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VIDEO: Why did PM reveal third term plans?

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 21:55
Mr Cameron's decision not to stand for a third term if he is re-elected puts the Tory succession firmly on the agenda.
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VIDEO: Claudia Lawrence murder arrest

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 20:25
A man in his fifties has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence, as Danny Savage reports.
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VIDEO: BBC exclusive: At home with Cameron

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 20:20
The prime minister gives an exclusive and wide-ranging interview to James Landale.
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VIDEO: Charity slams global Ebola response

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:37
The delayed global response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa "increased the spread" of the virus, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres claims.
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VIDEO: Miliband scorns SNP 'bluster'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:20
Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused SNP leader Alex Salmond of "a combination of bluster and bluff".
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VIDEO: Video shows attack on UK synagogue

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:18
The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the UK have increased and are being blamed on a rise in extremist sentiment.
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VIDEO: Why queue to see Richard III coffin?

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:11
Thousands of people have been queuing for hours to see the coffin of King Richard III before a reburial service on Thursday.
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VIDEO: Ashya King 'cancer-free', say parents

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:16
The parents of five-year-old Ashya King, who were jailed after taking him abroad for brain tumour treatment, say their son is now free of cancer.
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VIDEO: May to extremists: 'The game is up'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 15:11
The Home Secretary Theresa May outlines plans to tackle Islamist extremism, including a ban on hate preachers and a clampdown on Sharia courts.
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VIDEO: Protester v MEP on UKIP pub protest

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 14:40
A protester who targeted the UKIP leader in a pub has claimed "our target was never Nigel Farage's family"
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Inspiring Evening of Gun Rocks Wreck Talks

Wessex Archaeology - Mon, 2015-03-23 13:28

Image copyright Richard Booth

Tyneside 114 British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) recently held a very successful event to hear about past investigations on the Gun Rocks wreck, and to encourage future work on the site which is in the Farne Islands. Coastal & Marine archaeologist Peta Knott was invited to share the adventures and discoveries from the fieldwork undertaken on the wreck in 2013. It was standing room only in the function room of a pub outside of Newcastle upon Tyne as past and present members of Tyneside BSAC, along with interested locals, waited hear old and new tales about the Gun Rocks wreck. The evening commenced with reminiscences by Harry Harvey, one of the original survey team members. He outlined the fieldwork and archival research that was completed in the summer of 1970 and spoke about how the divers had been very keen to learn the history of the wreck, and prevent unscrupulous divers from destroying the site.  

Peta with members of the 1970 and 2010 Tyneside BSAC 114 survey teams. Image by R. Booth

Then the packed audience heard from former Tyneside Diving Officer, Andy Hunt, who talked about the work done in 2010 to commemorate 40 years of the club being associated with the wreck.  The official part of the evening finished with Peta Knott describing the fieldwork that was completed in the summer of 2013 by Wessex Archaeology with Tyneside BSAC and English Heritage divers. Peta outlined the geophysical and diving investigations undertaken that revealed 19 cannon in two separate areas near Gun Rocks. The audience was particularly interested in the identification of the wreck as an early 18th century Dutch merchant ship that was carrying a cargo or ballast of Swedish cannon, as previously the wreck was erroneously believed to be a Spanish Armada wreck. Another highlight of the talk was the explanation of the partnership that was developed between English Heritage, Tyneside and Wessex Archaeology during this fieldwork. This three-way partnership is the new favoured model for English Heritage wreck investigations and aims to maximise the skills of the professional archaeologists by making the most of the local knowledge, enthusiasm and continuity of the local divers.  

Diver with cannons. Crown copyright

The enthusiasm for the Gun Rocks wreck was clearly present that evening and discussions went on well after the pub was supposed to close. The original survey team members were keen to share their experiences and many audience members wanted to ask questions about the recent fieldwork, and make further suggestions about the identity of the wreck.  There is now increased interest in the Tyneside club completing more work on the wreck in the future as there are still many anomalies on the site to be investigated, which may reveal more archaeological remains. The durable nature of the cannon on site and the presence of interesting remains within a compact area, in conjunction with the substantial diving industry in the Farne Islands, would also make a dive trail on this site viable and an underwater guidebook would assist divers in locating the cannon underneath the prevalent kelp.  While Wessex Archaeology’s involvement with the Gun Rocks wreck ostensibly finished with the submission of an archaeological report to English Heritage in 2013, Wessex Archaeology is pleased to support Tyneside’s interest in the wreck. As this recent event demonstrates, Tyneside have become devoted wreck custodians and are likely to continue their association with the Gun Rocks wreck in the future, which is surely of benefit to our precious maritime heritage. By Peta Knott, Archaeologist Coastal & Marine  
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VIDEO: Morrisons boss on rebuilding trust

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 13:13
The chairman of Morrisons says the major supermarkets have lost their way on pricing - and that customers have voted with their feet.
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VIDEO: Security guards 'working illegally'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 07:31
Widespread fraud in the licensing of security guards to work in some of the UK's most sensitive sites is exposed by a BBC investigation.
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VIDEO: Were lessons learnt from Strangeways?

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 02:22
Twenty-five years after the Strangeways prison riots in 1990, Lord Woolf says lessons have not been learnt and a new inquiry into prisons is needed.
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VIDEO: Fears over illegal acne drug sales

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 01:04
BBC Inside Out investigates illegal sales of roaccutane, the powerful prescription-only drug used to help in the treatment of acne.
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VIDEO: Journey to find missing WWII airman

BBC test - Mon, 2015-03-23 01:04
BBC Inside Out unravels the mysterious story of a young airman from Derbyshire which has been kept secret for 70 years.
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Isaac Newton was behind Queen Anne coronation medal, secret sketchbook at Kew shows

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2015-03-23 01:00
An Oxford student who found one of the physicist's sketch and note-filled manuscripts in the National Archives says Newton made a medal given to crowds in 1702.
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Archaeologists use poisonous museum objects to find out how prehistoric people hunted

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2015-03-23 01:00
An archaeologist and a forensic chemist have used techniques for detecting drug use to find the residue of prehistoric poisons on ancient artefacts.
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Ancient face cream tub, medieval belt and animal bones found by archaeologists near Norfolk lake

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2015-03-23 01:00
Archaeologists carrying out a community dig in the market town of Diss have seen around 1,000 people visit their two-day excavation.
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From Japan to Jersey, MuseumWeek sets trends with museum secrets on Twitter

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2015-03-23 01:00
The British Golf Museum, The Caravan Club Collection and the Museum of Power might spring a few surprises this MuseumWeek - plus seven more to look out for.
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