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rioting has broken out for a second night in the netherlands over new coronavirus lockdown restrictions. hundreds of people have lit fires and pelted the police with rocks and fireworks in the hague. the protests mirror friday night's violence in rotterdam. the world health organisation says its very worried about the rise in covid—19 cases in europe. the un body has warned there could be a further half—a—million covid—related deaths on the continent by march, estimating one person is dying from the virus there every fifteen minutes. the us secretary of state has described russia's actions as "unusual" and its rhetoric as worrying amid a build up of russian military activity on its border with ukraine. kyiv fears that russia may be preparing an attack. anthony blinken says european allies share the us concerns.
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the number of people who died in england while detained under the mental health act rose during the coronavirus pandemic, according to early figures from the watchdog, the care quality commission. it comes amid concerns that staffing shortages are compromising patient safety. one of those who took his own life after being sectioned was teenager charlie millers, who died at the end of last year. patrick baker spoke to his mother — and a warning — his report contains flashing images. after struggling with his mental health throughout most of his teenage years, 17—year—old charlie millers became increasingly unwell during the second half of 2020. he went downhill in thejuly time. he was then sectioned. charlie spent the next few months in and out of the mental health unit at prestwich hospital in manchester. in early december last year, he returned to the ward following a night at home. i dropped him off at quarter to eight at night.
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he was in really good spirits and then i got a phone call at quarter to 11 to say that they were doing cpr on him. during the course of that evening, charlie had made four attempts on his life, the last of which proved fatal. a confidential nhs report into charlie's death said that due to sickness absence being reported that day there was no qualified nurse rostered on duty for the night shift. the nurse in charge agreed to cover the shift. she had worked from 9am to 4pm and returned at 7pm. in a statement the nhs trust that runs prestwich hospital expressed its deepest sympathies but said it would be inappropriate to comment further until the coroner's inquest has concluded. between 2012 and 2019 an average 273 people died each year while detained in hospital or being supervised in the community under the mental health act in england. but early estimates for the first year of the pandemic suggest a record high,
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with 490 people dying between march 2020 and march 2021. i think staff shortages are compromising patient safety in every part of the nhs at the moment. we have a workforce crisis and it's time we completely overhauled the way we decide how many doctors and nurses we are going to train for the future. the department of health and social care said there are now record numbers of doctors and nurses working in the nhs. they said they are investing £2.3 billion a year by 2023—24 to transform mental health care and will bring forward plans to reform the mental health act. charlie's mum samantha says she is still waiting for a clear explanation about how her son could have lost his life in the very place that was meant to keep him safe. a full inquest into charlie's death starts next year. now on bbc news, it's the travel show, with carmen roberts. this week on the travel show...
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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. 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
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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 a pandemic hit, the london eye was busy 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
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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, 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. 0riginally, it was only supposed to be a temporary structure with a lifespan
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of just 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. it's actually going at less than one kilometre an hour, but nonetheless, you've got to get on in time.
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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 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
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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, its huge, but we wanted 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,
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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. 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,
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and the chairman of the royal fine art commission did not like it at all. he was apoplectically 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. 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
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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'tjust 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. 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.
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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 tropical japanese island. 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.
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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 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
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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're trying to 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 this 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 that people 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. thank you. this fish is local okinawan
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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, 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! if we have a lot of orders on, you're going to have to... right. ..get them in there. gotta pick up the pace. yeah, come on.
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it's my first ever fish and chips. just when i thought it was my time for a break, i had to get to grips with another of their delicacies — a deep—fried snickers bar. yes, you heard right — a deep—fried chocolate bar. sam's wife kumi was on hand to show me how this famous scottish dish was made. can you smell it? mmm, yeah, i can smell the chocolate. it's really bubbling! all right, a small bite, here we go. mmm. this side was a bit more gooey. that's peanuts. mmm. not sure i want to get in my bikini after this. but there was no time for a quick dip or sunbathe, anyway. so we've got a bit of a lunchtime rush, and i'm finding it a bit stressful. fish and chips, please. since the pandemic, lots of british expats have
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struggled to leave japan, and so it's of no surprise that a taste of home is just what the brits are after. we've got a lot of orders up here, maybe about five or six fish and chips to do. seven! eight! eight orders on. eight orders! argh! 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. chuckles. 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.
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0h, oh, thank you very much. 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 isjust 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. 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
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here, to an island over 6,000 miles away from the uk. and people say british food doesn't travel well! well, think again! well, next up, we're headed to russia where, for the past two weeks, we've joined an intrepid trio of adventurers as they make their way across the frozen surface of lake baikal — the world's largest freshwater lake. last week, we left karolis, jurgis and max braving minus 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 aokm to our
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destination, and max says we shouldn't celebrate yet, even though it's maybe just some hours of drive. we never know forsure, right, max? we never know for sure, what's — right, max? babushka is not the most reliable car, you know that. she is reliable, but tired. and ourselves, we are not in the best condition anyway now, so... max, can you sing something? sings quitely in slovakian. volume up, volume up! # no woman no cry... actually, he is sleeping. chuckles. completely sleeping.
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i have even painted... laughter. woo! laughter. good! laughter. are you ready? are you happy? i'm satisfied! max, i need to swim. i'm postponing this for, like, what, already two days or something like this. uh-huh. please use your tools. the ice is about one metre deep. so i'll make a small mine.
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so fresh!
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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 any more. 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, 40 kilometres. ok, so we needjust water now, right? water is coming. freezing. we did it! how many days it was — eight? seven.
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980km. yes, potentially, we think. we think. yep, but we did it. yes! laughs. i love you guys! 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,
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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 in japan, it's goodbye. hello. it may have turned colder
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but along with that change, the skies in many areas on sunday will be a good deal bluer. in fact, that change took place on saturday in scotland once the colder air had moved on through. in fact, that's now spread south right towards the uk. along with the sunshine, though, there is a chance of catching a shower — and more especially across eastern areas of the uk. so this cold front is moving away so behind it the colder air, along with the clearer skies, across the uk but, yes, that colder air has arrived. now, it will feel very different from everything we've had so far this autumn, but it's not at all unusual for the time of year. and there will be a touch of frost in parts of scotland and northern england as the day begins, and as i mentioned earlier, once it's up, plenty of sunshine around, with a scattering of showers in northern scotland, wintry on hills and a few early on in north east england, becoming more widespread across the eastern side of england as we go on through the day. one or two heavier ones in there as well. whereas for much of south west scotland, northern ireland, wales, the western side of england, bar an isolated shower,
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it'll be dry and sunny. and there's a brisk breeze adding a chilly to average speeds around some coasts of northern scotland, north sea coasts, a0 mph gusts, and temperatures for the most part in single figures — just 10—11 around some of the coasts of wales and south west england. we'll keep a few showers in the east overnight and into monday and cloud increasing in northern scotland with a few outbreaks of rain moving in. with the cloud here, temperatures are holding up with the wind along the north sea coast, whereas elsewhere, there will be a more widespread frost as monday begins. now, monday for england and wales will deliver quite a bit of sunshine. some cloud increasing in northern england. still the chance for a shower towards the north sea coast, parts of south east england. notice cloudier skies for northern ireland and scotland. some patchy rain in northern scotland. with that, though, temperatures are edging up again a few degrees. so temperatures actually rally for a few days in the week ahead before, later in the week, we have another push of cold air spreading its way southwards and likely to be a touch colder
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than the air we find ourselves in at the moment. quite a lot of dry weather around this week — just a few showers here and there — and the showers, as the colder air moves in by friday, will be wintry in places.
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welcome to bbc news. i'm ben boulos. our top stories: a second night of violence in the netherlands as new coronavirus restrictions draw protesters onto the streets in the hague. the world health organisation says it is very worried about the number of cases in europe, as the virus once again becomes the continent's biggest killer. success today does not mean success tomorrow because no country is an island. the missing tennis player peng shuai — new videos chinese media says were filmed this weekend fail to allay the fears of the international community. bad news for hong kong's wild boars — attacks on the public prompt authorities to launch a cull of the creatures in urban areas.

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