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Epic music review

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Louisa Compton | 15:06 UK time, Friday, 29 May 2009

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Victoria will be joined by two up and coming artists in the music review this week. Daniel Merriweather is music producer Mark Ronson's latest protegee. You'll probably know him best for his version of the Smiths Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before. On Monday he'll tell Victoria about his latest album Love and War and how just four years ago he was busking on the streets of Melbourne. Someone else who's turned her life around is South London hip hop artist Speech Debelle. One review sums up her album, Speech Therapy, as "a raw insight into what happens to teens in society left to fend for themselves, but it's no meditated sob story".

Plus: we'll review new singles from American dance-rock band Hockey and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, whose last single My Life Would Suck Without You went to number 1 in March.

Don't forget you can download a podcast of our music review each week, and we're still after your jingles. for our programme.

How did your MP vote?

Louisa Compton | 16:39 UK time, Thursday, 28 May 2009

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At the end of today's programme Karen in Bournemouth asked us to put a link on the blog to all the MPs who voted in favour of keeping the additional costs allowance for second homes last year. As promised - here it is: MPs who rejected expenses reform.

Going, going, gone.

Louisa Compton | 14:10 UK time, Thursday, 28 May 2009

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_45835726_kirkbridemoran_226pa.jpg Victoria spoke to the Conservative MP for Bromsgrove, Julie Kirkbride, this morning. She'd faced criticism over her expenses claims and told Victoria that it never crossed her mind she'd done anything wrong and that she hoped she could persuade her constituents that her claims were "acceptable".

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Her defence didn't wash with some of you. This text from Amanda in Berkshire fairly typical:

"My heart bleeds! How dare this woman blame her indiscretions on being a working mother. There are thousands of working mothers who overcome all of the same problems without using Tax payers money to overcome them. This woman is undoing all the hard fought acceptance working mums have gained over the last few decades. Get her off the radio!"

But there was some support:

"I'd have thought proper childcare costs would be a more legitimate claim if we want MP's to do a good job. It's easy to have a go , isn't it? Not outraged.".

Three hours after our interview was broadcast, Julie Kirkbride announced her intention to stand down at the next election. You can read a copy of the letter she sent to David Cameron.

The Labour MP for Luton South, Margaret Moran, also announced her decision to stand down at the next election. The chair of her Constituency Association, Mahmood Hussain, says he "deeply regrets" her decision. But in an interview with us last week he admitted he hadn't been able to speak to her since the story first broke. Listen to the interview below.






Tell the story of the football season in cliches....

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:34 UK time, Thursday, 28 May 2009

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Listening to us this morning and having read most of the papers, there's one cliché that's emerging about Barcelona v Manchester United last night: "it's one of the most one-sided Champions League finals there's ever been."

Or how about "Barcelona gave Manchester United a footballing lesson"?






So let's try and describe the football season in clichés. Obviously we've got a couple of Cup finals this weekend, but it's practically over isn't it?

I'm grateful to the excellent Word Magazine blog which I was reading earlier this month. Over to you.

That piece of EU legislation you've all been asking for...

Louisa Compton | 12:01 UK time, Wednesday, 27 May 2009

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After 18 months, Peter Ward's TV broke down and Tesco refused to repair it. But Peter had read about a little known EU rule which says you can take goods back up to two years later and obtain a replacement, even if the guarantee has expired. In the end Tesco backed down.

Lots of you have been contacting us to ask for details of the legislation. It is EU Directive (1999/44/EC) and it states that "a two-year guarantee applies for the sale of all consumer goods everywhere in the EU. In some countries, this may be more, and some manufacturers also choose to offer a longer warranty period."

To read more click on this link here - open the word document and scroll down to page 7.

Tough love

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:12 UK time, Tuesday, 26 May 2009

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Welcome to the Eastside Young Leaders Academy in E London.

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This place was set up seven years ago to get black boys back on the straight and narrow. We're live from here this morning to have a good look at the place and talk to pupils who come here when they've been expelled from school.

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Here they believe in drills, discipline, boundaries - and they try to prepare boys "for the boardroom not the courtroom". This morning we'll ask why black boys don't do as well at school as their white counterparts, and why black boys are more likely to be excluded from school than white children?
And how does EYLA manage to get boys into Eton and rugby school? Join us at 10.

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Below you can watch a clip of some of the boys practicing their drill which is part of the routine at the Academy.

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Tough love v soft love

Louisa Compton | 16:25 UK time, Monday, 25 May 2009

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What's the best way of keeping kids on the straight and narrow? Tomorrow our programme comes from Eastside Young Leaders Academy in Newham in London. It's run by Ray Lewis, a former prison governor, who thinks zero tolerance is the best answer.

Boys are referred to the academy by local schools, or sometimes the police. The criteria's straightforward: they must be black, and severely disruptive or in trouble with the law. Eastside operates after school, at weekends or in holidays. Boys who attend are aged between 8 and 18.

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Throughout the programme we'll hear fom some of the boys; their parents and mentors. And we'll also hear from organisations who believe a softer policy of patience and understanding produces better results. tell us what you think works best.

Write a jingle for our podcast

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Louisa Compton | 16:11 UK time, Monday, 25 May 2009

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This week's music review is now available for download. Head to Music Review with Victoria Derbyshire for details and to subscribe. To mark the launch of the podcast, we want you to create a jingle that sums up our programme. You can do it in any style of music you want - rap, pop, hip-hop, ska, funk, grime, rock -- whatever you fancy as long as it's your own work (and you're not using music from other records). All that matters is that your jingle sells our programme and the best things about it.

Some of you have been sending them in already:






In order you heard jingles from 5 live listeners Peter, Nick and James.

We'll do our best to play all of them (but no guarantees) either on air or in the podcast. I'm afraid there's no fee for the jingles (in the best radio tradition, it's just for fun). You'll also need to fill in this waiver form and attach it to the same email as your jingle.

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The copyright will stay with you. You can send your jingles as an mp3 to victoria@bbc.co.uk and we'll play some of them out on air and put them in our podcast each week.

Best live act?

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Louisa Compton | 18:15 UK time, Friday, 22 May 2009

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Iron Maiden raised a few eyebrows when they won Best Live Act at the Brits this year. On Monday, we'll review their latest live album Flight 666 in our music review. Tell us who the best live act you've ever seen is. Plus; your thoughts on the new single from Little Boots she's been billed as the star to watch in 2009 - but does she live up to the hype?, Simple Minds frontman, Jim Kerr, will tell us about their new album, Graffiti Soul, and we'll review the new single from American country star Taylor Swift. Also from Monday afternoon, you'll be able to download a podcast of our music review each week.

It's Friday

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:16 UK time, Friday, 22 May 2009

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On the programme today the MP for mid Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries who says that because of the expenses scandal, quote "everyone fears a suicide".

Also, would you welcome women's boxing in the 2012 Olympics?

And 6 years ago a 19 year old woman was beaten so badly that she slipped into unconsciousness and died. Back then, her boyfriend was found not guilty of her manslaughter. Yesterday he faced trial for a second time - and finally admitted what he did to Cassandra McDermott. We'll talk to the her mother on the programme today.

Live from Nissan car plant

Louisa Compton | 09:26 UK time, Thursday, 21 May 2009

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This morning Victoria's at the Nissan car plant in Sunderland - taking a in depth look into the state of the British car industry. She'll be talking to workers, bosses and people across the country who work in all aspects of the motor business.

If you work in the car industry tell us what it's like for you, and how optimistic you are about the future?

UPDATE: Watch our video from in front of the production line:

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Below: Victoria speaks to Trevor Mann - Nissan Senior Vice President of Manufacturing

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Left to right: Davey Hall of Unite Sunderland; Vic Young, car dealer in Sunderland for 39 years; Steve Dunn, a material handler who's one of 150 people to start a new job at the plant.

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Left to right: Michael Simpson, Gary Fisher, Phil Jefferies, Susan Hayes, Sarah Green

Weakened sides

Louisa Compton | 11:05 UK time, Wednesday, 20 May 2009

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Shouldn't Manchester United be able to field whatever team they want against Hull this weekend?. Newcastle, Middlesbrough or Sunderland all face the possibility of being relegated if Hull win - and their cause would not be helped if United rest their stars ahead of the Champions League final a week today.

Join us on production line one...

Louisa Compton | 18:38 UK time, Tuesday, 19 May 2009

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nissannew_812632_sunderland300.jpg On Thursday we'll be at the Nissan car plant in Sunderland looking at the state of the car industry in the UK. Victoria will be talking to one of Nissan's top bosses, Trevor Mann. Earlier this year, Nissan had to reduce production and lay off 1200 staff but Trevor thinks things are looking up and says the car scrappage scheme will help.

We'd love to hear from you during the programme. Have you been tempted to trade in your old banger to get a £2000 discount from a new car? The latest figures, released earlier this month, showed car sales fell by 24% in April compared with the same month last year. The fall is the 11th consecutive monthly decline in new car sales. Will the scrappage scheme change things?

And if you work in the car industry tell us what it's like for you. How optimistic are you about the future? Do you share Trevor Mann's view that things are going to start looking up? Or are you worried about the future of your job? Do get in touch. Email victoria@bbc.co.uk

nissan2_1114210_production_bbc300.jpg We'll also get to find out just how a car is assembled. Nissan produces 4 cars in Sunderland - Qashqai, Qashqai +2, Micra and Note. Have a look at this video on youtube to get a taste of how the Qashqai is put together.

Long-lost sisters

Louisa Compton | 15:53 UK time, Monday, 18 May 2009

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What's it like to get really excited about meeting the sister you never knew you had only to find out that actually you don't get on? That's what happened to Ann Beavan and Judi Smith.

They were both adopted when young children. When Judi tracked down Ann both were thrilled... then they fell out and for five years did not speak. Last year Judi picked up the phone again...

5 live's Carly Pinnock spoke to Judi and Ann earlier:















Bonkers - it's Dizzee and Eminem

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Louisa Compton | 15:06 UK time, Friday, 15 May 2009

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music_150509_466x200.jpgEminem announced he was retiring in 2005. But now he's back and on Monday we'll be reviewing his sixth album Relapse. Also up for review - the latest album from American punk rockers Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown; Bonkers - the latest single from Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal (it's getting played everywhere at the moment) and Candy - the new song by Paulo Nutini who's been hailed as one of the nation's bright young stars - but so far his biggest hit is Last Request which reached number 5 in 2006. And last, but by no means least, Suggs from Madness will join Victoria to talk about The Liberty of Norton Folgate - their first album in ten years.

Big bonuses WERE part of the problem

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:20 UK time, Friday, 15 May 2009

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MPs' expenses have wiped eveything else off the front pages - but remember the great banking crisis? Turns out big bonuses DID contribute to it. At ten we'll bring together an MP who came to that conclusion and a city trader.

Plus would you work for less than the minimum wage if the alternative was being out of work?

And we'll bring together 3 young people who won't consider settling down with anyone who isn't the same religion as they are.

How would you re-brand Margate?

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Louisa Compton | 16:26 UK time, Thursday, 14 May 2009

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That was Sir Alan Sugar's challenge on last night's Apprentice. Mona Lewis' team chose to chase the pink pound and Mona was pretty nonplussed with the choice. Her lack of enthusiasm, in part, led to her getting fired. She spoke to Victoria today and told her she was pleased to get kicked off because she missed her son. Listen to the interview here:





What is GBL?

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:14 UK time, Wednesday, 13 May 2009

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It's the new drug of choice for clubbers in Britain - and it's dangerous. It's actually an industrial cleaner used among other things to strip paint and remove graffiti. Yet it's not illegal to take it in this country. It's been banned in America, Canada and Sweden. On the programme at ten we'll hear from 2 people who've taken GBL, what effect it has on them and whether it would make any difference if the government banned it.

Plus we'll bring together the Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik and the Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph to discuss expenses.

UPDATE: Have a listen back to the interview below:






Mumbai attacks survivor wants compensation

Louisa Compton | 17:49 UK time, Tuesday, 12 May 2009

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Today Victoria spoke to Mumbai terror attacks survivors - Will Pike and his girlfriend Kelly Doyle, and Will's dad Nigel.

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Will has been told he'll never walk again because of injuries sustained when he escaped through a hotel bedroom window.
If he had been a victim of a terrorist attack in the UK - he'd be eligible to up to £500,000 compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, but because it all happened abroad in India, he's only eligible for a £15,000 grant from a Red Cross Fund. Later in the show, Tessa Jowell the minister responsible for victims of international terrorism told Victoria that the government were committed to doing something about this - she promised to come back onto the show once they've worked out what kind of compensation can be given to Will and other victims of international terrorism.

You can keep up with Will Pike's progress on his website






Has a DVD box set ever taken over your life?

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:12 UK time, Tuesday, 12 May 2009

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Me = Six Feet Under and Sex and the City - on maternity leave waiting for the babba to be born, I could watch episode after episode into the early hours.

Plus we'll talk to a young British man who survived the Mumbai terror attacks last November - by escaping though a window. He's been told he'll never walk again because of injuries sustained when he escaped through their hotel bedroom window; and because he's the victim of a terrorist attack abroad and not in the UK - he can't get the kind of compensation others receive. It's an incredible story - we'll talk to Will, his girlfriend and father at 10.

Dear Hazel, Francis, Cheryl, Phil, Margaret, Keith....

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:02 UK time, Monday, 11 May 2009

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What can politicians do, if anything, to win back your trust? Please use the space here to write a short letter to your MP (or pick an MP of your choice if you prefer) suggesting ways they could behave to restore your faith in them. I appreciate that some voters don't feel a great deal can be done in that respect - but concise, constructive letters here would be most welcome...

Irresponsible or raising awareness?

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Louisa Compton | 15:55 UK time, Friday, 8 May 2009

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Jade McSorley is 21. She's battling anorexia and she's competing on Britain's Next Top Model.

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It's the first time an openly anorexic girl has been allowed to enter a reality TV modelling contest. Jade weighs just under seven stone and was treated in hospital last year.

She says: "I never wanted my weight to be an issue. I came into the show with literally zero confidence and I've got so much more." We'll be speaking to Jade and one of the producers behind the programme on Monday. If you want to speak to her get in contact victoria@bbc.co.uk

Also on Monday, our weekly music review. Graham Coxon from Blur will joins us to talk about his solo album The Spinning Top.

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We'll also review singles from Madness and Gary Co, who's been hand-picked by Take That to support them on tour, and the UK's latest Eurovision entry It's My Time by Jade Ewen. It reamins to be seen whether Jade will go the way of Scooch or Katrina and the Waves. So tell us what you think the best British Eurovision entry has been?

Bad losers?

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Victoria Derbyshire | 09:23 UK time, Thursday, 7 May 2009

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apprentice_philip_main.jpgOur theme this morning is losing gracefully. Is it a sign of class or is that just an old-fashioned view? Everyone's talking about the big clash last night: Lorraine v Philip. Did the "big head from Durham" and John Terry-lookalike lose more or less gracefully than Mr Terry and his Chelsea team?

You can listen to Victoria's interview with the "big head from Durham" below






From Tuesday's programme

Louisa Compton | 17:57 UK time, Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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Pregnant South Londoner Samantha Orobator, is in prison awaiting trial on drug smuggling charges in the South East Asian country of Laos. If convicted she could face the death penalty.

Today Victoria spoke to her aunt Sabaina Orabator, and her cousins Antonia and Sarah - who she lived with from the age of 8 - 16 years old, and Clare Algar is the Executive Director of Reprieve, a charity which helps Britons who are facing the death penalty.






Samantha Orobator's family and supporters


chris_eubank203x152.jpgPlus, Chris Eubank's son, Chris Eubank Junior is trying to follow in his dad's boxing footsteps, and is going to America to train with Floyd Mayweather Senior - who's been coaching Ricky Hatton.

Victoria spoke to them both today - but if you keep listening to the end of the interview you'll hear that Chris Eubank Senior (pictured) made it clear that he hadn't really enjoyed the interview...








Irrational swine flu thoughts & today's show

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:50 UK time, Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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If you've sneezed lately, how many people have joked about you catching swine flu?
I'm being completely irrational about it. My other half came back from Mexico last Wednesday. He works for the World Service and his programme flew out to cover the effects drugs are having on Mexico City but obviously that changed with the swine flu outbreak. Before he arrived home I noticed I had a mild sore throat. Now it's a cold. And occasionally in the back of my mind I ask myself "what if I've caught swine flu?". I know it's absurd because how could I have swine flu if my partner doesn't? I've been reading the leaflet from the government with more sobriety

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Young and homeless

Victoria Derbyshire | 10:01 UK time, Monday, 4 May 2009

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This morning the story of 9 year old Melanie. She's from North Wales, she has a mum, a dad, two brothers and 1 sister -- and they are homeless (see entry below). Melanie's done a report for us on what it's like living in emergency accomodation. Her family is one of around 70 thousand in such accommodation in this country.

Listen to Melanie's guided tour of the shelter below:






Also this morning, Harriet Harman on why she definitely doesn't want to be leader of the Labour Party. And our music review today includes the latest single from Britney Spears (which is really good).

Meet Melanie...

Louisa Compton | 13:51 UK time, Friday, 1 May 2009

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She's nine years old and homeless. Melanie and her family were evicted from their house in Denby in January. She now lives with her mum, dad and two siblings at a shelter near Mold in North Wales.

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Melanie has written a blog post for us:

"Hi. My name's Melanie, I'm nearly ten years old and I live in Plas Bellin. Well Plas Bellin is all about the homeless really. We became evicted from our home in Denby because the landlord wanted to sell the house. We had nowhere to go and so Social Services brought us here.
I just like it. I've got new friends and the staff are quite nice to you. They can be strict, but they keep you safe.

My best friend Molly lives here. We became best friends as soon as we met. Her mum sometimes takes us to the fair and lets us have MacDonalds. Molly's from Liverpool and she has been teaching me how to speak "scouse", which is quite tricky actually.
And we do something called "sessions" , which I really like. I do singing and dancing, I love ballet and tap and disco. And we do drama and art and I even play football. I'm a bit of a tomboy and a girlie girl as well.
I go to a local school. My friends there think I'm a bit weird. They know I'm homeless and I think they feel sorry for me and they think it's really weird we can't keep pets here. I think it's weird too. And some of the kids don't like me coz I live here.
When I grow up I'd like a nice big house with lots of space and lots of games and where my mum is allowed to have a glass of wine. You can't have a glass of wine if you live here. But, like, on Christmas Eve she'd really like one.
But you can't live here in Plas Bellin all your life, and I dont think that's fair. I am quite scared about that. I don't know where we will go next. We'll get kicked off here soon and I dont know where we'll live. I'm worried me and my brothers will have to be put in care and my mum and dad will live on the streets. They tell me that wont happen, but it still frightens me. I never want to be apart from my mum. I love my mum.
I have two brothers here. One is fifteen. Simon is eight and he's just like me really. He's a nice brother. He doesn't like the singing and dancing sessions though or drama. Thinking about it, he doesn't like any of the sessions, except football. I love him as a brother, but I wouldn't choose him as a friend. He winds me up. But he is very kind inside and he does love me. He'd never, ever, admit it though".

A new era of football violence?

Victoria Derbyshire | 08:50 UK time, Friday, 1 May 2009

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Could we be on the cusp of a new age of football holliganism? Earlier this week on the programme the Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, and the Sports Editor of The Times, Tony Evans, debated what they perceive to be the beginning of a new era of abuse leading to trouble at football...we'll explore that in the programme today and of course if you go to football regulary we want to hear from you too.

Plus we'll talk to the promising boxer from Liverpool whose career has been cut short after he was stabbed on a night out. He's called Joe Ainsough. He's 29 and despite his horrific injuries and the fact that he will never box again, he's incredibly positive.

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