, so that must be in

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your thigh muscles. My left leg is stronger than it used

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to be, probably the biggest it has ever been in my life.

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How much does bowls mean to you? It means a great deal, it has been

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my stable, I started when I was 13 and then I lost my leg and I have

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always gone back to the sport. The reason I like bowls is it is a sport

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for all, no matter whether you are a young aren't old chap...

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And a chorus sport. And I think it has changed people's perception

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because people use to see it as lawn bowls, and now it is not a young

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person's sport, as they thought, but not any more.

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It has that perception, but you get to the competitive thing and there

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are good people. That is the good thing about bowls.

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You don't have to wear a Panama hat. I don't have to wear a Panama hat.

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How many hours do you practice a week? Do you have time for work?

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It will wrap up now. The preparation for team England, they are very

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about preparation. Our prep will start building now. Over the weeks

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and months now, my level will increase. In Glasgow I was on the

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Green four or five times... And it is definitely all be fitness.

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They go around all of the preparation and do the fitness and

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all of this. At the end of the day it gets that final...

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And that left leg. We will be watching you.

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Lovely to meet you. Thank you. Since 1987 Cheltenham's Wishing Fish

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Clock has been blowing bubbles and entertaining generations

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of children, but, earlier this year, much of it was taken

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away to be restored. It'll start ticking

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again in all its glory at the end of the month,

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but our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs, has been

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to see it being repaired. Back in January, the old golden

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eggs were thrown away, and the famous fish blew its last

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bubbles, before being carefully brought down to earth

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for a wash and brush-up. And so, in this busy London studio,

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the beloved fish is getting its TLC. The bubble machine was leaking

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into the belly of the fish, which was then leaking

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through the wood, and stripping the varnish and damaging

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the wood underneath. So we've flipped it over,

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sanded it back We've still got another, maybe,

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four or five coats to do so that it remains as shiny as the rest

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of the fish. And one of the challenges

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of the project has been the lack of original plans,

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which no longer exist. And then they are the mice who pop

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out and annoy the snake. A lot of Kit Williams' designs

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were compromised back in the '80s due to the budget,

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so now Kit's original vision is finally being realised,

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and the mice look more mouse-like, As the mice get pushed out

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of the clock by a piston, the tips of their noses open

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the door, so some parts will wear down over time,

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so what we've done is we've made a little removable nose and we're

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going to cast this in rubber And that master mouse is then used

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to make a new silicon mould from which all the new mice

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are being cast in fibreglass. It's always a slightly hair-raising

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moment when you take something out of a mould for the first time,

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but I'm really pleased with that. The reason they don't want to show

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you everything that's being worked on is because they want to save it

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for the unveiling, so today we can only really give you a sneaky peek

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at some of the work - Steve Knibbs,

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BBC Points West, London. He is being a tease. He is such a

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tease. It is beautiful, isn't it? Now let's take a look

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at the weather. What has it been like to date? Sunny

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in places? A bit of everything. Hello,

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everybody. The cloud has been breaking up from the West, much as

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expected, a lot of sunshine across many of our district. Now the

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forecast, as we head into tomorrow. Likely to start with a lot of

:24:52.:24:53.

sunshine around, but a general trend to increase the amount of cloud from

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the north. It could mean it is only Northern district seen that because

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of the afternoon. It should come further south and south-west words

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and the best of the sunshine will prevail, but for all about it will

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be a dry and settled day. A wider look at how things shape up. High

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pressure dominating the Padron and will do so about the rest of this

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week, and settled conditions. A story of these cloud amounts. Cloud

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coming in from the North later tomorrow associated with a weak warm

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front. It will have no rain on it associated for our particular part

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of the British Isles, and this is the course of this evening. Because

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continuing to break up and disappear. As we head into

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tonight... Ultimately a lot of clear sky around and that will be a recipe

:25:41.:25:45.

for a decidedly chilly night developing. Not impossible that some

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parts of countryside, may be part of Somerset, dropped down to freezing,

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but one or two Celsius above the net result for some parts of the

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countryside, and in some places fairly chilly. There could be a hint

:25:57.:26:03.

of grass frost around I first like tomorrow, but not lasting long,

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because we expect a lot of sunshine through the first part of the day. A

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little bit of cloud but then the trend as we head into the afternoon,

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cloud becoming moribund and from the North. Still fairly fragile and some

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pockets of brightness. All in all, it should end up a fairly bright day

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for all of us, and the best of that sunshine down towards the south-west

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by the tail end of the afternoon. Temperatures tomorrow, don't look

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that impressive. 11 or 13 or 14 Celsius. Adding on the Sun generally

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have got it it trivial decent. That should be the case for Thursday. On

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Thursday, tip the balance towards more in the way of cloud, but I

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expect that will reverse for the weekend.

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Thank you for that and that is just about it from us. We will be back

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with an update at 10pm. Thank you for watching.

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We'll leave you tonight with details of an exciting opportunity to be

:26:56.:26:58.

part of a special debate programme on the subject of the new mayor

:26:59.:27:01.

for the west of England, or metro mayor.

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Bristolians already have a Lord Mayor and an elected mayor.

:27:03.:27:05.

On May the 4th, voters here in Bath and North East Somerset,

:27:06.:27:13.

in South Gloucestershire and in Bristol go to the polls

:27:14.:27:15.

for a new role called the metro mayor.

:27:16.:27:20.

They'll have powers over housing and transport,

:27:21.:27:23.

as well as ?30 million a year to spend on infrastructure.

:27:24.:27:29.

If you'd like to attend the BBC debate on the 19th of April or put

:27:30.:27:32.

a question to the candidates, then let us know at:

:27:33.:27:40.

That's "A Mayor For The West: A BBC West Debate", coming soon.

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John, John, you've got mud all over your pants. Come here.

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I've got spit on them now, haven't I?

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