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about instantaneously. no doubt about that. if anything, western nations should be jumping at the chance to save this woman. it is, shouldn't just be lip service when governments gci’oss just be lip service when governments across the globe state that she should be given a human rights. do you have any optimism with the new prime minister, of a fresh face in government if not in pakistan's politics? he was supported by extremist. he cannot calm them down any situation where he called for calm and promised aggression. he has backtracked already. he has no different to any previous prime minister. almost a year ago, whenever arise over a change to the host for lawmakers, so to all intents and purposes the status quo remains the same. thank you very much for coming in. now, the weather. a wet start to the weekend for many
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of you. south and south—east scotland, north—east england, west and wales and cornwall, here we will see some of the wettest conditions. the eastern parts of england remaining dry, the wind not as strong here. a0 to 50 mile an hour gusts possible in many northern areas. tonight, the breeze will remaina areas. tonight, the breeze will remain a key feature, keeping things on the mild side. further rain at times, telling drier later in the night. but essential, south—west england and wales will see further outbreaks of rain. frost free into sunday morning. a brighter day for scotla nd sunday morning. a brighter day for scotland and northern ireland. dry and bright in east anglia and the far east, but parts of south—west england and wales, cloudy with further outbreaks of rain, and temperatures in the low teens. hello, this is bbc news.
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the headlines: the week—long funeral for the leicester city owner will begin in thailand later today. members of the football tea m thailand later today. members of the football team are expected to fly out after their game against cardiff this afternoon. the bbc presenter paul gambaccini has accepted undisclosed damages from the crown prosecution service because of the way it handled unfounded historical sex abuse allegations made against him. mr gambaccini was arrested in 2013, but was never charged. in the united states, twitter has removed thousands of automated account discouraging people from voting. that is ahead of next week's midterm elections. researchers have started to grow trees in a laboratory as an insurance against extension in the world. one in five trees are affected. the goal is to secure 75% of threatened plant species by 2020.
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now, it's time for the travel show. this week, the travel show is in taiwan, the island of traditions and religions, amazing landscapes and modern marvels. i'm on a journey to discover how the island's colonisers have shaped the history, culture, and traditions of this beautiful land. don't go into the house! taiwan is a unique blend of east and west, making it one of the most dynamic and travel friendly destinations in asia. this view is magnificent. and any moment now the sun is going to rise over those mountains. situated 150 kilometres off mainland china, taiwan is an island of bustling cities,
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beautiful landscapes, and vibrant cultures. in i9a9, at the end of the chinese civil war, the winning communists drove the defeated nationalists from the mainland. more thani million people, soldiers and civilians, made the journey to taiwan. ever since, taiwan's relations with mainland china have been fractious. the first stop of journey around taiwan is the former capital, tainan. tainan is taiwan's oldest city. it has been the port of entry for most of taiwan's conquerors. the dutch, the spanish, the chinese and the japanese have all ruled taiwan and left their mark. the dutch were the first to colonise
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taiwan and soon after they began building this large fortification. this fort was built by the dutch east india company from 162a. because the dutch people wanted to trade with china since the early 1620s, but the chinese government don't allow them to have a settlement in china, so they are forced to come here and find this place. they built the fort, they built the construction for more than ten years. you can see the wall. the way of the bricks were — it is very different to the chinese way. how is it different? we call this a dutch bond. you see this layer, only the head of the brick toward outside,
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and this layer to this side. by the 1680s, chinese traders and settlers, mainly from nearby fujian province, were coming in increasing numbers. they brought with them their language, culture, and, of course, their religion. this is tainan‘s kaiyuan monastry. surrounded by the modern city, it is one of the oldest temples in taiwan. parts of it date back to the 1680s. most mornings and evenings, the 100 or so monks and nuns here gather for prayer and devotion. their chanting gives thanks to the buddha for his teachings and providing a path to enlightenment. reverend chuan cheng,
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who has been a nun for 20 years, kindly showed me around this beautiful and atmospheric place. we hope you attain happiness in life. so, tell me a bit about the buddha behind us. he is the happy buddha. he looks very happy! yes, why is he happy? because he is full of wisdom and compassions. and knowledge. he is just full of great mercy. i asked chuan cheng why she became a nun. i became a nun to give my thanks to my parents and especially my mother, and also give thanks to buddha. buddhism, taoism, and
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christianity are the main religions on the island. visitors to the temple are encouraged to learn about buddhism and to pray. we hope they can learn and train themselves and the more compassion, more mercy, and more wisdoms, and to whole of human beings, yeah, just like buddha. before i leave, i take a moment to burn some incense and reflect on my own personaljourney. as the light fades, the monks and nuns gatherfor evening prayers.
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as their day began, it also ends. leaving behind the history and beauty of some of tainan‘s oldest buildings, i am off to the neighbouring city of kaohsiung. this modern city is not known for the arts, but that's about to change. this the weiwuying, taiwan's brand—new national arts centre. they say it's the largest the world. the centre has been built to boost the arts in southern taiwan. and to become a fixture on the international performance circuit. so this might look like a big empty
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warehouse, but we're actually backstage at one of the more intimate auditoriums here. it can sit around 1200 people. the centre will stage its own performances and host international touring productions. the weiwuying has four main stages, an opera house, a concert hall, a playhouse, and a recital hall. it also has a huge outdoor performance space that can accommodate an audience of 20,000 people. the total indoor auditorium capacity is close to 6,000. 6,000? it's massive. that's a lot. how will you fill it? we're just going to do a bit of something for everybody. that is our mission. the centre is for the people.
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so we have very diverse programming for the children, for the theatre—goers, forfamilies, just a bit of everything. but, with most transport links going through the capital, taipei, in the north of the island, i wonder, will it get the international and metropolitan audiences that it's catering for? kaohsiung is easy to access. we have an international airport that's15—20 minutes away from the centre. it flies in direct flights from southeast asia, northeast asia and beyond. it's quite easy to come by through hong kong, but also with the high—speed rail. it gets you from taipei to the kaohsiung in 90 minutes. very easy to come. cathy and her team are hoping that their approach of developing
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local talent and importing big international productions and acts will strike the right balance artistically and commercially. this splendid venue can seat over 2,000 people. after rehearsal, organist tony liu kindly offers to show me the pride of the concert hall. wow, that was amazing! yes, thank you so much. what does it feel like to play such a magnificent instrument? it is very exciting. because i can make any kind of music in here. and the very, very
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high pitch here... and the very low, we do have very low. you can hear the entire halls vibrating. how coordinated do you need to be? there are a lot of keyboards. how many here is that one, two, three, four, five. i do have to spend a lot of time to practise. this is a brand—new organ. asia's concert halls. the largest in asia? what a privilege to play it. you want to play something? i know you played piano. i have played in 20 years! you can play a little bit of a song. thank you, tony.
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you're such a good sport to humour me. the next stop around taiwan is alishan in the south of the central mountain range. it is ridiculously early. my alarm went off at 3.30 this morning, and it's now a.30. thank goodness for coffee. we're about to get a narrow gauge railway up to sunrise view, one of taiwan's most famous beauty spots. a few minutes later, the first train arrives.
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it's dark and cold. 0n the way up, the mood is sleepy and subdued. it's quite crowded now. there are a few stops on the way and a lot more people got on. the train takes about 30 minutes to climb the final leg of the journey to the summit, which stands at 2,500 metres. this view is magnificent. we're overlooking what's called the lake of clouds and any moment now, the sun is going to rise over those mountains. it was worth waking up in the middle of the night for this.
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it was a beautiful sight when the sun hit the lake of clouds below. i got some beautiful pictures. this is a favourite spot for visitors from taiwan and mainland china, as the area is known for its myths and legends. one of the best—known is the story of sisters pond. so jay, we are approaching sisters ponds. what is the sisters' legend? the story is about two sisters falling in love with the same man at the same time. each sister want her sister to be happier. so she decide to drown herself in the pond, kill herself. so each sister killed herself separately, unbeknownst to the other sister? yes, that is the story.
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so that the other one could be happy? yes. wow, that's so tragic. that is like romeo and juliet but with sisters. yes. the ponds are dark and, i am told, very deep. there is an air of stillness and quiet here under the forest canopy. west of the great forest, the rolling hills of alishan have been shaped by centuries of tea growing. these rows of tea bushes seem to go for miles and miles. it must take a vast number of people to harvest all this, and i am told here in alishan they do it all by hand. aurora here is about to show me how. grown at altitudes of over 1,000
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metres, 0olong is the variety of mountain tea favoured in alishan. aurora, i have never picked tea before, what do i do? ok, if you want to pick tea, you have one tip, to lift. mountain teas are slower growing, which makes their flavour more intense. i hope i'm doing a good job. i am not sure if i am up to alishan tea picking standards. alishan has a particular climate which is thought to enhance the flavour of the tea. damp and misty mornings give way to hot and usually sunny afternoons and then to cool, dry evenings. after picking, the tea needs to be dried. that was actually quite hard work. yes. i don't have as much as you.
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and now for my favourite part of the day. this is the final step. i would love to see how you do it here in taiwan. can you show me how to make the perfect cup of tea? ok, so we have three points of how to do it. the first point is the temperature of water, the amount of the tea, and the brewing time. ok, so open the pot cover, let the tea leaves inside. the amount of the tea have to cover the bottom. cover the bottom. yes. let's see, is it covering the bottom ? yes it is. 0k, we have to count to 60 seconds. mmm, it is quite strong.
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it is very fragrant, but also bitter. i like oolong tea. last stop on my journey around taiwan is the village of pingxi in the north—east of the island. it is a holiday weekend here, and the village has a feeling of the old wild west about it. every half hour or so, a train comes barging through. tourists come here from all over the world to do one particular thing. this is a village that has embraced the tradition of making and releasing sky lanterns during festival time. and the taiwanese say this is something you should do at least once in your lifetime. traditionally lanterns were used
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to signal neighbouring towns and villages. 0ne lantern for danger, two lanterns for all is well. these days, a different practice is followed. people write their hopes and wishes on the sides of their lanterns and release them up to the skies, asking their ancestors above to look favourably upon their request. what do you wish for? i wish for health and happiness for me and for my family. i hope it comes true! thank you so much. when you arrive in pingxi you can buy a ready—made lantern or make your own with the help of a local expert, of course. ben helped me. so we open this out... you have two sheets of paper, around the wrong way, 0k. two pieces of paper,
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we arejust going to put glue on the edges here... so people wish for happy marriage... 0r study, money... people wish for money? yes. i wish for money! i want to be rich. now we try to put the body and the base together. 0k. very good. that's it? yes. that is it. now the fun bit, we get to decorate our lantern. it is customary to write a message. and hopefully your wish will be granted. not bad? not all the lanterns have the smoothest of journeys. health and safety is definitely an issue. oh, my god, it hit the house!
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their potential danger means that sky lanterns are banned in some parts of the world. because it is so windy all these lanterns are going up and flying every which way, things are banging and popping. during holiday weekends like this the localfire brigade is on hand. so it is customary to take a picture... before we release the lantern. and now we light it, is that correct? happy travels! oh, my goodness, don't go into the house... 0h! laughs. that was almost a disaster! oh, it's still going! oh my goodness, it is alive! i thought for sure it was going to crash into someone's house. that evening, just down the road, the local community gathers to celebrate the mid—autumn festival. traditionally, the festival
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celebrates the gathering of the harvest and family reunion. 0n the lanterns people write messages of love and thanks to the ancestors. over the years this event has turned into a big annual televised show with singing and dancing and a very engaging host. a large lantern is released on behalf of the community. and the people then release their own lanterns. it's a beautiful moment, and a memorable end to my taiwan journey.
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coming up on next week's travel show, we're off to scotland to dive into some first world war history, and also head to india to find out how street fashion is becoming high fashion. i hope you canjoin us for that if you can, and don't forget, if you want to follow the travel show team on theirjourneys in real—time you can sign up to us on social media. until next time, from me, carmen roberts, and the rest of the travel show team here in taiwan, it's goodbye. hello. whilst it is a sunny saturday across parts of central and eastern england, a different story elsewhere, windy or fan of recent days. it is due to the proximity of this swell of cloud, the remnants of hurricane 0scar. it passes between us hurricane 0scar. it passes between us and iceland during the next 2a hours, bringing ourairflow us and iceland during the next 2a hours, bringing our airflow from the mid—atlantic. hours, bringing our airflow from the
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mid—atla ntic. so hours, bringing our airflow from the mid—atlantic. so it is a good deal milder. you will feel the benefit of that when you have got the sunshine out across eastern parts of england today, and it could hit 17 in some parts today. the rain easing for some in western parts of northern ireland and scotland. more sunshine at times this afternoon. still one 01’ at times this afternoon. still one or two showers, and still windy, gusts of up to 60 mph possible. drier moments further south, but damp around the borders, dumfries and galloway, but more sunshine across northern ireland this afternoon. cumbria, northumberland, lancs, west wales and cornwall and the isles of scilly will turn wetter in the second half of the day. the wind not as strong across parts of the midlands, east anglia and the south—east, but dry and sunny by day. the strength of the wind is to look out for, tomorrow not as wet and windy. gail is quite widely this
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evening, so if you are setting off fireworks, think very carefully before you do so. also check your bonfires for hedgehogs before you like them. through tonight, the rain will become confined towards parts of wales, south—west england and through the midlands. staying dry in east anglia and the south—east. for most of you there will be a frost free night tonight. the wind stays with us into sunday, this is the weather front which today is across western areas, tomorrow across parts of lincolnshire, yorkshire and the midlands. south—west england and south wales also. expect outbreaks of rain during the day, more persistent towards the far south—west. another largely dry for the south—east, and also for scotla nd the south—east, and also for scotland and northern ireland. they may be breezy but there will be a fair bit of sunshine. highs of 11— celsius. they mainly in the west on sunday evening. this is bbc news.
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the headlines at 11am. six days of funeral ceremonies are getting under way in thailand for the billionaire businessman and owner of leicester city football club, vichai srivaddhanaprabha. players from the club will fly out to thailand to pay their respects after this afternoon's match with cardiff. we want to be there. after everything that the owner has showed, obviously, in the players and the club we should be there. like i said, it is an extended family. broadcaster paul gambaccini wins damages from the crown prosecution service over its handling of unfounded sexual assault allegations against him. in the united states — twitter removes thousands of automated accounts discouraging people from voting, ahead of next week's mid term elections. a tigress in india which is said to have killed 13 people has been
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