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Saturday 1st November 2014
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Welcome to the Oldbury Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around SN11 and Wiltshire!

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BBC news for Wiltshire

Real Pooh owner's footsteps retraced

The great-granddaughter of a Canadian soldier whose bear cub inspired the story of Winnie the Pooh visits the UK to retrace his footsteps.

'Self-sufficient' hydrogen site open

A "self-sufficient" hydrogen refuelling station is officially opened in Wiltshire by car manufacturer Honda.

VIDEO: Thatch fire 'like disaster movie'

The owner of a thatched cottage in Wiltshire destroyed by fire has described the scene as being "like a disaster movie".

Appeal over 350 homes is rejected

Plans to build 350 homes on a greenfield site in Devizes are rejected by the Secretary of State.

England's strange winter rituals

There is more to the "dark season" than Halloween, as these traditional English rituals show.

VIDEO: Fears for Scope care home residents

Wiltshire care home resident fears being moved

'Tree of the Year' shortlist issued

Savernake Forest's Big Bellied Oak on the list

Live BBC World News

Space project will go on - Branson

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.

Power struggle in Burkina Faso

A split emerges within Burkina Faso's armed forces over who is leading the country following the resignation of President Blaise Campaore.

Funeral of murdered SA footballer

Tens of thousands of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa in Durban.

Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim

Militant group Boko Haram denies claims by Nigeria's government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release 219 abducted girls.

Australia marks Anzac centenary

Thousands gather in the Australian town of Albany to mark the centenary of the departure of the first Anzac troops in World War One.

Quarantine victory for US Ebola nurse

A judge in the US rules in favour of a nurse fighting a state quarantine order issued because she treated Ebola patients in West Africa.

Uruguay registers cannabis growers

The Uruguayan government announces the start of registration for licensed cannabis growers as part of its plan to legalise the drug.

BBC Sports News

Meulensteen criticises Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers' "biggest failure" is not investing in backroom staff, says ex-Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen.

Hamilton top in second US practice

Lewis Hamilton narrowly edges Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to fastest time in second practice at the US Grand Prix.

Djokovic ends Murray's winning run

Andy Murray's 11-match winning run comes to an end with defeat by Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Newcastle United v Liverpool

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Newcastle United and Liverpool.

European strikers are soft - Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the decline of street football means Europe struggles to produce players like Alexis Sanchez.

Real Pooh owner's footsteps retraced

The great-granddaughter of a Canadian soldier whose bear cub inspired the story of Winnie the Pooh visits the UK to retrace his footsteps.

'Self-sufficient' hydrogen site open

A "self-sufficient" hydrogen refuelling station is officially opened in Wiltshire by car manufacturer Honda.

VIDEO: Thatch fire 'like disaster movie'

The owner of a thatched cottage in Wiltshire destroyed by fire has described the scene as being "like a disaster movie".

Appeal over 350 homes is rejected

Plans to build 350 homes on a greenfield site in Devizes are rejected by the Secretary of State.

England's strange winter rituals

There is more to the "dark season" than Halloween, as these traditional English rituals show.

VIDEO: Fears for Scope care home residents

Wiltshire care home resident fears being moved

'Tree of the Year' shortlist issued

Savernake Forest's Big Bellied Oak on the list

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. Overtime payments at the Passport Office topped £2.5million in a month during a chaotic summer in which holidaymakers’ plans were put in jeopardy, figures show. The then-government agency paid out £6.75million to staff for working extra hours during July, August and September as they tried to clear a backlog of thousands of applications. Daily Mail

2. The number of people earning less than £7.69 an hour increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million. The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work. Workers in Britain are more likely to be low paid than those in comparable economies such as Germany and Australia. Resolution Foundation.

3. Schools are being urged to hold lessons in body confidence as a new survey reveals that one in four Britons is depressed by their appearance. A new project called Be Real aims to tackle the issue which campaigners say is trapping millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders. Daily Express

4. One of Apple’s first pre-assembled computers - the Apple-1 - has been sold for a record $905,000 (£565,000) at an auction in New York. The motherboard is one of around 50 Apple-1 computers that were first manufactured by Steve Wozniak in the garage of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976. Few of the devices have survived, and the latest sale has fetched the highest price yet thanks to its mint condition.

5. Fewer teenagers scored at least five C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams and school league tables, official figures show. In total, just over half (52.6%) of pupils in England reached the five A*-C including the basics benchmark, according to statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE). Daily Mail

6. Foreign criminals are costing taxpayers £850m a year with thousands living in the community instead of being deported. Of the 4,200 foreign national offenders living in the community, one in six - 760 - have absconded, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report. Those missing included 58 “high harm” individuals who have been missing since 2010, the report said. The Times

7. The Star Wars character of Chewbacca was inspired by director George Lucas’ big, hairy Alaskan malamute dog Indiana - who would always sit in the passenger seat of his car like a co-pilot. The dog was also the inspiration behind the name of one of Lucas’ other creations, Indiana Jones. BBC

8. A recent study of 188 countries found that more than half the planet’s 671 million obese people live in just ten countries – with one in ten of them living in the United States, where a third of adults are obese. The UK did not make the top ten. The Independent

9. With a population of just 40,000, Salisbury is one of Britain’s smaller cities. Yet it has beaten London – as well as Paris and New York – to be named one of the top ten in the world. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 ranked Salisbury seventh in its list. The Observer

10. Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet during a visit to the Science Museum in London. The 88-year-odl monarch formally opened the museum’s new Information Age Galleries by touching a tablet scree to send her first message around the world. The tweeted through the @britishmonarchy account, which has 733,000 followers. Daily Telegraph

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Model pupils refused student loans

Bright students from state schools are at a risk of missing out on university because of their uncertain immigration status.

VIDEO: On board Knox-Johnston's yacht

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Briton who in the 1960s became the first person to sail round the world on his own without stopping, is about to return to ocean racing at the age of 75.

VIDEO: Police cautions 'to be scrapped'

The government is planning to scrap the use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - in England and Wales.

VIDEO: 'I blogged my way to mental health'

People with mental health illnesses are being asked to blog about their condition to help themselves and others.

VIDEO: Politics: One in five 'disillusioned'

A poll for the BBC has found only one in five of those asked think the Westminster Parliament acts in their best interests, and as few as one in eight think the European Parliament does.

VIDEO: Forty years riding Wall of Death

Ken Fox and his family are celebrating 40 years riding the Wall of Death - they invited BBC Breakfast's Mike Bushell to join in.

VIDEO: What next for child abuse inquiry?

Home Secretary Theresa May has promised to consult victims groups before appointing a successor to Fiona Woolf to lead the official inquiry into historical child abuse.