tv The Travel Show BBC News October 24, 2021 1:30am-2:01am BST
a fatal shooting on the set of an alec baldwin movie. the film's director, who was injured in the incident, has said he is gutted by the loss of his friend and colleague, the cinematographer halyna hutchins. italy's former interior minister, matteo salvini, has gone on trial in sicily over his refusal to let a migrant boat dock in august, 2019. he denies charges of kidnapping and dereliction of duty. mr salvini had closed italian ports to rescue boats accusing humanitarian groups of encouraging people smuggling. a prominent adviser to the british government on covid—19, is urging the public to do everything possible, to reduce transmission of the virus — as coronavirus infections are continuing to rise. ministers say there's no need for stricter measures in england, at the moment. the chancellor, rishi sunak, is promising to spend almost seven billion pounds improving transport outside london, in england's city regions.
it's one of a number of spending pledges to be unveiled in wednesday's budget. here's our business correspondent, katy austin. whether it's for work or leisure, how easy is it to get about where you live? greater manchester is one area set to receive cash to spend on transport improvements, such as tram upgrades and bus corridors. i think it's going to be a great idea for bolton, and it'll save time on people, like, using buses and trains, direct links straight in, and good for the environment, as well. if there was a convenient tram from preston to manchester, i'd definitely consider it. it'll be for regional authorities to decide exactly how the money is spent. this is not a day for any negativity. it feels like a real breakthrough
for levelling up today, the government feels as though it's listening and buying in to the greater manchester vision, so it's a good day. next week, the chancellor is expected to confirm £5.7 billion for a range of projects in england's big city regions — 1.5 billion more than had been anticipated. it's meant to help bridge the gap between transport provision in the capital and other places. including the west midlands — at this cinema in digbeth in birmingham, staff think better local links would be good for business. it would be a great help — again, notjust for the customers, but for the staff as well, they're coming from all over, and it's an importantjob to them, and it would just make life a lot easier — a lot of the time they're just having to get taxis home or things like that, whereas a tram would be great, you know, reallyjust a simple but a bit of a cheaper solution. just over £1 billion will go towards introducing simpler fares and faster journeys on local buses, using london's services as the model. that's part of an existing £3 billion promise. we think that it's not so much
of a north—south divide, but there are many areas across the whole country that feel left behind and need levelling up, so areas that have very infrequent bus services, no services in the evenings and at weekends, and these glaring gaps in current provision that need to be addressed. in the lead—up to the chancellor outlining his wider spending plans in a few days�* time, we're hearing about lots of these kinds of funding promises. but rishi sunak has also spoken about wanting to put the public finances on a sustainable footing, and we should soon find out more about how he intends to do that. labour has accused the government of lacking a coherent plan and said other projects, like delivering hs2 to leeds, were also critical. but the government says modernising the transport network is central to its levelling up agenda. katy austin, bbc news, in birmingham. now on bbc news, it's the travel show with christa larwood. this week on the show... having a blast in iceland. someone asked me if it was sped up.
it's not. it was just, like, a sleep slope. that was crazy. chewing the fat in southern spain. offering a helping hand to lost seal pups in ireland. when she came in, she didn't look too great, but now she looks beautiful, one of the prettiest seals i've seen! terrified, but this is what it's all about, so let's give it our best shot. and the 26—mile slog to shake off the post—lockdown blues in paris. hello, and welcome to iceland,
the little island that did very well against covid, fighting very aggressively from early on, and now is welcoming visitors back to its shores. and in that effort, it's had a little help from a rather unexpected and very volatile source. volcanoes are the rock stars in iceland. # what makes you feel good... or at least a cool place where rock stars can shoot their music videos, which is exactly what icelandic rockers kaleo did during this year's eruption. and like all good rock gods, this volcano was fiery, unpredictable and, above all, knows how to put on a good show.
ladies and gentlemen, it's time to introduce you to iceland's newest volcano, fagradalsfjall. or �*bob�* as some people online like to call it. but what's in a name? it's so new, it hasn't even received an official title yet. it's windy and it's raining, but it's beautiful! since march this year, this hellraiser has been burning up social media and news outlets across the world. since travel restrictions lifted, over 300,000 people have flocked to iceland to see the longest volcanic eruption in the country for over 50 years. i wanted to see this natural phenomenon for myself. oh, look at this! wow! so, i headed up to the site with guide and self—confessed volcano chaser marco di marco. i was so excited. it was like...i was waiting for an eruption in iceland for basically...| mean,
i don't want to exaggerate, but basically all my life. even though there were no rivers of fire, the lava fields are out of this world. look at this place. it looks like the surface of an alien planet. all i want to do is clamber up there and explore. but apparently the rock can be actually quite thin and brittle and there can be pockets of lava underneath, so if you walk on it and you fall through, you're in real trouble, so it's not a good idea, unfortunately. what a brilliant place. marco grew up in the shadow of mount etna on sicily, which is where he found his passion for volcanoes. he's spent most of the year guiding tourists around iceland's latest volcano, and has been documenting the eruption for himself. these people are just coming to watch the lava flow. to watch the eruption, yeah, to basicallyjust attend a festival. laughs. that was the thing. like, all these people arejust sitting, like they're watching
a performance or they're at the theatre or something, but its nature on show. taking pictures, basically, when the lava is approaching. so when the lava is too hot, they start, like, backing up. like, ok, just wait a sec. but we think of a volcanic eruption as being kind of a disaster. but here, it's almost entertainment. it's totally entertainment. the footage marco shot looks incredible. someone asked me if it was sped up. it's not. it was just like a steep slope. that was crazy. yeah, look how fast it's moving! is it less windy on the american continent? no, i think it's the same wind!
i am at a bridge between two continents where i'm meeting holda, one of the first guides to take tourists to this year's volcanic eruption. holda is coming over from the north american side to meet me on the eurasian side. she tells me it's these two tectonic plates which are slowly moving away from each other which causes iceland's abundance of volcanic activity, which is nowhere near as fun as what the ancient icelanders believed. often, when — in the earlier days, we were having volcanic activities, we connected that to evil trolls that were having tantrum episodes. rock music plays. who could forget 2010 when many of our travel plans were grounded by an ash cloud caused by an icelandic volcano. but holda says the timing was perfect. the attention generated turned into a wave of tourism at a time when iceland needed it most, after the impact of the economic crash.
holda also believes the new eruption is a case of history repeating itself. we think also that iceland is living with us and the nature is often answering back to some of our prayers, if you want to say. now we were having a little bit of problem with the pandemic and everything shutting down and no tourists, and then we have this eruption. it is absolutely necessary for us to create some ways of income, and this...this is the means of iceland actually helping us! as we've seen recently on the canary island of la palma, it's mother nature who holds the cards in this game, and holda says if you do
want to visit a volcano, the best way is to see it with a guide. in the beginning, there was a lot of mistakes being done, people were getting in trouble. the routes were, like, difficult and the weather was treacherous, and i think that everyone here in iceland just got caught up in making this more safe and more accessible for people, and in that way, to have guided tours up to the volcano. from wedding films like this to live streams and music videos, in a year where travel has been extremely limited, the artistry and creativity this volcano has sparked has given us all a chance to enjoy this eruption from afar. and it really goes to show why iceland has earned the nickname of �*the land of fire and ice�*. we all love a good chat, a chance to while away the hours catching up
gossiping orjust having a good—old chinwag. at first glance, chatting might seem a strange thing to add to unesco's list of intangible cultural heritage, but it's on a list that already includes neapolitan pizza making, finnish sauna culture and a grass—mowing competition in bosnia and herzegovina. here's why charla alfresco, roughly translated as �*outdoor chatting', might stand a chance of making the cut.
still to come on the travel show... new meet galaxy. the seal pup embarking on her biggest adventure yet. is actually in half—an—hour. you need to put yourself in the right mindset. and we are at the paris marathon as one competitor takes part to clear up his post look down blues. so don't go away. right, we are off to ireland next to meet some of its cutest residents.
seal pups that live around the coastline have been having an increasingly difficult time. more frequent storms are causing larger numbers of baby seals to be separated from their mothers before they've learnt to fend for themselves. we've been with a team of mostly volunteers who have devoted their lives to the rescuing and rehabilitation of lost seal pups. meet galaxy. she has become a bit of a social media star and we arejoining her on her biggest adventure yet. in this pool we have galaxy, who is just about ready to be released and we will release her tomorrow. she is a very special seal because this is her second time in rehab. she was one of the smallest. she laughs. i just got soaked.
galaxy the seal battled through the centre's icu and is the only seal to have been rescued twice. but why is it that seals like galaxy even need to be rescued ? they come to us for very many reasons. they get trapped in netting and we also have orphaning, a baby and mum could be out swimming in the ocean when a storm rolls in unexpectedly and they are separated, and then the baby will come to the beach lost and looking for his mother and that is when we will come in and monitorfor a couple of hours to see if she does come back to find him, but often they don't, so we will take that pup into care. many of the pups are fighting life—threatening injuries and illness. most are just too small to survive on their own. we can put some water on it, it is ok.
seal rescue ireland's income relies heavily on its visitor centre. so when lockdowns hit it was a real blow. but now they can once again welcome visitors in small groups with social distancing in place. galaxy! three, two, go. galaxy! she knows the drill. the time has finally come for galaxy to return to the sea. when she came in she did not look too great but now she looks beautiful.
one of the prettiest seals i've seen, and she is happy and ready to go. you know, working with wildlife you don't want to get attached to them because they are wild animals and they do bite so you need to be careful. but you see them go through the rehabilitation journey and you experience all their ups and downs and to see them finally go back is just really rewarding to watch. is it a boy or a girl? it is a girl. so we will open the cage in a few minutes and she will just slowly make her way to the sea. we ask that everyone keep a safe distance from her and let her go at her own pace, ok?
this is kind of what we need to promote. the biodiversity crisis can feel so overwhelming, it can feel like we are doomed but having a little win like this inspires people to pull together and change things. now you may recall last month we caught up with freddie pearson, a graduate from london. he has had struggles with mental health in the past and says lack of travel during the last 18 months has had an impact on him and his friends. but he has a plan to take
on the post lock down blues, and it involves a lot of running. i think young people have missed being able to travel and go to new places. for a lot of people, they have been looking at the four walls for a lot of their day or in the same space and every day merges into one, which makes things difficult. to go and run around paris, i will feel like i am in a movie. it is so beautiful and there is so much going on. such an amazing atmosphere. last one in the bag before the marathon. i start up by the champs—elysses, go past the eiffel tower, along the river and all the amazing landmarks of paris. given everything going on over the last year i feel so lucky to be here. big nice sleep ahead of me and raring to go.
lots of freebies. they've stopped. i was the last one! a stamp and not a signature? what time does this close? after six. thank you. so i turned up to collect my race number and it turns out in france when you run a race you have to have a medical certificate from your doctor to say that you are fit and able to run so i need to do that now in a very short space of time to make sure i can get registered in time. asap. it is proving to be a bit of a nightmare. it is a saturday and no—one is in the gp office but i'm just trying to get it sorted.
thank you so much, i appreciate it. so there is a doctor and he will check it. yes! mercy. we got it! now i'm going to go get my number and then we can race. let's go. so it is the morning of the marathon, the nerves are starting to set in a little bit. let's go hit the road. as you see all the people coming out, and all the signs for the marathon, you do realise that this is it. you can see the finish line. we get about two minutes,
everything about that was unreal. a real battle of the mind over the last 18 months, and we have all had to battle against ourselves. an amazing feeling today i could not recommend it more to anyone. that is not pretty. finishing time — three hours and two minutes. let's go get a beer! what a great achievement and what a great way to see paris as well. best of luck to freddie
in the future. that is all we have time for this week. coming up next time, new and improved. we're visiting the recently reopened iconic parisian department store. a velvet barre! as they say, when in paris... you can find more of our recent adventures on bbc iplayer or on social media. just search for bbc travel show on the major platforms and you will find us there. until next time, wherever you are planning to go to, stay safe, have fun, and we will see you soon. hello. saturday was a pretty cloudy day across the board.
temperatures were edging up and part two of the weekend it looks a little bit milder. we will also have some chain around which will make it feel mild too. but there will be some showery bursts of rain all courtesy of this weather front which is bringing a very wet night to parts of northern ireland and western scotland. sunday morning this weather front will be slowly weakening as it continues to journey its way eastwards across the rest of scotland and for england and wales. lying across western england and will across the morning you'll notice it will become more fragmented with showery bursts of rain edging their way across the rest of england and wales through the day. not reaching the southeast until evening time so staying dry here with some glimmers of brightness. elsewhere sunshine show was heavily rumbling thunder in ireland and western scotland. it's going to be another blustery day right across the board. windiest for southern and western coast could see up to maybe 40mph in exposure. it's going to be milder probably milder than saturday with top temperatures in the brighter spots reaching around 16 celsius. through sunday night it stays blustery.
there'll be clear spells and showers, most of the showers will be affecting more northern and western areas, the odd heavy one again in eastern areas which will tend to stay dry with just a few showers getting through there. another mild night to come for england and wales with a perhaps something a little bit fresher for northern ireland and scotland. here's the pressure chart then for monday, low pressure to the north of the uk, westerly winds cover these weather fronts accentuated showers with sunny spells for tuesday at more significant area of low pressure affects the north of the uk further south, closer to an area of high pressure it should be drier and a little bit brighter. this is the picture for monday, a lot of sunshine around, many places to stay dry altogether but we will have showers around. most of the southern and western areas, some of them on the heavy side. another mild day to come across england and wales, the mid—teens again, something a bit cooler and fresher for scotland and northern ireland here. around ten to 12 degrees. as we through the week, it stays mild very milder across southern areas but southern areas
hello, you're watching bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: the film director injured in a fatal shooting on the set of an alec baldwin movie speaks about the death of his colleague, as the police investigation continues. italy's former interior minister, matteo salvini, goes on trial — charged with kidnapping after refusing to allow a migrant rescue boat to dock. covid infections in the uk rise, as a prominent government advisor says he's fearful of another "lockdown christmas." riot police block the path of a new caravan of migrants hoping to get to mexico city and then on to the united states. and the environmental activist greta thunberg talks to the bbc about where she thinks world leaders are failing on tackling climate change. instead of trying to find solutions, real solutions,