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good decision with this headgear! somebody had the bright idea we should welcome them with wigs so we did! you are breathtaking! you are a firefighter byjob, did! you are breathtaking! you are a firefighter by job, but did! you are breathtaking! you are a firefighter byjob, but you have taken part in one leg of this for the team that finished runners—up, how good has it been? it has been completely different, fantastic. it has been great to see the team coming in. it is going to be a really good day celebrating seeing them back in. history has been made them back in. history has been made the year, australian wendy took the first women ever to win around the world yacht race, you must be so proud of her and your team—mate. world yacht race, you must be so proud of her and your team-mate. to have a female one and two is the best outcome for women it in sport and pleased my team have done so well and they came second, the women have dominated, they have done fantastic, i am have dominated, they have done fantastic, iam really have dominated, they have done fantastic, i am really pleased. our work is done, it is really busy here and a good atmosphere and you can now apply to take part in this next year if you so wish. i thought i was brave going on those giant swan
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pedalos in southport the other week, it seems i was not! congratulations to all who took part. now let's get the weather. we have lost the heat and unity, and replaced it with something wet and windy. across england and wales, sunny spells but also frequent showers, particularly the further west. these are the wind strengths, these are the mean speeds. gusts will be even higher, 40—50 mph for some southern and western coasts. in temperatures down around 10 degrees from recently. showers will fade but more persistent rain will continue for scotland, and arriving in wales and south—west england overnight. still u nsettled and south—west england overnight. still unsettled tomorrow, another
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heavy spell of rain pushing north—eastward across heavy spell of rain pushing north—eastwa rd across england heavy spell of rain pushing north—eastward across england and wales. eventually settling into scotla nd wales. eventually settling into scotland through the day. another very windy day. temperatures getting up very windy day. temperatures getting up to between 17—22. the headlines: mps have warned british democracy is in crisis because of targeted campaigns of hate and misinformation on social media. welcome relief for some as cool air arrives, but strong winds could cause travel disruption as temperatures drop across the country. the chief constable of the west midlands admits his police force has at times provided a poorer service, and he apologises. an international arrest warrant has been issued forjack shepherd killed a woman in a speedboat accident on the river thames in london in 2015. australian sailor wendy tuck has become the first woman skipper to
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ever win the clipper round the world yacht race. now, time for the travel show. hello, and welcome to the travel show. coming up this week, rajan follows in the footsteps of lawrence of arabia injordan. we swap water for wine and get a soaking at a festival in spain. and our global guru has some tips on where to find the best september sun around the world. this week we are injordan,
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which is marking the centenary of the culmination of the great arab revolt, when much of the middle east rose up against the ottoman empire. it was also the inspiration for the classic 19605 film lawrence of arabia. so we sent rajan there 100 years on. head south from the capital amman towards the saudi arabian border, and you find yourself in another world. wadi rum. a natural wonder, a geological phenomenon. a valley which is basically huge swathes of red sand surrounded by mountains and ridges
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of really strange shapes made of sandstone and granite. astonishing. so otherworldly is wadi rum that it has actually been used by hollywood as a stand—in for mars. it is now also the scene of a thriving tourism economy run by local bedouins. wadi means "valley" or "channel," and it is hard to believe this was actually a seabed many hundreds of thousands of years ago. today it pulls in an eclectic mix of backpackers, tour groups, and hardcore climbers. but i'm not here for the climbing — thank god, it's boiling — but to witness a little bit of history being created. it's all to do with the great arab revolt of the early 20th century when this region was ruled by the ottoman empire, and the famous british adventurer and army officer te lawrence joined the guerrilla attacks with the arabs. the armed revolt was led by faisal,
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the sharif‘s son, and co—ordinated by lawrence of arabia, who through folklore has since been depicted as an altruistic swashbuckling hero — mistakenly so, according to this expert. he used the arabs for his ambitions. this is the big deception by the british to the arabs. because when the arabs have a kind of treaty with the british, to give the arabs a kind of independence in all of this area, and to support the arabs in the economy and social aspects. the allies were to row back on this promise,
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but the attacks on the ottoman supply lines on the hejaz railway route, which ran north to south through what is nowjordan, proved to be highly effective. this is a reconstruction of one of the original trains on the hejaz railway, used to carry pilgrims and supplies to the ottoman troops. i am going to take a trip now through the stunning landscape. it is hot out there. i hope it's cooler inside. every little boy's dream! blows whistle.
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this is a glorious feeling. huge, vast arid desert around me, big granite mountains on either side. just how you would imagine it. my god! horses! go low. whoa! that's a bomb, i think you'll find. that's a bomb. 0h! what the hell! that's loud. so, what i'm guessing is that this
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train is being hijacked and that was a bomb exploding on the line. and we can't move. we have been well and truly hijacked. i tell you what, for a reenactment, it is pretty realistic. i am actually scared. even though i know they are blanks. yeah, i'm coming. what the hell? hey! my parents were indian! i'm on the same side as you. hands are up. i get it, i get it. yes, yes.
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you can'tjust leave me here! i've been abducted! 0k, 0k. my hands are up. it's scary! the constant attacks on the ottoman railway supply lines worked. the war ended and several new nations like syria, iraq, lebanon and jordan were formed. the origins of the middle east that we know today can be traced back to these attacks on the hejaz railway and the subsequent carving up of the region by
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the british and french. i have to say, that was a pretty memorable experience, and if they talk today about how tourism should be immersive and experiential, that's doing it in spades. the project started by recruiting local community teams, and we provided the horses. so now we are achieving one of our main objectives, which is to create opportunities for the communities. for the bedouins, they feel honoured, actually. they are carrying the heritage down, from their fathers and grandfathers. most of them are descended from the actual fighters that fought in the arab revolt. war veterans who were experts in horses were hired to train the actors. it was really tough, actually.
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we were supported by the corporation that runs the railways. so we do manage it. i notice you don't have anybody playing lawrence of arabia. there is no te lawrence driving them. yeah, we couldn't find the blonde guy! well, maybe that is appropriate anyway, because in more ways than one, thejordanians have reclaimed ownership of their proud arab revolt. well, do stick with us on the travel show, because coming up... our global guru simon is here with tips on the quickest
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and cheapest ways to board your boat in new york. and we head to spain for a wine festival where everybody goes home soaking wet. the travel show, your essential guide wherever you're heading. welcome to the slice of the show where i try to help you make the most out of travel. coming up, getting from plane to vote by train in new york. and the best escape for september sunshine. first, i'm here in the netherlands, where there is a great celebration about the final completion in amsterdam of the north—south metroline. i've been watching the construction of this travel project for over 15
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years, and it is finally connecting the communities on the north side of the river i] with the rest of the city, and opening up some of the fascinating southern neighbourhoods of amsterdam. next, bernadette harper and her adult daughter are seeking some september sunshine. they stipulate: bernadette, in september you don't need to fly they stipulate: bernadette, in september you don't need to fly more than three or four hours from the uk. the islands of the southern mediterranean are at their very best at that time of year. and the ocean is at its warmest. cyprus and malta both have lots to offer, but my favourite island is crete, and in particular the resorts of lofiten the east and chania in the west.
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they both have a lovely waterside settings and are laced with history. carol brown is off to new york, but she's not staying there any length of time because she is going to the cruise terminal to board a ship. cape liberty cruise terminal is tucked away in an industrial area in a corner of newjersey, handy for newark airport but not forjfk. the only way to get there from jfk is an on—demand car service such as uber or lyft, or a taxi, and both of those will cost well over $100. so instead i suggest you catch the scheduled bus grand central terminal in manhattan. choose one of the many hotels around there.
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next morning, you will inevitably wake early because ofjet lag and you can watch the city come to life. then, catch the path train to hoboken and transfer to the hudson—bergen light rail and go to 34th street, where finally you will have to pick up a taxi for the last couple of miles. that whole journey from manhattan will cost around $15, and you will be able to amaze your fellow cruisers with your intrepid adventure. finally, geraldine smee has a question about that moment when the hotel receptionist or the waiter hands you the credit card device and says, which currency would you like to pay with? always choose the local currency. the opportunity to pay in your own currency is known as dynamic currency conversion and is presented as a great service to the customer, allowing you to know to the last pennyjust
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how much that mealjust cost, but it is a moneymaking exercise with a dismal rate of exchange. if you choose local currency, although you will not know exactly the rate at which your bank is going to exchange those euros for pounds, it is guaranteed to be better than the rate the waiter is offering. if you want some advice, e—mail me and i will do my very best to find an answer. bye for now and see you next time. thank you, simon. well, to end this week, la rioja in spain is well known for producing some of the country's finest wines. haro is well known for some great wine festivals and we went to enjoy the fun. there are over 500 wines
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in la rioja, so making and drinking wine is a way of life here. it is also my favourite part of the country and i grew up here. today is a very special day, it is la batalla del vino, the battle of wine. people have been waiting the whole year to celebrate this. i haven't been here since i was a kid, but i can guarantee you this is going to be very special. the annual battle is part of the week—long haro wine festival. it is steeped in religious tradition. the celebrations take place every year on st peter's day to honour him. back in the 17th century,
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a wine fight erupted during the st peter's celebrations, and ever since, locals and tourists alike have been recreating it. senor. this is my uncle, a loyal soldier of the wine battle. how much wine are you putting in it? 15 litres, more or less. we have three or four boxes like this. 60 litres, i like that, that sounds like... yes. now i am ready for the battle. white, red, and an important detail — glasses, so as to avoid the wine getting into my eyes. let's go. i would love this one, actually. i cannot wait.
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although this is great fun, there is a serious side to it. it is all about paying homage. every summer, thousands of winemakers, locals and a growing number of tourists arrive to not only honour st peter, but to give thanks to his contributions to the town's culture. the festival begins with a pilgrimage to the church. you are supposed to respect the tradition and not start the battle until you go to church. you can see that is not happening. my friends, this is the problem.
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you are coming back, they recognise you and... trying to get up there is going to be a battle in itself. what does this festival mean to you? this festival is tradition, and for people from haro, tradition is very, very important. we have been celebrating this festival for 150 years, and it is great. so what do you think wine means to people in haro? wine is everything for us. it is our way of living.
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we have wine in our veins. it is our landscape, it is our world, it is everything. as the spontaneous battles continue, ijoined the pilgrimage to the local san felipe church. so early in the battle, but yeah. you know one thing that i really love, the smell of wine in your clothes is fantastic. it's great to be back. singing now, the battle has begun.
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we are getting into the thick of it. i am going to engage in battle with somebody. drumming music somebody tell me when it's finished. although i'm a local boy, tourists are very welcome. but do come prepared, old clothes and eye protection are essential.
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and of course, you will need your weapon of choice. so, the battle is over. i think i lost it miserably, but i loved it because i had a great time and i will come back next year. well, that is all we have got time for on this week's show but coming up next week... as south africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of nelson mandela's birth, we head tojohannesburg to discover a new site. this trail runs right through the heart ofjohannesburg and since it was opened, it attracts more than 600 it attracts more than 6,000 visitors each weekend. and also travels to cape town, where they are hoping to keep mandela's dream of a
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rainbow nation alive. this is where all that hard work pays off. so dojoin us if you can, and in the meantime, don't forget you can keep up with us in real time while we are out on the road by signing up to our social media feeds. details on the screen now, but for now, from me and the rest of the travel show team, it is goodbye. hello, there is a big change in the weather this weekend. we have lost
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the heat and humidity and replaced it with something much fresher, windy, and with further showers and longer spells of rain. also rumbles of thunder and lightning today particularly across part of scotland, wales and south—west england. this weather front pulls away north and east. the heaviest rain across northern ireland and scotland's morning and into the afternoon. further south, sunny spells and frequent showers, particularly for wales and south—west england, where again we have thunder and lightning. thunder and lightning for part of scotland. further east, central and eastern parts of england, fewer showers, but nowhere immune. everywhere will notice the strength of the wind. these are mean speeds, so gusts will be higher, touching 50 mph for some southern and western coasts. around a 10-12 southern and western coasts. around a 10—12 celsius drop in the temperature. 211—25 for east anglia in the sunshine, but typically
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18-22dc. a in the sunshine, but typically 18—22dc. a cool day for northern ireland given the rain and wind. further showers and deceiving. most of them will fade, but we keep some persistent rain north—west scotland, and another spell of rain arriving into wales and south—west england later in the night. for most it is a cool night, fresher and more co mforta ble. cool night, fresher and more comfortable. it is a messy picture tomorrow. more rain to come. once again it will be windy, northern ireland potentially having a dry day. but heavy and persistent rain stretching from south—west england through wales up to the midlands, that will continue north and east through the day. driver a time in scotla nd through the day. driver a time in scotland before the rain arrives in the afternoon. and again, not a strength of the wind. again, gusts could get up to 40—50 mph. noticeably windier than it has been. white freshfields, 17—20 to the top temperature for most. into next
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week, still some showers around. on monday, tuesday and wednesday, not nearly as hard as it has been. later in the week it turns driver, and temperatures start to rise again. this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines: mps warn british democracy is in crisis because of targeted campaigns of hate and misinformation on social media. the chief constable of the west midlands admits his police force is, at times, providing a poor service, and he apologises. we are incredibly busy. sometimes the service doesn't meet what the public expect. welcome relief for some as the cool air arrives — but strong winds could cause travel disruption as temperatures drop across the uk. also coming up, australian sailor wendy tuck has become the first
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woman skipper to ever win the clipper round the world yacht race. the families of the sailors onboard were waiting at liverpool to welcome
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