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there is always criticism of the national trust that it is old members, middle—class, white wealthy people. we may have a disproportionate representation of people who come from one background, but we are genuinely trying very hard to make everybody welcome at a trust property. we are enjoying some modest of success in that regard. how? it takes time. is there more to be done? there is always more to be done. next month, members will vote on whether to ban trail hunting on national trust land — an issue that has been divisive, sometimes acrimonious. it goes to the heart of what this charity stands for and where it is going. jon kay, bbc news, stourhead. let's check on the weather forecast with helen willetts. some very usable weather today, more
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likely we will see rain in western areas tomorrow, but warming up with areas tomorrow, but warming up with a southerly wind. things will brighten up in northern ireland with some sunshine, coastal gales close to the west coast of scotland. as it brightens up it will feel quite warm. the evening and overnight period stays mostly dry in eastern areas but will have some patchy rain working its way across the irish sea. it's not going to be a particularly cold night, but it's here where we will see the highest temperatures develop in the sunshine during sunday we could seek 23. here's the rain i talked about for parts of wales. drying up later in the day but northern ireland feeling a little fresher here. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines at 10:30am. the french president emmanuel macron says the uk must provide more
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clarity over its negotiating position on brexit. the uk's credit rating has been cut over concerns about public finances and fears brexit could damage the country's economic growth. tens of thousands of people living downstream from a failing dam in puerto rico have been evacuated in the wake of hurricane maria. hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a decision to strip cab hailing app uber of its licence in london to be reversed. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. this week on the show, we pay a flying visit to the greek islands, where one of them is planning to run its entire tourism industry on the wind and sun alone. plus, we are in santiago to taste the delights of chilean wine.
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we will start with the rose, and then we will serve some red wine as well. and i come face—to—face with one of my japanese food nightmares. it is chewier than a lot of sashimi i'm used to. first up this week, we are heading to the small greek island of tilos. for decades it has been a fairly low—key destination, and a firm favourite with tourists looking for a more laid—back alternative to the busier islands. but now it is looking to make its mark by becoming the first one to generate its own electricity, using just the power of the wind and the sun. we sent guy fenton to find out how the plans are going. i've just been on a two—hour ferry
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ride from rhodes to arrive here at the island of tilos. compared to rhodes, it's much smaller and less developed, but it seems to be just as hot. you are more likely to run into wildlife here than people, with a population of only around 500 in the winter and 1000 during the summer. but despite being a small island, tilos is forward thinking. it conducted the first same—sex marriages in greece in 2008, implements hunting bans, welcomes migrants and is developing a reputation as greece's eco—friendly island. the first thing you will notice is the island isjust straight up beautiful. this is my life jacket? all right, hopefully i won't need that. pull this down and it
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will inflate, yeah? all right. now all that's left is that i get on. if you're not sure whether to see tilos by boat or plane, maybe this is for you. this is the first time i've ever flown on a boatplane. i'm very excited. i think it'll be a great way to see tilos. i am a tiny bit nervous, but mostly excited. orchestral music. that was absolutely insane. a bit of a bumpy takeoff, this thing goes so fast in the water, then itjust took off into the sky.
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i can't believe this thing actually gets up there. a great way to see tilos. if you ever come to the island, definitely try this out. if flying isn't your thing, how about this? probably one of the most relaxing and scenic ways to see tilos is by bike. you might see some wildlife along the way, but right now i'm on my way to check out something that up until now has been a vital link between tilos and the outside world. and this is it. these cables here. they have been connecting tilos to another island called kos around 100km away. traditionally, that is how tilos has been getting its powerfrom kos. from here, the power travels underwater to kos, and up until now it has been a lifeline for tilos. the underwater cable sounds like a good idea, but the oil—generated power is expensive and the line is vulnerable to breakdown. when that happens, the island and its tourists are left without electricity. but thanks to a locally devised initiative, tilos has now set
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about generating its own electricity in a sustainable and eco—friendly way. i am about to meet a representative from the company which is installing the renewable energy tech on the island. i think he's coming off the ferry right now. zisimos mantas is a mechanical engineer who has been heavily involved in the project, overseeing the installation of a vast bank of solar panels and a wind turbine. in combination with the wind turbine and the battery storage, we are hoping that we can satisfy the demands of the island, and of course, at certain hours of the day, we can also provide power to the kos complex. the solar park is not enough on its own. the wind turbine is also a vital part of the energy system. the wind turbine has the ability to operate and produce energy throughout
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the day, 21w. so this means that comprising both energy forces, and more short—term storage of energy in the battery, it provides full operational power. the current mayor of tilos, maria kamma, grew up on the island. for her, protecting the environment through renewable energy has been a number one priority. translation: the mentality of the island is that we love and protect the environment. it has been something we have been fighting for for many years. how can we be independent from polluting sources which harm the environment? an opportunity was presented through the programme, and we decided to participate and offer our island for this experimental project. i started running this hotel from 1991... avoiding power cuts and being more
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eco—friendly will have benefits for the restaurants and hotels of tilos. i have decided to catch up with a hotelier to see how they think tourism might be affected by the renewable energy scheme. first of all, we are not going to pollute. secondly, you will get away from the power cuts. we have a lot of power cuts, not a good quality of electricity. so we will have a better quality, we will save our electrics. andreas knows that tourists still want things like televisions, hairdryers and air—conditioning, so the challenge is to ensure there will be enough renewable energy to still power them. tourists and locals might also be able to get around the island in new ways, with future plans for things like electric bicycles and motorbikes and charging stations for electric cars. nobody here is suggesting that this
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scheme can be replicated across all of the greek islands. the tourist industry here on tilos is pretty sustainable and low—key anyway, but they are setting a good example — so let's hope that at least some of the other islands do follow their lead. and if you are thinking of heading there soon, here is our rundown of things you should know before you go. if you like to party, the greek island of mykonos is a hotspot and famous for its summer party atmosphere. beaches have bars which blare thumping music. massive nightclubs attract world—renowned djs and typically stay open well into the early hours. iconic landmarks include a row of 16th century windmills which sit
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on a hill above mykonos town. now, if you are after some history and culture, delos is highly recommended. according to greek mythology, it is the birthplace of apollo. it also boasts some of the most extensive remains from the golden hellenistic age and early classical greece. and if it's just food you're after, greece's largest island, crete, is the place to go. due to its southerly location it has the longest growing season, so you will find all sorts of edible goods on your travels. it is a place which is also seeing a revival in greek cuisine drawing on local ingredients, plus fresh and cured meats, as well as an abundance of wild, edible weeds. still to come on this week's travel show, all aboard! we head to chile for a winetasting tour.
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we never run out of wine, so we know that everything is ok. and i continue my search and tackle some of japan's most daunting dishes. not bad. the sauce is good, too. don't go away. next up, we're in chile, a country which is fast becoming known for its wine. in fact, it is the fifth—largest exporter of wines in the world. the surge in production is credited to french families who moved to chile centuries ago, bringing with them a wealth of experience, and coupled with the country's climate, it is not surprising that chile is now the seventh—largest producer of wine in the world, as we discovered. my name is arkaitz, i am
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from the north of spain and i am in charge of this train. today we will have about a0 people on this train. the special thing about this train is that we will serve wine aboard the train. so if we go by bus, people will not have this experience. welcome aboard. so now we are going to hand these gifts to the passengers. hola, buenos dias. right now we are in santiago.
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we will get to san fernando, and once we get to san fernando we will take a bus that will take us to santa cruz, where we will be at the winery. so we will start with rose. then we will serve some red wine as well. it's real good. the wine is good. i could drink all day. cheers. we just arrived in san fernando and now i am going to check with the buses that everything is ok. my name is roxana diez de medina and my work here is receive the people, make the tour, hiking, here. this is the oldest vineyard
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here in colchagua valley. my name isjose miguel and i am a tourist guide. the tour are we offer here is a wine experience. when the people speak about the history of the winery, they will see the field as we are looking now and we give the chance to the visitor to look closer at the work we are doing when they visit us. this is excellent fun to make the tour in a carriage because walking is a total different experience. perfect view from the carriage. back on the train, we also serve wine so when they get to santiago,
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some of them are a little bit drunk but it's not too much. we never run out of wine. so we hope that everything is ok. cheering. japan's food can be jaw—dropping and most people new to the country make at a beeline for the yakitori joints or sushiyas that you'll find everywhere. i've lived here in tokyo for over three years now and i love japanese food but there are a still some ifind quite intimidating. so with a little help from my translator yoko, i'm taking my taste buds on a trip through this country to try and understand what i'm missing out on. my travels take me a couple
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of hours' flight south—west of the capital, in fact, to the very tip of japan's biggest island. so this is honshu, the main island, the one with tokyo on it and over there on the other side is kyushu and the south of japan. and just down here is shiminoseki, and that's where i am going to have my dinner. this is shiminoseki, the home of one of east asia's most notorious fish. fugu, or pufferfish, is a japanese delicacy, eaten normally raw as sashimi but it's lethally toxic. 0ne wrong bite and you could be killed instantly. in fact, the chemicals in the fish are reckoned to be 1200 times more poisonous than cyanide.
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some have described it as the dining equivalent of russian roulette. how many people die every year from eating fugu? the town has made something of a tourism industry of its relationship with fugu. and it's not hard to find a licensed
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chef in shiminoseki. so tell me which parts are poisonous. everything here. ok, so this is the liver, the eyeballs, this is the heart, gallbladder. ok, so what do you do with all these poisonous parts? so, what would happen if i ate some of these toxic parts? how would i die? so, the chef said it tastes better if you try three slices together.
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three slices? 0k. more than i wanted to take, but... i got some fugu sauce. it's chewier than a lot of sashimi i'm used to. not bad. the sauce was good, too. i feel very safe here but what i want is a rawer, less polished experience and ifind it at the town's unique fugu auction house. what we are about to see here doesn't happen anywhere else in the world. here, they have developed a system of bidding that ensures secrecy. everything happens inside a big, black glove. it's quite interesting, the man with the black bag or shroud around his hand, he's the auctioneer, obviously,
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from the fish market and all the wholesalers are bidding. but it's said to be shrouded in secrecy so they are doing hand gestures underneath the black cloth so you never really know the real price of the fugu. it's all shrouded in mystery. or it was shrouded in mystery until i asked how it works. i can't even add up that quickly! it requires fast hands and a head for mental arithmetic. so, by and large, fugu is nothing to worry about. in all the outlets here, the staff are properly trained and licensed, and know what they're doing. and it comes in all shapes and sizes. so, in here, there's the fin
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of the fugu that has been smoked and soaked inside the sake. ok, let's try the burger now. it's crunchy, there's lettuce, there's mayonnaise, there's bread. it's quite tasty, actually. some nicer than others. 0h. yeah, it's really strong, tastes really alcoholic. and i can have that smoky, fishy aftertaste. call me old—fashioned, i definitely prefer my drinks without fish parts. but, if there's one thing i learned on my mission to tackle japan's most daunting dishes, it's that even the scariest are worth a bit of persistence. well, that is it for this week.
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coming up next week... rajan starts his epic voyage down the longest river within the balkans, the sava. he will be exploring the river headfirst in slovenia and travelling along its course to croatia to meet the man whose incredible tale of animal rescue has become internationally famous. incredible sight. three baby storks. i am literally six inches away from them. mother, possibly a bit nervous. 0n the edge there. but, the fact i can get so close, incredible. join us for that if you can and don't forget, if you want to see our adventures on the road, you can follow us on social media but in the meantime, from all of us here, it's goodbye.
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hello there. last weekend we had that cold northerly wind blowing, this weekend it's a warm southerly. there will still be some very usable weather around for the rest of today, and indeed tomorrow, although for western areas we will have some rain around at some point during the day. we've had a little bit of drizzle around this morning as well. this was the report in carmarthenshire earlier on, the low cloud around here. this in hampshire dictating some brighter skies. those brighter skies are working their way northwards. we do have a dominant area of low pressure filling the whole of the north atlantic, but as the weather fronts approach the uk shores, they are running into high—pressure
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close by, and so they are tending to weaken all the time. for the most part it's just low cloud and hill fog which is what we've seen across northern and western fringes of the uk this morning. we'll find the bright skies, the wind strengthening, that will tend to lift the cloud as well. it will improve in terms of sunshine amounts and how warm it feels out there. 19—20 in the sunshine. the winds are escalating a bit, particularly for the irish sea coast. close to gale force for the coasts of northern ireland and western scotland. so although it brightens in northern ireland this afternoon, obviously the temperatures will be tempered little by the strength of the wind. there will be more cloud across northern england and scotland this afternoon but central lowlands and the north of scotland should fare quite well. 19 in sunshine here. through the overnight period, we'll still seek patchy drizzle around. our next weather fronts starting to make inroads across northern ireland, coming in here this evening and then moving westwards. with the cloud around, the breeze, it means it won't be particularly chilly, although under the clear skies in eastern areas we may get down to 7—8 celsius. it's here where we will see the temperatures responding
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to the sunshine and the warm southerly wind, most likely during sunday. elsewhere we've got the advance of this weather front. the afternoon potentially bringing some heavy rain through south—west england and wales, and pulsing its way northwards. by the same token it tends to brighten up further west across northern ireland. a fresher feel here, 16. but in that sunshine, central and eastern areas could see 22, possibly 23 celsius. that warm air still around on monday, but some fog could be a real issue for the likes of northern ireland on monday morning. 0ur weather front stagnating elsewhere. a lot of cloud, and by that stage the rain fizzling out, so patchy rain and drizzle for the most part. but stubborn fog could be a real issue as we go through tuesday and wednesday. the high—pressure keeping largely the rain at bay until much later in the week. this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am: the french president, emmanuel macron, says the uk must be clearer about its negotiating position on brexit. the uk's credit rating has been cut over concerns about public finances and fears brexit could damage
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the country's economic growth. thousands of people in puerto rico have been evacuated from their homes after a dam failed following days of torrential rain brought by hurricane maria. nearly half a million people have signed a petition calling for transport for london to reverse its decision to stop the minicab app uber from operating in the capital. also in the next hour, thousands of costumes from the royal shakespeare company go up for sale. this whole section of rail is nothing but tuxedos. sir patrick stewart goes through the wardrobe to share some
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