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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 11: it was also the birthday of scotland's oldest man the prime minister looks for ways alf smith, from perthshire. the men have never met, to bring her eu withdrawal agreement but they have exchanged birthday back to the commons for a fourth cards in recent years. bob says he always gets asked time after it was defeated by 58 votes yesterday. what is his secret to living longer. this government will continue to press the case for an orderly brexit that the result of the referendum demands. the bbc understands the pilot of the plane which crashed with footballer emiliano sala on board was not qualified to fly at night. people ask me for my secret. no, i do not have a secret, eurostar says passengers i do not keep any secrets. using st pancras in london should i have no idea. expect numerous cancellations and severe delays after a trespasser spent the night near the tracks. no idea. the royal college of psychiatrists calls for assessments of children's i told somebody once well, mental health to include questions ijust avoid dying. about their use of social media. that is very sound advice, you cannot argue with that, can you?! and at 11:30, carrie gracie will be joined by some of london's foreign spoiler alert — if you missed the final of masterchef last night and you want to catch up on the final later, then look away now.... after the first ever all—female final, and after competing against 5a other determined
contestants, through seven gruelling weeks of culinary challenges, the mastechef winner 2019 was crowned last night. i'm pleased to say that the winner of masterchef 2019 joins me now — irini tzortzoglou. shejoins us from our she joins us from our manchester studio. irini, many congratulations to you. it must have been a hard secret to keep. thank you, impossible, and it has gone on forever! tell us about your menu, because one of the things that the judges said was that not only have you got a passion for cooking and actually comes across, but one of the things you cannot learn, you simply have to have it, is that you also took so much from your childhood heritage in crete, in greece, and brought it to a couple of more than an experience judges, but they were surprised, you cut them out. you gave them some unexpected taste sensations. what
we re unexpected taste sensations. what were you trying to achieve with that last menu? and that was lovely, wasn't it. it was not for the benefit of thejudges, wasn't it. it was not for the benefit of the judges, really, wasn't it. it was not for the benefit of thejudges, really, it was for my own benefit, because i wa nted was for my own benefit, because i wanted to reconnect with my roots, but also for the benefit of the viewers, ultimately, of the programme, because my sense in the 40 programme, because my sense in the a0 yea rs programme, because my sense in the a0 years that i have lived here is that people have an idea of greek food that is a little bit outdated. yes. and i had the chance on masterchef to allow the playfulness and my character to come out. so it was a little bit of playfulness from me to take traditional produce and present it in any contemporary manner. so, yes, i grew up with this special greek ingredient. my mother and grandmother cooked it. and i thought i could to do it in a way that we can identify more today with and that i can show it to the british audience that the people who
have travelled all the years and love great food, that next time, try something different. seek out this amazing food that has been produced now. that is the puree that you cooked your main course, the rosemary lamb with. cracked wheat cooked in sour milk. the combinations here, that is the really striking thing, it is the extra touches you added to quite traditional greek dishes. did you surprise yourself a little bit?|j did, surprise yourself a little bit?” did,i surprise yourself a little bit?” did, ithink surprise yourself a little bit?” did, i think i cited myself a little bit. i have been on a high since i was accepted and then i since tried to cook different things. and i was telling my husband, john, look, if they don't take me and i do not make it to london, i will become a much better cook and a much happier person, because i am enjoying what i'm doing. and in the process i started to write about it and that took me back to my childhood and my
memories and so the whole thing was an amazing... people will use the word journey, but for me it was such a personal thing. the food was just the medium, but it was really coming out every time. and how lucky am i that thejudges out every time. and how lucky am i that the judges saw that and love that? they certainly did love it. i was looking at what they had to say, they were talking about that real sense of passion that you have brought to it. gregg wallace said every little touch of greek flavour is nothing short of inspired. it is absolutely is nothing short of inspired. it is a bsolutely love is nothing short of inspired. it is absolutely love and passion, from the heart every time she cooks. jonty rhodes said, she has magic in her fingertips jonty rhodes said, she has magic in herfingertips and jonty rhodes said, she has magic in her fingertips and fire in her belly! what is a favourite dish for the family at home, what are they really pleased about when you cook it for them?
-- irini. my husband, john, i had a disaster with one dish on the show, and he could not cook the apples. so there is not a standard ——. i am a little bit naughty and cheeky with even the food at home, so i do not like to do straight things. give me a five page recipe. when i saw a 25 pages, i thought, a five page recipe. when i saw a 25 pages, ithought, yes! last a five page recipe. when i saw a 25 pages, i thought, yes! last thought for you. you said this has been an amazing journey, you you hope it is not over yet, i guess. what would you like to do next now that you have been inspired by the experience on masterchef? where would you hope this would take you? already i have a fantastic sense since last night of the overwhelming response that i need to do more with greek food. and
ido need to do more with greek food. and i do notjust mean to cook it, but research it more. perhaps televise the people who produce it. you know, the people who produce it. you know, the people who cook it and grow things. there is just the people who cook it and grow things. there isjust so much, such a wide range of stuff that the dream is for me to showcase more.” a wide range of stuff that the dream is for me to showcase more. i hope you get that opportunity. i can believe that there is not someone watching who will not want to kind of find a way of taking your passion and encouraging other people to see what great things greek food has to offer. thank you so much. irini tzortzoglou, winner of masterchef 2019. and i have to say, it is such a shame... there you go, show us the trophy. thank you. thank you very much. now, iwish trophy. thank you. thank you very much. now, i wish the travel show was in crete, or increase at any rate. but it is not, i'm afraid. it is from the united states. enjoy it.
child crying. i am amber, and my husband is frank. we live outside of birmingham, alabama. we have four beautiful boys, frankie who is 17, stephen who is 1a, and then we have a set of boy twins who are four years old, and they are non—verbal autistic — their names are alex and will. we are the ellis family. my husband and i have known each
other since grade school. we were friends the whole time. we dated in high school and married in college, and this is our 20th wedding anniversary. because we have some issues with the boys, we have not been on a trip in a really long time. they are not very effective at communication, so it takes a lot of intuition to figure out what they need. we have a lot of meltdowns... 0h, did he throw it? child cries. did he drop it or did he throw it? it's ok... when there are two autistic non—verbal children the behaviours can be exponential. sometimes they play off of each other. it's all right, it's all right, it's ok. before the twins were born, we were just a family of four. and we had the two older brothers who kind of sort of got along, but not really.
after the twins came the dynamic changed... to this really sweet, ca retaking dynamic. and especially as the twins got older and they stopped developing, or their development was very slow, we all kind of began to understand that the twins were going to need a lot more. # twinkle twinkle little star...#. for a long time we didn't have any support. we didn't really talk about the twins, pretty much only my closest friends knew that the twins were special needs. and for a long time i thought i could fix them, that it was just a developmental delay, that i could give them the right supplement or the right food or the right therapy and they would catch up. but over the course of maybe
the last year or so, i began to realise, and i think my husband and i began to realise, that this is who they are. and it's not something that you can fix, it's how they're wired. we began to come to terms with their special needs, their autism. they're so precious, even though they may be different — different, not less. they're just different, that's all. and people need to see the story, people need to know that you can make it work. we can make it work. we started talking about taking a trip, how should we do it, this is our 20th anniversary... we have come through so much as a family that we wanted to go as a family, and just enjoy each other. so we felt like it was time to go on a trip!
it has taken us a long time to come to the point where we were ready. we have never flown with the twins before so we are kind of nervous and excited about getting on a plane. ok, so let's do each... because they are autistic non—verbal, they function on about the level of an 18—month—old. the way our schedules, our work schedules and school schedules for the kids work together, there's not a whole lot of days every month where we're all together at the same time. we have little bits, an hour or two here at the end of the day, if we're not falling asleep already, but whole days don't happen very often for us. a few years ago we went to the beach for a couple of days together, but they were very small. to break routine for an autistic child is, can be disastrous. so this gives us an opportunity to break routine only
for a little while and try it, and see how the boys cope in a different environment, and still have some of their comfortable surroundings — they will have us and the older boys and some of their familiar objects, but be in a different place, and see if we can start taking longer trips. 0k, how are we going to do an aeroplane? somebody has always got to take care of one of the twins, another person has to take care of the other one, and then who is going to look after the things we take with us? what do we need to take, what snacks are going to have? do we take the blankies, do we take toys, do we take the ipad, things to keep them entertained? we actually got in touch with the airline we were going to use and talked to a co—ordinator who let us have a trial run through the airport, which was phenomenal. it was the most fabulous idea anyone has ever come up with.
i had been pretty fearful but after that day i felt much better and i thought, i think we can do this. we can make it work, we can get on a plane and go on a trip. it's gonna be stressful and there's going to be meltdowns... crying. hey, hey! it's ok... if they melt down, how do we deal with the people around us, how do we let them know that it's really 0k, and that we're actually ok with meltdowns, we just have to keep them calm and soothe them as much as possible? because you worry about the people around you, that you're offending people or, and you worry about being judged. look how handsome you are! just to know that somebody understands is so helpful, and all of a sudden you don't feel so crazy. they're autistic, so they come
with their own needs, you know? so we're going to take the whole family, for the first time, to a special park called wonderland, in san antonio, texas. it's a special—needs park and they have lots of fun things, specifically for special—needs children, very wheelchair accessible. there's a lot of different ways it could go, you know, with their very strict routines that they happen to have, going outside of that a little bit will stress them a little bit, and you just kind of have to roll with it. i'm looking forward to it primarily because it's a new thing that we haven't done before, so it's kind of like, challenge accepted, let's do it. it is the fun for him, "let's do this, let's see
if we can accomplish it." so it'sjust his personality, but it is a lot of fun. i've played too many strategy games. everything is pretty ready, we'll just have a nice quiet evening, finishing up any last details, and then we will be ready for tomorrow. crying. 0k... let's get your hair all pretty. all handsome. crying. we are going to go on our trip! and you're gonna be so handsome, can you sit for me? you are going to be so handsome. he is so upset because he wants to go get in the car. where are we going? are we going on a trip? are you ready? 0k. all ready! i have the food, the boys' clothes,
our clothes, ipads, blankies, we have the wagon, i think that's everything. i think that's everything! ok, let's go. so we went outside to load the car and pull up to the main porch, and i couldn't crank the car, it wouldn't crank. told the husband — can you come and look at the car and try to fix it? and of course he worked his magic and got the car running again. i was so nervous up until this point, but we have prepared so much, and we've already seen a little bit of meltdown because he's actually wanting to go, so i think it's gonna be really good. everything went fairly well, and we allowed enough time for any problems that might have popped up, like the car. so we are still running very early schedule,
we will get to the airport probably at about two hours before we board the plane. so we are going to fly out of birmingham and fly to houston, the flight from birmingham to houston is a relatively short flight, it's only two hours. from there we will rent a truck or some kind of vehicle, and drive the rest of the way to san antonio. please present a ticket to exit. thank you. ok, i might be getting a little nervous now. we are at the airport and pulling into the parking deck, so it's really real, we're going to do it. 0k! frank senior, frankjunior, stephen, alex, you, and will. yay! look at that lens. got it? one more time, look at the lens. ready? it is a healing time for our family.
it's redemptive. we can go on this trip together. the older boys have such a sweet dynamic with the little boys. 0k, 0k, thank you. instead of patting them down, they put this little solution on them. crying. i am so sorry, i am so sorry! but two toddlers is difficult. are you ready to start riding? when you add non—verbal autistic, itjust makes it exponential. i always feel this sense to rush and get everything packed. we have plenty of time. i kind of have to emotionally prepare myself. i'm so relieved that part is over! now let's just get to the gate. you kind of carry that anxiety in the back of your mind of, "how is it going to go?" just kind of be ready to roll
with the punches, whatever happens, just be ready for anything. travelling for toddlers is difficult. and two toddlers can be really difficult. when you add non—verbal autistic, itjust makes it exponential. so it has taken us a long time to come to the point where we were ready. will has noise—cancelling headphones, he has strong sensory issues with hearing. you can tell it's painful. we're probably going to have a meltdown or two. we might have some vomit, we know it might happen. but the flight from birmingham to houston is a relatively short flight, it's only two hours. and the boys do like car travel. ok, now we're on the fast part. we're about to go fast. up into the air. are you ready? let's do it.
we like the idea of getting into a truck and driving the rest of the way to san antonio. it's about another two and a half hour‘ drive, and then we'll go to the park. did you sleep with big brother? you did? what did you think? is it time to go play? it is? time to get some clothes on! he's going to grab my hand and try to walk us out the front door. it's time to go, alex is ready. the worst part is over. the anxiety i was experiencing was mostly about the flight.
woke up this morning, ready to prepare for the park. then we'll hop in the car and go. he knows we're going somewhere fun. we're headed to morgan's wonderland, which is a theme park in san antonio, texas, for special needs children. lots of fun things for children of all cognitive levels to experience. morgan's wonderland came about when the founder, gordon hartman, sold his construction company and was able to devote all of his time to building this park for his daughter. she was developmentally delayed. and he made this wonderful playground in her honour and for her, and opened it up to the world. this beautiful park with a carousel, a ferris wheel, train,
alex is in his happy place because he loves trains so much. we will probably ride the train at least five times today. so tell us more about the park and how you came to build morgan's wonderland. well, actually, it occurred many years ago when maggie, my wife, morgan and i were on a trip. and morgan wanted to go swimming. morgan and i jumped in and we were having fun, just splashing around in the water. there were three other kids at the other end of the pool, two of them were throwing a ball back and forth. she wasn't able to verbally communicate and say, "hey, i want to play, can ijoin in with you guys?" so she hit the ball.
so they quickly grabbed the ball and got out of the pool because it wasn't a normal way of saying, "hey, i want to play." and the look on morgan's face was, "dad, i don't understand, ijust wanted to play." and it saddened me because ijust wanted my daughter to be able to play. so where could we go? we couldn't take her to a water park because of certain circumstances of hers, and talking to others, we found the same situation. so how do we develop a place where those who have special needs and those who don't can all come together and play in a fully inclusive environment? and it was those discussions, those chit—chats, those meetings, they turned into what we now have here today at morgan's wonderland. that is so amazing. and since then, people from all over the united states and literally all over the world make special trips to come here. in an environment that is just different than any other environment in the world. right. whoa, alex, look! what do you think?
this is amazing! alex really likes, you know, ipads and things like that that he can manipulate. so when he came into this room, there's not a lot of extra noise but there's a lot of things he can touch. you did it! i'm so proud of you. we started travelling with him when he was six months old. before we really knew he was autistic. so he's very used to it. so by the time we did have a diagnosis he was so used to travelling. so you just accommodated him to it. ijust met danielle who has a five—year—old boy who is also non—verbal autistic. we had a really fun time catching up. my new friend, we just friended each other on facebook. it was lovely to talk to her, so many similarities,
how do you do this? it is better if you try to align the flights with his normal sleeping times. we found that out. yes. other people on the plane, sometimes, to get people who are less understanding... yeah, i was pretty worried about that. but it is pretty rare, i would say. it's great to find a community, in this setting, where we can talk and make new friends. you ready, come on! come on! so, we ran into a mother here, we got to talking and we kind of both had autistic children, she said there was another place really close by that we ought to check out. so i think we're going to head on over now and check that out and see how our kids like it. hold on! i had a lot of fears
going into this trip. when you have a special needs child, and you can't predict their behaviour, and you especially can't predicted and you especially can't predict it in public around other people. and it didn't happen. that park was made for children like them. so we felt safe. that's one thing we really have trouble with sometimes, we don't really feel safe taking them to the normal places where regular children are. to be honest, they are having a lot more fun than i would've thought. normally to get them to have this much fun is kind of rare, we have to do the little things, make weird noises, that's the only time they'll be laughing and smiling this much. but this whole place just has that same effect. i was literally terrified that we would get into a situation where they'd be melting down, lots of tears, really loud, a complete emotional breakdown for the world to see. but it didn't happen,