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you're watching bbc news, i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: 50 people are confirmed dead in the attack on two mosques in new zealand. 13 people remain in critical condition in hospital. among those paying tribute to the victims of the mass shooting, the relative of a man who died trying to stop the attacker. i did not see an iota of fear in his eyes, and that made me proud. what a brave man he was. this is bbc world new zealand's prime ministerjacinda news, the headlines: ardern has met members of the islamic community new zealand police say in wellington. she's pledged to tighten the number of people killed the country's gun laws. in the christchuch terrorist this is the scene attack has risen to 50. live in christchurch, 35 people remain in hospital. where crowds have gathered 13 are in critical condition. to pay their respects new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, has met islamic leaders and members of the islamic community in wellington. she's pledged to tighten the country's gun laws, and is set to make a statement shortly. a 28—year—old australian man has been charged with murder. 120 people have been arrested in paris after a protest by the yellow vest movement turned violent. france's interior minister says it was hijacked by "hard—core hyper—violent" groups.
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heavy rain has caused flooding and travel disruption across parts of northern england and north wales. more than 30 flood warnings are in place. northern rail said several train lines were suspended and has advised customers not to travel on the affected routes. luxmy gopal reports. in wales, there has been heavy flooding in conwy, with the river conwy bursting its banks. today's heavy rains have left homes flooded and without power. and the water levels kept rising. this was the scene at sowerby bridge in west yorkshire. emergency services have been here monitoring the rising water levels. residents in the calder valley
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are experienced with flooding. more than 3000 properties were flooded on boxing day back in 2015. so people here are going to be keeping a close eye on the rising waters. at the moment we have our fingers crossed that the water level is going to go down and it is quite scary at the moment. it is really high. these sheep had to be rescued from a flooded barn in north yorkshire. and rail passengers didn't escape the disruption. these tracks in west yorkshire are waterlogged. for people who have been watching the rivers rise throughout the day, they will be hoping the worst has now passed. luxmy gopal, bbc news in sowerby bridge. hello, and welcome to the travel show with me, carmen roberts. we're only three months into 2019 and already we've covered plenty of ground, so this week we're going to take a look back at some
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of our favourite stories so far this year. if you love movies, this street in la is the place to be. my mask started to fill with water and i started to panic, so i was like... they're really affectionate. hey! oh my gosh. i think i'm still recovering from the dragon dance in taiwan. anyway, more of that later on in the show,
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i think i'm still recovering from the dragon dance in taiwan. anyway, more of that later on in the show, but first let's kick off by heading to paris, where back in february, christa got to see how the years have taken its toll on one of the city's most iconic buildings. notre dame cathedral is the city's most visited monument. 30 million people walk through its gigantic doors every year — that's twice as many as head to the eiffel tower. the cathedral was damaged in the french revolution, many of its figures were defaced, but there are sections that still remain from before the revolution and have been reconstructed since, like the last gentleman on the facade of the cathedral. although successive waves of restoration have maintained the cathedral's main features, some of which date back to the 12th century, maintaining the building
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is an ongoing challenge. pollution, acid rain and age are now eating up not only its fine details but also this building's actual structure, and it's particularly striking when you go behind the scenes here. i'm at the back of the cathedral, a place that tourists don't usually get to see. notre dame looks so imposing from the street, towering down, this huge structure, but when you get up close, it's amazing to see how much the old girl kind of needs a helping hand. help is what michel is trying to provide. his charity, friends of notre dame, has launched an appeal that helps private donors to help pay for some of the most urgently needed repairs. you can see here we have parts that were at risk of falling, so we removed them and
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have stored them here. if we don't want the cathedral to collapse, we need to rapair, all these and all these pinnacles need to be replaced as well. but repairing and preserving mediaeval architecture doesn't come cheap. the french state actually owns the building and spends up to 4 million euros each year on the cathedral, but that's not enough and a lot more money is needed. it's estimated that it will cost at least 150 million euros to carry out all the essential structural work here, and it's a race against time. so how urgent are these reports? they are very urgent because actually, the risk here is a structural risk on the walls of the cathedral, on the building itself. within ten years, we could have the cathedral completely down if we do not do anything. that's incredible. although it's hoped the private funds might help to save notre dame, the country is full of other
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beautiful, historic buildings that also need help, so the french government is trying out a new way to try and save at risk churches, castles and chateaus. it starts with a trip to the local newsagent. 12 million of these french heritage scratch cards are on sale across france. you can win big money and save monuments in one go. at 15 euro, this is not cheap, but 10% of the money from this will go to conservation projects. in total, almost 270 historical sites, from ancient monuments to churches and castles, will hopefully benefit from the 16 million euros raised so far. nothing. at least it's for a good cause. christa visiting france back in february. as the ski season is starting to come to an end in europe, many winter sports destinations are looking at ways to keep us
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coming back once the snow disappears, as lucy found out when she headed to tignes in the french alps. i'm here to try something a little bit different. 0k. yes, that is a mask and regulator. i have been persuaded into ice diving. so once you're inside, we seal everything and you are completely protected from the water. for this, i will be wearing a dry suit. i will put some talc inside so the head can go easily into the product. comedic music. it's a girl. laughs. it's definitely a complicated process getting ready, which is just adding to my nerves.
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you're sealed. the good news is i can't feel how cold it is out here, so... the lake i'll be diving into is right in the ski village of tignes le lac, just a stone's throw from the lifts. bye— bye. the more i stare at the ice, the more i think i willjust stick my foot in just to get an idea of how cold it is. so they said that i'm not going to feel the cold obviously, i do not want my body going into some sort of shock once i get into the water. i'm sure it will be fine but my mind is currently in overdrive. ijust want to get in now. you're in? perfect. dan will be staying above the ice, helping me and another instructor go under. it's not an activity can do as a group, rather one person at a time with an instructor, for safety reasons. and we rotate into the water now.
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my initial worries of freezing to death quickly melt away. but it didn't quite go to plan and i had to surface. so my mask started to fill with water... and i started to panic, so i was like out! speaking in french. after a little reminder about what to do, namely don't panic, i was mentally prepped for another go. i am ready to go back in, i was only down there for maybe a minute or so, but it is so pretty down there.
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just being able to kind of touch all the bubbles under the ice is really cool. 0k. this time, my mask stayed put, but we decided not to stray too far from the ice hole and my confidence returned. it's an otherworldly experience under the ice, cut off from the noise and distractions above, and it's surprisingly relaxing. 0nly towards the end did my toes and fingers start to tingle a little bit. otherwise, the dry suit really did keep the cold out. for the really daring, it's possible to also free dive. probably not for me though, i much prefer having the oxygen tank. if you love movies, this street in la is the place to be. embedded in the walkway, you can see stars from all different genres. and here to my right,
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we actually have the handprints and footprints of some of the biggest stars around. it's here at the dolby theatre where all of the buzz of the oscars will be happening. and of course, it's not the only way you can get close to the movies. around hollywood, its movie legacy is increasingly being recognised and preserved. at the warner brothers studio tour hollywood, guides take you to the actual place were so many movies, from casablanca to la la land, have been made. the lot has been here since the mid—1920s, it has been home to some of the most
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classic films but also contemporary films, so ridley scott's science—fiction epic blade runner, this is futuristic, dystopian los angeles. this was blade runner, this street? yeah, it is right here. it is all about redressing. we just keep redressing the sets over and over again, it is whatever you want it to be. but head across town and building work is well under way for a new museum, set to open next year from the team behind the oscars, the academy. they have been busy gathering exhibits that tell the story of the art and also the science of the movies, from cameras to ruby slippers, and shirley temple's shoes. so this is definitely a head from alien, but i see a strap underneath too. that's right, so this is a headpiece that would have been worn by the stunt person for the film. the actor would have been asking how the alien would have looked, so the actor in the film, they had a real reaction to seeing
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them at the time. it's terrifying. it is a little terrifying. so the scope came in and they would go to arcades around the country, you put your coin in the slot and then you handcranked the film and inside you would see the motion picture. and is it working right now? you are welcome to try it. here we go, i am ready for the adventure. the academy museum of motion pictures claims to be the first movie museum in hollywood that takes a global look at the history of the medium. and while there may be many other types of film museum, this certainly will be the first on this scale.
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so, it's opening night. the first guests walk in, they have their experience and they leave. what do you hope they say to each other? the first thing is, i hope they understand and talk about film history, because i feel like it's disappearing a little from our memory, and now is the time to really save it, to save the legacy of film forfuture generations. and maybe one of them that's here will be inspired to become a filmmaker of the future themselves. so far this year, we've brought you stories from over a dozen different countries, and there's plenty more to come throughout the rest of the year. but i know this one was really popular back in january, when ade went to morocco to meet some new four—legged friends. the jarjeer mule and donkey refuge lies in the foothills
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of the atlas mountains, not far from marrakesh. it's where donkeys go to retire. it's also an orphanage and a care centre for working equines. they're really affectionate! hey! the refuge centre was established by british couple susan machin and charles hantom ten years ago. they'd came to morocco to retire. so, we lived in our villa and we didn't know what we were going to do. and then over a period of a few months, a few donkeys came for shelter and i became very interested in them. so, were you donkey fans before you came here? no, i said we were lawyers. well, you could be a lawyer and love donkeys. no, we didn't have time for donkeys! tell me, how do visitors find out about this place? social media. that good old thing.
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what tourists say is they've stayed in marrakesh, they love morocco, but what upsets them is seeing the donkeys working. westerners aren't used to seeing donkeys working anymore. they take a view about morocco that morocco‘s cruel to its animals, which isn't true. morocco still uses working animals, but didn't know what to do with them at the end of their life. they come here. the couple are using their pensions to run the place. they do not charge an entrance fee and guests are free to roam and play with the animals. it's feeding time for the donkeys and, yeah, they're chowing down. they were a bit hangry before. i suppose after the hard life that these donkeys have led, this is probably a really nice respite. well, we couldn't finish our look back at the year so far
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on the travel show without remembering a couple of the challenges that we took on. in a moment, we'll relive my not—so—polished performance when ijoined a dragon dance troupe in taiwan back injanuary. sorry! but first, here's christa taking part in a chilly sauna challenge in latvia. better her than me! this little town is very quiet today, but that is all set to change when tomorrow morning, this place becomes a staging area for the madcap, high—energy and very, very chilly european sauna marathon. the clock is ticking, got to go! so, we need to visit all the saunas. they're marked with blue dots. 19 of them.
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a long day ahead! first stop, a traditional smoke sauna. in here, in here, you have to register. registered! 0k. let's go. i don't quite know the sauna ettiquette. i think i'm just going to throw myself in there. each team must spend a minimum of three minutes in each sauna. at around 80 degrees, plus a little extra heat coming from the crowd, you get warmed up quickly. about three minutes in now. are you ready to hit the cold again? alright. let's do it. you see the ice hole down there? someone's gotta do it and it's not going to be me. i'll do it. it takes bravery to plunge into a frozen lake, but thanks to lilia, ten minutes will be deducted from our overall time. yes!
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everyone in? let's go. another way to win time bonuses is the hot tubs. i'm definitely volunteering for this one. this is really very nice. we're surrounded by snowy estonian forests and feel very toasty warm. i can't imagine it will be warm when we get out, though. at our next stop, the sauna truck, we meet two brits who seem to really enjoy the estonian winter. it's not as cold as it looks, like, you know you've been in the sauna long enough when there's nothing better thanjumping into an ice hole straight afterwards. so, yeah, it's been fantastic. after going through many more thermal shocks, the finish line is finally in sight. well, we haven't won, but we did make it to the end,
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and i think it's not too bad for a first attempt. well, to finish this week, you join me back in taiwan, where i'm about to take on a challenge in front of a crowd who have very high expectations. let's hope i can pull it off. so, it's the annual arts festival and a local dance company had invited me to take part in a performance that they're doing for today's parade. hi, you must be roger. hi, iam. let's get changed. 0k! the festival is held every year close to taipei, and teams from all over the country and further afield come to compete in a celebration of music and dance. it's a big, high—profile event, so my team are taking a real risk by letting a total novice join their ranks. 0k. round the circle, 0k. with only an hour to go before the start of the parade, troupe leader roger walks me through my role.
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i'd rather be hiding somewhere at the back, but he's got me leading the whole team. swing this way, like an eight? the idea is that the dragon follows the ball and stick that i'm holding. if only i knew where i was meant to be heading! miraculously, the other performers follow my somewhat frantic lead. let's just hope they'll be this accommodating when we do it for real. further downtown, the crowds are building and so are my nerves. i hope no—one laughs at me! in the first section of the parade, a dozen or so local high schools will compete for best performance. the streets are crammed with friends, families and teachers, all waiting to see their groups perform. they've been working on their routines for months, and today is the day that it all comes together with an extravaganza
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of energy, colour and sound. and now i can hear my group approaching. i am so nervous and i don't want to make a total fool of myself in front of this big crowd. there's at least a thousand people here, it's a lot more than i thought. tell me when. now? all of a sudden, i'm on. my mind seems to go totally blank amidst all the noise and colour. luckily, roger is there to give me a push in the right direction. where, where, where? somehow, the team follow my lead, although i really have no idea where i'm going. nice! sorry! it's ok!
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and then my big dragon stick seems to develop a mind of its own. oh, sorry! i was really, really nervous. it was quite stressful. oh, my gosh! i tried to remember my moves, i think i only hit two people with the ball. but it was exciting. something tells me they won't be inviting me back any time soon. that's it for this week. coming up next week, ade heads to dubai to go behind the scenes in a hotel in the world's tallest tower where they're getting big on sustainability. this is where we actually throw any leftover food that's come off the guests‘ plates. it actually looks kind of gross and it smells gross. i don't want to get my hair in it! i hope you can join us for that. don't forget, we're also on social media,
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were you can tell us about your travels. but in the meantime, from all of us here on the travel show, it's goodbye. if you are hoping for some warmer, drier and less windy spring weather you might have to wait another day or so. although things are slowly improving, we've still have some strong winds around and some snow over the hills. this was the picture on saturday in north wales. we had a lot of heavy rain over recent days that has brought flooding issues across wales, parts of northern and western england too. through the day on sunday, as low pressure drifts off towards the north sea,
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we've still got a lot of isobars on the map. windy conditions, not as wet or windy as it was on saturday, and sunday brings us a chilly start, some icy stretches through the morning. scattered showers, and some of those showers will be falling as sleet and snow over the high ground in scotland, northern england and northern ireland. this is the temperatures first thing, just one or two degrees above freezing in the north in towns and cities. it will be below freezing in the countryside, a chilly start elsewhere, watch out for those icy stretches. a day of sunshine and scattered showers, so nice to see some sunshine, but some of those showers will be quite heavy with a chance of hail or thunder towards the north—west, some sleet and snow over high ground too. temperature—wise, 7 to 10 degrees at best on sunday, adding on the windchill, it will be a chilly day out there. nowhere is immune to seeing those showers. does not look like they will fade away into the evening hours and the wind will fall lighter as well. things are starting to change as we head to the new working week. a chilly night to come under clear skies with light winds.
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temperatures not far from freezing. “i! or —5 in the countryside across parts of scotland. through the day on monday we will see cloud and patchy rain moving in from the west, so that is a weak warm front arriving here. but for much of the country we should keep the blue sky and the sunshine on monday for much of the day. after the chilly start, some mist and fog possible first thing in the east that should clear away. for eastern england, it should stay dry and bright throughout the day much less windy than recent days and temperatures will start to nudge up a little bit. into tuesday, a similar story with cloud and patchy rain in the west. clearer skies with some sunshine further east. temperatures about 9 to 12 degrees, and looking ahead towards the middle part of the week, temperatures start to warm up. we could see around 16 degrees through the middle part of the week, less windy and there will be some sunshine around as well.
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