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'than18 or 'than 18 or19 get much lower than 18 or 19 degrees. here is the setup for the working week, much of the country under high pressure, easterly winds, low pressure in france which may push a few showers towards south west and southern england but they will be quite well scattered and why we need the rain, many places will stay largely dry. more cloud in the east of scotland tomorrow, but it should be mainly dry, more in the way of sunshine for north that —— for northern ireland tomorrow. you can see with the highest temperatures will be a across england and wales. temperatures in the south available get close to 30 degrees but will possibly bet that 28 or 29 degrees. quite cool for the east coast and these coast of scotla nd east coast and these coast of scotland was the damage is not much higher than 1516 degrees. if labour of what is to come is that the warmth stays with us, light winds and wimbledon starts on monday and it is looking dry with plenty sunshine and still on the warm side if not heart in the central and southern areas of england. cooler for northern ireland and scotland. goodbye. more than 100 fire fighters battle against a rapidly developing blaze on the moors in lancashire.
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the public are being urged to stay away with warnings that the wildfire could take at least a week to put out. the nhs reveals ‘significant planning' is underway for the possibility of a no deal brexit. ministers say that scenario can be avoided. with a heavy heart, andy murray says he is pulling out of this year's wimbledon. he has two score and has not. and delight for the home team as russia knock spain out of the world cup. good evening. more than a hundred firefighters are working in what are described as "extremely testing conditions" at the scene of a huge moorland fire in lancashire.
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yesterday strong winds caused two fires to merge — with the blaze now covering several square miles. officials say it could take at least a week to put out the flames. 0ur correspondent sarah walton is in winter hill in lancashire for us this evening. we're at the control centre here. this is where fire crews from across the country have been arriving all day. the size of the fire has not really changed but they have managed to save an important tv aerial by digging a trench around it. that is not enough. there are still large areas of this more on fire. -- moor. it's hot, sweaty work, and there's no end in sight. firefighters have spent a third full day on winter hill, but despite their best efforts, eight square kilometres of moorland are still alight. there's fires in quite an extensive
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area on two faces of winter hill, so we've got two areas, in the region of about four square kilometres each, so significant fire fronts. fire crews have travelled here from as far away as south wales and warwickshire, working in the intense heat and thick smoke, fighting flames not just on the ground, but also from the air. the fire here is spreading notjust through this very dry grass, but also underneath the ground, where the soil is very peaty. firefighters are finding they'll put out one area of fire, but the ground underneath is still so hot that it will be back alight just minutes later. and that's a worry for these workers from rivington gardens, a site of national importance, now just metres from the fire. timber!
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they're chopping down surrounding vegetation to try to stop the flames. well, the gardens are listed at grade ii nationally, they're one of the top ten lost gardens in the whole country, the gardens themselves being listed, and ii of the structures within them. i mean, it's a really important heritage asset. while there are bigger concerns with life and other loss elsewhere, we're desperately trying to make sure the fire doesn't reach them. fire crews will have to leave the moor once the sun goes down. they'll be back at first light, but say it could be weeks before this fire is out. sarah walton, bbc news, winter hill. the head of nhs england says "significant planning" is under way in the health service, for the possibility of britain leaving the eu without a brexit deal. simon stevens said the nhs was working with the government to make sure medical equipment and drugs continue to enter the country ‘in all scenarios.‘ with the cabinet preparing for a key meeting on brexit this friday, the communities secretary, james brokenshire, says he's
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confident ministers will reach an agreement. chris mason reports. how does the health service ensure it can get the staff, equipment and medicine it needs if the uk leads the eu without a deal on future cooperation? that is the question nhs organisations are grappling with, according to the man who runs the health service in england. there is extensive work under way between the department of health, other parts of government, the life sciences industry and the pharma companies. it is about getting a good deal. we are preparing for all eventualities. the point is that our focus, our attention, all the detail and effort must be about getting that deal. that is what is in the best interests of our country. we must be prepared and we will be. the
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cabinet is badly split on what that deal should look like with several ministers making their personal views publicly known. all of which makes finding agreement and setting out the government's proposals in the so—called white paper in less than a fortnight very difficult. the uk leads the european union at the end of march next year and has until the autumn to sort out a deal. theresa may is notjust negotiating with brussels but with her own cabinet, through an ocean of disagreement, trying for consensus. it is weird that two years on the government has not produced its white paper. they will have a cabinet weekend in chequers to work out the strategy. we are two years since the referendum, no wonder the eu is asking what is britain's strategy? here on friday the cabinet will gather to try to sort proposals
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for the future relationship with the eu that all members of the prime minister's team can find up to. norfolk police say a girl has died after reportedly being thrown from inflatable play equipment on a beach in gorleston. officers were called just after 11 o'clock this morning. the girl was taken to a hospital where she died. team sky say they are confident chris froome will ride in the tour de france next weekend after organisers reportedly tried to block his participation after a dispute over a drugs test. meanwhile, the doctor at the centre of previous allegations against the team, over a mystery ‘jiffy bag' package sent to sir bradley wiggins, has broken his silence. in his first interview, richard freeman told our sports editor dan roan that he had severe depression as a result of being investigated, but that he was not guilty of any wrongdoing. he is the doctor at the heart of the scandal that rocked british cycling. richard freeman was the sport's most senior medic, helping sir bradley wiggins and team sky to beat the best.
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but, for two years, he has faced suggestions he misused medical treatment to enhance performances of riders, refusing to answer our questions when i approached him in october, 2016. now finally he has broken his silence. you never helped sir bradley wiggins or anyone at team sky to cheat? no. and ethics as a doctor were never compromised? never. you were never asked to compromise? never asked. i wouldn't have joined team sky unless they had taken the moral high ground. did they live up to it? i believe they did. are you sure about that? yes. wiggins has denied an allegation he was given a bannedd asthma drug, triamcinolone, at a race in 2011, insisting it was illegal decongestant, fluimicil. —— a legal. freeman was the man who took delivery of the mystery medicaljiffy bag. once and for all, on the record, what was in it? fluimicil nebules.
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freeman cannot prove that because his laptop containing patient data was stolen but his medical record—keeping was also criticised by uk anti—doping. my travelling medical records are kept on a laptop which were not backed up to my... i am sorry about that. they should have been backed up, but they weren't. this year wiggins denied an accusation by mps that he crossed an ethical line after freeman gave him triamcinolone for medical reasons before three major races. if you had the opportunity again, would you act differently? unfortunately, on medical grounds quite yes, i would not now, i would also advise him, because i treat a patient holistically, there's a reputation at risk here. freeman has been criticised for writing a book quite yet failing to attend a parliamentary committee hearing last year, citing ill—health. the former british cycling doctor says he is sufficiently recovered from the effects of the scrutiny he faced. i had what a layman would call a breakdown and it was the final straw. that was portayed or seen by some
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out there as convenient that you weren't able to give evidence in person, an excuse. i suffer from a major depressive illness and can have suicidal thoughts. you can commit suicide. you had those thoughts, did you? yes, yes. this comes as team sky prepare for next weekend's tour de france, but will chris froome be riding? 0rganisers reportedly blocking him from going for a fifth win because a an unresolved anti—doping case after an adverse analytical finding last year he denies wrongdoing and team sky say they are confident and appeal will be successful. but, for cycling, moving on from past controversies is proving no easy task. dan rowan, bbc news. andy murray has said he's pulling out of this year's wimbledon tournament, which begins tomorrow. he's has onlyjust started playing again after 11 months out of action with a hip injury, he said he was withdrawing with a ‘heavy heart‘. 0ur sports correspondent, joe wilson, reports. andy murray is a winner. why start a grand slam tournaments unless you
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believe you can finish it with the trophy? we may havejust believe you can finish it with the trophy? we may have just started to imagine him doing this again this month. he clearly feels his body cannot manage it. in a statement this afternoon, he said: this is a surprise, considering we have seen andy murray back in action in the last fortnight, at queens for an example. he seemed ahead of schedule but he thinks long—term foot he began the year with a major operation. the us open late summer isa operation. the us open late summer is a more realistic opportunity. that is little consolation to wimbledon right now where his absence will be felt deeply. kyle edmonds made good progress but only when andy murray is not there to be truly realise how much british tennis has depended on him? voting‘s been taking place in mexico, with the left—wing former mayor of mexico city, andres manuel lopez 0brador,
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tipped to win the presidency. he‘s promised to tackle rampant corruption and crime. campaigning was marred by violence, with more than 130 candidates and political workers killed. voters are also electing members of congress, senators, governors, and mayors. celebrations have been held in tredegar today, as the community remembered its famous son and founder of the nhs, aneurin bevan. its been the culmination of a week of events in the town, where bevan used the local workingman 5 medical aid society, as the blueprint for the national health service, which turns 70 later this week. 0ur wales correspondent, sian lloyd, reports. brass band plays. tredegar took to the streets for bevan day in traditional style. hundreds joined the local band on a banner march to remember this former mining town‘s famous son, and to commemorate 70 years of the national health service he founded. i think we‘re all paying homage
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to nye, and if he were here today, i‘m sure he would be incredibly proud. i've brought my son, as well, who thanks the nhs, had some life—saving operation when he was six weeks old, so it is really quite emotional to be here today. aneurin bevan was labour minister for health, when, in 19118, a new service to deliver free health care for all was launched. what he‘d seen in his hometown was said to have provided the blueprint to "tredegar—ise" the uk, as he put it. the town‘s medical aid society saw miners and steelworkers contribute to a fund that paid for people‘s health care, who otherwise wouldn‘t have been able to afford it. there were political messages today from senior labour figures, including the leader, jeremy corbyn. but, above all, a festival for localfamilies. among them, three of aneurin bevan‘s great nieces, including nyerie, a nurse named after the man
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everyone called nye. i just think the health service touches everybody, i mean, if you have babies, if you have parents, everybody uses the health service, and ijust, because of that, just think it‘s so special. it treats the many and not the few. brass band plays. a new piece of music has been commissioned, and a miner‘s lamp will be carried to parliament, a legacy of a collier‘s son. sian lloyd, bbc news, tredegar. there was a big shock in the world cup this afternoon. with news of that and the rest of today‘s sport, here‘s 0lly foster in moscow. moscow will not sleep tonight because hosts russia have knocked out former world champions spain in
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a penalty shoot out. natalie pirks was there. they came with hope and the knowing belief that anything is possible for that this is david and goliath territory. with spain unbeaten in two years, russia had to get to grips with them early, quite literally. ramos was convinced the goal was his but it went down as russia own goal the spaniards work dominating but soon the most partisan of crowds have something to scream about. penalty, russia. hands up scream about. penalty, russia. hands up if you just made a big mistake. david de gea was about to get wrong. russia are level. the clock was ticking but the spanish cavalry were
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yet to arrive. extra time came, extra time went and spain is still could not get past the white wall. russia had never faced could not get past the white wall. russia had neverfaced world cup penalties before as the stadium collectively held its breath. all had scored before this one. with eve ryo ne had scored before this one. with everyone netting their penalties, it was down to the —— this penalty for spain. for spain, this tournament will be one to forget. they never looked convincing. no one predicted the 2010 champions would be out to the lowest ranked side in that one on. germany, portugal, argentina and spain gone. this is truly the world cup of shock. he will rush to face in the quarters? denmark against croatia kicks off in 15 minutes. —— who will russia face.
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england will play colombia in moscow here. it was the goal that signalled england‘s tent at this world cup. how you doing? now comes the true test and the scorer of that court should think england will deliver. are the players aware of the magnitude? are you ready for this huge opportunity? everyone is excited. it is a great chance for us as players. we must go out and play free, enjoy the occasion to enjoy the moment and get the victory. gareth southgate has described the columbia tie as england‘s big is not campaignfora columbia tie as england‘s big is not campaign for a decade though his players appeared to be taking it in their stride. it is going to be
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difficult. getting to this stage of the competition, there will be a lot of good teams. we know, with the quality we have glad that we can really hurt any opposition. for england, the aim is clear. victory the only option. the target is set but will they succeed? much more on that story on the bbc sport website, and, of course, reaction to russia beating spain here at the world cup, and lewis hamilton has lost his lead in the formula 1 drivers championship. back to you. peter firmin, who co—created children‘s television characters the clangers, bagpuss and ivor the engine, has died at the age of 89. there is tiny with her pipes. his career spanned more than 60 years, with the clangers
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first airing in 1969. in 2014, he was honoured with a bafta lifetime achievement award. a spokesman said he died at his home in kent after a short illness. we‘re back with the late news at ten. now on bbc news, meet the author. the wives of henry viii still cast a spell that neither seems to break. jane seymour, the haunted queen continues alison weir‘s series of novels, with the story of the third of his queens, marrying henry after the execution of anne boleyn and giving him the only son he ever had — a birth that brought about her own death. this is fiction from a historian who moves easily from the politics and state craft of the tudor era to the inner lives of characters which she can only imagine. welcome. everyone thinks they know quite
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a bit about all the six wives but jane seymour — and it springs very much out from the pages of this book — is somebody about whom we know surprisingly little, even now, after all the attention. that is absolutely true. and there are two views of jane seymour — was she either meek and willing tool of an ambition family and an ardent and powerful king or was she as ambitious as her brothers and did she conspire to bring down the queen she served? how would you describe the conclusion that you come to in the course of these pages? a novelist has to come down for one view or the other and i went through the sources forensically looking for clues as to her character and there is no evidence, apart from her saying she would denigrate anne boleyn a few weeks before anne‘s fall, there no evidence that jane
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colluded in anne‘s fall. and i think that she was, largely she comes across, she was a woman of principles. she had moral courage. she was devout, she was gentle, she was kind, she was also submissive. indeed, and she put up with so much and died giving henry his only male child. she did, indeed. and though the marriage seems to have been happy. i am in no doubt that henry genuinely loved her. it‘s interesting that you talk about the sources because you are a historian of distinction, you are also writing fiction here. the third of your novels on the wives, obviously three more to come. do you go back to original sources for the fiction as well as for the history? yes, i do. in fact this series of novels was born out of new research i was doing.
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in 1991 i published a book, six wives of henry viii, and i have been updating and revising, basically re—researching and rewriting that. it is a long project. how would you describe the changes in scholarship that have come about, the new things that we know from recent scholarship? i mean, a lot of work has been done on henry viii‘s court. we understand far more on how the court was structured and how it functioned and that has a bearing on the lives on the individuals who inhabit it. but also a lot of research has been done, minute research — i have done it myself — on anne boleyn‘s fall, for example, and on her sister, mary boleyn... who set her up...that sort of thing. yes, that kind of thing. but also in the detail, you can tell a different story now because we know so much more. so back to jane seymour. number three. how much did we know before and how much have you had to create from your own imagination the character that you believe is accurate? as i said, i inferred her character from what i could, from the sources but i had to create a lot
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for her early life. i used the skeleton framework of fact we have — we have a fragment here and a fragment there — and sort of looking retrospectively from what came later, to create her early life, because these books are about whole lives, they‘re not just about their periods of queenship and they are all written each from each queen‘s point of view, solely from that point of view. it‘s a fairly obvious question but an important one, i think — how do you go about trying to create the conversation that somebody like jane seymour would have? you know, her style of speech, her habits, the way she would move, the whole business of social interaction, at this distance in time? having studied the period for more decades that i care to remember, i‘m a little bit familiar with social idioms and that kind of thing, and language... itjust comes, it‘s like learning a foreign language. but you also put yourself inside that person‘s head and that is the difference between writing fiction and writing history. how easy or difficult is it to move between the two? you have talked about the way that
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historical sources are important to yourfiction, just as they are obviously the foundation of the historical writing, but you have to change your whole perspective when you‘re writing fiction because, as you say, you are getting inside her head. which is not a legitimate way for a historian to operate. exactly. it was more difficult actually converting from writing non—fiction to fiction because, when i submitted my first text, my agent said this is a riveting story but it‘s faction and you‘ve got to come off the fence and stop being a historian and start being a novelist. and what did that make you do? it made me go back to square one and realize i needed learn my craft from the beginning. i thought i knew all there was to know about...well, you know, you publish a few books...but you learn with every book, anyway. but even so, i had to learn to show rather than tell so that the reader experiences what is happening, they can have a mental picture of what is happening, rather than just using facts where they occur, and using credible inference. well, it has to spring from character rather than from the sources.
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it does, it does. so you work really hard on character. when i‘ve actually written the first draft of a novel, i will go back and work on the character threads, right the way through, so they are consistent and so these characters live more vividly. something else that is intriguing and it‘s this, having worked on the period historically for so long and now having spent a lot of time writing fiction set in the period, how has your view of henry himself evolved? it‘s...i mean, i had a certain amount of sympathy for henry viii, and that‘s not to say he was not a monster in some respects, but he did not have the son he needed and that governed many of his later actions, and a lot of his life was overshadowed by frustration. and at that time the importance of that cannot be overstated. no, it can‘t. and there‘s this theory that he had a fall from his horse and he banged his head, changed character. no, he didn‘t.
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he was not out cold for two hours, it is a very poor source, but you can see this gradual deterioration in character, the frustration having its effects, from when he starts in the mid 1530s to execute his opponents, before that it‘s all bluster. you describe, for example, episodes where he is furious with jane seymour for what he claims is her interference in politics, with respect to the monasteries and so on, but then he switches very quickly to being a tender husband, really, despite everything. he does. by then, the king has become supreme head of the church, he believes almost in his own divinity — he‘s a sanctified king anyway, he‘s set apart from ordinary mortals. so whenjane questions his policies, he is going to lash out verbally at her but, as soon as she‘s back in her place, he can be the tender, adoring husband again which, according to the record, he is for the rest of the time. it is a tragic story, isn‘t it? not simply because of her death as a consequence of giving birth to his only male child,
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but we know what happens — this boy becomes king at age whatever it is... nine. reigns through a regency, through a counsel, for, what? five or six years... yes. and it is the beginning of a period of extraordinary instability... it is. ..and we get that flavour throughout this volume. yes, the period is full of this kind of element that no one quite knows what is going to happen next but there are so many sweeping changes in the country. religious changes and under edward, of course, england turned officially protestant, which henry had avoided. just give us a flavour of the next volume, because jane seymour is dead at the end of this story. and then you have a gap, just over two years. and then henry marries anne of cleves and i think you might be surprised at what is going to be in that book because there is a thread of research that nobody has seemed to have picked up
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and i think the opening chapters are going to be quite startling. thank you for that tantalising titbit. alison weir, author ofjane seymour, the haunted queen. hello, foremost the heat and the sunshine continues. we have a weather warning for thunderstorms which extends into parts of wales and we could see some pushing into the home counties and london. also some cloud than northern ireland and also some cloud north—west scotland. temperatures widely in the mid to high 20s. some storms to come this evening but elsewhere it is dry. quite a muggy and humid night across central and
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southern england. temperatures not much lower than 1819 selfies. we do it all again tomorrow. foremost, it isa dry it all again tomorrow. foremost, it is a dry and very sunny day. there will be more cloud across of scotland. it will be cooler. the eastern coast will always be cooler with breeze off the sea. temperatures getting close to 30 celsius in the sunshine. this is bbc news. the headlines. a major incident has been declared here. the flames have even spread near to the grade two listed gardens. an investigation is underway into how a young girl
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died after being thrown from a seaside inflatable in norfolk. the head of nhs england says extensive planning is under way to prepare the health service for a no—deal brexit. at the start of a crunch week for brexit, 30 conservative mps demand the prime minister takes a tough line with eu negotiators. the communities secretary, says he is "confident" cabinet will agree a common position later this week. i think there is no doubt that there is strong views on either


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