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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Rob Smith.

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Guilty of illegally storing waste - the businessman behind a mountain

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of mattresses described as a blight on a Kent village.

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He died 17 hours after he was declared fit

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William Romp's widow demands answers.

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Her battle with cancer inspired thousands -

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now Charlotte Eades family have discovered dozens

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more of her video blogs, never seen before.

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She just looked at me and she said, "Does that mean I'll never

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get married and never have children?"

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72 years after he suffered terrible burns in an RAF crash -

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Guinea Pig Club member Sandy Saunders takes

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And how it's only costing you a fiver to see a Grammy award

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winning bluesman Jon Clearly play a pub gig in Sussex.

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A businessman accused of blighting a village with a mountain

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of thousands of discarded mattresses has been found guilty of having more

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than double the amount of waste he was allowed on the site.

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The waste at Lewis Bertram's recycling

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was described by villagers as a living hell.

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Canterbury Crown heard that the site still hasn't been cleared -

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and it may cost up to ?150,000 for the waste to be taken away.

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He amassed a mountain of mattresses that blighted a business estate

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and will cost more than ?100,000 to clear.

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Today, Lewis Bertram was found guilty on three counts at Canterbury

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Crown Court of illegally depositing waste and failing to recycle

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But there's also been a financial impact for

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those who own neighbouring business units.

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Well, it was vacant for 18 months so obviously I lost that

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rental income for the 18 month period which is part of my

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So, yes, it is difficult and, of course, if you are looking

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at selling the unit, it diminishes the value

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Despite the court action, the two industrial units and yards

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rented by Lewis Bertram are still full of waste.

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Local businesses say the sheer quantity of mattresses

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wasn't only an eyesore but a fire risk.

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It used to be a commercial vehicle body building business next

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door, so had the building caught alight right at the end, it could

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potentially set light to vehicles next door and there may be

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caused a fire to spread through into my unit.

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The Environment Agency brought this prosecution but with tonnes of waste

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on-site, it is unclear who will foot the bill to remove it.

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It's clear that the person who needs to clear this

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waste is Mr Bertram, he brought them in so he needs

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to clear them and that's what we fully expect

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But we have heard in court, he says he has got no money.

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Again, it's down to Mr Bertram to clear the waste and that's what we

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Nearby businesses claim Lewis Bertram has only removed

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After he told Canterbury Crown Court that he

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earned ?25,000 a year from running Eco-Matters

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recycling business, many

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fear there will have to be further legal

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before the eyesore is finally cleared.

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Peter, the mattresses are still there but for how long?

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It is unclear how long they will still buy. The rubbish out, despite

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the jury seen photographic evidence, Lewis Bertram claimed that he never

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stored and processed mattresses outside. You can see them, even

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today, after he was found guilty, his barrister told the court that

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the site was largely cleared. The judge is launching an investigation

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into how many mattresses are here. She will give her sentencing of

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Lewis Bertram in February. The Environment Agency is saying that

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the maximum sentence of this is five years in prison or an unlimited

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fine. The big question tonight is who will pay to remove this? Is Mr

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Bertram does not have any money, it could fall upon the Land Rover to

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meet because of the clear up. -- land owner.

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A grieving widow is demanding answers after her husband died 17

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hours after allegedly being discharged from hospital

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88 year old William Romp, was taken to his Canterbury home

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by ambulance after a doctor deemed him fit for discharge.

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His family claim he was in fact so ill he couldn't eat or drink

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Within half an hour his daughter dialled 999 and Mr Romp was rushed

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back to A at the Kent and Canterbury hospital

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on December the 5th, the last time his family

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Williams Romp have been in hospital for several weeks with a severe lung

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condition and dementia. His wife Brenda Romp was relieved to hear he

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was coming home, now apparently feeling better and able to get

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around. But when she saw him, she said he should never been at the

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start. I want to know why these there is a therapist Tommy he can

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walk eight metres when he could not stand. -- told me. Why the doctor

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told me he was signed off but enough to come home, he could hardly talk.

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He could not breathe. I made him a cup of tea but he could not drink

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it. Their daughter phoned the GP then Dell 999 and he was back in

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hospital within an hour. It was the last time they saw him alive. The

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claim he had not been washed up Rob Lee cared for. I knew he was dying

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that night. I could not kiss him goodbye. He's not so bad. I managed

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to kiss him on his forehead, that was all. His nails were thick with

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dirt. Bill died early the next morning before Brenda and her family

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could get to see him. Today the east Kent Hospital trust that we are

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unable to comment because the matter is subject to a coroner 's inquiry.

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It's funny that they send you home to die because they did not have the

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room. It would be some sort of answer. -- if they told you. They

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didn't. They just sent him home, just to get rid of him, basically.

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If he was fit to come home, why did he died the next morning? The family

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want their questions answered are pursuing a formal complaint. -- and

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are pursuing a formal complaint. Sussex headteachers tell MPs budget

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pressures will mean cuts in the number of teachers,

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no after school clubs and no pastoral support

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for struggling students. Hundreds of thousands of Southern

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rail passengers are facing yet more disruption tonight,

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with RMT union members on strike in the long running row over

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the role of conductors. It comes as a Conservative MP

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is looking to introduce a private members bill to Parliament tomorrow

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aimed at preventing a repeat of this The bill would mean strikes

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affecting critical national services such as rail,

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tubes, buses and the NHS would have to be "proportionate and reasonable"

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in the view of a High Court Judge, and that a basic level of service

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should be maintained and it should be mandatory to attend

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talks at the conciliation service Our political editor

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Helen Catt reports. Strike action which has crippled the

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already underperforming Southern network for much of the year has

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today reached its 34th day. Too long says one Conservative MP who will

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tomorrow start trying to change the law to restrict further walk-outs in

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critical services. This would be adjudicated by a High Court judge,

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nobody saying a strike should be banned. I respect the right to

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strikes. That needs to be balanced with the right of the public to get

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to work and to get home to see their loved ones. He has the public

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support of 49 of his fellow conservatives. Although crucially,

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the Government has not said explicitly it would back new laws.

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It is politically charged, there is no doubt about that. It will make it

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more difficult for unions and workers to take industrial action

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that has bite. Tonight, the RMT said it would be prepared to break any

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such new law. It's a human rights. I'm just laws need to be broken. It

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would be absolutely impossible to impose the most terrible

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exploitation if this was allowed to become law so we have got to oppose

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it. -- unjust law. The polling company says 61% of people it

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surveyed said train driver should have the same right to strike as

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anybody else. In Bexhill, there with some support for judges stepping in.

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Something definitely needs to be done. I travelled to Tunbridge Wells

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nearly every day at the moment and it has been a nightmare these last

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couple of months. Definitely, the strikes are ridiculous. It is

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causing stress to businesses. It would be a good idea because of what

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is going on. Does the judge use the trains? He is properly driven

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around, he doesn't know what chains. Southern expects to run a full

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service to my belief that I'm in a month. Its leaders continue talks

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with the company. They talk with the RMT drivers will go ahead and the

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units are pleasing Greene appealing to other members not to cross the

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pickets. And Helen Catt joins

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us in the studio. So, Helen, a number of RMT drivers

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are due to go out on strike. As clever as the Nugent is not

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making any official statement at the moment. Those talks are still

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happening. -- Aslef. It is slightly complicated for them. It is not a

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union on strike. While the dispute are about the safety of trains and

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driver only operated doors, they are legally separate dispute so it does

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make it more complicated as a choice for Aslef members. Southern say the

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RMT strikes will not affect it introducing that full service. As

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the bill that is going for parliament, it will be put together

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tomorrow, but to Parliament, just the first stage, he is not expecting

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any opposition at that point. It is a private members Bill, difficult to

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get through. If you can not so good Government backing for it, he may

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face a challenge. Thank you. -- if you cannot get Government backing

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for it. The Home Office have stepped up

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border checks following claims a loophole allows passengers

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to travel to Britain on the Eurostar A newspaper investigation reported

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that journalists were able to travel between Brussels and London

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without being checked. The Home Office said

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it is the responsibility of Eurostar to ensure that all UK bound

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passengers are presented to UK authorities for

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examination at the border. A man has appealed in court for the

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Limerick accused of stalking a journalist. These beliefs are

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conducted her on social media is an centre taxi to her home address. He

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has been bailed until next month. The leader of Kent County Council

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is calling on the government to cut the foreign aid budget in order

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to spend more on the Paul Carter says that adult social

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care is near to crisis point and that it will need central

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government to fund it properly if local authorities and the NHS

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are going to be able to cope Charlotte Eades made a huge impact

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during her all too short life - the Sussex teen choosing

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to document her brave battle with brain cancer with an online

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video blog that she kept going right Now her family have discovered

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dozens of previously unseen videos Charlotte made,

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as she sought to open up conversation around cancer,

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her treatment, and its side effects. Our health correspondent Mark

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Norman, who has been to Brighton to meet them for tonight's special

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report. So I had just finished my exams

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and then I was planning It was actually on the day

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of prom I was diagnosed, Obviously that was all taken

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away from me after being After she passed away,

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Charlotte's videos were nominated for a prestigious online to award

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and then, remarkably, her family found dozens of unedited,

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unseen video files on her camera. The camera which was very

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special to her, obviously, And I thought there was nothing else

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on it, I went through the stuff. I've had this memory card for months

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and I found a new folder Were you shocked, were

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you surprised, were you upset? The most poignant thing is just how

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frank they were and how honest. When it came to wearing them this

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one was definitely more comfortable. Hey, guys, so I wanted

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to make a video today... But with the type of tumour

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Charlotte had her condition Nothing is really

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working or happening. Charlotte's videos became more

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reflective, sometimes difficult to watch, and bringing back

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difficult memories for her family. We went to see our consultant

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afterwards and he more or less had his head in his hands and said,

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it's very, very, very bad news. And she just looked at me

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and she said, does that mean I'll never get married

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and never have children? This is where Charlotte

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was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive brain tumour,

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where she spent hours being treated and where, a year on,

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doctors still remember her. In children's terms the number

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of tumours like Charlotte that That does not mean it is any less

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important and so I would say we need to promote awareness of this tumour

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and we need to get more people giving money and donating money

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to research into glioblastoma, so we can continue to

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improve the survival. The need to raise money for research

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into this type of tumour is why Charlotte's family have started

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a charity in her name. And I promised her

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I'll make it work. So obviously, hopefully,

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she is proud of just looking after us and the charity and it

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will take off, hopefully. Charlotte died a year ago

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and her local hospital in Brighton. The family believe her legacy will

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live on both through the charity If anything else exciting happens

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I will grab the camera again. And you can watch Mark's full report

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about Charlotte and her legacy on tonight's episode of Inside Out

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at 7.30 here on BBC One. A businessman

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accused of blighting a Kent village with a mountain

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of discarded mattresses has been Lewis Bertram, who ran recycling

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firm Eco-Matters in Smarden, had denied the charge

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at Canterbury Crown Court. Join me to meet Jon Clearly, a

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Grammy winner, he has played with many of the greats. He is back in

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England, in Hastings. Warnings out by the Met office by freezing fog

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and mist tonight. I will have the details for you in the forecast

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later in the programme. Nearly 72 years ago,

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Sandy Saunders suffered terrible burns while training as a pilot,

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when his Tiger Moth He not only survived

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but went on to become a GP, inspired by the surgeon

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who treated him in East Grinstead, His patients received pioneering

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treatments such as skin grafts Together, they became known

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as the Guinea Pig Club, as many of the operations had never

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been tried before altogether he Today, Sandy Saunders,

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who is now 94, took to the skies one last

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time in a Tiger Moth, The 27th of September, 1945

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was a very important day in my life. I hit the ground rather

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violently and Sandy Saunders was just 22

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when his Tiger Moth stalled and crashed in a training

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exercise in 1945. I was covered with aviation

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fuel and I was on fire. I got horrible burns

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over my entire legs His one piece of good

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fortune, to be sent to the Queen Victoria Hospital

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in East Grinstead to be treated His magic hands have given new limbs

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and new faces to burned Last November, Sandy opened

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a permanent exhibition of McIndoe's work at

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East Grinstead Museum. Lieutenant Saunders

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was one of 649 airmen to be treated in McIndoe's

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operating theatre. Instead of feeling ashamed

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about their disfigurements, they were proud members

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of the Guinea Pig Club. One of its last surviving members,

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at 94, Sandy Saunders has returned to the skies

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again in a Tiger Moth. The GP for four decades,

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inspired into medicine by the treatment he received,

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Sandy has tracked the Himalayas, sailed the Atlantic and skied

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into his 80s, exactly the full and active life

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McIndoe dreamed Sara Smith, BBC South East

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Today, East Grinstead. An extraordinary man.

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Great pictures. Budget pressures on schools

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will mean fewer after school clubs, and no pastoral support

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and counselling for students struggling

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with mental health issues. That's what a Sussex head

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teacher has been telling MPs at a Westminster

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meeting this evening. Liam Collins, head of Uplands

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Community College in Wadhurst, said budget pressures amounted

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to "a cut of ten teachers, no IT However, the Department

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for Education said that school funding "will be over ?40 billion

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in 2016-17 - its highest So this is our other theme, what do

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you think this is? Year 12 biology class in what has. Ofsted said this

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is a good school with teaching both good and outstanding but the head

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teacher here once they face the prospect of cuts. I don't think

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anyone really understands the pressure that we are under. Today he

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told the influential Public Accounts Committee that with current funding

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levels, his goal will be underfunded to the tune of ?350,000 within three

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years. The equivalent of losing no fewer than ten teachers. As a

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parent, I think we should be very worried. My son is going into year

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seven next year and I am really worried by him in terms of what kind

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of school he is going to be going into. The funding concerns have been

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raising an annual survey of more than 1000 schools by National

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Association of head teachers. What is particularly worrying about the

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findings are passed survey is how the situation has got worse since

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last year. We carried out the survey 12 months ago and what we are

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seeing, for example, is the number of schools that are finding

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themselves in deficit has gone up from eight to 18%. And a number of

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schools are preparing to make significant cuts or having to dip

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into reserves has gone up by 7% as well to 71%. Suzanne has three

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children at the school. I am quite worried. I think other parents are

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worried as well. I think the quality of education might go down, the

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quality of teaching, budgets are being cut. Teachers are getting paid

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less, some teachers may not be replaced. Don't be silly with the

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sharp bits and put them in the bin. Huge variations in how much cash

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given her people. Recent figures show the City of London gets more

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than 8500 people compare to East Sussex who receives nearly half that

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amount. Kent comes out worse, receiving just over ?4000 per pupil.

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Last month, a new national funding formula within us to address the

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disparities that that will not kick in until 2018. The NAHT says the

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Government needs to provide more cash still all its pupils who will

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pay the price. Some dark one is from the

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headteacher that. Whatever the Department for Education had to say?

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It says school funding is at record levels, ?40 billion for the year

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2016 to 2070. A spokesperson told this, we recognise that schools are

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facing cost pressures, we will continue to provide advice on

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support them to use their funding and cost-effective ways. That said,

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the National office believe there will be a shortfall in the education

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budget of some ?3 billion in 2020. It looks like it will be a tough few

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years to come for schools and for the people who run them.

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Thank you. Eastbourne's Johanna Konta

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has powered her way through to the Australian Open

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quarterfinal - where she'll meet The World Number nine beat

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Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-4, which means she's

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reached the last eight Gillingham manager Andy Pennock's

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secured his first point Billy Sharp opened the scoring

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for Sheffield United but the Gills' Josh Wright scored a quick double

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to change the game before Kieron He grew up in Kent but these days

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Grammy award winning pianist and musician Jon Cleary lives

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in his adopted city of New Orleans. The Grammy's are the US

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music industry's Oscars and his latest recording,

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Go Go Juice, was voted regional He's in residence with his band

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at Ronnie Scott's Club in London this week but tonight he's on home

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turf playing solo at Robin, it's a bit of a coup

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for the pub, isn't it? It has to be. They have got the

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current 2016 Grammy award-winning playing here. As you say, he won

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that for the regional roots album of the year. The regional roots, they

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were talking about, was New Orleans. We of course knew that he grew up in

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Kent so he is one of ours. That is a good reason for coming back here, he

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is playing for the first time on home soil for years so that people

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here can come and see him for ?5 in the pub, if there was a ticket

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available. It's the sound and soul

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of New Orleans running from his heart right

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down to his fingertips. In a way, it's no

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surprise Jon Clearly has lived there longer

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than anywhere else, meeting and working

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with the likes of His place in the musical

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hierarchy was marked last year with a Grammy but awards

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don't mean much to him. The kind of music I play

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has always been off everybody's radar,

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you don't expect to do this stuff and get rich

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get famous or whatever, it's not the reason you do it.

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So that was never my motivation, really, and so stuff like that

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A bit strange, it doesn't really quite fit into

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down there on the banks of the Mississippi River

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On Saturday, he was playing in Dublin

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and he has six performances in four days with his band,

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the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, at Ronnie Scott's this week.

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Tonight though, it's Hastings and a homecoming of a sort.

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Used to do lots of gigs here in Hastings.

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A lot of the gigs I was doing, a lot of the pubs I was

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playing in, I wasn't actually old enough to be in.

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I was about 14 when I started playing, doing gigs

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He was still a teenager when he took a plane

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to New Orleans and his destiny as a musician.

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It's like breathing, it's a bodily function,

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Music, when you're not, if you're a musician,

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you've been a musician for a long time, the music just keeps

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The only time anybody else can hear what's going

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on in my head is if I'm actively sitting next to a musical

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instrument, everybody else can hear it as well.

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If you walk away from the instrument, the music doesn't

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It's when you sit down, then it all comes out

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and everybody else can hear it aswell.

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It's roots music, tonight performed where the piano man's roots begin.

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A homecoming in Hastings. I can guarantee, as they used to say in

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old New Orleans, Hill had to jump in.

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Thank you. I checked on the weather now. A foggy day today. More fog on

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the way. Lots of you are bleeding the photographs. -- uploading.

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Cold in the day. Once again, warnings out about this freezing

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fog. Very poor visibility on the roads best thing for tomorrow

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morning. Clear skies, temperatures plummeting in the rural spots.

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Dropping as low as -4 or minus five Celsius. Dropping below freezing in

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towns and cities. The fog is the main story for tomorrow morning.

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Still an area of high pressure. While that eventually close, if it

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does, we will start to see lots of sunshine again. Bitterly cold

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throughout the day. By the afternoon, temperatures doing well

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if they reach highs around or five Celsius. A crisp day, still lots of

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mist McCann fog as we had through tomorrow morning. Temperatures

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rolling away, loads of -4 minus five Celsius in more rural starts.

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Wednesday, much more of the same, Thursday, bitterly cold from the

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continent. Temperatures not getting above freezing. The main story do

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tonight, lots of fog again. Thank you Rachel. I will be back at

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eight o'clock and 10:25pm. I will see you tomorrow evening. Goodbye.

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