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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  November 13, 2021 10:30am-11:01am GMT

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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... negotiators at the cop26 climate conference have published a draft agreement after talks in glasgow continued through the night.
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countries are urged to phase out coal and inefficient subsidies and to show plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2022. the humanitarian crisis along the border between belarus and poland continues to escalate, as more migrants are caught between the two nations. britney spears has regained contol of her life and career, as a judge overturned a conservatorship imposed 13 years ago. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. coming up this week... making rally racing more climate friendly in italy. it is incredible, isn't it. it was good fun. from macy thanksgiving parade to the mountain festival in england's lake district. our global guide to what is coming up. and three adventurers, one old banger and a frozen
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siberian lake. the sun will be down in 15 minutes and we are in the middle of nowhere. it is not a great situation. hello and welcome to the travel show, on the road again and this week coming from the beautiful italian island of sardinia. you probably have heard of the monaco grand prix, but this year a brand—new series on the international motor racing scene and this one comes
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with a bit of difference. it is on a mission to save the planet. this is extreme—e, a series of electric off—road races and it is all in the name of protecting the environment. this is the first season and so far they have been to saudi arabia, senegal, greenland and now here in sardinia. motor racing and saving the environment don't usually go hand—in—hand, so i am intrigued to find out exactly how it all works. hello. look at this thing, it is a breeze. it is. it is kind of new wage. -- it is —— it is kind of new age. it has to be big and strong. shall we get onto the track and have a look?
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traditionally rally cars a huge gas guzzlers, consuming even more fuel than their fi counterparts, a massive 50 litres per 100 kilometres. although this championship has a carbon footprint, extreme—e is committed to being carbon neutral by the end of its first season by offsetting its emissions. oh, my goodness, this thing absolutely goes. it is incredible. it is good fun. it is fun behind the wheel. i am not sure what it is like to be a passenger.
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what is it like for you driving one of these big, fast crazy electric vehicles? it is very different to what i am used to. not as many gear changes. it is like driving an automatic on a real fast track. you get really sweaty, the adrenaline is intensive. there are bumps, jumps, a lot of heart in your mouth moments, so it is full—on. it feels like a race car and it is enjoyable to drive when it is sliding on the gravel. i think the next generation of motorsport will be exciting because you could still have the battle and excitement and the proper racing and it is just obviously a lot more sustainable. i think of racing and i think of big, dirty, produces a lot of carbon and this is the absolute opposite of that. i think it is changing the way we view motorsport. normally we go to a racetrack and go to a hotel, whereas we are working with scientists a lot closer and learning stuff i
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have not known before. extreme—e runs local environmental projects before every race, where even the drivers get stuck into help. it feels like going on holiday before a race when we come and learn. this one we're doing in sardinia is going to be very fun. we're going to be learning about the seagrass and how much of an effect it has on the environment. katie and the other drivers are taking part in a project in the southern sardinia that plants seagrass. the races will then share what they have learnt on social media to try and spread knowledge about this important climate change strategy. it is a bit different to the coral reefs i have snorkelled before.
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it is not quite as a scenic but it is amazing to think that stuff waving down they could be one of the keys to combating climate change. like underwater lungs, seagrass is incredibly efficient at capturing carbon. it absorbs 10% of the ocean's carbon each year, despite only taking up 0.2% of the sea floor. it is the first sport set up for tackling climate change and we use this fantastic men and women drivers to educate people. so, you've got a whole world to choose from, how do you narrow down the key locations? we look at densification, rising sea levels, melting of ice caps, deforestation, which has that double impact that it actually speeds up climate change so we look
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at those five locations and we look around the world and we see where the stories can be told in the best way possible, where we have the best relationships, where the challenges are the biggest and where the racing is great as well. it's that balance between real authentic great sports and communicating a really, really challenging issue. the teams were actually meant to be racing in the amazonas part of original plan but due to covid they have had to postpone that to next year. it is a big operation but not too far from the race that is that mobile attic which carries all equipment and cars to where they need to be. they say it cuts two—thirds of the carbon emissions. i was not quite sure what to expect from this event
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but it has the speed, the dust, the excitement and listen, no crowds and no throbbing petrol engines. most live exports rely on spectator crowds but extreme—e is taking the opposite approach, to reduce the impact on locations, fans have to instead keep up with the action online. despite all of this, i still had some questions about the sport's green potential. how do you reconcile making it a good event when there is some travel involved? the real change will only happen in the real world. ideally, nobody would do any emissions. but even if you stay in bed, you omit carbon. the positive effect needs to be bigger than the footprint that you have. if you want to make change happen, you have to do stuff. what we do, of course, we reduce the maximum of the emissions, for example we produce our power with hydrogen.
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why pair and eco— message with motorsports? we want to use motorsports, which is very, very... it has big orders, to break the bubble. environmentalists already know what is going on but sports fans, not everybody knows so we put 50 minutes of racing and five minutes of messaging from scientists. that is how we use a sport to amplify the message. i would love to convey a message, to give so much information about climate change to also promote climate action in people that otherwise would not have known what is going on in this area. it is not a spectator sport but you can catch it on your tv at home and you can participate by helping your favourite
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driver get into pole position on final day. get online and cast your vote. i'm going to vote for katie, obviously. katie and the andretti team did not win at this event but there is still one more to go this season. next stop, south america. well, if that looked pretty exciting but it is not quite what you're looking for on holiday, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy sardinia. here's our travel show guide to getting the best out of the island. cagliari is the island's capital, where you'll arrive if you come by air or sea from the mainland. it's an ancient city, so the many historical sites are a big attraction. the winding streets of castello, the mediaeval old town, are worth exploring with the 13th century cathedral of santa maria being a particular highlight.
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sardinia's beaches are famous for their white sands and crystal clear waters. you'll need to rent a car to see some of the best. brandinchi beach in the north is popular with snorkellers and surrounded by pine woods. if you are staying in cagliari, chia beach is worth a visit. and if you are lucky, you may spot pink flamingos at the nearby lagoon. if driving is not your thing, you might want to consider the historic trenino verdi, or green train. some parts of the preserved railway have been in operation non—stop for the past 130 years. there are four different trips you can take, each one specialising in a different type of landscape. from the high altitudes of the gennargentu mountains to the vineyards of planargia. and every february, the west coast city of 0ristano hosts sa sartiglia — a horsemanship festival held annually since 1546. up to 120 people dressed
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in full regalia attempt to catch a star—shaped token with a sword or spear. the festivities last for two days, but be sure to arrive early because with thousands of people turning out to see the fun, the streets get seriously packed. do stay with us, because we will be sticking with the driving theme by heading to siberia to check in with the team, who we've been following as they take on the mighty frozen lake baikal in an old soviet—era car. the starter doesn't work. 0k, 0k, 0k, 0k. horn beeps. so, don't go away. the annual macy's thanksgiving
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parade is back with a bang, this year celebrating its 95th anniversary. after a muted audience—free march last year, spectators will once again be able to line the central manhattan route to cheer on over 8,000 marchers and celebrate the beginning of america's holiday season as they've done for nearly a century. this year's parade kicks off at 9am on the 25th of november and will feature 15 floating character balloons, 28 spectacular floats, 36 novelty inflatables, ten marching bands, nine performance groups and, of course, not forgetting santa claus himself. oh, and if you have a fear of clowns, you may want to stay away as there will be over 800 of them in attendance. you will be able to watch the parade from designated spots and for now, at least, proof of vaccination will not be required.
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if thanksgiving is not for you, then you can fire up the festive spirit within by visiting one of europe's largest christmas markets in austria's charming capital city vienna. from the 12th of november, markets will pop up throughout vienna's prettiest squares, transforming the city into a magical christmas wonderland straight out of a fairytale. expect crisp winter air, candles almost everywhere, steaming mugs of hot wine and the smell of roasted chestnuts, all with the atmospheric backdrop of vienna's baroque architecture. if you prefer climbing trees to decorating them, then you might want to get yourself down to england's lake district for the kendal mountain festival. this four—day—long festival kicks off this weekend. it's an annual event dedicated to sharing awe—inspiring stories from the world of outdoor adventure. situated in the picturesque town of kendal in cumbria,
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the festival started a0 years ago and welcome to the world's top athletes and explorers to share stories on stage, alongside a jam—packed film programme that brings to life the spirit of adventure. for the largest winter event in the netherlands, head to zwolle. running for over three months, from the 18th of december to the sixth of march, the dutch ice sculpture festival draws the best ice artists from all around the world to work in a i200—metre square cold hall with 550,000 kilos of ice and snow. the theme this year is what a wonderful world, turning the last 18 months of turmoil into appreciation for the beauty of the planet. artists will use this theme to create sculptures up to six metres high. light, sound design and special effects will conjure up quite a spectacle for visitors, who can view the show with a warming toddy
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from the ice bar. well, hopefully you've found something there to tempt you but right now, we're heading to russia to meet a team who is racing across siberia in a car that, well, quite frankly, has seen better days. last week, we met three lithuanian adventurers karolis, jurgis and max as they hit the road in an old soviet banger driving 1000 kilometres with their support vehicle across a frozen surface of lake baikal, russia. it's one of the world's largest lakes, holding a fifth of the planet's fresh surface water. we catch up with them towards the end of their first day on the ice. cheers. oh, man. it was crazy.
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but you did it. yeah... we did about 70 kays today. we've got the room but no heating. we arrived 6:50, or something like that, not to drive on the ice in the darkness actually our rule. first day on the ice on the frozen lake baikal. and actually, i was surprised by the babushka and that feeling when you are in —13. 0n the lake baikal. it's something.
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ah, babushka! babushka! the starter does not work. 0k, 0k, 0k, 0k. horn beeps. so i think we can ridejust like this. the engine was actually fixed. yes, but it is loose. 0k. so i think slowly, we can drive as it is. train toots horn. russian music plays.
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the nutcracker suite by tchaikovsky plays. we are a bit stuck in the middle of nowhere. it's — we got a fresh crack and trying to pass it for one hour and a half already, but still no luck. sometimes we call it a mother crack and it goes from south to north, so what is happening now, maybe ten kilometres backwards along the shore and then to turn left to be somewhere, i don't know, like 30 kilometres minimum, maybe 40 kilometres. but as far as i can see right now, it is the same. no end! so how to get out of here?
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no way to turn back. this crack is huge. we are trying to go around it for the last one hour and sun — you can see how low sun is. so it's 6:15. the sun will be down in 15 minutes. and we are in the middle of nowhere. it's not the best situation because as we spoke before, we should not be riding at night—time, especially on the ice, but we are doing this tonight. no, fingers crossed we're not this tonight, huh? nearly one hour in the dark.
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the car does not start. we have to push to start it. and that bloody crack is still here. but for the last 30 minutes, three times start moving extremely slowly. probably we can put the tent on top of the car and try to overnight. if we could pass it here, then in theory, we could go still to our village but it's — i don't know how far from the shore we are. i believe around 30 kilometres. maybe a0. so finally, we found a place where we cut out a 3m piece
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of the cracked ice and now i have to drive it through. thankfully, it looks like karolis and crew will not have to spend the night on the ice. join us next week to see if their luck holds out as they near the end of their epicjourney. well, that is all we have time for this week, but do join us for next week's show, when... as dubai opens the world's tallest ferris wheel, we'll be taking a look at the mother of all big wheels, the london eye, which celebrated its 20th birthday last year. plus, we'll see how a british food classic goes down on a tropicaljapanese island
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over 6000 miles away. here's your fish and chips! i hope you can join us for that and a whole lot more next time. but in the meanwhile, you can check out our adventures on social media. for now, from me christa larwood and the rest of the travel show team here in sardinia, it is goodbye. hello there. much of november so far has been reasonably mild. we have not had too many frosty nights, and infact, that mild theme continues through the weekend as well. temperatures above average for this time of year. a lot of dry weather. it was quite breezy and showery on friday but the pressure that
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brought the unsettled weather is now clearing away towards the east. so, a ridge of high pressure building on saturday and we've got very mild air with this as well. the winds generally through the course of the weekend coming in from a south—westerly direction, so the cold air well away from the north and north—west of us at the moment. we will start off saturday with a fair amount of cloud. i think some eastern areas will keep that cloud through the day, a bit of a breeze along the east coast of england with a few showers in east anglia an the south—east. and also, bit more cloud working in for northern ireland, wales and the south—west of england. in between these two areas, some brighter skies for much of scotland, north—west england and the midlands, right down to the likes of the isle of wight as well. temperatures around ten to 15 degrees, so certainly still mild, light winds as well. that's going to be the story for many of us as we head through into sunday as well. high pressure dominating our weather. we've got a front that is trying to push into the north—west, so particularly later on remembrance sunday, that will push a little bit of rain into the north—west of scotland, perhaps a few showers in northern ireland. but for the bulk of the uk, it will be a dry, settled day. if you are out and about on sunday.
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we have got light winds, some sunshine breaking through but predominately fairly cloudy skies and top temperatures just down a touch but still about ten to 1a degrees. even through then into the new working week, high pressure sits in the south and also towards the east of us, we have got this front trying to work in from the north—west but it bumps into all those areas of high pressure that are close to the uk, so the front tends to fizzle out, just bringing a few showers to parts of northern england and wales late on on monday. some sunshine for scotland and northern ireland with temperatures of 11 to 12 degrees. in the south—east, 12 or 13 but it will be rather cloudy, but predominately again, looking dry. high pressure is very much with us as we look through monday night and on into tuesday, so the weather is changing in a hurry. tuesday looks like another largely dry day with quite a lot of cloud. they could be a little bit of mist and fog lingering here and there in the morning. late on tuesday, another week weather france moves in from the north—west.
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it will bring some sharp showers to parts of north—west scotland and northern ireland later in the day, but again, most places have a dry day. a touch cooler, about ten to 13 degrees. and then, as we had three tuesday night and into wednesday. here is that with the front. as we follow it, it slips its way south. it will start to introduce some slightly cooler air during the middle part of the week. on wednesday, sunny spells, scattered showers, maybe wintry on high ground of scotland. single diggers for parts of scotland, still 11 or 12 degrees in the south of england. we have got weather france moving in towards the weekend, slowly making their way south but holding onto the dry weather. really, to summarise the weather through the course of next week, it is a mild, settled weather. showers
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around on thursday and turning wet and windy year in the north—west and staying dry in the south and east. things turning colder by the end of the month.
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this is bbc news — these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. negotiators at the cop26 climate conference have published a draft agreement after talks in glasgow continued through the night. countries are urged to phase out coal and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and show plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2022. i'm luxmy gopal in london with the rest of your headlines. hundreds of migrants remain trapped along the border between belarus and poland, caught up in the middle of a political stand—off. and the conservatorship that's controlled britney spears' life for 13 years has been brought to an end.


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