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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  January 16, 2022 1:30pm-2:01pm GMT

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increasing amounts of cloud across more southern areas of the uk, but further north it is a case of mostly sunny weather. quite blustery, though, in the north of scotland, with a few showers here. this evening and overnight, high pressure builds across the uk, the winds fall light, it'll be clear, there will be a frost forming, and we'll have some mist and fog as well developing by the early hours across parts of england and wales. nothing too widespread, though. i think, on the whole, it's going to be a mostly sunny start to monday and that's how it's going to stay through the day, really a very pleasant afternoon on the way, with temperatures hovering around eight degrees pretty much across the board. have a great day.
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hello this is bbc news with joanna gosling. the headlines: novak djokovic has been deported from australia afterjudges rejected the unvaccinated tennis star's appeal to stay in the country on public health grounds. the orders of the court are — one, the amended application be dismissed with costs. labour leader sir keir starmer says borisjohnson broke the law and should resign over a series of parties at downing street during coronavirus restrictions. the conservative party chairman, oliver dowden, says the culture in downing street must be addressed. australia and new zealand are sending surveillance flights to tonga after a tsunami triggered by an underwater volcanic eruption caused significant damage to the island nation. england are thrashed in the final ashes test as another batting collapse sees australia romp to victory. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show
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with christa larwood. this week on the show: how to survive one of the planet's longest lockdowns. we decided to start looking at how we're going to survive, how we're going to keep our staff engaged, how we're going to create revenue. the island with pride of place in lgbt history. it was pretty young the first time i visited the sunken forest and i think pulling in on that ferry, and next to the american flag was this big beautiful rainbow flag. and just what is it that makes paris feel so parisian? theme music plays
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i've returned to my home city of melbourne, after a long time away during the covid crisis. while the city has come through the pandemic well so far, in terms of preserving life it has still suffered a big upheaval. if you ask the locals, they will tell you melbourne is the most locked down city in the world. that may or may not be exactly true but it's certain that this city has endured a lot of restrictions, with 262 days of lockdown between march 2020 and october 2021. and one of the things hardest hit was its internationally renowned food scene. but i'd heard that among the challenges they faced, industry here was adapting and evolving. melbourne's food scene is really unique. i think it's because we are so isolated down here in the bottom of the planet, we've had to actually do it ourselves but we're also the product
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of every different nation in the world which has come here over the last couple of hundred years and set up shop here. without the footfall of the city workers during the pandemic, melbourne city centre restaurants in particular suffered. but in the suburbs of melbourne, the opposite was happening. people were able to walk to their local takeaway or restaurants were turned into enotecas and delis. ok, so we're here, this is the place? 0ne place which has adapted was anchovy, a south east asian restaurant which started selling bahn mi sandwiches from a food truck during the pandemic and was so successful, they've opened a dedicated bahn mi sandwich bar. oh, my goodness! so who's having the sardines? they're all for me. what are you having? laughter we'll share, we'll share... it looks incredible. that's good, i'm so glad, thank you.
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there has been a lot of creativity and a lot of community, a lot of banding together in a way that i just don't think we have ever seen before. people sort of went back to basics but then just elevated those basics. so if you look at this sausage, for example, that's notjust something that's been bought or made by a butcher, they made this in—house, they aged their meats, they used all the herbs and spices, so you're essentially getting a restaurant dish between bread so there's still the character, there's still the heritage in something like a sandwich or a bahn mi but you get a really holistic experience of a chef's skill. this is lygon street, it's also known as melbourne's little italy. it's known for restaurants like this that are busy 24/7 and, on the face of it, it looks like it's really bounced back after the pandemic. there's people everywhere, eating, drinking, enjoying themselves. if you look a little bit closer, you see things like this, where half of this restaurant is now closed because there still aren't enough customers
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and not enough staff. but melbourne has also seen a huge amount of creativity from those in its restaurant scene, adapting to the problems they faced. people like shane delia, who is a much—loved chef in melbourne, he has a restaurant called maha and several other venues, he saw a massive opportunity in lockdown because the fine dining restaurants were finding it really hard to pivot into takeaway. i remember sitting with my wife on the couch thinking, we're done. we're going to have to hand back the keys to the house and i don't even know how we're going to survive. we employ 110 staff. they've all got partners, they've all got kids, they've got friends, so the extended network is huge and the impact on them was something that was really a heavy weight for me to carry. so he saw that there was a real opportunity there to par—cook everything, have it ready to be finished at home and delivered in refrigerated boxes, and he'd shifted everything.
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it went from a small order each day to hundreds of orders each day, to thousands of orders a week and then i realised this is probably a more significant business that would help others within the industry. shane started the finish at home meals for his own restaurants at first, before expanding to a platform offering the service from high—end restaurants all around the city and beyond. this is the providoor box. what do we have here? i see a lamb shoulder. yeah, so this is — so inside you get the lamb shoulder that's already pre—roasted, then you can just take it in this tray and put it into the oven. it'll come upjust like in the restaurant. i mean, this looks pretty good. laughs i'm not sure everything is going to make it into the box because i'm going to have to take some home. so this has been incredibly successful. you must�*ve saved a lot of restaurants with this, right? you're a hero! no, i mean — look, we've helped a lot of restaurants. i think that the pandemic for restaurants in victoria and sydney would've been very different without the support of providoor but it's not me — i mean, we've got a team of people.
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i was lucky enough to have the idea but then i've got a great community of people around us that have brought it all together. but for many foreign nationals in the industry we've remained, ——who've remained, the situation has been especially challenging, like melbourne chef sarai castillo who was originally from mexico and was not eligible for government support. that was a massive issue during lockdown because the government chose not to give them support payments so you'd think that would be a really awful story and it was because there were a whole heap of people here that had lived here for years, were working full—time for businesses and very talented people in the industry, but what that did was flip it and they were like, 0k, we have these skills, we'lljust start our own businesses. they've popped up like mushrooms all over melbourne. with established restaurant, movida, she started a delivery menu which then grew into a food venue
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of its own. so, yeah, we were not getting any support. it was like, if we have no money, if you have no savings, you're like, do whatever you can. for me it was good because it was like a good opportunity, like, to show my food, to show my recipes. like, yeah, to show my cooking and it was great and, yeah, i never expected it. i was like, what is going to happen now and, yeah, so it was like bittersweet but it was good at the end. so it seems like the phrase, when life gives you lemons you... you make lemonade. you made lemonade! and guacamole! that is phenomenal to see the effort that's going into keeping these places running. if you are heading to melbourne anytime in the future, here are some of the things we think you should see and do.
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the maze of backstreets and alleyways around the central business districts are called the laneways and they are a great place to get lost. they are famous for their street art and buzzy cafes and now is a good time to see them. the city's inside out recovery programme brings eating and entertainment out into the streets, allowing business to recover as safely as it can. melbourne's wednesday summer night market is back after two years of closures. there's shopping, food trucks and live entertainment, and check out the spirit zone to see what lockdown has done to your aura. it's free entry but, as with most places in melbourne, you need to show proof of double vaccination to get in. the three—week midsumma festival bills itself as an explosion of queer events that runs every january and february. it all kicks off with the carnival in alexandra gardens, on 23rd of january.
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there are 200 different events in 100 venues across the state of victoria and loads happening online too. and it has become a summer staple in melbourne, the annual sidney myer concert series returns to the music bowl. for more than 90 years, people have been enjoying the free performances by the melbourne symphony orchestra, in mid—february. take a picnic and enjoy a totally free concert at a safe social distance. well, do stay with us on the travel show because coming up... why this stretch of coastline will always be special to america's lgbt nature lovers. so at kind of a young age, i found myself inspired just walking through this community. i did not really know why i was so jazzed up. and the battle royale between two rivals who both claim to be the real reason for paris's unique charm.
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so, don't go away. we are off to the us where around 50 miles or so from the heart of new york city is a little—known national park called fire island. it has 32 miles of shoreline, forest but it is the place that it occupies in the story of the lgbt community. we went there to find out why. fire island national seashore is a national park. it's a barrier of 17 towns, 50 miles away from new york city. many of them are known for their long—standing lgbt communities. the sunken forest is a globally rare ecosystem. it's a very uncommon habitat. it's the fact that those holly trees are growing as close to the ocean and in such high density as they do
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right here that makes this place unique. the forest sits behind two dunes, making itappear to be below sea level. they protect the trees from ocean salt spray and allow them to grow as tall as the dunes. the sunken forest would not exist if it weren't for this delicate balance. too much salt spray could kill the forest. not enough, and the forest wouldn't have the minerals and nutrients that the ocean provides that feeds the trees. i grew up in mastic beach, which is sort of a lower income community on the south shore of long island. fortunately, mastic beach also happens to be one of the only places that you can walk onto fire island. it was a space i returned to every single summer. it's a shifting landscape as a barrier island. every single day i come out here, it's a little bit different and i think that's all really inspiring because sometimes, we think of nature as this immutable, sort of unchangeable thing, but nature is really dynamic. i sort of came to my identity
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as a queer person later in life — towards the end of college. i sort of had to admit to myself that i was trans in some way. i identify now as trans feminine and non—binary. my pronouns are they/them. so at kind of a young age, i found myself inspired just walking through this community. i did not really know why i was so jazzed up. i knew about the lgbt history. before homosexuality was decriminalised, living an openly gay life was difficult in some states. isolated towns like cherry grove became safe havens for america's marginalised lgbt communities. i was pretty young the first time i visited the sunken forest. i was a volunteer, i was maybe 13, 1a at the time. and i think pulling in on that ferry, i saw these two flags, one was an american and next to the american flag was this big, beautiful rainbow flag, and i think it was the first
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time that i encountered a queer environment, queer space, queer community. eventually, i started leading programmes and actually, when i was 16, i started working as a park ranger. i've worked at fire island national seashore now for over ten years. there was this really significant grassroots effort that dates back all the way to the 1930s to actually create a national park, a national seashore, here at fire island. part of that was actually just an attempt to prevent robert moses and new york state from constructing a highway across the length of fire island. robert moses was a polarising urban planner in new york city. he was instrumental in the rapid construction of highways after the great depression. because the island is so narrow, a road across it would have completely reshaped the landscape. it would've threatened unique habitats like the sunken forest. in order to protect these towns, each one with their own really unique history and culture, they turned fire island into a national park so that future generations could come here and enjoy it for themselves.
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fire island national seashore became a national park in 1964. the biggest pleasures of working out here is just having this intimate knowledge of the space that i can then share with other people. i think that nature is something that i want to commune with often, especially when i'm feeling somewhat disconnected from the world. it's really nice to be able to get outside, to see all of these amazing plants, all of these amazing animals. it helps me to feel more connected to what's around me. french accordion music plays now, paris is a city that's rightly proud of its traditional image but battle lines are being drawn over what truly makes it look and feel so uniquely parisian.
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up for grabs, unesco world heritage status. so, will it be the crusty baguette or those distinctive blue—grey zinc rooftops that will triumph? we sent emeline nsingi nkosi to watch two rivals slug it out for the honours. bells chime you can't walk more than a street in paris without seeing someone with a baguette under their arm. i'm told the french get through 10 billion of them every year. jaunty music plays it's no wonder, then, that the quality of the humble breadstick is taken so seriously, there is even an annual competition to be named the best baguette in paris. that one there. that looks good. and this place has won the award twice.
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law states a traditional baguette has to be made by hand with only four ingredients — water, salt, flour and yeast, and sold in the same place it's made. it is hoped the unesco status would protect this traditional method.
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battling the bakers are the roofers of paris, who claim that the beauty of the city's unique skyline is down in big part to the sea of blue—grey zinc roofs they maintain. this has got to be one of the best views in europe, and there's a couple of reasons for that. the first is that you can only build to a certain height, and the second one is that most of the rooftops are covered in the same blue and grey zinc. but paris hasn't always looked like this. in the late 19th century, emperor napoleon iii enlisted
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georges—eugene haussmann to completely redesign the city in one of the most ambitious plans of renovation in any city anywhere. inspired by london, a lighter, clean and safer paris soon emerged. the zinc rooftops became a symbol of the city's regeneration, covering around 75% of the roofs in paris. that's a lot of roofs! with not a lot of roofers to maintain them. now, several years since we tried to win this candidature, because it is very important to save the roofs of paris because each 50 or 60 years, you have to change the zinc. now, unfortunately, we have a terrible lack of well—trained roofers. why do you think there aren't enough young people who want to become roofers? young people think when you are
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on the roof, you have the rain, it's very cold or it's very hot. but in the same time, all the young roofers that i've met during my different reportings on the roofs of paris all told me "what i feel here is the freedom". the roofs aren'tjust an architectural treasure but an artistic one, too. hi! nice to meet you.
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during lockdown, raphael started taking candid photos from the roof of his building. his account quickly went viral. what a view! it's fantastic that you kind of, from this lockdown, you've been able tojust build this huge instagram following of the rooftops. did you expect that to happen? what was that like? not at all. i think it is like a different kind of pictures because everyone has seen, like, the eiffel tower taken from the ground. and this time, it's like paris from above, which is unusual. and especially during the lockdown, everyone wanted to escape, you know? people started to take pictures from their windows, sometimes they managed to go on the roof of their buildings, so there really was a need to take, like, some fresh air and be free
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from your apartment. so that's why i think these pictures, they spoke to a lot of people. you want me to go straight in? you're not even going to show me? 0k. let's do it. let's do it! 0k. so, you don't want the eiffel tower alone because that can be a bit boring. boring. here. might be good if i know where the shutter is! both laugh it's fine! 0k. are you taking the clouds in the pictures? is that bad? i was thinking the sky is so blue! it is! you do you. you are the artist! so it's basically called skyline, i.e., just the sky. i would buy this. you would buy this? i mean, have you seen this? it's not straight at all! in the end, the ministry of culture decided the bakers should be nominated for intangible heritage status. unesco will make a final decision by the end of this year. the roofers say they'll continue their fight for recognition.
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well, that's it for this week, but coming up next time... a vision of the future from 1970s tokyo. carmen climbs the nakagin tower to find out why capsule living was the japanese craze that never quite took off. look at this tiny bathroom! i'm not going to even attempt to go inside. wow! it still works? yes. there's hot water? no hot water. ooh, tough! don't forget, you can catch up with more of our recent adventures on bbc iplayer. we're on social media, too — just search for bbc travel show on facebook and instagram. until next time, from me and all of the travel show team here in melbourne, it's goodbye.
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hello there. the weather for the week ahead is going to be a repeat performance of the weather for the weekjust gone. in actualfact, high pressure is going to stay with us on the whole. it means that for most of us, it's going to be largely fine and dry. frost and fog could be an issue across central and southern parts of england and wales. for the here and now, though, we do have a weather front sinking its way steadily south, but as it's pushing into this large area of high pressure, it's weakening off considerably, so it's going to be a band of cloud and drizzly rain sinking out of northern england and into wales. ahead of it, a little bit of drizzle along the south coast as well. behind it, though, quite a clearance, some sunshine coming through, a few light showers into the far north—west of scotland. highs generally fairly uniform between seven and nine degrees, maybe a little milder in the south—west. now as we move out of sunday into monday, the high pressure is going to establish
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itself once again. that means clear skies. that means across england and wales we will see some frost forming here and maybe a little bit of patchy fog as well. the reason it is a little bit milder in the far north of scotland is because of the wind direction. toppling across that high we've got more of a westerly flow, bringing more cloud, a little bit more moisture into monday. so that's going to be the story, then, as we go through monday — plenty of clear skies for many, a touch of early morning frost and fog, lifting away quite nicely. the cloud thick enough into the far north—west again to produce some drizzle. top temperatures between eight and nine degrees. now as we move out of monday into tuesday, there's our high pressure, just drifting a little bit further east, allowing these weather fronts to come in from the atlantic. and that's going to impact the far north—west of scotland and northern ireland. some cloud and some rain here, a little bit milder. early morning fog, slow to clear, and where it does so, temperatures will be a little bit suppressed, but hopefully for many, the cloud will break up, the sunshine come through and, generally, we will see five to seven
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degrees, milder, but unfortunately, that cloud and that rain sits out to the west. so as we move into the middle part of the week, it's almost a repeat performance to today's weather — a weather front sinks south, weakening off considerably. a band of light drizzly rain moving its way through northern england and wales steadily south, then behind it quite a clearance with some sunshine coming through and a brisk northerly wind. temperatures by the middle part of the week again between eight and ten degrees.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. novak djokovic has been deported from australia, afterjudges rejected the unvaccinated tennis star's appeal to stay in the country on public health grounds. there's dismay from supporters — djokovic himself says he's "extremely disappointed". the australian prime minister welcomed the ruling, but serbia's president says djokovic is not to blame for the chaos. labour leader sir keir starmer says borisjohnson broke the law and should resign, over a series of parties at downing street during coronavirus restrictions. the conservative party chairman, oliver dowden, says the culture in downing street must be addressed. i think the facts speak for themselves. i think the prime minister broke the law, i think he then lied about what had happened.


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