27/12/2016 South Today - Oxford


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Good evening. late news at 11pm.

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More details have emerged about the millions of pounds

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The singer died at his home in the Oxfordshire village

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Today, the founder of Childline, Esther Rantzen, said he had helped

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hundreds of thousands of children, by donating more than ?2 million

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She spoke to our reporter Ben Moore from her New Forest home.

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This is the song that showed not just a musician's talent,

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but also revealed George Michael's extraordinary generosity.

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All the royalties from his number one hit Jesus to Child

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He didn't want razzmatazz, he didn't want publicity of any kind,

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he just wanted to help us and he did,

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As fans are still flocking to the singer's home village

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of Goring in Oxfordshire to pay their respects,

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it seems the scale of his charitable donations

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might have come to the surface in 2017.

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A concert had been planned to say thank you to him

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as part of Childline's 30th anniversary celebrations.

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You don't really understand a person until

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And I think the public are understanding perhaps for

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the first time how much George Michael gave.

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Not only in terms of his music but in terms of his

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personal generosity, vision, sensitivity, imagination

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So as news of George Michael's philanthropy spreads,

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over what was until now, a very hidden generosity.

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As you may have heard, the Hampshire author

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Richard Adams has died. He was 96.

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He was best known for his novel, Watership Down,

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It was set in the northern Hampshire town of the same name,

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He spoke to South Today about the novel in 2014.

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Because it's about the country where I was born and grew up,

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Berkshire, Hampshire is my country, I know where I am, I know

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what it smells like, and I think, to have written, if it is immortal,

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an immortal book about my home ground is what pleases me most.

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Richard Adams who has died at the age of 96.

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It was a mixed afternoon for our regions football sides yesterday.

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Just two wins from the six games played.

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But victories for promotion chasing Reading and Portsmouth.

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Bournemouth suffered their third defeat

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in four games away at Chelsea yesterday.

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Pedro scored the first for the home side after some good build up play.

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Eden Hazard made it 2-0 from the spot,

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after being brought down by Simon Francis.

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Chelsea added a third deep in injury time

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when Pedro's shot deflected off Steve Cook.

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Reading are now five points off second place Brighton

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in the Championship, after a 3-1 home win

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Yann Kermorgant headed the Royals ahead before the visitors equalised.

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A penalty after a handball was finally scored by Garath McCleary,

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and Callum Harriott got a fantastic third from a tight angle.

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Disappointment in League One for both Oxford United and MK Dons,

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who both lost home games 1-nil against Northampton Town

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There was also defeat for Swindon beaten 2-0 away at Millwall.

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But it was a better afternoon for Portsmouth in League Two.

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They fought back from 2-0 down to win

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Danny Rose and Enda Stevens levelled the match before Kal Naismith

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made amends after missing a penalty winning the game

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And this evening, Brighton have gone two points clear at the top

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of the championship after beating Queens Park Rangers

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Gosport sailor Alex Thompson has passed Cape Horn at the southern tip

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of Chile in the solo round the world race the Vendee Globe.

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Well, here is the famous Cape Horn! Woo hoo!

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It's great to be here, great to be here so quickly.

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Shame I'm not here in the first place, but full credit to Areml

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for that, he's done a great job, and I've got to try my hardest

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He is currently in second place and is slowly catching

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the Vendee Globe leader Armel Le Cleac'h,

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who is 380 nautical miles ahead of Hugo Boss,

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as they turn the boats north and head for home.

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Onto the weather, and Sarah Farmer is here.

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Truly, this morning? Yes, very chilly. Some spots last night at

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minus five. Another cold night tonight. Frost some parts early, and

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a warning from the Met officers from midnight tonight to midday tomorrow

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for patchy fog, quite widespread by the time we reach first thing my

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morning, freezing fog in the mix as well. A chilly and great start for

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the day, some fog lingering through the day, stubborn, but some brighter

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spells at times. Good brightness up to 9 degrees, but is cloud and fog

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much cooler indeed. Cloudy conditions for the end of the week.

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Our next programme is at 11.10 tonight.

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Good evening. It's a wintry night out there. Temperatures as low as

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minus three in one or two places already. For some of us the frost

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never shifted all day long. This shot was taken in Somerset. Tonight,

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some frost free places in Scotland. Fog will develop as we work through

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the night. It becomes wide spread. That's the issue in the morning,

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disruption certainly possible with a lot of people on the move. Check out

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local radio stations for the latest updates. Warnings in force from the

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Met Office. Parts of south-west Wales and England seeing early

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sunshine. Generally a lot of freezing fog around, which will be

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hard to shift through the day, as we'll see in a moment. The odd

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pocket of frost further north. Temperatures higher in Northern

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Ireland and Scotland. Drizzly rain across the western Highlands.

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Something of a breeze here, but further south, the winds

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