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�* could �*could be further west, although they could be scattered showers. pretty chilly for most but turning a tad rather fair southern wales and south—west england.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... the parents of a us teenager accused of killing four students, have been arrested after going on the run. south african scientists say the new coronavirus variant omicron appears to be spreading more than twice as fast as the delta variant. unvaccinated british mums who were severely ill with coronavirus, encourage pregnant women to get their covid jab in the uk. president biden says he does not accept moscow's demands over ukraine as russian troops mass on the border. britain is witnessing a record spike in anti—semitism. we have a special report on what's behind the rise in attacks on the jewish community.
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now on bbc news, it's the travel show with christa larwood. coming up on this week's show: we are in finland to meet the huskies who have been saved by a unique worldwide adoption scheme. we will start taking godmothers and godfathers for the dogs. we get a taste of sustainable scottish cooking in glasgow. it is just really important that i know that it is good and ethical, and good for the environment. and i find out the secret to a long and healthy life here in sardinia. prendilo, prendilo cosi' all this and you live a long life! it's a pretty good way of life, i think. theme music plays.
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hello and welcome to the travel show, coming to you this week from the beautiful island of sardinia. this place is known for its white sandy beaches, its fascinating ancient history, and it is also one of the best places in the world to live if you want to reach a grand old age. i will be finding out why later on. but first, there is nothing like travelling across an arctic landscape on a sledge, a snowmobile or on skis. when the pandemic hit and tourism dried up, these winter modes of transport were put on ice. but that wasn't an option for the sledge—pulling huskies. we visited lapland to find out how our furry friends have made it through the long, dark night of the pandemic. iso—syote, just 150 kilometres south of the arctic circle, on the border of finnish lapland.
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the scenery here is the stuff christmas is made of. in my view, the only thing that would improve this christmas—card style landscape is a sled dashing through the snow. move over vixen, blitzen and rudolph — the huskies are in town. this is absolutely incredible — it really is. we are visiting a husky farm, where recent heavy snow falls have ushered in the start of the tourist season. this farm belongs tojonna, aka the husky mumma, who looks after 96 huskies.
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i love to be in the cold, and sometimes we can have —40 degrees here, and huskies love to be in cold temperatures too. i remember the first time snow comes, it is like, woo hoo! here we go, it is time to go again. huskies howling and barking. i think the huskies know what is coming. i think they know they are going for a ride. that sound! jonna's role is similar to that of a sports coach. she has to rotate her squad so her dogs don't get tired, know who plays well with who, and knows who performs best in certain positions. the two in front are the clever ones, leading the pack. into the middle we take
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the fast ones, and to the back, the strong ones, the power dogs. the tourists arrive and the sled rides begin, as the huskies take them off deep into a winter wonderland but this new season was never a given. huskies are rough and tough to survive these harsh winters but no matter how rough or tough you are, no—one was prepared for the global pandemic, which unfurled in early 2020. finland, like most of the world, entered the long dark night of covid—19 and tourists were unable to visit. tourism was hit hard but where snowmobiles, skis and snowshoes can be put away until times improve, these huskies
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still needed to eat. did you want me to grab some buckets for you? 0k, please. it's dinner time down on the farm and whilst here, i thought i'd lend a helping hand. here we go, grub�*s up! she looks really, really appealing. 0n the menu today is meat and fish, served with soaked dog biscuits. with 96 hungry mouths to feed every day, jonna's food bills are skyhigh. yeah, it is about 45,000, 50,000 euros per year. so last year when the pandemic hit and the world began to close its borders, no more tours, no more safaris, and you still had all these huskies to feed,
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what was going through your mind? first when the borders were closed, i was like, a little bit feeling — for a few moments — depressed. what will happen now? how we can take care of the dogs? 0n the day after finland's lockdown was announced, jonna went for a cold water swim, a popular finnish pastime, and it was here where inspiration struck. i get up from there and i find that we will start taking godmothers and godfathers for the dogs — husky parents! husky parents — love it. jonna spread the news of her adopt a husky scheme on social media and through the finnish press. soon potential godparents came forward from all across finland and as far afield as norway, germany, the netherlands and hong kong, to start sponsoring the huskies. for the huskies we have their own bank account, and the money from the godparents go to that account,
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and i am very, very strict that when we take money out of that bank account, giving, buying food for the dogs, and doing this, if you need to have some payment for the vet or something, so it goes only if we need it for huskies. jonna knew her plan had to work, as if it didn't, the consequences would have been dire. that is something i don't even want to think about, because when the lockdown started, there were people talking about, if there is no people coming, if you don't have enough money to give food for the dogs, take proper care of the dogs, maybe you have to put them down. and that wasn't an option for me. no. not at any time, it was like totally, don't even think about it. it has been well over a year
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since the adoption scheme started, and with godparents donating anything from 3 to 360 euro, jonna has covered her costs. all the huskies are happy and healthy, ready to do their job that they love so much. so did you realise you were the first in the season to go out with the huskies on the sled today? no! laughs. we didn't know it. it was good to hear the dogs were even more excited than us. the future looks bright but uncertain. and if borders do end up shutting again, and the farm can't take visitors, at least the huskies have their godparents. a family who would never see them go hungry. if you're feeling inspired to wrap up warm and explore a winter wonderland this year, here are some of the things you should look out for.
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santa claus has officially declared the christmas season open. he lives at his official hometown of rovaniemi in lapland which is open all year round. it is worth popping into the post office, where the elves there have received more than 18 million letters from children all around the world. for some spectacular scenery while skiing, head to iso—syote, finland's southernmost fell, located between lapland and lakeland. the ski resort there is surrounded by a national park which happens to get the biggest snowfall in the country, with up to two metres falling annually. the frost covered old spruce forest is also perfect for hiking if skiing isn't your thing. meanwhile, for the more daring, mountain biking through the snowy tundras
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in yllas and rovaniemi. and as the daylight hours are very short in december and january, you mayjust catch the northern lights during your biking adventure. just remember to take a head torch with you. 0rganise to stay in a bike hotel which offers customised services for cyclists, including special tours and a variety of rentals. still to come on the travel show: we will be in glasgow taking on a challenge from a local chef. i try not to cook anything that is farmed. if i have meat on the menu it is always something that is wild. it has to be the highest quality, freshest, otherwise itjust doesn't work. wow, look at his! buon giorno, signor cabras. and i will learn the secret to a long and healthy life here in sardinia. thank you. laughs i can drink to that. so don't go away. next up we are in glasgow, the scottish city that recently played host to the latest un
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climate change conference so what better place to take up a sustainability food challenge. let's join kate hardie—buckley as she visits a local chef to help create a truly scottish dish using only the food she can find in the wild. i'm back in glasgow, a city i first fell in love with as a student here in scotland and while i know the city best for its buzzing night life, i'm now here to explore its authentic and growing food scene. i've come to meet rosie healey, one of glasgow's innovative chefs who's on an ambitious mission to serve mostly wild meat and locally foraged vegetables. i worked in london as a chef and then i got an opportunity to open my own restaurant in glasgow. i try not to cook anything that is farmed so if i've got meat in the menu, it's always something that is wild, liked pigeon or venison.
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it has to be of the highest quality, freshest, otherwise itjust does not work. rosie has lined up some adventurous places for me to collect our ingredients for our dish. so you're going to go and get some wild venison from an estate in inveraray and you are going to go and meet andrew and he's going to give you a basket of lovely things to take away. a basket of lovely things sounds fab. andrew wilson is taking me foraging for mushrooms in the forest. so there is one there. it looks like a butterfly. yeah. beautiful. edible? no. not edible. with andrew's trained eye, we forage on. so we have an edible one. its�* called an amanita fulva, which is not a very catchy name. it is kind of a bit like an oyster mushroom. it is quite a delicate flavour.
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great. so we've got one mushroom for rosie after our trek through the woods. we soon stumble upon a whole troop of fungi for me to collect. there's a baby one there — a micro—mushroom. it is really, really therapeutic being out here and foraging and getting your fingers dirty in the soil. very relaxing. next up, i'm heading to nearby ayrshire for some local seasoning. gregorie marshall co—founded blackthorn salt and built this graduation tower to harvest salt from seawater. we are standing on top of a thorn tower which is ultimately using the elements that we have here to evaporate water so that we can make salt. gregorie runs seawater down through the blackthorn branches, with their high—surface area so he can later extract his delicious salt flakes from the concentrated water. that is pure sea salt then.
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it certainly is. we're using the wind, we're using the sun and by doing that, we are not using any energy so it is trying to make sure that we are doing as much as we can. my last ingredient challenge is taking you back into the wild, up to the scottish highlands. i can see two, four, five of them. that's it. they are such peaceful looking creatures. magnificent. tom kirsop shares his passion of the west highlands with travellers. part of his job is working to conserve the environment forfuture generations. so tom, tell me about what you do then? so i am a deer stalker on the estate in inveraray and i look after the deer
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numbers and i keep them in a balance as you have to because they don't have any predators. what were the predators before? wolves, bears, lynx but of course we've interfered with that, kicked them out of the equation so it's just us now. what do you say to people who would think, oh, deer stalking is cruel and it's inhumane? if you were to leave them and let them go out of control, all you look aboutjust now, the place is beautiful and green and lush, and plenty of grass, that is not the case throughout the year. if you have an unhealthy unbalanced number of deer, there is not enough food for them, so they then start starving, they then get disease, which is not good for the herd, it's not good for the animals. so we have to play our part and keep the numbers are down. it is as simple as that. it's time to cook with rosie. i will fire the venison, and then i'm going to cook the mushrooms and the blanched cavolo nero and some of these runner beans with some garlic and parsley and butter.
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you don't wash your mushrooms ever? i do not wash them. i do brush them, i'll get you a wee brush. i am really intrigued by your interest to focus on wild ingredients. si it is just really important that i know that it is good and ethical and good for the environment. we've just added a spontaneous splash of sherry to the dish. that smells divine. 0ur venison with forest vegetables. mmm, my god. very rich flavours but not overpowering. the taste of scotland generally. very. welcome back two sardinia. this island has been designated a blue zone which means the people living around here have longer and healthier lives than almost anyone else on the planet. it is one of five blue zones dotted around the world and if you live here in sardinia you are ten times
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more likely to live beyond 100 years than if you lived in the united states. and here in this quiet unassuming town of teulada they have a higher number of centenarians than anywhere else in sardinia and i'm hoping to find out what is the secret. buon giorno! come in, buon giorno. salvatore, i'm christa. good to meet you. you are 94 — i mean, in these parts you are practically a spring chicken. what is your secret?
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would you show me how to prepare your soup? certainly. and these are good locally grown vegetables. if you come frequently in sardinia you will be a sardinian girl. ah, that would be a great thing and then i might live to 105. you are welcome. does it have longer to cook? i can we come back and taste your soup? fantastic. i will most happily set the table for you. with the soup on the stove, salvatore and i head
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to the hills to find out more about the way of life here. wow, look at this! thank you. we have been speaking with people about the secret to a long and healthy life and they seem to think it is a simple kind of lifestyle which you have here. do you think that is the secret to long life? may i? prendi, prendilo cosi'.
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hello. we need to find your mummy to get you some milk. good health and maybe a little vino as well. i can drink to that. there you go. go on, there you go — found mum. all of this and you live a long life. salvatore has spent the last couple of years creating a historical record showing why this area should be properly recognised.
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now that you have spoken with all of these older people, you have all of their secrets, you should be expecting the secret is very simple... having found the secret for long life here, it was time to try it for myself. thank you. that is a serious piece of bread. e�* buono? how do i say very good. la zuppa e�* ottima. salute.
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well, it turns out the secret to a long and healthy life, chickpeas. who knew! that's all we've got time for on this week's programme. coming up next week... i have just checked in and i have just seen the (chokes up) melbourne sign. it is a big one for me because after almost two years of travel restrictions i am finally able to head back home to see family and friends in australia. i hope you can join us for that and in the meantime don't forget you can check us out on social media. for now, from me and the rest of the very well fed travel show team here in sardinia, it's goodbye.
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with brighter weather following. but in scotland and northern england that the rain will be pretty widespread and slow it's notjust rain was falling the system, we also have hill snow. there is a risk of snow for the highlands and seven are plans for a time. they might be flakes in the pennines and peak district. it will be cold for
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several areas with some wintry showers. 0vernight tonight, backing in east anglia. there will be some few patches of frost around in the risk of icy stretches taking us into sunday. still influenced by low pressure and sunday. winds coming from an easterly direction, bringing cloud and rain back to parts of scotland and england. western england and wales having the best of the bright and sunny spells. there will be some scattered showers for northern and western scotland and north—west of both england and wales. a chilly day for most, turning milderfor wales. a chilly day for most, turning milder for southern wales south—west england. into next week, rapidly deepening area of low pressure swinging its way of the atlantic. this will bring gale force winds is becoming come into tuesday for some. we also might see some
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further mountain snow. that is today's weather.
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this is bbc news. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world... the parents of a us teenager accused of killing four students, have been arrested after going on the run. south african scientists say the new coronavirus variant 0micron appears to be spreading more than twice as fast as the delta variant. unvaccinated british mums who were severely ill with coronavirus, encourage pregnant women to get their covid jab in the uk. president biden says he does not accept moscow's demands over ukraine, as russian troops mass on the border. britain is witnessing a record spike in anti—semitism — we have a special report on what's behind the rise in attacks on the jewish community.

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