19/01/2017 Points West


19/01/2017

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Good evening from BBC Points West. Our headlines tonight:

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Putting religious tolerance to the test.

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Gloucester Cathedral hosts a Muslim ceremony

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It certainly didn't deserve the comments that people were making

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and often from far away, who hadn't experienced

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anything of the exhibition or even Gloucester itself.

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the winners and losers of the plan to leave the Single Market.

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And frost will be widespread tonight but at the net result will be a

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crisp and Sunny day tomorrow. Details at the end of the programme.

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Gloucester Cathedral is defending its decision to allow

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a Muslim prayer to be read, after it attracted criticism online.

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A video was shared on the cathedral's Facebook page

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as part of an exhibition celebrating the city's different faiths.

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But it was taken down because of the comments some people made.

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Filmed on a mobile phone, a traditional Muslim prayer

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read by a local Imam, which was then posted online.

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The video attracted some criticism, much of it offensive,

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and the cathedral removed the entire post from its Facebook page.

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The prayer wasn't part of a service, but was read as part

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of the cathedral's exhibition launch, which also including

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drumming, Hindu dancing and a pagan rock band.

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St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow found itself the target of criticism

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in similar circumstances last week, after a local Muslim student

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That took place during a Christian service.

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Imam Hassan - who read the prayer at Gloucester Cathedral -

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There was nothing wrong with the fact of what took

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place here, this was part of an educational day,

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learning about people of different faiths,

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and so in that sense, no problem whatsoever,

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but because of the comments that game, we have to take

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but because of the comments that came, we have to take

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responsibility for our own website and our own Facebook page

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and they became unacceptable and that was a way of stopping that

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conversation so that the real conversation can take place.

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Gloucester Cathedral representatives say this incident

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was fundamentally different from the one in Glasgow.

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The exhibition intended, they say, to start

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although they admit the online video lacked any context

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and they'll learn lessons for next time.

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Tonight a Digital Marketing expert who specialises in how the internet

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affects faith organisations has said Gloucester Cathedral shouldn't have

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Dr Bex Lewis says negative comments need to be better managed.

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Churches need to be thinking that actually quite often

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digital is the front door to their organisation and thinking

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about what does that look like, what does that work like for people

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who don't know anything about the faith, people who know

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And I think we have got to accept there are different nominations

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And I think we have got to accept there are different denominations

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and if we are going to have theological disagreements,

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in a way that we show this can be done in a positive way,

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which I think is the whole point of the interfaith event,

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we disagree on a lot of very fundamental levels but we can talk

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about this and try and understand where other people are coming from.

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West Country businesses are being urged to embrace

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Business West, which represents thousands of local firms,

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has backed the Prime Minister's call for them to explore new trade links.

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But some are thinking about relocating overseas.

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What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market.

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It was the week when her words echoed across

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We will pursue a bold and ambitious free-trade agreement

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Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain

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No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.

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Assembling such a complex trade deal in two

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years will require this sort of speed and precision. But while we

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wait for negotiations to start, changes already happening.

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Speak to any firm in the west that does business with Europe -

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they will tell you Brexit is having a big impact.

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It is down to the weakening value of this, British Sterling, as compared

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These caravans are being fitted with a German

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Since the referendum last June, there's been a 15% rise

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That's now being passed on to the customer -

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with the price tag for a new caravan up 5%.

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The costs might be rising but bosses remain upbeat.

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One of the upsides for us is that a weak pound means overseas holidays

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are more expensive and as a result, people will holiday in the UK,

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which is good for us, the staycation phenomenon

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will continue so it is good for the caravanning sector

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It was echoed at this food fair in South Gloucestershire today.

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I think we need to be optimistic, I would like it that we can get

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a cracking deal for companies, they would

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they put it in the van, and it goes whether it is going to

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Wolverhampton or Warsaw makes no difference.

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isn't everyone's taste. HSBC is moving 1,000 UK staff to

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They sell skateboards and sports clothing from

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this base in Bristol but are thinking of moving some of their

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if free trade with the EU comes to an end.

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It is a huge decision and a decision we won't make until we can

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see where the negotiations are going. We hope to be able to keep

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all of our warehousing here, but it all hinges on the negotiations.

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While the politicians talk of businesses face a bumpy ride, with

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plenty of ups and downs still to come.

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The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset has been given the logbooks

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the test pilot Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown.

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He died last year aged 97 and was considered

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by many to be the most significant pilot of the post war period.

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He captured the imagination of Eachan, who started a campaign

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to save his artefacts when they went up for auction.

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Eachan felt it was so important that the logbooks particularly

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should be available for future historians and test pilots to be

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able to read and he thought, what on earth can I possibly do?

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And of course he got such a brilliant reaction from having

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written his letter to Captain Brown before, he thought, who can I write

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The person who bought the items at auction

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A Bristol-based inventor has designed a bike

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John Packer was asked to come up with a prototype after a request

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from a former world champion oarsman from Exeter.

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This is the road rower and whereas I'm using normal pedal power

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with non-moving arms, John is using a steering wheel

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that goes backwards and forwards, whilst steering,

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and a leg movement like that of a rowing machine.

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I don't know of any other workout that uses so many muscles at once.

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If you want it to be, it can be an exhausting work-out.

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You are having to combine follow-on motor movements

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You are having to combine full-on motor movements

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You get used to it after a while, just like riding a bike.

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And here's the techy bit, what makes it work so well

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are two one-way clutches which are underneath the seat.

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I apologise now to all the users of the Bristol to Bath cycle path,

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My dad was the last person to do that when I first started learning.

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This is an early model and John and the rower Rupert Cattell

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are hoping to raise funds to progress the design.

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Today, they tested it on some of the elite rowers

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at Oxford University and they're hoping that we mere mortals might be

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interested in it too as a fresh air alternative to the gym.

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I may have managed it for just a few seconds,

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but I'm not sure I'll be swapping it for my road bike any time soon.

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Let's head to the roof now - Ian has the weather.

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Thanks very much. We are in for an overnight period which will be under

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clear skies. Let me take you through the forecast for tomorrow because

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the legacy from all of that will be clear skies through the day. A

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frosty start, certainly, but a good deal of sunshine through what will

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be a dry day and one of light winds and old, as you might well imagine.

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Through the rest of tonight, the clergy that has been across northern

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areas has been shunted away towards the north-west and will continue to

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do so tonight. You can see the net result, in some spots of the

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countryside, as low as -4 to minus six. Will start tomorrow morning

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with perhaps a bit of patchy freezing fog in Gloucestershire

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towards borders with Oxfordshire, elsewhere I expected to be clear

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that and clear upload through the rest of the day, beautiful crisp

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winter's day if you are out and about but inherently cold, with

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temperatures in a range of about 3-5, possibly six Celsius. By

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tomorrow night, once again the frost will return. The complication is

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there is a bit more cloud around, particularly down towards the far

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south-west and into Saturday and Sunday, a lot of dry weather about,

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varying amounts of cloud and sunshine

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looks as though we can, a bit more cloud on Sunday. Now the national

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