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in the blockbuster series. it was a homecoming of sorts for the actors because a lot of the movie was filmed at pinewood studios and, more unusually, slough. emma north reports. hey, blue. you know me. you know you can't stay here. it's where prehistory has become cinematic history. it's a quarter of a century since the dinosaurs first met a solid jump injurassic park. today, they unveil the fifth episode of the franchise. and despite the drizzle, it was a welcome return to this neck of the woods, we think, for some of the stars. i was only here for a few days, actually, where were we? were out there and, wherever we were, not around here, but near the studio. they stayed right near the studio. jurassic world falling kingdom was shot mostly at pinewood. i love the crews, the crews worked incredibly hard, they play incredibly hard. they show up on time
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bright and early, bushytailed, bright eyed and ready to work. and the minute that then, off to the pub. i went to the pub quite a bit. not too much, i was always trying to be beer belly conscious, but on those cheap days i found cheat days i found myself enjoying fish and chips and some goodales. but much of the magic happened at this business centre down the road. it's brought a touch of prehistory. how do you feel that you've got a little bit of hollywood on your doorstep? it's exciting. exciting! a little bit of hollywood on our doorstep. i think so. it's exciting. i would like to see a bit of it. and for the stars, it left a lasting impression too. what's it like living here? it was good! there were a lot of mars bars all over the place!
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there's a mars bar factory quite nearby. yeah. i actually really loved it. because, i was close to work so i don't, really rested and peaceful and serene. you really can say this movie is peaceful and movie is peaceful and —— can't serene, however, to a new breed the dinosaurs and a rumbling volcano. this is an otherworldly blockbuster, but it has a home—grown touch. now its time for meet the author. the most inhospitable deserts in the world are places where you will confront danger, from heat and thirst. but also, what you'll find peace. and that conundrum drove william atkins on words, when he decided to explore some of the loneliest places on four continents. his book the immeasurable world is the story of those journeys. rich in history in typography,
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with many tales of human endeavour. all in search of an answer to the mystery, why do such hostile places where life is so hard cast such a spell? welcome. what's your own explanation for the allure of these dangerous and hostile places? i think, we are sometimes guilty of making the mistake of confusing flight with guest. and, often i think attraction to the deserts emerges from flight rather than quest. and so, i think of somebody
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like te lawrence or... the empty quarter in the 1930s and 40s, and i think they recognise something that reflected a sense of their own sense of being marginal in british society. and so it was a form of escape. and yes it was exploration, they carried out these extraordinary adventures and, discovered routes across the empty quarter and peninsula that were unknown until then. but they were seeking some kind of comfort. solace of some kind? yes, solace. you talk about the empty quarter in the middle east, this vast, pretty hostile terrain. what was your own experience like when you first got a feel for it the first got there.
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what was your reaction? it was the most beautiful place. like entering the world of a dream another planet. it feels entirely unlike anything i've experienced. the shifting sands, the shadows. the grandeur, the enormity of the place. the sparsity of the plates. we come from a very relatively low—lying green island next to the sea. and this is another part of what i think appeals particularly to british explorers. it's completely unlike any environment we've experienced. you talk about the history of people seeking solitude. going to deserts, finding it sparse, godless.
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com pletely finding it sparse, godless. completely barren. and yet discovering there, tranquility and the deep sense of the spiritual. andy tranquility is associated with that barrenness. the founders of victorian travellers in this horrid talk about the absolute desert. the desert where everything is taken away. and so, this is kind of a concrete image of transcendence that this idea represents the infinite, the eternal, the absolute. and so, i think it's true that for explorers
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and probably myself, this panorama. you've travelled all kinds of places. and to the united states,. there, you discovered that the desert, although it is still for —— forbidden, ... the desert, although it is still for —— forbidden, the deserts of the southwest, the borderlands of arizona and mexico effectively are a wall. we don't need a wall. because a wall already exists. if the most extraordinarily insurmountable barrier. if anyone can cross that desert, they can get over any wall. many people watching this will not experienced the desert, even the fringes of the desert. explain what
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it is like when night comes down in a desert place. a very long way, what does it feel like? this in idea i think that we, we go to the desert to find ourselves. but i think there's an argument that says you go there's an argument that says you go there to lose yourself. and, night comes down and i think one of the things you are most aware of if the stillness of the desert. the silence. and one of the things i realised through spending quite a few nights in the desert, is that when the silence comes, you understand that there is no such thing as silence. because you are thrown back upon yourself and you live there and listen to yourself breathing, you listen to the jaw clicking, your eyes opening.
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everything is magnified and not taken away. your body is magnified and somehow escaping the body, which i think is the idea of the desert. got thrown back upon it. and her body, your sense of your own body is magnified. say heightened consciousness? a heightened sense of embodiment, a heightened sense of self. and yet, that corresponds to a diminishment of oneself. and you understand your place in this creation is quite a small one and a fragile one. so your vulnerability is underlined. yes. in that saul is that ——
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did you find it? these are highly contested, conflicted, bridging's nuclear tests and the borders of the southwest, us, which we havejust talked about. the desert in the northwest china, the seed i , these are places that are challenging in terms of political situations. which was your favourite desert place is yellow i love arizona. and i spent a week in a hot, not very far from tucson, arizona. it's exceptionally dry, and
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there that die every year trying to ci’oss there that die every year trying to cross into the usa. and yet there is vegetation, there's the sand, the sound of foxes and coyotes. and, it's one of the safest places i've ever been. i've neverfelt it's one of the safest places i've ever been. i've never felt so safe. i would sleep outside under the stars and never feel a sense of threat. the author of the immeasurable world. we saw a north south divide, northern ireland in northern england, some broken sunshine and places, the photo suggests where the further south, more cloud cover and a huge field of things, like here in
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hastings. whether responsible for the cloudy weather will continue to move northwards, moving slowly overnight, we could see some heavy thundering downpours, it'll feel quite warm, f—lll celsius further north, perhaps try with clear skies and cooler. we still got the weather front in central parts of the country. it's going to be how we start friday, outbreaks of pretty heavy rain through the midlands, and parts of wales and northern and eastern england. we consider the downpours will begin friday morning. south, parts of sunshine as the morning wears on, but far north of england and scotland and northern ireland, a nice dry spot here. but that cloud across there, should bring back to the coast as the day
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goes on. so scotland and northern ireland should stay dry, it will stay pretty wet and northern parts of england, and towards wales with some boundary downpours. for the sunshine comes out of the afternoon, as temperatures rise to 22 or 22 celsius, we will season heavy showers. and on until friday, through central portions of the country, and then in saturday morning, will start see another thunder move and bring some heavy showers to the southwest, moving towards wales. it's going to be a lovely afternoon. bit warmer too. sta rt lovely afternoon. bit warmer too. start seeing some intense showers and thunderstorms across the southwestern parts, and quite warm and muggy, in the upper 20s celsius. you will be the bank holiday
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weekend, storms messiah. hello, i'm kasia madera, this is outside source. president trump cancels next month's summit with the north korean leader because of what he calls kimjong un‘s hostility. earlier, north korea claimed it had destroyed part of its nuclear test site — donald trump said pyongyang needs to go much further. if and when kimjong—un if and when kim jong—un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, i am waiting. the missile that downed malaysia airlines flight mhi7 belonged to a russian unit say dutch prosecutors, and was transported to ukraine from the russian city of kursk. and president trump's former right—hand—man steve bannon upsets martin luther king's daughter who sends out a strong—worded tweet. we have all the details.
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