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Phil Mercer - Banbury flood defences get the go-ahead


Banbury Flooding - A £14m scheme to protect Banbury from flooding has been given the go-ahead by the government. The Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme will be built with money from the Environment Agency and the local district council. Qantas incident - It's the world's largest airliner and today a Qantas flight from London to Sydney came to an early end when a Rolls Royce engine failed on take-off from Singapore. We'll talk to Oxfordshire aviation expert Sean Maffett. Bond Book - A charity shop in Chipping Norton has sold a first edition book for nearly £2,000. The copy of Casino Royale sold at the Helen and Douglas House Hospice shop for £1,800. It's the biggest sale the chain of 30 charity shops has ever had. Mercers Money - Interest rates stayed put at the historic low of 0.5% - but will the policy makers decide to pump more money into the economy to give it a boost - so-called quantitative easing? Also the buyout of BSkyB by Murdoch is to be investigated and new car sales have fallen again. Phill Jupitas - Coming to the Oxford Union today, he started off as a performance poet and now is famous for his turns on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI. Beth Tweddle - The world champion gymnast is in Oxford today taking part in the a series of workshops with school children. The three times world champion won her latest title last month on the uneven bars in Rotterdam. She's been at Cherwell School - meeting young people from across the city. Remembrance CD - With Remembrance Sunday fast approaching and the Poppy Appeal gathering pace - a World War II veteran from Oxfordshire has recorded a CD of poetry to help with the fund-raising efforts. Tom Hedges is 93 and lives in Ramsden near Witney.