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  1. Updates on Friday, 4 August 2017
  2. Traffic light network in Cambridge under review
  3. Cambridge University Challenge cult heroes prepare for BBC Radio 4 show

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: The Toft elderly care home that plays host to a toddler playgroup

    A group of toddlers and their childminders spend every Monday with the elderly residents of Home Meadow Care Home in Toft.

  2. Our live coverage across the week

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Our live updates have now come to an end for another week.

    You can scroll down to catch up with any stories you might have missed.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

    Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

    Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

    The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

    Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

    BBC East weather graphic

    For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

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    Video caption: Non-traveller residents at Smithy Fen face eviction

    Non-travellers who have been renting caravans from travellers are to be evicted from their site.

  5. Football league season begins: Posh and Cambridge should challenge again

    Steve Jackson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    With both Peterborough United and Cambridge United falling just short of the play off places in League One and League Two respectively last time out, both sides, based on summer recruitment, ought to be at least flirting with the top of the table again this term.

    Shaun Derry and Grant McCann
    Image caption: Shaun Derry and Grant McCann

    Grant McCann’s Posh side have had a rigorous clear-out and are building a side in the manager’s own image. Shaun Derry’s U’s have pruned judiciously, and will be looking to start with a bang after failing to win any of their first eight league games at the beginning of last season. That awful run cost them, at minimum, a play-off berth.

    Posh freshened-up

    McCann has shipped out 11 players on a permanent basis, three more on loan and brought in 10 new faces along with a new assistant in David Oldfield.

    Striker Ricky Miller, a proven goal-scorer at lower league level, will miss the first six matches through a suspension sustained whilst at Dover Athletic, but he’s a local boy who’s been prolific during the summer friendlies and could well prove to be one of the bargains of the close season.

    Posh have a habit of buying or recruiting well from the lower reaches of the pyramid and turning front men into stars that do well higher up.

    Britt Assombalonga, Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Conor Washington have all made the grade in either the Championship or the Premier League.

    McCann looks, too, to have refreshed his defence in an effort to lock up the back door whilst allowing his side to continue to move forward with flair.

    Cambridge gain a cutting edge

    Shaun Derry’s task is different - too few goals scored by players other than the prodigious Luke Berry last season, and too many conceded at the wrong end at the wrong time.

    A decent footballing side, there was not enough of an end product to match their often outstanding approach play.

    Derry will be looking to add a clinical edge to his side, who have already proved they can shut opposition teams out when the need arises, notwithstanding the odd lapse in concentration.

    Jabo Ibehere will add much-needed experience and a cutting edge up front and Uche Ikpeazu should thrive on the back of Ibehre’s know-how.

    The U’s have lost talented goalkeeper Will Norris to Wolves, but have replaced him with David Forde, who recorded a record number of shut-outs as Portsmouth won League Two last term.

    It does, though, look set to be another roller coaster of a season. Strap in, and turn on!

    We’ll be with the Posh and the U’s every step of the way – every kick of every match, home and away on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, starting this Saturday at 14:00 with your host, Peter Swan.

    Peterborough are at home to Plymouth, while Cambridge United travel to Exeter.

    Commentary is only availabe on your FM, AM and DAB radio, as the BBC does not hold the rights to webstream Football League games.

  6. Pink Floyd: No-one believed you could make a career out of rock

    BBC 6 Music

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    Video caption: Nick Mason on 50th anniversary of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

    Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd releasing their influential psychadelic album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.

    Founding member Nick Mason spoke to 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker earlier today about the changing cultural landscape since it's release in 1967.

    The sticksman said he never thought the album's legacy would last half a century.

    Listen above.

    Music licensing organisation PPL are also marking the anniversary by compiling a chart of the most-played Pink Floyd songs on UK radio and TV.

    So if you don't want to know the results, please look away now.

    Drum roll please Nick...

    Nick Mason of Pink Floyd

    Most-played Pink Floyd songs on UK radio and TV.

    1) Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) (1979)

    2) Money (1973)

    3) Wish You Were Here (1975)

    4) Comfortably Numb (1979)

    5) See Emily Play (1967)

    6) The Great Gig In The Sky (1973)

    7) Time (1973)

    8) Arnold Layne (1967)

    9) Us And Them (1973)

    10) Shine On Your Crazy Diamond (1975)

  7. Nick Mason on 50th anniversary of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

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    Video caption: Nick Mason on 50th anniversary of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

    Nick Mason on 50th anniversary of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

  8. From the archives: PM visits Cambridge observatory in 1980

    Some 37 years ago this month, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to a telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge.

    Also caught on camera was Dr John Baldwin, the senior radio astronomer.

    British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to the telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, at J20 Ellington affecting J23 A141 Spittals Way.

    A14 Cambridgeshire - Slow traffic on A14 westbound in Ellington at J20 Ellington, because of an accident involving single vehicle earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J23, A141 (Spittals Interchange) and to J24, A1198 (Godmanchester).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. Review of city's traffic lights under way

    Work to overhaul Cambridge's traffic light system to reduce congestion has got under way.

    Mill Road, Cambridge

    The review of all 104 of the city's traffic signals is aimed at developing the "smartest traffic light system" in the country.

    The project is being spearheaded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

    Councillor Francis Burkitt, chair of the executive board, said 52 of the lights were more than 10 years old.

    He said: "There are lots of things we need to do to sort out the transport problems in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, this is just one of them.

    "It will help cyclists, pedestrians and people in vehicles, particularly buses."

    The traffic light improvements are part of £500m worth of transport projects in the region, which are due to be carried out over the next 15 years, said Mr Burkitt.

  11. University Challenge pair are 'fearsome duo'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A Cambridge University student who was one of the breakout stars of University Challenge, has said his up-and-coming BBC Radio 4 radio show can be likened to "a clever version of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey".

    Bobby Seagull, who captained Emmanuel College on the last series of the quiz show, will team up with rival Cambridge contestant - Wolfson College's Eric Monkman - for Monkman & Seagull's Polymathic Adventure on BBC Radio 4 on 21 August.

    Speaking on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Mr Seagull said they are "a fearsome duo".

    Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull

    "Eric's got such an eye for detail. I'm more of a big thinking, big ideas person," he said.

    "A polymath is a person with a wide range of knowledge and we're exploring whether there's a role for polymaths in society.

    "We've met academics, authors and scientists as well as former University Challenge contestant Stephen Fry."

    Mr Seagull said the show is a one-off at the moment, but he expects there'll be more to come "if there's a demand for it".

  12. Forecast for the day ahead: Cloudy but dry

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a largely fine day across the BBC East region, with some sunny spells, especially at first.

    However some cloud is expected to bubble up through the day, and whilst this could bring one or two light showers, most places should stay day.

    Here's my full forecast:

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    Video caption: Weather: weather_east.avi

    Keep up-to-date with the latest weather where you are with BBC Weather.

  13. Good morning

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 4 August.

    We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

    Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.


    You can get in touch by email, Twitter and Facebook.

  14. Our live coverage across the day

    Kris Holland

    BBC News

    That's the end of our live updates for Cambridgeshire - scroll down through the feed to look back at today's stories.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday - enjoy your evening.

  15. Weather: Dry with isolated showers overnight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Mostly dry tonight across the BBC East region, but breezy with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloud, perhaps bringing an isolated shower.

    Staying mild with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F).

    Friday will be quite breezy, but much of the day will be dry with sunny spells and occasional cloud and just the small risk of a shower. Feeling warm in the sun with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

    Look East weather map

    Visit BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast where you are.

  16. Overrun with rodents? Here's a happy tail...

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Meet Rocco and Cory. They're degus. Very happy degus, as it happens.

    These little rodents came from a home in Oxford that was overrun with more than 40 fellow degus, gerbils and hamsters.

    They weren't particularly happy, all crammed together - so the RSPCA stepped in and these two brothers (below) ended up at the charity's Block Fen rehoming centre in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.

    Degus Rocco and Cory

    As cute as they are, no-one wanted little Rocco and Cory and here they stayed for a more than year before volunteer Aga Clark thought enough was enough, and adopted the pair.

    "They are two lovely little degus and I saw them and thought it was a shame they spent such a long time in the RSPCA without a forever home," she said.

    The pair are now happily living in a big purpose-built cage with lots of toys to play with.

    The degu cage

    "I never expected they would be so much fun to be around - they are real characters," their new owner said.

    Characters they may be, but just what is a degu?

    It's a new one on me so I asked the RSPCA's "degu guru" Dr Jane Tyson to set me straight:

    • Degus originate from Chile - not Oxford - and live for about six to seven years
    • They're rodents and look a little like gerbils - but a bit bigger
    • Being sociable little creatures they need another degu for companionship - but if you pair a male and female, make sure you have the male neutered or you could end up with a colony
    • They like to chow down on commercial guinea pig food containing seeds and grains, as well as fresh vegetables and green alfalfa
    • They need to be kept at the right temperature as they can easily overheat, and need access to a dust bath twice a week
    • Degus like to be active so need lots of opportunities to dig, climb and chew things

    So now you know!

    Degus Rocco and Cory
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    Video caption: Addenbrooke's Hospital: Furry pet therapist joins staff

    Mylo is the latest dog recruit at Addenbrooke's Hospital to help in the care of elderly patients.

  18. Cambridge student shortlisted for trip to Mars

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    The Mars One project is hoping to take a group of people to the planet on a one-way trip, funded by TV coverage.

    The first flight with two men and two women is scheduled for 2031 and would be a one-way trip - they’d stay there for the rest of their lives.

    The Dutch company behind it first advertised for volunteers in 2013 and more than 200,000 people originally applied.

    That has now been whittled down to 100 finalists, which includes University of Cambridge student, Ryan MacDonald.

    Ryan MacDonald looking through a telescope.

    Ryan is carrying out research at Cambridge into ways to detect life outside Earth and has written software for a new NASA telescope.

    He said: "To be considered as one of just a hundred people on this planet who may get to go on one of the first expeditions to Mars is an incredibly exciting and enticing prospect.

    "Thinking about the science we could do there and inspiring young people with this mission - it’s a wonderful time to be alive."

    Artist's impression of a proposed Mars settlement
    Image caption: Artist's impression of a proposed Mars settlement

    Ryan is determined to stay in the selection process and training is planned to start towards the end of next year.

    Ryan MacDonald reading a book.