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i'v e i've met people who have ones. i've met people who have joined our support groups and passed away very quickly, it's so sad they haven't even had a chance. now it's time for a look at the weather with alina jenkins. hello. we have had some patchy light rain and drizzle across parts of england and wales today, but the bulk of the rain is pushing it in northern and western scotland and northern ireland and will continue overnight. weakening a little of the night wears on. further south across england and wales, a lot of cloud, some drizzle, and a few breaks in the cloud and where we do see the breaks, we could see temperatures down to five or six celsius, where we keep the cloud, seven to 10 celsius the overnight low. still a weakening band of patchy rain tomorrow morning across southern scotland initially into parts of northern england, wales, may be the far south—west of england, that will weaken as the day goes on. sunshine for scotland and northern ireland, cloudier further south with some mist and fog lingering through the morning. it is going to stay mild both by day
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and by night in the week ahead, in fact temperatures by friday could get up to m or 15 celsius. mainly dry for much of england and wales, most of the rain across the north and west of scotland. hello, this is bbc news with me, shaun ley. the headlines: the prime minister borisjohnson says the cop26 climate deal is a "game—changing agreement," despite concerns over the watered down commitments on phasing out fossil fuels like coal. three men in their 20s have been arrested under the terrorism act after a car explosion outside the liverpool women's hospital this morning. the passenger of the car — a man — died at the scene. the male driver was injured and is in hospital in a stable condition. the queen misses the annual remembrance day service at the cenotaph, after spraining her back, but other members of the royal familyjoin the nation to remember those who died in past conflicts. unvaccinated people
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in austria are to be banned from leaving home for non—essential purposes, under a covid lockdown that'll come into force at midnight, local time. more news on the bbc at the top of the hour. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show with christa larwood. coming up this week... making rally racing more climate—friendly in italy. oh, my goodness, this thing absolutely goes. it is incredible, isn't it. yeah, it's good fun. from macy's thanksgiving parade in new york, to the kendal mountain festival in england's lake district, our very own local guide to what is coming up. our very own global guide to what is coming up. and three adventurers, one old banger and a frozen siberian lake. it's 6:15. the sun will be down in 15 minutes and we are in the middle of nowhere. it is not the best great situation.
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theme music plays hello and welcome to the travel show, back on the road again and this week coming to you from the beautiful italian island of sardinia. well, you've probably heard of the monaco grand prix, the indy 500, even the dakar rally, the indy 500, even the dakar rally. well, this year sardinia is playing host to a brand—new series on the international motor racing scene and this one comes with a bit of difference. it is on a mission to save the planet. this is extreme—e, a series of all—electric off—road races
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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 they're 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 beast. it is, it is. it is very kind of new age, kind of like race from mars, here, so the car definitely matches that. it has to be big and strong as well. shall we get on the track and have a look? yeah, we can have a go. traditionally rally cars are huge gas guzzlers, consuming even more fuel than their fi counterparts, than their fi counterparts — a massive 50 litres per 100 kilometres. wish me luck. and although this championship has a carbon footprint,
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extreme—e is committed to being carbon neutral by the end of its first season, through offsetting its emissions. off we go! woo! oh, my goodness, this thing absolutely goes! it is incredible, isn't it? yeah. it's good fun. it is fun being behind the wheel, i am not sure what it is like being a passenger. 0h, far better than me being behind that wheel. you would not want to be in the car. laughs. so 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. it's not that noisy. you do not have manic gear changes. it is kind of like driving an automatic on a really rough track really quickly, so, i mean, you do get really sweaty,
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it is adrenaline—filled and it is really intense in the car, especially with the tracks that we have. they are not easy. there are bumps, jumps, there's really a lot of heart in your mouth moments, so it is full on, but i think the experience of it, it feels like a race car, it is enjoyable to drive when it is going right and you're sliding on the gravel, it's a really good feeling. i think the next generation of motorsport will be exciting because you still have the battles, you still have the excitement and the proper racing and it is just obviously a lot more sustainable. because i think of racing and i think it's kind of big, it's quite sort of dirty, and produces a lot of carbon and this is the absolute opposite of that. i think, yeah, it is changing the way we view motorsport. normally we go to a racetrack and we race there and then go to a hotel, whereas this championship, we'll be working with scientists a lot closer and learning stuff i have never learnt before. as part of its commitment to fighting climate change, extreme—e runs local environmental projects before every race, where even the drivers get stuck in to help. i was really into science at school so this is like, it feels like going on holiday
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before a race when we come and learn. actually this one we are doing here in sardinia is going to be really fun. we're going to be getting wet, putting some wet suits on and we're going to be going and learning about the seagrass and how — i actually didn't realize — how much of an effect it has on the environment. catie and the other drivers are taking part in a project in southern sardinia that plants seagrass. the racers 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. it is not quite as scenic, but it is pretty amazing to think that stuff waving down there could be one of the keys to combating climate change. like underwater lungs, seagrass is incredibly efficient at capturing carbon.
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it absorbs 10% of the ocean's carbon each year, despite only taking up 0.2% of the sea floor. extreme—e is the first sport that's been set up for the purpose of tackling climate change and we use these fantastic men and women drivers to educate people in terms of what is going on. so you have a whole world to chose from. how do you narrow it down to the key locations? first of all, we look at the symptoms of climate change, so we look at desertification, we look at rising sea levels, melting of the ice caps, melting of glaciers, and of course, deforestation, which has that double impact that deforestation actually speeds up climate change. so we look at those five sort of locations and then 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.
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so it's that balance between real authentic great sports and also communicating a really, really challenging issue. the teams were actually meant to be racing in the amazon as part of the original plan, but due to covid they have had to postpone that to next year. it is a big operation, but moored up, not too far from the race site, is the st helena, their mobile paddock, which ferries all the equipment and cars to where they need to be. they say it cuts two—thirds of their carbon emissions. i was not quite sure what to expect from this event but it has got the speed, the dust, the excitement and listen — no crowds and no throbbing petrol engines. most live sports rely on spectator crowds but extreme—e is taking the opposite approach. to reduce the environmental impact on remote race locations, fans have to instead keep up with the action online. despite all of this,
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i still had some questions about the sport's green potential. about the sport's green credentials. how do you reconcile that, making it a green event when there is so much travel involved? so the real change will only happen in the real world. you know, ideally, nobody would do any emissions. but even if you stay in bed, you emit carbon, you breathe. the thing is, 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 is, of course, we reduce to the maximum the emissions that we have. for example, we produce our power with hydrogen. tell me, why pair an eco—message with motorsports racing in particular? what we want to do is use motorsports, which is very, very... has a big audience, to kind of break the bubble. the environmentalists, the people who are interested in the environment and they watch
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documentaries, they already know what is going on, but the sports fans, you have a lot more of those and they do not necessarily know, so we put 50 minutes of racing, five minutes of messaging from one of our scientists, on the location, explaining what is going on with the ice caps, what's going on with the rainforest, what's going on with the wildfires here in sardinia. that is how we use sport to amplify the message. i would love to help being able 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. it is not a spectator sport, but you can catch it live on your tv at home and you can even participate by helping your favourite driver getting to pole position on final day. you just head online and cast your vote. i'm going to vote for catie, obviously. catie and the andretti team did not win this event, but there is still one
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more to go this season. next stop, tierra del fuego, in 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. 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.
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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 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
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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. exclaims. so don't go away. the annual macy's thanksgiving 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
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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. 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.
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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, the festival started a0 years ago and welcome to the world's ago and welcomes the world's top athletes and explorers to share stories on stage, alongside a jam—packed film
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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 6th of march, the dutch ice sculpture festival draws the best ice artists from all around the world to work in a 1,200—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 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,
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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 1,000 kilometres with their support vehicle across the 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. but you did it. yeah...
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we did about 70 ks 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 is 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. on the unintelligible on lake baikal. it's something. ah, babushka! babushka!
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the starter does not work. 0k, 0k, 0k, 0k. horn beeps. exclaims. so i think we can ridejust like this. the engine was actually fixed. yes, but it is loose. ok. so i think slowly, we can drive as it is. train toots horn. happy russian music plays. music: the nutcracker
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suite by tchaikovsky. 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? no way to turn back. this crack is huge. we are trying to go around it
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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 doing this tonight, huh? nearly one hour in the dark. 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,
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three times start moving extremely slowly. probably we can put the tent on top of the car and camp overnight. if we could pass it here, then in theory, we could go i don't know how far 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 3—metre piece of the cracked ice and now i have to drive it through.
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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 over 6,000 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.
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for now, from me, christa larwood, and the rest of the travel show team here in sardinia, it is goodbye. hello. we have had some drizzle and patchy light rain across parts of east anglia and south—east england this afternoon, but the main rain band is pushing in to the north and west of scotland. we can see it here on the earlier satellite picture, this bank of cloud and it will continue on its journey south and eastward through this evening and overnight. some heavy and persistent rain also pushing into parts of northern ireland. it will be weakening as it moves its way south, but we could see some patchy rain into the far north of england by dawn. further south, there will be some drizzle, particularly for western and eastern coasts and also over hills. there could be a few
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clearer slots across southern england, allowing temperatures to drop to 5 or 6 celsius. for most, it is a mild night, the lows between 7 and 10 celsius. that is the theme, really, for the week ahead, staying mild both by day and by night and most of the rain will be in the north and west of scotland. so into monday, we still have this front lingering, but it is running into high pressure, so it is weakening all the while. still a lot of cloud on it, still some patchy rain on monday morning across parts of southern scotland, initially, into northern england, maybe parts of wales and the far south—west of england. behind it, something much brighter with some sunshine across a large swathe of scotland and northern ireland, but ahead of it is still a lot of cloud for much of england and wales, with highs of 11—13 c. through monday evening and overnight the cloud base likely to lower across much of england and wales, bringing some patchy drizzle, but more persistent rain will be starting to approach the north and west of scotland and the winds will be strengthening as well, you can see the isobars much closer together here, so some wetter and windier weather through tuesday across northern ireland and northern and western scotland.
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that will tend to weaken as the day wears on, but some of that rain heavy and persistent. across england and wales, it should be mainly a dry day. maybe a few bright or sunny spells, but certainly a lot of cloud. highs again on tuesday typically 10—13 c. as we look a little bit furtherahead, it looks like that frontal system we see on tuesday will be sliding its way across the uk, but once again running into high pressure, so most of the rain will tend to fizzle out and behind it what we start to see is some slightly cooler air digging in, so the chance of some showers across northern and western scotland on wednesday and they could well be wintry over the highest ground, but essentially for much of the week ahead it's looking mostly dry, if cloudy, mild by day and night, and much of the rain across the north and west of scotland.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. three men in their 20s have been arrested under the terrorism act after a car explosion outside the liverpool women's hospital. the passenger died at the scene, the driver is in hospital. the uk's prime minister says the glasgow climate deal is a game—changer that sounds the death knell for coal power — but admits it falls short of the 1.5 degree target. at glasgow we've turned the dial down to 80 degrees increase, and of course that's still far too high. china has faced criticism for refusing to phase out coal, we'll be hearing the perspective of a chinese climate activist.
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also in the programme. queuing to get the covid jab in austria, as two million

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