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to save on the bills in the long run. in the long—term, we're going to save a bit, i think. so i think it's a very good idea. ealing borough council say that they had planned on covering more homes, but cuts to tariffs and subsidies has meant they simply cannot afford to do so. but the government insists that the falling price of solar now means that the industry does not require help. what we want to see is, and this is actually a good scheme, showing how you don't need to subsidise solar power as much, but still make it highly effective. you know, we're talking here about the potential of 800,000 homes across the country, in the next five years, with a combination of fantastic uk companies, and investment coming in from abroad, and cheaper deals. cheaper and greener energy, that's our objective. expansion of solar is now largely reliant on the business case for it, with councils and households increasingly looking to private investors for encouragement, rather than the government. tennis star serena williams has
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given birth to a baby girl at a clinic in florida. news of the birth came as her sister venus prepared to go out on court at the us open. congratulations have been pouring in from sports stars and celebrities including beyonce, rafa nadal, and wimbledon champion garbine mugurutha. now the weather with tomasz. this weekend we've got some good weather and not so good weather and not so good weather on the way. the best of the weather will be today. a nice bright day and quite a sunny day for many of us. tomorrow will be a very different picture. this cloud and rain thatis this cloud and rain that is approaching from the west is going to be in place across many western parts, but ahead of that, lots of sunny spells and temperatures around 19 celsius. so enjoy the weather while it lasts.
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through the course of this evening it starts raining in belfast. then through the night the rain reaches western parts of the uk, but the east will stay dry. many central areas — birmingham for example staying also dry through the course of the night and tomorrow an increasing breeze and tomorrow an increasing breeze and then generally a lot of cloud. the rain shouldn't be heavy. in fact most of the time it will be generally light, only heavy at times, and many of these eastern areas will probably stay dry, but cloudy all through the afternoon and tomorrow a little bit cooler. hello. this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines at 10.32am. utility companies could be charged by the hourfor digging up busy roads in england in a bid to encourage contractors to speed up their work and reduce delays. it's believed more than 1,400 people have died and a0 million have been left homeless or displaced after catastrophic flooding
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across several south asian countries. a grammar school in south—east london has reversed its decision to force some a—level pupils to leave halfway through their course because they weren't expected to gain high enough grades. the former shadow equalities minister, sarah champion, has said labour is failing to confront the truth about sex crimes. more from me at the top of the hour. now on bbc news, the travel show. this week on the show, we're on colombia's unspoilt island of providencia. but where are all the tourists? henry heads to turkey to try his hand at painting on water instead of canvas. it's going everywhere. great. is it ok? yes. plus — we're in a medieval city in belgium for our whacky race, where bathtubs rule. there is one that looks like a shed on a bathtub.
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it is unbelievable. and i'm having a cracking time in northern japan. that really doesn't look appetising. we start off this week on the remote caribbean island of providencia, with its breathtaking scenery and golden sand beaches. it's a slice of paradise you won't have to share with the package holiday crowd, because up until now, there's no major tourism development here. it's mostly untouched. but all that could be about to change as james clayton discovered. basking in the south
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of the caribbean sea lies providencia, known throughout its history as an island that's harboured pirates like captain morgan. it's a place where traditions live on. people still speak english creole here, even though it's been part of colombia for over 200 years. the island is a paradise, but there's something missing. on one of the most idyllic beaches on one of the most idyllic islands in the caribbean, why are there no tourists here? the lack of holidaymakers seems almost bizarre, but it didn't happen by accident. getting to providencia is actually really hard. for example, if you're coming from the uk, you have to get a flight from london to bogata,
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then get a flight to a little caribbean island called san andreas. then either get a rickety flight or a catamaran to providencia. and it's not surprising as a result that there really aren't many tourists here. it's just too much of a hassle. providencia's isolation is nothing new. it was established by english puritans, in part, seeking isolation to practise their religion. elkin robinson is one of providencia's biggest pop stars. he proudly traces his ancestry back to his english relatives. in the history, this island had been english always. the spanish always try to take over the island. he says there's a danger of providencia losing its identity to the neighbouring mainland. colombia is a country with a lot of different culture.
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everywhere you go is different. different climate, different food, different music, different people. but providencia's isolation from the mainland has also hit its economy. food and drink are, for example, much more expensive than on the mainland. and so colombia has committed to extending providencia's airport so it can take international flights. many of the locals are up in arms. it's not going to happen. we're not going to permit it. sophia huffington is leading protests against the expansion. she fears what happened in san andres sets the precedent. they opened the airport there in 1953 and started pulling away the territory from the people. we have an example for them not to come and make the same mistake again.
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60 years after san andres got its international airports, got its international airport, there are now high—rise hotels, casinos and a0 times more tourists than providencia. crime is now a problem and the locals are in a minority. however, other people in providencia are more realistic about the benefits of visitors. manuela rents out a spare room to tourists. as soon as the government tried to open more to the tourists, people right away it's like a strike. they all get together and they say no, this is not what's going to happen here. it's not like the big tourist companies haven't tried to get into providencia. this spa hotel was built by a prospector. but it lies empty. the locals never allowed it to be opened, claiming it breached planning permission. they will lose all those
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roots, all that culture. they are just preserving it. in san andres the island has changed completely. the children are not even speaking the language any more. it's spanish. so providencia is afraid that the same thing will happen. although work has begun on the airport, locals have, for now, stopped the expansion. but providencia's conundrum is a microcosm of the challenges that communities face from globalisation across the world. opening the island up would undoubtedly boost its economy. but the overdevelopment of the island of san andres means many providencians simply don't believe it's a price worth paying. tourism is important. but i don't feel it will live from tourism. i feel like the tourism will live from us. james clayton reporting there from the untouched island of providencia.
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now we head to istanbul for a spot of ebru painting — a turkish art form that involves marbling or painting on water. enru has been around for centuries, growing in popularity under the ottomans and then spreading to europe. we sent henry golding to give it a go. we're going to make a daisy today. 0k. first we have to choose colours. which colours do you want to use? i like the blues. 0k. maybe this one. daisies are usually white with yellow. so there's a white here. you start with the base? yes. so how do you do it, what's the technique? we first mix it. and we start sprinkling. 0k. it's going everywhere.
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i'm not sure it's as good as yours. it's great. is it ok? yes. so the reason why the paint sticks on the top here is because the canvas that we're using is made of water and starch. it's a lot thicker than the paint. 0k. this is almost like a chopstick. yes. we are using them to make these shapes. now we're making the daisy. first we're going to start with the leaves. so this takes a little more control that the flicking. it's like a teardrop. we're going to do this to the leaves. 0k. it is more of a blob than a flower. a little bit of colour.
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stick a little bit of this in the middle. that looks like an egg rather than a daisy. this is where we print it out on paper. yes. lay the paper here. you lay it down. we just wait. you just pull it. shall i show you? how is it? you think it's pretty good for a first time? yeah, it's great! you're really talented. do you think i'll be able to keep the turkish tradition of marbling going? yes! still to come on the travel show: we're in belgium for the annual international bathtub boat race, trying to keep the travel show‘s reputation afloat. i'm soaking wet! and my mission begins in the first part of a new series
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as i travel throuthapan, taking on some of its most daunting dishes. so don't go away. the travel show — your essential guide, wherever you're heading. now we're off to dinant in belgium. the town's an hour's drive south of the capital, brussels, and is known as the birthplace of the saxophone. but in more recent years it's become famous for its very unusual summer festival. we sentjoe along to take part in one of the world's wackiest races. the river meuse flows for nearly 1000km through france, belgium and the netherlands and has been an important trading route since medieval times. but in more recent decades, a stretch of the river here in dinant in southern belgium has become better known for its epic water fights that happen each year as part of la regate de baignoires —
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the bathtub regatta. alberto came up with the idea for the regatta 35 years ago. he shows me the one kilometre route where the boats will race. the race was intended to be a one—off. but 35 years later, it's still going. 0riginally, each competitor
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had their own bathtub. but now people create huge, elaborate floats. the only rule is that somewhere the design must incorporate a bathtub. people spend months secretly constructing their boats. i'm heading to meet one crew who are putting the finishing touches to the raft i'll be racing on. bonjour. hello. 0h, these are amazing! yes, thank you. nice to meet you, i'm jo. nice to meet you. emmeline. they're enormous, aren't they? yes, but it's not the biggest. come with me. 0k. wow! ready for you. you are very prepared. is this our boat? yes.
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the theme this year is famous people in dinant. emmeline has chosen to represent the town's doctors. the sign is like gray's anatomy. yes, it's my name. that's very clever. i can see a bathtub there. people sit in here? yes, me. just here! where will i go? you can go here. emmeline and herfamily have been taking part in the regatta for the past 20 years. it's all hands on deck to finish their fleet of three boats. you must have a fancy dress. 0k. here are my scrubs. very nice. trousers as well. fully kitted out in my doctor's scrubs, all that's left to do now is launch the bathtubs. just making it nice for the trip! iget in?
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and we're off! in what i think is the wrong direction! which way are we going? further down the river, we join the rest of the tubs on the start line. it's absolute chaos. there's a lot of shouting, a lot of chanting. have we started now? yes, i think. this is the race? yes. i start rowing as hard as i can. but i get the impression it's more about showcasing the bathtub designs than how quickly you can complete the race. there is some seriously impressive contraptions on this river. one guy over there is barbequing on his bathtub. further down the river, there's something that looks like a shed. i don't know.
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i'm just going to keep rowing. soon, it becomes clear that splashing the opposition is the aim of the game. you aren't allowed to try and sink other boats. but it seems that anything else goes. i'm obviously soaking wet! and the thousands of people who've come to watch aren't safe either. the town's bridge marks the end of the race. but no—one seems to be too bothered about hurrying towards it. for us, the regatta ends in the same chaotic way it started as we haphazardly paddle past the finish line. what a day! i'm not sure there were any winners or losers there. but it was so much fun. they've told me this is the only way to finish the race. after i've dried off from my dunking
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there's an anxious wait to see if we've won a prize. an award for the team's creative bathtub design. it might seem silly, but i'm actually really excited about this, because it was an intense race and i think i've earned it. to end this week, japan's food can be justjaw dropping and most people new to the country make a bee line for the yakatori joints or sushiers that you'll find everywhere.
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i've lived here in tokyo for over three years now and i love japanese food. but there's still some ifind quite intimidating. so with a little help from my translator, yoko, i'm taking my tastebuds on a trip through this country to try and understand what i'm missing out on. hokkaido is japan's northern island. it's wild and craggy. in the winter, it's a snowy wonderland. after the thaw, the islanders are left with alpine meadows and crystal clear seas. so we're in the port city of 0taru. i'm told this is one of the best places in all of japan to find the best uni. uni is japanese sea urchin, or to be more exact,
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its reproductive glands. it's a fairly pricey delicacy, which you normally eat with soy sauce on top of a bed of rice. carmen... uni — you found it. yes. so this is quite a big pack of uni. how expensive is this? 11,500 yen. wow! that's just less than $45, around 30 quid. expensive. why is it so expensive? because the fishermen can only fish for it at certain times. so this is the best uni injapan, is that correct? collecting them is hit—and—miss. the sea has to be perfectly still for the fishermen
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here to head out onto the water. either they all go or none do. luckily, i'm here at exactly the right time of year. do you like uni? ilove uni. it's expensive. i cannot eat every day. we can reallyjust try uni out here? you don't have to cook it or anything? sterilise it? no. open it. put it in your mouth. this man has been fishing here for years. if anyone‘s ever earned the title mr uni, it's him. what's that black container do? it's a goggle. to look under the sea. wow!
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i love this, it's so amazing. japan is such a hi—tech country and the way he's finding the uni is by using some massive goggle and a net! amazing. wow, that's a lot! it looks really spiky. that really doesn't look appetising. so you scoop it out like this. eurgh, it looks like a soggy dish sponge. here we go. it smells horrible! 0k. bleugh! a bit like an oyster, really salty, but the consitency of eurgh!
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hokkaido is also famous for its dairy. they say about half of alljapan‘s dairy cow population live out their days up here. so another thing people eat when they come here to hokkaido is ice—cream. this is a seven—tower rainbow ice—cream. check it out. oh my goodness, it's grape, strawberry, green tea, melon, chocolate, milk and lavender. i can't wait. this is your ice—cream. right, let me guess, this is uni ice—cream, right? well, i love ice—cream. so maybe this is one way i might actually enjoy uni. it's not so bad.
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it does taste a little salty and a little bit seafoody. but i think this is the best way to enjoy uni, really. for me, anyway. uni may not necessarily be for me, but it's a genuine passion for some of the people who live here. and if you're looking for a proper, authentic taste of northern japan, this is most definitely it. you're sure i can't have that one back? i want to keep this, so no! i got it back. well, that's all we have time for this week. coming up next week: ade travels through sweden to find out about stockholm's plans to become the most futuristic city in the world. and this microchip implant sits right here under my skin. i would never know it was there. he also heads to the far north
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of the country to experience a chilly night on a block of ice. it's so cold! it's cold, man! don't forget, you can join in our adventures on the road by following us on social media. in the meantime, from me and this melting ice—cream on the japanese island of hokkaido, it's goodbye. there is a lot of fine weather out there right now, but the weather is not going to hold all through the weekend if you can enjoy today's sunny weather. tomorrow it will be a different story. thick cloud and
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outbreaks of rain. so this the window of opportunity that we've got right now, the clearest skies, but look at that cloud rolling off the atlantic. that will be across the uk tomorrow and there will be some rain around as well. so in the short—term, lots of sunny spells around. probably not calling it a com pletely around. probably not calling it a completely sunny day because there will be fair—weather cloud building and a chance of a couple of showers maybe developing across the extreme south—east, but the vast majority of the country today, a fine day. temperatures in the low lands 18 celsius, not far off that in belfast. 0n the edge of the forecast area, we have got rain nudging into the far, far west of northern ireland a little bit later on saturday afternoon. but for england and wales, it stays dry. kent, sussex, essex and suffolk and norfolk, just the chance of one of these shower clouds developing in these shower clouds developing in the afternoon. a fine evening on the way. lots of dry weather through the night particularly across many central and eastern areas and that rain marches in. most of the rain shouldn't be too heavy as it moves
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in. it maybe heavy across some of the hills of wales perhaps and for a time, in some of the towns and cities early in the morning there across the west, but basically what's going to happen this weather front will be moving eastwards and some of the rain willjust rain itself out so the weather front will start falling apart and what we will be left with is a big area of cloud with dribs and drabs of rain on and off. rather than calling it a wet, soaking afternoon, it will be just damp with rain on and off. now eastern areas may stay dry through the day, but it will be clouding over. also becoming cooler tomorrow. 16 celsius for many of us. through the course of sunday evening you can see how the cloud and patchy rain moves towards the east and some western areas may dry out towards the second half of sunday and into sunday evening. into next week, still looking cloudy. looking on the u nsettled still looking cloudy. looking on the unsettled side. here is the weekend
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summary. unsettled side. here is the weekend summary. today is your best bet. a dry and sunny day. tomorrow, a chance of using those brollies. this is bbc news. the headlines at 11.00am. paying for road closures, new proposals to charge utility companies by the hour for roadworks which cause disruption. more flooding feared in south asia. 1,a00 people have been killed and a0 million left homeless or displaced. this flood water is absolutely disgusting. the first thing that happens is the drains back up and you get a toxic stew, a toxic stew of waste in the water. also in the next hour, the us counts the costs of tropical storm harvey. president trump tells congress he wants nearly $8 billion as a down payment to tackle the flooding in texas and louisiana. a grammar school in 0rpington backs down after trying to force out
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children who didn't get the top grades. and in half an hour,

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