Skip to main content

tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  July 31, 2021 10:30am-11:00am BST

10:30 am
in the swimming pool. one word that has changed the whole team is belief. we've got champions who believe we can win, champions who believe and get world records and if you've got one belief, you build everything around that. two team relays, two olympic team titles, another golden day for team gb. emma wilson has taken windsurfing bronze on her olympic debut. she was already guaranteed a medal going into the final after winning four of her 12 races and she crossed the finish line in second place. but with cumulative scores counting, that gave her bronze behind china's lu yunxiu and the rio champion, charline picon of france. lauren price made sure of at least a bronze medal, after a dominant display in her middleweight quarterfinal. she won 5—0 against panama's athena bylon, to set up a meeting with her great rival nouchka fontijn of the netherlands on friday.
10:31 am
price is the number one seed, having won gold at the 2018 commonwealth games, and the world championships the following year. it was my dream since i was eight years of age to reach an olympic games and i'd never think of even getting here, let alone medaling, but i know i'm not finished yet. i'm going to go on now and change colour and i'm just over the moon. i can't really put into words what it means to me. we've got a great team behind us, gb boxing. everyone is doing amazingly well. i think that is the fourth medal now as well for us. finally a special part of any olympicjourney, is when you finally arrive home to be greeted by your loved ones. and if there were gold medals for hugs, they'd surely go to helen glover's three little ones. the two—time olympic champion was rowing at her final olympics and although she narrowly missed out on a medal, her remarkable comeback to get to tokyo has been inspirational and, at the end of it all,
10:32 am
there's no place like home. that's all the sport for now. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello, there. we saw some disruption across england and wales from storm evert, which brought very strong winds for the time of year and also some hefty downpours. this weekend is looking better. there will still be some showers around, but we should see some sunshine around, lighter winds, but it will feel on the cool side. that's because we've got northerly winds blowing down across the country, certainly across the northern half of the country through today, whereas further south the wind will be coming in from a westerly direction. nowhere is immune to a shower, but i think most of them will be across eastern scotland, north—east england and parts of central, southern england and wales — the odd heavy, thundery one mixed in there too. winds will be lighter across the south and it could be a little bit warmer than yesterday at 21 to 22 degrees, but a cooler feel to things across the north. that's because this weather front sinking southwards will be introducing some slightly fresher air right across the country, so for sunday it looks again
10:33 am
like a mixture of variable cloud, sunny spells and a few showers. most of the showers across southern parts of the uk, with the odd heavier one. temperatures 20, maybe 21 degrees. feeling cool in the north. this is bbc news. the headlines... a great start for team gb on super saturday at the tokyo olympics. gold and a world record in the 4x100 metres mixed medley relay. add to that another gold, in the triathlon mixed relay event, including a first gold medal forjonny brownlee. donald trump's been ordered to hand over his tax returns to congress. the usjustice department overturned a ruling, made when he was in office, that the information could remain private. the afghan security forces say they have fended off a taliban advance on the capital of helmand province, one of several cities under threat.
10:34 am
a new survey suggests seven out of ten british motorists want the speed limit on motorways lowered in wet weather. it's currently 70mph at all times. now on bbc news, christa larwood looks back on some favourite travel show adventures in new york. this week — some of our favourite memories of new york city. from historical landmarks... i think it's what we needed to do to create a real movement, to create real equality. to hidden treasures... this view is incredible. where creativity is everywhere. somebody has to preserve a record of what we have. it's worth it. and everyone's got a story to tell. i'm a traveljournalist and a little while ago i was injapan.
10:35 am
hello and welcome to the programme, coming to you this week once again from our home here in london. that means, unfortunately, we are still grounded, but it does give us a great opportunity to rummage through the archives and dig up some forgotten gems. this week, memories from one of the most exciting destinations in the world — new york city. and, we're kicking off with an emotional visit back in 2019 when the bbc�*s first ever lgbt correspondent, ben hunt, went for the 50th anniversary of the stonewall riots. in the us, the 1960s was an era
10:36 am
of activism and protests. it was the end of the counterculture, 1960s. women were fighting for their rights, blacks were fighting for their rights, latinos were fighting for their rights. we just said, "what about us? "why not us? " why not me? onjune 28, 1969, the riot at the stonewall inn on christopher street would mark the birth of the modern gay rights movement. so this is where it's all it. yes. where it all happened. mark segal was 18 at the time and had arrived in the cityjust a few weeks earlier. it's so amazing, all the rainbow flags on it. what's it like to be back here? it's sort of emotional. i think of the people who helped educate me or what we needed to do to create a real movement to create real equality. what was it like that night? just like any other normal night. we were inside, we were having a great time.
10:37 am
i was standing in the back near the dance floor. lights flickered on, then they came on full force. i looked over at someone and said, "what's happening?" and they said, very casually, "it's a raid." i had never been in a raid before so i was a little nervous. police barged in, just started pushing people around. and if anybody looked like they were successful, they went up to them and said, "take out your wallet," and they took the money. it was right in front of everybody's faces and they didn't care because that's the way you got to treat gay men and lesbian women in those days — you treated them like trash. so they carded me, i went out and i stood out about right over there. out here, somewhere between 15 and 100 police tried to disperse us. —— out here, somewhere between 50 and 100 police tried to disperse us. we would not disperse. it was the first time gay people said to police, "no, this is our neighbourhood,
10:38 am
you are not going to tell us "to get off our street." we picked up stones, we picked up cans and threw them, and that was the first night. the protests raged for several nights and led to the first pride march in 1970. the stonewall inn has since become an historic landmark and attracts visitors from across the globe keen to learn about the struggles. tour guide: it was illegal. to serve gay people alcohol. i mean, it wasn't easy. many of us went to jail, many of us were beat. it's been a long 50 years but, guess what? we're further along than i ever would have expected. i can't really imagine what it must�*ve been like to be there on that day when the stonewall riots were kicking off, but i loved what he said about the fact that for them it was just a protest, they were just sticking up for their rights and what they felt they needed to do, and it's only now we realise what a big impact they all made.
10:39 am
many cultural institutions have embraced the opportunity to delve deeper into lgbt history and culture, highlighting the bravery of some of the less well—known figures. some of the most important people are transgender people, in particular, sylvia riviera and marcia pjohnson. a lot of people think of them just in terms of their participation in stonewall but they were really major activists at that time and were on the front lines on all of the demonstrations. so the whole community came together then? yeah, both this new generation of activists and the older generation of activists — and lesbian activists, gay activists, transgender activists. oh, yeah, "lesbians unite." yes, so here you see thousands of people who were willing to come out of the closet and be part of this political movement. it's hoped that exhibitions like this will help keep the memory of what happened alive and inspire future generations. i'm 27, this is the first time i am seeing many of these pieces. why should people in my generation care about this exhibition?
10:40 am
in this internet age of people liking things on facebook and internet activism, it is hard for people to realise the real oppression that people faced in the 1960s and '70s, and also that they were able to make a difference. and the way that they changed our society was personally getting involved in politics and joining organisations, creating newsletters, and putting their bodies on the line at demonstrations. i think we need to appreciate today and also be inspired by today to know that we can make a difference again. back at stonewall, a chance encounter with a group of students provides an emotional reminder ofjust how far the movement has come. i'm proud of what happened there. it makes me proud to see you all here today because it says the work that we did is filtering through. i think any of us who were there that night would've never expected we would have come as far as we have, i am shocked. i never thought i would be able to get married, able to dress up publicly.
10:41 am
—— i never thought i would be able to express that publicly. me saying that i have a husband... sorry, i am getting emotional. it's something i never thought i could do. wow. clapping. thank you, guys. an emotionaljourney for ben hunt back in 2019. pop culture has made new york so familiar to us all. some visitors arrive thinking they already know the place inside out. so, in 2017, we sentjo there with a brief to uncover some hidden treats that might still offer a few surprises, all with the help of travel bloggerjessie festa. now i have to try a new tour that goes behind the scenes at one of new york's most iconic hotels. historianjoe takes me down to an abandoned tunnel that was used until the late 1960s as a private route for vips.
10:42 am
we are underneath the intersection of eighth ave and 24th street right now. you head south towards penn station. what famous people came here? john f kennedy and robert kennedy where here. of course, there are many legends aboutjohn f kennedy. and this would take you out to the platforms to penn station. the most exciting bit is the roof. this view is incredible. we're besides the chrysler building and the empire state building, and if you look down there you can see the statue of liberty. let's go see the roof sign. you can see it all over the city, can't you? i can see it, actually, from the town where i live in newjersey. the letters are enormous, aren't they, when you get up close? the letters are about 20—feet tall and they're illuminated by leds. how many people have
10:43 am
touched the sign, joe? you are in a group of less than a dozen people, i am sure. thank you for bringing me up here. oh, you are welcome. jessie said to come here to see an orchestra but the address seems to be a normal block of flats. who is it? hi, it'sjo. knocks. hello. hi. are you sam? iam. what is happening here? so, this groupmuse. this is a classical music house party. 0k. so come with me. we arrive in the middle of a recital. this is really special. orchestral music. groupmuse is a classical music house party that connects classical musicians in the area to people who have living rooms, or clearly rooftops, in the area. so we have, you know, groupmuses every night — pretty much every night — in new york and anybody can host and anybody can attend. the idea is that people make a $10
10:44 am
donation to the musicians, which makes this a much cheaper night out than an evening at the orchestra. applause. to end my hectic day in new york, jessie has fixed me up with a bed for the night. hi,jo! hi, are you the guy that's sorting me somewhere to stay? absolutely, follow me. it's a cab. it's a luxury liner taxicab. wait till you see the inside, you are going to love it. that is lovely. here is some complimentary water, and here is your official taxi hat. how much does it cost to stay here? $39 a night, that's it. monday to friday 39, weekends 49. and so you are allowed to park here? yeah, nothing i am doing is illegal. ijust need to make sure i follow parking regulations. i always pick a place that has a beautiful view of the skyline. well, then, i better get in. this is actually quite
10:45 am
comfortable, but very strange. well, good night. and believe me, on bbc budgets, the back of a cab is about as luxurious as it gets. still to come on the show... how one man has devoted his artistic life to the new york subway. i've done 110 stations so far and i have many more to go. and the contest that shines a spotlight on storytelling. i can't be a sumo wrestler, i can't really dance so well, but i could probably tell a story. so, don't go away. welcome back to our look at some of our favourite new york memories, from before pandemics, lockdowns and social distancing were even a thing. up next, we are heading underground to meet an amazing artist who has dedicated his life to sketching the new york subway.
10:46 am
he started back in 1978 and, a0 years later, when we went to visit, he was still going strong. when i began my study, a voice inside my head said, "why don't you see how conscious people are of the subway art after all?" i would say are you aware of the art in the subway? half of them said what art? no idea at all. i have some pens here, red, green and blue. here we go. my study of the subway really began years ago when i was eight years old. my father told me that down in the subway station in new york there were pictures on the walls, and i thought that was very curious, but what got me going deeper,
10:47 am
besides the fact that i realised some stations were losing their decor so that had to be recorded, and realising this i got concerned and thought well somebody has to preserve a record of what we have. now, it became sort of a cause for me to record the embellishments of the station. so this is a rather long project, almost llo years in the making, and not done yet. actually the earlist station built, that was in 190a, and at that time, there was a great movement called the city beautiful movement, when the mayor and his council decided that they wanted to establish new york as noble and attractive a city as the old european capitals were, are, which americans and new yorkers
10:48 am
had always looked up to, and the mayor decided that we could do that right here in new york also. a good example of a very high design elements in the subway station we found in borough hall in brooklyn, the first subway station on the first subway line intor brooklyn, it's just like one of the dozen designs that are part of the creative history of the station alone, but it is worth it. so what i do when i do my project, i have to do it at night, weekends, often you will find me at the library or on the subway drawing pictures of what's on the wall and taking notes on how many mosaics, what colour are they, a general description about any station. i have been self publishing may
10:49 am
work ever since i began. this year though, a lot has changed. a university has published a book of my drawings. my drawings and my notebook, the real thing, the originals, have been on display in grand central tunnel. this made us stop and appreciate. look, 137th street, look at that, we don't do that anymore. now, we don't. we don't have time to look at it and we don't have the money to produce it. since i started this study, being, i hope, somewhat of a thorough person i intend to finish it, which means i really have to visit all the stations in the system. i have done 110 stations so far,
10:50 am
and i have many more to go — 360 more, god knows. because i started it, i feel i have to finish it. philip has finished his work on the lexington avenue line, that was published in december. now he's hard at work on the sea bench and west end lines from brooklyn out to coney island. because of the pandemic, there has been some hesitation on my part to go back to the city, concerned about my health, which is good though, thank goodness, but as a researcher, i have to go back. i will go back, i want to go back. i haven't been in the city for a year, i want to see how it is and what it feels like to be there again. it was familiar stomping grounds to me for a long time, i kind of miss it. and finally this week, a trip that, frankly, still gives me nightmares. i am not the most confident public
10:51 am
speaker, so when i was entered into a public live storytelling competition back in 2016, let's just say i was less than enthusiastic. the idea came from a poet and novelist who wanted to recreate the feeling of southern sultry summer evenings in his native georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on his porch where he and his friends would gather to tell stories. now, people from cleaners to school teachers and war veterans are getting the chance to share their own personal stories in front of audiences across new york city beyond. it feels authentic, also that it's an art form that anyone can do. i can't be a sumo wrestler, i can't really dance so well but i can probably tell a story, that is human communication, so it is very accessible to all kinds of people.
10:52 am
i can't hold a tune, but i can tell a story! tonight's moth event is being held at flushing town hall, a historic building located in queens, to an almost sold—out crowd. the show started in 2001, a little show in new york city, lower east side, a few people, i was begging my mother to come — "somebody please come to the audience and tell some stories!" then by word—of—mouth it grew, and then new york city got two slams a month, and then it grew to three and four and i thought maybe we could try los angeles, now we are in 26 cities all the world actually, so not only in cities all over america but also we are in london, we are in dublin, in sydney and melbourne, australia. the first storyteller will be liv ramsdale, come on! anyone who wants to tell a story has to come prepared. the idea is that stories have to be told and not read, meaning no scripts or notepaper to hand.
10:53 am
somehow that dog ended up telling me everything that i now know about love. each event features ten volunteer storytellers who picked at random. and every other saturday, my sister, who was older, a friend, and i would go to the movie. they can talk up to five minutes each, and are then given a score by a team ofjudges. the winner goes on to perform at the moth grand slam — so no pressure, then. this is quite nerve racking, and the prospect of me having to be up on that stage sometime soon is kind of freaking me out. 9.2, very nice, we applaud. strictly between you and me, i'm secretly keeping my fingers crossed that i won't be chosen, so you can imagine my horror when this happened. give us a hand for christie, let's go flushing! here she comes! there she is, come on, come up!
10:54 am
and although i do perform for a camera for my dayjob, up here i feel exposed and genuinely out of my comfort zone, as you can probably tell. stand closer to the mic. i'm a traveljournalist, and a little while ago i was injapan, and i was there to interview a very famous chef, and he was bringing out with great pomp and ceremony this dish that he created for me, and it's coming towards me, and it has this kind of a crab leg sticking out the top, and of all the things that ijust can't eat, and there are many many things i can't eat, seafood is right up there at the top, there is almost nothing from the sea that i will happily put in my mouth, so i asked my translator, "so what is this?" and she kind of looked at me and said, she asked the chef and said "oh, it's fugu", the japanese pufferfish, you know,
10:55 am
the one that if you just prepare it very very slightly wrong, then you die because it's full of neurotoxins? and i was like oh! so i went to put it in my mouth, and i kind of bit down on it, and it didn't yield in the way that i thought it... it popped in my mouth like a cyst. laughter. despite my nerves and to my total surprise, i camejoint runner—up at tonight's contest, but the handsdown winner wasjuliet holmes, a retired grandmother whose endearing story about her early childhood really won over the crowds. how we turned the movie show out on a saturday afternoon in savannah georgia in 1950. thank you. so, if you're coming to new york and fancy a change from broadway, then the moth could make a good night out, and who knows, you could even end up on stage yourself. now he's apologising to me!
10:56 am
right, that's all we have time for this week, but coming up next time... the first instalment of rajan�*s epic indian journey from 2017, when he crossed the entire subcontinent. these are areas really for the adventurous traveller, this isn't india on tap. from gujarat in the west, to assam in the east, along one of the longest railway lines in the country. it's still the lifeblood of the country today. if you'd like to see more of our recent adventures, you can find us on the bbc iplayer, we are also on social media, just search bbc travel show, we are on most of the major platforms. until next time, do keep planning those trips wherever you may be heading, and we will see you soon. bye— bye.
10:57 am
hello, there. storm evert yesterday brought some damage and disruption across southern parts of the country. it brought almost autumnal weather rather than mid—summer weather to our shores. this weekend, though, it's looking a bit better. it's going to be a little bit quieter. we'll have sunshine and showers in the forecast, but it will remain on the cool side for the time of year. that's because we've got northerly winds running down across the uk. that area of low is what was storm evert. we've got showers in the forecast, mainly across england and wales through the day. some showers also across eastern scotland, north—east england. this will tend to turn heavier into the afternoon, but it's part of wales, the midlands, southern
10:58 am
england which will see the heaviest of the showers. hitand miss. some places will stay dry. we could see quite a bit of dry weather for scotland and northern ireland, albeit rather cloudy. the winds are going to be lighter today than what they were yesterday, particularly across england and wales. it's not going to feel particularly warm for the time of year, particularly across the north of the country, 15 to 19 degrees here, but we could make 21 or 22 across the south—east. the winds will be lighter and, given the sunshine is pretty strong this time of year, it shouldn't feel too bad. as we head through this evening and overnight, most of the showers die away, but a few will linger here and there. most places will be dry, variable cloud and clear spells. temperatures in double figures for england and wales, but some chillier spots across scotland and northern ireland. so into sunday, we've got this very weak weather front spreading south across the country. that's going to introduce the cooler air. maybe a bit more cloud for england and wales as we head on into the afternoon. so it's going to be one of sunshine and showers again. most of them for england and wales closer to that weather front. again, into the afternoon, it could turn out to be heavy and thundery in places. the odd shower, as well, for the north and east of scotland.
10:59 am
we will hold on to a bit more breeze here. otherwise, the winds will be light so any showers will tend to be fairly slow moving. so that cooler air will push its way southwards, so i think highs of 20, maybe 21 degrees in the south, around the mid to upper—teens celsius further north. as we head on into the start of next week, this bump, this ridge of high pressure noses in from the south—west. that will settle things down a bit. there will still be a few showers around, but a more active jet stream later in the week will fire low pressure systems towards our shores. so the general thinking is next week we start off generally fine and settled with some sunshine before it turns a lot more unsettled towards the end of the week.
11:00 am
this is bbc news. i'm ben mundy. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. a great start for team gb on super saturday at the tokyo olympics. gold — and a world record — in the 4 x 100 metres mixed medley relay. add to that another gold in the triathlon mixed relay event — including a first gold medal forjonny brownlee. fighting is raging around three strategic cities in afghanistan — which the security forces are trying to defend from taliban militants. reports say fighters have breached the front lines in the southern part of herat. donald trump's been ordered to hand over his tax returns to congress. the usjustice department overturned a ruling — made when he was in office — that the information
11:01 am
could remain private

19 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on