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Hello and welcome to site today. In the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Hello and welcome to site today. In tonight programme, the danger of

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misusing level crossings. High a cyclist narrowly escaped death after

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leaving his bike on the tracks. Preparing for a first in Oxford this

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weekend, Christmas dinner for young people who have been in care.

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I am Paul all. I am Georgia May three. Join us later for talking

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about music, mayhem and Transylvania. It is the Rocky horror

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show! Later on, story of the heart-warming

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story of a Christmas card that led to an musical reunion for John.

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Network Rail is warning of the dangers of misusing level

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crossings after being forced to close two in Aylesbury.

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It has released new footage of a cyclist narrowly escaping death

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after leaving his bike on the tracks.

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These few seconds were the difference between life and death.

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This near miss at the Griffin named crossing in Aylesbury was recorded

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as part of a server waveguide Network Rail. In the month long

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period they saw a number of concerns, these included children

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going to and from school looking down at the films, and this man

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carrying a large piece of wood across the tracks. It was an

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incident last month with a man and his bike that led them to make the

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decision to close the crossing. I think they should put a little

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bridge over it or something. If they think it is a danger then, yes,

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definitely, they should close it. It is not that we have a long way to

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It is not that we have a long way to walk around.

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But Griffin Lane isn't the only crossing in Aylesbury to be closed.

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Two miles away, a fatal collision shut this

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If they close it, they did save her life. It really is dangerous. If it

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is open, it will happen again. I find it quite annoying because you

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have to take the long route round. There are a lot of pensioners that

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reduced the post office. Unfortunately, they are having to go

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elsewhere now. In an ideal world, we would not put level crossings over

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railways because we would leave the railway lines as far away from the

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general public as possible, but we are working on a Victorian

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infrastructure and it should be treated in the same weight as if you

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were crossing a road, you should take all the necessary precautions

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But despite today's warning, it seems not everyone

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was getting the message, as people continue to, literally,

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Rail passengers are being told to plan ahead over Christmas

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and expect significant delays as a number of lines are closed

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There will be no trains in or out of London Paddington after 8.00pm

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Services will stop at Ealing Broadway.

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There will then be a reduced timetable between 30th

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Well, for the last year, Network Rail has been working

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overnight and at weekends to do a lot of the work required

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for Crossrail and for the electrification of the line,

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but sometimes, frankly, it needs time to do this

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in consecutive days and that's why the Paddington Station area will be

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Three British Airways passengers have enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime

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flight after finding they were the only ones on board.

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They included Lawrie-Lin Walker, seen here in the middle,

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who's now on her way to celebrate Christmas with her family in Witney.

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She and her friends found themselves the only passengers on a flight

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The trio were upgraded to Business Class, posed for selfies

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A Christmas dinner for young people who have left care

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is happening for the first time in Oxford this weekend.

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They are being told to expect a Christmas Day

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The project first started in Manchester three years ago.

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Adina Campbell has been to meet the team behind it

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Mengan and Chantelle spent their teenage years in care.

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I remember one particular teacher didn't expect me to do very

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well at school and sort of made a comment.

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They say most of the memories of Christmas day with their foster

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families in Oxfordshire weren't special.

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Through my teenage years I despised Christmas.

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I didn't want to talk about it, I didn't take part in any activities

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But this year, a team of volunteers across the county have decided

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They have spent the last three months planning a Christmas dinner

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On Sunday, the guests will open presents, take part in games

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and enjoy a Christmas lunch cooked by a chef with Mechelen

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We have the best food for the Christmas dinner,

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the best chefs for the Christmas dinner, we have presents,

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we have films on the day, there is a creche for people

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Founder Lemn Sissay went through the care system himself

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and knows how tough this time of year can be.

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It's about creating a Christmas dinner that is unforgettable,

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that is full of love and joy and happiness for a care leaver,

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who next year will be able to have a memory to look back

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The Christmas Dinner Project started in Manchester three years ago

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and has since been rolled out to London and Leeds, but this year

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there are two new venues - Liverpool and Oxford.

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There are over 500 care leavers in Oxfordshire and we can't have

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Christmas for every care leaver, and not everyone would want to join,

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but part of the people, they can come and have

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The team behind Oxford's dinner have managed to put on most

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of the day for free, thanks to donations and volunteers

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To see other people having a nice Christmas,

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Christmas is all about spending time with people and looking

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back and reflecting and making those memories.

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Memories are the most important thing that you cherish.

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There are some foster families that make the day

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absolutely special for people, but then there are also those

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I have been there and I have had good Christmases

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had bad Christmases, but this is going to be

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something to remember and I was so honoured be invited.

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A street in North Oxford has been identified as the 15th most

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Research by Lloyds Bank has shown the average house price

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The average house price in the city is around ?350,000.

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London's Eaton Square topped the list - a property

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there would set you back around ?17 million.

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We're firmly into panto season, but in Oxford, if you take a jump

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to your left and a step to the right, you could be

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doing the Time Warp instead at Rocky Horror.

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It's on at the New Theatre, where the setting is Transylvania.

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Among the stars on stage are former S Club 7 member

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Paul Cattermole and last year's Strictly Come Dancing

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You might also know Georgia as Katy in Coronation Street.

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I went to meet them and asked what they think is behind

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the continuing appeal of Rocky Horror.

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One of the biggest appeals is that it has the audience

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interaction with the shout-outs, that have been going for so many

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years that it's part of the show, isn't it?

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They're still funny, every single time.

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No matter how many times you've seen it, it makes you giggle, as well.

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Sometimes the funniest jokes on the night come

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Georgia, were you an fan when you were growing up?

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I had to do my quickstep on Strictly to S Club 7 and I remember me

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and mum being on a pier somewhere, I think it was on Southsea

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or somewhere, doing, # Rreach for the stars #.

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I mean, you know it better than I do.

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And, Paul, for you, when you look back at the S Club years,

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what are your feelings around that time?

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I look back at it through rose-tinted glasses.

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I had a lot of fun, I met a lot of people, travelled a lot

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and I still like a lot of the songs, maybe more now than I did then.

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I used to watch your programme and everything.

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Georgia, Strictly, that must have helped you prepare

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I had never performed in front of an audience before,

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so that kind of taught me a lot, and feeling nervous like that

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as well was scary, but it has prepared me for this and,

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You are used to fancy costumes on Strictly -

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a whole different type of fancy costume in Rocky Horror.

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What's it like for both of you to be dressing up?

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One of them has a lot of blood, so that takes, like,

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20 minutes to do, so the whole of the first act I am

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Then another 15 minute make-up change to get

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I mean, they are both very different.

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One is just wham, bam, thank you, mam.

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Well, it feels like it when you can't breathe.

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So you have to be pretty fit to be able to do

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The thing with Strictly it was just 90 seconds and it is done,

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were this is an hour-and-a-half of not stopping.

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Especially Colombia, she is jumping around everywhere.

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And I get to do a little tap in it, as well.

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Tell me what your favourite elements are of Rocky Horror.

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Well, I like getting to play two parts.

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It is so fun and it is such a, like, legendary show, a legendary film,

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and everybody who comes knows everything, don't they?

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All the shout-outs, everyone gets involved.

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The show has been going for a year and it has never lost its energy.

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I feel very honoured to be in the show.

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You can see The Rocky Horror Show next week.

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It runs from Tuesday until New Years Eve.

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Sally's here with the rest of South Today in a moment.

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We're going to leave you with some of the Christmas sights

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MUSIC: It s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, by Michael Buble.

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Your festive forecast is looking a little on the mild side.

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but things do ease down into next week.

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I'll have the details later in the programme.

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Would you expect to pay more for a taxi if you wanted

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Many cabs will levy extra charges but drivers in the Shoreham

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and Lancing area will be working for less this year.

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An administrative error by Adur council means they are not allowed

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The council is having to offer compensation.

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Sean Killick is at the taxi rank outside Lancing railway station.

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Sean, not a happy Christmas for local cabbies?

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No. The cabbies here are as miserable as the weather. They are

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concerned about Christmas Day. They fear they could use ?5 on an average

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fare. Usually, they can charge double from 9pm on Christmas Eve due

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to Boxing Day but due to a counsellor they can only charge 1.5

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times. It's actually an equivalent

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of a 25% loss. So, imagine any worker, if they were

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to open their pay packet at Christmas, and find

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that 25% of the money, their wages was missing,

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that's fairly unreasonable, isn't We've yet to see how

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that would be done. I think it will be a minefield,

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but we shall see. Well, Adur District Council

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says the drivers won't lose out. The council said the error arose

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when it was approving an increase in tariffs which had been asked

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for by the taxi trade. Drivers say this is the latest

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financial pressure. They say that many customers have less money in

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their pockets and are using taxes less. Some of the people we spoke to

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today had mixed feelings about paying double over Christmas.

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I don't think they should charge double.

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They should just charge normal rate, really.

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They're coming out, they're getting away

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from their children and they

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should be having double-time because they get away from it, yes, I do

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I think it's fair it's double-time, yes.

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To get someone to work on Christmas Day is

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I think they're just trying to cheat the public.

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Even on Christmas Day, they shouldn't be allowed to charge

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It's their choice to work Christmas Day, isn't it?

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Despite all this, the cabbies are much busier than normal. Still

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non-on the rank behind me. It seems the big Christmas getaway is getting

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underway. From me, Merry Christmas and back to the studio.

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Tony is here the sport. With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we will

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look ahead to some of the big stories for next year. A year ago, I

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sat here and we looked at what we thought would be a big story. We

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spoke to Alex Danson who went on to win gold in Rio. We are hoping we

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will get the prediction is right for next year.

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Next year the Portsmouth based Ben Ainslie Racing team

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will attempt to win sport's oldest international trophy.

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The America's Cup began in the Solent in 1851,

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In his first television interview since the team relocated to Bermuda,

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Sir Ben has brought South Today up to date on preparations.

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It's a trophy which has eluded Britain so far for 165 years.

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In 2017, our greatest sailor could bring it home.

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Around half of the Land Rover BAR team, led by Sir Ben Ainslie

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have left their home in Portsmouth and will spend the winter

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in Bermuda ahead of racing for the America's Cup

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We're almost set up with our base here now but we're operational

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in terms of getting boats out on the water and that's

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So, a really exciting period for the team.

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Feels so much more real now that we're out here in the reader

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-- Bermuda and moving into the New Year.

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You can see everyone's focusing incredibly hard

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The sailing team is now training day by day in the waters which will hold

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the 35th America's Cup, a gruelling series of qualifiers

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will decide which of five teams take on the holders Oracle team USA,

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From next June, many in the sporting world will be fixing their focus

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on this tiny North Atlantic island, 3500 miles from the UK.

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We are a new team so there's a certain element of catching up

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we have to do with some of the existing teams.

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But our goal is to still try and bring that cup home.

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We really appreciate all of the support from everyone back home.

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I guarantee you, it's going to be an incredible America's Cup.

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The boat used in the main racing is due to go in the water

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Over the next six months, one of Britain's great

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Staying with sailing and big news from the Olympic world today.

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The British sailing team manager Stephen Park is leaving his post

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Stephen Park has presided over the winning of 23 Olympic

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and Paralympic medals in his 15 years as team manager.

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The Weymouth and Portland based team finished as the leading nation

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The 48-year-old is joining British cycling as Performance Director

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What fate awaits our football clubs in 2017, Southampton

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have the EFL Cup semi finals, and promotion to the Premier League

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is very much on the radar of Brighton and Reading.

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Heading into Christmas, the Royals, with first year boss Jaap Stam

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are third in the table, but Brighton are the only club

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The Albion return to action against QPR on Tuesday the 27th,

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and their opponents would have been considered a promotion rival.

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They've had to move a few players out and, of course, with

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recruitment, sometimes that takes a bit longer than you will want.

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Certainly, in Ian Holloway, they got somebody that knows the club very

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well and he'll be trying his very best to try and turn that around.

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Southampton have a boxing day off before they host Spurs on the 28th

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Bournemouth will tackle table toppers Chelsea,

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minus Diego Costa and Ngolo Kante at Stamford Bridge.

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In the championship Reading are home to Norwich

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Oxford and MK Dons will hope for bumper Boxing Day crowds at hme

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while Swindon travel to the East end.

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Portsmouth are at bottom of the league Newport in league two.

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Across the festive season, remember, you can catch every game

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Earlier this week, I received this Christmas card from a gentleman

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called John asking for our help to trace a certain

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young lady playing a piano in West Quay in Southampton.

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They had shared a special musical moment and some seasonal goodwill.

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John was worried he wouldn't find out who she was.

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Christmas is a time for people to come together and for one man,

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a chance encounter with a young lady at a piano in this shopping centre

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And she was so receptive to me and we just sang along together

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and I thought this is the real essence of Christmas.

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It just stayed in my mind and I thought, well,

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You asked us an South today if we could find this girl.

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It would just be a nice gesture if I can thank her.

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So, I thought, immediately, let's write to you and

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So, we put it all out on Facebook and then, through Facebook,

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she got in touch with others and we're going to go around

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Hello. Just a little gesture.

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I used to sing with my Nan all the time.

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We'd just perform everything for her and she just sing along.

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It's quite nice because I don't have grandparents any more, sadly and so,

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to be able to sing things like this and be able to also go

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to the Sunrise elderly home and perform there.

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I thought it was such a lovely gesture at Christmas time.

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To accept somebody like me who is completely at it was really a super

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moment. # I'm dreaming of a White Christmas

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# Just like the ones I used to know # Where the tree tops glisten and

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children listen... #. He just loves singing and he loves

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getting... His voices is not as good as it used to be and he feels nobody

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would want him so for somebody to get up with him like that has just

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made his day. Made his Christmas. A heart-warming Christmas story.

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Enjoy your Christmas, John. Onto the weather. Sarah Farmer is here. A

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mild one. Storm Barbra is not hanging around for too much longer.

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Giles Marsh sent in this wonderful shot of the sun rising

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A grey but glorious view across the grounds

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of Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock - That one was taken by

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in Weymouth Harbour this afternoon, captured by Raymond Slack

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We continue to have outbreaks of rain through the coming hours and

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that should clear throughout and we will see spells of clear whether

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developing through the night. Clear skies mean that temperatures will

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take a bit of a knock. Down to around four or 5 degrees. Sheltered

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spots may see a touch of Frost but there should be enough of a breeze

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to keep that at bay for most of ours. Into Christmas Eve, a bright

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and cheery start. Still breezy through the cause of the day. We

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could see one or two showers floating in from the West. For the

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most part, a pleasant and bright day. Temperatures, highs of ten or

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11. Cloud will continue to build and thicken. The odd shower is possible.

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Through the overnight period, it will be breezy. Into Christmas Day,

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it's a mild one. Temperatures around 12-14 . The record is currently

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15.60 Greece. It'll be quite cloudy. -- 15 .6 degrees. Wet weather moves

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in through the overnight period on Sunday into Monday. We do eventually

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see that clear through. Through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it

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looks like we will stay pretty mild. But pressure conditions as we arrive

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into Boxing Day. Things to settle down and the wind is of a touch, as

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well. That's it. From all others here, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

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We would like to leave you with a carol.

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The Downton Chamber Voices singing Comes The Light by Sarah Collins,

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# Sing out for the mother and the child she bore

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# Sing out for the mother and the child she bore.

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# Sing out for the Earth and heavenly renewal...

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# Comes a light, sing out and be heard

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# Sing out for the mother and the # Sing out for the mother and the

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child she bore # Sing out for the mother and the

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child she bore. # Sing out for those with faith and

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without # For those who hope and those who

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doubt # All those who work throughout the

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night # Sing out for the mother and the

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child she bore. #.

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