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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  December 24, 2017 1:30am-2:00am GMT

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neville hord was remanded in custody by magistrates in york. jodie willsher was stabbed to death in skipton on thursday. london zoo will reopen tomorrow, after a majorfire this morning in which a number of animals are believed to have died. some members of staff were treated for smoke inhalation and shock. the cause of the fire is not yet known. the first footage of the javan warty pig in the wild has been captured by british scientists from chester zoo. the species is under threat from hunting and habitat loss. victoria gill reports. the javan warty pig, described by some as one of the world's ugliest pigs. the last surveys of the remaining patches of their habitat showed such dramatic declines in these animals that researchers thought the species might now be extinct.
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this is a really good place, ithink. but, when this team from chester zoo hid motion—activated cameras in the forest here, they were in for a pleasant surprise. we had no idea if they are still there, and how many are left. we were looking through the videos. we saw some monkeys, some forest, something, and then we had the warty pigs and it was like, yeah! this is the first footage ever captured of javan warty pigs in the wild. it was really fantastic, and really good footage — like, the photos showed the big warts, so it was really good. this small wildlife centre in west java has just a few of the animals in a captive breeding program. these animals are incredibly shy, which is why they were so hard to find. but this captive population that have bred here at cikananga is an emergency population that could be used to repopulate the wild if something does go wrong. at this point, we are really happy that they are still there.
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so there is still hope, and if we can design some effective conservation projects, then maybe we can keep them. for much of the forest wildlife here, habitat is disappearing rapidly. so, while these particular creatures might not be java's most photogenic residents, scientists hope that rediscovering them might help in the fight to protect their home. victoria gill, bbc news, indonesia. now on bbc news, the travel show. wow! that's just a taste of what's coming up in the next half—hour, as we take a look back at some of the best bits on what has been a truly memorable year. it's taken us to all four corners of the world, we've met some amazing people with some fantastic stories. but first, let's kick off with these ones. in a moment we've got me fishing for my lunch here in finnish lapland and then rajan gets to be the first member of the public to take a ride on europe's tallest
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and fastest rollercoaster. but first, back injanuary henry travelled to turkey to explore a massive underground city recently found that is slowly revealing some fascinating stories about the country's history. wow, look at all of this. i find it hard to believe that people were living on top of here and all of this was actually hidden, so they had no idea this was here. that is insane! wow, that ceiling is unique. what's all this? this is a mystery and, according to the scientists, the monastery dates back to the sixth century a.d. the winding tunnels and hidden openings offered protection from attacking armies. wow!
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look at that! i've actually heard of this spot because all of the archaeologists were very excited about this. this is a church, an underground cave church, dating back to the 12th century. going forward there are plans to turn sections of the cave network into an archaeological park with art galleries and boutique hotels. authorities hope to open it to the public in 2018 when visitors can see the excavations in theirfull glory. it's —13 degrees celsius today and guess what i've got lined up? it's a great way to keep warm. if you're cold, do that!
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yeah. the real thrill here is actually trying to catch fish with a rod. can i have a go? yep. there are fish below are swimming under one metre of ice. well done! it's getting tougher now. argh! there's layers under, so... ah! see i did all the hard work and then you did a little bit! i take the credit! give me some reindeer hide! there's a real emphasis on low impact tourism here, which is playing a big part in protecting this fragile arctic ecosystem. you should admire my technique here. multitasking. yeah, multiple chances to get fish. fishing isn'tjust done
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for the tourists, it's a real fact of life for many of the people who live here. with only a handful of shops around, most fish still have to be caught rather than bought, otherwise nobody eats. did we get a fish? look at that! it's a pike. it's a pike! and it's been messing up my net. so fish and potatoes on monday, potatoes and fish on tuesday... wednesday, maybe reindeer bits, thursday fish and potatoes. good diet! portaventura is a well—established theme park, spain's biggest in fact, and they get about 4 million visitors here a year. but now they're building something that they say will take it to a different level and will give us one of the most amazing experiences in the world. i've come to ferrari land,
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licensed by the famous car brand, just as the finishing touches are being put to the site days before the launch. there are 11 rides here in total, but one in particular is hogging the limelight as the main attraction. a velocity accelerator ride called red force. two years in the making, it's now europe's and fastest ever rollercoaster. 112 metres high at a speed of 180km/h. that's nought to 180 in five seconds flat! shall we go for it then? yeah, let's go for it. come on, let's do it. just do it. 0, we're going to get the best views from the front. you feel the force on your face as well. right...right. there's a loose bolt there. should that be... 0h, there's a loose bolt, is there? hands up? yep, thanks up. eyes wide open. you don't want to miss it. ok, i'll try my best!
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i'll try my best. see if you can tell the difference... here we go! ..between the seasoned coaster and the rookie tv presenter. no, i knew you wouldn't be able to. 0h! what the hell! you know, over the past year we estimate the travel show team have clocked up over 60 countries, travelled through 2a different time zones, countless times,
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to give you some of the best stories from all over the world. and here are a couple where we met some truly inspirational and remarkable people. in a moment we'll see rajan report from gir national park, in western india, where he went on patrol with the real—life cat women who help to protect the endangered asiatic lion. but first, earlier this month i headed to america to join disabled athletes from across the globe who travelled to maryland to take part in a championship that pushes them to the limit and beyond. the working wounded games has adaptive athletes compete across a range of body building and weightlifting challenges. volunteers! most para—sport is categorised
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by ability, but the working wounded games are different. by modifying rules for each individual athlete, they encourage people with a range of capabilities to compete together. let's go! and one 18—year—old competitor is getting a lot of attention. tell me what you're trying to do. and it's mainly because of your right—hand? there's no strength in it. nora has never been able to complete a pull—up.
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unless she can now figure out a way, she'll finish last in this round. this is going to be a real challenge for her, physically and mentally. go, go, go! yeah! two in a row! how many had she done? there's no let up. it's then on to the rest of the workout. yeah! you were crying, you had tears. your coach was hugging you. why were you so emotional? it's ok, take your time. was that the first time you've
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been able to do pullups? it's norwegian power! definitely. on average, the unarmed rangers cover 25 kilometres a day to tackle venomous snakes, leopards and poachers, as well as lions. if they did get agitated, how would you be able to tell from the animal? and it did get dangerous forjayshree early on in her career. applications from women for these
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posts have rocketed and the rangers are role models and trailblazers in the region today. look at that mouth! the good news is that from once being in danger of extinction, numbers have climbed to over 500. the next much more welcome problem is if the sanctuary is actually big enough for their growing population. up next, a couple of films that put my fellow presenters to the test. back in september, carmen faced her fears and took on some of japan's more challenging traditional dishes. first, back injanuary we skipped a hotel and arranged for christa to spend the night in a draft english church instead. thankfully she survived, but i'm not sure she'll be booking again next year.
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i am here for a spot of champing — church camping. it's available at 12 historic venues around the country. beautiful, ancient sites that are rarely, if ever, used as places of mass worship any more. there a very big hotel room. money raised from letting champers like me means the crumbling buildings are spared a slow and inevitable decline. somebody at the pub just told me that tonight is supposed to be the coldest night of the year, so that's good, as i head into my unheated church room for the night. i've got my air bed... sleeping bag... i've just got into bed
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and it's quite... i'm quite comfy, actually. quite cosy, given how cold it is and i can see my breath. i'm going to try to go to sleep now and try and forget that i am entirely surrounded by graves. it is quite cold. i'm notably quite cold. i think a jolly good reason that champing is usually only done during the summer. deciding to come champing in the dead of winter was a really terrible idea. wow, look at this octopus. this is tsukiji in tokyo. this is the world's biggest fish market. the early morning tuna auctions are the biggest attraction. butjust the sheer range of creatures here makes forfascinating browsing.
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this is all so fresh. i think i need something with a kick. the outer market is where you can try some of the more exotic flavours. this is fish fermented with its own entrails in a salty liquid usually made from wheat, miso and soy. mmm! (laughs). very strong! it is really chewy, really, very very strong. speaks japanese. carmen there taking on some of japan's more challenging tastes. so to finish off this special look back at 2017, here's a run through of some of my personal favourites
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of the year. and over the past 12 months we have been so privileged to really see up close some amazing animals all over the world, and meet the people who live and work alongside them. i can't think of a better way to finish the programme than to share with you some of those stories again. wow, look at that! they are so cute! i'm amazed at how much banana a little monkey like that can eat. (laughs). that monkey must have eaten at least ten bananas. they can eat more than ten. the villagers here believe these monkeys are sacred. there are two types — the cheeky mona, and the black
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and white colubus, which is slightly more aloof. harming either species is strictly forbidden under local law, which means these villages havebecome a century. in fact the monkeys here are loved so much, that once they die they are given a proper burial. here, the monkeys belong to the gods, so the villagers have to stay with the monkeys peacefully here. if we harm them or punish, we get the same punishment from the gods. so we have to stay with them peacefully, and that is why the monkeys are unique from other parts of ghana. what kind of patients do you have? we have all kinds of
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illnesses, sicknesses, knife wounds, gunshot wounds. some have diarrhoea, constipation, cataracts, some have serious cancer, tumours. the most difficult case are the victims of landmines. for this elephant, each day starts with her prosthetic leg being fitted, so she can walk out for breakfast. adult females weigh just under three tons on average. so the prosthetic is needed to give vital relief to her other three legs which are under enormous pressure. how long did it take her to get used to the prosthetic leg? five to seven day. the focus here is working with elephant owners in the community to help any animal that needs medical attention.
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they also have a nursery section and i am fortunate enough to be able to see... 0k. what is the baby's name? his name mina. blight amazing to see elephants like these that might have died in the wild, learning the ins and outs of what goes on here it has been absolutely amazing. and outs of what goes on here it has been absolutely amazinglj
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and outs of what goes on here it has been absolutely amazing. i won't forget it any time soon. i am heading out early in the morning to see something i am told you can only see something i am told you can only see here and abide. it is a new twist on traditional arabian falconry and i hear it is going to be truly breathtaking. 0k. we're about to release 0beron from the basket. so what's going to happen next is, i've untied him, you'll see he is wearing a transmitter on his tail, that is so i can find him if he flies away. ready, guys? five, four, three, two, one... wow!
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amazing. well done. did you want a go? oh yeah, i'd love to. oh yes. peter has helped to hand rear these birds from birth, and the bond of trust between them is vital. it is clear that for him the falcon‘s welfare is paramount and months of work goes into training the birds to get them used to the sights and sounds of the balloon and its passengers. if practised correctly, these birds are in good shape. essentially the bird is not suffering? absolutely. what more could you ask for?
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unique experience, and what a beautiful animal. that's it for our look back at 2017 here on the travel show. we have had such a great time seeing even more of the world and being able to share that with you guys, and i hope you have enjoyed notjust following me but the rest of the travel show team too, as we explore the world together. please make sure you join us again in 2018, but in the meantime, all that remains is for me to say goodbye from here in finnish lapland, and join the rest of the team, wherever they are in the world, in wishing you a happy and healthy new year. bye— bye. hello again.
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although it has been a mild run up to christmas and that will continue today on christmas eve, we will notice a change by the end of christmas day. it is set to get much colder. the snow risk will increase and some of us may yet have a white christmas and it could be windy in the next 48 hours. we had some brightness through the day on saturday. this was durham. we might not see as much brightness. there is an active weather front marching into the north and west of the uk now. we still have tightly packed isobars so windy weather. they are coming from a mild south—westerly direction and it is behind this weather front that the cold air is lying.
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it stays north for most and we start on a mild and murky note. there could be some morning fog but not as much as yesterday morning. it could still be dank, drizzly and grey for most of us as as we move in to this morning. 9s and 10s already as we get to day break. we may see some brightness around inland areas but not as much as yesterday. not as much brightness for northern ireland and scotland because this weather front stays put. it sinks further south as we go through the day but the intensity remains with us for scotland. argyle northwards in particular. it gets heavier through northern ireland through the afternoon. there is a fairly brisk wind and that is why i hope the north—east england and north wales, we may see some brightness. we might see it temporarily in northern scotland. as we go through this evening, another weather front joins forces with the one we already have so we are concerned we may see some flooding because it looks
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like a thoroughly wet 2a hours. as i say, argyle northwards could see 80—100mm of rain over the hills. the winds strengthen ahead of these two weather fronts a head of christmas day. it looks squally, the wind. it starts to move across the western side of england, wales, northern england as well, and it is behind that that we get the snow risk. very mild and windy ahead of it to the north of it, for the afternoon, snow could be seen through lower levels of northern scotland and possibly northern england. and then over night across the hills of wales. that is because the cold air is coming back. notjust across the north. it looks as though it will filter southwards across many areas by the time we get to boxing day. it will feel markedly colder. that is the weather system i am talking about. it i am talking about. is clearing out of the way. then this weather system which could also bring a risk of snow. please, stay tuned. hello and welcome to bbc news.
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i'm gavin grey. a tropical storm that's wreaked havoc in the southern philippines has left 180 people dead. more than 70,000 people have been forced from their homes. the island of mindanao has been the worst hit area so far and a state of emergency has been declared in several locations there. the storm has now begun to travel west, hitting the popular resort islands of palawan. andy moore reports. clinging to the neck of his rescuer, a young boy is carried across the floodwaters. there was little sign of official help here, just villagers doing their best to rescue each other
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