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tv   We are Bradford  BBC News  March 23, 2019 2:30pm-3:01pm GMT

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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... winds will background to become a south—westerly bringing plenty of hundreds of thousands of people showers. elsewhere, the temperature are marching through central london, is drifting down and it will turn demanding another brexit referendum. out to be a chilly night with clearing skies, one or 2 degrees in the countdown to brexit — towns and cities and cold enough for theresa may warns mps a third meaningful vote may not take place some frost to start the day in the next week if it doesn't get country. tomorrow, better for "sufficient support". england and wales, more sunshine but showers in scotland were pushed american—backed kurdish forces southward into northern ireland and declare victory over islamic state a few into northern england and north wales. some showers around, after capturing the group's last can produce between ten and 14 for remaining stronghold in syria. most but peeling colder across the a 17—year—old has been stabbed north of scotland when you factor in to death following a fight outside the win. a block of flats in west london. us special counsel robert mueller submits his report into alleged russian collusion with president trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential election. and researchers in london have produced these unprecedented images of a baby's heart whilst it's still inside the womb.
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now on bbc news, the highlights of a special week of coverage from bradford in west yorkshire, featuring stories that matter most to the people of the city. this is we are bradford. we are bradford. doesn't it look fantastic, and over the next half an hour we are going to be exploring the issues that really matter to the folk who live here. the people of bradford are driving the new agenda and they are helping us make a decision about what we cover. and the stories reflecting
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all of the city's life, being broadcasted across the bbc, on tv, on radio, online and on social media. already we have received hundreds of stories and i promise you this — every single one of them will be looked at but how did we get here in the first place? david sillito can explain. can i ask you a quick question? can you say hello to the camera? hello. hello, i am from the bbc. will has been making a little film and bradford. that is brilliant, thank you very much. and he has had all sorts of responses. hello. ciao. that is lovely. brilliant, thank you very much. one more time for me please? one think he had to do was reassure
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people that this was not once again the media knocking bradford. so many unique stories and unique people, and that is what we are going to be doing in bradford in march. when i see bradford on the news i often see poverty. crime. the grooming, the guns, the rape. it is never anything to do with achievements. my name is rosemond. josh. this is we are bradford and it began with a meeting at city hall, the bbc‘s editorial director and a group of young people talking about the news and bradford. there is hundreds of people in this city that had incredibly positive stories to tell. there are so many things that have changed my life and bradford which i would not have been able to do and london. i am not moving out for uni. i am staying in bradford. i am going to show these people what i am made of. and this is just the start of the conversations.
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coinciding with an exhibition on the topic of the science and media museum, bbc news is setting up shop in bradford to try a new approach to news. so what is happening is that the bbc is bringing its resources here to help local people tell their own stories. this is not about sugar—coating the truth or being a pr exercise for the city. it is simply an attempt to paint a broader and perhaps a fairer picture of bradford. are you from bradford? where are you from? she is from bradford and she and others want to help people paint the bigger picture. when you think of bradford in the news, what do you think? we are doing a project called bbc we are bradford. we are shifting the news on tv and we want to make sure that people from bradford get to tell their own stories. i love the diversity, and the
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different cultures. the buildings, the music, some overlooked part of bradford life, whatever people come up with, what we are bradford will be. we are in little horton and this is where i grew up. i remember these streets fondly, my aunt lived down the road and i lived two streets across. my dad used to have a corner shop two streets down shop was the hub of the community and it was really important growing up because without knowing it i was being exposed to so many different people and so many different cultures and that is what bradford is about, it is a melting pot of so many amazing people who have so much to offer. bradford has its challenges, like any other city, but unfortunately it is becoming
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infamous for these challenges. but really this city is made up of so many amazing people doing so much to tackle those issues. reading and writing levels in bradford are consistently below the national average. i went to see one project that is trying really hard to boost literacy and aspirations. the gift of a book. what have we here? arriving through the post every month from a charity aiming to improve literacy here in bradford. a little boy is testing out... each story they read is a building block for their imagination and vocabulary. there is a shark in the park! their mum grew up in pakistan and her parents did not read to her, but story time is now a staple part of her life. when i started getting the books from imagination library, then, to see how good the books are and somebodyjust giving me these really good gifts, so then i start to read regularly. in bradford, only half of five
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and six—year—olds reached the reading standards, which is well below the national average. issues linked to poverty, which present themselves inter—generationally so why would you blame a child in those circumstances to believe that reading, writing and all the sorts of things will make a difference to them, because they did not make a difference to their parents and grandparents. hi, this is ana maria. at this school, in a bid to boost literacy and aspirations... pupils are partnered up with mentors who read to them via the internet. it is rewarding for me because i am helping a child learn how to read and it is seeing her improve. i enjoyed reading and helping a child read and develop their reading skills is very rewarding. for the past five months, ana maria and nazim had been reading
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together but this is the first time they are reading side by side. there are still huge challenges with literacy in bradford but the future of the students here is yet to be written and with help it can only improve. may the 11th 1985 is a date no bradfordian would ever forget, when the home of bradford city was the setting for one of the worst disasters in football history. 56 people died when a wooden stand caught fire during a match. this man was a police officer on duty at a time. it was like a wall of heat that we just kept running back in to grab people because they were losing their breath in here and they were obviously smoldering and some of them were on fire and we were just pulling them out, going back in for more.
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it was not a normal day because bradford had won the league and were being presented with the cup. so it was a bigger crowd, i suspect, than normal but a good atmosphere. we literally ran across the pitch and pulled people over the wall. it was like raining black bitumen and it was very thick black smoke. and it shot across the roof. and at that time we were told by the radio operator to get out. i did not sleep quite well for a long time afterwards. but some of them were affected quite badly. some of them just brushed it off and got on with it. and that was grim, pretty grim. there was a charity being set up and i remember being told money was pouring in,
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pouring in, and there were vigils outside of the ground and we went to a few of those and stood and talked to people. there would come and put their arms around you. i think we look after each other and there is a good community spirit, isn't there? you are watching we are bradford. the bbc have been looking at a more fuller and fairer way to portray this incredible city, with the stories coming from those who live here. you have all heard i'm sure of a pop—up restaurant. this is a pop—up broadcasting centre. already many arms of the bbc have successfully broadcast from here. we have been inundated by hundreds and hundreds of story ideas and we made a pledge that we would promise to look at every single one and hopefully we are going to get to cover quite
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a few in the weeks ahead. but for me, the hallmark has really been the fact that we have met some proper bradford folk. come with me, because i am going to introduce you to james and chris, who are doing just a little thing, they will row across the atlantic. why are you doing thatjames? it is a challenge. we want to inspire others to basically do a challenge, basically. it is a great thing to do because when you set off on your crossing, you're really going to be celebrating bradford as well, aren't you? that is the plan, a good news story for bradford. it does not get enough good news and that is exactly why we do it. you know what you are putting yourself up against, as you will not be home for christmas, you'll be up to 100 feet of waves etc, etc and it will be a tough challenge for you. absolutely, and we took all of that into consideration and started in 2015 with this, and we are well aware of everything that is involved
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and we are prepared for it. james, chris, all the very best. go for bradford. they are described as the jewel in the social mobility crown, supporting some of the most disadvantaged children, but current funding for maintained nursery schools in england is due to end in 2020. his speech wasn't good and he was not very confident but since being at nursery he has come a long. every day, three—year—old levi looks forward to going to nursery school with his mum. how useful is the nursery for you? it is very useful because it is not too far and has so many facilities like on wednesday i take the baby for a baby clinic and get her weighed and stuff
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and he loves nursery. it is at the heart of the canterbury estate in bradford, one of the most deprived areas in england. children here are offered free places from the age of two. we have a much higher percentage of children who come from areas of high deprivation and who have special educational needs, so children will come to us because their areas were not able to fulfil their needs. it is notjust about getting children ready for school. the centre provides a one—stop shop to help those living in difficult circumstances. for a lot of families, this food as a lifeline, and often parents will go without food to feed the children, so we look after the whole family. in fact, parents say they have been offered a range of support. he was not talking and i was worried about his speech and everything.
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they have helped him develop his speech and he was coming for about six weeks and now, bless them, you cannot shut him up. does he like the nursery? he is upset because we are really alone here. so now he is really happy. he is really happy here. the government has pledged more funding to maintain nursery schools but, despite that, theirfuture is farfrom certain. if this closes, i think it is a huge loss to community and a huge loss to the children. we can level the playing field, and they will succeed in their schooling. closing the social mobility gap for children like these could become much harder. in the rest of the programme, we will look at more of the stories you have given us. we have published many already on the bbc website
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or on social media. from a hijab—wearing boxer to nursery school children learning about trees. ready or not, i'm coming. some of our children have not seen many trees. when we bring them here, it is a whole new world for them. it does not feel like they are ten minutes away from nursery. i think one thing you find about rap music, there is a certain connection regardless of race or where they come from and if someone is connected with music you will make friends
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with many people. # it is about that time, you need to calm your hype... # it is not good for your mind. rapping continues. cultural, look at how many cultures are in this room right now, you do not usually see that elsewhere, and bradford it is where people can chill on both sides. when people think of bradford, you think of food or riots and it is different now because back then you could feel there was a divide and a lot of tension. we do not have that any more. there is no tension, just life. cars is one of the biggest things here. you would see cars that you would not see anywhere else in the uk. it is massive here.
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personally, i have taken pictures of cars because we have nice cars so we decided to meet up on a sunday and check out the cars. just decided to put event on and say call me and see what happens. people started coming down and since then it has gone crazy. i let my actions speak louder than my words. i am really lucky that we have something like this because we did not have this before and now that i do, i am grateful for it. honestly, i could have the worst day in the world,
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but when i walk through the doors, it has changed my life. you can see the stories and many more if visit us on we are bradford. this is bradford city football club, nestled among the streets where the asian community made its home. during the 80s and 90s, many asian families were so concerned about racial abuse that they would not let their children come to watch a match here. i went to meet some ladies hoping to bring more inclusivity and diversity to the stands. when we first went with the ladies,
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they were paying a lot and we want bradford to win, and then they did win, the excitement on their faces, they were jumping up and down, the elderly ladies werejumping up and down. the thing is they went to about three matches and bradford won all three matches. they said, it's cos we have been praying for them. we never came out of the house. our parents would not let us come out at that time. our parents said, stay inside, there is football today. i do not feel scared, i feel proud and can stand up
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straighter and ifeel like i am part of bradford and this area. asian women, usually on saturday afternoon, would be at home cooking or looking after the family so it's important for them to get out and come and watch a match and have food with their friends and family or whoever they come with. loads of people have been in touch since we first broadcast these stories, including the next one. margaret firth has lived in one of the tower blocks on manchester road for 30 years but for ten years has not been able to afford turning on electric central heating and this is her story. almost every day there is a removal van coming and people moving out and you are thinking,
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you wonder where they go... it is just quite sad to see. when you walk past the blocks, there might only be ten windows that are lit up at night. i have been here half my life. i like my own company and my flat and i have plenty to keep me occupied. being in an all—electric flat is too expensive. to heat. you have not had your heat on in ten years? no. none of the heaters have been put on. in ten years? no. i would get up, get dressed orjust put a dressing gown on, whatever, sometimes the actual thought
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of getting dressed, you do not want to have to go through that cold. to keep warm ijust put plenty of clothes on and fill a hot water bottle and get under the duvet and keep warm like that all day. the flat tends to warm up at around 10pm at night and then ijust go to bed. you do not expect to have to do that when you have worked for a0 years. worked full time. where do you go for a night out in bradford if you do not drink? there has been a surge of young people visiting a new destination that does not require drinking alcohol or eating a curry. take a look at this.
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there's loads of dessert places in bradford. we just head out in our pyjamas and just get dessert. it is quite popular because it is an image that everyone likes to portray on social media and put on snapchat. obviously we do not drink so we will go out for dessert and mocktails, and this is our way of socialising as well. we create a vibrant atmosphere and you could say it's a pub without alcohol,
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that is what we want to create, create that happy environment and feeling. it gives you an excuse to get dressed up and meet up with your friends and have a bit of a social evening. it is a small place and you catch everything in here. before it was more like going to people's houses for a cup of tea. it was mainly guys that went out. back then it was not much. i know what you're thinking — we did all this hard work and we'll just clear off like nothing has happened, but this is not the end. it is not — we will continue to tell your stories across bbc news.
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and we will leave you with an image that sums up an image that sums up our time in bradford. i come from shadow and bone and the hands of god that made me. i come from clay, mud and leaves. i come against the sharp dark clouds, memories of pakistan, from the family's curry and the smell of spice. i come from a warrior's milk. i come from new range rovers and rickshaws. i come from the seven o'clock weather forecast and the unbearable heat and tranquil rain. i come from the tree i used to climb, now wrapped in flowers of grief and memory. i come from the road, now a showroom ofjob—seeking boards and empty coffee cups. i come from homemade swings
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and brothers pulling my hair. i come from blue—stained staircases. i come from a place where it snows in spring. i come from plants of small seeded berries and from the galaxies of my mind. i come the world i can only see in my dreams. i come from concrete and bricks, holding my family together. i come from the solar system and the future. i come from peace. i come from the hatred of geography. i come from the periodic table and chromatography. i come from the smell of cheap tobacco. i come from the clueless plans of politicians. i come from my mother's women
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and the pain of birth. i come from green grass that is grey concrete. i come from black asphalt. i come from hope. i come from bradford. a reasonable start to the weekend with when the of us having dry weather but we've seen a number of showers in northern ireland and scotla nd showers in northern ireland and scotland with a view in the central belt. the majority have been in north—western areas, where it has been windy. the wind still blowing and blustery in shetland, still gusting into the 50s. driving showers across the sky with sunshine following. some decent sunshine further south, across parts of england and wales but, in the south, it's still pretty cloudy, but dry and bright and not bad. temperatures between 11 and 13. overnight, we continue to feed in those blustery showers across the north—west of scotland. some of them went re—over high ground. chance of some rain for
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a time over south—west england, but otherwise a chilly night, with temperatures in towns and cities down to one or two. tomorrow, a decent start, but showers in the north pushed southwards during the day. there should be more sunshine across southern england. this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 3pm... hundreds of thousands of people are marching through central london, demanding another brexit referendum. meanwhile, theresa may warns mps a third meaningful vote may not take place next week if it doesn't get "sufficient support". american—backed kurdish forces declare victory over islamic state after capturing the group's last remaining stronghold in syria. a 17—year—old is stabbed to death following a fight outside a block of flats in west london. us special counsel robert mueller submits his report into alleged
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russian collusion with president trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential election. researchers in london have produced these unprecedented images of a baby's heart whilst it's still inside the womb.
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