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Blocking up the sewers - a plea from Thames Water not to pour

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The fact sticks in the pipes and it can cause blockages in the network.

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That could flood people's houses and gardens. It's something that we

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would like to stop. Small is beautiful -

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the intimate gig in a front room becomes a showcase for up

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and coming singers. Five weeks after it was leaked,

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a report into the future shape of health services across the area

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has been officially published. The draft report sets out areas that

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could see changes at our major and community hospitals

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and in the way care There have been regular protests

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against the possible downgrading of the Horton Hospital in Banbury

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and there are fears that some But health bosses have insisted

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they're planning to find "new and better ways"

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of meeting people's needs. Our political reporter

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Bethan Phillips joins me now. Bethan, how much

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more do we know now? This is a 112-page document -

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but it's still pretty So if you were hoping to find out

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what's going to happen to your local community hospital or GP service,

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you're going to be disappointed. In fact, the health bosses have

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admitted that there's still no date for when that sort of detail will be

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published, despite repeated We've been told it's

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because options for these services However, today's draft does confirm

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that changes are being considered to Banbury's Horton Hospital,

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including to emergency care, Why are people so worried

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about the plan? The fact is there's

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a big hole in the budget This plan covers west Berkshire,

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Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and it's expected by 2021

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there will be a ?480 That's around a fifth of what's

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currently spent on health And because there have been a lot

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of delays to finding out what's in this plan it's led

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to a lot of speculation. Campaigners for the Horton fear

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the hospital could lose its A department, along

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with other services. Oxfordshire's Green Party claims

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all the county's community hospitals Cherwell District Council fears that

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cuts to the Horton would hit those They've looked for a body can find

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savings, sizeable savings, quickly and easily. But they are doing it on

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the back of the most honourable people -- honourable people in the

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county. That cannot be right. I ask them sincerely to think again.

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But, some people say this is a chance to change

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These plans are happening all over the country -

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they're called Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

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The influential thinktank the King's Fund has said

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they provide an "important opportunity" for improving

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But on the other hand, some argue you're unlikely to make

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the NHS better at the same time as cutting large chunks

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Meanwhile in Oxfordshire, redundancy notices have been sent

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out to 90 members of staff at the county's children's centres.

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There have been protests at the county council's decision

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The council says the unfortunate timing is down to a legal challenge.

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The council's talking with various groups about how to keep

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many of the centres open and is planning a new service

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A Sunday league footballer from Swindon is facing jail

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after breaking an opponent's ankle in a foul.

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28-year-old Dayne Lewis-Peapell was found guilty of unlawful wounding.

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It was after the tackle in a game between G-Power Solutions

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and Shrivenham in a Division 2 match in October last year.

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Thames Water says cooking fat has caused nearly 40,000 blockages

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in the sewage system so far this year.

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The company says the problem gets worse around Christmas

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and is warning people not to put fat down the sink after

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Ben Moore has been to their treatment plant in Reading.

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Just a warning if you re eating - some of the pictures might

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Whilst we hope that this raw sewage doesn't put

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you off your Christmas dinner, it's turkey and all the trimmings

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At Thames Water, they're glad it isn't Christmas every day

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because at this time of year there's festive filth in the filters.

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And do you notice a difference as we get into Christmas?

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Oh, yes, a lot more tinsel, more fat as well.

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It just builds up and sticks to everything, makes everything ten

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This is the raw sewer inlet and, believe me,

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Over the Christmas period, they start to pull more exotic

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Half eaten food, especially, of course, Brussels sprouts,

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and sadly over the Christmas period, a lot more deceased pets.

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But the big nightmare before Christmas is fat.

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As people cook their dinners, many drain it down the sink.

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It then congeals deep underground and forms what are called fatbergs.

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We ask everyone right across the country, please

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look after the three Ps, three Ps only down the toilet

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Please put your fat in a jar, put it in the bin and that

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Festive feasting is doing some good, the methane produced

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Across the Thames water region, we make enough energy to power

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So the power could go to TVs on Christmas Day to watch

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It will be cooking thousands of turkeys, you just won't even know

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So give yourself an extra helping and pile on the pounds -

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Next, the pub where David Cameron bought the Chinese

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The Plough at Cadsden near Princes Risborough

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was sold to a Chinese firm earlier this month.

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It's reassuring residents there are no plans to change it.

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The investment company is investing billions

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Its managing director told Jeremy Stern why

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A traditional English pub that's making its name in China.

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Last year David Cameron took the Chinese Premier

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Almost instantly the plough became an international attraction.

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We've been inundated with Chinese visitors.

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It's been quite funny, it's been exciting.

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They seem to land at Heathrow Airport, picked up by a coach,

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stop at The Plough for fish and chips and a pint of beer

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and then off to the village to buy their designer clothes.

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Businessman Peter Zhang spotted the potential and bought

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His plans are, to say the least, ambitious.

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He wants to build 50 Plough at Cadsdens across the far east

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The British pub concept is getting more and more popular in China.

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That's because more and more Chinese students are coming to the UK

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Sharon and her partner Steve have been taken on as advisors.

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Their exit after nearly twenty years in charge led

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to much local speculation about The Plough's future.

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But the pub will stay largely as it is.

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The rumour mill in the surrounding area is fantastic

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and there was talk that it would be turned into a Chinese restaurant

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rather than being bought by a Chinese investor.

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Yeah, there was a lot of concern initially.

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The Plough plays a big part in people's lives here.

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It's quite famous throughout the county.

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Trade between China and the UK is worth tens of billions of pounds.

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But could The Plough become the next successful export?

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Whether it's travelling to see families, commuting to work or doing

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that last-minute shopping, roads and trains are getting busy.

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Add to that the prospect of more rail closures than usual,

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and the possibility of a strike at British Airways.

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Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton has been

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I asked him whether getting away is going to be worse

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If this was a pantomime production, you would be

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shouting back at me, oh, yes it is!

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The people who monitor traffic jams can't quite work out whether to more

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-- whether tomorrow will be the worst day of the entire year

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One of the sat nav operators calls it carmageddon day.

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But on the railways at least we know what is going to happen.

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On the Great Western, the lines into Paddington station

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They won't reopen for several days because of engineering work.

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Great Western are suggesting that passengers could go via Oxford

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There's the new service that Chiltern Railways offer from Oxford.

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Most railway lines will remain open through the Christmas period,

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but journeys will be longer and the routes may be different.

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Dan Panes from Great Western is with me.

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This is a really important opportunity for Network Rail to get

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on the ground and do work they need to do to operate the railways.

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It will allow us to run our brand-new trains from next year help

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facilitate the introduction of the Crossrail service when that

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Two years ago when you did this it went wrong.

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The work overrun, the contractors didn't tell Network Rail,

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Network Rail didn't tell you - the result was thousands

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What are the chances of that being repeated?

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I can't say that it won't happen but certainly the relationship has

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But also, we've got more routes open to us.

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We've got the Marylebone that you talk about,

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we've got the Waterloo route that you mentioned, but we've also got

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the route into Ealing Broadway, which is quite important,

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because that is just a ten minute journey by tube

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On Saturday, we are told, there will be a third more cars

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I hate to be the harbinger of doom and gloom but, well,

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The jockey John Buckingham, who with Foinavon rode

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into Grand National folklore, has died aged 76.

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Buckingham became steered the 100-1 outsider through a mass of fallen

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He served his apprenticeship with Oxfordshire trainer Edward Courage.

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He retired in 1971 and became a jockey's valet.

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In later years he lived in Chipping Warden near Banbury.

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There are only two more advent calendar doors

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But one of the country's largest and most unusual advent calendars,

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in Buckinghamshire, can be explored right through the holidays.

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24 doors have been hidden in the vast gardens at Stowe,

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as part of a festival celebrating the work of Capability Brown.

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I think we are supposed to go that way. I think that's ready Christmas

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tree is. It's an advert on a monumental scale. It gives an

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opportunity to restore the naturalistic landscapes made by

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England's most famous gardener. It's been fun. We are out in the fresh

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air and surgeon. We've found for five so far. We are in the church,

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it's marked by the Christmas tree and there is a poor win to reach. It

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was here that capability Brown was married. He worked for ten years in

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total and had chosen here. He created the estate's revered Grecian

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Valley. He thrusts it the... Reporting to the certain time path

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that makes its way down the valley. The plans are created so that

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surprise is created. The views include the recently recreated

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circle of the dancing fun. It's been inspiring to follow in his footsteps

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out of the interpreters work. The planting is now mature and some has

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been lost. We will have to be planted the aspects of the garden.

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It's creating the natural style of gardening that is huge for people to

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enjoy. It's just so beautiful. The trees and the open spaces. It's

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lovely to get some exercise in fresher. The last daughters had an

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image will of the Crown. So gardens will be closed on Christmas Eve and

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Christmas Day, but opens on Boxing Day and feeding doors will be easier

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to explore till the end of the first week in January. -- at the great

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indoors. A small part of Oxford has been turned into Transylvania.

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Tomorrow, we'll be talking to the stars. She might also mobile from

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Coronation Street. -- she might allow one From Coronation St.

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Later on: Why the Hollywood actor James Mason opened a new shop in the

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1970s. Cameras have been used to improve

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accountability. Hampshire and Dorset have introduced similar cameras to

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their offices. People in a village in Dorset have

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been learning to bake bread to feed The project based in

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Sutton Poyntz near Weymouth has attracted dozens of volunteers,

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who've been turning out loaves to be handed on to charities helping

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the hungry in the town. They've also been selling

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their produce to raise money Every month we have at least one day

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where we each bake loaves in our own kitchens and then take them

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down to anywhere else where homeless people need

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food and we donate that 40 years ago a small shop

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in the New Forest received a special The actor, James Mason,

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was there to support a local organisation called

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Animal Vigilantes. He became President

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of the organisation based in Fordingbridge, and we've

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discovered an interview with him recorded at the time

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as Richard Latto reports. Atypically traditional new Forest

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town with shops that have been here for decades. In 1976 a very famous

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star of the screen came for a visit. James Mason, the British actor who

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became one of the world's biggest stars in films such as 20,000

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Leagues under the Sea. We are and educational trust and wildlife

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rescue, and that means we go out to schools, clubs to talk about the

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work of animal welfare. I have had the privilege and

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pleasure of opening an establishment called James Mason's House, also the

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headquarters of Animal Vigilantes. The charity later changed its name

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to Animals Voice. It was so exciting because a long

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time ago I had actually joined his fan club and I had my bedroom

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covered with his photographs. And on one occasion, James Mason saw

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a rescue Fox and asked Betty for a special favour. He said, Betty, do

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one thing for me? He said, would you call the new Fox Clarissa? After my

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wife? Of course, I said yes, of course I will. I used to send

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photographs of Clarissa to them. What is your own interest in Animal

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Vigilantes or caring about animals? Nothing, really, other than I am a

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carer for animals. I care about other things and other people as

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well as animals but I feel a personal obligation I suppose and

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desire to do what I can for animals. He raised money for us all over the

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place and told everybody about us. He turned up and special occasions.

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This was one of them, when he bought this place for us, he came to open

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it. That was wonderful. Great memories. Let's move on to

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sport. Tony is here. Looking forward to Boxing Day and a great racing

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spectacular. Always look forward to it on Boxing

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Day docked a timely moment over the festive Herriot. A big day of sport.

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Also the football. -- festive period. We will have some football

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from last night. We might have swelled the attendance had we gone

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last night. Reading are through to the last 16

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of the much maligned Checkatrade Trophy after beating a Southampton

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Under-21s 11 last night. The Royals came from behind

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after Lloyd Isgrove scored a fine opener to give the home

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side the lead. Niall Keown, son of Martin,

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scored the equaliser which took With the spectator on the edge

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of his seat, the Royals triumphed, keeper Ansii Jaakaola saving two

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spot kicks before Yakou Meite scored Over the next three weeks

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there will be two world The more lucrative event run

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by the PDC is on now in London and Hampshire's James Wade

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is through to the second round. The three time semi-finalist,

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nicknamed The Machine, had few faults against

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Dutchman Ronny High-breckts, beating him, three sets to nil

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at Alexandra Palace. The original world championship run

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by the British darts organisation One of the highlights of the festive

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sporting programme is horse racing's King George

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the Sixth Chase at Kempton. It's second only to the Cheltenham

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Gold Cup in jump racing prestige. And this year, a Dorset stable

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will be the centre of attention on Boxing Day and in particular,

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two horses as Kris Temple reports. It the in-house head-to-head that's

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got tongues wagging. The yard near Sherborne is preparing the defending

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champion to go head-to-head with Thistle Crack. They really race each

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other before the Cheltenham Festival in March but with this pair both

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having different owners, both parties have decided to take their

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chance. They are individual horses with

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separate owners and they have to be treated fairly. You can only keep

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them apart for so long and then you have to be fair to the horse because

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there is only one King George a year and only one gold cup per year. Once

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you liked him up, he is right there for you. That certainly helps get

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it. Q Card warmed up for this in the bet

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fair chase. A potential ?1 million bonus.

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He is in the form of his life. He really is brilliant again. He was

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brilliant all last season, on a par with that again.

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Thistle Crack is favourite to win the Cheltenham cup, despite it being

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his first season as a steeplechaser. It will be a furious race. It is no

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good to say it is an easy three miles. It is not. They will go flat

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out and he will be the best was running, always on the turn. It is a

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furious race. I would say it is a more furious gallop than the Gold

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cup. And Nicky Henderson isn't out of the

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equation. The gloves are off on Boxing Day for the clash of Tizard's

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tightens. -- tight ons. Sussex have signed batsman

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Laurie Evans from Warwickshire. The 29-year-old has signed a three

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year contract at Hove. Evans has been deployed more

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as a limited overs player in recent years but has won trophies

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in all three formats It can be difficult for aspiring

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singers and musicians to get their break -

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even to find places to perform. But an idea called

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Sofar is changing that. People open up their homes, offices,

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cafes and many other unusual One singer has introduced

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the global movement to Winchester and it's growing fast

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as James Ingham reports. Josh Savage has racked up

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dozens of Sofar sessions Each one unique - but each

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one intimate, special. I am playing a living room show in

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someone's home I've never met before. Are they completely look

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after you. That is the biggest surprise, I find.

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So it was a natural step to set up Sofar in his

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home city Winchester - this one in his

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actor you get to see the audience actually watching you as well and

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also just the kind of relationship between the artist and the audience,

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it is a lot closer and so much more intimate and quite magical really.

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You get to see a lot of music you wouldn't necessarily hear or see.

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You get to meet nice people and you don't know who is playing until you

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come on the night so that is nice. It is nice not to have a row of

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smartphones in the front row. It is nice to hear the band. It's amazing.

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It is so intimate so they are right there and you can feel their breath.

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You come away feeling quite overwhelmed. It is such a sharing

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thing. You share something of an evening.

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Josh has built audiences and made friends through Sofar.

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It was perfect. I would love to have you here again.

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In this ever competitive and difficult industry

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the sessions are opening new avenues for musicians and bringing

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music fans more chances to appreciate them.

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It inspires me to go on and find people who want to listen to my

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music and carry on with the journey. Sofar sessions are also held

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in Southampton, Reading, And Josh Savage is playing tonight

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at the Railway Inn in Winchester and he's launching a new single

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in London in the new year. Good luck to him for 2017. On to the

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weather. It is looking windy and wet.

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Is there a storm coming? There is but not for us. It will affect

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Scotland and the North. For us in the south we will have gusty winds

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over the next 24 hours. Greg Stretch photographed

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the sunrise on the River Martin Dolan captured the sun

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rising at Durdle Door. And Ali Lansley took this

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picture of Father Christmas Today we saw some lovely sunny

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conditions. The odd isolated shower through this evening and overnight

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tonight we are looking at clear skies and an initial frost with a

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strengthening breeze, which should keep the frost at bay. Under the

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clear skies temperatures in the countryside falling away to two or

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three Celsius with patchy cloud. The chance of hill fog in some places. A

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dry start to the day tomorrow. Through the course of the day sunny

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spells through the morning, increasing cloud from the West

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during the afternoon and the weather front. Merging its way in during the

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afternoon and evening. Temperatures tomorrow will be up to around ten or

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11 Celsius but with a strengthening breeze. There is a Met Office

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weather warning in place for Dorset. We could see wind gusts of 50 or 60

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mph. Elsewhere, 40 or 50 mph widely. Gusty conditions, especially with

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the weather front pushing eastwards through tomorrow evening. It will

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clear quickly and once it does the skies were clear but the breeze will

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continue and temperatures will fall to around 4-9 C. Looking ahead to

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Christmas Eve it will be a mainly dry day with sunny spells, patchy

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cloud and the odd isolated shower. It will feel quite chilly because of

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the strength of the breeze continuing to blow in from the West

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or south west during the day. Increasing cloud through the latter

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part of Christmas Eve into the evening, with this warm front moving

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through. The air behind it will be very mild so Christmas Day very mild

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indeed. The warmest Christmas Day was back in 1920, where we saw a

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high of 15.6 Celsius. If we beat that this Christmas could be the

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warmest Christmas Day of all time. Windy with lots of cloud through

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Christmas Day and the odd spot of light rain or drizzle. Into Boxing

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Day high-pressure starts to build and that

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may well stay with us. Remember our appeal to try to find

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the young lady who played the piano at West case shopping centre? An

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elderly gentleman had been singing with her by chance and wanted to say

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thank you and wanted us to find. We have tracked her down and it was

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within minutes on our Facebook page. Tomorrow we've got something a bit

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special for you so make sure you join us. Our last big programme of

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Christmas and the New Year so until then, good night.

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