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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  February 17, 2018 10:30am-11:01am GMT

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semifinal, through to the semifinal, elise christie of great britain. there you go, some good news to end on. let's take a look at the weather. clearer fresher conditions with lots of sunshine in the south. a few showers towards the north—west. this evening and into the night the band of cloud will move away. dry conditions in the east with some fog patches, further west, more clout that will bring patchy outbreaks of
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rain facing tomorrow. and east— west split. the best of the sunny conditions can be found further east. now. —— and east east. goodbye for now. —— and east west split. this is bbc news, our latest headlines: theresa may warns european union leaders not to put lives at risk by blocking a security deal after brexit. the prime minister said britain would no longer be able to help europol as it does, or extradite suspects quickly. the president of haiti says the sex scandal involving some oxfam workers may be just the tip of the iceberg. jovenel moise says he's concerned that medecins sans frontieres has repatriated some staff without any explanation. donald trump has said the indictment of 13 russians for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election vindicates his argument that there was no collusion by his campaign team. izzy atkin secures bronze in the women's ski slopestyle to claim great britain's second
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medal of the winter olympics. it means the 19—year—old, born in the us, has won a first ever medal for britain on skis. now on bbc news, the travel show. this week on the travel show... seeing africa by train. we witnessed seven lions that were chasing a zebra. it was like a movie! and this was real. the history of selfies, lol. selfies have a very interesting history that goes back 40,000 years. distorted singing and rocking the mic underwater in denmark. making music, whoo—hoo!
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we're starting this week in africa on a train line that passes through some of the continent's wildest landscape. the freedom railway cuts through more than 18,000 kilometres of dense jungle, mountains and savannah, as it winds its way from dar es salaam in tanzania to zambia's central province. but more than a0 years after it opened, it's now beginning to show its age and is overdue and major upgrade. we bought a ticket and went to find out what makes the journey so unique.
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and if you're tempted by a railjourney through africa, here's our pick of some of the highlights. the continent's first ever high—speed train line is due to open this summer in morocco. it'll more than halve the time it takes to travel from the port of tangier to casablanca, where you can pick up slower connections onto fez or marrakesh. another key upgrade recently has been the stretch from mombasa to nairobi, in kenya. that route used to be known as the lunatic express, because its construction in the late 19th century was so dangerous. thousands of labourers died working on it, many from malaria, some from being attacked by lions. the 12 hourjourney has now been reduced to four and a half, but at those speeds you might find that any visible big game whizzes by at a pace that makes it slightly trickier to spot. one of the most luxurious and most expensive rides africa has to offer
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is south africa's blue train. it takes 27 hours to travel the nearly 1,000 miles from pretoria to cape town and will set you back around £900, or about $1200 us. however, you are paying not just for dramatic views of the landscapes, but also for high—end 5—star service onboard. and in egypt, the line from cairo to aswan tracks the course of the nile and offers excellent views of plantations and villages on the way. if you try and book at the ticket office they'll put you on the sleeper service and you will miss all the views, however, there is nothing to stop you booking online orjust turning up and getting your ticket on the train. do check the latest travel advice before you go. still to come on the travel show...
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we take our best pout along to be museum of selfies. 0oh! and why i'm getting a good dunking in the name of music. amazing. you're doing good. it's lovely and warm! when you're singing into the water, you have to have water down your throat and if you open up you get the water in your lungs. so, do stay with us. the travel show, your essential guide, wherever you're heading. ok, it's time for trend in travel, your monthly mash—up of the very best travel related stories, pics and clips online. apparently over1 million selfies are posted to social media every day. so it was probably inevitable that
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someone would open up a museum of selfies. it opens in la for a month—long engagement, starting in april. it's more than just a gallery of art, it's an interactive installation that allows people to create selfies of there own. selfies have an interesting history that goes back 40,000 years. the human form is a very old thing that we've depicted since we were able to start drawing on cave walls. it's changed because technology and the techniques have become more advanced. this year, south africa celebrates 100 years since the birth of nelson mandela, with a packed calendar of concerts, celebrations and a new app. madiba'sjourney guides visitors around many of the sites that shaped the great man's life, including robben island, when he was imprisoned for 18 long, gruelling years. the listings are decked out with images, histories and even audio guides.
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it's available for both i0s and android. now i'll meet a travel photographer with a difference. jacqui kenny uses google street view to explore the world, posting her screen grabs under the name the agoraphobic traveller. she suffers from a fear of open spaces, leaving her largely confined to her house, but her work is spreading across the globe, with an exhibition in new york and nearly 100,000 instagram followers. for a limited time she's selling her prints and donating a portion of the profits to the brain and behaviour research foundation. and we caught up with blind backpacker tony giles, fresh from his trip to israel and palestine, for a facebook live interview. tony has visited over 120 countries, despite losing his sight as a child. what has been the most unforgettable place that you have visited? what's been the most amazing place? new zealand is the most amazing country, i have been twice and the first time i spent
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three months on the bus, travelling around and bungeejumping. i love the people and the nature, i can smell it all and i can sense it all walking up and down a mountain. thank you to everyone who sent us your pictures from their travels, using our hashtag. here's what caught my eye. mario took this stunning sunset shot of the church of assumption at lake bled in slovenia. while roger captured another sunset view overlooking sydney harbour. don't forget to share your travel pictures with us on our twitter feed. ok, here are the travel videos we have been viewing this month. 70 years ago this month, sri lanka declared independence from great britain. so we have selected a couple of films that show the country and if you see anything you think
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we should know about, please do get in touch. you can find us on twitter using @bbctravelshow. and finally this week, i travel to aalborg in denmark. this is a country almost completely surrounded by water, no matter where you are you are never more than 50 kilometres from the coast. so it should come as no surprise that it was here that a local artist was inspired to combine music and water in a way that you have
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never heard before. this is the group between music, their latest show is the first in a four part series called aquasonic, which explores who we are as human beings and it begins with our time in the womb. we are so often divided between you and me, them and us, different religions and different cultures, but this is something we all know something about. we have our first nine months covered by this water filter, so i think somehow the audience, i think they are on at least an unconscious level will have a flashback to hearing those sounds. so as performers, how does it feel
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when you are underwater performing to an audience? it gets really, somehow a sense of loneliness to it. there is not only a visual loneliness to see these humans in the tanks, but also the sound has a kind of loneliness to it, i think that is quite a nice idea. so, here goes. 0ne deep breath and, well, actually this is quite nice. you are doing good! it is lovely and warm. yeah. this is great. so if you take this microphone that is hanging and then you hit this bell plate, you see the one? yes, this one here? yes. then you take the microphone and put it towards it. do you hear that effect?
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then you can sort of play with it. playing music in water has two sides. on one side it is terrifying because also when you are singing into the water you have to have water down your throat and if you open up you get the water in your lungs. so that's quite terrifying. so how on earth do you get musical insurance to play underwater? —— musical instruments. well it took us 10—11 years to make this and how come it took so long? because 0k, it is something that you need to really research and when you see what other people have done and trying other instruments. most instruments didn't sound really good, but we saw somehow a potential in this. but we also realised we had to build instruments to work in the water, so we found collaborators around the world to help us build
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instruments for this project. from his studio in bath in england, matt nolan works with artists all over the world to create custom—made instruments. i guess somehow i seem to have become the guy people go to when they need something unusual. spooky! i was approached by, i think it was one of the new production guys for aquasonic, they needed some bespoke underwater percussion. i tried a lot of things in a small tank of water here and was astonished by how many things just literallyjust go clunk and don't do anything else. all of the high frequencies, that shimmer like a cymbal all just disappears. with various experiments, trying this and that, we narrowed down on
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those instruments that were heavy and massive and could sustain and contain a certain amount of sonic energy and radiate out in time so the water doesn't kill it too quickly. well, it is always good to find something that isn't working and figure out how to make it work. back in denmark i am beginning to think i am a bit of a natural. maybe you should just pull the darbuka to the front window and if you hit it with a hammer, you can close the sound with your hand. another thing, if you take... there is a small stick on the top of the... yeah, exactly. and you can use that for the ring over there, with the holes in it. 0h, 0k. that's so cool!
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you're making music! it's amazing, you have these hammers — when you hit, it resonates and you can feel it in your body. it is a totally different experience than hanging a bell with a hammer. and when you have been out of order for a couple of weeks or months and when we go, we have to play somewhere and get in the tank, it feels like getting home again. try to go down and then hit maybe number one and number three together. underwater music — trickier than it appears and definitely one not to try at home. unfortunately, that's all we've got time for on this week's show. coming up next week: with the winter olympics in full swing in south korea, carmen heads to seoul for a taste
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of its street food culture. let me tell you, it is pretty cold out here right now, it feels well below zero, but look at this place, it's so bustling! you would think people would be at home with the central heating on full blast, but no — this place is really happening. and we are off to one of the toughest, wildest environments the uk has to offer. jo walleyjoins a tour which teaches you how to survive a night outdoors in scotland's cairngorm mountains. so i have been digging for a couple of hours now and the camera is finally starting to completely freeze over and i am also freezing over. cheers, everyone! so dojoin us then, if you can. in the meantime, don't forget you can catch up with us while we are out on the road in real—time by signing up to our social medai feeds. details are on the screen now. from now, from me and the rest of the travel show team in denmark, it's goodbye. good morning. it was a cold and
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frosty start, particularly towards the south and east of england. elsewhere, we've had more cloud, but for many of us, today is shaping up to bea for many of us, today is shaping up to be a fine day. some sunny spells about in the afternoon. by tomorrow, more cloud and things are turning milder with some rain in the west. quite a bit of cloud around overnight and during the early morning, but clearer skies now moving in from the north west. in the middle of the country, we have a week weather fund bringing some cloud a band patchy rain moving
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south eastwards. not a lot of rain on that frontal system, just a band of cloud through the midlands and parts of southern england. either side of that, drier and brighter weather with some sunshine. some showers in the west of scotland, perhaps for northern ireland and north—west england. temperatures between seven to 11 sources. reasonably mild, particularly in the south. some of the show was in scotla nd south. some of the show was in scotland following a snow over the hills. this evening, the band of cloud drifts away from the southeast 0vingham. vera skies for central and eastern parts. —— clearer sky. subzero temperatures on sunday morning with frost and patchy mist and fog. through sunday, high—pressure holding on across the near continent. also this warm front working in from the atlantic. because it is one, it is introducing much milder air. the winds coming in from the west or south west. it is going to be a cold start in a
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greased with some frost and fog around, turning milder from greased with some frost and fog around, turning milderfrom the west as the cloud builds. some rain will affect northern ireland and the west of scotland, western parts of england and wales. temperatures in double figures towards the south and west, cooler in the north east. 0n monday, a cloudy day with the re m na nts of monday, a cloudy day with the remnants of sunday's fund but this time it's producing rain on central and eastern parts. temperatures between seven and 11 during the day on monday. but then things start to change as we look further ahead to next week. the mild air gets cleared away towards the south, the blue colour is returning to the map, colder air moving in from scandinavia tom although it is said to be quite a mild start next week, it is going to turn and feel much more wintry later in the week. bye for now. you're watching bbc news. the headlines at 11am. public safety under threat — theresa may warns the eu not to put lives at risk by refusing to co—operate on security post—brexit.
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we will not let that happen. we will together protect and project our values in the world and we will keep our people safe, now and in the years to come. just the tip of the iceberg — the president of haiti's verdict on sex scandal involving 0xfam staff, as he demands an investigation. also in the next hour, a second medal for great britain at the winter olympics. atjust 19, izzy atkin has won a bronze after a brilliant aerial display in the women's slopestyle. a first ever—medal for britain on skis.
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