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autumn is presenting its quiet face towards us just at the moment. sometimes it can be stormy. the european union's frustration well, we're seeing that quiet spell with the uk over brexit has hit of weather certainly dominating the headlines, with the prime for the next few days. dry by day and cool, minister of luxembourg describing as befits the season, overnight. the brexit process as "a nightmare". that's the way the pressure chart is shaping up for tuesday — high pressure very much the dominant feature. quite a number of isobars you'll after meeting boris johnson, xavier bettel said the british notice as we get on into tuesday. government had failed to put forward thejetstream is coming up any serious proposals and around the atlantic high for a new deal. and sweeping down into the heart of continental europe, offering some more unsettled fare there and certainly colder conditions as well than we're president trump says it "looks as though iran" was behind the attack on two major enjoying here in the british isles. saudi oilfacilities. he said washington was seeking more proof, but stressed he hoped a coolish sort of start to the day, to avoid war. iranian president hassan rouhani but come the afternoon, has denied his country plenty of sunshine around. had any involvement. the temperatures again, the midteens or so up to about 20 degrees. just tempering the sunshine late teenage climate activist on in the day as we bring a warm greta thunberg has accepted an award front in from the atlantic. for ‘ambassador of conscience‘ at a ceremony in washington. it'll still be there as we move she was given the award from tuesday on into wednesday. enough cloud associated with that by the worldwide human rights for there to be the odd bit and piece of rain, primarily charity, amnesty international. across the northern half of scotland. elsewhere, it's going to be a really decent sort of day. by the stage, the high pressure will have moved just sufficiently
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far towards the east to pushed those chill north—westerly winds out into the north sea, so it may the supermarket chain aldi says it well feel a tad warmer plans to open an average of one across the north—east of scotland new store in the uk every week simply because you've lost the strength of the wind. for the next two years. the chief executive giles hurley come thursday, that high pressure said they would invest £1 billion is going to be very much to achieve their aim. the dominant feature, here's our business keeping it fine and settled in all parts. correspondent emma simpson. a new aldi's come to town, you'll notice as we move and so have the shoppers. towards the latter part of the week, so the high centre moves over this time, ruabon in north wales. to continental europe, and that allows the chance have you switched, then? switched a long time ago, girl! for us to pick up air of continental origin. there's still some warmth and i think if you asked anybody across the continent at the mediterranean else, they would say the same, at this time of year, and we're going to start that's why we're here. tapping into that. it brings drier conditions aldi added another £1 billion in sales last year, across us, so any chance of mist fuelled by new stores like this one, or fog that may well have been and in the middle aisles, there the first part of thursday it is clearly not won't be an issue on the first part of friday. all about the food. those temperatures just ticking up what have you got in your trolley? by a degree or two quite widely across the british isles, an ironing board, four plant 20 as far north as aberdeen. not a great deal changes pots and two footballs. from friday into saturday. notice the run of isobars the middle two aisles is there from south to north, is all you come here keeping the atlantic fronts for, isn't it? if you say so! at bay at this stage. it is! so saturday's another glorious day for many parts of the british isles.
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there's just the chance of one or two showers, the big, established quite heavy showers at that, grocers are opening few, if any, new stores. getting into the far south—west to finish off the day. aldi is opening on average a new supermarket every week. there are now three in this borough, a high on the day of 25, and they're planning another one. that's really not bad but all this investment has taken for the time of year. a big chunk out of its profits and then come sunday, we start importing some moisture. and it has had to cut prices a frontal system trying to come in from the atlantic, to stay competitive. but ahead of it we'll have some thundery showers gradually these days, rivals are working their way up and across many parts of the british isles piling on the pressure. on what is going to be of course, grocery retail has always been challenging, quite a sultry day. and it's no different today. so, is this strategy sustainable? the focus is very much on our sales, our customers and our store numbers and not on a short—term profit ability. over the next two two years, we're going to invest another £1 billion in the uk, around 50% of the population of the uk don't currently shop with us and we know that the main reason for that is that they don't have an aldi store nearby. a no—deal brexit won't affect aldi's plans, he says, but what about prices? what can't do is, it commit that prices will not go up but i don't think i'm alone in
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the industry on that. it is notjust more stores, aldi is branching cautiously into convenience — only in london, for now. smaller shops to reach more city centre customers. aldi is evolving, but can it keep its edge as it pursues all this new space? emma simpson, bbc news. now on bbc news: the travel show. coming up on this week's travel show: i'm finding out how you can get up close, as experts restore one of the world's most famous works of art. oh man, it looks incredible. christa goes wild swimming off the coast of scotland. you know what, it's actually not... no, i am lying, it's really cold. laughs we meet the woman who does not let her visible difference stop her from travelling the world. being here, it's like, i feel so connected. and ever heard of dutch sushi?
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neither had i — until now. this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: boos for boris johnson as the prime minister of luxembourg tells him brexit‘s become a "nightmare". don't put the blame on us because now they don't know how to get out of this... ..situation. welcome to the travel show, they put themselves in! with me, ade adepitan — this week coming to you from president trump says "it looks amsterdam, where they are marking like iran was responsible" 350 years since the death of one for the attack that halved saudi oil production. of their most famous artists, but he insists he doesn't want war. rembrandt. the human cost of the world's deadliest conflict. in 1631, he made this city his home, and it's here that he painted his most famous masterpieces.
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and you can see many of them on display at the rijksmuseum. but what i've come here to see is very special, and involves a painting that rembrandt is best known for. one of the most famous works of art in the world — the night watch. the painting is almost four centuries old, and over the years there have been various restoration attempts. but now the museum is undertaking the most sophisticated one ever, using high—tech methods to carry out a forensic examination of how rembrandt actually painted the picture before restoration can begin. and it's all being carried out in one of their galleries, in full view of the public, and livestreamed online. oh man, so that's it, the night watch. it looks incredible. and what are they doing here?
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the machine you see there is an x—ray fluorescent scanner, and this way we get an idea of the elements present in this painting. this is a painting which is for us to admire, why is it so important for you to know about the elements? we need to figure out, we want to know how rembrandt painted it, what his ideas were when he was painting it, how he made this nice composition, was it first all ok on the canvas, or did he change his mind and change small things, or did he change the composition? those things we would like to know. at the same time, we would like to know what kind of pigments rembrandt used. so you are getting a real idea of what it was like to be a painter in rembrandt‘s time. yes... or even just his unique style? his unique style, indeed. yeah, we are basically on rembrandt‘s shoulder and watching him while he is painting these paintings. the story of the night watch painting is absolutely fascinating. this is a copy of the original,
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and over the years it's been trimmed down in size — especially on the left—hand side, there were actually characters that have been lost from this painting, because in its original location, they had the right size, but when it was moved it couldn't fit into the space where it was moved, so they had to trim it down on three sides. i think some of those characters would probably be really miffed today to know that they've been omitted from rembrandt‘s history. so we're going to photograph the painting in daylight, but we're not going to do it like one snapshot, we are going to do lots of photos next to each other, i think from the top of my head it's 11,000 photos. so then we get a really high resolution, it's like you are looking through a microscope. one pixel in that photo is like a blood cell, or basically it is smaller
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than a hair, a human hair. all of this scrutiny, all of this work for one artist — what do you think rembrandt would make of it if he was around today? laughs i would personally think that he would think we are crazy. laughs yeah, yeah. thanks to the 350th anniversary, this year amsterdam is full of rembrandt—related things to see and do. and lots of people are heading here, a restoration of the place rembrandt called home during his time living and working in the city. wow. which part of the house are we are now? this is the front of the house, this is where visitors entered the house, where they could meet rembrandt.
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it is very grand, isn't it? high ceilings... yes, it is. it is meant to impress, people needed to see how successful rembrandt was. holland was very economically successful in the 17th century, so people earned a lot of money, they needed luxury goods, paintings are luxury goods. and rembrandt stood out because he could do anything in paint. he could paint anything he wanted and make an illusion like things were real. he had a remarkable style that people found fascinating, it was with bright light and dark shadows, it is the contrast of the two that make these paintings dramatic,
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the thing that is really special for us as the rembrandthuis museum, that is that it went bankrupt. he was very successful, but he spent a lot of money. so he lived a lavish life? he certainly did, yeah. he went bankrupt and during this bankruptcy they made a list of everything that was in the house. so we have exactly, room for room, listed, everything that was in here. so the irony of it is, is rembrandt‘s misfortune is our luck, because you managed to find out... it is our luck. certainly. incredible. love this place. the decor is amazing. this is where the great man lived between 1639 and 1658. and it isjust, it's so grand and really cool. this is where he produced some of the greatest works of art that the world has ever seen. look at this fireplace! that is nuts. there is a bed here as well! it's cosy, this! for a very small person.
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i have travelled about 30 minutes outside of amsterdam to a historic town called leiden, where i've been told you can have a very different rembrandt experience. leiden is the place where rembrandt was born and opened his first studio. today it's a smart university town but it's still proud of its connection with the artist. and if you like mixing fact with fantasy, one great place to try out is this rembrandt—themed escape room, situated here inside an old mediaeval tower. so basically i've been told that this house is haunted by the spirit of rembrandt, and we have an hour to escape, trying to use the clues, and that picture apparently is going to give us some information and help us escape.
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jaunty pipe music plays over here, there is a padlock, and it's got colours on it. so i am thinking, i am wondering if those colours are anything to do with the colours up on... can you see? you don't need to know much about the history of art to try and work your way out of this room. but a bit of lateral thinking and a taste for teamwork definitely come in handy. woo! what's in there! a creepy cloth! yes! we've got a creepy cloth! i think we are getting loads of clues, and we are having a lot of success, but not the big success that we need. shall we do it again? nothing happened. i think we could be here for days! is there water and bread here? and then, finally, with only ten minutes left, it all seems to come together...
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hopefully. yes... yes! we are free! go team! we've escaped! well done. there's only one problem — where's the lift? stay with us, because coming up: christa braves the cold and goes wild swimming in scotland. now, you can't come to amsterdam without trying out some herring. it's a delicacy here in holland, they actually call it the dutch sushi. can i try out some of your herring? yes, i can do it for you. what do you make it with, what do you do? with onion, pickle, that is the way it is.
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that's it. on the tail. do you cook it or anything? no, it's not, it's raw fish. raw fish. and it will be ok for my stomach? very good for you. so this is traditional dutch delicacy. here we go! sorry, mum, but i'm about to eat on tv. it's not bad! i'm actually surprised. um, i mean... it is a very fishy texture but then you have that onion sort of marinade on it, this is all right! can i have some chips with this? laughs for some people, travelling is about more than just seeing new places. it's about overcoming fears and challenging perceptions. so here is the start of our new series that follows people around the world
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who travel differently. travel means just being able to go out of my comfort zone and be out there, enjoy the culture, enjoy the sun, or wherever i am going. and everyone should have that right. everyone should have the right to be able to do that. i'm tulsi vagjiani, i am a motivational speaker and i am an ambassador for changing faces, a charity helping people with a visible difference. it's really important to me experiencing a country like a local person would. you know, realising like, what their local languages are, it's a whole liberation thing, being able to explore a culture. hi, this is me checking in, i am currently in prague, and just walking out of a metro station, so easy to use, it's amazing. anyone who knows me, i'm a history buff, so being here, it is like i feel so connected. it gives me a scope of like, if i ever wanted to live abroad, how it would be like to live
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as a local. ijust spotted some dolphins! oh my goodness! travelling, for me, my biggest anxious moment would be how i am going to be perceived based on my visible difference. i was ten years old when i got my scars. i was involved in a plane crash where i lost my mum, my dad and my brother. as time has gone on, in and out of surgery, the day comes when they remove the bandages from my eyes. only the person in the mirror wasn't me. i really felt like somebody drew that face on. and that's when i knew, life had changed. an example, when i was in milan a couple of years ago, just ordering a pizza in a restaurant, and the waiter couldn't look at me and he took my order via my friend, and it was really uncomfortable. and yet i went to a restaurant, like, the day before, like next door, and they were just so friendly. the same day we went to the cafe near the cathedral
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and the same thing. just couldn't look at me, tried to order my cake and tea via my friend. at times, it can feel really frustrating because it's like no human being ever wants to be ignored, right? regardless of what is going on for you. and to be ignored like that, that's quite tough. but we did walk out, we didn't actually stay in the restaurant. because i've got to show, like, i can't advocate that behaviour. having a visible difference doesn't mean you get to take them off and keep them at home and then you go out for the day. i wear them. i've got to check in with myself before i leave my house, where i'm at. i think i have to be a lot more mindful of going to certain countries, obviously you've gotta be respectful of culture in terms of what you wear. i'm on the other side of my confidence whereby i bear my scars. so i've now discovered wearing a bikini, for example. this is a really recent
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picture of me in portugal. for anyone who knows me, like, i mean, i'm confident, but body confidence is something that i'm a big campaigner on, and me going out in my bikini and feeling comfortable like this was really huge. and it's something i'm really, really proud of. i thinkjust travelling has showed me you can't make a preconceived judgement about a certain country. and it's a small snippet. it's one person. doesn't mean they represent the whole country, you know? i mean, i've got plans to travel so many more countries, and having a visible difference isn't going to stop me from going there. i'm just going to be a bit more mindful of the culture of where i'm going, that's all. i'm not going to go and say, oh, i wonder how they deal with somebody with a visible difference. i'm not going to go there. i'm gonna go there with an open mind. and i hope that's what i'm going to receive when i go there as well. and we will have more people who face all different kinds
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of challenges when they travel here on the show soon. but to finish off this week, christa's facing a challenge of her own in scotland! now, i've gotta warn you — if you're not a fan of swimming in cold water, i'd look away now. brrr! when the sun's out, the coastline around the isle of lewis rivals some of the best beach destinations in europe. with its crystal clear waters and soft white sand, even in the height of summer, here you can have large stretches of beach all to yourself. this really is a scottish hidden gem. but it's also a small island where predicting the weather can be close to a mystic art. well, the clouds are drawing in, the wind is up and it's started to rain so this is not optimal swimming weather. but what i'm mainly worried about is the temperature of that seawater. i can guarantee you that
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you will be warmer inside the water than out today! norma hasjust begun her own wild swimming tours around the isle of lewis as an alternative way to see the area. what do you do when you go wild swimming? the first thing that you do before you go swimming is faff. there's a lot of faffing! you're thinking about where you are going, you're checking tides, water temperature, the weather, so there's a lot of prep before you actually go for a swim. so, in some cases, you wouldn't really call that wild swimming. it's very contrived! but, no, once you get in the water, it just takes over. what is the appeal of wild swimming? it is being just totally immersed. centuries back, some of the islanders used to settle on some of the smaller islands. so, you can see ruins and remains of that. on a couple of my swims, i take people out to an island where there is a temple and a cemetery where people used
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to bury their dead there, away from the village, they used to take them out to the island. so, for me, it's not just about the swimming. it's exploring the heritage as well and all the history that the hebrides has to offer. i guess it's a completely unique way to see the land and you see things that you may not be able to see if you are just walking on the tracks. absolutely. you see amazing things that nobody might have seen before. you feel as if you're exploring uncharted territory. you are an explorer! yeah! wild swimming has only become popular here in recent years. norma told me that when she was growing up, she learnt that for generations, people here have had a fear of the sea. just off the coast lies the wreckage of a vessel that sank in 1919. it was carrying soldiers returning from the first world war. more than 200 drowned, leaving a deep scar on the island. and it put many hardy islanders off even learning to swim. but for me, it's time
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to get on with it. does that feel good? yeah, good. i'm actually quite wet already, and it's not because we have been in. it's because it's raining. perfect weather for swimming! right, are you ready for this? what's the best way? just straight in or... no, probably a little bit of a acclimatisation. hands in first, little bit of water on the back of the neck, then we can just do a wee bit of floating, getting the water in the wetsuit, and then we can get on with it. let's do it! you're the expert, let's go! alright. oh, it's lovely. oh, lovely, you say! do you know what? it's actually not... no, i'm lying, it's really cold! i was trying to be polite, but it's cold. but...i think the longer you're in, you just get used to it.
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absolutely. 0k. yeah. ok, i can do this. yeah, you can! you're doing it! after a few minutes, thanks to my wetsuit, my body did start to warm up, and if you keep moving, it's fine. it's not advisable to come wild swimming unless you are really familiar with the area. and norma is constantly checking in with me and guiding me to shallow areas where we can take a break. because we're now coming onto a low tide now, we've passed slack water, so it's a bit of a stronger... it's a bit of timing of the tide, really. so we are at the stronger pull of the tide just now, so we're going to go with it, and the deeper we getjust now, you can feel it again, that we're going that way. so, you really need to be familiar with the area. due to the sea conditions, we weren't able to go to any of the iron age ruins on the islets, but we did manage to reach this place.
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we have just come into this absolutely beautiful little cave and it's so different, isn't it? we've just come around the headland, which was quite choppy and really strong current, quite dramatic, and here, it's so peaceful and calm. and though it's really dark, i look down, i can see my feet really clearly. the water is so clean. this is a relatively unexplored corner of the uk. and this certainly is a unique way to explore it. if it weren't for the cold and the jellyfish, i feel like i could just float here all day! christa taking wild swimming to the max in scotland. respect, christa! well, that's your lot for this week. don't forget tojoin us next week when. .. carmen's injapan getting a truly bird's eye view of some ancient burial mounds in the heart of a very modern city.
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wow, that's really big. gosh! and, look, it's right in the centre of downtown osaka! and alex goes to sea for the very first time... ..on board a specially adapted ship where wheelchair users can crew, and learn the ropes too. you're actually spot on at the moment. only now. you're absolutely spot on! only on camera! off camera i'm terrible. that's next week. but if you can't wait that long, don't forget we are all over social media. so, please, give us a follow! but for now, from me, ade adepitan, and all the travel show 00:25:36,946 --> 2147483051:49:33,188 team here in amsterdam, 2147483051:49:33,188 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 it's tot ziens!
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