tv The Travel Show BBC News August 11, 2018 10:30am-11:01am BST
we have seen quite a few retailers go into administration or announce they are closing a significant number of stores. this is in reaction to consumer spends both shifting online and being held back where consumer confidence is low. house of fraser was bought out of administration yesterday by mike ashley, the owner of sports direct, but it is unlikely he will keep all of the 59 stores open. so the attrition on the high street is set to continue. joe lynam, bbc news. a rhino calf — one of only 650 in the world — has been playing outside for the first time, just over a week after being born at chester zoo. the baby, which is yet to be named, was born in front of astonished visitors11 days ago,
despite rhinos usually calving at night. with so few eastern black rhinos left on the planet, he is a very important new addition to the breeding programme working to prevent their extinction. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. for many of us, it has been a chilly start of the day, but as we see outbreaks of rain from the south—west, they will turn heavier through the afternoon, with strengthening south—westerly winds. the best of the sunshine is in eastern scotland and eastern england. for the northern isles, there will be a few passing showers. overnight, our area of rainer expands across england and wales before spreading into northern ireland and scotland through the night. for sunday, it will be a cloudy and
wet start to the day. the weather fronts we have got will bring some pulses of heavy rain, and the rain band may be much slower to push into eastern england, followed by another band of rain into wales and south—west england. rain at times best sums up tomorrow's weather. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: a passenger plane has crashed after an employee carried out "an unauthorised take off" from the seattle tacoma international airport. the us space agency, nasa, is forced to delay the launch of a space probe to study the sun's outer atmosphere. one person has been killed and another seriously injured in an explosion at a military hardware factory in wiltshire. chemical giant monsanto is ordered to pay nearly $300 million in damages to an american man who said its weedkiller made him terminally ill with cancer. ministers reject calls to allow boxing and martial arts lessons in prisons despite recommendations that the move would improve
discipline and boost education. now on bbc news, it's the travel show. this week on the show, skyhigh in sarajevo. jet—powered in london. this technology is not stopping here. we're in the air. and above the english channel, using the power of your phone. we are starting out travels this week in sarajevo,
the capital city of bosnia herzegovina. it is fascinating and beautiful, and feels more turkish and more islamic than the rest of the balkans. these shops are filled with jewels and silverware. and with that, comes different architecture and a distinct food culture. the small city centre lies in a valley surrounded by hills, so there are wonderful views almost everywhere. but of course we don't know sarajevo primarily for its beauty. we know it for the terrible siege which ended with more than 10,000 people losing their lives in the 1990s. for three and a half years,
bosnian serbs rained rockets down on the city. a quarter of a century later the scars are still visible. this used to be a holiday inn and it's where the world's press was stationed during the siege. it became a symbol of the war, and you might remember its distinctive yellow cladding on the outside, which has been kept to this day. the hotel has only just changed hands. it has had extensive renovation work and recently reopened under a different name. you would never know that for years, it was subject to frequent shelling and gunfire. normally, you might pay extra for a beautiful view of these hills, but for that very same reason it was one of the most dangerous spots to be in this hotel. artillery fire was being blasted from the top of those hills and actually lit this building on fire above the fifth floor multiple times. i am given a tour by hajro. during the war, he ran catering for the journalists stationed here. these days he is the executive director.
who would normally win, the staff or journalists? and so these were the goals, right? taping cloth? this is a piece of nostalgia right here. priceless. he's got a leg on him. ok, this time you're keeper. 1-1, 1-1. through the legs! that's why canadians don't play football. can you tell us what role the hotel played during the war? and the hotel went through some
recent renovations and the average person walking in would not see anything that reminded them of the war? hajro is very keen to emphasise how the hotel is looking forward to the future these days. but it isn't the only bosnian icon getting a shiny makeover. this long—abandoned cable car network finally reopened just a few months ago. it had been out of use since the war began. this is one of the old cable cars, built for the olympics in 1984. it was left abandoned and fell into ruin during the siege, but they still have one here on display. ajla here is deeply in love with sarajevo, and she has agreed
to take me up into the hills. so you can see all of sarajevo, every little bit? everything, all of its glory and beauty. the renovation of the cable car seems like a big deal for the city. yes, it is. it is a symbol of the city, lots of people like that from the city centre you could go up the mountain in ten minutes, enjoy the fresh air, beautiful nature, and then, again, you are in the heart of the old town. the hills up here were positions for serbian snipers and for artillery. there is a perfect view of most of sarajevo. only in recent times have the landmines been cleared, but you can still see the odd military bunker. once at the top, there is one more repurposed relic. the bobsled track.
built for sarajevo‘s moment in the sun, the winter olympics in 1984. it has been richly decorated, and the colour and nature up here makes a wonderful ride. action! ready, steady, go. ready, not so steady. i think i might need more practice at this. we did quite a slow version, i think. you pick up speed really fast. that's the whole point, right? it is supposed to be a bobsled shooting down this. yeah, in the war it was a shelter for the serbian army, that they used to shoot the city and everything. so unfortunately it had that sad purpose. but i think we remade things, to repaint it and everything, to make it morejoyful. with interesting activities like this do you think it is a step
away from the memories of the war? yes, definitely. i think people are urging to go forward, not to think any more about war, to have a normal life, to have a decent life, next february we have the winter olympic games for young ones. i think also, it is a good way to show that over here we are more than what happened 20 years ago. sarajevo feels very lightly touristed these days, particularly given its beauty. that is partly because the bigger budget airlines have yet to appear here. the moment they do, it all may change. but for now, exploring somewhere like stari grad, the old town, is a total delight. as you wander around you can hear people — ting — bending copper into coffee sets. you can smell cevapi, the local meat dish. and you wouldn't really expect there was a war here just 25 years ago.
there are churches, mosques, synagogues. there is actually so much to see in this beautiful valley with these giant mountains. it is gorgeous. and there is a lot more to see here than just things that remind you of war. so if you are thinking you might come to bosnia and herzegovina, here are some things we think you should do. this year's sarajevo film festival is now under way in the capital and is the highlight of bosnia's culture calendar. in just over 20 years it has grown from a modest post—war reconstruction effort to one of the most important film festivals in europe. if you are not interested in the movies themselves, go for the atmosphere. the whole city becomes alive with concerts and parties. it all happens mid—august every year. mostar‘s 16th century stari most bridge is a stunning site to just go and behold, but if you're in for an added thrill,
you can go for the diving championships on september 8th. outside official competition times, tours can have a go themselves, but you will have to pay to 5 euros to the mostar diving club and be fully trained beforehand. people are injured and even die, attempting this 24m jump. it is not something to be taken lightly. a0 kilometres south of the jaw dropping kravica falls, you can picnic, swim in the lake, all for less than us $4. there are canoeing options as well. even in the peak months the falls never feel overcrowded. still to come on the travel show: jetpower is coming to a place near you. it could be seen as a first step to a new form of human mobility. and how ridesharing isn't just for the roads. look at this.
this is tiny. so don't go away. this week i'm exploring sarajevo, the picturesque capital of bosnia herzegovina. there is one little cultural quirk i am keen to get to grips with while i am here. bosnians love coffee. it is a little bit like turkish coffee, but there is a special trick to drink it. when it's served you might find it all arranged like this. and at first it's honestly a little bit intimidating. wait, hold on, hold on. this looks like a mediaeval chemistry set. i have no idea what to do. ok, so the deal is, you have some sherbet here, which is like ottoman, it comes with almost every food or drink, rose sherbet.
like a rosewater. taste it, taste it. a little bit sweet, just to sort of quench the coffee. yeah. put the coffee in like that. now, mike, before you go, right, you have to hit one of these turkish delights, lokum, they‘ re called lokum. i eat it or i dunk it? no, no, you don't dunk it. it's actually really good. the hot coffee melds the turkish delight in your mouth. that's right, that's right. it's really nice. you can also do it with the sugar. dunk the sugar in, and you canjust dunk a little bit and it starts spreading up and you put the sugar in and the sugar will stay in your mouth. it is that sort of thing. it's the same sort of thing. that's old time. if you do that in a cafe here they will think you have bosnian roots or something. and this all goes in, orjust the bite. all in!
a lot of sugar in this region. that's a lot of sugar. bosnian coffee. enjoy. thanks. still chewing. it's crunchy. good, though. it's now time for trending travel, our regular pick of the top photos, videos, and stories all happening online this week. if you're in london this summer you can experience the world's longest zip—line. it's all the way from the uae. wearing a pair of goggles, visitors to zip now are transported to ras al khaimah. it's billed as a world first, so we sent along rajan, who was there three years ago. it's very strange. i'm now in a completely different universe. three, two, one. whoa! and if you want to test it out, it is open until september 9. all right. it is like being on another planet. security lines at the airport can be one of the most frustrating parts of a trip.
but things could be getting a lot easier with the new 3—d baggage scanners being trialled at heathrow and new york's jfk. with trials expected to last at least six more months it will be a while before they become commonplace. so for now now you'll just have to keep on waiting. and superhero fans, meet the real—life iron man, adventurer richard browning whose science fiction made realityjet suit hasjust gone on sale in the uk. with only nine suits available we ask if it is the future of travel. we started this journey, really, for the thrill of the challenge of doing something that was supposed to be impossible. however, it's been so successful and been seen by millions all over the world that we don't now discount the potential that it could be seen as one of the first steps down a road towards a whole new from of human mobility. the first motor car was considered completely impractical and inefficient, and look what's happened with that. this technology is not stopping here. moving on now to
online travel videos. here are some great ones racking up the likes this month. last week the travel show took lucy to south africa, where they're celebrating 100 years since the birth of nelson mandela. now we meet two filmmakers, george and roth to find out more about their experiences in the rainbow nation. i don't like to set up shots or try and capture specific things. i think, with a country like south africa, it's all there in front of you. if you have a camera and the right tools you will capture amazing things. i was just blown away at what i was able to see and the beauty of the countryside and also ijust admired a lot of the people i met there,
they were nice and welcoming. if you're planning on travelling to south africa always have your camera ready. it is also full of experiences that you can't quite prepare for. make sure to keep sending us your stories and photos of the places you live and the places you love. and, who knows, maybe next time you will be trending in travel. in the 1920s and 30s, le touquet, on france's north coast was the glitzy destination of choice for wealthy british socialites. the birth of the jet age and longhaul travel means it has been overlooked ever since. but now innovations in flight sharing could put it back
on your radar. we sent cat moh to try it out. just outside of london, not far from heathrow, is blackbushe airport. this isn't quite what i was expecting, but i'm told this is the airport. hi, paul. hi, cat, how are you? good. lovely sunny day. hardly any wind, as you can see the windsock is completely pointing downwards. it should be a very smooth flight. i'm sharing a flight with paul. he got his private pilot's license 25 years ago. i don't know how you can fit four people. two in the front, two in the back. it's quite simple. oh my goodness. this is tiny. i found paul through a website, wingly, think uber of the skies, sort of. you pick a date, destination, request a seat, and pay. it's one of a number of flight sharing platforms out there flying between general aviation airfields, which are often closer to town so i've chosen a day trip to le touquet in france.
we are in the air. like a flying car. my god. what do you love about flying? i love getting out. i love the freedom. you get to fly to little airports in the middle of nowhere that would not normally get to go to. paul's dayjob is in it. being able to share flights helps to pay for this rather expensive hobby and keep his flying hours up. the cost is a major thing. so we get to fly at a third or a quarter of the costs we normally do because we split that with our passengers. how do you work out how much to charge passengers? there are only certain costs we can include, the hire of the plane, the fuel, landing fees, things like that, not fixed costs, but they get divided by the number of passengers in the plane. because you are not allowed to make any money out
of this, are you? no, i'm not a commercial pilot, so i'm not allowed to make any profit. so i pay for this flight the same as you are. my plane seat cost £150, but unlike a commercial flight it's very weather dependent and could have been cancelled at a moment's notice if paulfelt it wasn't safe to fly. flying over the channel now, french radio signals are coming through. welcome to france. yay! my legs definitely feel a bit wobbly. i tell you what, i'm glad i didn't have breakfast this morning. le touquet was once a busy international hub, but now you need a private plane to fly here, so flight sharing is a great way to visit without blowing the budget. plus the airport is practically in town, so all you need is a bike, once you clear customs, of course.
pilot paul to tour guide paul. ready to go? i think so. i have got to remember which side of the road to be on. yes. it's a quiet seaside town on france's northern opal coast. the majority of visitors these days are french with some internationals. but that has not always been the case. le touquet, more and more they are going there, those endowed with more worldly goods than sense. from the 1920s until the 19505 it was this stomping ground for rich brits and the fashionable flying in. these days, if you want to go to the devil, you can go there for £10. it's a bit more now. i met up with alice, a local tour guide and historian. i recognise this guy. yes. sean connery. he went here in 1962, he signed his contract.
it is also believed to le touquet inspired ian fleming to write his first james bond novel here, casino royale. have you noticed a shift in the type of people who come here? i think i have noticed, for the last one or two years, people coming from further these days. before regular people were coming from paris, great britain as well, belgium. and now we get more and more people coming from further. it is getting more and more attractive. the town is now a mix of old british charm and french leisure, with hints of its bygone days. this 116—year—old chocolate shop is an institution here. confession time, i may have gotten carried away in there. but it smelled so good. but all good things come to an end.
we have to be back before sunset because the airfield in britain has no runway lights to land. it looks like we made itjust in time. well, that's all for this week. but coming up next week... rajan is travelling through hokkaido, japan's northern island. where he gets hands—on with the striking local food culture. and has the dubious honour of meeting one of its hungriest residence. in the meantime, don't forget you can follow us on social media, the links to those accounts are found on our website. from me, mike corey, and the rest of the travel show team here in sarajevo, it's goodbye. it's been a sunny but somewhat
chilly start to the day. with the weather going downhill, there will be rain across western areas later, but nothing on the scale of the rain we had yesterday, which across eastern england brought 49 millimetres into herstmonceux in east sussex. that's over three quarters of a months worth of rain here. in contrast to that, many of us have had skies like these this morning. plenty of sunshine, some contrails crisscrossing the sky coming out of the backside of aeroplanes, if you like. for the rest of the day, we will see cloud continuing to work in from the south—west. we've already seen the cloud arrive across parts of the south west and south—west england. that cloud will continue to thicken, with outbreaks of rain turning heavier and steadier in the afternoon. by four o'clock, the rain will be
well in across south—west england and wales, turning heavy in places, strengthening south—westerly winds as well. some of the damp weather will start arriving across central and southern england, the midlands and eventually greater manchester and merseyside late afternoon and evening time. that leaves scotland with a dry day. a few showers for the northern isles. and for eastern areas of scotland and eastern scotland, that is where the best of the afternoon sunshine will be. overnight, that rain becomes more extensive across england and wales before spreading to northern ireland and a good part of scotland. the far north of scotland will keep slightly clearer weather. here, it will turn chilly in rural areas. otherwise, it's a mild night. we will probably get fog patches developing over the hills. sunday is definitely the worst of the two days over the weekend. this weather front will have pulses of energy running along it, and that will bring us bursts
of heavy rain. the rain will be across central and southern england and wales. the front itself could be very slow to push eastwards, perhaps even slower than we are showing here on the charts. it will be followed by another band of rain that will work into wales and south—west england. some wet weather at times for northern ireland and scotland. the east of england will be cool, with onshore winds. next week, it stays unsettled across the north—west. no return of the heatwave, although temperatures will lift a little bit early in the week across parts of the south. this is bbc news i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 11:00... security alert at seattle airport after an airline employee steals an empty plane and crashes on a nearby island. chemical giant monsanto is ordered to pay nearly $300 million in damages to an american man who said its weedkiller made him terminally ill with cancer. i am glad to be here to help with this situation after i learned about roundup and glyphusate and everything. i am glad to be here to be able
to help, but the cause is way bigger than me. mission to the sun on hold — nasa is forced to postpone its historic space probe launch until tomorrow. officials in new south wales in australia say the army could be deployed to help farmers as the worst drought in living memory continues. also coming up this hour.