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bit afternoon. it may be tame for a bit of the rain dance. there's some today, but really isolated them to the south west of the country. farther north, this big lump of cloud over much of the english mainland. the best of the sunshine in northern ireland and western scotland. this evening anthony, the rain pushing south into the continent. it will turn rather cloudy and murky. patchy drizzle in the north. tomorrow, a fairly quiet day tomorrow. best of the sunshine in the south and west. high temperatures of eating— i9 celsius. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may has been campaigning
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in key general election battle grounds in the midlands and has sought to play down talk of a landslide victory. jeremy corbyn is in leicestershire and has spoken of creating a society in which people are no longer held back by a system that is rigged for the rich. the ukip leader, paul nuttall, has urged his supporters to "stay on the pitch", despite a drubbing in local elections. he insists the party has a bright future and voters will return in their "droves" if theresa may fails to deliver to brexit. fails to deliver on brexit. french presidential candidate emmanuel macron says he is the target of a huge hacking attack, the day before the people of france go to the polls. three men appear in court charged with murdering businessman guy hedger, who was allegedly fatally shot during a botched burglary. we'll have more news at the top of
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the hour. now on bbc news, the travel show. coming up this week on the travel show... rajan is in jerusalem, the world's holiest city. this is, for christianity, the most important place in the world. quite an incredible experience to be here. we touch down in saint martin for a spot ofjet blasting, and check out a music festival aiming to entice a younger crowd to the caribbean island. and taking the perfect snap? we head to the lake district to capture one of the uk's most photographed landscapes. i want people to see my pictures and think, wow, that's inspiring. but it's something they can see with their own eyes. jerusalem is one of the world capitals of religious tourism. and easter and passover make for its busiest weeks. and a particular hotspot
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is the church of the holy sepulchre, where some believejesus is buried. rajan got rare access to the newly renovated tomb. rajan: they calljerusalem the world's holiest city. it's also one of the most conflicted. politics aside, the fact is, jerusalem has monuments that are sacred to three of the world's biggest religions. like the western wall, for those of the jewish faith. for muslims, there is the distinctive dome of the rock shrine. then deep in the heart of the old city, through the damascus gate, is christendom's most important church. tucked away on the edge of the muslim and christian quarters, right in the marketplace, is the church of the holy sepulchre. not easy to find.
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but it's somewhere around here. and look. tiny little sign. holy sepulchre. and i can hear something happening. singing. now, what's unusual about this church is that it's actually shared by six different christian denominations. to be precise — roman catholics, greek orthodox, armenian orthodox, syrians, coptics and ethiopians. this ceremony i've chanced upon is led by the armenian church. they come from all over the world. three and a half million people a year, they reckon, to visit the church of the holy
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sepulchre. it's a pilgrimage that evokes a response like no other. for us, it's no more, no less than the holiest place on earth. that's wherejesus died, where he was crucified, where he was risen three days afterwards. so for us that is, i mean, the history of humanity, that is what makes that there is before and after christ. it simply changed the history of humanity. 2,000 years ago, this was an empty plot of land outside the old city walls. now look at it. they may all agree the resurrection of christ took place here, but the truth is that the six different denominations haven't always been ideal housemates in this church. sometimes, we didn't agree. there have been fights inside the holy sepulchre, that's for sure. physicalfights?
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even physicalfights. this may be christianity‘s most important church, but the guy who's got the key is muslim. adeeb, hi. this is the key to this church? this is the holy key of the holy church. how come you have it and yourfamily have it? they gave our family to be the custodian of the holy sepulchre church, and it's going from father to son. the church had previously been destroyed in the early part of the 11th century by the then ruling caliph. and entrusting it to a muslim family sounded like the safest bet to insure it against future attacks. every morning at liam, adeeb opens the door, then has to return to lock it in the evening. he's not paid for this duty. i'm proud about thisjob, and we are here injerusalem — muslims and christians, we are living together. we are brothers here.
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disaster has struck twice over the centuries, with a fire and an earthquake causing extensive damage. and throughout, arguments became very fierce and protracted between the different denominations, as to how and who was going to fix the thing. they could not reach any consensus, any agreement, so in order not to talk, waiting for the restoration of the holy sepulchre, they decided it would remain as it is and let us start the restoration of the rest of the compound. because of all the infighting, it took a long time for all the parties to agree on a restoration plan for the ageing church. and even after that, it's taken 60 years to renovate the shrine. we were lucky enough to be granted
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a truly rare privilege — to go and film inside the newly renovated burial chamber, called the edicule. this is where christians believe jesus‘ body was laid to rest after he died on the cross. this is, for christianity, the most important place in the world. just this little square of two or three metres. exactly at the heart of it all. quite an incredible experience to be here. billions of christians think of this place as the spiritual centre of their universe. the extensive restoration work took nine months, working on the small structure above the tomb. there are two marble slabs over the sepulchre, one exactly covering the bench carved from rock thatjesus is said to be laid on.
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archaeological proofs are quite consistent to say thatjesus was crucified inside this building. and laid into the tomb, which is inside also. afterwards, what happened three days afterwards, it belongs to the faith, as we believe he was risen. jesus of nazareth, that he was crucified and laid in the tomb, there is many, many proofs, historical proofs that are showing that. the one side is the conflict, but the other side is the effort to run this place and to be together. and i think that's somehow a miracle. and that's a thought echoed by the many other millions of pilgrims who come here each year, delighted that restoration has finally been achieved
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and cohabitation of all churches continues. stay with us because still to come on the travel show, we're in the lake district to capture one of the uk's photographed landscapes. i like to soak up these landscapes, you know. i like to take in the atmosphere. there is a real sense of wilderness that appeals to me in these places. and we head to the french caribbean for a music festival aiming to help diversify saint martin. during the winter, everybody‘s from, like, up north, and it's cold and they need a place to go. where it's hot. and you cannot beat the island vibe. chances are, if i say
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festival, you'll think of glastonbury in the uk or coachella in the us. now a sleepy caribbean nation has decided to get in on the act, in a bid to attract more young people. but does it have what it takes to draw a party crowd? we sent greg mckenzie to find out. st maarten, or saint martin — depending on which part of the island you are on — is the smallest island in the world. to be partitioned between two different nations — a french side and a dutch side. technically, it's two different countries, and attracts more than two million visitors every year. its airport, princess juliana international, is truly unique, because on one side you have a public beach, on the other there is a huge mountain range. pilots say it's one of the scariest landings in the world, and it's easy to see why.
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just ahead there is the a340 that has flown in from paris. the people on there have been on board for about eight hours and 30 minutes. the landing just behind us, the runway length is about 7,000 feet. traditionally, aircraft of that size need about 8,000 feet to land safely. so there is only a tiny margin of error, if any. it's the second busiest airport in the caribbean. and exciting as it is to watch landings from the beach, it's even more thrilling to see aircraft take off. this is what they calljet blasting. in a minute, we're going to all get pushed back. it's already started! whoo! jet blasting is when you stand as close as you can get
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to an aeroplane taking off, and there are not many places in the world where you would be able to get this close. it became an attraction just on its own. rolando brison is the director of tourism. he is tasked with making sure visitors have fun and don't injure themselves. in 2012, this jet blasting video went viral. it shows a woman being blown off her feet after losing her grip by deliberately standing in the jet blast of a plane taking off here. fortunately, she didn't suffer any life—changing injuries. but it did prompt authorities to act by erecting more fences to increase the distance between people and jets. we had to take whatever measures we could, and fencing did create at least a little more separation that was necessary, another ten feet of space to try to prevent people getting too close.
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the security aspect, patrolling during the busy times, to make sure there are not too many people, that we can keep it under control. the fencing is an important part — there is an international standard for it as well. how far should an aircraft be from the road? so that fence is there to make sure we abide by those international standards. but it's next to impossible to police this beach 2a hours a day, and it's an activity that still draws hundreds of visitors daily. were you worried it might be dangerous? depending how hard they rev the engines, but the first one wasn't bad. the third one, that was crazy. crazy, crazy. and despite jet blasting being seen as a young but risky sport, the island is trying to appeal to a younger crowd. because the majority of those coming are in their 50s and 605. st martin is traditionally known
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as a musical island. you'll find all sorts here from reggae music to samba to calypso. but a new music festival is aiming to bring something uniquely different to the island. now in its second year, the sxm festival — aptly named after the country's airport code — is hoping to bring a new kind of visitor. millennials for a five—day electronic music extravaganza. with more than 100 top—name djs. a lot of the basic roots of what is modern dance culture started in the caribbean — it started with sound system culture injamaica and all of these other places. you know, the guys who bring the massive systems out. they were experimenting with sound. they started experimenting with dubs. this is where remixes came from. so, there is a long history and tradition to kind of electronic music and experimentation
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in the caribbean. but some locals didn't want an electronic music festival on their shores. they wanted this little—known island to be the best kept secret and remain exclusive. not everyone was happy, of course, but i think it's because of the style of music. that type of music in general scares people, because people look different, they dress different. so last year, that's how it kind of felt. but i think everyone, all the businesses, realise the importance of having such an event. the festival takes place every march and attracts about 4,000 people. it is the brainchild ofjulian prince, a lifelong dj and music promoterfrom canada, who wanted to create something unique away from the club scene in places like ibiza. ibiza is like the motherland, it's everything. they built this culture.
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so it's not like we're trying to compete. it's just, honestly, i thought that for the longest time ever, nothing was really happening in north america. i just felt like we should have something like that during the winter. everybody‘s from, like, up north, and it's cold and they need a place to go where it's hot and, like, you cannot beat the island vibe. and despite this event, still in its infancy, the future looks bright, as organisers are already planning next year's event. and as other festivals around the globe begin to tire, or become too commercial, with the caribbean as its backdrop, music is only part of the reason why sxm has the advantage. greg mckenzie, reporting from a very warm—looking st martin.
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now, to end this week's show, let's head to the north of england, and the lake district. its landscapes have inspired a thousand artists and painters over the centuries. but now we've met a photographer who captures its rugged beauty with a camera. and sometimes, he'll go to extraordinary lengths just to get the right shot. my name's terry abraham. i'm a self—taught, independent filmmaker. i've always had an interest in film and video. i've always wanted to be hands—on, outdoors, doing something like that. i love all the british countryside and i think britain's fantastic in the variety, the terrain, the geology, the aesthetic appeal of the landscape that we have in such a small group of islands. i don't think there's anywhere else in the uk like the lake district.
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every mountain — orfell, as they are known around here — has its own character. it looks different. they're all individual. and that's the same for the valleys as well, with all the lakes, the stone walls, the beautiful picturesque coastguard cottages and all that kind of thing. and i can see why, for centuries, poets, artists, writers have been drawn here, inspired by this landscape. and i'm no different. i'm a self—taught filmmaker. i'm born of the digital age, if you like, with the likes of youtube, how it democratised filmmaking. being able to edit videos on a laptop or computer,
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and the technology has developed with smaller professional cameras, has enabled me to go out there and chase a dream of producing documentaries showcasing these landscapes. i tend to wild camp, which is basically pitching up a tent on the top of a mountain. totally self—reliant — you have your food, you seek your water, because that enables me to be there, ready and prepared, nice and fresh at those special moments. i like to soak up these landscapes, you know. i like to take in the atmosphere. there is a real sense of wilderness that appeals to me in these places. i would often tweet what i'd just taken — you know, the scenes i had been capturing on camera.
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because i might be filming, but at the same time, i'll have a stills camera with me and i'll take a picture and share it i do appreciate that people like to follow the journey that i'm on whilst working on the documentaries. share the sights that i see. that was a good shot, that. i get a bit embarrassed and blush at times with some of the praise that i get for my work. i mean, one of the documentaries has been described as ‘a wordsworthian hymn to nature'. though it's nice, getting the audience response, being so positive and overwhelming in that respect, it's about capturing a sort of portrait, a time capsule of these areas that mean so much to me. i don't think there's anything special about the way i go
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about capturing the shots that i do. any photographer worth their salt will tell you the best times of day for capturing a landscape is, arguably, more often than not, dawn or dusk. i want people to see my pictures and think, wow, you know, that's inspiring. but it's something they can see with their own eyes. i certainly wouldn't go back to the deskjob, or working in a pub, stuff like that, that i used to do before. look at it, you know, it's fantastic. and i get to enjoy this all the time. it really is about being in the right place at the right time. and there is a large element of luck as well. terry abraham and his beautiful
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photos of the lake district. well, that's it for this week. join us next week if you can, when we're in colombia to visit the hometown of one of its most infamous residents, pablo escobar. if you look in here, there is a plaque on the wall with little white crosses. that is a memorial to, i think, the amount of people they think were killed here when pablo was here. but is it right to build an industry around a former drug lord? don't keep those memories any more, please. respect us. that's next week but, in the meantime, you can catch up with us an social media and online. all the details on the screen now.
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for now, from me, christa larwood, and the rest of the travel show team, it's goodbye. the hello. good afternoon. high pressure is in charge, to the north. a lot of dry weather, so much, so simple. it is not that simple because of the variations in conditions depending on where you are. on the isle of wight, we have had hazy sunshine. the south—west, raining fora had hazy sunshine. the south—west, raining for a good part of the day across the south devon, cornwall and the channel islands, slow moving weather front here, and
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the channel islands, slow moving weatherfront here, and cloud the channel islands, slow moving weather front here, and cloud across the midlands, north wales and northern ireland. produces results and making it feel cool. sunshine to the south east which could cause showers and sunshine across the northwest. a lot of difference details on the forecast for the rest of today's top this is five p.m., we expect sunshine across the south east of a small chance of a shower for is not into the midlands, thick cloud, drizzle, 12—13d. similar in much of northern england but into the sunshine, similar story for western scotland, 90 or 20 degrees for this top cloud of eastern coast. sunny spells across northern ireland, temperatures around the mid—teens. some brightness across wales, especially west wales and will have further east. and patchy rain continues across cornwall, south devon and making parts of dorset. that rain will not get much further north, and what will happen this evening and tonight, that rain pushes to the south. the majority
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will be dry overnight for is not clear spells to the north west, and we could see a touch of frost. most places avoid the frost and a lot of cloud across northern and eastern scotla nd cloud across northern and eastern scotland and northern and eastern england. murky and misty conditions here. the cloud pushes across eastern areas tomorrow and it feels quite cool exposed to that winds, especially close to the east coast, 9-10d. the especially close to the east coast, 9—10d. the west, more sunshine and drier in the south—west and we will have the highest temperatures spot is up to 18—i9d. cricket is going on at lord's tomorrow, england against ireland. afairamount at lord's tomorrow, england against ireland. a fair amount of cloud and it should brighten in the afternoon. and eastern areas, a cloudy look to the weather for the beginning and eastern areas, a cloudy look to the weatherfor the beginning of and eastern areas, a cloudy look to the weather for the beginning of the week. feeling rather cool. further west, more sunshine. temperatures do not look spectacular, but getting to sunshine and it will not feel too
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bad. so fairly quiet, but big differences in the detail depending on where you are and you can get a full forecast for your exact location by logging onto bbc weather website is this is bbc news. the headlines at three. theresa may has been campaigning in key general election battle grounds in the midlands and has sought to play down talk of a landslide victory. jeremy corbyn has spoken of creating a society in which people are no longer held back by a system that is rigged for the rich. a penny in the pound on income tax to generate billions more for the nhs and social care — a pledge from the liberal democrats. paul nuttall says ukip has a bright future and voters will return in their "droves" if theresa may fails to deliver on brexit. french presidential candidate, emmanuel macron, says he's the target of a massive hacking attack, the day before
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france goes to the polls.
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