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see through western wales on the fringes of sea through western wales on the fringes of cornwall. that is quite a significant northerly wind. some of the gusts around about the northern coast between 30—a0 mph. not overly warm, you will do very well indeed to get up to double figures. it will only be some southern areas which will achieve that sort of figure. through the course of the night, some of the showers dying away, we will keep them through the english channel area. will keep them through the english channelarea. some will keep them through the english channel area. some showery weather across scotland. in the absence of cloud, quite a widespread frost, more widespread than we have seen for a good few days and weeks. this is the new day, high—pressure keeping this guy is pretty clear across england and wales and southern scotland. more cloud in northern scotland, milder here because monday marks the absence of a straight northerly flow. it is going more westerly and north—westerly. on tuesday, the high pressure pretty much right on top of us. there will be a bit of frost
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around to start the day, and quite a lot of cloud, this will be the mildest day, i suspect, of the coming week. highs of nine or ten only. wednesday, thursday, a bit like the weekend, they will drive a weather front down through the british isles. as it makes its progress, those isobarsjust crank their way around towards the north and north—west again. and thursday after a chilly start, it will be another pretty cold day. ijust want to show you the range of temperatures as we see them for the forthcoming days into next weekend. no signs of any mild weather, as i say, by night, the frost will be a bit more widespread than we have seen them so far this week. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... ole gunnar solskjaer has been sacked as manchester united's manager, after senior figures at the club met last night. fires and fighting on the streets of the hague —
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lockdown protesters clash with dutch police in a second night of violence. in the uk, an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. the health secretary said people may have died as a result of the issue. the women's tennis association says videos released by chinese media showing missing player peng shuai, including one at a tennis tournament, don't prove she's genuinely free. now on bbc news, it's the travel show. 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
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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 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'.
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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 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.
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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. originally, it was only supposed to be a temporary structure with a lifespan ofjust five years.
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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. 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
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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 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.
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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 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,
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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�*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 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!
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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 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
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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. 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
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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. 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 on japanese shores in the unlikeliest of places.
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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 400km 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 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
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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 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!�*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
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really nice and crispy. so the consistency is very important — it has to bejust 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. 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
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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 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,
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with this big lunch—hour rush? no. when 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. 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.
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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. 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! well, next up, we're headed to russia where,
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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 destination, and max says we shouldn't celebrate yet, even though it's maybejust some hours of drive. 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
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the best condition anyway now, so... max, can you sing something? sings quietly. volume up, volume up! # no woman no cry... actually, he is sleeping. completely sleeping. i have even painted... laughter.
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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. korobeiniki by nikolay nekrasov plays.
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so fresh! i have another idea. ok, we have some technical issues here. one of the tubes is broken and our cooling liquid is gone. so, basically, our engine
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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 30, 40 kilometres. ok, so we needjust water now, right? water is coming. freezing. we did it! how many days it was — eight? seven. 980km. yep, but we did it. yes! laughter.
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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, 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.
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laughs. 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. hello once again. it has all gone a bit chilly across the british isles. we were advertising that change yesterday and it has come to pass. it isn'tjust chilly. in some areas, we are picking up on some showers. not many in the west but there was
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one early run in the far west of cornwall. the seagulls are still terrorising people on the beaches of broadstairs. anyway, northerly winds around this big area of high pressure, which will dominate britain for the first time of the —— for the first half of the week. the northerly component of it all will probably last for today but not so much tomorrow, as you will see. it is peppering showers into these northern and eastern shores of the british isles, particularly with one or two coming down through the irish sea into the far west of cornwall on a noticeable northwind. 30 and a0 mile an hour gusts. 10 degrees in east anglia. it won't feel like it, evenif east anglia. it won't feel like it, even if you get it. the odd spots may get to double figures but for many of you, it'll be single figures all the way, which is a contrast from where we have been. overnight,
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more cloud into the north of scotland, hence the 5 degrees here. elsewhere, particularly inland, quite as chilly start. all the while, the high pressurejust not doing enough to keep the from those week weather fronts, producing a little bit of rain, but relatively mild weather across northern scotland. elsewhere, as i say, with all the sunshine, it's disappointing. a frosty start, somewhere on the eastern side of wales and england on tuesday. later this stage, it will be south and south—westerly and the temperatures may take up a degree or two. it may be the modesty of the week. wednesday thursday is the same as saturday and sunday, where the pressure will go down. the air flowing along these isobars away from the norwegian sea and it will sweep another shot of cold air down and across the british isles and as we get towards friday at the
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weekend, it will be northern and western areas that see the bulk of the showers. there will be plenty of them and with that sort of temperature and some pretty chilly nights, we expect to see some winter illness notjust on the highest ground perhaps.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines... ole gunnar solskjaer has been sacked as manchester united's manager, after senior figures at the club met last night. fires and fighting on the streets of the hague — lockdown protesters clash with dutch police in a second night of violence. in the uk — an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. the health secretary said people may have died as a result of the issue. i think possibly yes, yes. i don't have the full facts and that will be across... these oximeters are being used in every country and they have the same problem. labour accuses the home secretary of "dangerous incompetence" over channel migrant crossings — as more than three times as many
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