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one of two away and then mostly dry. one of two showers just away and then mostly dry. one of two showersjust cropping away and then mostly dry. one of two showers just cropping up away and then mostly dry. one of two showersjust cropping up here away and then mostly dry. one of two showers just cropping up here and there but most places avoiding altogether. temperatures around 18-25d. but altogether. temperatures around 18—25d. but some did delete mac. there will be some afternoon showers just bubbling up with the daytime heat and so temperatures 20—26dc for most of us in the middle part of the week so fairly average in fact the time of year but through the week, gradually things will start to turn that bit cooler and fresher. there will be a chance of showers and by the time you get friday and into the weekend it could be turning a little bit wetter. certainly our gardens will be pleased to see some rain. some of us it has been very little rain in the past six weeks. this is bbc news. the headlines. the
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prime minister warns conservative mps they are putting brexit at risk by arguing over proposals for how the uk would leave the european rain. if we were going to find something that was in britain's interests and was negotiable we had to make what is positive in terms of the benefits it gives us. donald trump is playing golf this morning. he will leave scotland late this afternoon and fly to helsinki for the summit with vladimir putin. minister for small business andrew griffiths has resigned from the government after sex thing two female constituents. —— sexting. france are favourites to wind in the world cup final this afternoon. novak djokovic says he hasn't much to lose as he faces kevin anderson
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on centre court in the wimbledon men's's singles final. thank you very much with your company. we will be here with the news that the top of the hour but before that the travel show. coming up on this week's show... i'm in amsterdam tojump on board a boat which once ferried migrants across the mediterranean but now carries tourists. so whenever you have a chance to help somebody, do it. it will come back to you. rajan heads to colorado to meet the people trying to save the iconic north american bison. the policy is very much let them roam, let them be free, don't interfere. lucy is here with the lowdown on how to pick the best smart suitcase. the main difference is you can afford to be a bit more careless in this, safe in the knowledge that your wheels will not buckle under the pressure. and taking the long way round to the world cup finals. i came here to russia by bicycle to support my national team. it was like a dream for all of us, all egyptians. amsterdam is famous for its picturesque canals built
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in the 17th century to help the city trade in goods from all over the world. these days they're often clogged with boats catering to tourists, ferrying groups from one famous sight to another. but there are one or two boats that stand apart from the rest. this is a hedeer, a former people smuggling vessel that was used to transport refugees across the mediterranean. up to 76 people would be crammed in there. now it is being used to give tourists a very different perspective on amsterdam.
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i will be your guide for the day. we have sami, he is our captain. this is part of an initiative called lampedusa cruises, named after the italian island where many asylum seekers from africa come ashore. and the staff are all refugees. i remember, my mother told me, what do you want to study? i said, i want to study cinema. she said, come on, what do you want to study? tommy was an artist and a rebel politician in egypt who to prominence during the arab spring and soon after was forced to leave his home. in 2013 we had a coup in egypt. the president went to prison and i became a fugitive. i was arrested later, i was tortured, i had to leave the country and i became a refugee, and i got all the help i needed.
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so whenever you have a chance to help somebody, do it. it'll come back to you. the tour winds its way through familiar sights, but the emphasis is on showing amsterdam's long history as a migrant city, built and made prosperous with the efforts of people from all over the world. in the 17th century, between the year 1600 and 1650, a lot of migrants came to holland. you can imagine, in 50 years, the population of amsterdam grew from 50,000 people to 200,000 people. 75% of the people who lived here were not dutch. and now we have more than 180 nationalities living in amsterdam. tommy is just one of many refugees who have come to amsterdam in the last few years. most came in 2015, when 115,000
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refugees, predominantly from syria, sought asylum in the netherlands. smuggling, it is somehow the new slavery system... it prompted a number of local initiatives to help the new arrivals settle more easily into their communities. lampedusa cruises is the brainchild of amsterdam artist teun castelein. heartbroken by the sight of refugees struggling to reach europe, he sought to build a social enterprise that would help amsterdam's refugees. he bought two vessels which had been abandoned on the shores of lampedusa to become tour boats in his city, with the aim of raising awareness about refugee issues for both tourists and local residents. most people in amsterdam, they tend to forget that amsterdam was built on thousands of years of immigration. even, i think, our most famous philosophers, spinoza, are most famous poet,
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and our most famous writer, anne frank. they all came here because of a threat from their nation. his initiative has trained both captains and guides, and now employs six refugees running two tours, the one i took on the canals and another sunset cruise to the river ij. for him, these tours are a good fit for amsterdam. it's a city that's based on inclusion. it's a city based on an open and a liberal approach to newcomers. so that is part of our dna and i think we should celebrate that. boat tours are not the only way for tourists to learn about refugee experience in the city. another of teun's collaborations takes place on dry land across town. this is bijlmerbajes, a prison complex that was built in the 1970s and then closed again just a couple of years ago in 2016.
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from the outside it is unsurprisingly quite foreboding, but on the inside it is an entirely different story. are you ready? i am ready. welcome! what do you think? it is really nice on you. i'm not dressed in a towel just for fun. this is a bona fide hamam, created in the former isolation cells of the prison, with showers, massage suites... this is our steam room. you can't even see the room! ..a steam room, and even a pool. first of all, we felt it was impossible to make it a pool, but after the small wall and some small arrangement, it worked fine. it works perfectly. it is amazing. all of the therapists
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and staff here are refugees. mostly from syria, where hamams are a big part of the culture. many features of the originaljail cells remain, including graffiti left by former prisoners on the ceilings and walls. it is an odd juxtaposition between this and the relaxing hamam experience. still, it would have been rude not to try it out. the concept of hamam, actually, is a taste of syrian culture, in a western theme. so people can know about us, know who we are. so instead of watching the media and thinking that they know who we are, we use our culture to welcome the dutch society that we are part of now. initiatives such as the hamam and refugee boat cruises offer tourists a completely new perspective on the city of amsterdam. the hope is they will also impact
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the way visitors perceive refugees across the world. once there was a kid who was all the time looking at me like this, and when i finished, i asked him, did you have any problem, you didn't understand me or something? and he said, no, i really get inspired. so these things are very important. because these kids or people who want to see amsterdam can change a lot of things. next up, with the football world cup in russia coming to a close this weekend, we hear about the incredible journey that one dedicated fan took to the tournament. my name is mohamed, an egyptian traveller.
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i am 2a years old. i came here to russia by bicycle to support my national team. it was like a dream for all of us, all egyptians, to watch our team in the world cup. the journey was around 3000 kilometres. i started from tahrir square in cairo on april 7. from egypt to jordan, from amman injordan i took a plane to cross syria, to sofia in bulgaria, then romania, and from romania across belarus. then i entered the russian border, and moscow was my final destination. the journey was completely new experience for me. it was the first time to be in europe.
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i met new people, new cultures. it was my chance to know more about myself and discover many places in the world we don't know about in our world and the middle east. so it is like a bigger chance for me to show these areas to my country. of course, the world cup is the biggest event in the world. it is not just about football, it is about people from all over the world. i was so excited, the arrival, so many special moments for me, i think i will not forget this great moment, to be in moscow after 65 days, i can't believe that up until now. still to come on the travel show, lucy is looking for luggage that
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will survive a proper pounding. you can afford to be a bit more careless in this, safe in the knowledge that your wheels won't crumble under the pressure. and rajan heads to colorado to join the battle to save the bison. they are magnificent creatures. these are mostly female and they are calving at the moment and the baby bison are so cute. smart luggage is perhaps the most innovative thing to come to carry—on since the telescopic handle, but when you buy one, you have to be really, really careful. that's because this year select airlines are banning ones without removable batteries, citing fire concerns as the main reason. so if there's no removable battery it's not going on board. so here is our round—up of some of the ones you can take on your holidays.
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let's start with something nice and simple. this is the away carry—on, with a 37—watt lithium ion battery located under the handle. that's enough to charge your phone up to five times, using either one of the two full—size usb ports or the micro—usb port under this rubber lead. i quite like this nifty design feature that sees the portable battery pop—up so you simply need to remove it or recharge it. you can keep your laptop in there. you can keep other devices in this zipped compartments down here. only small devices, mind you. a decent amount of storage space and best of all the battery doesn't change how much space you have to work with. if you are after a stylish, convenient, all—in—one package, the away bag is a nice idea — but you could always just buy a portable charger, put it in your bag and have a cheaper a bit of luggage. so far, so straightforward. what if your travels take you off—road ? the main feature of this classic is its wheels. its makers say that it deals
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with any kind of terrain with ease. steps, bumps, even snow. it also comes with a phone charger of similar power to the carry—on with that earlier. now, if i'm being completely honest, dragging this bag around doesn't feel drastically different to doing so without regular piece of luggage. i guess the main difference here is that with a lifetime guarantee on the wheels you can afford to be a bit more careless with this, safe in the knowledge that your wheels won't crumble under the pressure. elsewhere you also get luggage tracking, with a little bit of help from tyre track. this connects your phone via bluetooth and uses your phone's gps to locate your luggage. so if you arrive and your bag doesn't, open the app and you can locate your luggage anywhere in the world. so for the most part, smart cases have mainly been designed to charge and track your phone. useful but boring. this is the nomadic speakese. fitted into the front is a bluetooth speaker. its acoustics are designed to amplify your tunes and make them sound even better. all you need to do is simply unclip
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it, pop the speaker out, and you've got audio. you can also remove the speaker altogether if you want to. a bit loud. it's an interesting idea but i feel one that only really appeals to people who love to travel and feel that they need high—end audio with them wherever they go. the rest of us, a portable speaker will probably do. so you've got your luggage, but dragging it around a new city when all you want to do is explore is farfrom ideal. that's where stasher comes in. search your immediate location and stasher will show you the shops that have agreed to look after your bag — for small fee, of course. it's like airbnb for your luggage. ah, there it is! just going to show you my code. that's good. thank you. yeah? it's all right. awesome. so i havejust paid £5
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to store my bag here for the next 2a hours. which, in the grand scheme of things, isn't that much to pay given you'll be bag free on your travels the one thing i will say about this service — it is fantastic, but if you're outside the western europe area be mindful because there's not as many options. well, to finish this week we're off to america, where the western state of colorado is classic farming and ranching country. it was also once home to millions of bison, but not any more. rajan's been to meet the people fighting to save this iconic north american animal. the enormous expanse that is the state of colorado. take a drive three hours from the capital denver towards the new mexico border and you're greeted by timeless and spectacular landscapes. this is the san luis valley
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in the south of colorado. classic western terrain with its high plains and the sangre de cristo mountains in the background, gloriously ice capped, and most of them over 111,000 feet high. with the cattle ranching and the incredible wildlife, this is what outdoorjunkies from all over the world come to america to witness. but for a long time there was a classic all—american iconic creature that was missing from this landscape — the bison. once 20—30 million bison, the largest terrestrial animals in north america, roamed across the land, but they nearly became extinct thanks to mass slaughter and habitat loss. by the time old ranches like these were opened in the late 19th century, the number of bison had collapsed to less than 1000 across the whole of the usa. and, look, down here we've got
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some old bison hide. whoa. that's thick. but the truth is ranching and cattle rearing have not covered themselves with glory, earning a bad rap for destroying biodiversity and overgrazing. but now this same ranch, converted back from a shortlived spell as a luxury golf course and a high in spa resort, is at the vanguard of a nationwide mission to reverse these disastrous trends. there is one family of ranchers, the phillips, who've been managing this place since 2004, but who have been in the ranching game for four generations. i am going to talk to a fourth—generation. duke. how're you doing? how are you? very good. they call you little duke. no, not any more, it's been a while. now, you're going to show me the bison, aren't you? yeah. that's good.
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let's do it. let's go have a look. duke phillips and his family devote 50,000 acres of land to running the bison conservation project here. unbelievably, not that long ago, this was a view that would be nigh on impossible to enjoy anywhere across the whole of the usa. so here we have a group of about 100 bison, out of a total herd of about 1500—2000 on this ranch. they are magnificent creatures. they are mostly female and they're calving at the moment. the baby bisons are so cute. they are passive normally, but you would not want to get them riled. because they weigh 1500 lbs and they can run faster than a horse. i think i willjust stay out here. what led to the near extinction of bison in the late 19th century? generally speaking, it was western expansion, whether it was wealthy people from the east coming and shooting them from the train, people shooting them to sell
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the hides, or trying to shoot the food source for the indian to promote western expansion. these are some of the largest and purest herd of bison in the whole of america and the policy is very much a let them roam, let them be free, don't interfere. perhaps after a history of exterminating close to 30 million of them nearly 100 years ago, that's only right and fair. from tens of millions of bison to just a few hundred at one point at the end of the 19th century, the numbers are slowly recovering. and ranchlands want to create more herds. but that requires management and keeping the genetic quality of the herd high. once a year the ranchers round up these bison.
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every autumn in a series of pens, alleys, and catwalks, culminating in a hydraulic squeeze shoot, the bison are examined, marked, and treated. at this point a number of the bison are selected to be culled and sent to market. in as low stress a manner as possible, the ranch insists. there is one other crucial link in this conservation chain. tourists. who the ranchers say they don't just observe, but actually improve the bison management. kate matheson was a photo editor and glamour and fashion magazines in the uk until she came out to the usa on a holiday ten years ago. for the last six years she's worked here on ranchlands. she's one of only two people who live all year round on a range that's seven times bigger than manhattan. the joy of being part of a much bigger picture, a much bigger mission of conservation, and preservation of these landscapes, but the livestock, too, and share it with the bigger audience is really critical
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to its preservation. and being part of the bison conservation project, unusually, is giving a woman from the south of england a role in reviving the all—american animal. it's what you imagine when you think of the west is bison. what a tragedy if that didn't exist at all. there's one aspect of this ranch that definitely marks it out as very 21st—century — the wranglers themselves. for the last couple of years they've all ended up being women. they're all lifelong riders, you cannot apply without being a lifelong rider. # oh ring of fire. ..# but they're not too romantic about bison here, because come the evening meal for the tourists, there's one favourite ingredient almost always on the menu. hey, everybody, we're got three
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cheese bison enchiladas... the phillips family don't believe that bison numbers will ever return to the tens of millions, but thanks to these kinds of conservation efforts, this iconic all—american animal is now very much a part of this country's landscape again. that's all we have time for on this week's show. coming up next week: rajan is in amman injordan, seeing what some people are calling a cultural revolution. arabic food in general is arabic food. there is no such thing as syrian, lebanese. so do join us then. in the meantime, from me and all of the travel show here in amsterdam, it's goodbye. good afternoon. for many of us the
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glorious summer weather is continuing through the list of the weekend but not everywhere, things are about to change. here is the scene in suffolk, blue skies and humid weather with the cows taking advantage here. not quite as hot sunny but that is because we have a weather front moving in. sunny but that is because we have a weatherfront moving in. in highland scotla nd weatherfront moving in. in highland scotland you can see the extent of the cloud and some rain coming out. all courtesy of this weather front in the northwest. that will move its way slowly south—east words in the next couple of days bringing
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outbreaks of rain and high pressure are still holding on so lots of dry warm weather to be seen across much of england and wales. some rain from the likes of belfast and glasgow but eastern scotland likely to stay mostly drive, pretty worn in aberdeen. 30 celsius in london so very hot for the men's final at wimbledon. the evening hours and the cloud and rain edged eastwards across central scotland and northern england as well. for the northwest, things turn cooler and fresher but for the south—east, still hot and humid and sticky. the pressure conditions working eastwards across all of the country so during monday, the front slowly pushes across northern england and wales spent to be south west of england bringing sharp showers and the odd rumble of thunder. likely to stay hot and dry for central and eastern parts tomorrow, the temperature up to around 29 30, turning coolerfor
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scotla nd around 29 30, turning coolerfor scotland and northern ireland and western parts of england and wales. by western parts of england and wales. by tuesday the front will have clea ra nce to by tuesday the front will have clearance to the east, and for some places we haven't seen any rain in about six weeks so some welcome rain at last. actually not a bad day on tuesday with the westerly airflow, like twins and most voice is predominantly dry with sunny spells but not as hot or humid as it has been. that continues into wednesday, fresher than it has been, sunny spells and one or two showers and the doc temperature around about average, perhaps higher for the the doc temperature around about average, perhaps higherfor the time of year, 18—22 on wednesday. through this week then set to turn cooler and fresher with the mix of sunny spells and one or two showers but looking like me can't wait to the end of the week. this is bbc news.
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the headlines at 2pm: the prime minister has revealed the advice she was given from us president donald trump about brexit. he told me i should sue the eu! sue the eu?! sue the eu! not go into negotiations, sue them. actually, no, we're going into negotiations with them. did you even think about that for a second?! theresa may also warned conservative mps they are putting brexit at risk by arguing over her proposals for how the uk will leave the eu. if we were going to find something that was in britain's interest, that delivered on the referendum and that was negotiable, we had to make what is a compromise, but is a positive in terms of the benefits that it gives us. meanwhile, the us president is playing one last round of golf before leaving scotland for a meeting with the russian president in finland.
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