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equipment for future installing equipment forfuture missions. the launch is a matter of huge prestige for china which this month is marking the 100th anniversary of the ruling communist party. showers, thunderstorms widespread across the uk this afternoon. could well see some impact in terms of flooding in some spot because the downpours will be torrential in places, some hefty, thundery once moving into parts of northern ireland at the moment, very few places escaping. it could stay largely dry but grey and cool towards the north—east of scotland, southernmost counties of england, quite a bit of sunshine to end the day here, but lots of downpours around, with thunder, lightning, hail, so some disruption possible. it will continue to affect northern ireland, north wales, northern england into scotland tonight, spells of rain here, the rest of england and wales will be mainly
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dry, even a bit of sunshine to start the day tomorrow. northern england, northern ireland and scotland tomorrow, cloud, areas of rain, heavy burst in there. northern england turning dry, along with the rest of england and wales. more heavy rain spilling in towards the south—west is monday comes to a close. with that, the wins strengthen, gail is developing in the far south overnight and into tuesday morning.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: a brilliant night for england in rome as they thrash ukraine and move on to the semifinals of the euros. a saturday night to celebrate for fans. football is coming home — england face denmark at wembley on wednesday. 0ur uk government minister suggests wearing face coverings will be a matter of personal choice when
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coronavirus restrictions are eased in england on the 9th ofjune —— 19th ofjuly. at least 20 people have died after a military plane crashed in the southern philippines. an approaching storm in miami accelerates plans to demolish the rest of the apartment block where at least 2a people died and 120 are missing. at least four people have been killed in a wildfire on the south coast of cyprus. greece, italy and israel are sending planes to cyprus following an appeal for help. now on bbc news, time for title might be travel show. you've got to love it, proper british coastline. we're on an adventure across the uk as it opens up for travel again. yes! we're open! from rugged coastlines to breathtaking landscapes and natural habitats. see that?! 0urjourney will take us to the four nations that make
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up the united kingdom. and with an eye on our carbon footprint, we're in an all—electric revamp of an iconic british motor. on this week's show, lucy's behind the wheels in wales, where she'll be trying to take it down a notch... oh, god. i'm going a bit too fast. that's right. it's quite a discipline. ..making some new mates in the countryside... do you want more food? oh, that feels really weird on my hand! cackles. ..and throwing herself right in the deep end. woo! hello and croeso i gymru, or welcome to wales, and the next leg of our travel
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showjourney across the uk. i don't know about you but i'm pretty excited! we're in cardiff, the capital of wales, a country that usually attracts 1 million international visitors a year. now, how do we turn it on? nothing but silence. at the moment, i don't really feel like i'm driving a big van. it's just — its quiet, it's smooth — a bit too smooth. there's no sound, which is freaking me out a little bit. i'm not completely confident with it yet. at one of cardiff's most recognisable landmarks, there's definitely a sense that tourism is returning. but i'm heading south to the waterfront — a symbol of the city's successful regeneration. cardiff bay — or tiger bay, as it was known to locals — was home to one of the earliest
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large—scale multiracial communities in britain. # tiger bay... # it's not very far from the dock. as the welsh coal industry grew, so did cardiff. by the 19th century, it was the biggest exporter globally. workers flocked to the area, creating a community in butetown that was soon home to more than 50 nationalities. # tiger bay. keith murrell is the man behind butetown carnival, an annual celebration of the area's diverse past. this is the core of the traditional butetown community. things have been changed but this is almost the epicentre of where everything was happening. so describe the festival to me. i would say its two days of music and fun, but the emphasis is on local music.
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so, you know, with a lot of tourists coming here, would you say butetown festival is something that they would consider? would they be welcomed here? absolutely. as i said, in its heyday, we were getting attendances of 25,000 people. that was a time when maybe 4,000 people were living here. so it was obviously catering for the whole of the city and yet, presenting butetown in the most positive light. this is a port. and this community most especially is built on a port. it's about people coming and going — we love people coming and going. one of the things is — again, about community pride — if you've got something, you want people to come to it. last year, organisers were forced to take the carnival online. but this year, they are hoping to hold a stripped—back event. and preparations are under way. for the last few years, june has performed at the carnival. her trinidadian—inspired outfit is homage to the people that once migrated here
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hundreds of years ago. butohjapanese is a style of very slow motion. i'm not a young person anymore so moving quite slowly, it's giving me another vehicle to perform. so i'm just going to take your foot forward and you just slowly lunge as if you're in slow motion. it almost looks like the bionic man. chuckles. like someone has hit the slomo button on us. and you just — you just — that's it. you just kind of breathe and slowly move and maybe i'm gonna do a wave, so you take yourtime to... oh, god — i'm going a bit too fast! that's right. it's quite a discipline. and then just do a little wave. just a little wave. oh, my gosh, the concentration! my legs are shaking a little bit. so what was that about you not being young? my thighs are aching and ijust did that for about two minutes! well, it's been brief — i've only been here for a couple of days — but i have had the best time here in cardiff and i genuinely
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cannot wait to see what else wales has in store for me. i leave the city for the rolling hills of the brecon beacons, less than an hour's drive from cardiff. the national park is home to over 1000 farms, largely dedicated to livestock. and with over 250,000 visitors a year, one particularly savvy farmer has developed an interesting business model — trekking with sheep. he's checking me out. he's just checking — he's checking i'm all good. his problem is he can't really see very good because his hair is so long, it's in his face. meat patches, my new pal for the afternoon. do you want more food? i need to prove that i'm your friend. oh, that feels really weird on my hand! cackles. you've got a very warm tongue there, patches!
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come on! patches, you can have more food in a moment. the plan is to follow a trail around the farm with my fluffy companion. he's pretty obedient. sometimes he kind of veers to the left or right and i feel like i'm the one being walked. it turns out to be trickier than it looks. come on, patches! come on! so nicola, since lockdown, have you seen demand for this experience growing? yeah, so a lot of people want to be outside in the open air. this experience, because we are able to be distanced, there is not so much pressure on that, and people just enjoy being with sheep and being able to stroke the sheep and actually being able to physically be around them, whereas normally they just see in the fields and they run away. when we first opened, it was quite slow. we did not really have that many people. i think people were a bit wary. they are bit like "hmm, really? walking sheep?"
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yeah, yeah. they'd not really heard of that before. we started because it was similar to alpaca trekking but with sheep, it's more native. and we ourselves are used to looking after sheep, whereas alpacas is something a bit different and a bit scary. now before i head off, nicola says she's got one more surprise in store. welcome to wales�* very own crufts—inspired goat agility training course. so the easiest one to start with this probably this one. they come out and you can give them a bit of food and then they will walk down the other side. alrighty! whee! up you go! come on, you can do it! you can do it! climb, climb, yeah! yay! there we go! woo—hoo! well done! good boy! i am getting tangled a bit! yeah! come though... ..and this way.
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good boy! chuckling. so how did you start these agility courses? we've seen dogs do agility, we've actually seen pony and horse agility... yes. ..and we've seen some videos of youtube on people doing sheep agility and we thought "we'll have a go!" goats! why not? so, and goats love to climb. yes. they love to just jump and just cause havoc. as we saw. yeah! so we thought "why not have a go and to see whether they enjoy it?" and they seem to love climbing things. yeah, i was gonna say, they do really seem to enjoy this, and they are learning as well. exactly. these guys are only about 16 weeks old now. yeah. they have not been doing about long, so it's all new to them and they are just loving every minute of it, really. yeah, so what's the purpose. obviously, you said to me they are learning and learning skills, but do they compete? no. laughs. not yet! we haven't seen any goat
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agility competitions yet. yeah, yeah. there's always a first for everything, huh? exactly, exactly! maybe we'll enter in some dog agility with the goats. both chuckle. i'm sure we will get some funny looks there. yeah, i'm sure! come on! for my next adventure, i'm swapping green hills for craggy coastlines as we head west. pembrokeshire is the uk's only national park, where beaches and coves punctuate nearly 200 miles of cliffs. the beauty of pembrokeshire has not gone unnoticed and in recent years, the amount of visitors to the area has been growing. now, as lockdown loosens, this summer, businesses are expecting more bookings than ever. so welcome to ramsey island.
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my guide ffion has worked on the waters around ramsey island for over 20 years. this is the largest gull in the world. it's the great black—backed gull. i've seen one eat a rabbit, whole, live, down in one. they have also been known to take little terriers, so definitely not one to be messed with. seagulls are pretty intimidating though, aren't they, so... at nearly 400 feet in places, the western cliffs on the island are some of the highest in wales, making it one of the best places for birdwatching in the uk. 25 years ago, an oil tanker spilt 72,000 tons of oil into these waters, turning beaches black and killing thousands of seabirds. this devastating event spurred on locals to develop a marine code for visitors. part of the problem is other water users who are not used to the area don't know the area, don't know the wildlife. and it is not knowing about it,
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so not knowing that they may be disturbing it. the code encourages visitors to plan ahead, reduce speed and keep their distance from wildlife. people will only save what they are passionate about. and to make them passionate about it, you have to take them out and show it to them. so it's about striking a real balance between showing them what an amazing wildlife we have on our doorstep, but also not impacting it, not having a detrimental effect on it in the sort of meantime, so it's trying to strike that balance. in recent years, this stretch of coastline has made a name for itself as one of the best places in the world to go to coasteering. which is essentially scrambling along the cliffs. it's hard to put a date on when coasteering started — i'm sure it's been happening for hundreds of years — but we are the first company to provide it as a commercial activity. so we made it more accessible to people and gave anybody, essentially, the opportunity to
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come and see what the coastline about here has to offer, you know? and yeah, it's a bit mad to think that it started just over here. how did you cope during the last year? how has it been for you guys? so it's been really difficult but we are seeing a lot more tourism in the area. there's a lot of people that would be going to europe or further afield and if we can give them an insight into the spaces that we have on our doorstep, because we know how important they are — especially after the lockdowns, the difference that being outside can make. we just need to make sure that we're not abusing those spaces and that we're really looking after them, so that generations to follow can also enjoy them. so now that i'm looking out, the nerves are kicking in a little bit, but it's more about the temperature of the water, rather than the activity — i'm actually really looking forward to exploring kind of nature at sea level. i've never done this before, so get me in that water. yes!
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there's no way i could have done that without my hands. i need more confidence. as well as performing backflips, sam was also an expert on the local geology and wildlife. then it was back into the waves for the big finale. sam had one lastjump in store for me. this is real adrenalinejunkie stuff, and it is notjust aboutjumping off the cliffs
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and getting in the water, it's so much information, so much nature and wildlife, and sam is so good at breaking it down, so you experience the mixing of the crazy sport element and just learning, honestly i could do this all day. next up, iam heading 90 miles inland, to the dyfi valley. situated on the southern edge of snowdonia national park, its home to one of the steepest cliff funiculars in the world. i can hear it filling up with water, here we go! we are on the move. what is unusual about this is that it's powered by water, one of only a handful of its kind. this funicular is 30 years old, and was put in place to essentially get people up and down the hill, a hill that was originally
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used to get slate down. it's a little disconcerting looking at the view, but what a view, and what a fantastic use of sustainable technology. and it's all part of this — the centre for alternative technology. founded in the 70s on a disused slate quarry, this place was ahead of its time, a pioneer in the move towards renewable lifestyles. in 2009, the region was given unesco biosphere status to recognise the area's green credentials. down the road from cat, and another attraction is doing its bit to promote a more sustainable future. all with the help of the world's second largest rodent — the beaver.
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well, as we came out of the last lockdown we have a new addition to the nature reserve, and we now have a family of beavers. family of beavers! so explain to me what i'm looking out on here. where would the beavers live? the beavers are in an enclosure, that's just in this area here. they have seven acres of wet scrub to get their teeth into, and they are here to help us with reserve management. 400 years ago, beavers were hunted to extinction for theirfur, meat and oil. this loss had a devastating impact on the land, and today ecologists are hoping their reintroduction can reverse this effect. and what was it like finally getting them here? to actually release them and see them swim into that pool, it was a bit goosebumpy. i bet! here we are, the beaver enclosure. i say to people, i am going into the bog on a daily basis. sadly, beavers don't have a great rep, but kim is hoping to change that.
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there is a lot of misinformation out there about beavers, people don't understand that they are vegetarian, and so there is some conflict that they are going to eat all the fish from the rivers. as with anything that is new and change there is fear around that, but we are just trying to educate people that this is what beavers do in this landscape. beavers are just one additional tool in the current climate crisis. where you have beavers, you have increasing biodiversity. amazingly, kim has already seen a change to the reserve. they have only been in six weeks and already we're seeing changes to the water channels, they are connecting up the pools, they have made a canal, and we are seeing lots of pathways like this when they are coming in and out and feeding on this stuff, on the willow. i couldn't come all this way and not see what all
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the fuss was about. but because beavers are nocturnal, we had to come back at dusk. yeah, yeah, there is a beaver coming! oh i see it, i see it, yeah, yeah, yeah! coming straight towards us. just coming across. right into the sun. well, we have been waiting quite a while, i was just about to give up hope, and around the corner came a beaver, totally worth being eaten alive by midges for, i think i've inhaled about 20 as well. totally worth it. we saw beavers! for my last leg of this journey, i am heading west to aberystwyth, a popular welsh holiday resort and home to a thriving student population. i am at the university's art centre where wales�* musical tradition is being given
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a new lease of life. sings in welsh. the two outside rows are like the white notes ona piano... plays harp. ..which means you get that nice echo sound, and the middle row are like the black notes. but i won't demonstrate because i never tune them, because life's too short. this is the triple harp, an instrument only played by a handful of people across the world. i think it's europe's only unbroken harping tradition. so it very nearly did die out, but it's great that recently i think there has been a surge in interest in young people. cerys is member of avanc, a welsh folk band formed of young musicians from all over wales. 0ver lockdown they recorded and collaborated remotely, streaming their performances to thousands across social media. would you say doing these virtual performances and recordings, has that kept
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you sane during lockdown? yeah, there's a world out there. yeah, but i bet you can't wait for things to get back to normal, so performances can resume, things like that. oh, the wind is playing the harp! it'sjoining in. yeah, this is the wind playing the strings. ghostly harp notes. well, here's hoping i can play this thing better than the wind. i am not going to lie, cerys, i feel a bit unnatural here. i look the part... you look the part, and that is all that matters. laughs. all right, here we go. i am on the red string... and you get the hand on the other red string, and you play them, and you've got a little echo. plays harp. like that, and back down again, then here... it's really messing with my eyes, how do you do this without going mad! that was the first bar of a famous welsh tune called pwt ar y bys, which is the one everyone learns first, so you are well on the way. you'll make a star of me yet, cerys.
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what a trip! wales has made me feel well and truly welcome. and that's what's really struck me at every turn during this journey — the openness of the people i've met, their history and their hope for the future. next time, in the final leg of our uk series: christa is in northern ireland, where she will take to the skies... try her hand at oyster shucking... ..and explore one of the country's magnificent natural wonders. incredible. legend has it that it came about because of a fight between two giants.
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it feels one where you see some sunshine today. that will be a small part of the weather story today. the main emphasis is on the widespread showers and some thunderstorms around today. not many places avoiding rain at some stage, but the potential for some really torrential downpours in places. plenty of cloud around, limited sunny spells, and the greatest impact from these downpours may well be felt in parts of north wales, the north midlands, northern england and northern ireland, especially the west, much of scotland, away from the cloudy
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far north—east. not many of these areas catching the downpours, but where you do, 20—30 millimetres and a short space of time. there could be flooding, different cult travel conditions. we will end up with areas of rain affecting north wales, northern england, northern ireland and scotland into tonight. further south across england, south wales, it will be drier with clear spells developing across south wales in south—west england, so morning sunshine here tomorrow. one disturbance across scotland tomorrow, another bearing down across south—west england later, with more rain. a cloudy start across north england, north wales. spells of rain, still heavy burst within it. northern england brightening up. in the afternoon, largely dry with sunny spells. the far south—west of england turning wetter through the afternoon, and we will see the wind picking up here as well. that brings a spell of very wet but really quite windy weather for the time of year from the south
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as we go through monday night and into tuesday morning. heavy rain moving north for england and wales, but strong or even gale force winds developing in the english channel. could get gusts around 60 mph. parts of east anglia, the south—east of england starting tuesday with 50 mph winds, but they will ease as the day goes on. from that system, rain affecting northern parts of england. some outbreaks of rain in north—west scotland. sunny with a chance of showers elsewhere, but a cool day for the time of year. stephen foster re on wednesday, plenty of showers around, but by thursday or friday, with high pressure building on, the winds are lighter, there will be sunny spells and it will be pleasant if you get to see sunshine. not plain sailing because there will be further showers around on thursday and friday. there is a met office weather warning out there for rain and thunderstorms today.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. a cabinet minister indicates that the use of face coverings will become a personal choice when lockdown restrictions in england are eased. we trust the british public to exercise good judgment. people will come to different conclusions. more than 20 million people watched england's brilliant night in rome as they thrashed ukraine, and moved on to the semi finals of the euros. it's been a long year for everybody and i'm chuffed that the two performances we've put on have brought so much enjoyment and happiness to people. cheering it was a saturday night to celebrate for fans. football now is coming home, when england face denmark at wembley on wednesday. a military transport plane has crashed in the philippines,
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