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north-westerly across northerly and north—westerly across the north_ northerly and north—westerly across the north of scotland, things pretty cold there, cold enough to convert showers _ cold there, cold enough to convert showers into some snowfall across higher— showers into some snowfall across higher ground. and then a real plethora — higher ground. and then a real plethora of showers following behind the weather front as it continues its the weather front as it continues itsjourhey— the weather front as it continues its journey across the british isles during _ its journey across the british isles during the — its journey across the british isles during the course of friday. again, those _ during the course of friday. again, those temperatures really struggling. after that chilly start across _ struggling. after that chilly start across the northern half of the british— across the northern half of the british isles, a maximum of four or five celsius — british isles, a maximum of four or five celsius. friday into saturday, the weather very much dominated by low pressure, which we think will sit in _ low pressure, which we think will sit in the — low pressure, which we think will sit in the north sea. the isobars are tightly— sit in the north sea. the isobars are tightly packed, so a piercing north—westerly wind, rattling showers _ north—westerly wind, rattling showers across north and western parts _ showers across north and western parts of _ showers across north and western parts of the british isles at this stage. — parts of the british isles at this stage, and again, given that it will have _ stage, and again, given that it will have treeh— stage, and again, given that it will have been cold for a couple of days, with night—time chill as well, some of those _ with night—time chill as well, some of those showers will convert quite readily _ of those showers will convert quite readily quite herself into something wintry— readily quite herself into something wintry across higher ground. into the start— wintry across higher ground. into the start of— wintry across higher ground. into the start of the forthcoming week, rather— the start of the forthcoming week, rather as— the start of the forthcoming week, rather as we have seen at the start of the _ rather as we have seen at the start of the week, the isobars are beginning to bend back at least for a time _
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beginning to bend back at least for a time to— beginning to bend back at least for a time to sunday and monday, towards more of— a time to sunday and monday, towards more of a _ a time to sunday and monday, towards more of a westerly, so relatively mild _ more of a westerly, so relatively mild that— more of a westerly, so relatively mild that they are, but as soon as the tow— mild that they are, but as soon as the low moves away, we could be back to the _ the low moves away, we could be back to the north _ the low moves away, we could be back to the north and north—westerly and cold agaih — hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: ole gunnar solskjaer has been sacked as manchester united's manager after three years, following a bad run of results.
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for a second night fires and fighting have taken place on the streets of the hague, with more than 30 arrested after lockdown protesters clashed with dutch police. meanwhile, here an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. the health secretary said people may have died as a result of the issue. chinese tennis star peng shuai has said she is "safe and well" in a video call with the international olympic committee, according to its president. western governments and other tennis stars have been demanding proof that she is ok after she went missing last month following sexual assault allegations. labour accuses the home secretary of "dangerous incompetence" over channel migrant crossings as the number of people travelling from france in small boats triples. and the taxi driver from the liverpool terror attack has released a statement saying it's a "miracle" he is alive, and thanking the public for their "amazing generosity".
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now, on bbc news, it's the travel show, with carmen roberts. this week on the travel show... celebrating the world's most famous big wheel. this is brilliant. this is my london. a slice of britain on a remote japanese island. i hope i'm doing this right. you've gotta be fast! and racing to the finishing line in our icy siberian challenge.
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hello and welcome to the travel show, with me, carmen roberts, coming to you this week from japan's semi—tropical yaeyama islands. later on, i'll be serving up one of these islands most surprising culinary specialities — a big battered british fish favourite, fish and chips. but first... the world's tallest observation wheel is now up and running, and where else, but dubai? it's known as the dubai eye. it's 250 metres tall and has 48 pods, which means it can carry more than 1,700 people in one revolution. shortly after the millennium, the world's most famous big wheel was opened. and just as the pandemic hit, the london eye was busy celebrating its 20th birthday. so we went along to meet some of the people who made it happen. the romans established london nearly 2,000 years ago. since then, the historic capital has developed
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an iconic skyline. for generations of us, it's always been dominated by two or three instantly recognisable historic buildings. when i was a kid, you could pick out st paul's cathedral, tower bridge and the palace of westminster as three silhouettes, which made the skyline look great. and that was the case for more than 100 years, and you kind of knew where you were. and then exactly 20 years ago, that was all thrown up in the air because that arrived. located on the banks of the river thames, the london eye offers a panoramic 360—degree view over the capital. standing at 135 metres tall, it's still the largest observation wheel in europe, and the most popular, with more than 76 million visitors in the last two decades. it was opened back in the heady
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days of the year 2000, part of the celebrations that ushered in the new millennium. originally, it was only supposed to be a temporary structure with a lifespan of just five years. it's really exciting. it has been a while since i was first on it, and it's still hugely popular. ok, here we go! the big step. it's actually going at less than one kilometre an hour, but nonetheless, you've got to get on in time.
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here we are, 135 metres high, right at the top. and this is brilliant. this is my london. i know this place really well. i was born just over there, i live just over there, and every iconic building you want to see is here — buckingham palace, the millennium bridge, st paul's over there, the river thames. it's fantastic. this is london's equivalent of the eiffel tower and the empire state building. this is the view that everybody wants to get. automatic voice: stand clear of the opening doors. - i think we're about to get off. our time is done. 30 minutes and it's all over.
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the architects were david marks and julia barfield, a renowned husband—and—wife team. julia, just take me to the beginning of this whole project. how did it all start? well, it started with a competition in 1993, and what the competition called for was a landmark to celebrate the millennium. the competition was abandoned, but david and julia decided to plough on regardless. david, sadly, died in 2017, butjulia still has great memories of that time. now, i think this is the prototype, if you like. we looked at so many different designs for the actual structure. you know, it's huge, but we wanted it to be light in feeling. so we looked at very many different engineering solutions for that with different geometries, and then this seemed to be the optimal geometry in the end to make it very light.
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it was disappointing that the judges didn't think any of the ideas were good enough, but, you know, we thought it was a good idea, so we started a company, which was called the millennium wheel company, and we put in a planning application. we gradually got more and more exposure to the project, and we did a deal with british airways and we put a lot of our own money in, but we mortgaged the house and whatever, but then they gave us some serious money in order to be able to properly pay engineers. and so it kind of had a snowball effect, really, and because it was at that extraordinary time of the millennium, you know, ifeel that, you know, something extraordinary could happen. but it wasn't all plain sailing. there were still some people who were unconvinced. did anybody say, "listen, look at it, it's a horrible eyesore, it looks...it�*s ruining the skyline"? yes! no, they did, absolutely.
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so when we were doing the consultations, we went to the royal fine art commission, and the chairman of the royal fine art commission did not like it at all. he was apoplecticly against it. so there were people who were against it of course. and even now... even now... ..some people say... well, yes, i mean, i'm sure there are some people who don't like it, but, you know, that's... you know, you can't have everything! there were 32 capsules in all, representing the 32 london boroughs. each of them had to be floated down the thames and installed one by one. it's one thing to actually design a structure on a piece of paper or in a computer programme, but to actually then build it on site is a completely different set of challenges. they built the london eye kind
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of flat on the river, so it was much easier to attach all the different parts of it, and then once it was nearly finished, they craned it up into its final position, so some really, really clever construction and engineering went behind this structure. in the last 20 years, the london eye's become something of a minnow — it's been overtaken by big observation wheels in las vegas, singapore and dubai. but for ex london mayor ken livingstone, it isn'tjust about the wheel. people come from all over the world to be here and all over the rest of britain. we've got more restaurants than paris or new york, we've got more bars, we've got more museums, more cinemas. this is an amazing city to live in, there's so much you can do. you fought for it to survive. would you fight for it to survive for the foreseeable future? it could be here in 100 years' time. i mean, they'vejust got to keep packing it up, repairing it when things go wrong. people are always going to want to come and take their kids
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on this, and have that amazing view across the whole stretch of london. the skyline is changing all the time with dozens more skyscrapers in development, each one causing its own controversies. but now, you hardly hear anything about this iconic structure being an eyesore. not bad for something that was supposed to be torn down 15 years ago. well, stay with us. we've got lots of great stuff coming up after the break. we'll be seeing how good old british fish and chips go down on a tropical japanese island. really good. i think it's the actual best fish and chips i've ever tasted. and we'll be catching up with our three hardy lithuanian adventurers as their mission to cross the frozen lake baikal in russia draws to a close.
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i have another idea. so don't go away. the humble fish and chips is a staple of the great british diet, one that i've been missing since moving from the uk 10 years ago. but i'm in luck. i've been told this traditional takeaway has finally arrived onjapanese shores in the unlikeliest of places. i've travelled to a small island south of okinawa to try it out. so we're making our way across ishigaki island. it was a 3—hour plane journey from tokyo and we're actually around 400 kilometres from the okinawa main island itself. we're actually closer to taiwan than we are to japan. so i've been to ishigaki a few times. it's an easy island
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getaway from tokyo. and while i've had a lot of good seafood here, i've never actually had british fish and chips. you must be sam — hi. hello, nice to meet you. so tell me about bonnie blue and your business here, sam. we try and do kind of uk—style fish and chips with beer batter, but we use okinawan beer and we use local fish and nori seaweed on the chips as well. and what do the locals think of the local fish and chips with the beer batter? in ishigaki, people love fish and they love deep—fried food as well. so i think it fits in nicely with the kind of food the people like, but it's also something new for everyone to try. but there was no time for yapping. i needed to learn how to make this british classic before the lunchtime rush arrived. so, sam, what's your secret? well, i won't tell you my
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secrets, but you can give me a hand. 0k. here's some gloves. thank you. this fish is local okinawan fish, it's hiromachi. so it's a cold—water white—fleshed fish. great. and it's delicious. before every single order, we get fresh beer... whoa! it's bubbly. so, why do you use fresh beer? we want the bubbles to make it nice and fresh so that when the batter goes into the oil, it's going to bubble up and be really nice and crispy. so the consistency is very important, it has to be just right, so... like this? yeah, i think that's perfect. we're going to cover the fish in the batter and then, as you drop it in the oil, you want to kind of brush it... 0h! ..a little bit, like that, ok? and then i'm just going to drop these chips in as well, and then if you could do the other two fish... how's my brushing technique? for the first time, it's ok. i've never done this
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before. . .wow! if we have a lot of orders on, you're going to have to... right. ..get them in there. gotta pick up the pace. yeah, come on. it's my first ever fish and chips. just when i thought it was my time for a break, i had to get to grips with another of their delicacies, a deep—fried snickers bar. yes, you heard right, a deep—fried chocolate bar. sam's wife kumi was on hand to show me how this famous scottish dish was made. can you smell it? yeah, i can smell the chocolate. it's really bubbling. all right, a small bite, here we go. mmm. this side was a bit more gooey. that's peanuts. mmm. not sure i want to get in my bikini after this. but there was no time for a quick dip or sunbathe anyway. so we've got a bit
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of a lunchtime rush, and i'm finding it a bit stressful. fish and chips, please. since the pandemic, lot of british expats have struggled to leave japan, and so it's of no surprise that a taste of home is just what the brits are after. we've got a lot of orders up here, maybe about...five or six fish and chips to do. seven...eight! eight orders! do you get stressed, sam, with this big lunch—hour rush? no. in ishigaki, everything is island time. island time! yeah. we have the beach and everyone's happy to wait a little bit, so... it's got to lookjust right. yes, please. presentation is everything. this is my reputation on the line. i'm feeling the pressure, there's hungry hordes out the front of the van. i hope i'm doing this right! you've got to be fast! oh, it's too much! i can't remember
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the chip placement. sam, you work fast, this is good. you've done this before. once or twice. here's your fish and chips. there you go. please don't drop it. here you go! after all that hard graft, what did the customers think? i really like the chips cos they've got a nice texture to them. it'sjust beautiful, really, really nice. and the fish isjust crunchy enough. . so far, so good, but now for the real test — the deep—fried snickers bar. you're not getting it? did you expect it to be so good? no, ididn't. what, deep—fried snickers, eugh! it's gorgeous! but not everyone is convinced. it's terrible! laughter. it's really, really bad. oh, well, everyone loved the main course at least, and i've certainly enjoyed my
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time making these exotic takes on british classics. it's really good! who would've thought a chippy van would've made it here to an island over 6,000 miles away from the uk? and people say british food doesn't travel well! well, think again. well, next up, we're headed to russia where, for the past two weeks, we've joined an intrepid trio of adventurers as they make their way across the frozen surface of lake baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake. last week, we left karalous, yergus and max braving —30—degree temperatures as they tried navigating an ice crack that stretched on for kilometres, and they're doing it all in an open—topped car dating back to the soviet era. we rejoin them on the final leg of theirjourney, in much more comfortable circumstances, warming up
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at one of the hot springs dotted around the lake. it's only a0 kilometres to our destination, and max says we shouldn't celebrate yet, even though it's maybe just some hours of drive. we never know forsure, right, max? babushka is not the most reliable car, you know that. she is reliable, but tired. and ourselves, we are not in the best condition anyway now, so... max, can you sing something? volume up, volume up! # no woman no cry... actually he is sleeping. completely sleeping.
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i have even painted... laughter. woo! good! laughter. are you ready? are you happy? i'm satisfied! max, i need to swim. i'm postponing this for, like, what, already two days or something like this. please use your tools.
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the ice is about one metre deep. so i'll make a small mine. so fresh! i have another idea.
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ok, we have some technical issues here. one of the tubes is broken and our cooling liquid is gone. so, basically, our engine is boiling right now. i cannot recognise the distance anymore. i don't know if the camera can see the lights on the shore, but how far away it is, i don't understand. i think it's around 20, 30 kilometres. ok, so we...just water now, right? water is coming. freezing.
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we did it! how many days it was — eight? seven. 980 kilometres. yes, potentially, we think. we think. yep, but we did it. yes! laughter. i love you guys! i had a brilliant trip
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here on ishigaki, but now it's time for me to return to the mainland. we'll be serving up another brilliant show for you next week, though, when. .. ..in our dubai special, lucy will be at the delayed expo 2020 where 192 countries have come to present their own unique visions of the future. plus, she'll be visiting a truly spectacular tropical biodome, and trying an inflatable assault course with a difference. ok, so that is a lot harder than it looks. so join us for that if you can. and don't forget, we're online at bbc travel, and you can catch up on any programmes you might have missed over on the bbc iplayer. but until next time, from all of us here in japan, it's goodbye.
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once again, whether you like it or not, we've all made the transition into something a good deal colder and fresher across all parts of the british isles and through the rest of sunday, as was the case earlier on here in great yarmouth and norfolk, there's still that possibility across eastern parts to see a peppering of showers. now, that's the exception to a fairly dry rule for a two or three days across many parts of the british isles. but it will feel much, much colder. and for that, in the short term, we have to thank this run of northerlies flowing along the isobars, the isobars fairly tightly packed. so it's a gusty old wind and it's coming from the north. never a warm direction and certainly not at this time of year. so through the rest of the afternoon, on into the evening, we'll keep plenty of showers going across these eastern areas until they begin to fade away overnight. a little run of showers through the channel areas. the winds just beginning
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to ease back as well. and with that combination we'll end up, say, for the northern parts of scotland, we are going to keep some cloud and rain, quite a widespread frost in inland areas, probably the widest we've seen for a good while. but it does mean a bright and a fresh start to the new day on monday for southern scotland, parts of northern ireland, england and wales. still the run of showers in the southeast, still the cloud there from the weak weather fronts with the odd bit and pieces of rain passing by. and the temperatures at their very best might make ten degrees, if you're lucky, but it will feel fairly cool. little bit of frost, perhaps, if the cloud clears east wales overnight monday down into the midlands, central, southern england. but a lot of cloud generally on tuesday. still a lot of dry weather because the high pressure at this stage is still the dominant feature. and that could well be the mildest day of the week that i can find for you. eight, nine, ten, possibly 11 degrees. but it will change again on wednesday and on into thursday we'll bring a weather front down
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across all parts of the british isles like we did on saturday. and then the isobars flick around to lie north to south. and again, that's the vehicle that imports another shot of cold air down and across all parts of the british isles such that we close out the week with no signs of mild air at all. there will be some night—time frost. and with the temperatures beginning to fall away, particularly across the north of britain, expect some wintry mix in some of those showers.
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this is bbc news. the headlines at six: ole gunnar solskjaer has been sacked as manchester united's manager after three years, following a bad run of results. i think it was always going to happen, wasn't it? he i think it was always going to happen, wasn't it?— i think it was always going to happen, wasn't it? i think it was always going to ha en, wasn't it? , , . . happen, wasn't it? he spent all that money and — happen, wasn't it? he spent all that money and it's _ happen, wasn't it? he spent all that money and it's just _ happen, wasn't it? he spent all that money and it'sjust not _ happen, wasn't it? he spent all that money and it'sjust not good - happen, wasn't it? he spent all that| money and it'sjust not good enough. the change _ money and it'sjust not good enough. the change is necessary. the taxi driver from the liverpool terror attack says it's a "miracle" he is alive, and thanks the public for their �*amazing generosity�*. belgian police fire water cannon and tear gas at protesters in brussels marching against coronavirus restrictions. chinese state media releases video of the missing tennis star peng shuai — she's reported to have said she's safe and well. in formula one, lewis hamilton closes the gap with max verstappen tojust eight points with a win in qatar.

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