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smaller nations have voiced their fears at the madrid meeting on climate change. micronesia's president told the bbc time is running out for his country. around 50 presidents and prime ministers are taking part. with some of the countries worst—affected appealing to other nations to do more to combat global warming. a powerful typhoon has hit the largest island in the philippines, with gusts of up to 240km/h. government meteorologists said typhoon kammuri made landfall in the southernmost part of luzon. some residents described howling winds and roofs torn off. five women have said in legal proceedings that prince andrew was present during massages they gave to the convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein and his guests. the sworn statements to a us court were revealed in a bbc panorama programme containing an interview with virginia giuffre. the prince has categorically
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denied any wrongdoing. thanks to a major gas network failure, heaters and portable cookers have events distributed to vulnerable people in scotland and schools in the area have been closed. we've been talking to some of those affected. at the start of winter, thousands with no gas, no heating, no hot water. have you got anything to cook on? the temperature has risen slightly here, but it is still very cold, and all day, there has been a constant flow of people here picking up heaters for their homes. has it been a cold night? yeah, just a tad. we've all been cooped up in the one bed, trying to stay warm. we had candles lighting up the house, and trying to heat the place withjust the candle flames. there you go — yeah.
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angeline perry has four children. the youngest is nine months old. their gas supply was turned off yesterday, and they are using portable heaters to warm one room. so we're just using the kettle just now, to boil all our water, and we don't have any gas on the hob either. how are you coping? i'm just trying to think how i'm going to go through the week, and just thinking about night—time. during the day, we're 0k. we can huddle into one room. butjust trying to plan ahead for the week. but tonight, the good news — with the original fault fixed, engineers are now going door—to—door, starting with the most vulnerable— they‘ re beginning to reconnect customers. we're really sorry this has happened. it's our equipment that has failed. but we are getting people back on. we're restoring now, and in the next couple of days, we should have the majority back on. and that is our objective — get the supplies restored.
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so warmth is on the way, though it could be a couple of days before everyone‘s gas central heating here comes back on. lorna gordon, bbc news, falkirk. now on bbc news, the travel show. this week on the travel show... hello. we are face—to—face with beluga whales and their table manners in iceland. the whale burps. listen to that little burp.
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we are starting off in iceland this week. it is one of the best places in the world to see whales in their natural habitat. but it's also now providing a home for a pair of these amazing mammals who spent their lives in captivity. they are now looking forward to their retirement in an environment that is closer to their natural home. and cat has been to meet them. here, just off the coast of iceland, we are searching. because, apparently, there is something in the water. here, just off the coast of iceland, we are searching. notjust one of them, either. there are 23 species of them. every now and then, someone points in a direction and the whole boat rushes over, trying to see what is happening. and then someone points in another direction so we rushed that way. it is like whack—a—mole, you never know when they will pop up. we are watching boats cast off to sea each day in iceland
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in the hope of catching a glimpse of these mammals. you have a great spot up here. the best one on the boat. minke whales, two o'clock. minke whales at two o'clock. how do you even try to find a whale in such a vast area? what are the tell—tale signs? the easiest one is the body. when their black body comes up and you see the triangle—shape dorsal fin. but also the blows. when you see their breath, you know what species you have. really? you can tell the species from the breath?
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yes. it is incredible. how often do you see whales on these tours? we basically see them almost every trip that we go out. in the end it is the food. we have nutrient—rich waters because it is cold. the colder the water, the more oxygen and with that the more life that you have. elsewhere in the world, travellers‘ contact with whales is often in captivity where they are kept for public entertainment. globally, hundreds of whales are thought to live this way. but public appetite for holding these intelligent and social animals jen is present jen is appears to be shifting. just last year, greenpeace drew attention to dozens of beluga whales and orcas that had been caught and kept in poor conditions in russia, destined for entertainment parks in china. in recent weeks they were released after a public outcry. fortunately, these whales had only
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been captive for a short time so they could cope with life back out at sea. but what happens when themepark owners agree to release their whales that are unable to defend for themselves in the ocean? so the next morning i travel to the south of the island and to the westman island, a short ferry ride from the mainland. i had heard that here in iceland a new kind of sanctuary was being created. there are so many beautiful coves around iceland. why this particular place? it is a beautiful surrounding for them.
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the cliffs protect them from the wind and the icelandic weather and then also having the water temperature more like the arctic and subarctic where they would be found in the wild. two beluga whales called little white and little grey will soon be the first released into the bay. they had until recently been performing at an entertainment park in china but after the operators decided to end the practice they tried to find new homes for the animals where they could live out their lives. what is the plan for tourists, so they are not too overwhelmed? the plan with tourists is to manage boat trips. we have a partner who will be bringing visitors out. they will not get out on these pontoons but they will be able to see them from a distance, like a whale watching trip, and hear about the project and learn why little white and little grey are here. little white and little grey were carefully flown on the long journey from china to iceland but they could not be released straight into the bay.
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they have, for the last few months, been acclimatising in the nearby centre and working with handlers to learn how to take the final journey into the bay. oh, my goodness. wow. these are incredible. can i come down? hello. they are so graceful in the water, aren't they? what do you love about them? beluga whales are a friendly animal. they will not hurt you and you can work with them peacefully and so it is great fun to work with them. beautiful gentle giants. yes. so which is the naughty one?
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this one? go. you are so soft. i like you. 0h. come for a little exfoliation? i am open all day. do they like this? this country's relationship with whales is complex, being one ofjust a few places in the world that still legally allows some hunting of the animals. but projects like this and the various whale watching experiences on offer are to encourage understanding and protection.
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for little white and little grey, a new life awaits in the bay next year, but it cannot yet be total freedom. some critics say that the whales are just going from one sort of captivity to another form of captivity. what do you say to that? i would say that this is an opportunity for them to have a more natural environment. they are not being asked to perform nor asked to do shows. it is effectively retirement for them, and opportunity for them to still be fed and cared for because they've never had to do that for themselves, but they can have a more natural lifestyle. we feel that is a good first step for animals like little white and little grey. would you like some more fish? yum!! iwillgive you... the whale burps. 0h, was that a burp? she keeps wanting more. oh, if you insist. if you insist. there we go.
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the whale burps. oh, there is another little burp. still to come on the travel show, why i am in an abandoned themepark. plus we get creative with frankfurters in berlin and meet the women whose incredible journey took them on a gruelling bike race across america. so don't go away. i am in friedrichshain in east berlin. for decades, this city has been a hub for artists and creatives and i am on my way to meet one who has an unusual taste for interior design. wow. look at this place. what is this all about?
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cushions shaped like groceries. why?! i don't know. meat is such a strong thing and this is something i cannot understand, because i do not like it. i am observing it and it is kind of my question, what is it about meat? silvia has been selling her textile meat for ten years. have you ever had anybody come in here mistaking this for a real butcher? of course! and i think this is hilarious. so this is the sausage meat? yes. so i need to stuff all that in this little thing? you will be impressed
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by how much fibre. do it first. let me see. my fingers just won't do what i am telling them to do. why are you laughing? it is... lumpy? look at this. tie it up. ladies and gentlemen, you have the travel show sausages. my one looks rather inadequate compared to your sausage. up next, we meet two women who are part of the unique team that took on an incredible journey across america. so, race across america is 3,070 miles from the west coast of america to the east coast of america. it was different kind of cycling to anything i'd ever done before.
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so, from california to maryland, and had to be completed in nine days. it was an idea that i'd had in the back of my mind, that i wanted to put a team together. i'd seen two teams of wounded, injured and sick guys do it, and seeing that there had been no females in that team, i wondered why not? there was eight riders, all who had different health challenges, be that physical or psychological or both. half the team were civilian and half them were military. i met sally through some invictus training camps. the one main concern i had was the fact that i'm visually impaired. i had a brain injury when i was injured in the army, quite some time ago now, 1996. so, for me to be cycling on the other side of the road,
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when i'm completely blind to the left, was always going to be something i'd never done, and quite frankly didn't really know how that was going to go. we all went over the start line together. what then had to happen was, as a non—stop race, we — the team of eight riders broke down into two parts, so there were four people in each pod and the support crew. the first team carried on cycling for a nine—hour period, so, within that nine hours, every 20 minutes we would change riders. the other pod in that time had moved forward and they were having to get their rest in, which is quite difficult when you have just had the adrenaline at the start and then suddenly go, right, you need to go to sleep. i can remember seeing a lot of road, to be honest. when you're cycling you're concentrating on cycling as much as you can. looking up is not something
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you necessarily do. i looked up, and i'm so glad i did. we were the pod that was very, very fortunate to cycle through monument valley. a lot of colour, a lot of red rock formations thatjust stand in this vast array of countryside. it's almost indescribable. i had never done any proper actual cycling at night, so i was very apprehensive, given that i couldn't see to the left. and it was something i had always avoided doing, because i didn't think i could do it, and probably because i was quite frightened, actually. well done, mate! given that you couldn't see anything else, you could see if there was a hazard coming towards you, because you would see lights.
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so it was really peaceful, because there weren't many people around, and actually quite easy. yeah, it was good. didn't realise you had a camera in my face. well done, good stuff. there'd been a lot of doubt in everybody‘s minds. there is often times when you wonder if you can carry on because things are hurting, and for me, i can look back and reflect on the time when my depression was at its worst, when i didn't think there was any reason to live. and, yeah, i look back on that time and think, this isn't as difficult as that to try and overcome. the race finished in annapolis, maryland. eight of us cycled down the road. and everybody's cheering as we went past. i'm incredibly proud to have been able to have had an opportunity to take part in such
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an extreme event. it has forced me to sort of go out of my comfort zone, i suppose. we were able to achieve something quite incredible, and hopefully others will be able to look back on what we have achieved and inspired them to go and take on their own race across america. this past month has marked 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall, an event which brought down a government, reunited families, and marked a change in fortunes for one very strange amusement park. so, i have come over to spreepark, in the south—east of berlin. it's about 30 minutes' drive from the city centre and my first
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impression is they absolutely don't want you to get in. it's totally fenced off. the park shut its gates to the public in 2001. yep, 0k. and since then, nature has slowly reclaimed the rides and attractions. it's just feels like something horrible has happened. i feel like i'm the last person left in a nuclear wasteland. everything is falling apart in this place. and every now and again, you just get these mad sounds in the distance. so spooky. the rides haven't run for almost 20 years. but people continue
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to be drawn here. 0n windy days, you have the ferris wheel behind us there, the wind actually turns the ferris wheel and makes this kind of whistling noise. it's like something from a david lynch film. man, look at this! yes, that is another kind of bizarre attraction here. i can see your eyes lighting up looking at it. does it remind you of the first time when you came here? yeah, i mean, the first time was 2009, and it was just like a wonderland, really. when something is abandoned, something didn't work out. something happened. and i guess for me, i'm very interested in knowing what happened, exactly what went wrong. the park opened 50 years ago in 1969
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in the communist part of berlin. back then it was the veb kulturpark planterwald, and up to 1.5 million east germans came here each year. but then the wall fell and travel restrictions were lifted. the park was bought, renamed, and had some new rides installed. but it struggled to keep up with its bigger, flashier competitors in west. with spreepark there is this crazy story with the family involved, the witte family, they had to close it down. the family, the man, norbert witte, took some attractions and moved to peru and tried to open a theme park there. the story takes a turn when he tried to smuggle cocaine back in one of the rides. wow! the flying carpet was the name of this ride. from the moment i came in here first, to everything that happened after that,
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everything became more and more bizarre, the more you look into it. and this story isn't over. what we have got here? one of the rides was called the monte carlo drive, where people could sit inside and were pulled on string over tracks. mm—hm. we have many of these ones. there was a swan ride. this warehouse holds some of the surviving rides. it's unusual, when you see it in this context, it actually feels quite creepy. the city bought back the site in 2014 and has asked tim's company to restore it. we want to keep the park as it is, to a certain extent, and we want to put a new layer on top of it, something that involves arts and culture
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and the natural habitat that has developed the essence of the place was abandoned. a modern take on what the spreepark used to be? yeah, kinda. so it's not going to be an amusement park anymore, you cannot go on all the rides anymore, but we will find new uses for the rides. for example, a rollercoaster could be something like a treetop walk. the spreepark is very dear to people here in berlin and in germany, and it holds a lot of memories. so you've got a big responsibility. it feels kind of heavy, to be honest! as you say, it is really in the mindset, especially of people from the gdr, this is a very, very important place. that is why we want to keep the cultural and social heritage that we have found. and if you want a last look at the spreepark before its bigger restoration, guided tours and open days are listed on the grun berlin website.
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well, sadly, that's it from us this week. join us next week, when: carmen is in the world's capital of plastic surgery, seoul, to explore the booming south korean beauty market, where she goes for a no—holds—barred consultation. the cheeks can be lifted, it is facelift. my gosh, i need a facelift? a little lift. for now, from me, ade adepitan, and all the travel show team here in spreepark, it's goodbye. hello. monday's mildest weather was found across the far north of the uk.
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and it's not that often we get to say that! whereas many areas stayed chilly, just one degree in parts of mid wales, highland scotland saw temperatures climbing all the way to ten degrees because of a feed of south—westerly winds from the atlantic, bringing a lot of cloud, bringing some outbreaks of rain, but also bringing some milder air, which stays in place across northern areas to start tuesday, while southern areas have something much colder. so nine degrees there in stornoway, compare that with freezing in london. some spots a few degrees below freezing, and with the potential for some fog. a met office yellow warning was issued for the risk of some dense fog patches in an area that includes some key motorways and some major airports as well. and even if it isn't foggy, it's likely to be quite grey and murky, with some low cloud in places. so, poor visibility could cause some disruption and some of that fog could be quite slow to clear. but generally speaking
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across england and wales we should see some sunny spells developing. whereas for northern ireland and scotland, there will be a lot of cloud, best of the brightness, i tihnk, across north—eastern scotland, eastern counties in northern ireland. still a south—westerly wind here, so ten degrees in stornoway, also 11 down in plymouth, but for many spots, we will have single digit temperatures once again. now, as we move through tuesday night into the early hours of wednesday, again there's the potential for fog across central and eastern and southern parts of england, another chilly night and chilly start to the day here. further north and west, something milder, but with some extra cloud, more of a breeze and some outbreaks of rain thanks to this frontal system here. this will be working its way in from the west as we go through on wednesday and you can see quite a few light lines, quite a few isobars on the chart, there will be strong winds across north—western parts as well. that rain getting to scotland and northern ireland, eventually into the far north of england, further south and east some of that fog to start off, which could be slow to clear. then we see some sunny spells.
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again, single digits for most but in the far south—west, the far north—west, we'll be up at 10—11 degrees. now, as we head into thursday, we're going to see persistent rain piling on in western scotland, perhaps enough to cause some problems, maybe some localised flooding. it's going to be a windy day for many, particularly in the north—west. steady wind speeds you can see there in the arrows, gusts of 50—60 miles an hour. further south and east, not as windy, and again we'll see some spells of sunshine. nine degrees there in london, but many more spots in double digits by this stage. and it will be milder for all of us by friday, but still quite windy with some rain at times.
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this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm mike embley. ‘a fight to the death‘ — smaller nations voice their fears at the madrid meeting on climate change . micronesia's president tells us time is running out for his country: not taking action would be a calamity, as far as we are concerned. so there's no time. the clock is ticking. and right now in the philippines, mass evacuations as yet another typhoon makes landfall. we're live there with the latest. five women make sworn statements in the united states — alleging prince andrew was present when they gave massages to the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein.


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