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In tonight's programme: a big setback for the

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owner of a children's farm in Oxfordshire

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after thousands of pounds of power tools are stolen.

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Also on the way: a court's been hearing how sewage

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systems, owned by Thames Water, led to serious problems

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And later on: a tasty job opportunity in Reading

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as thousands of people apply for a job trying chocolate

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He says it's caused a big setback, not just financially,

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but for the families who use the site.

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The owner of a children's farm in Oxfordshire has been

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expressing his anger after thousands of pounds worth of power tools

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The theft at Fairy Tale Farm in Chipping Norton was caught on CCTV.

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Rural crime is something Thames Valley Police says it does

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it cost the region three quarters of a million pounds in 2015.

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It's the early hours of the morning and a thief is seen on CCTV carrying

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away loot after breaking into a farm for disabled children.

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He broke into this building here, he forced the door open and now,

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He broke in there and he stole all of our power tools.

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That was drills, jig saws, circular saws,

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lots of other attachments and fixtures and fittings.

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The farm reopened this weekend after it's winter break but,

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because they've lost their tools, work that should have been

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It's expensive, the tools are expensive and going to be

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We'll have to replace them over time.

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It's almost setting us back to when we first started.

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We didn't have all these tools, we had to build them up.

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We do most of the work at Fairytale Farm ourselves.

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We don't have the funds to bring in lots of contractors.

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To not have these tools has just made our life really difficult.

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Rural crime in this area is a big issue.

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Latest figures from NFU Mutual show that while it

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went down in the south-east, it actually rose in Oxfordshire by 16%.

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Until about ten years ago, farms were pretty safe from crime.

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Unfortunately, they're now pretty much hot targets for thieves

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because they've got expensive items, like welders and chainsaws,

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that thieves can pick up and sell on for a profit.

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Thames Valley Police has started a month-long campaign to crack

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It's been holding property-marking sessions and online chats

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Fairytale Farm says the response to the break in has been amazing,

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with a number of strangers offering to donate tools.

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It wishes now to move on from what's happened as quickly as possible.

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A man's in a serious condition in hospital

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Police were called to Windmill Road in Headington just

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A man in his thirties suffered serious injuries.

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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It's believed the suspect and the victim are known to each other.

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Next tonight, Thames Water has denied acting recklessly in failing

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to control sewage spills in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

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But the company has admitted breaching a number of environmental

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Aylesbury Crown Court has heard billions of pounds

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is now being invested in upgrading equipment.

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Today we heard more details about how stretches of the Thames

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in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire came to be so polluted

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And we heard from the company, Thames Water, that's responsible

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in what it's doing to make sure that what happened doesn't happen again.

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Now, the company breached pollution laws in four sewage

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treatment works in Aylesbury, Didcot, in Henley and Little

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Marlow and at a pumping station in Littlemore.

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Thames Water said it accepts responsibility for damage

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done to the environment, but QC Richard Matthews told

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the court it was negligence rather than recklessness

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It's investing ?4 billion in upgrading equipment.

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There have also been changes to the structure of the company

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at the top and the QC argued that Thames Water kept a high standard.

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Judge Sheridan said the company did not live up to that

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standard or anywhere near it in 2013 and 2014.

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Thames Water is bracing itself for a hefty fine

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and the question was raised in court who would pay for it?

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Judge Sheridan said that it shouldn't be the customers

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and that the company should be punished.

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Mr Matthews promised that customers wouldn't feel

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Thames Water will be sentenced on March 24th.

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More than 7,000 BMW workers - including those at the Mini plants

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in Oxford and Swindon - are threatening industrial action

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over plans to close the final salary pension scheme.

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The carmaker, which made record pre-tax profits

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of more than seven and half billion pounds two years ago,

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BMW has previously said the pension schemes are "increasingly

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It's agreed to hold talks with the union later this month.

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A professional footballer, on loan to Swindon Town,

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has gone on trial charged with causing a man

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Rohan Ince is accused of deliberately hitting bouncer

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Gregor Jurcic with a bottle near the Attic nightclub

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in Windsor in the early hours of Christmas Day in 2015.

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In court today, the security guards recalled the attack and spoke

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Bullying, harassment and abuse by patients affects around

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a quarter of staff working at Oxfordshire's main hospitals.

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results of a staff survey, at Oxford University Hospitals

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It also found that almost 20% of staff there,

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say they've been on the receiving end of bullying by colleagues.

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The NHS Trust says it aims to empower staff who experience

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or witness unacceptable behaviour in the workplace, to

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More than 1500 staff and students have moved out of one

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of the Oxford University buildings because of asbestos.

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It was discovered at the Tinbergen building

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The University says it doesn't believe there is, or has been,

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But the site has now been shut while removal work is carried out.

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Asbestos was first discovered there during a survey last year.

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The building is expected to be closed for around two years.

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We've been doing some building work on the back of the building

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and as we've been doing that building work, we've been

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discovering some extra pieces of asbestos that are not contained.

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As we've found them, we've encapsulated them or removed them,

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but as the process has gone forward, we've discovered that there's

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so much of that to do, we can't safely do it,

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at least not conveniently, with people still in the building.

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This year, it's 50 years since homosexuality became

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To mark that and LGBT history month, all the museums and collections

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in Oxford have created a special trail to celebrate it.

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What kind of things will you see in the trail?

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Well, earlier I was joined in the studio by Beth Asbury,

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the main organiser of the trail and Clara Barker from the LGBTQ

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I went to a lecture in LGBT history month in February last year

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by Professor Richard Parkinson and he called for more explicit

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rather than implicit representation of LGBT+ people

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And the project itself, it's called Out In Oxford,

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How did you go about finding the items?

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I contacted members of staff and curators from the museums

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and collections around the university and encouraged them

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to suggest items for inclusion and then I held a workshop in August

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with volunteers from amongst the LGBTQ+ community and allies

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were invited to discuss the object and think about which ones they'd

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The interpretations in the trail booklet are all written by LGBTQ+

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It's really introducing accecssibility and multi-vocality

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into the museum collections, which is a really important

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And, Clare, you're heavily involved in this and you've written

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Which ones have captured you the most?

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There was a lot of different examples of non-binary

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This is sequentially hermaphroditic, which means it changes from male

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It means that we're thinking abou the world in a slightly different

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way than maybe we're used to when we're talking about humans.

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Was there anything like this at all when you were growing up?

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I'm a scientist as well and I've met very, very few out LGBT scientists

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So I think this is a really important step, that we just need

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more visibility and to know that we're not so different.

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And, Beth, what's the feedback been like from people who've been

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to the launch party and people who are hoping to visit this trail?

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We had about 450 people at the launch party on Saturday

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and we've got a series of other events throughout LGBT

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history month, February, in the Pitt Rivers Museum

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And everyone had fantastic big smiles on their faces on Saturday

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and had a really good time, I think, so I'm hoping this will be the start

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of something really, really positive in the future

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Beth, Clara, thank you so much for coming in to see us.

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Thank you. Thank you.

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Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.

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The lights on, the TV cameras have a right. Can must halt their slide

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down the Premier League? We will have a preview shortly. -- can

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Bournemouth. And it seems that name might be more

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apt today than it's ever been. Because a so called "Dad's Navy"

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of former sailors is being sought to fill key posts on Portsmouth's

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new aircraft carriers and other ships because of a shortage

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of skilled personnel. With its ships, submarines and

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aircraft, the Royal Navy needs a lot But it has been facing a skills

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shortage and to plug the gap, some people over the age of 60

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could be allowed to serve. Here in Portsmouth,

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the home of the Royal Navy, people I spoke to today said

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they don't think that's a problem. I think it is sad

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that they haven't got the people that are coming

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the bottom as engineers to do it but obviously the experience

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All those old seaman who are drifting

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around at the moment doing nothing, they could be back on warships doing

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If they were trained appropriately, they knew what

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They've got skills and experience, yeah.

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The latest figures show the Royal Navy

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and the Royal Marines have a manning deficit of 2.2%.

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An advertising campaign was launched last September to try

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The Navy is offering trained ex-regulars

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It says there will be opportunities to

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serve on the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and

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One former naval officer says it's not just the Armed Forces

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who are having a problem recruiting engineers.

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There is a national shortage of engineers in this

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country so the Navy is fishing in quite a small pond to get

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It takes a long time to recruit and train people and the

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Navy seems to be putting a lot of effort, quite

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rightly in my opinion, into retaining people in the Navy of

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-- or getting back people who left a year or two ago.

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Today, the Navy said in a statement, the upper age for

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service is normally 60 but if there is a service requirement or

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specialised skills, age waivers may be given on a case-by-case basis.

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And with the imminent arrival of the first

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of the new aircraft carriers, the Navy's engineers face a very

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Hepatitis C patients could be putting themselves at risk buying

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drugs online from South Asia because they're being denied

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Fewer than 5% of people with the condition in the south

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will receive the new more effective treatment in this financial year.

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The Hepatitis C Trust unsuccessfully challenged the rationing and says

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patients are turning to the internet because NHS England's policy

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of treating the sickest patients first means they don't know how long

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It's a drug with a cure rate of around 95% and the Hepatitis C Trust

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says it could eliminate the disease as a serious public health concern.

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But the number of people allowed to have it through the NHS is limited.

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Others, like Jaci Fleming, are buying it much more cheaply from

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I have paid ?1100 to have the whole three course,

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three-month course after years and years of gradual decline when even

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to do it privately here, I would have to get a mortgage.

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Harvoni, daklinza, viekirax and exviera are

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treatments for hepatitis C that were by the NHS in November 2015.

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They're considered better than other treatments because they have a

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significant high cure rate without the chemotherapy-like side-effects

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but they are also much more expensive.

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As a result, NHS England has limited their use.

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In the Wessex area, 327 of the 6848 patients will

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If trusts treat more patients, they face financial penalties.

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But buying drugs online could expose patients

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People could put themselves in danger and certainly

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could put themselves at risk of not getting cured when they could be

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NHS England says it is spending an extra

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?200 million a year on these new drugs and

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it's reduced the number of people dying from

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NHS England says the numbers being treated will increase

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each year and that it hopes that as the costs of the drugs come

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down, it will be able to further expand those numbers.

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In the meantime, patients such as Jaci have

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Under sport now. Lewis is live at the stadium tonight where

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Bournemouth are taking on Manchester city. I suspect fans are expecting a

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great game, a cracking game in fact. That is right. When Bournemouth came

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to the Premier League, these were the night that the band had been

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waiting for. The floodlights are on, the sky TV cameras. Tonight is about

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whether Bournemouth can halt their slide down the Premier League, the

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form has not been great, without a win this year. Six points above the

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relegation zone. Chris has been following bomb this season. Has the

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performance in as bad as the results suggest? It is yes and no.

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Defensively yes they have been bad. Everton last time out, they have

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been ravaged by injuries and suspension but has been a problem.

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They have been at the length of Provence is by showing us what

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Bournemouth is capable. Actually, they haven't managed to raise their

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game against the big teams here and that will keep them in good stead

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this evening. -- they have managed. Any indication for this evening? 15

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minutes away from getting the official teams, hopefully some good

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news as far as the defence of the consent. The racks of Charlie

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Daniels and Adam Smith, it looks like they are going to be fit this

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evening. That will be abused as well. Captain Simon Francis looks

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fit as well. Reverting to some of the former season. Full commentary

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on the radio. Bring a scarf, it is cold. Hopefully get the Manchester

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city coach arriving shortly. Southampton had a confidence

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boosting win ahead of their trip Saints who had lost six

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of the previous seven in the league, now head into a two week break

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on the back of a 4-0 January signing Manolo Gabbiadini

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scored his second and third goals for the club to put

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Saints in control. A late own goal and Shane Long's

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fifth goal of the season earned Claude Puel's side their first

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points on the road this year. They're the right results

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for us, you know? We haven't been playing badly

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but we haven't been taking opportunities when they come

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and sloppy goals and, you know, it all adds up but we

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know our ability in the squad. We know that we are

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better than what we are showing on the table

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at the moment so nice to get another thing under our belts and hopefully

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kick on from here. Meanwhile, Brighton continue to go

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from strength to strength at the top And that's where we start our

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round up of the rest Manager Chris Hughton

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says just missing out on promotion last season,

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is motivating his side Goals from Tomor Hemed

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certainly help. Sam Baldock tapped home from close

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range to make it two. And after more good

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play from Solly March, Michael Kightly's free-kick

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briefly gave Burton hope before Glenn Murray's header sealed

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Brighton's sixth successive home league win, another step

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towards the Premier League taken. Reading had plenty of the ball,

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but couldn't find a way past A combination of wayward shooting

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and a goalkeeper in form the reason. Swindon were dragged

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into the League One relegation zone after defeat at fellow strugglers

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Bury. James Vaughan's 37th-minute

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penalty the difference after Raphael Rossi-Branco

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was judged to have fouled. Oxford left it late but made

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it five wins in a row thanks to substitute

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Kane Hemming's glanced header. The U's could've made it two

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in injury time But were thwarted not once,

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not twice but three times Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke

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hasn't scored for over a year, but he took just two minutes

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to give his side the lead Substitute Kal Naismith sealed

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the victory in added time, slotting home after being sent clear

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by Noel Hunt. Pompey back to winning

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ways in League Two. Good wins there. The man city coach

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has just arrived here at the stadium. ?300 million of talent

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getting. The fans out there. Let's do a round-up.

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Onto ice hockey and four goals from Vanya Antonov helped

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Basingstoke Bison to victory over Hull on Saturday.

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Vanya both opened and closed the scoring in a 7-1 win, a match

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which saw forward Ciaran Long become the club's record

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Bison lost the reverse fixture 3-2 on Sunday.

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After finishing second in the Vendee Globe round the world

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yacht race last month, Gosport's Alex Thomson has announced

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he's going to try again in four years' time!

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Thousands of people braved the weather to welcome Thomson home

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Despite sailing for much of this year's race with a damaged boat,

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he broke several speed records along the way and now hopes to go one

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Good luck to Alex. I'm sure we are going to follow his journey.

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Manchester City had just arrived. Bournemouth will put on a

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performance when the big boys roll into town, hopefully this time as

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well. Thank you.

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Time for the weather. Alexis is here. It was bitterly cold over the

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weekend. We go into double figures in temperatures.

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Natasha Weyers took this picture of the sunrise at Southampton Docks.

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Cathy Anning photographed a seal after catching a fish

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And Richard Welch took this picture on a walk in Petersfield.

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Beautiful blue skies overhead. Last week, temperatures struggled to

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raise to a high of just for starters. Into double figures today,

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13 filters. Some brightness this week. Some patchy light rain at

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times and a good deal of cloud as well through the course of the week.

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Overnight tonight, eight few clear spells that may allow temperatures

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full freezing or just below. These of values in our towns and cities.

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The wind will ease by dawn tomorrow. There will be some brightness

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berthing tomorrow. It will be fleeting because the cloud will

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start to increase from the self and we will see some outbreaks of mainly

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like an patchy rain. Not amounting to too much. A lot of cloud as well.

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Nine to 11 Celsius beehive. The wind will be fairly light. Tomorrow

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night, clear spells are possible. During the early hours of Wednesday

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morning, temperatures start to rise. It will be a mild start Wednesday

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with losers six to eight Celsius. When state itself, a lot of cloud.

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-- when states. The winds are gradually changing direction from

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that south-easterly airflow to start date a more south-westerly airflow.

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Driving in milder air. Through Wednesday, we are looking at Heise

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to ten of 11 Celsius. Thursday, high pressure starts to build an even

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further. A lot of cloud around on Thursday that there will be some

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brighter and sunny spells and it should stay mainly dry as well.

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Friday, very similar to that state. A mild day, ten to 11 Celsius. A lot

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of cloud but some breaks in the cloud cover. The wind is fairly

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light. As we look ahead to the weekend, mainly dry, high

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dominating, the night will be chilly and it will be milder by day.

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Temperatures remaining in double figures. Right, the subject.

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It may not have escaped your notice that tomorrow is Valentine's Day.

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So here's a subject which is close to many of our hearts.

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Because, believe it or not, a company in Berkshire is looking

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for someone to take on the onerous task of testing their tasty chocs.

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We sent along our own "little sweetie", Ben Moore, to apply.

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One of the world's biggest chocolate makers

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really does want a new taster and it really could be you.

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There's no real requirements that you can have for the

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job, you know, you can't train for it.

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It's basically what is in your mouth, it's the taste buds

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Mondelez owns brands like Cadbury and Oreo so this is the big one.

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But getting this sweet job won't be a piece of cake.

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It was advertised on social media so there

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We are not looking to see whether they like the sample, we want them

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to taste it and basically say what they see or say what they taste from

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the product. It entails a fair bit of training. You would not think so

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that you need training to eat chocolate.

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Through the tasting hatch, there's a change of mood.

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I can assure you it isn't seedy, we use a red light so when

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the candidate is assessing the samples, it masks all of the colour

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This is where the lucky applicant will be

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confined with chocolate for seven and a half hours a week.

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So I'm ready to taste my first chocolate samples.

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I open the hatch, there we are, three samples.

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Now, this one is the control sample, I try this first and

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then I have got to decide which of these two it tastes most

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like and all the while, writing down what I

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think about all the flavours of the chocolate.

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Once I've done that, I eat a cracker,

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This'll be the test they the short listed candidates over three days.

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At the end, there will be left. -- there will be one left.

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Yes, you have shown that you can discriminate but

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sadly you've not quite made the grade to go onto one

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There was no sweet talking my way round it.

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But I suppose for times like these, there's

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So we weren't going to let Ben have all the fun

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We have to try the chocolate in each of these three pots and decide

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Slow down. Which is the odd one out? This as number 646. How many

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chocolates are there? I have got the answers. I think this is the odd one

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out. Probably not great with the cold because I don't think I can

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taste as well. I could just keep eating chocolate. Which one? 646.

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You'd think that is the different one? 272. I think we should carry on

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eating chocolate. Never mind working out which is the odd one out.

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Goodbye for now. Good night.

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