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Friday 06 April 2012

Plans to limit unannounced inspections could make it more difficult to tackle rogue traders, Trading Standards tell us. We visit an allotments for animals. We look at what changes to the ATOL system, which protects those flying abroad, will mean in practice. A new website set-up by a former boss of Waterstone's boasts that it will offer "all the e-books in the world" - will it succeed? Plus a hospital has been offering women who had PIP breast implants cheap replacements. Although inline with what the health select committee recommended, they admit they are doing so because they a misunderstood Department of Health policy. And, why planting sun flower seeds might help finish the work of one the 20th century's greatest mathematicians.

The producer is Joe Kent.


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  • ATOL Flights Plus

    From the 30th April more holidays will be covered by ATOL, meaning greater protection for holiday makers. Victoria Bacon from ABTA says it's unrealistic for the industry to be ready by that date.

  • Trading Standards

    Trading Standards Officers say they are about to lose the right to carry out most unannounced inspections. Sylvia Rook and Holly Conways discuss the issue.

  • Turing's Sunflowers

    100 years after Turing's birth, the Museum of Science & Industry Manchester needs public help in a mass mathematical experiment, by planting sunflowers. Jonathan Swinton and Erinma Ochu explain why.

  • Bilbary

    Bilbary is a new internet based ebook library and bookstore. They want to provide ebooks for any device with rentals as well as purchases. Tim Coates explains why the website has been launched now.

  • PIP Breast Implants

    Whiston Hospital misunderstood guidance from the department of health and offered to replace privately fitted PIP breast implants. Peter asks Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Nigel Mercer, about it.

  • Animal Allotments

    Some allotment holders in Manchester have started to rear farm animals alongside their vegetables. Reporter Andrew Fletcher went to have a look.

  • Toxic Bracelets

    Red and black Jequirity bean braclets have been withdrawn from sale in the UK, but NHS Trusts, schools and councils are still warning about the dangers. Toxicologist Robert Chilcott gives some advice.

  • Blue Peter garden with sunflower seeds growing

    Blue Peter garden with sunflower seeds growing

  • Pine cones which illustrate the Fibonacci sequence in nature

    Pine cones which illustrate the Fibonacci sequence in nature

  • On the ‘animal allotment’

    On the ‘animal allotment’

  • More from the ‘animal allotment’

    More from the ‘animal allotment’


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