14/04/2017 Spotlight


14/04/2017

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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There's a warning tonight about the use of glue traps to catch

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pests after two owls became stuck in them.

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The animals are being cared for at the West Hatch

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This one was unable to move its wings and wouldn't have survived.

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The RSPCA says glue traps cause unnecessary suffering to pests

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The charity is urging people not to use them.

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His primary wing feathers were stuck into his own flanks here.

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He had quite a few feathers missing on

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Without us intervening and actually washing the

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glue off, there is no way he would ever have flown again,

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so he would have slowly starved to death or died

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It's been a busy day on some of our roads,

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as people make the most of the Easter break, but two years

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through Bodmin Moor isn't quite over yet.

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It had been hoped work at Temple would be completed by today,

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but Cornwall Council says the problems won't continue

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It's been said that it's the only stretch of single carriageway

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on an A-road between Scotland and Cornwall.

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We have been promised that it will be open in time for the main

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holidays in the summer, which is, you know, good news.

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It just would have been great news if it was open today.

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About 2,000 people have turned out in one town in Devon

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as people across the South West have taken part in traditional

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Good Friday processions through the streets.

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Early Christians in Jerusalem would walk what they believed

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was Jesus' final journey carrying the cross.

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Many worshippers now act out their own Easter

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stories in towns and cities as Harriet Bradshaw

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A brutal story told without shying away from the drama of betrayal,

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We try to make it realistic enough for people to get a

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good sense of it, to be moved by it, but not too realistic that they are

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It was estimated a couple of thousand were

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in the crowd, with about 100 costumed actors and 70 crew.

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And at the heart of a tale that is centuries

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old, it was a young actor who took on the role of Jesus.

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Just like when you go on the stage in any other

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production, you do get that stage fright, when you see so many people

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before you. But it does give a sense

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of purpose to the way you were acting.

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Suddenly, you realised the meaning behind the words you were

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saying, so in a way, it sort of emboldened you, gave

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you confidence and an understanding of how everything fitted together.

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Thought to be the first Passion play for the town in living

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memory, but a tradition that could continue.

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Everybody was a very good actor, I thought.

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I liked about the play, when the guy screamed when he

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got pricked by the sword in his cheek.

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I thought it was quite powerful, and nice that

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I thought that the last bit was very well done, and very emotional,

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And the tale of Jesus' death isn't without his resurrection,

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touching upon the theme of hope that will be celebrated on Easter Sunday.

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Born in Dorset he shot to fame predicting the results of football

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A bit of fun at the time, but octopuses are very intelligent,

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and John Ayres has been discovering there's now some proper research

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into their thought processes at an aquarium in Torquay.

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The point of dropping plastic bricks into this tank is to see if Octavia

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can find her way through to the food.

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The test is repeated, and each time, she gets quicker.

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She may not be as famous as Paul the Octopus,

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What I could not really grasp about Paul,

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the World Cup octopus, is how he could distinguish between the

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technicalities of the Netherlands team and the flamboyance of the

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Spanish, or indeed, how he was able to watch the matches under

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But the difference with this is that the testing is

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actually real, and they believe that octopuses have intelligence similar

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Student Meghan Davitt is carrying out research for her veterinary

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She is measuring how long it takes Octavia to work

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Two of the puzzles that I am using for the study,

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a simple one is clip-lock boxes and screw-top containers,

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so she really has to figure out how to get into these boxes in order to

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get her food, and then I will present these challenges a few

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weeks later to see if she has learned how to do it, and the time

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They are inquisitive, they can work things

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out if we give them puzzles and things.

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It is just things that they have developed in the wild to

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Obviously, they have got that, and we need to keep that busy

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Her ability to do these puzzles has been

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entertaining the crowds this Easter holiday.

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Meghan will be carrying out a number of research projects for

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these animals to help with her degree.

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Plymouth Argyle must wait for promotion from League Two

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after drawing against Portsmouth at Fratton Park late this afternoon.

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it did look like today was going to be the day.

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Plymouth Argyle knew a win today would secure promotion, as long as

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other results went their way. And they started well, after this flying

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header from Jake Jervis puts them in front. But Plymouth moved from

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Portsmouth piled on the pressure. Portsmouth piled on the pressure.

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Eventually, a goalkeeping error allowed Portsmouth to equalise. The

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Green Army will have to keep the champagne on ice for now. The

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Pilgrims need one point from four games to guarantee their place in

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League 1. These are the other results today.

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Torquay United are now just four points from safety with two games to

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play. The weather may not be summer

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heat of last weekend, Hello, and a very

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good evening to you. Now, this Easter weekend is set

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to be a little fresher than last weekend, courtesy of this area

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of high pressure, which is drawing a north-westerly flow into our part

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of the world through the course This evening and tonight,

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we will continue to see the cloud building, and we do have a few

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outbreaks of rain in store as well. That rain will be patchy

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and will tend to come and go through the course of the night,

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overnight temperatures down to around 10

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degrees. First thing tomorrow morning,

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we will have some cloud lingering, some patchy outbreaks of

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rain for the morning, but gradually clearing through,

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the Channel Islands seeing that ease away

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by the Later in the afternoon,

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seeing some holes in that cloud, some good sunny

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breaks, and temperatures peaking at around 13 Celsius through the course

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of Saturday afternoon. Taking a look ahead

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to the remainder of the bank holiday weekend, and it is fine

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throughout, really. It looks like through

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the course of Sunday we will stay dry, one or two holes in that

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cloud yet again, so some bright An odd shower or two

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as possible, Monday, and it looks like we will have

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a frost overnight in to Tuesday I will be back with more as part

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of the BBC's News at 10. To think that this time last

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weekend, temperatures were in the 20s. They got up to 25.5. Much

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cooler across the country this weekend. And this headline is true

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for the weather next week. That cool air stream from the north will

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persist. The mild air tries to get in, but never really wins. What have

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we got for the rest of today? The rain we had across Wales earlier

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will move southwards, but once the rain reaches you, it will be much

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lighter. Across many

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