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this is what the digital arena will look like. they will build it anyway, but city of culture status could draw more visitors to swansea and make the locals feel good about the place. this youth theatre, busily rehearsing, occupies another previously empty building in the high street. the director here knows what kind of city of culture he wants. it needs to be organic, community—led, cultural vision and practice. otherwise it's not going to feed into a wider debate about real economic change. and this is one of three buildings colonised by artists. almost 100 of them. i could have easily worked at home, but i wouldn't have this community, i wouldn't have that input, i wouldn't have that communication and what's going on and how we feed off each other, which is really important. outwardly a rather drab place, swansea turns out to have a vibrant flourishing cultural scene. they're already using it to revitalise and regenerate some of the city's poorest corners.
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good luck to them and all the others. time for a look at the weather... for many of this a regular autumn day. but for many areas of the south could have gusts exceeding 60 mph with dangerous waves, be aware of that and take care. the many it is a windy day, lighter in scotland compared with the rest of the uk. plenty of squally showers to the western parts, moving out of northern ireland where there are a few sunshine and showers. down the eastern side of england there will bea eastern side of england there will be a few dry spells with just a few
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showers. windy for a time tonight for northern ireland southern scotla nd for northern ireland southern scotland and northern england, storm brian is out in the north sea. still a blustery day with outbreaks of rain, but turning drier and brighter as the day goes on. hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley, the headlines at 10:32am. the spanish government is holding a cabinet meeting to begin imposing central control over the region of catalonia. experts have been called to deal with a chemical incident at the sellafield nuclear site
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in cumbria — after a number of buildings were evacuated last night. speed limits for motorway roadworks could be raised in england under plans aimed at reducing congestion. parts of the uk are preparing for the arrival of storm brian with winds of up to 70 miles per hour. cornwall is one of the first areas to feel the impact. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. coming up on this week's programme — i head to the scottish orkney islands to help uncover their neolithic past. it's about 5,000 years old, the like of which have never really been seen before. here we go, guys. yeah? go, go, go, go, go, go! we take off in macedonia in search of new thrills. and ade takes a look at what's been trending in travel online,
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including a tweet that's been beamed into outer space. william shatner: we offer friendship across the stars. the 0rkneys are a remote archipelago of islands about 30 miles off the northern coast of scotland. they're known for their rolling green farmland and dramatic cliffs, but they've also become famous across the world for their extraordinary ancient sites. the region came to the attention of the archaeological world back in 1850 with the discuss it of skara brae, a neolithic settlement on the west coast of 0rkney‘s mainland. since then, discoveries have been made across the islands and in 1999, a group of monuments known as the heart of neolithic 0rkney was declared a world heritage site by unesco. in recent years, new geo—scanning
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technology has meant more discoveries than ever before, and some say we're in a golden age of scottish archaeology. it was this sort of technology that, in 2003, helped reveal a hidden treasure — a building complex up to 5,000 years old buried under a farm on 0rkney‘s brodgar peninsula. the site stretched over 2.5 hectares beneath the ground, comprising temples, paved streets, and outbuildings. it's since been dubbed the mess of brodgar and hailed as the greatest neolithic find in the modern era. the scale of it which is really... archaeologist nick card is responsible for excavating the mess of brodgar, which is no small task. the site is so big that even, you know, this trench behind us, it's still only about 10% of the whole area.
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wow! so what we're doing is gradually unpicking it, trying to refine the chronology, seeing how all these buildings relate to each other, which ones were in use at the same time, and taking thousands of samples to try and work out how these buildings were actually utilised. the site is open forjust eight weeks a year and requires the hard work of dozens of volunteers. right, christa, here we have the remains, and you can see the outer wall of a really large building in front of norman and ray here. oh, yeah — it goes all the way over there. tracking right round. a huge curving wall. i have a trowel. i've got one ready for you — yes, a key tool, yes — and we're going to get into the trench and we're just going to clean back from the outer face of that wall, and just gently clean back, scrape back, to reveal the paving, 0k? amazing. so let's get in and see. we're crouched over an old pathway and slowly, as we scrape away the soil,
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the ancient paving stones are revealed. it's fascinating to think that the last humans to touch these stones were people living up to five millennia ago. there could be anything right here. yes, you just never know. an incredible find. absolutely, yes. so, what is that, that i've found? i think that's a fragment of burnt bone. 0h! do you see how it's white? because it's been subjected to really intense heat. so is that an animal bone? probably animal bone here, yeah. somebody‘s has had a meal, that's the remains. chucked it out the window. absolutely, yes. chucked it. it's not so much finding the special, pretty little things — which are lovely to find — it's the understanding of how the people lived here and when you find a fragment of a pot, and you think why is that artefact there? why has it been put there? and who put it there, and why did they put it there? you know, and it's unpicking that story which is the really
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fascinating part for me. it's a great feeling to contribute even a little to the work taking place here. but maintaining an active site like this takes more than just elbow grease. it costs money — around £2000 a day. much of that funding comes from donations, including an active charitable fund based in the usa, but also relies on eu grants. some reports have suggested that britain's forthcoming departure from the eu could result in a loss of up to 30% of funding for uk archaeological research, which could cause problems for sites such as the mess of brodgar. i think in the longer term, not being able to apply for research grants like the european research council, is going to have a quite dramatic effect on how projects such as the mess will develop, and we will be relying more and more on public support. one possible solution to the funding
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shortfall could come from what is already a strong contributor to the 0rkney economy — tourism. 0rkney‘s popularity as a destination has grown markedly in recent years, with visitor numbers reaching around 200,000 per annum. many of these tourists arrived by sea, which is not surprising as 0rkney is the uk's most popular cruise ship destination. and one of the key attractions is the island's ancient past. many cruise passengers joined tours straight off the ship and head to the site of skara brae, which has been famous since its discovery 150 years ago. it's now a well—established tourist site with buses arriving by the dozen and tens of thousands of visitors each year. skara brae is a great example of the power of ancient sites to draw tourists, and how they can benefit from the tourist dollar.
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at the mess of brodgar, tourists visit the site daily during the season. they can view the proceedings from a specially built platform overlooking the dig site, and are encouraged to make donations. but the question is whether these contributions will be enough to compensate for any future shortfall in funding. gareth crichton from the local 0rkney tourism group is hopeful that tourism revenue will grow and allow more support for sites like the mess of brodgar. tourism already is a resource for the archaeology but it should grow, there's lots of opportunity to develop that and that's it is something that here in 0rkney we're very, very focused on. it's very much a 2—way thing. there's so much for visitors to benefit from here, the value that you get out of a visit to 0rkney and the sites, you know, it's fantastic, but it has to work both ways. for now, the team here are getting on with the job of uncovering
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the mysteries of the mess. what the future holds for archaeology in the region is of course unknown, but in 0rkney, there's always a good chance there could be even more astonishing ancient sites still hidden under the earth, waiting to be discovered. and it's notjust the orkney islands that are brimming with history. it's reckoned there are tens of thousands of sites of archaeological interest across scotland. so here's the travel show‘s pick ofjust some of them. the west coast of lewis which is the most northerly island in the outer hebrides is rich in ancient remains. the standing stones of callanish are famous worldwide, and a must—see for any visitor. these gigantic rocks stand between im and 5m high
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and are believed to have been constructed around 4,000—5000 years ago. the site also includes a burial camp, where human remains have been found. over on the mainland, you will find the site of a pictish fort close to the small town of burghead in moray. this north—eastern part of the country was one of the earliest centres of power for the picts, or ‘painted people‘ as the greeks and romans knew them. head to the bennachie hills in aberdeenshire to see a series of distinctive hilltops that are the site of an iron age hill fort. historians have suggested that this was the place where the caledonii tribe took on the might of the roman empire in a battle around 83 a.d. according to the ancient roman historian tacitus, the caledonii lost over 10,000 warriors before losing the battle. and finally, built in the i300s, dunnottar castle is a ruined
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mediaeval fortress located on a craggy headland on the north—east coast of scotland, about 3km south of stonehaven. the rocks it was built on are more than 440 million years old, and the ruined cliff top fortress was once home to earls marischal, one of the most powerful families in scotland, although they eventually lost their influence following the jacobite uprisings of the 18th century. still to come on this week's travel show. we take to the skies in macedonia. oh, my god! we're flying! wow! the travel show, your essential guide wherever you're heading. time now for trending travel, your monthly mash—up of the best
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travel—related stories, snaps and videos online. this year marked a0 years since the launch of voyager 1, the spacecraft that has gone on to become the most remote man—made object in space. it's so remote, in billions of years‘ time it could be the last surviving piece of human civilisation. to mark the anniversary, nasa launched the message to voyager campaign, inviting twitter users to submit a 60—character message to be beamed to the craft. the winning entry was announced last month, and took almost a day to reach voyager 1. it was william shatner, the actor who played captainjames t kirk on star trek, who gave the command at nasa's jet propulsion laboratory to send a message, written by 0liverjenkins, that states: . send the message.
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0n yourcommand. message to voyager at 17:20:01. knowing william shatner read it is really cool. i'm a massive trekkie, so it was an honour to have captain kirk read my message. what could be more inviting than swimming in a new york river? the waterways aren't known for their cleanliness but that could be about to change with plus pool. it's a swimming pool designed to float in the river and filter over 600,000 gallons of river water, making it safe to bathe in. the project has been floating around unrealised for years, attracting some celebrity backers and kickstarter funding. now, they're trying to get 100,000 online signatures to acquire a $100,000 grant which they claim will help turn these plans into a reality. thanks to everyone who sent us their pictures this month
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using the hashtag #traveltuesday. here are some of my favourites. claire snapped this view out of her hotel room in italy. while this was sent to us during the kampala city festival in uganda. rashid sent us a pic of these morning commuters in dhaka, bangladesh. don't forget to check out our twitter and facebook feeds for loads of extra special travel show content. now let's look at the travel videos clocking up views online. this year marks 100 years since the russian revolution, so we've selected two films showing different sides to the world's largest country. this is a great place, it's a very beautiful and famous city, st petersburg. i wanted to capture the atmosphere of the city. classical music. i really wish i could get back
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to this country soon, because it's so big there is so much to discover. there is such a diversity in the languages, the landscapes, the culture, the music. classical music. don't forget to get in touch. to enter this week on the travel show, we're off to the macedonian town of krusevo, which up until now, has not been on everybody‘s list of places to visit. but krusevo is slowly finding its place on the map for people who like to get their thrills high
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above the ground. the tiny town of krusevo has just 2000 inhabitants. but what it lacks in size it makes up for in height. it sits at 1350 metres, making it the highest town in all of macedonia. but not many people outside of the country had ever heard of this place. there's one activity that's drawing people not only from all over the country and europe, but all over the world. i am at the czech and macedonian 0pen, one of the dozens of international competitions that krusevo has hosted over the years. the wind strength predicted for the whole day is six plus metres.
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today's competitors have come from as far away as india, russia and new zealand. they are drawn not only by the completion but, they say, by the top—notch conditions that krusevo offers. it's just perfect. the distance for take—off is very short, just five minutes. the road is good. in some places you have to be driving for, like, one hour, on winding roads and stuff like that. the town is very small and cosy, it is easy being here. and also, the weather is very reliable. it is perfect when you want to fly a lot. as the competitors wait for their briefing, i catch up with the competition's current champion. he is one of many paragliders who comes here year after year to fly. i am hoping all of the wonderful things i heard about krusevo's
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flying conditions are correct. because i am about to go flying myself. i have never gone paragliding before, and even though this will be in a tandem, there is something about flying like a bird that makes me just a tad nervous. you have the whistle here if something goes wrong. what could go wrong? i don't know... why would i have to use the whistle? ahead of my flight, my instructor gives me the rundown of everything he says i have to know. it's the easiest thing
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you can learn, it is easier than riding a bicycle, it is safer than riding a bicycle. it is good if you know how to do it, we prepare for the flight first, we check all the equipment. then in two steps, we are in the air. the wind, not too strong. if you want a good flight, we have this kind of weather like today. a nice, sunny day with beautiful clouds. as luck would have it, even though krusevo is one of the world's best places for paragliding, the conditions today are not good. the wind is strong and keeps changing. disaster! and because we are flying in tandem, which is bigger and heavier than a single pilot glider, already risky wind conditions are even more dangerous for us. i'm just checking the lines. this was not properly attached. they weren't properly attached, so... i'm glad he figured that out. but igor is determined to find
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a spot where we can safely take off. due to the weather, and despite igor‘s best efforts, i can tell this is not going to be one of the most elegant takeoffs. and i'm not totally convinced we are going to get off the ground. but suddenly the wind takes hold and we are airborne. i've never experienced anything like this. my heart is in my mouth as the ground disappears below. as cliched as it is to say, it is a feeling of freedom and complete vulnerability. many of us may be used to looking down on the landscape
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from aeroplane windows. but it is altogether different when there is absolutely nothing between you and the sky. that was amazing! i really want to go up again. but i don't think we are supposed to, the wind is definitely getting worse. and i think one flight is all we get today. but i'm really happy with that. it was awesome. i loved flying so much, i'm disappointed we had to cut our flight short. but i'm incredibly glad we got the chance to experience something so thrilling, and in one of the best places in the world for it.
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no wonder paragliders become addicted to their sport, and no wonder so many of them come back to krusevo again and again. i may not be a paragliding yet, but it is easy to see the attraction. well, that's all we've got time for on this week's travel show. coming up next week, ade is in swedish lapland, finding a city on the move, literally, in one of the world's biggest urban transformations. about 6000 people will be moving, because their houses and their apartments will be affected. that's because a sinkhole threatens to swallow up the whole of kiruna. and all these buildings, everything that you can see in front of you now, will eventually collapse into the hole. so dojoin us then, if you can. in the meantime, don't forget, you can keep up with us when we are on the road in real—time
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by signing up to our social media feeds. details are on the screen now. for now, from the travel show, it's goodbye. storm brian is sweeping across the british isles today, so it is very windy for some others and occasionally wet as well. it will com plete occasionally wet as well. it will complete its journey across the uk, this is how it looks on the recent satellite picture, by tonight. but the sun of this, as that process ta kes the sun of this, as that process takes place, the windsor to pick up a bit further. for many, it is a regular autumn, windy day. but some of the coasts around western and southern england and wales will see some gusts approaching 70 mph today. that does bring the risk of some disruption in these areas, but we are concerned that some of the strong winds are coinciding with spring tides, high tides, they could be big and dangerous waves hitting the coastlines. be aware and take care. along with the strong winds we have plenty of squally showers
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hitting southern and western parts of the uk, try at the further east you are. the rain is moving out of northern ireland, north wales, north—west england and southwest wales weight scotland. showers pushing into south—west england, at four o'clock in the afternoon. the showers across the coast here, inland there is some sunshine. very cute showers this afternoon in east anglia. they are merging to give a speu anglia. they are merging to give a spell of rain in north wales and north—west england. a way from northern ireland there are a few sunny spells, turning wetter and western scotland, not that much rain reaching northern and eastern scotland. lewinsky are not as strong as the rest of the uk. a time in northern ireland and southern scotla nd northern ireland and southern scotland and northern england, the winds will pick up on the southern flank of storm brian as it moves out into the north sea. bands of wet weather moving around it, wet at times tonight, a lot of rain feeding into north—west england and into sunday morning. 8—11d. a wet start
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for some of this in north wales, a bit of rain may move into the midlands and east anglia through the morning, but the trend through the afternoon is drier and brighter. although it is still a blustery day, the winds will ease, but from the west or north west and it will feel a bit cooler. 0n west or north west and it will feel a bit cooler. on monday, lighter winds, another weather system taking some outbreaks of rain, southern pa rt some outbreaks of rain, southern part of the uk are turning milder. this is bbc news. the headlines at 11. the spanish government convenes a special cabinet meeting to begin imposing central control over the region of catalonia. iam i am live in barcelona in the next few hours hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are due to take to the streets protesting against direct rule from madrid.
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experts have been called in to deal with a chemical incident at the sellafield nuclear site in cumbria. drivers could soon be allowed to pass through sections of motorway roadworks at higher speeds. police in the german city of munich are hunting for a man with a knife who has injured several people. also in the next hour, bracing for storm brian. the uk prepares for gale—force winds and possible flooding. and at 11.30, foreign correspondents currently posted to london look at events in the uk in dateline.
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