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The campaign to get a fossil of this dinosaur on display in Oxford.

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Basingstoke's pride, as the town prepares to commemorate

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It would be the biggest political shake up of how services

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Plans have been unveiled to abolish all six councils in Oxfordshire

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and replace them with a unitary authority, responsible

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Supporters claim millions of pounds would be saved every year,

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The proposal is at odds with a rival plan being put forward

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A plan to abolish six councils and replace them with one.

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At the launch, councillors from three political parties called

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themselves the turkeys voting for Christmas, but they said

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they could save ?20 million a year to provide better services

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The savings come because we are joining services

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together, so planning would join with highways.

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It would be more integrated and we would make sure

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the back-office costs like HR, finance, collection services,

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Customer services, all under one roof.

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Labour county councillors back the plan because it offers

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"That is not our problem, it is the county's".

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It is difficult for someone vulnerable who is looking for help.

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They are offering all sorts of guarantees, particularly

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to Labour-run Oxford City Council, that they won't be taken over

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But there is a rival plan from the districts,

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which involves a combined authority with an elected mayor,

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something the government is looking for, to devolve powers

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The other five councils say they are more in touch

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Talking to local people and businesses, they all say we need

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And if we are able to get a devolution deal, we will be able

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to get money out of government to put towards infrastructure

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improvements, such as improving roads and rail and other services

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Both plans are just draft ideas at the moment.

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The government will hope agreement can be reached between them

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Peter Henley, BBC South Today, Oxford.

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A teenager's appeared in court charged with murdering

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Police were called to reports of a stabbing at Brompton Close

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26-year-old Daniel Lavender was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital,

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18-year-old Brandon Lavender is accused of killing him.

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A family's being supported by specialist officers

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after an 11-year-old girl was approached

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by two men in Caversham and possibly abducted.

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It happened near Caversham Primary School yesterday afternoon.

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A letter sent to parents at the school today says the girl's

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Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.

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The Childcare Minister has visited two nurseries in Oxford to promote

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a Government scheme enabling parents to get 30 hours free childcare.

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Caroline Dinenage first stopped at Rose Hill Nursey, where she played

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with children and discussed the scheme with staff.

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Later, she officially launched the Old Station Nursery

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We know that for some hard-pressed families,

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the cost of childcare is one of their biggest expenses,

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and it is often one of the biggest barriers to women being able to get

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back to work, or do more hours, which is why we are investing

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?6 billion a year by 2020 to roll out this offer of 30 hours childcare

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for the working parents of all three and four-year-olds by September.

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Scientists in Oxfordshire hope a new ?50 million

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project will change the way we produce our energy.

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The team, based at Culham Science Centre,

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on their latest machine called Mast Upgrade.

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When finished it will explore ways in which we can make

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Matt Graveling has been to find out more.

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Whether you are sending an e-mail, charging your phone or just watching

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the news, electricity powers almost every aspect of our lives.

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Depleting levels of coal, oil and gas mean we need to find

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And the answer to this global problem is being addressed right

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We all know about climate change, about the need to find ways

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of powering our world which do not produce CO2, carbon.

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Fusion offers the potential to be that perfect,

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It is low land use, has effectively limitless resources and is very

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When you fuse hydrogen atoms together, they give out heat.

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This heat is then used to turn water to steam,

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It is a topic that has been researched here for decades.

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Inside this complex machinery, scientists are trying to make energy

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They now hope their latest project can help give an answer

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Regular viewers of BBC South Today may remember in 2013

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when our reporter went round the fusion experiment.

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Well, fast forward four years and I am here on top

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It is a third of the size, and more importantly, it is cheaper,

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It is hoped this experiment might make fusion technology more

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As we saw with the recent Hinkley Point power station,

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at ?20 billion, that takes a lot to get off the ground.

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If we can reduce the cost of fusion power plants,

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it gives more chance to get these up and running and sited in cities

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Testing will begin in autumn, when the inside of this machine

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will become hotter than the sun, and the team hope the findings

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will help to shine new light on their search for affordable

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A new workshop warning young people about the dangers of gambling

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According to a survey from the Gambling Commission,

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rates of problem gambling have increased year on year, and are

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The Young Gamblers Education Trust wants to make sure people

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More workshops are planned over the coming months.

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From my experience, having spoken to people with gambling problems,

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there is definitely a stigma attached to coming out

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and being openly honest about having a problem with gambling.

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It is that stigma which prevents people from asking for help,

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which is a big problem because there is a lot

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Having come through the process of dealing with my addiction

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to gambling and treatment, I wanted to turn around

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A museum in Oxford's secured ?90,000 to help display the fossil

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The long-necked plesiosaur roamed the oceans 165 million years ago.

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The Museum of Natural History still needs more money though before

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visitors will get a chance to see it.

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This monster of the deep could soon be on show in Oxford.

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Seen here in this reconstruction, it weighed more than 600lbs and fed

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on marine animals such as fish and shellfish.

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Behind closed doors, Juliet has the painstaking task

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of scraping away clay, millimetre by millimetre, in order

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For me, to just scrape off the clay matrix and reveal bones

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after 165 million years is quite extraordinary, like opening

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Christmas presents, revealing a little bit more and a bit more.

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Archaeologists discovered the 165 million-year-old

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reptile bones at a quarry in Cambridgeshire in 2014.

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Now, museum bosses want to display the bones next to another plesiosaur

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It had a neck of 2.5 metres and a body of five metres,

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with large wing shaped flippers and a stubby tail.

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We don't have anything like that today so it would make a striking

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display and something that would catch people's eyes

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and get them engaged with our amazing fossil heritage.

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They have already received ?90,000 to help them complete the project.

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But they still need another 20,000 to buy new cases,

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artwork and digital screens, in order to bring

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For now, this Jurassic giant lies in waiting before the time

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An 80-year-old man from Harwell could be the oldest

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paperboy in Oxfordshire, and possibly in Britain.

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John Hunt delivers papers around the village five days a week.

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Lucy Bickerton joined him on his round this morning.

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An early start, and John doesn't look like your average paperboy

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arriving to work. Unlike most, he is not doing the round before a day at

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school. So how did a retired engineer get onto this unlikely

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career path? I used to walk around the village to pick up my paper in

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the morning anyway, and one morning I came into the paper shop and I

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think it was the lady in the shop who was saying that one of the boys

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wasn't available to take the papers out. So I said, I will take them

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around, I know where to go. And the next day it was, you wouldn't mind

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doing it again, would you? So it started and I've done it ever since.

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For the past five years, John has delivered the papers five mornings a

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week. And by doing the job in a tight-knit community, he has become

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well-known at almost a celebrity in the village. I meet people walking

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their dogs, jogging, driving off to school in their cars. One particular

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lady who comes to that almost mornings to say hello, and we chat.

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She gives me a pot of marmalade every now and then, which is rather

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nice. Hello. Good morning. Here we are again. Are you OK? He is lovely.

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He comes every day. He never lets us down. If anybody takes a day off, he

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does an extra round at short notice. John says that the hour and a half

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walk around the village keeps him fit and helps him wake up in the

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morning. His boss will be pleased to hear that for now, he has no plans

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to stop. I'll have the headlines at 8pm

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and a full bulletin at 10.30pm. Council says it carried out a survey

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to ask residents how much extra council tax they could afford to

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pay. Two thirds of residents survey said they would accept a 3.75

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increase because they understood the challenges that are before us, and I

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am grateful for that. We are just 2.5 over that. We know costs are

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increasing and petrol prices are going up, food prices are going up,

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but also the demands on this council and the lack of central funding is

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also putting huge pressures on us. Some opposition councils are warning

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that some of the social care reductions could cause problems in

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future years. Despite all this, tens of millions more savings will be

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needed in the next couple of years. The budget proposal will be

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discussed at a council meeting next month. Thames Valley Police is

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considering redeveloping its traffic base. The proposal appeared on

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Slough Borough Council's website. The document was written by the

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Berkshire property partnership, a consortium consisting of local NHS

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Trust 's, Thames Valley Police, and all of the world county's councils.

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Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have taken part in training

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for how they would respond to a terror attack or a chemical spill.

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Actors were used in exercises at Gibraltar barracks along with

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emergency services. Scenarios included a chlorine gas attack at a

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leisure centre and an unidentified white powder being spilt. The

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training looked at how the crew would cope in vital minutes before

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specialist teams arrive. It is 200 years since the death of

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one of Britain's's most celebrated authors. Jane Austen was a Hampshire

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girl, born and bred. Her anniversary will be marked with a number of

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events near where she lived for many years, and in Winchester, where she

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died. She is also getting a permanent memorial in Basingstoke,

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just a few miles from where she was born.

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I am in the library, the octagonal room, at Farley house. Quite a crowd

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has gathered and they are here to see this, the model of what we

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believe will be the first public statue of Jane Austin in the world.

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As you mentioned, plenty of places lay claim to the author. Alton,

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Bath, Winchester, but it is Basingstoke where she was born.

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How quick come the reasons for approving what we like, wrote Jane

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Austen in her novel Persuasion. It is hoped that Basingstoke will echo

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that sentiment over a bronze of the world renowned Hampshire author. My

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vision is that she is walking in the square and it is as though someone

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has said good morning and she has said it back. She was a real person.

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She was a headstrong woman of her time, living in her time, but she is

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relevant for us today walking past her, because her novels are still

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there. The statue has certainly taken shape from early sketches but

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finding a real likeness of Jane Austin has been a problem as only

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two portraits were ever done. I have to study from life, so I have to

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read between the lines of what was written about her and pulled

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together a real face. Jane Austen was born a few miles outside

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Basingstoke. The house is long gone, but 200 years later, Basingstoke is

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staking its claim. Jane Austen new Basingstoke well, attending social

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gatherings at the assembly halls that stood here in Market Square,

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where her statue will be. It was all such a great influence on her that

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while she was here, she wrote the first draft to Pride And Prejudice.

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Many other places have been better at trying to claim Jane Austen, so

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on the 200th anniversary of her death, we want to have a permanent

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memorial to the fact that she is our most famous of residence. The final,

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rather in delicate, work on the main statue has begun and it will be cast

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in April. It will leave the town with a sense of pride, not

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prejudice. Well, the real statue will be

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unveiled quite quickly, in July 2017, in the marketplace in

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Basingstoke Centre. Basingstoke say it is re-claiming its favourite

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daughter, and as Jane Austin wrote in, there is nothing like staying at

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home for real comfort. He was one of the country's greatest

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pilots. Eric Winkle Brown holds the world record for the most aircraft

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carrier take-offs, as well as being the first pilot to and land a jet

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aircraft on a seat carrier. He died last year aged 97 and now his log

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and medals have been saved for posterity, thanks in part to the

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efforts of an 11-year-old from Dorchester who launched a letter

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writing campaign after striking up a friendship with the pilot. I thought

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he would never write back but luckily he did, so I thought I could

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exchange letters with him, I could write to him and he would write

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back. And then I would write to him. And he would write back. What was he

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saying? ICU want to be a test pilot. On to sport.

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The battle on the water in the vendee Globe is now over. Alex

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Thompson put up such a fight. As we speak, down in France, the man who

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has one is addressing the media. We can see live pictures from France

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right now. That is the man has delivered the victory. He was the

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favourite and he is speaking to the media now, on dry land. But if we

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look at the pictures of him finishing this afternoon, this

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happened after he completed the voyage into western France. What

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pictures, as he approached the finish line. This was just after

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3:35pm. After 74 days, 35mm and 43 seconds at sea, he won, and admitted

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he had faced a formidable rival in Alex Thompson. He did a very good

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race. He has a good boat. It was very, very difficult with him. He

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was very near to me. I am very happy to win, and it is a very good

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second. A good second. Let's talk to Natalie Pirks. A remarkable welcome

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for the French winner, first of all. We have had fireworks, music and

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tears earlier. It is a very, very popular win here, because he is a

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Frenchman. And no one other than a Frenchman has ever won this race in

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27 years. Not only were their 100,000 people estimated to be

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around port waiting for him, but people were piled onto boats and

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they went out to see him cross the finish line. A very popular winner,

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but wouldn't Alex Thompson do well and didn't he give him a run for his

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money? As for Alex, when are we expecting to see him finish? We are

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expecting him at 6am UK time. At times, the gap was a lot closer. At

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one point yesterday it was 34 nautical miles separating them. To

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put it into context, Alex is only the second British sailor to come

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second in this race, after Dame Ellen MacArthur in 2001. Three

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people have died trying to do this race in its 27 years. It is both

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physically and mentally draining. His wife, Kate, told me earlier that

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she had to put that to the back of her mind, to not think about how

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dangerous it is, in the three months he has not been around. He has

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missed his six-year-old son's birthday. He missed Christmas as

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well. She is very much looking forward to getting him back on dry

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land, giving him a hug. And he is looking forward to having a burger

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and a much deserved cold beer. I bet! Thank you for joining us live

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from France, Natalie Pirks. Southampton are through to the

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fourth round of the FA Cup after what many described as a diary play

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against Norwich last night, setting up a home tie with Arsenal, in what

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has become one of the busiest seasons in the club's history.

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This was not an FA Cup tie to capture the imagination,

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particularly with Southampton so close to the EFL Cup final. Less

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than 14,000 were in the stadium as the Saints boss rotated his squad

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again. Southampton had six Academy graduates in the starting line-up

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and enjoy the bulk of the -- possession, but chances were at a

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premium. Championship opposition Norwich, whose season is sinking

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fast, failed to land a blow on goal, not managing a shot on target all

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evening. On a freezing night, no one fancied extra time with another 30

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minutes looming, Shane Long bundled home the winner. It was an ugly goal

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to settle an ugly game, but something to celebrate on his 100th

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appearance. I just headed it down. I think I was in a headlock, but it

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was still in. We are in with a shout. They face Leicester on Sunday

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and then go to Liverpool for the EFL Cup second leg. It is a season being

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fought on multiple fronts. A Hampshire goal for Scott Gregory,

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who remains on course for another major victory in a year which will

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see him take part in the US Masters and Open Championship softer winning

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the British amateur title. He reached the last 32 of the matchplay

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part of the tournament in Australia and will now play a local player

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overnight. Meanwhile, the Hampshire player also plays at the same stage

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of the competition. It has all been about the end of the

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sailing and tomorrow we hope to speak to Alex Thompson. You can see

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the scenes in France. You know what a popular winner he is. He is hugely

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popular in France and they were delighted. There are more French

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sailors in this race than any other nationality and they absolutely love

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it in France, because it begins and ends in France. And there is a

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hugely popular winner. Record-breaker, first-time winner

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and keeping the French domination going in the race.

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Shall we get onto the weather, because it is looking a little cold.

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I like this weather. Blue skies for many places across

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the South. Cast your mind back to the early hours of the morning when

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it was minus six Celsius. Tonight, it could be colder. Through tonight,

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we expect a widespread hard frost to develop. Freezing fog as well during

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the early hours of the morning. Slightly more cloud further north

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but generally clear skies for most with freezing fog more likely for

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areas north of Berkshire. In towns and cities, down to -2-macro, but in

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the countryside, possibly minus seven. Tomorrow will be cold, very

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like today. Temperatures will struggle to rise to a high of six

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Celsius. With light wind, we are looking at lots of sunshine. Iggy

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cloud for some, Fairweather cloud building during the afternoon. All

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in all, a much better day than originally thought earlier this

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week. More sunshine on offer. Clear skies tomorrow and another

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widespread frost. To start the weekend, each day over the weekend

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will be frosty at first perhaps with freezing fog as well. The difference

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on Saturday, slightly more cloud for south-western parts. Further east

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and further north, more in the way of sunshine. Cloud syncing south and

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east across the region. Low pressure starting to swing in from the

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Atlantic. It will stay settled over the Atlantic. The high pressure will

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hold on through Saturday and into Sunday. Bitterly cold to start the

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day tomorrow. Widespread sharp frost with some freezing fog patches, and

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that might linger through the morning until lunchtime. Saturday

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and Sunday, it will feel bitterly cold. The wind will be variable and

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light over the weekend. More cloud on Sunday but some bright spells and

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we expect some freezing fog first thing on Monday.

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Gosh, it is getting cold. That's it from us. Thanks for

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watching tonight. Goodbye.

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