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you're watching bbc news. now the film the macro now, to a film that defined a generation.‘trainspotting,’ made stars of the original cast including ewan mcgregor, and now more than twenty years on, they're back. trainspotting 2 had it's premiere this evening in edinburgh and our arts correspondent colin paterson met the director danny boyle on the red carpet. the sequel has been talked about for more than 15 years and i can now talk to the director. is that fair? certainly ten. we thought about the boundary never really made a good enoughjob of boundary never really made a good enough job of it and we were very clear that we had a real duty not to disappoint people because the film has grown in people's hearts. you don't want to ruin it, you don't wa nt to don't want to ruin it, you don't want to tarnish that image site hope we haven't done that. and what was
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the atmosphere? these guys, they are not heroes are they? that they are betrayed not with the victim mentality, they like to find some less tha n mentality, they like to find some less than their own ground. they spent a lot of the first film behaving like they didn't care about time butam behaving like they didn't care about time but am afraid time does give two hoots about you. it makes its mark and we wanted to make a film about that and the effect it has had upon them. i thought it was a film about time but when you watch it it is really about manhood. and in many ways how disappointing these men are to the women, and the children around them so it's interesting. can ibe around them so it's interesting. can i be the first person to ask you if there will be a next? well know. i think that'll be it. but it was an honour doing it. see you on the red carpet in 2035. speaking to colin
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paterson. temperatures are already falling well below freezing. —8 last night, maybe not as low tonight but some places getting pretty cold. an issue tonight will be filed, is already forming parts of southern england, some patches further north and west. weather—wise, temperatures dependent on how much clear skies see. where you get a lot of cloud it'll hover above freezing. the fog will not only be a problem tomorrow morning but she stays well, freezing frog will cause disruption. check out your local radio station. elsewhere, not too bad of a day with
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sunshine developing for a good few and with light winds. 5—7 where the falkland is of course it'll be much colder. this is bbc news with martine croxhall. the headlines at 8.30pm: theresa may has refused to say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test when mps were voting to renew the weapons system. i have absolute faith in our trident missiles — when i made that speech in the house of commons what we were talking about was whether or not we should renew our trident. trade, nato and brexit are likely to be high on the agenda when the prime minister meets donald trump this friday. president trump and his white house team have launched a furious attack on the media, accusing them of lying about the size of the crowds at his inauguration on friday. now on bbc news it's time for the travel show.
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this week, i'll be travelling millions of years back in time underground in oman. starting to work up a bit of a sweat here! we're hitting the water in new york city. plus, we're booking a table at the world's oldest restaurant. first up, this week we're in new york. it's a frenzy of people and traffic, and everything here, from the skyscrapers to the food, is gigantic. but what most people don't know is that if you're lucky you might also be able to spot some of the biggest creatures on earth. jo whalley has taken to the waters there to find out more. this is rockaway bay. it's a ito—minute cab ride from times square and one of the jumping—off points for reaching the waters of the new york bite.
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speeding through the bay gives you a great view of the city's skyline. but i'm interested in what's under the water — whales. in the past five years, there's been a surge in the number seen near the city. it's thought they've come here because the water quality has improved, which means there's more bait. but catching a glimpse of one can be tricky. seven different species have been spotted in these waters around new york, including the enormous blue whale. they say that today we're most likely to see a humpback whale. fingers crossed. this is the exact spot where we left the whale yesterday... artie is part of a network of whale trackers. are
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manhattan has how many millions of people? and i talk to people all the time, they don't even know that there are humpback whales, like, literally 16 miles from the empire state building. artie has taken some truly amazing photos that show just how close the whales come to the city. well but his main focus is to get a clear shot of the bottom of the tail, called a fluke. that fluke is a fingerprint, and not one of them are the same. that's how you id a whale. so there are some that are black, some that are white, speckled... we have a new york city catalogue of whales, and i think this morning we're up to 51. my mission today is to try and get some shots to add to the catalogue. and what's your top tip for taking a photo of a whale? you've got to be ready.
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you've just got to be ready. always have that camera up, have the settings right, have everything perfect. so you're like this, the whole day. oh, i really want to see one. you're going to see a whale, it's going to be great! i'm excited for you. we're scouring the horizon for a puff of water called a whale blow. it's a rough windy day, so it's hard to tell whether what i am seeing is a whale orjust the break of a wave. but then... people are pointing that way? yeah. there! wow! there's a lot of excitement on the boat because someone has just spotted a whale. where? come on. there's the dorsal. this wasn't here...
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there it is. 0k. run overthere. catching a glimpse of a whale is so exciting. you were ready on that one. there's two! did you see that one? but we still haven't managed to get that all—important fluke shot. now, that's the blow. hold on for a while. come on, baby. so, now you see he's going to show his fluke. oh, no. didn't show it. catch that tail. i love it. we don't see this stuff, we don't see this. this is great. laughter. yeah, he's feeding. whoo! this really is incredible, but it's so tricky to get a shot of the whale. the tail comes up just for a few seconds and then
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a moment later they're, like, 200 metres away. whoo—hoo! you are good. you're ready! she's ready. there's the blow. here's the fluke! we saw this one yesterday! that's nice. yeah, this is the shot. that's what you want. and that's the money shot. that's the shot, right there, that says who this whale is. it's its identity, like a fingerprint. photos like this help researchers understand the whale's behaviour and rough location. but it is a tiny part of the picture, as most of the action happens under the water. this is cool. but now, new technology is being trialled by scientists at the wildlife conservation society and the woods hole
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oceanographic institution. they've installed powerful underwater microphones below a buoy, 22 miles south off the coast of new york, to try and find out which whales are in the area. beautiful. this is a fin whale, second largest animal on the planet. doctor rosenbaum shows me what they're listening for. bleeps. so, that sound hits the buoy and feeds it back like a sheet of music? yeah, it gets sent up through the hoses over a satellite link, to a server where it makes, the computer—generated software, will make the detection of — ah, i see that pattern, which is like the notes, you know, the sheet music, and say, that is a fin whale. then it's checked by an analyst and then posted on the website. you can actually get
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to the latest data, there's a map of where the buoy is located. there are really a lot of hits, aren't there? you see fin whales so frequently. yeah, so what you can do, you can go and see any one day. you can see, just yesterday, you can see almost throughout the entire day from 3am in the morning until almost 8pm at night, there were fin whales vocalising. they were making that boop, boop sound. yeah. since the buoy was deployed injune, whale vocalisations have been recorded almost every day, and it's hoped the information can be used to protect these huge mammals from colliding with boats. new york has some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. increasingly, whales are using this habitat, as we're seeing, and we know that whales show signs of getting hit by ships, there are scars that they have. and in the last few years, the number of whales that have gotten hit by ships, and have been floating dead in new york waters... where they were hit,
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we're not exactly sure, but it is a concern. and there are technologies, like the buoy, that we can use to help minimise the risk of whales getting hit by ships. and tourists can get involved with the conservation too, submitting the photos they've taken to whale watching networks. we've had a lot of people that have gone whale watching all over the world, and have seen more whales here in new york than they've seen in places like alaska and the mediterranean. he's going. almost a fluke. new york right now is the new cape cod of whale watching. in the 705 and '805, the whales were in cape cod, there weren't many here. now there's probably as many here as in cape cod. if you'd like to try and spot a whale near the city,
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trips run from may to november. this is american princess, inbound manhattan... and you can keep up with the whales in real—time on the woods hole oceanographic institution website. up next, we've got more from our global gourmet series. this week, we're in madrid at what's thought to be the world's oldest restaurant. i'm antonio gonzalez and this is botin, the oldest restaurant, continually operating, in the world. this is a little part of history, the history of the old madrid. the first room, i mean, it's downstairs, 16th—century dining room. the only room left from an old inn that was here at least in 1580.
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ernest hemingway — he was a very regular customer here, and included botin in the last action of one of his books, the sun also rises. if you read it, the last action of the book takes place upstairs in one of our dining rooms. he used to try to cook his own dishes, especially paella. my grandfather told him to keep on writing, and he will keep on cooking. we try to keep the ambience of the original restaurant.
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we focus on the quality of the food, of course. 0urfood is not sophisticated, it's traditional spanish flavours, traditional spanish cooking. regional cooking, but basically we are focused on roast in the original oven from 1735. we have the roast suckling pig and the roast baby lamb as the mains. it's very simple. it's with a little white wine, garlic, onion, rosemary. and a little of red pepper. and that's all. very simple. two and a half hours, and you get it. when you belong to a family business, related with a restaurant, you finally have a sentimental
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relation with it. it's like a human being. this is a little part of the history of madrid. you collect moments of your life in these walls and in these corners... and everything that happens here is an effect. you succeed, you are very happy. you fail, you are a disaster. still to come on the travel show, i'm heading deep underground in oman, in search of a rare fish that lives in total darkness. it's like a proper training workout. wow! the travel show — your essential guide, wherever you're heading.
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hello. i'm michelle jana chan, your global guide, with top tips on the world's best events in the coming month. starting in scotland, it's the up helly aa festival in lerwick onjanuary 31st, which celebrates the viking heritage of the shetland islands — a fiery festival, which began more than 100 years ago, celebrates the scandinavian influence in the region. up to the alps. in switzerland on january 21st, dozens of hot—air balloons will take to the skies above chateau d'0ex for the festival international de ballons. there will be aerobatic shows, sky chariots and cloud—hoppers — single—seater balloons to you and me — as well as airships, wing—suit displays and remote—control hot—air ballooning, all with the backdrop of the snowy swiss alps. the festival ends on january 29th. across in the american rockies,
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the snow will be centre stage at the international snow sculpture championships in breckenridge, colorado. from january 2ath—28th, it's sculpting week, followed immediately by viewing week. snow artists from around the world come here to compete, each team taking on 12—foot—tall, 20—plus—ton blocks of snow, and carving and chiselling by hand some of the most extraordinary works of art. no power tools are used. there are also no internal support structures. tools of the trade range from vegetable peelers to chickenwire to small saws. watch the snow take shape. it will be a very different kind of art at the perth international arts festival, which plays out for nearly a month, starting february 10th. 1,000 contemporary artists will be in action in theatre, music, film and literature,
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performing at venues and outdoor spaces across the western australian capital. 0n the island ofjeju in south korea, thejeongwol daeboreum fire festival takes place march 2nd through 5th, celebrating the first full moon of the lunar calendar. in the italian dolomites, it's the marcialonga onjanuary 29th, or the long march, one of the world's toughest cross—country ski races. starting in moena and finishing in cavalese, the race covers 70 kilometres of track. thousands of pros and amateurs compete with the sensational fassa and fiemme valleys, flanked by the towering peaks of arguably the most beautiful mountains in the world. finally, melt into the week—long lantern festival in taiwan, which begins february 11th on the back of chinese new year celebrations. there'll be the sound
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of firecrackers, parades of oversized turtle effigies out in the archipelago of penghu, the release of sky lanterns in the district of pingxi and fairytale displays in the town of taoyuan. that's my global guide this month. let me know what's happening in the place where you live or where you love. we're on email and across social media. until next time, happy travelling. and to end this week, i'm going back two million years in time, here in oman. i'm visiting the country's famous al hoota caves, which have recently reopened to tourists. i'm taking a two—hour drive from the capital, muscat, to jabal shams, 0man‘s most iconic mountain and home to the world—famous al hoota caves. they're a five—kilometre—long series of caverns and passages, formed over a million years before the first humans appeared on earth. once you arrive at the foot of the mountain, you take a short tram ride through the blistering
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midday heat and into the mouth of the cave system. so, this stunning entrance is the opening to the al hoota caves. it's 2—3 million years old. it's just so beautiful, and i'm in search of the famous blind pink fish, which you can only find here. the fish have survived undisturbed here, beneath the earth in total darkness, until one day about 100 years ago, when the caves were discovered, totally by accident. discovered by a goat shepherd, when his goat fell down from the vent, and come down here. that time, he comes here and discovers the cave. that's an incredible story. his goat fell through this hole, and suddenly
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he discovered these caves! once inside, you can explore the caves by using the specially constructed walkways, and take yourjourney back in time. i'm starting to work up a bit of a sweat here! despite 0man being arid most of the year, the country is pockmarked with riverbeds which can flood very quickly when it rains. flash flooding back in 2014 sent water gushing into the caves, submerging most of them and closing the complex down to tourists. just over two years on, and the water has been pumped out, returning the caves to theirformer glory. i could stare at these rocks for ages, and sometimes it feels like your minds playing tricks on you. down there, i saw what looked like a man's face that had been carved out of the rocks. and you've got a lot of this opening is man—made, created, but some of this is natural. like that — looks
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like a lion's head. i swear it looks like a lion's head. you can see its mane, a bit of its mouth over there. it's bizarre. as you venture deeper and deeper into the caves, the walkways get longer and the stairs get steeper. look at that. but after coming all this way, i'm determined to see as much as i can, especially those pink blind fish that i'm told can only be found here. this is like being back at my mum and dads old councilflat. you've got to be pretty able to get around this cave. look, there it is. sadly, though, it doesn't look like i'm really cut out to be a caveman. it's like a proper training workout. wow! look over there. it's just stairs — flights and flights of stairs. i think my cave—dwelling
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is over now. this is enough for me. such a shame, because this cave is starting to get so beautiful. while i caught my breath, the crew ventured further into the cave. and, at last, they discovered what we'd all hoped to see — the rare pink blind fish. and coloured a translucent pink, it's mind—blowing to think that they've been here for millions and millions of years, undiscovered, until the day that goat accidentally stumbled upon this massive cave system. at the moment, you can only explore about 10% of the al hoota caves. but it's hoped, in the future, more of its underground secrets will be revealed to the public. i loved those caves — they were absolutely awesome.
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well, sadly, that's it for this week. but coming up next week... henry's also heading underground, this time in cappadocia, in southern turkey, where a city thousands of years old is being unearthed. wow... look at that. don't forget, you can follow us on social media, and all the details are on the bottom of your screens right now. but for now, from me, ade adepitan, and all the travel show team here in oman, it's bye—bye. on and on and on whether there will
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be sunshine in london tomorrow. good question. it depends whether the falkirk wheel is not —— my director just asked me whether there will be sunshine in london. this was suffolk earlier on, but for others it is a gloomy all day. we had some snow in parts of wales so right mixture out there. where the skies are clear temperatures are already well below freezing. it will not get that cold, roundabout two or three degrees for much of the night. the other element we have not discussed yet is the fog, which will be a real issue in the morning. some places will be a lot colder than these numbers suggest as we have seen over the past few nights. stripping away the rest of the weather, concentrating
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on the file, we already have some patches and they will become more widespread towards morning time. freezing fog as well. it will be an issue on tuesday so if you have any travel plans check out your bbc local weather station, go online, but he could steady on the roads and allow extra time. freezing fog which could stick around for much of the day. for many of us further west it will be a nice start, some decent sunshine, part of the west country, wales, fog further north but probably not as widespread as down south. parts of northern ireland and scotla nd south. parts of northern ireland and scotland will have a reasonable start, albeit quite chilly with a touch of frost. tryjust start, albeit quite chilly with a touch of frost. try just about everywhere. if you wake up with fog asi everywhere. if you wake up with fog as i mentioned it could stick around for much of the day including in the south—east of england. where that happens it will feel chilly, but having said that many of us will have a nice afternoon. as we have said over the last few days, with the sunshine in the afternoon it feels quite pleasant, bouncing back up feels quite pleasant, bouncing back up to somewhere between five and 7 degrees, typically cold weird that fog lingers of course. it will free
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form and become more extensive by tuesday morning. —— clear that fog lingers. further north on tuesday year, and patchy rain pushing through scotland and northern ireland. the breeze will be milder off the atlantic, compared to four and five in the eastern counties. later this week the fog will start to clear, the winds will strengthen but for a time it will be a chilly wind off the continent before it turns milderforjust wind off the continent before it turns milder for just about wind off the continent before it turns milder forjust about all of us turns milder forjust about all of us at the weekend. keep up—to—date with all of those warnings by checking out the bbc weather website. this is bbc world news today, broadcasting in the uk and around the world. i'm alpa patel. the headlines: a war of words between
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the white house and the media. donald trump's team says there's a concerted attempt to undermine his presidency —— and vows to fight "tooth and nail" every day. all change in the gambia: west african troops enter the capital, preparing the way for the man who won the election, adama barrow. a shock for france's former prime minister manuel valls, as he trails behind a left wing rival in the battle for the socialist party's presidential nomination. and in sport — we will look at the wide—open field in the australian open. the top seeds in both draws have been eliminated.
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