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Good evening,
It was a really beautiful start to the day today.
Clear blue skies (dotted with the now obligatory hot air balloons), mist along the riverbank & pockets of frost. All classic fare following a fine & chilly night but I'm left feeling worried. In all honesty I have to confess it's a very minor worry. My concern centres not around global warming or meteorological predictions for the coming winter, but rather my raspberries. When we moved into our current house we were delighted to discover raspberry canes in the garden. They are my favourite soft fruit & our plants seem to pay no heed to the weather yielding plump, magenta berries from early summer through to autumn. However, everything shudders to a halt with the first frost; the berries turning to black mush which even the birds ignore.
So it's last night's frost that has me worried. A sliver of hope comes in the knowledge that our garden escaped the worst of the frost & that the next couple of nights won't be as chilly, maybe permitting an extension to the growing season. But before long clear skies & low temperatures will return, meaning I'll have to accept the inevitable & settle down to the long, 9 month wait for the start of next season's harvest.
I promise you'll be the first to know when the 2010 crop is ripe for picking....
Hope to see you later,

London Tonight Tonight

Good afternoon to you. Right - lots on the programme, as ever, but the 'talking point' is what I want to concentrate on for a minute or two...

A 14-year-old Sikh boy has been told he can't wear his "holy dagger" to school and so has been withdrawn by his parents. The Compton School in Barnet say they fear the 5-inch long 'kirpan' could be used as a weapon, while the parents say it's no more dangerous than a pair of scissors. A blow to religious freedom or a victory for common sense? Discuss...

Info first...and the 'kirpan' is one of the five 'articles of faith' in Sikhism that must be carried at all times by those baptised into the religion. Symbolically, it represents the power of truth over lies, but also reflects the wearers' commitment to protect the defenceless. The school has suggested the boy wears a smaller version of the kirpan, with the blade safely welded into the sheath, a compromise that has been reached in similar cases in America. But the family say that isn't acceptable.

Two short arguments for you to consider.

1) The school has got it absolutely right. The knife may not be any more dangerous than canteen cutlery, as has been suggested, but it's the message that allowing anyone to carry a knife in school gives off. You've seen us report on the increasing numbers of knife related deaths and injuries in the capital over recent years as well as the subsequent initiatives trying to stop young people carrying knives. There is, of course, no suggestion that this A-grade student is anything other than a responsible young adult, but while we're imploring young people not to carry knives, to allow anyone to do so, for whatever reason, at best sends out mixed messages and at worst is irresponsible.

2) When we heard that cub scouts were no longer allowed to take penknives to camp for fear of accidental amputation, 'Political correctness gone mad' was the cry from much of Middle England. Trusting them to carry and use a knife safely and responsibly was an integral part of their outdoor education, we were told, and banning them from doing so was to judge them by the actions of others. Similarly then, doesn't banning a committed Sikh from carrying what is a key symbol of his religious commitment to truth, honour and decency, show a similar level of prejudice and preconception? Maybe his are exactly the type of values we should be trying to promote in schools?

Over to you. Get in touch and we'll bring you a snapshot of London's opinions later.

Other areas of note tonight, quickly? Murray Dron has donned (or should that be 'dronned'?) his wellies down on one of the nearly five hundred farms in the capital. Plus, award-winning rapper "Chipmunk" joins us on the show. His real name is Jahmaal, by the way. I'd rather hoped it might be Simon, Alvin or Theodore.

Matt and Katie.


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London Tonight Tonight

Hello. Welcome to another working week.

We start tonight's programme with news of London Mayor Boris Johnson's vision for London over the next quarter of a century. I've just been looking at it on the City Hall website and it really is a monster of a document, covering everything from from economic development and housing strategies to transport and environmental policies. It's only a draft at the moment and Boris is calling for our input (go to www.london.gov.uk).

More of a wish list of we'd like to projects than a firm commitment to all of them, a lot of the stuff in it sounds perfectly reasonable: more affordable housing, better transport links etc but as ever, the devil is in the detail...and there is plenty of detail. Thankfully, we have the ever meticulous Simon Harris on the case and we'll have Simon Milton, the deputy mayor for policy and planning on the programme to answer some of the issues raised. There are plans for Crossrail 2, despite the funding issues still surrounding Crossrail 1. There are proposals to extend both the Bakerloo Line and the Northern Line, but is south London again missing out on investment? What's happened to plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary? Oh, and that thorny perennial - road charging. The Mayor's Office has dismissed the notion of a toll of up to £1.34 per mile on some of our busiest roads, but the report clearly says it's under consideration. And, apparently Boris is offering a bar of chocolate a week for staff with the best ideas? So, I have a well known celestially named confectionary item on my desk that I'll award to the member of the London Tonight team that comes up with the best idea before I've finished the blog.

Elsewhere today, The Old Bailey trail of teenager Tulay Goren, allegedly murdered by her father and two uncles continues. Her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance ten years ago gave evidence from behind a screen today, telling of the strained relationship she had with her family. It's alleged she was murdered because of the couple's 'inappropriate' relationship in a so-called 'honour killing'. The girl's father and two uncles deny murdering her. Also, news of a man awarded over a million pounds in compensation after suffering serious head injuries when he fell from a night bus and Ronke Phillips reports on the part-time medics who put their lives on the line to treat our wounded soldiers in Afghanistan.

Now, I was a bit surprised at the station on my way in earlier to hear an Evening Standard seller shout the not very catchy slogan, "Anyone want a free Standard!?" As you might be able to work out, the Standard is free from today after 180 years of it costing Londoners. Phil Bayles - who's always happy to pick up a bargain - is on hand to see what changes, if any, we can expect. All that plus Keith Allen, Matthew Kelly, the Queen and a group of Bollywood dancers (not all in the same story) See you at six.

Matt and Lucy.

Oh - so who wins the chocolate? Well, technically producer Neil who suggested a cup of tea to go with the biscuits left over from the weekend shift, but as he went into a meeting leaving me to brew up - I've snaffled the Mars Bar and the chocolate Hobnobs!


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