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lam ben i am ben boo lost with the headlines. donald trump's long serving finance chief, allen weisselberg, and the organisation set up in the former president's name have led not guilty to tax evasion and fraud in new york. it's the first brought forward by the district attorney. president biden visits miami. he promised federalfunding for the biden visits miami. he promised federal funding for the rescue effort would continue for a month. mr biden was speaking after meeting families of victims of the disaster. outing is under way in the yorkshire constituency of batley and spen, where voting has been taking place for a new member of parliament. results will be expected in the next few hours and will be seen as a test of keir starmer�*s leadership of
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labour. nissan has announced a major expansion of electric vehicle production at its car plant in sunderland, which will create more than 1600 newjobs don't like the japanese carmaker says it will build its new generation of electric models there with batteries on—site. these are the new engines of the world automotive economy. a new battery factory will make 100,000 of them a year, to be fitted to a brand—new model at a plant supplied by its own renewable energy grid. a £1 billion investment, creating over 6,000 jobs here and in the supply chain. today we're announcing the world's first manufacturing ecosystem, in sunderland, because of the skill and competencies of our workforce and the competitiveness of this plant. and i do believe that sunderland will become our flagship business model to apply
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in other parts of the world. the prime minister was on—site, as you might expect, after a government contribution of around £100 million to the project. money well spent, according to borisjohnson. this is something that is a massive benefit to the uk economy. nissan is going to be creating about 900 jobs alone in the battery gigafactory. a further 750, plus thousands potentially in the supply chains. but what it's also doing is helping to lengthen the lead of this country in bringing low—carbon technology. it wasn't so long ago that nissan was warning a no—deal brexit could see it leave the uk. the future now looks brighter. nissan's always had a strong presence in the north—east of england and i think what this announcement does is solidifies that for the younger generation, for the future. horn toots this is clearly great news for this industry, for this region and for the uk. in the future, with petrol and diesel bans coming down
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the tracks, if you don't have a battery industry, you won't have much of a car industry. but investments like this are being made all over the world and this will have to be the first of many if the uk is to keep pace with the electric car revolution. batteries are heavy and require careful handling, so building cars and batteries close together makes economic and operational sense. by having the gigafactories in the uk, we are actually safeguarding the future of the automotive industry and the jobs that go with that. and, yes, we are behind germany, for example, who already have production at six or seven times this level, but we can catch up and this is a very good start. it's not just nissan. vauxhall is in talks with the government about its own electric plans, with an announcement expected imminently. this is also a race against the clock.
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from 2024, the brexit deal means cars exported to the eu must have higher levels of local content to avoid tariffs. the uk government started wooing nissan 35 years ago. it's been a success story which, with government support helping oil the wheels, looks set to continue for many years to come. simon jack, bbc news, sunderland. now on bbc news: the travel show coming up on this week's show: rajan�*s washboard recital in new orleans. christa's underwater concert in denmark. that's so cool! woo—hoo! and a bit of bell—thumping in bavaria. hello, and welcome to the show.
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now, if you're still dreaming of packing a suitcase and heading off on your travels — although you probably can't do thatjust yet — stay with us for the next 30 minutes and hopefully we'll give you some inspiration as we take a look back at some of our favourite films and destinations here on the show from the past few years. and this week, our choice definitely has a musical note as the team attempts to play a tune or two. so let's kick things off with a trip rajan made to the deep south of america back in 2016. now, he was there to learn about a style of music called zydeco, but little did he know that he'd end up performing
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in front of thousands before the day was over. so let's take a look at how he got on. that is new orleans, exactly how i imagined it — a brass band going down the street and a whole crowd following them, getting into the vibe. fantastic! now, the city might be best known for jazz, but you can also find a type of music here that i've never encountered before. chubby carrier is a grammy award winner and a third generation of a legendary zydeco—playing family. the music, zydeco. tell me about it. zydeco music — a lot of people get mixed up with cajun music, but if you hear zydeco music, you hear more of blues, r&b, soul and rock �*n�* roll, mixed into one.
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this, chubby says, is the expression of louisiana's black creole community — that's a bit of african, a bit of french and some caribbean all mixed up. and apart from the accordion, chubby says the essential instrument in the zydeco sound is the one that evolved from his grandmother's washboard. this is my grandmother's washing machine! a washing machine? this was her washing machine back in the day! and you hear the rhythms? the buttons on your shirt would make a little sound, like this, and my grandmother was washing clothes at the time, and of course my daddy goes "hey! "that sounds good! it might fit with the accordion! bring it over here!" she said "you must be out of your mind — this is how i do my laundry!" you should try it, man, yeah. yes, yes, yes.
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look at that. it's our percussion in zydeco. you have the rhythm going like this. that's it! yeah? when you hit the board, you lose it. why? i don't know. laughter the streets are packed and there's a jubilant atmosphere here. # shake it, pretty lady. i feel lucky to have a ringside view. because when we point that camera to ya, i want you to shaking your booty like your mama gave it to you! cheering we're going to send this to monday and let �*em now how we do it in new orleans! yeah! and then, after my frankly disastrous ten—minute lesson, this happened. bbc travel here. london, england, y'all!
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well, i've got to say, rajan didn't do a bad job there — or perhaps the crowd werejust being kind. laughs ok, up next, we're off to denmark — a country that's famous for its annual roskilde music festival, where over 100 bands usually take to the stage every year. now, unfortunately, the festival has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. but to keep you going, why not submerge yourself in this film from denmark with christa, back in 2018? butjust a word of warning, please don't try this one
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at a home without a snorkel. ethereal singing this is the group between music. their latest show is the first in a 4—part series called aquasonic, which aims to explore who we are human beings. and it begins with our time in the womb. we are so often divided between you and me, them and us, different religions, different cultures. but here is something that i think we can all know something about. we have our first in nine months, covered by this water filter. so i think somehow, the audience — i think they are there, at least on an unconscious level. they'll have a flashback
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to hearing those sounds. so, as performers, how does it feel when you are underwater, performing to an audience? it gets really somehow — someone says a loneliness to it. that there is not only a visual loneliness to see these humans in the tanks, but also the sound has a loneliness to it. i think it is quite a nice idea. ooh! so, here goes. one deep breath and... well, actually, this is quite nice. amazing! you are doing good! it's really — it's lovely and yeah, this is great! so, if you take this microphone that's hanging and then you hit this bell plate... this one here? yeah. and then you take the microphone and put it towards it. 0h!
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can you hear that effect? amazing. then you can sort of play with it. i'm beginning to think i'm a bit of a natural! and then maybe you should just pull that in the front window. and then you can sort of — if you hit it with the hammer, and then you can, like, close the sound with your hand. another thing, if you take the — there's a small stick on the top of the... yeah, exactly. and you can use that for the ring over there, with the holes in it. 0h, 0k. banging drums that is so cool! you're making music! woo hoo! applause it's amazing. you have these hammers that are...
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when you hit, you feel it resonate through the whole tank and you feel it in your chest and your whole body. it's amazing. it's a totally different experience than just banging a bell with a hammer. yep! christa there, getting her avant—garde groove on, back in 2018. well, stay with us, because we've plenty more still to come here on the travel show. i'm m ixin 9 ! including the time ade raised the roof at london's ministry of sound nightclub. and rajan�*s knees took a battering at one of the most bizarre festivals we've ever seen in germany.
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well, nightlife around the world has taken a massive hit during the pandemic. in many places, nightclubs were amongst the first to be forced to shut down and it looks like they'll be among the last to finally reopen again. now, if you're missing your clubbing fix, take a look at this. a film from back in 2017 when ade got the chance to learn how to master the decks at one of the most famous superclubs in the world. ministry of sound is celebrating 25 years. i can't believe it, �*cause i came here in the early days. this first started off as a small club in a derelict garage, and has now become a massive global brand. in fact, at one stage it owned the biggest independent record label in the world, selling over 70 million records. hey! ministry of sound was london's first—ever super club, and has survived a number of attempts to shut it down. justin berkmann is one of the founders.
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he's also one of its resident djs, so i am in good hands for this dj lesson. you have your volume controls here, your highs, mids and lows, so this is the big bass knob. give it a little bit of sibilance, strip it out, bring that down. with the technology today, it gives you much more flexibility to take risks and do things that you couldn't do in the old days with vinyl. so could you put, like, a classic opera track with some hip—hop? yes. beethoven wrote most of his music at 120 bpm, so he was one of the first house dj. ah, beethoven knew what he was talking about — he dropped beats! he did, a lot of his stuff was dance music. all right, let's do this then. one, two, three, four. three, two three, four, bingo.
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i'm m ixin 9 ! now time to see if all that training has worked. it's the moment of truth. i tell you what i will say — it is very loud in here. dance music plays i'm in the dj box with gavin mitchell. he's the resident dj and promoter for the gallery, which takes place every friday night at the club. fortunately, it is still early, so the pressure is off a bit and i'm getting the hang of things. by the end of the night, i've got the house rocking! i think all clubs have their nemesis moment where there comes something along that wants to close it. it's usually residents, and it is the balance between a city
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and the fact that it needs some form of entertainment. you can't have one without the other, because a city full of bedrooms is no fun, so you have to have nightclubs, you have to have restaurants, you have to have bars, you have to have entertainment. ade at the ministry of sound back in 2017. time now for something a little more sedate. back in 2018, carmen headed to taiwan to explore a gigantic new art centre about to reopen, claiming to be the biggest in the world. and in amongst the massive performance and exhibition spaces, she got to fulfil one of my childhood dreams, playing one of those huge dramatic pipe organs. yeah, i'm pretty jealous of that one. this is the weiwuying, taiwan's brand new national art centre. the centre has been built to become a fixture on the international performance circuit. so this might look like a big empty warehouse, but we are actually backstage
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at one of the more intimate auditoriums here. it can seat around 1,200 people. the centre will stage its own performances and host international touring productions. the weiwuying has four main stages — an opera house, a concert hall, a playhouse and a recital hall. pipe organ plays this splendid venue can seat over 2,000 people. after rehearsal, organist tony liu kindly offered to show me the pride of the concert hall. wow, tony, that was amazing. yeah, thank you so much.
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what does it feel like to play such a magnificent instrument? yeah, it's very exciting because i can make any kind of music in here. and... the high pitch here. ooh! like birds. and the very, very low, we do have very, very low pipes. 0h. you can hear the entire house vibrating. how co—ordinated do you need to be? how many keyboards are there here? there are five keyboards, and 127 buttons, not to mention all these cords down the bottom. i do have to spend a lot of time to practise. this one is brand—new organ, and also i believe it is the biggest one in entire asia's concert hall. wow, the biggest pipe organ in asia.
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what a privilege to play it. do you want to play it? 0k.. i haven't played in 20 years! try. plays heart and soul. thank you, tony! you're welcome! you're such a good sport to humour me! carmen roberts, accepting bookings to play to packed concert halls all around the world as soon as travel kicks back in.
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well, maybe after a bit more practice. 0k! so, to finish off this week we're off to germany, where, back in 2016, rajan headed to bavaria to learn how to play one of the strangest musical instruments i've ever seen. now, if you're thinking about taking this one up, i'd highly recommend some earplugs and kneepads. you'll see what i mean. the festival takes place in the town of rinchnach, and celebrates the ancient custom of herdsmen ringing bells to scare wolves away. hans, hello. hello! hans is one of the organisers. these other famous bells have heard about. tonight, hundreds of local people will form teams of bell—ringers, and i'm joining in too, a rare privilege for a non—bavarian. first, i need the right outfit. and what is the point
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of these twigs? good? i look like a christmas tree. the headgear pales into insignificance once i realise i'll be lugging this 20kg bell around. so heavy, it's ridiculous! ok, so i'm taking this bell over here and i think this will be the bavarian people doing it as well. did you hear me
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coming by any chance? 0h! so you two are also taking part this year? yep. fantastic. how big a night is this for you? i think it's the biggest night of the year, something like this. yeah, nowhere else is something like this, and so, yeah, we're very proud of it, and we also want to take part of it. have you ever thought about wearing earplugs? yes, i have them! you have them! you have to. it's impossible without them. 0k. all right. i'll bear that in mind, that's really good advice. banging on bells ijoin the rest of the team as we head towards the town centre. nothing could have prepared me
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for the incredible din that's generated heaving these enormous bells around. i'm trying not to use my knees but it's almost impossible. they feel battered and bruised already. we're greeted by a huge crowd of tourists and locals. hans�* son dominik is the flamboyant leader, rousing the troops, leading the beat... and conducting the cacophony. luckily for me, after half—an—hour, dominik calls time for a much—needed break.
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wow! that was one of the most physically intensive things i have ever done. amazing. tribal, but great. and i deserve this. rajan in 2016, and those bells looks just crazy, i'm sure there's some new form of exercise routine just waiting to be invented, because it looks like a total workout carrying those bells strapped to your waist, let alone playing them. well, that's it for this week, but do join us next week if you can, when: it's my turn behind the wheel of our
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travel show van for the next stage in our road to recovery trip across the uk. i'll be in wales, exploring cardiff and beyond, and finding out how this furry rodent is helping the fight against climate change. that's next week, but don't forget to check us out on social media for a whole host of inspirational ideas of things to see and do when we can all travel again, which hopefully won't be too far away. till next time though, from me, lucy hedges, and everyone else here on the show, it's goodbye.
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hello there. thursday wasn't a bad day for many of us. it stayed dry across much of the country, apart from a few showers which developed later in the afternoon across southern england. for friday, though, it looks like we could see a few more showers around generally. but that said, there should still be quite a bit of sunshine around. it'll feel quite warm too. so we're in between weather systems for friday. this area of low pressure, though, will be moving injust in time for the weekend. it could bring quite a bit of rain at times and even some thunderstorms. so we start this morning off rather cloudy for many, bit of mist and fog around. that should tend to melt away quite quickly, and then there will be plenty of sunshine as we head on into the afternoon, but a scattering of showers will develop. some of them could turn out to be heavy and thundery. i think the focus of them towards central and eastern parts of the country. some areas avoiding them completely and staying dry, and it will be quite warm too — top temperatures around 2a degrees. those showers continue into the evening, push their way further northwards, and then we start to see the influence of that area of low pressure arriving
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across the south—west, sending a band of showery northwards and eastwards across wales, the west country, into the midlands, and some of the rain could be quite heavy and thundery by the end of the night. and generally double figure values for most, so it's going to be a mild night. so for this weekend, it is looking decidedly unsettled, as low pressure will be nearby. here it is, very slowly moving its way north—eastwards as it's pushing against this area of high pressure. it's likely to bring spells of heavy rain, maybe longer spells of rain at times on saturday. and then into sunday, widespread showers develop, and some of these could really be quite intense. so this band of rain will continue to journey its way northwards across england and wales through saturday morning. again, some of it could be thundery. scotland could start dry with some good spells of sunshine, before showery rain arrives there later on. further south, there will be some sunshine appearing, but again showers will develop when temperatures reach highs of around 21 or 22 degrees. sunday, i think generally looking more unsettled across the board. we'll start off with some sunshine, but then showers will get going — some of these will be heavy,
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some thunderstorms mixed in there. we could see some localised flooding in places, in fact, and temperatures might be a degree or so down range from around 17, generally, to around 20 or 21 celsius. and then into the start of next week, low pressure sticks nearby. in fact, we could see a deep low which could sweep through to bring some wet and windy weather for a time.
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