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this is lucas bates, who was aiming to break the guinness world record for the fastest marathon dressed as a landmark building, which in his case was big ben. what he didn't plan for, however, was getting his sizeable costume over the line. after a few attempts of getting beneath the hoardings, and a little help from fellow competitors — he managed to finish his race. although sadly for lucas, he wasn't quick enough to break that world record he was after. i think we have already told you that bid, i am slightly concerned i'm going to repeat myself. as we have been saying, more than 40,000 people took part in the london marathon this afternoon and there we re marathon this afternoon and there were certainly some impressive costu mes, were certainly some impressive costumes, alongside the one we have shown you are big ben. look at that aerial view.
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minions, darth vader, batman and even a gingerbread man. many guiness world records were also set today by fancy dress runners. a man made it round the gruelling course in three hours and 57 minutes dressed as a tent, a panda achieved a time of three hours and 48 minutes, a runaway bride completed the marathon in two hours and 49 minutes, a crayon completed the course in under four hours and the thunderbirds are most certainly go — with met police officers making it round in an impressive costume in under six hours. credit to them all for even having a 90, credit to them all for even having a go, it is not something i think i would ever tackle. the weather wasn't too bad for them this year. let's find out the forecast from bin. good evening, we said farewell to storm hannah on saturday night which meant sunday was the more clement day of the week and for the vast majority but it wasn't sunny everywhere, western areas had a lot of cloud, some patchy rain courtesy
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of cloud, some patchy rain courtesy ofa of cloud, some patchy rain courtesy of a slow—moving weather front. it remains slow moving through tonight, cloud and patchy rain for northern ireland, south—west scotland, the isle of man, south—west wales. further east, a chilly night under clear spells, even a touch of frost in north—east england and eastern scotla nd in north—east england and eastern scotland and dense fog patches, some of which could be slow to clear but they should as we go through the morning and for many tomorrow, a fine day with spells of sunshine, the best across scotland where temperatures in the north west highlands could get up to 20. always cooler in the west, northern ireland, the far south—west of england still plagued by the slow—moving weather front but it will make progress eastwards slowly through the middle part of the week, bringing a little bit of rain and as it clears through, it will turn much cooler. let this is bbc news i am martine croxall. prayers have been held
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in the streets in sri lanka as church services are cancelled — a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings. there's to be more prominent health warnings on packets of opioid painkillers because of growing concern over levels of addiction. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob. natascha engel says ministers are paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby. nicola sturgeon says no westminster government can ever stand in the way of scotland choosing indpendence. exit polls released in spain suggest the governing socialist party have won the most seats in the general election there, but would be without an overall majority. police investigating the abduction and rape of two women in north london on thursday have released cctv images of a man they want to question. now on bbc news, it is time for the travel show.
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this week on the show... i am in 0slo, playing the norwegians at their own game. we check out some medieval satnav by studying an 800—year—old map of the world up close. and lucy takes a bumpy ride to test out two new cameras that could add a professional touch to your travel. but first, i'm in the norwegian capital of oslo. beyond the tourist trade of the fjords and that the vikings,
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an unlikely trend is taking hold, all based on one of the world's most enduring games. in chess tournaments, sometimes a match can take two whole weeks. and here in norway, it's entertainment. this is a really old game, not anything is brand—new, so why is it coming back here in norway? first of all, because we have a really good chess player here in our country. it wasn't before magnus became the best that it exploded. world number one magnus carlsen was a chess prodigy, first reaching the top of the rankings in 2010. he has dominated the game ever since and still holding the crown atjust 28 years old, it's only kasparov who has held the top spot for longer.
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by official ratings, he is the greatest player the world has ever seen. i would say my favourite player from the past is probably myself, like, three or four years ago. but it's not all been about magnus. chess fever has spread here thanks to modern tech and coverage online. it's a show, you have celebrities in the studio, we have a good vibe. one, two, three, and to the four, snoop doggy dogg and dr dre is at your door. it's the whole package. at this point, i should say that this unshakeable grand master has agreed to make a rare media appearance outside tournaments to meet me and he is expecting a game of chess. well, i have a one—on—one head to with magnus
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coming up very shortly. so, i'm optimistic. my strategy is, have no strategy. he can't read this face if there is no strategy underneath. the bad thing for you is that also is often his strategy. so i'd better get practising. ben, hi. hey. nice to see you. i'm here to scrape off the rust. wonderful — magnus will be shaking in his boots. i hope so. at stjernen chess club, weekly tournaments have members compete in the latest trend, rapid chess. with the time limit being just 10 minutes, it's become more popular with rapid chess and blitz chess. you get more games, there's more action and there's also more mistakes. like the one you did now.
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try to gain control of the centre. if you see the board now... you are in control of the centre. i can say that because i have two points in the centre. pawns in the centre. if you try to occupy the centre or at least if you do like this, you see, your bishop is attacking all the way down to my king. i see. so if you want to just keep on doing moves for me, maybe i'll win. if you're playing magnus, i would suggest to try to attack as soon as possible. because if he gets to attack, you'll lose. i think it's going to be inevitable, but either way... people keep on filing in here so it seems like it's very soon to competition time. let's just forget about this game. let's do it. we'll start from scratch. anyone can join the weekly tournaments here and everyone plays five games, even me.
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the game is about to start, there it is. i'm already late. here is my squad. have some coffee and the game is on. first time playing timed chess, actually. and it's not going well. didn't even know i'd lost. the club has seen its membership nearly double since magnus came on the scene. got his queen. 0uch. good game, that was a good game. out of five, we won one but i had a plan, a strategy that was moulded
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over the course of five games. ben helped me and by the end of it, ifelt some confidence, take that strategy and bring it to the world champion and if i last six turns, that's a win for me. so going to go back home and rest the biggest muscle in my brain, the most important one, and get ready for the match. but get out of the chess clubs and people are playing chess everywhere, online and on their smartphones. i've arranged to meet magnus where they develop his three apps. they have had 5 million downloads. i'm here for magnus, is this the right place? yeah. it is? 0k, great. i'm not exactly sure where to go. ah, by the chess board. a good place to find magnus. in this day and age, there's probably a million different games all competing for the spotlight but here in norway, chess seems
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to be in the front lines. do you think that your influence on the game has had a long—term impact on the culture of this country? well, i would like to say that it's mostly about the game, that is great and if i played a role in sort of leading people towards realising that, then i'm very happy about it. it is a part of the culture in so many countries, it's truly a global game so i don't think it's going to go away. we've got a timer here and i played my first game of timed chess just last night, but what are we playing today? i will have 30 seconds and you will have 3 minutes. i don't know about your level but i'm guessing the main challenge here is going to be the time. i think so. and so you go first? yeah. game on.
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my heart is beating so fast. is that it? yeah. how many seconds was that? well, it was about 20. you only used about 15 seconds of your time? well, a little bit less because the clock ran a bit before i stopped it. well, maybe chess isn't your game and that's totally fine, there's lots of ways you can travel
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the world and have fun and here is our travel show list of tips for you. why don't you try your hand at kick sepak takraw, or kick volleyball? dating back to the 15th century, you can find locals playing this popular southeast asian sport in bangkok's public parks, city streets and even in temple courtyards. this game is fast—paced and wildly entertaining with the players displaying an impressive level of speed, agility and even acrobatic skill. if you're travelling alone or have never been one for team sports, and you're injapan, then give pachinko a go. you'll need plenty of skill to play this old—school mechanical arcade game and it's something of a national obsession. though gambling is prohibited injapan, you can bypass these laws by swapping your winnings for tokens which can then in turn be exchanged for cash. although it's not likely to be
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declared an olympic sport anytime soon, this annual bog snorkelling event takes place in wales and involves competitors from all around the world donning their most imaginative outfits and snorkelling 60 metres through a peaty and murky bog. warmer and drier spectators can watch from the banks of the trench accompanied by live music and local ale. and petanque, or boules as it's often known, is a game steeped in french culture that seemingly every town has a sandy bouledrome at its centre. a social focal point for locals, the game involves throwing a large metal ball at a smaller metal ball while trying to fend off your opponent, and travellers who like a contest are usually welcome to join in the fun. still to come on the travel show. we find out how medieval map—makers in europe saw the rest of the world.
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it's a kind of visual encyclopaedia but at the same time, it's really beautiful. so don't go away. 0slo is a beautiful city but there can be problems if you're travelling on a budget. there is a hidden gem right around this corner and if you look at the graffiti, you can probably figure out exactly what it is. norway's take on the humble hotdog is known locally as polse. for the equivalent ofjust a few pounds, you get high—quality hotdogs marinated in a unique broth covered in things like mashed potato, all in a thin tortilla calle a lompe. i heard the hotdogs are a big deal in norway. we love hotdogs. we are eating 450 million hot dogs and we are just 5 million people.
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we are eating almost 100 hot dogs each every year, per person. per person? that is a lot of hot dogs. once there were well over 100 of these hot dog stands in oslo, but since the ubiquitous convenience stores started selling them, now there's less than five left in the capital. like this. look at that masterpiece. yeah, thank you. home—made mashed potatoes, hand—picked mushrooms, we have home—made mustard, and also home—made ketchup and our main event. it is a hit. mm, so good. the important parts of a high—quality hot dog, there's a click — they have a word for it — the click it makes when you bite it, as well as the temperature. i am doing a lot of talking and not a lot of eating so i'm going to have another bite. and if you are in oslo, come try one of these.
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since the first cam recorder was released in 1983, holiday videos have gone from a blurry betamax grey thing you'd only show to family members, to an incredible hdr 4k spectacle filmed on your smartphone and viewed by millions. this month, it is a head—to—head between two new cameras that could take your travel movies to the next level. the dji 0smo pocket and the humaneyes vuze xr. and to help me test them out, i'm bringing along my mate, tommy, aka youtube's gadgets boy. so everyone's got a smartphone, right, which means we've essentially all got a camera in our pocket. so what would you say some of the benefits of using something like the 0smo pocket over your smartphone? i think for me, i do not
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want to carry my phone out and about with me all the time because it is just in your face, everyone can see it. but this is nice and compact and discreet so i canjust — i can even pop this in my pocket and let it do its thing while i walk around and enjoy the scenery. so i am not always looking at my phone, when i'm recording things. i can actually be in the moment as well. so perfect for travelling. we are putting these cameras through their paces on a speedboat ride down the thames. so tommy, you're armed with the oslo pocket. with the 0smo pocket. so my camera is a little bit bulkier than yours but what's interesting about it is it's far from your average camera. i am looking forward to see what this thing can do. should we cast off? yes, please. the chief selling point of the 0smo pocket is its 3—axis gimbal stabilisation, that means video that is smoother and steadier than your average camera. wow, this is amazing. i can actually see what i am recording on there. it looks really stable.
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my arms aren't aching because it is nice and light. i think there's nothing more i can ask from a pocket camera. the vuze xr also offers some stabilisation, but it's big feature stabilisation, but its big feature is 5.7k resolution and the 360 degree video, or, when the lenses are flicked out, a virtual reality 180 degree angle. formats which give it your footage that extra bit of immersion. i know this is a quality kit but, unlike the 0smo pocket, there's no screen, which i think puts me at quite a disadvantage. i can pair it up to my app review finder but i don't necessarily want two devices in my hands so i feel like i'm losing out a little bit. it is one thing filming at a gentle speed but how does the footage compare when the boat throttles up?
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ok, so i've got a question for you, would you use your 0smo pocket for your youtube videos? i really would, i definitely would for this, like, when we were on the boat, here, it was very stable — so stabilization on this is amazing. there's a modem there that follows — it can follow me so it can track my face. so it is almost like carrying a bunch of cameramen around with me. so that's a big thumbs up from tommy for the 0smo pocket. but what about the vuze xr? it's stabilization might be more limited but its 360 degrees capture offers the chance for a more engaging experience. so viewing your video on a vr set like this is pretty impressive, the high—quality visuals only serve to make the footage feel more immersive by giving you an alternative and awesome option to enjoy your handy camera work.
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finally this week, we head to cathedral city of hereford, in the south—west of england, a place that has attracted worshippers of the centuries but many have also been drawn to one of its more unique treasures — the mappa mundi, the largest european medieval map of the world to survive to the present day. we went to take a look. hereford cathedral is wonderful because it's got so many ancient treasures that were not swept away at the reformation or lost during the civil war, such as the mappa mundi, the chained library and we have one of the first 17 magna cartas here. it is a great mystery how we have the mappa mundi. it has the equivalent status of a world heritage site in a single object. mappa mundi is usually translated as "cloth of the world".
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it is by far the largest medieval world map to survive. the map has pilgrim routes and trade routes that you can trace on it, but it is not primarily intended as a navigational map. hereford it is depicted on the map and it is shown more in wales than england. it has almost been rubbed out because, overthe centuries, people have put their fingers on hereford. "this is where we are". it shows lots of strange peoples and beasts on it. some of them are very odd to us today. all sorts of people of different races, some of them depicted with dogs heads or faces on their chest.
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the map has one or two discriminatory images. there's a not very complimentary image ofjews. there are lots of other images around the outside of the map which reflect races that people were perhaps suspicious about or did not know anything about. but these also appear in pliny‘s natural history. in a sense, you could say that it is presenting what was convention of the time. the hereford map is most definitely a work of art. i would not call them races — that is a modern term. they were a marvellous peoples and they demonstrated the wondrousness of god's creation.
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in a way, perhaps, it is a little bit like, in today's world, people saying, do little green men exist? some will say, "yes, there are people in outer space, "yes, there are other races on other planets" and others will say, "no, there can't be". mappa mundi it'sjust a wonderful creation in terms of its size, skills that were used to create it, and i think it has an incredible impact when you see it for the first time. it gives you some idea of how a medieval person might have been kind of overwhelmed when he saw it. it had a huge wow factor. it is a kind of visual encyclopedia but, at the same time, it's really beautiful.
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the map is obviously based on christian and a western perspective. jerusalem is the centre of the world. in the middle ages, everything was symbolism. the christian year and the way it unfolded it was all a vast symbol system within which people lived and found meaning and direction and hope. well, that's all for this week but coming up next week... ade is in dubai to get a high—octane supercar ride out into the desert. oh, yes! screams.
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so make sure not to miss it. remember, you canjoin our adventures by following us on social media but for now, from me, mike corey, and the rest of the travel show team here, by a chilly shore in norway, it's goodbye. good evening. for almost all of us, today was the more clement day of the weekend. we said farewell to storm hannah. some of us even got to see some sunshine. that was how it looked for a weather watcher in east sussex. there were some showers around and more generally cloudy conditions across western parts of the uk, with some splashes of rain. you can see that cloud
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on the satellite picture. we have a slow—moving weather front draped across western parts of the country. it's not going to make much progress eastwards over the next couple of days. through tonight, it will bring cloud and some patchy rain into south—west england, west wales, northern ireland, the isle of man and the far south—west of scotland. elsewhere, some mist and fog patches starting to form and in eastern areas, quite a chilly night. the north—east and scotland, there could be a localised frost. but tomorrow, for most of us it is looking dry, with spells of sunshine, but our pesky weather front will still bring cloud and patchy rain for northern ireland, west wales and the far south—west of england. early mist and fog clearing, but there will be patchy cloud around in the afternoon. the best of the sunshine is across scotland, and that is where we'll have the highest temperatures. as we go into tuesday, a similar day of weather. frontal system still only scraping into western parts. some rain, which could be heavy across northern ireland. elsewhere, largely dry with spells of sunshine once any
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early fog has cleared. tuesday will be the warmest day of the week for most of us. it could get to 19 or 20 across parts of scotland. as we move into wednesday, that front which has been lingering out west makes some progress eastwards. not much wind to push it along, so it's in no mood to move quickly. it becomes marooned on top of the british isles on wednesday. a band of cloud initially, but it may reinvigorate to give showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. ahead of that front, still some warmth, but behind it, the temperatures start to drop away. that is the theme as we head towards the end of the week. it does look like turning a little cooler and fresher. some showers drifting eastwards during their stay. by friday, most of us will be dry, but temperatures are significantly lower than they have been. to sum things up for the week ahead, largely dry for most of us at first, rain spreading slowly eastwards. there could be patchy and dense fog and it does turn warmer for a time.
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this is bbc world news today. our top stories... the socialist party of spanish prime minister pedro sanchez has won the country's third general election in four years, a survey suggests, but may struggle to form a government. i'm tim wilcox live in madrid, where about 50% of the vote has now been counted. a good night for the left, but also for the hard right vox group, which will have political representation for the first time. prayers in the street in sri lanka as church services are cancelled — a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings. and kenya's eliud kipchoge runs the second fastest marathon in history as he wins the london marathon


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