tv The Travel Show BBC News October 6, 2021 2:30am-3:01am BST
this is bbc news. the headlines: a former facebook employee turned whistleblower has told the us congress social media giant is harming children, stroking division, and weakening democracy. frances haugen, who leads internal company research to the wall streetjournal, also said facebook chose profit over the safety of users. the governor of california has once again called for an end to offshore drilling following the massive oil spill of the southern coast of the state. gavin newsom is it underlined the need for two and america's dependence on fossil fuels. it is thought to have resulted from the rupture ofa of a pipeline. a russian film crew has arrived at the international space station on a mission to shoot the first movie in orbit. an actor and director will record scenes for the challenge, a drama about a surgeon who is sent to save a
cosmonaut. the home secretary has announced an independent enquiry into what she called the systematic failures that allowed a serving police officer to kidnap, allowed a serving police officerto kidnap, rape, and murder sarah everard. dev patel said the public needs answers to ensure something like this does not happen again —— priti patel. last week when cousins was sentenced to a whole life terms in prison. lucy mannering has this. so many questions after sarah everard's murder. how could wayne couzens be a police officer? why wasn't he stopped earlier? why are women still not safe? nearly a week after we learnt the full distressing details of what a police officer did to sarah everard, they will now be a wide—ranging enquiry. the wide-ranging enquiry. the ublic wide-ranging enquiry. the public have _ wide-ranging enquiry. the public have a _ wide-ranging enquiry. the public have a right - wide—ranging enquiry. tue: public have a right to wide—ranging enquiry. tte: public have a right to know what systematic failures enabled his continued employment as a police officer.
we need answers as to why this was allowed to happen. applause _ . i can confirmed today that there will — . i can confirmed today that there will be _ . i can confirmed today that there will be an _ . i can confirmed today that there will be an enquiry - . i can confirmed today that there will be an enquiry to i there will be an enquiry to give the independent oversight needed to ensure that something like this can never happen again. like this can never happen aaain. , like this can never happen a.ain_ , again. the first part will look at couzens. _ again. the first part will look at couzens, his _ again. the first part will look at couzens, his previous - at couzens, his previous behaviour, and any opportunities missed to stop him. the second part will examine policing, looking at abetting how police investigate themselves and their behaviour. but the enquiry won't have the power to demand witnesses and evidence, but ministers promised that will change if needed. tt promised that will change if needed. , ., needed. it is not statutory, does not — needed. it is not statutory, does notjudge-led, - needed. it is not statutory, does notjudge-led, both l needed. it is not statutory, | does notjudge-led, both of does notjudge—led, both of which we think it needs to be, and it can'tjust be about wayne couzens, has got to be about the entire aspect of the case and also about women's treatment by the man.- treatment by the man. only yesterday — treatment by the man. only yesterday the _ treatment by the man. only yesterday the met - treatment by the man. only yesterday the met police . yesterday the met police
commission announced a review into her own force by an independent person working alongside her. there is also the police regulator investigation into whether the met and kent police properly looked into three indecent exposure allegations against cousins —— couzens. the home office can't say if any of the enquiry will be held in public, but the conclusions will be published. and just last month the police inspectorate said there was an epidemic of violence against a and it needed to be treated as seriously as terrorism is. so it is not as if the government and the forces haven't been aware of many of these issues. tonight, any sport, they held a visualfor tonight, any sport, they held a visual for sabrina nessa, tonight, any sport, they held a visualfor sabrina nessa, one visual for sabrina nessa, one of visualfor sabrina nessa, one of more than 80 women filled moments in sarah everard. this morning the prime minister refused to back calls for misogyny to be classified as a hate crime, because he believes current laws are sufficient. this new enquiry must notjust highlight the problems, but
make the changes so that all women can be safe. lucy mannering, bbc news. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. you gotta love it, proper british coastline. earlier this summer we went on an adventure across the uk, as it opened up for travel again. yes, we're open! from rugged coastlines, to breathtaking landscapes... how you doing, guys? ..we met all kinds of people along the way, as we headed down the road to recovery in our head—turning, all—electric travel show van. this time we're leaving britain and heading to the republic of ireland. i'm going to be finding out how this country has adapted, both to the challenges of the pandemic... kisses rock. that was a real smacker. ..and to changes in irish society as a whole... we're ireland's first drag house, and now there's this incredible scene where you see all these different styles of drag and performers which we didn't have before.
..to rediscover a modern ireland, looking forwards to a world beyond covid. i'm going to be travelling from the capital city of dublin through cork and onto ireland's most south—westerly point at mizen head. now, i've actually only been to ireland once or twice before, and that was quite a while ago, so i'm looking forward seeing how it's changing. and of course covid has changed the country in many ways, at least in the short term. ireland's cautious approach to covid meant that some of its pubs and bars were closed for 18 months, and as the industry begins to recover, i'd heard that there might be the signs of more changes on the horizon. so myjourney begins at ireland's most visited tourist attraction — the guinness storehouse, which had to close its doors to
tourists during the pandemic. the story of the brand is told over seven floors, at a site that's been here in dublin since the 18th century. so this is our historic passenger tunnel, it was built in 1895. do you know how much guinness is made here at the moment? would you believe that we produce about 25 pints of guinness every single second, and that's 880 million pints every single year. and, you know, sometimes you would have three generations of the same family working for the brewery at the same time. but i'm heading up to the top floorfor a taste of the brand's future in the form of a new 0% alcohol beer. while other brands may have had alcohol—free beers for some time,
are looking for alternative options to alcohol, and zero alcohol is becoming very popular, and it is essential i think in today's society, people want to have those options. we brew it in the exact same way, there's no guinness zero brew, it's brewed as guinness, and then right at the end of the process we decide ok, that vessel is our guinness zero vessel and we remove the alcohol from that vessel using a cold filtration process to remove the alcohol, so you retain all of those flavours, you just remove the alcohol. now, obviously the pandemic, covid, has been terrible for the whole world, but when visitors come here, can you see that they're really happy to be in somewhere like this now? can you feel the excitement? 0h, sure, even irish visitors and tourists alike, so we've seen a huge amount of irish people coming into the storehouse, and the excitementjust to see the building open. over the last 18 months the store has been talking to the world virtually. now it's great to see people coming back in through the doors and people are excited. it's notjust the drinks that
are changing, however. irish pubs are found all around the world, but back home here in dublin, the city's first alcohol free bar has just opened its doors. we offer a wide range of drinks, we offer high end cocktails, to local beers, like the one you're drinking now from dundalk. and i think it reallyjust gives people the choice because when they go to establishments that have alcohol, the choice is very limited when it comes to non—alcohol. i mean, what people have mentioned is that there's a mindset of people taking care of themselves more because of the pandemic or the effect psychologically of the pandemic. do you see that as being actually a better time, a better climate for you in a way to prosper? yeah, definitely, because we're moving away from being an alcohol free bar to being a well—being bar. a lot of the drinks that we have here are plant—based drinks, they're actually very good for you, they can help boost your immune system, they're full of vitamins, they can calm you down in the way that a red wine might calm you down. so you're kind of surfing
the zeitgeist, if you like, aren't you? well, we are. that has been a great experience. that bar is really cool. and to think that i spent a whole day in dublin in bars drinking, but not actually drinking alcohol, it goes to show that the stereotypes that we have of these cities have got to change because i suspect this is going to be a big part of the future of socialising in places like dublin, and i will drink to that. ah, nice. next, i'm leaving dublin and beginning myjourney west. charging the van shouldn't be too much of a problem here. there are around 2,000 charging points which actually compares better than the uk on a charger per person basis. so, this is ennis, in county clare, a lovely little town, narrow
streets, bookshops, just what you'd expect from an irish town. but where i'm going, on the outskirts of ennis, is actually a car park... irish music plaing. ..because it's here where the aerial dance company fidget feet are doing a performance of the first show since the start of the pandemic, made possible largely through local authority finding. the show is designed to give a child's view on the world as it emerges from the pandemic. the group is led by chantal mccormick who's been a leading voice on the challenges for the arts in ireland during the covid crisis. applause in terms of the performers, how much training,
education, how much do they have to learn before they can do something like this? so, it's a long journey because it's a very high skill that you need to get, and that was hard during lockdown because how can these artists keep their skills because they have to do it every day. now, we're kinda looking at ireland almost through a post—pandemic lens. how can you see irish culture, in a sense, moving forward and progressing? are you seeing optimistic signs? it's like, when you're a company, a lot of the times ifeel like to be recognised as an aerial company or a dance company, or whatever, it's like, oh, you've to gotta go international and then when you're international and you're famous then you can come back to ireland and then you're famous, and it's really interesting what this pandemic has taught us is, you know, we can't rely on constantly going out of your own country to be this, so, what is the riches inside of here? so for me it's the irish
language, it's the irish dancing, it's the irish music and it's the aerial that we now have. so, it's like, i don't doubt that culture isn't going to survive a pandemic, because sometimes it's not a choice that you choose, like, it's something inside you that goes i have to dance, or i have to do aerial, or i have to sing or, you know, and wejust have to keep doing it. and what better way to finish the show in ireland than with a traditional ceili. if you think about it, during the pandemic these guys couldn't really perform and that must be desperately sad for them, and thank goodness that they were funded and kept going by grants, because the result of them being able to perform again, today now, that is incredible, the joy and pleasure they give people. wow. long may that live.
give yourself a huge round of applause. cheering and applause the next part of myjourney will take me south towards ireland's second largest city, cork, but i couldn't pass by without stopping at one particular famous landmark. right, well, the place we're going to now is somewhere i've heard an awful lot about, and you may have too, but if i told you it's connected to a little town and a castle called blarney, and that by going there i'm going to improve my social skills no end, you might guess what i'm talking about. the 600—year—old blarney castle is set across a 60 acre site, but its most famous attraction is, of course, the blarney stone.
it's said that the gift of the gab is given to those who kiss it. this is our first view of where the famous blarney stone is. up there? yah! can i have a go? absolutely, let's do it. let's do it. the stone was brought to the castle from the holy land during the crusades. soon after, legend has it, that the lord of the castle saved a witch from drowning, who thanked him by casting a spell on the stone to cure his speech impediment once he'd kissed it. of course, with the onset of the pandemic, kissing the blarney stone stopped, but now, with a strict disinfecting procedure in place, it's once again open to those eager to pucker up to stone. and here we are. this is the world—famous blarney stone. just here? 0k. so it's the last six inches of the wall, that dave's just cleaning there now for us... right. so to kiss it today you're going to have to lie down on your back...
yeah. ..grab the two bars... mmhmm. ..and then you're going to slide in. but dave's going to be holding on to you the whole time so you're in a safe pair of hands there. 0k, good. but you have it easier nowadays. the old way to kiss it, we would've got you by your ankles and held you out over the outside of the wall. literally dangling over the wall? absolutely. 0k, well i...yep, ifeel lucky. whenever you're ready. over we go, down. yep, so, dave's gonna lower your down, grab the two bars and then you're gonna slide back and kiss the last six inches of the wall. the last six inches, right at the bottom. there you go. whoa. he kisses the rock. that was a real smacker. perfect. that's great, it feels like a real proper old—fashioned ritual that's gone through centuries and i was part of it. thank you! but the question is this. paul, i'm now supposed to be more eloquent and charming? yes, so after kissing the stone, we've now bestowed the gift of eloquence
or the gift of gab on you. well, i don't know about that, but at the risk of being platitudinous, you do look particularly handsome at the moment. oh, how kind of you — appreciate it. now i'm taking a short drive to the east of cork, out to the coast. this part of the country is considered by many to be the culinary capital of ireland. one big reason for that is ballymaloe cookery school. it's a place where people have been coming from around the world in recent years to learn cooking skills, and taste some of the food created by internationally renowned cook darina allen. darina, thank you so much for having us here. you're going to demonstrate something to cook for us, but what is it? very simple. i can't let you leave ireland without being able to make a soda bread. irish soda bread is thought to date back to the early 18005, and was popular partly due to its simplicity.
really important thing to remember with soda bread is you don't knead it, so no need to knead. it can be made in minutes from just four ingredients — flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk. do you see how lovely and gloopy that is? yeah. that's from my own jersey cows. how cool is that? so just flatten it out. finally, darina adds the traditional blessing of the bread by scoring a cross in the top of the dough to help it open out as it cooks. and then — very important — you've got to let the fairies out of the bread. you prick it in the four corners like that and that lets the fairies out of the bread, because the fairies are always up to mischief in ireland, and they'lljinx your bread if you don't let them out. so if you're pure of heart or if you've had a good night in an irish pub last night, you'll have seen those fairies coming out. and now we need to put it straight in the oven. so you have a huge estate here, darina. well, it's.. darina began the cooking school
here in the �*80s on the same estate where her mother—in—law, myrta allen, established a restaurant two decades earlier. within a few years of starting the school, people began coming from around the world. so, if you had to define what irish cuisine is, what would you say? well, know, i know a lot of people might have thought we live on corned beef and cabbage, but of course it's changed so much over the years. but the fantastic thing is that here in ireland we have such brilliant raw materials and such great produce. so what we would serve at ballymaloe — our basis of what we do is irish country house cooking, but then with all kinds of influences from all over the world — from india, mexico. because we can grow things — we can grow epazote from mexican food. of course, we grow those curry leaves, lime leaves — all kinds of things. and there we go. and before i leave darina, there is one more thing
we must do. that is so nice. it's soft, spongy almost, you know. it's — the taste is lovely. and you made that, just like that. back on the road, i'm heading into cork city. here, old stereotypes of ireland's conservative outlook are once again becoming outdated. a growing drag community has emerged in cork. they've been through a difficult covid period and tonight will be the first public performance for some drag artists here since the pandemic began. just so many different genres of the drag in cork. i mean, you have everything from your club kid to your more burlesque to your
more classic drag. yeah. and there is the likes of me, say, a girl doing drag. that was certainly quite unusual, you know, in ireland anyway. change has come here only relatively recently, however. but legendary female impersonator danny la rue came from cork and went on to become one of the 1960s' highest—paid entertainers. but that success and acceptance was mostly found in britain after moving there as a child. ireland back then was such a different place, entirely different — different attitudes and different outlook. it was only in, i believe, �*93 that homosexuality was actually decriminalised. so i — lots of people that i know from that time upped sticks and moved. they might have gone to the uk or wherever they went, went to a country that was more liberal with its attitudes, or where the community was larger so you could feel that security.
and then, of course, ireland has progressed so much. # gonna get married... ireland was the first country to legalise gay marriage in 2015 through a referendum. all cheer. covid aside, cork has vibrant pride celebrations, and now danny la rue's grandnephew has established a leading collective of drag performers — the house of mockie ah! we're ireland first drag house and we're now the biggest house. other ones are springing up. and there's this incredible scene where, like, you see all of these different styles of drag and performers which we didn't have before. and a lot of that comes down to the fact that we now have social media and things like ru paul's drag race, which bring drag into your home. so it's like — you know, before, we found out about drag through, you know, through family. but now you can literally go on instagram, so there's styles of drag everywhere. so it's more easy to be inspired, which is great.
and tell me about how the pandemic affected you and the whole scene here. specifically with queer people and the lgbt+ community, again, our space has been taken away. and for the likes of myself and the other queens, our work was taken away. yeah, it's taught us a lot and what i've loved personally seeing is how resourceful queer people are. i haven't seen some of my friends in 18 months all in the same room. i haven't a proper audience in so long, but i'm ready to not do drag in my bedroom anymore! i'm pretty excited to come back on stage. soft music plays. so you didn't think you'd do it again after the first time? no, no. what?! no. well, the first time i was in drag i fell on the parade stage, broke my heels, my wig came off, — and i still kept going. persistence and determination. soft music continues.
well, that was brilliant fun. flamboyant, yes, but also wickedly satirical in places. but what i ultimately saw was a bunch of really good friends — brilliant entertainers, but loving performing live together in front of an audience who loved it as much as they did. soft music continues. to finish, i'm heading to the most south—westerly point in ireland, mizen head.
well, this is simply glorious. beautiful sandy beaches, some brave souls out there in the sea. wow, incredible. they call this coastal region the wild atlantic way. stunning stretches of coastline go on for miles and miles. so that's it — the most south—westerly tip of ireland, and there the vast atlantic, stretching all the way over to the americas. soft music plays. embracing change is nothing new for people here. this is the last sight of home that many irish migrants saw as they headed to a new life in america in the 19th and early 20th century, and a lot has changed
since then. the famous dublin—born writer george bernard shaw once said that the heart of an irish man is nothing but his imagination. and while i've been here, i've witnessed first—hand how people have used their power of imagination to survive, adapt and stay in business during the pandemic. their creativity, good sense of humour and sheer grit and determination have been truly inspiring, and ifor one wouldn't have missed any of this for the world.
hello there. wednesday looks like it's going to be a drier, brighter day for many parts of the uk. a vast improvement over what we saw on tuesday. the northeast of england was particularly badly affected by the rain. it was about a month's worth of rain falling in 2a hours. throughout the day, it was a pretty wet too across eastern parts of scotland. the low pressure that brought the rain and the strong winds is moving out of the way. we've got the next atlantic weather system coming in to the west and in between the two, a small window of drier weather and some sunshine. with clearer skies to start the day across large parts of scotland and northern ireland, pretty chilly out there.
for eastern parts of england, there's more rain around still and it's lighter by the morning, the rain should move away. those northerly winds will gradually ease and the cloud eventually break up. we've got this slice of dry weather and sunshine, but western areas are going to be clouding over steadily and we've got some rain in the afternoon particularly across northern ireland. ahead of that, something a bit warmer than today across much of england and wales. it could be quite chilly in the evening with the clearer skies in eastern england and out to the west though, the cloud is coming in, thickening up to bring some rain into western scotland and that will tend to lift the temperatures, as well. as we head into the end of the week, it is a complete turnaround really because there is much warmer weather on the way and that is because the winds are going to be coming in all the way around the tropics and bringing in those higher temperatures, bringing in the moisture in the form of cloud and we've still got the weather front just draped across the northwestern part of the uk to bring some rain. that is mainly affecting northern and western scotland during thursday, some heavier rain for argyle and highland.
some rain threatens northern ireland could be a bit of damp, drizzly weather across western parts of england and wales. brighter skies further east. but despite a lot of cloud on thursday, look at these temperatures. 19 in belfast, could make 20 in newcastle, much, much warmer than it was on tuesday. the winds will be lighter for england and wales on friday, could be some fog in the morning through the midlands towards the southeast of england and lifting to bring some sunny spells, still a threat of rain in the northwest parts of the uk with some sunshine at times. and those temperatures again widely 18 to 21 c. the next question is how long will it last? saturday looks quite warm for many. some rain in scotland and northern ireland. as the weekend goes on, it will gradually cool down from the north.
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