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Border Life reports on the stables which is helping to put Scotland on the horse racing map. Sandy McCracken finds out about an industrial landmark in Dumfries which is due to be renovated, and we visit a bird sanctuary in Lauder which is campaigning to save endangered species.

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Border Life pays tribute to Jane Haining - a church missionary from Dumfriesshire who travelled to Hungary during the Second World War to help Jewish schoolchildren. She was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp where she died. Plus, a geologist shows us the spot on the east coast where - millions of years ago - Scotland and England collided!

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Watch Border Life 02/02/2018

Border Life this week meets a man who has overcome serious disability to become a top powerlifter. We also hear the story of how a schoolboy from Solway fell in love with the sea and went on to found the American navy. Meanwhile, Sandy McCracken finds out how Scotland's latest designer gin owes its taste to foraging on the Galloway coast.

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Lori Carnochan finds out how the Young Farmers are trying to lure a new generation into the farming industry in the south of Scotland, including learning from colleagues in Canada and New Zealand. Fiona Armstrong visits a tropical garden in deepest Galloway, while Sandy McCracken sees how authentic Italian salami is being made on a local farm.

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Border Life gets unavoidably festive this week, with a trip to a Christmas tree farm and a visit to a chocolate maker. And - looking ahead to New Year - Sandy McCracken finds out more about how Robert Burns wrote "Auld Lang Syne".

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Lori Carnochan reports on a new rail link to Scotland's highest village. Sandy McCracken tells the story of a band of brothers from World War I: five of them signed up to fight, but only one returned home.

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The latest episode of ITV border's Scottish political programme, Representing Border, looks at issues form Holyrood and Westminster that matter to the South of Scotland

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