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so it's a concentration game? yeah, big time. after a week where the government's been accused of reneging on promised rail improvements in the north of england, reopening this line may seem a small step, but it is a giant leap for people here, the passengers who will use it and the communities it will serve. john maguire, bbc news, devon. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah. we have had a very mild november so far, but things are now about the change as we head through the course of the weekend. most of us woke up to another mild and mostly dry start but we have got a weather front moving south, bringing rain at times and introducing the colder air. we have a front pushing cold air across scotland and northern ireland today,
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by tomorrow we are all in the blue colours. this weather front produces some light rain for parts of southern scotland and northern ireland, pushing into northern england and north wales too. a bit of sunshine ahead of that and the return of sunshine and showers to the north too. once the cloud kero years in the south coast, we are in the colder weather tomorrow morning. it's going to be quite a chilly frosty start. more sunshine around tomorrow but plenty of shows in the north and east, erasing to feel chilly particularly when you add on hello, this is bbc news, the headlines... anger in the netherlands over new covid restrictions. dutch police have shot and wounded at least two people during rioting as coronavirus infection rates rise across europe.
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on several occasions the police officers had to draw their weapons to defend themselves. some eight shots were fired and people got hurt as a result. meanwhile, in australia, rallies and protests against lockdowns and vaccine mandates there have taken place across the country. joe biden says he's angry after a teenager who shot two people dead during racial unrest is cleared of murder. protests took place in new york following the divisive verdict. the president says it should be respected. i stand by what the jury has concluded. the jury system works and we have to abide by it. a record number of people died while detained under the mental health act in england during the first year of the pandemic, according to new figures from the health watchdog. the women's tennis association threatens to pull out of china, as pressure grows over missing tennis star peng shuai. a ban on single—use plastics like disposable cutlery and polystyrene boxes moves a step closer england with the start of
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a public consultation on the change. and nearly £40 million has been raised for bbc children in need, with a host of stars and performers including ed sheeranjoining pudsey bear for the annual fundraiser. now on bbc news it's the travel show with carmen roberts. this week on the travel show... celebrating the world's most famous big wheel. this is brilliant. this is my london. a slice of britain on a remote japanese island. i hope i'm doing this right. you've gotta be fast! and racing to the finishing line in our icy siberian challenge.
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hello and welcome to the travel show, with me, carmen roberts, coming to you this week from japan's semi—tropical yaeyama islands. later on, i'll be serving up one of these islands most surprising culinary specialities — a big battered british fish favourite, fish and chips. but first... the world's tallest observation wheel is now up and running, and where else, but dubai. it's known as the �*dubai eye'. it's 250 metres tall and has 48 pods, which means it can carry more than 1,700 people in one revolution. shortly after the millennium, the world's most famous big wheel was opened. and just as the pandemic hit, the london eye was busy
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celebrating its 20th birthday. so we went along to meet some of the people who made it happen. the romans established london nearly 2,000 years ago. since then, the historic capital has developed an iconic skyline. for generations of us, it's always been dominated by two or three instantly recognisable historic buildings. when i was a kid, you could pick out st paul's cathedral, tower bridge and the palace of westminster as three silhouettes, which made the skyline look great. and that was the case for more than 100 years, and you kind of knew where you were. and then exactly 20 years ago, that was all thrown up in the air because that arrived. located on the banks of the river thames, the london eye offers a panoramic 360—degree view over the capital. standing at 135 metres tall, it's still the largest observation wheel in europe,
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and the most popular, with more than 76 million visitors in the last two decades. it was opened back in the heady days of the year 2000, part of the celebrations that ushered in the new millennium. originally, it was only supposed to be a temporary structure with a lifespan ofjust five years. it's really exciting. it has been a while since i was first on it, and it's still hugely popular. ok, here we go! the big step.
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it's actually going at less than one kilometre an hour, but nonetheless, you've got to get on in time. here we are, 135 metres high, right at the top. and this is brilliant. this is my london. i know this place really well. i was born just over there, i live just over there, and every iconic building you want to see is here — buckingham palace, the millennium bridge, st paul's over there, the river thames. it's fantastic. this is london's equivalent of the eiffel tower and the empire state building. this is the view that
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everybody wants to get. automatic voice: stand clear of the opening doors. - i think we're about to get off. our time is done. 30 minutes and it's all over. the architects were david marks and julia barfield, a renowned husband—and—wife team. julia, just take me to the beginning of this whole project. how did it all start? well, it started with a competition in 1993, and what the competition called for was a landmark to celebrate the millennium. the competition was abandoned, but david and julia decided to plough on regardless. david, sadly, died in 2017, butjulia still has great memories of that time. now, i think this is the prototype, if you like. we looked at so many different designs for the actual structure. you know, it's huge, but we wanted
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it to be light in feeling. so we looked at very many different engineering solutions for that with different geometries, and then this seemed to be the optimal geometry in the end to make it very light. it was disappointing that the judges didn't think any of the ideas were good enough, but, you know, we thought it was a good idea, so we started a company, which was called the millennium wheel company, and we put in a planning application. we gradually got more and more exposure to the project, and we did a deal with british airways and we put a lot of our own money in, but we mortgaged the house and whatever, but then they gave us some serious money in order to be able to properly pay engineers. and so it kind of had a snowball effect, really, and because it was at that extraordinary time of the millennium, you know, ifeel that, you know, something extraordinary could happen.
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but it wasn't all plain sailing. there were still some people who were unconvinced. did anybody say, "listen, look at it, it's a horrible eyesore, it looks...it�*s ruining the skyline"? yes! no, they did, absolutely. so when we were doing the consultations, we went to the royal fine art commission, and the chairman of the royal fine art commission did not like it at all. he was apoplecticly against it. so there were people who were against it of course. and even now... even now... ..some people say... well, yes, i mean, i'm sure there are some people who don't like it, but, you know, that's... you know, you can't have everything! there were 32 capsules in all, representing the 32 london boroughs. each of them had to be floated down the thames and installed one by one.
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it's one thing to actually design a structure on a piece of paper or in a computer programme, but to actually then build it on site is a completely different set of challenges. they built the london eye kind of flat on the river, so it was much easier to attach all the different parts of it, and then once it was nearly finished, they craned it up into its final position, so some really, really clever construction and engineering went behind this structure. in the last 20 years, the london eye's become something of a minnow — it's been overtaken by big observation wheels in las vegas, singapore and dubai. but for ex—london mayor ken livingstone, it isn't just about the wheel. people come from all over the world to be here and all over the rest of britain. we've got more restaurants than paris or new york, we've got more bars, we've got more museums, more cinemas. this is an amazing city to live in, there's so much you can do.
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you fought for it to survive. would you fight for it to survive for the foreseeable future? it could be here in 100 years' time. i mean, they'vejust got to keep packing it up, repairing it when things go wrong. people are always going to want to come and take their kids on this, and have that amazing view across the whole stretch of london. the skyline is changing all the time with dozens more skyscrapers in development, each one causing its own controversies. but now, you hardly hear anything about this iconic structure being an eyesore. not bad for something that was supposed to be torn down 15 years ago. well, stay with us. we've got lots of great stuff coming up after the break. we'll be seeing how good old british fish and chips go down on a tropicaljapanese island.
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really good. i think it's the actual best fish and chips i've ever tasted. and we'll be catching up with our three hardy lithuanian adventurers as their mission to cross the frozen lake baikal in russia draws to a close. i have another idea. so don't go away. the humble fish and chips is a staple of the great british diet, one that i've been missing since moving from the uk 10 years ago. but i'm in luck. i've been told this traditional takeaway has finally arrived onjapanese shores in the unlikeliest of places. i've travelled to a small island south of okinawa to try it out. so we're making our way across ishigaki island. it was a 3—hour plane journey from tokyo and we're actually around 400 kilometres from the okinawa main island itself. we're actually closer to taiwan
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than we are to japan. so i've been to ishigaki a few times. it's an easy island getaway from tokyo. and while i've had a lot of good seafood here, i've never actually had british fish and chips. you must be sam — hi. hello, nice to meet you. so tell me about bonnie blue and your business here, sam. we try and do kind of uk—style fish and chips with beer batter, but we use okinawan beer and we use local fish and nori seaweed on the chips as well. and what do the locals think of the local fish and chips with the beer batter? in ishigaki, people love fish and they love deep—fried food as well. so i think it fits in nicely with the kind of food the people
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like, but it's also something new for everyone to try. but there was no time for yapping. i needed to learn how to make this british classic before the lunchtime rush arrived. so, sam, what's your secret? well, i won't tell you my secrets, but you can give me a hand. 0k. here's some gloves. this fish is local okinawan fish, it's hiromachi. so it's a cold—water white—fleshed fish. great. and it's delicious. before every single order, we get fresh beer... whoa! it's bubbly. so, why do you use fresh beer? we want the bubbles to make it nice and fresh so that when the batter goes into the oil, it's going to bubble up and be really nice and crispy. so the consistency is very important, it has to be just right, so... like this? yeah, i think that's perfect. we're going to cover the fish in the batter and then, as you drop it in the oil,
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you want to kind of brush it... 0h! ..a little bit, like that, ok? and then i'm just going to drop these chips in as well, and then if you could do the other two fish... how's my brushing technique? for the first time, it's ok. i've never done this before...wow!
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fish and chips, please. since the pandemic, lot of british expats have eight orders! do you get stressed, sam, with this big lunch—hour rush? no. in ishigaki, everything is island time. island time! yeah. we have the beach and everyone's happy to wait a little bit, so... it's got to lookjust right. yes, please. presentation is everything. this is my reputation on the line.
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i'm feeling the pressure, there's hungry hordes out the front of the van. i hope i'm doing this right! you've got to be fast! oh, it's too much! i can't remember the chip placement. sam, you work fast, this is good. you've done this before. once or twice. here's your fish and chips. there you go. please don't drop it. here you go! after all that hard graft, what did the customers think? i really like the chips �*cause they've got a nice texture to them. it'sjust beautiful, really, really nice. and the fish is just crunchy enough. so far, so good, but now for the real test — the deep—fried snickers bar. you're not getting it? did you expect it to be so good? no, ididn�*t.
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what, deep—fried snickers, eugh! it's gorgeous! but not everyone is convinced. it's terrible! laughter. it's really, really bad. oh, well, everyone loved the main course at least, and i've certainly enjoyed my time making these exotic takes on british classics. it's really good! who would've thought a chippy van would've made it here to an island over 6,000 miles away from the uk. and people say british food doesn't travel well! well, think again.
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last week, we left karalous, yergus and max braving —30—degree temperatures as they tried navigating an ice crack that stretched on for kilometres, and they're doing it all in an open—topped car dating back to the soviet era. we rejoin them on the final leg of theirjourney, in much more comfortable circumstances, warming up at one of the hot springs dotted around the lake. it's only a0 kilometres to our destination, and max says we shouldn't celebrate yet, even though it's maybe just max, can you sing something? sings in foreign language.
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volume up, volume up! # no woman no cry... actually he is sleeping. completely sleeping. i have even painted... laughter. woo! good! laughter. are you ready? are you happy?
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i'm satisfied! max, i need to swim. i'm postponing this for, like, what, already two days or something like this. please use your tools. the ice is about one metre deep. so i'll make a small mine. so fresh! i have another idea.
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ok, we have some technical issues here. one of the tubes is broken and our cooling liquid is gone. so, basically, our engine is boiling right now. i cannot recognise the distance anymore. i don't know if the camera can see the lights on the shore, but how far away it is, i don't understand. i think it's around 20, 30 kilometres. ok, so we...just water now, right? water is coming.
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freezing. we did it! how many days it was — eight? seven. 980 kilometres. yes, potentially, we think. big thing. yep, but we did it. yes! laughs. i love you guys!
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i had a brilliant trip here on ishigaki, but now it's time for me to return to the mainland. we'll be serving up another brilliant show for you next week, though, when. .. ..in our dubai special, lucy will be at the delayed expo 2020 where 192 countries have come to present their own unique visions of the future. plus, she'll be visiting a truly spectacular tropical biodome, and trying an inflatable assault course with a difference. ok, so that is a lot harder than it looks. so join us for that if you can. and don't forget, we're online at bbc travel, and you can catch up on any programmes you might have missed over on the bbc iplayer. but until next time, from all of us here injapan, it's goodbye.
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it's been a very mild november so far, but as you head towards the end of the month now things are starting to change, turning much colder through the remainder of the weekend. a fair amount of cloud around most areas but some sunnier skies breaking through that cloud too. the main theme into the weekend is that things are going to turn colder, particularly through tomorrow. that is down to the fact we have got a cold front working south. high pressure gets squeezed towards the south, opening the door for cold northerly winds to blow in.
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through much of the coming week we will see that drop in temperature. then a patchy rain for southern scotland and northern ireland over the next few hours, drifting over northern england and north wales during the afternoon. still quite cloudy further south across england. a return to sunshine and showers for scotland and northern ireland. some showers are going to be heavy, blown in on a brisk wind this evening. plenty of heavy showers in the north and north—east to start off tomorrow morning, temperatures are going to be between freezing and 8 degrees in towns and cities, but colder in the countryside, so a frosty start for many of us. for many others could be more sunshine than today but there will be plenty of showers. fewer showers, still one or two, further
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west. feeling cold the work you are exposed to that brisk northerly winds. high pressure stays with us as we head into monday, still pretty chilly air with us, but something a little less cold for a time works in the from the north—west. much of the uk again are seeing blue sky and sunshine but feeling cold, with highs of 7—10. a return to some frosty mornings as we head through this coming week, notjust frost but also mist and fog patches are likely through the morning too. next week we could still see a few places getting into double figures for monday and tuesday, but even colder towards the end of the week. things certainly can the north over the 2a hours.
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in the uk and around the world. anger in the netherlands over new covid restrictions. dutch police have shot and wounded at least two people during rioting, as coronavirus infection rates rise across europe. translation: on several occasions, police officers had to draw— their weapons to defend themselves. some aimed shots were fired and people got hurt as a result. meanwhile, in australia, rallies and protests against lockdowns and vaccine mandates there have taken place across the country. joe biden says he's angry, after a teenager who shot two people dead during racial unrest is cleared of murder. protests took place in new york following the divisive verdict — the president says it
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should be respected... i stand by what the jury has concluded.

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