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we have worked hard to get up here today because it has been veto for the first time, just windy, cold and wet and it's not been an easy climb for him weeks before he leaves office. the republican—controlled and the fact that he is 84 senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a defence bill mr trump had blocked. the legislation restricts his powers as commander in chief and is seen as a rebuke is pretty incredible. to the president. the united states has now recorded more than 20 million cases of covid—19, as robin nears the final push, doubling the number in less he starts to feel the effects than two months. of the climb. johns hopkins university says nearly 350,000 americans have died with the virus. vaccination is continuing, with more than three million one of the ironies of having my people said to have life saved by waking up in the healing garden in derriford hospital, received jabs is that i have spent most of my life campaigning, research confirms the new fighting for rainforests and other wilderness areas coronavirus variant discovered in the world, because i believe in the uk has a much quicker they were important rate of transmission. in their own right. scientists say the variant, but in the end it was now identified in 18 countries the healing garden that around the world is the "most serious change in the virus saved my life. since the epidemic began" and affects more of the under 20s. exactly five months after robin was released from hospital with coronavirus, he completed his challenge of climbing brown willy in aid of
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nhs healing gardens. the once popular computer software, adobe flash player, that was used to stream videos and play games online, has officially been it is a very, very important discontinued by its maker achievement for him. after 2a years of service. at its height, the technology it is a challenge, was installed on almost but well worth giving him all computers. but it failed to transition and he has done it. to the smartphone era. i am so pleased, our technology reporter i am so proud of him. chris fox says flash was very popular during the early i am feeling fantastic because we've made it. thanks to louella dragging me days of the internet. up and the weather pushing me, it was certainly something i've done it. couldn't have done it without everyone. i used to look at when i it is all in a wonderful cause was at school. there were these... for the healing garden, a website called new grounds, which is actually still going. which saved my life. but it was like the youtube of flash, and there were all it is massive for robin completing this and here these surreal strange cartoons. there was one called at the hospital. saladfingers, which was we'll raise money for healing a gangly green man with gardens across the south—west. these gardens make a massive long creaking fingers. difference to patients kind of the weird kind in intensive care in every hospital every day. of comedy that was all around it is just phenomenal. at the beginning of the internet. but the transition to mobile was something it really struggled with. at the time, they were focusing when you take people outside on something called flashlight, after they have been which was a lighter version in intensive care for a long of it that could be used time, even for a short length on feature phones back of time, you show them a blue when we were all using things like nokias. sky or a grey sky or even let but it was very intensive them feel drizzle
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on the battery, and obviously on their hands, it often is incredibly moving. it is moving because it shows when you are using a mobile device, battery life people that life is going to go is important. on and there is life waiting the full version of for them outside intensive care flash wasn't very good and outside the hospital bed. for the battery. and stevejobs in 2010 wrote an open letter called thoughts on flash, which was absolutely it is anything you want it blistering on flash. to be from a gym to where somebody spends their last he said he didn't want it hours of life, to a place on the iphone or the ipad where a married couple of a0 because it was too intensive on the battery, it was a security risk years can hold hands and he also accused adobe of trying to make it for the last time, to a place a closed internet. somebody can bring their dog in, where somebody can play basketball, staff can relax a lot of people would say how and talk about everything it's turned out is that apple has done that, it's got its own closed ecosystem. but that letter was scathing on adobe flash, and it never made it onto the iphone. there's work to make an open source flash player called ruffle, which can do most that is going on. of the things that flash used to do for animations. it can play the sounds and the cartoons and things like that. and the internet archive, which is known for that wayback machine, if you look up an old website and you want to find what it used to look it really is just a space like, they're trying to preserve some flash animation. so they've got a collection of about 2000 flash animations, famous ones that went viral back in the early days
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of the internet. so there is a project to kind for people to be themselves. of still be able to play these animations, but a lot of things will be lost in this, which a lot of people think is a shame. since the climb, robin has turned his attention towards helping his son in now on bbc news, rewilding theirfarm in bodmin. survival: to the brink kate was awarded a queen's and back explores how nature birthday honour for her helped the veteran explorer contributions and robin hanbury—tenison dedication to the nhs. completely overwhelmed. recover from covid—19. robin was one of the first covid—19 patients into derriford hospital. he may be a veteran of 30 expeditions, but surviving coronavirus would prove to be one of robin hanbury—tenison‘s toughest experiences yet. you know, every day was pretty brutal and we were pretty broken. the doctors called us to say that actually, hello there. he is deteriorating further. this cold weather isn't giving up anytime soon. his chances of ever recovering it will stay for the weekend have now gone down to about 5%. and most of next week. at least for the weekend there'll be quite a lot i opened my eyes, saw of sunshine around. the sunshine, saw the flowers mainly across western areas. and that was the moment it'll be cold and some when my life was saved further wintry showers, most of them across the eastern by the healing power of nature.
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it's a long road back side of the country. from something like that. essentially, his body was failing and i think having a goal, something to work towards, is vitally important because it gives you the blue air mass indicates that cold air very much with us a target to aim for. saturday. northerly winds pushing these showers into scotland, northern ireland and wales. plenty of them starting to go and that goal can be as trivial to the east coast of england. a few of them also pushing or as ambitious as you want into the midlands. it to be. and there will be a covering of snow in places. but many places staying dry with the sunshine, though it will be cold. so this has been as big those showers start to spread a challenge as any that i've a little bit further inland done in my life, to get as we move through saturday night. to the point where i could further sleet and snow in places. climb this mountain. probably the clearest of the skies in western scotland and northern ireland, so here the coldest to start i will make it to the top because i believe everyone sunday. should have access to the same thing that saved my life. elsewhere, cold again but with a risk of ice from all the showers. as we head on into sunday, we see high—pressure in the north of the uk, lower pressure to the south and that'll start to drive in eastern and north easterly winds. some subtle changes for part two of the weekend. that will push most of the showers into eastern scotland and in eastern england
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and they will drive their way a little bit further west through the day and there will be some sleet and snow there, not just at higher ground. probably the best of the sun will be across sheltered western areas and it will be a cold day when you factor in the breeze. head on into monday, a similar set up, the breeze feeding in more clouds it must be lovely to have and showers to much of england all this old footage and wales and could see rain of your dad sort ofjust and sleet across the lying around the house. south—east. it's incredible. we've got reels from pretty much every expedition he's been further north, lighter winds on from the late ‘50s for scotland and ireland, through to just a couple and quite a bit of years ago. of sunshine around. we have the stronger winds for england and wales particularly along the sea coast and it will feel pretty everything from the orinoco, raw as these temperatures the sahara, the siberian steps will struggle to get much and everything in between above three to six degrees. and i'm so lucky to have been it will feel colder than it suggests. travelling with him on a number and the blue colours of those expeditions. are still with us as we head it is an amazing bit of video. into next week and you guessed so i've been coming down it, yes it is going to stay here a lot recently to look cold. through the old footage and it's really helped to feel it will be rather cloudy in places too. quite windy for a time like he's not in hospital and i think the winds at the moment, that he is still could ease towards the end on the farm with us. of the week, but by the end it's incredible to see how of the week, we could see rain, much he has achieved throughout his life. 84—year—old robin hanbury—tenison is widely sleet and snow for some of us. recognised as one of
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the world's greatest living explorers. he's crossed continents by foot, boat and jeep, leading expeditions of more than 120 scientists into the heart of remotejungles. i've been here for nearly 12 months now and the expedition has grown enormously since its original conception. what we are doing is to examine the rainforest, which is a vital and very little understood environment. probably the richest environment in the world and one which is disappearing with terrifying speed. robin has chronicled his life of adventure through a series of more than 20 books. his most recent book explores the major threats facing the world today, including pandemics. robin was one of the first covid—i9 patients into derriford hospital, having caught the virus whilst skiing
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prior to the lockdown. 36 hours after he was in hospital, he was heavily sedated and put on a ventilator. so one of the ways that i've been keeping in touch with the family is with a family group chat. my son says he is "praying and thinking of him". i can't really read them. "sounds like he's getting the best possible care and lots of attention." "you are so brave as well, louella." this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones, "robin is a tough old nut." with the latest headlines i can't really read... for viewers in the uk and around the world. "we know he'll pull through." the us senate over—rides "being in first means donald trump's presidential he has their full attention. he is in the right place. stay strong. " veto for the first time — "sending huge love, he'll pull through." just weeks before he leaves "we love him", etc. office. more than 20 million coronavirus cases now recorded in the us. with over 350,000 deaths,
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the country has the highest numbers in the world. yeah, "there's lots of wonderful messages from people scientists confirm the new and he's still deep variant of the coronavirus in the woods, but at least first identified in the uk it's not worsening. is the "most serious change that's so encouraging. sleep well. " in the virus since the epidemic began". rescue teams in norway recover a body after wednesday's landslide. nine other people are missing. yeah, just lots of similar sorts of messages. yeah, he'll get there. the rush to buy goods in cuba. price hikes are possible as the country abolishes one of its currencies. # last christmas i gave you my heart. robin and louella's farm on bodmin moor, one of cornwall‘s designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, is overlooked by cornwall‘s highest peak, brown willy. their shared love of nature drew the couple to the moor over 30 years ago. this is such a special place because we come here often together.
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robin's travelled all his life to the most wonderful places and, of course, yourfavourite place has got to be home, in the woods here on our farm. and it's very comforting and reassuring to visit it and think about being here with him. after two weeks in hospital, robin's kidneys fail. he is unconscious. the family can do nothing but wait as robin clings to life. the doctors tell them to begin to come to terms with a life without him. you never know how you are going to react when somebody that you care about is so unbelievably ill and on death's door. and, you know, every day was pretty brutal and we were pretty broken. the doctor says to him "your lungs are filling up with fluid. we have two options. 0ption one is we leave you and hope that you get better naturally — but the chances are at your age, you're almost certainly
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are going to die if we do that. 0ption two is, we sedate you, probably for ten days, try and drain your lungs but at your age you have about a 20% chance of survival. " at this point, the doctors call us and say that actually, he's deteriorating further. his lungs are still filling with fluid and they want to put a tracheotomy in. normally, this is a relatively simple procedure but because of his age, there is a strong chance he'll die in surgery. and the doctors want to make it really clear to us that even if he does survive that, his chances of ever recovering have now gone down to about 5%. and even if he does recover, he may well be bedbound, have severe cognitive impairment, and never be the man that we knew who went into hospital about a month before. and they say that we have some difficult conversations ahead of us when we may have to decide whether it's even worth continuing with treatment.
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i believe i'm alive. you are alive. you are definitely alive. after five weeks in intensive care, robin was wheeled into derriford hospital's healing garden with icu nurse kate tantam by his side. i remember the first times he went outside and you feel fresh air and they see sun and they see flowers and it's like they kind of start to emerge out of — out of this dream. you could see he was looking at things and thinking, "this is real. this is tangible. i feel safe." and that was a real breakthrough for him in his recovery. my name is robin hanbury—tenison. i'm an 84—year—old explorer and i survived five weeks in intensive care with coronavirus. the moment when i actually woke
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up and i knew i was going to live was the moment when i was wheeled out by four nurses in a big bed with tubes coming out of everywhere and i arrived in the healing garden they've got at derriford. i opened my eyes, saw the sunshine, saw the flowers and that was the moment when my life was saved by the healing power of nature. he may be a veteran of 30 expeditions, but surviving coronavirus would prove to be one of robin hanbury—tenison's toughest experiences yet. but here he is leaving hospital to the cheers of the nhs staff who cared for him. during the darkest days of his illness, robin's family had been told if he did survive, the impact of the virus would very likely be severe and long—lasting. it was quite a shock to be told that i might never walk properly again. recovery after intensive care is like a marathon and every
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step feels hard and feels challenging and it's made up of a million different components. so even learning how to swallow again is a big journey. sitting independently is a big journey. but robin had a goal — unthinkable, perhaps, to those around him — but a goal that drove him through his recovery. exactly five months from may the 3rd is october the 3rd, so i decided that on that day i would climb cornwall‘s highest mountain, brown willy, and try and raise £100,000 towards a garden at cornwall‘s hospital, treliske, because i think every hospital in the country should have a healing garden in it, and let's start with cornwall. it was exciting to have him home but it was also quite nerve—racking as well. we were in lockdown for two weeks once he got home, so [10 one came near us. and that's quite scary.
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i'm not a nurse and i didn't know whether i was going to have to do major nursing or not. he was very thin and had lost about 1.5 stones. so we had a lot of work to get him back on his feet again. he could hardly walk a few yards when he got home ona zimmerframe. it just takes a bossy woman and a certain amount of threats and he would do what i had told him. so we borrowed a mobility scooter, we borrowed an exercise bike and we have done a lot of exercises and short walks. it hasjust been really amazing watching his strength come back, his muscle come back. he was very thin and a bag of bones when he got home. he gets very breathless still and even though his lungs are clear, i am not sure everyone quite gets back to where they were after this, but he is fantastic and he is strong and determined
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man and he has worked hard. what would you say to any other patient who is having to fight off this infection from the outset because they are quite literally climbing a mountain when it comes to the impact this infection is having on the lungs or the oxygen content of their blood and the overall impact physically of this infection. everybody has to have a goal when they are rehabilitating and when they are recovering. the journey that robin is going through at the moment in terms of his recovery following on from an infection like this is going to be no different to the journey that many patients across the country, indeed across the world, are going to be making at the moment.
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we are ecstatic to have him home and it is great to see him getting stronger and stronger. the weather is getting worse and he is a bit weaker than he was before and we are worried he might have bitten off a bit more than he can chew. my wife louella has been marvellous at encouraging me to do my exercises. and now that i am pretty well done with physio, we are concentrating walking long distances every day. throughout his life, robin has set himself tough challenges. for his 80th birthday, he ran his first marathon. but the charity he is most proud of is international which he established 50 years ago. the organisation fights for the rights of these once voiceless people.
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anywhere in the world where a new dam, high—speed road or vast mining operation is planned and the blueprints cover land occupied for centuries by tribal people, commerce comes before conscience and the indians are swept aside in the name of progress. survival international exists to temper that race for progress with patience and understanding. his friend and contemporary, sir ranulph fiennes, is proud of what he has achieved. in my opinion, robin is one of the greatest explorers alive today and his legacy is one that does more for conservation and human rights. in addition to the sheer volume of his great adventures his far—reaching successes for various forms of conservation, includes sterling work for the preservation of threatened rainforests.
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i am truly proud to have known my friend robin down the long years, and i seize this opportunity to thank him for all his great works. it is the day of the climb. robin and the family are getting themselves ready for the journey from their home to the base of the highest point in cornwall, 1,378 feet above sea level. get these boots on. absolutely, what a weather forecast. it's going to be quite a day. the ascent to the top of brown willy is a seven—mile round trip and the terrain is difficult on the best of days. he is always pretty relaxed about this kind of thing and when the stakes are higher, he just gets more excited. so, a number of people have been phoning up saying, perhaps it shouldn't do it and he should postpone because of this storm alex
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that is coming in. the met office have issued amber weather warnings that will come into force later. the met office reminds us how wet it was on the 3rd of october, that was the wettest on record, records going back to 1891. it is making me quite nervous and i am going to make sure that we're well prepared and lizzie and i will make sure we will take survival gear we didn't consider taking before, so we will have exposure blankets, warm kit, hot drinks and snacks. so if the weather does turn on the top, then we can get him warm and dry and get him off the mountain quite quickly. over the hills we could see as much as 120 millimetres, so a very wet spell of weather. we are likely to see some flooding building in through the weekend across these areas. here we are at the base
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of brown willy, the weather is horrible. my family is with me and of course we're going to make it. well, it has been a roller—coaster ride and with covid recovery, it is a difficult thing for people to get over. they feel very tired and breathless and he does feel tired and breathless still. well, storm alex has definitely come in and look at it — the weather is blowing and the rain is heavy but it is as good as we thought it might be. he is already heading up the hill like a schoolboy. he has raced ahead of me. he is full of beans and very excited. but obviously, we are taking it sensibly, because the weather is making this even trickier.
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when i first started exploring, it was all about showing off, about going further and more bravely than other people. and a lot of explorers today still do just that. but i was lucky enough to discover causes, tribal people and rainforests. and i now realise it is much more important for adventurers, people doing exciting things, to have a purpose which helps to save the world. make it a better place, because we haven't got time to do anything else. it is quite steep, steeper than i expected, there's been quite a lot of rain and wind. we have had to shelter occasionally. we are getting near the top now and all my training is being taxed to the limit now. but i think i will make it. robin and his family have now passed the halfway point and have reached the steepest part of the climb. robin's training so far has never been further than a few miles at a time and never more than a stone's throw 00:21:57,036 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 away from home.
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