tv The Travel Show BBC News November 3, 2017 3:30am-4:01am GMT
this is bbc news — the headlines: tens of thousands of catalans have protested outside the regional parliament in barcelona and in other towns against the detention of eight ousted catalan government ministers. a spanishjudge said they had to be detained because they might otherwise leave the country or destroy evidence. new details have emerged about the killing of four american air special forces and four local troops in the west african country of niger last month. among those who died was army sergeant la david johnson — whose widow recently accused president trump of treating her insensitively during a condolence call. it's two days since the truck attack on new york city that killed eight people — and the bike path where the victims were mown down has just reopened. the suspect — sayfullo saipov — has been speaking to investigators about how he planned the attack for a year beforehand. he's appeared in federal court. customers of nationwide, tsb and the yorkshire building society will be among the first to see a rise in the interest paid on their savings. mortgage providers — including lloyds and royal bank
of scotland — say they will pass on the quarter—point increase in full to variable rate customers. simon gompertz reports. this street in oldham, well, it's called the rise, and that is a reminder to everybody living here of what we have all got to get used to, that the interest we pay and receive is on the rise. at the first house on the street, there's a welcome for higher rates from sabina, a saver. i'm rubbing my hands together, definitely, definitely! i'm hoping it will go up a bit more as well to give us a bit more back. individual savings accounts — she has one of them — have £10,000 in them on average, earning typically just £30 a year interest. that would go up to £55 if today's rate rise is passed on. it's been over 10 years nd it's about time that we just got
a little bit more. and now you're celebrating! yeah? i might only get a couple of pound, but i think this is the start of the rise. not everyone is affected by a rise in interest rates. 7 million people have got no savings at all. but 45 million have got savings and they would hope for a benefit. the other side to this is the cost of mortgages. 15 million are renting, another 15 million own their homes outright. but 17 billion people are paying into a mortgage, and nearly half of those are in imminent danger of an increase. and around this street, plenty will be feeling the effect. we won't be spending as much on going out and luxury items, we willjust be tightening our belts. ian, a builder, has run the numbers. he is paying £865 a month for his mortgage and he expects a £50 increase,
more than most will face. it is not easy to find for anyone. if interest rates did go up again, would that bring you to the brink? yes, it would. wages, you can'tjust ask for a rise now where you would previously. rises are hard to come by. every street has winners and losers from the base rate going up to 0.5%. and across the uk, strains as well as the gains will multiply. this week on the travel show, well, the mine is our heart. we wouldn't be here without a mine. rajan heads to croatia's capital, zagreb, to take a look around some of the city's most exclusive addresses. for 10 days of the year, the doors of these architectural
secrets are flung open to the public so that even commoners like me can go in and snoop around. and lucy heads to the south downs in the uk to roa d —test the latest in travel tech. i'm not 100% convinced. i think hardened hikers. beginners? and we stop off in bermuda for the latest in our global gourmet series. 0n the menu this week — a soup that is considered the national dish. we start this week in swedish lapland
and the town of kiruna, some 1,300 miles north of the capital, stockholm. it's the jumping off point for tourists heading further into lapland to see the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in the summer. but what put the area on the map in the late 19th century was the discovery of iron ore, the most widely used metal on earth. alright. we just arrived at the largest underground iron ore mine in the world. the stats for this place are staggering. it produces enough iron ore to build 40,000 cars every day. that's the equivalent of six eiffel towers. and right now, we're 540 metres below zero point. i can kind of feel
my ears starting to pop. this is the visitor's centre, so i'm going to take a look around. the disused part of the mine has become a tourist attraction, giving visitors an insight into how the mine has evolved and expanded over the last century. today's modern machinery allows miners to blast to incredibly deep levels. today, we are somewhere down there, at 1,365 metres. nearly a mile. nearly a mile underground! yes. that's astonishing. they produce 90% of europe's iron ore here, worth billions of dollars. but for the early pioneers, things were a lot more basic. so, ade, i want to show you
how the first miners lived because when they came here in 1898, we didn't have any houses for them, so they had to build houses with whatever they could find in the forest. and it was cold and it was draughty. so how many people would live in this place? well, big families. they could have four, five, six kids and then live in this space. so you'd have seven people in the family and sometimes they would take in other people as well? yes. the environment was harsh for those entering this new life. could you imagine living in a house like this with temperatures dropping to —30 degrees? no way!
so it must have been hard for them to survive. well, of course it was. some of them died because, well, they couldn't get enough food, it was cold, it was draughty and, for the small kids, well, these days, the mine employs 2,300 people and there are 800 working underground, still in quite extreme conditions. now, we are going into the darkness. so we're still at 540 metres here? yes, we are. and, well, this is our common deck in the darkness, because the tunnels, it's dark, where the machines are working. it seems like there's an interdependency between the mine and the people in the city. well, the mine is our heart. we wouldn't be here without a mine. kiruna today is a bustling town, but the continuing expansion of the mine has destabilised the ground above it to the point where it will eventually sink into a chasm.
so the mining company have come up with a radical solution. they're going to move the town. that big mountain over there, dominating the skyline, is the iron ore mine. in that direction is where the sinking began. you can see how the earth has just started to collapse and what's going to happen is eventually it will spread over there and everything you can see in that direction, all the houses, will collapse into that sink hole and that's why they have to relocate the whole of kiruna. it's not the first time a city or town has been moved, but this is most certainly the biggest operation of its kind and i'm not sure how they're going to do it. in parts of the city, the bulldozers have already moved in and over the next two decades, large areas of the town will also be demolished. we can't build a whole restaurant, we can't put too much money here now because in 10 years,
it's going to be gone. and buildings that are too important to demolish are being uprooted whole and transported a few miles down the road. and the spectacle is attracting a new wave of visitors. it's a pricey operation. the cost of the move is estimated at $2 billion. we are approximately 11.5 kilometres from the old city centre and what we see behind us is the brand—new town hall. so you're going to move everyone and the buildings from the city centre to here? not exactly everything. about 6,000 people will be moving, because their houses and their apartments will be affected by the zone. i've moved house three times. it's complicated. i can't imagine what it must be
like to move a whole town or city and thousands of people. it's an incredible project, but we will move approximately 21 buildings that have cultural value, such as old wooden houses, et cetera. and do you believe this will be a better city once it's moved here? i think so, yes. because there are so many functions that will be brand—new. the hospital, town hall, schools, et cetera. so i'm very optimistic about it and i also like this location. but some of the buildings, like this gothic style church, are too large to transport. it's going to be taken down bit by bit and rebuilt in the new location. it's been central
to the community for generations. i was that little because i was baptised here and then the communion was here in kiruna church. when i was going to get married, i was here too. and, of course, i want to put that further onto my kids. i think it's the most beautiful building in the world and just for a couple to walk this aisle, and everybody is looking at you, and you go upstairs and you see this beautiful picture, that's — you can't even describe the feeling you get. and whilst it will be spared the wrecking ball, there are still mixed feelings about the changes. i would like to move all the old buildings because they are so nice and picturesque and they are old, they are almost 100 years old, and this is our history. and in the future, maybe people will come to kiruna not for the mines, but to visit the town that moved. next up on the travel show,
we head to bermuda, where fish chowder is a soup considered the national dish of the country, in our latest global gourmet. my name is takemore mukazika. i'm a chef de cuisine at hamilton princess and beach club in bermuda. 0k, today i'm going to make bermuda fish chowder, a very famous local dish. it originated during the 17th century, with the first settlers in bermuda. at that time, there was not a lot of refrigeration or any way of keeping food fresh for a long time, so to preserve their fish that they used to bring on the island, they had to use rum and sherry peppers to make fish chowder.
there are quite a few vegetables that go into the chowder. we've got peppers, some carrots, some ginger and don't forget to put celery. and they have to be all finely chopped. so, basically, you have to have onion, garlic. the best onion to use is the bermuda red onion, which is locally produced and sweeter than regular white onion. so you start by sauteing all of the vegetables you have. the onion first until it is translucent, then add all of the other vegetables. then you add your rum. so you need to cook out the alcohol. the rum just puts the flavour in the fish dish. let it all cook together.
the longer you cook it, the better it is. i present to you a perfect bermuda fish chowder. this is delicious! still to come on the travel show, we check out the latest in travel gadgets and navigation aids. my map is telling me i've gone a little bit off east but i'm still near the trail. plus, rajan heads to croatia where forjust 10 days of the year, its capital opens the doors to some
of its most exclusive venues. a real person actually lives here? a real person actually lives here. and they let us just come in an deep lounge about for 10 days in a row? so stay with us for that. the travel show. your essential guide, wherever you're heading. this is the south downs, the uk's newest national park. more than 200 square miles of hills crisscrossed with hiking trails and the perfect place to try out some tech. by way of an experiment, i have agreed to be blindfolded and driven to a random spot from where i will find my way back to civilisation using only gadgets i have been given. what is in the bag? in there, we have some stuff that will hopefully get you back to where we have come from safely. some navigation devices, some gadgets in there. also something in there so that
if it takes a bit longer or things don't go quite according to plan, just to make your life a bit more comfortable. this is your stop. this is where i leave you. blindfold off. i'm heading back to the royal oak, it's about five minutes for me. it's going to be about one hour on foot for you. just one thing. you will find you won't have phone signal so you really are on your own. first up, the tomtom adventurer — a gps watch with a music player, heart monitor and all sorts of features. but it's the navigation i am particularly interested in. i'm presented with a rather basic version of a map. it gives me my trail in all its entirety. as you can see, the arrow on the map, on the big overview version, tells me that way. yeah. that's the way. i'm a bit confused because there is a trail that way. maybe if i walk down the trail and then gear to the right... my map‘s telling me i have gone a little bit off—piste.
but i'm still near the trail. now, for someone who uses things like google maps or waze, it's not immediately obvious way to go. so i'm not going to be too harsh on the adventurer because i am not a seasoned hiker, but the user interface just really wasn't as intuitive as i would have liked and even finding the map that had downloaded for me took me a while to find. 0ne too many buttons taps. it does more than this, it has a built—in heart monitor, it counts your steps, your calories, altitude. i personally am not 100% convinced. i think hardened hikers, beginners... so a little break. time to use the tech that ben stowed away in here for my comfort. the handpresso outdoor set comes with a pump, cups and a flask for your hot water. i'm not the biggest fan of espressos, but ben doesn't need to know that. strong. clears throat. carrying around a flask.
it's pretty handy, but if you want something a bit stronger running through your veins, a portable espresso maker, it's pretty handy and easy to use once you have worked out what to do. all in all, i'd say massive thumbs up. espresso without a power socket. handy. i believe ben's downloaded something i need on this phone. viewranger is an app available on ios and android on which you can download any of hundreds of thousands of detailed maps for pretty much anywhere in the world. the skyline feature‘s quite cool. so if you point your camera in any direction, or something you want to know about, it will label it for you. it could be points of interest. we're not particularly in mountainous environments, but it will label mountains as well. you're looking at a navigation app with all the bells and whistles. i like the fact that if there is no wi—fi or you are out of phone signal, you can rely on your phone's gps. 0ne caveat is that the maps are expensive. downloading this map cost us £24 for this hike. that's a lot of money.
there you are! i just saw you look at your watch. so you know that i probably got a bit more than a bit lost at some point. i will always rely on non—technology bits, a map and compass, but usually, we'll take technology because if it works well, it makes life easier. i think i deserve a drink. i think you do as well for waiting for me. i think i probably owe you one. let's go! next on the travel show, rajan‘s in croatia's capital zagreb with an invite to some of the country's most incredible homes. on a hill overlooking zagreb is the historic neighbourhood of gradec. this is the oldest district in the city, filled with baroque palaces and courtyards that were built when croatia was part of the austro—hungarian empire. today, gradec has some of the city's grandest buildings that are mostly off limits. but for 10 days of the year, the doors of these architectural
secrets are flung open to the public so that even commoners like me can go in and snoop around. this is the dvorista, or courtyard festival, where tourists and locals can see inside the city's walled palaces. slavica is one of the organisers. tell me about this particular place. where are we now? we're in a palace called palace erdody—draskovic. there used to be croatian counts, famous ones, and this was built in the 18th century. first for count erdody, and then later for count draskovic, rebuilt in the 19th century. and it was actually a palace where they lived until 1947 when this building became the state archive of zagreb and this is where all the most important documents
of zagreb are kept. slavica takes me on a tour through the narrow streets and tells me why she started the project. this year, seven of the gated buildings were open to the public. because walking through the old town, which is residential area, it is usually quiet and not a lot of people up here, you see all of these nice gates and you think, what is behind? somehow you know there are these courtyards behind but you don't have a chance to see them as a regular person. this is how the idea started. we wanted to open them and wanted ourselves even to feel the atmosphere, reinterpret a little bit of the history and give some urban taste to it and make it accessible for all of our citizens and tourists. some of the courtyards
are now used as state offices, but others, like this one, are still private residences. as you say, a real person actually live here? a real person actually lives here. and they let us come in and lounge about for ten days in a row? yes, they like us! some of them actually come and have a drink with us in the evening. there's also a famous actress actually who lives here. this person i think is on vacation, so it depends, but, yeah, they actually live here. by night, all of the squares are transformed into performance spaces. in10 days, we have more than 70 concerts so every evening, there are seven concerts. so it's notjust croatian music, it's from french, some latin music, pop, r&b and classical music.
so we have different styles of music. it's a surreal to see these spaces, which were once home to 17th—century counts and nobles, packed today with people partying. it is the atmosphere that makes the festival unique. this festival is notjust about buildings. it's notjust about nice buildings. no, definitely. it's about emotion. we want here to make new love, to make new friendships. the main point is ok, we need to go to someone‘s courtyard. actually, you come to his home. everyone who visit courtyards say, ok, this is special. i will remember for the rest of my life. sadly, that's your lot for this week.
but make sure you join us next week when. .. christa is in paris looking at how the city is seeking to reverse falling tourism numbers by reassuring visitors that it's a safe place to visit. the most high—profile project is here at the iconic eiffel tower. access to the bottom of the tower is restricted currently by these pretty ugly temporary barriers, but the city has just begun construction on a series of 2.5 metre—high glass walls to protect tourists at the site. that his next week, but keep up with us on the road in real—time by following us on social media. for now, from me, ade adepitan and all all of the travel show team, here in swedish lapland, it's goodbye.
hello. thursday turned out to be a day of mixed weather fortunes right across the british isles. for some, the morning fog became the afternoon fog. it really didn't get away from some spots, especially in somerset levels. first thing on friday, a coolish sort of start despite the extensive amount of cloud. but it's the fog, again, that will be concentrating my mind and should be on your mind too, across the southern counties of england, especially for that morning rush hour. bbc local radio will keep you right up to date with the very worst of the conditions, which could stretch from the eastern side of devon, through the west country, central, southern england, into parts of the south—east. generally speaking, from wales to the midlands to east anglia, more cloudy and maybe a spot of rain.
then dry weather for the most part as we get into the north of england, much of northern ireland, the eastern side of scotland too. drift that bit further towards the north and west in scotland, a new set of weather fronts coming in here, with the cloud, wind and rain making very slow progress through the day. much of the fog will lift away during the course of the morning as more cloud just comes down towards those southern counties. we may well find the odd glimpse of sunshine coming through. temperatures, as you see, for most, in double figures. one or two sheltered spots in the eastern side of scotland, despite some brightness, will be stuck at around 9, possibly 10 degrees or so. 0vernight, this is where we see really quite a dramatic change. we have that weather front making itself felt across scotland, northern ireland, but we are bringing more cloud and a real developing situation, here, with the rain becoming quite widespread across england and wales as we start the weekend. the weekend, of course, is one for fireworks and bonfires perhaps, but it's turning colder eventually and it will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers once — and it will take a time before we get rid of these weather fronts,
which will bring in a fair amount, as i say, of cloud and rain widely to start off saturday across the greater part of england and wales. maybe the far south of scotland too. further north and west than that, it's a mixture of sunny spells and showers and a north—westerly and a chilly north—westerly at that. now, that will take a time before it works its way right down into that south—eastern quarter of the british isles and don't hold me to that exact timing of that rain getting away from the coast of east anglia and kent. it could be two, three hours perhaps later than that. but eventually, i think, the colder air will win out. sunday looks to be more straightforward, with a mixture of sunny spells and some blustery showers. especially across northern and western parts. and a high of 11. the top stories. eight regional leaders are held in custody. new details have emerged about the killing of four american special forces and four local troops
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