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    Inside Out - West Midlands: Monday October 3, 2005

Congestion charge

Cars stuck in traffic
Time to pay? Could the congestion charge come to Birmingham?

More people own vehicles in Birmingham than in any other city in Britain.

Such a high concentration of cars makes the city’s roads the most congested in the country after London.

The region’s motorists make more than one billion trips a year, and it is estimated that if nothing is done to cut car use, this figure will increase by a quarter over the next six years.

Inside Out presenter and self-confessed car addict Ashley Blake meets the business leader who believes congestion charges are needed if Birmingham is to avoid total traffic gridlock.

He is also persuaded to leave his gas-guzzling vehicle at home for a day and sample some of the other forms of transport in the city.

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Rollercoaster addicts

Ride of your life - rollercoasters addicts seek thrills at high speed

Inside Out meets three men from the Midlands who spend much of their spare time searching for the ultimate high, low - and 360-degree loop.

Stuart Wright, James Wearing, and Adrian Whitcombe all come from very different backgrounds, but have one thing in common - the need to search out the fastest, tallest and most exciting rollercoasters.

The trio are members of the European Coaster Club, a 2,000-strong group which travels the world searching for the latest and greatest theme park thrills.

We follow Stuart, James, and Adrian for a year, and experience first-hand the rapid ups and downs in the lives of these roving rollercoaster addicts.

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Mission in Vietnam

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Eastern journey - a mission to help the Vietnamese

By the time most people reach the grand old age of 84, they’re ready to take life a little easier.

But for one doctor nothing could be further from the truth.

Every year Madeleine Sharp from Coventry sets out for Vietnam on an aid mission to help those still suffering from the war.

Inside Out joined her on her latest trek east and soon discovered that unless a new generation like Madeleine come forward, a vital lifeline for thousands of Vietnamese will end forever.

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