tv The Travel Show BBC News January 16, 2022 8:30pm-9:01pm GMT
but saturday's huge eruption took experts by surprise. i would expect the activity to continue for a while yet. i'm not necessarily expecting it to get any bigger, but it could conceivably continue on at a similar scale. the eruption sent a tsunami wave right across the pacific ocean. in new zealand, the tsunami caused serious damage, smashing boats against each other and causing some to sink. but tonight, the main concern remains tonga. until the ash cloud clears and new zealand and australia can begin sending military flights, it remains very unclear how bad the situation on the island really is. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. the culture secretary, nadine dorries, has suggested that the days of the bbc licence fee are numbered, in a tweet suggesting
the present charter — which runs until 2027 — could be the last. our media correspondent, david sillito, explained what happened this morning on social media. a tweet this morning, the words, this licence fee announcement will be the last. the days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors are over. essentially, two bits of information in this. the first one, this licence fee announcement, essentially endorsing a story in today the mail on sunday suggesting the bbc licence fees are going to be frozen for the next two years and then small increases after that, which will mean further hefty cuts to their bbc�*s funding. but of course, the wider issue about the licence fee itself. there have been many questions about how long it will last. the current charter goes to the end of 2027. could the bbc, for instance, be run like netflix on a subscription? the question there is, well, what about all of the millions who watch on free—to—air tv and free—to—air radio. and free—to—air radio? you would have to have big changes.
subscription bbc would be very different. and of course, borisjohnson, the prime minister was asked about this in question time only last week. he certainly did not suggest that he was in favour at the moment he certainly didn't suggest that he was in favour at the moment of getting rid of the licence fee and described the bbc as a great national institution at the time. the time is up after 8.30. good evening. it's a quiet weather story at the moment. we'll have clear skies over the next few hours across england, wales, and eastern scotland — that will allow those temperatures to fall away. but a bit more of a westerly feed driving in some cloud off the atlantic, bringing more moisture to the northwest of the great glen, maybe a spot or two of drizzle. that will hold temperatures up to around 4—6 celsius. further south, we've got clear skies, and so minus 2—3 not out of the question in rural parts as high pressure tends to build once again. so, there will be some frost around, eventually as we go through the week, there'll be some patchy fog as well. but generally, that quiet weather
story with a good deal of dry weather is the one to cling onto. lots of sunshine across the bulk of the country for monday. we keep that cloud into the far north and west. temperatures, though, under light winds, dry and sunny after that chilly start, are likely to sit between 8—9 celsius. that's how it's looking, enjoy your week ahead. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas is confirmed to be a british man named malik faisal akram. his family say they are devastated and do not condone his actions. police here confirm malik faisal akram was originally from blackburn, and say they're helping with the investigation led by us authorities. labour leader, sir keir starmer, says borisjohnson broke the law and should resign over a series of parties
at downing street during coronavirus restrictions. novak djokovic has been deported from australia, afterjudges rejected on public health grounds the unvaccinated tennis star's appeal to stay in the country. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. 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?
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 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. 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 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. 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.
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. 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 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 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, 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. 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. 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 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 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 13,14 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 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. 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. 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 ten 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. 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.
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 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—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 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. 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 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. 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. good evening. it's a quiet weather story at the moment. we'll have clear skies over the next few hours across england, wales, and eastern scotland — that will allow those temperatures to fall away. but a bit more of a westerly feed driving in some cloud off the atlantic, bringing more moisture to the northwest of the great glen, maybe a spot or two of drizzle. that will hold temperatures up to around 4—6 celsius. further south, we've got clear skies, and so minus 2—3 not out of the question in rural parts as high pressure tends to build once again.
so there will be some frost around, eventually as we go through the week, there'll be some patchy fog, as well. but generally, that quiet weather story with a good deal of dry weather is the one to cling onto. lots of sunshine across the bulk of the country for monday — we keep that cloud into the far north and west. temperatures, though, under light winds, dry and sunny after that chilly start, are likely to sit between 8—9 celsius. that's how it's looking, enjoy your week ahead.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm samantha simmonds. the man who took four people hostage at a synagogue in texas is confirmed to be a british man named malik faisal akram. his family say they are devastated and do not condone his actions. police here confirm malik faisal akram was originally from blackburn and say they're helping with the investigation led by us authorities. labour leader sir keir starmer says borisjohnson broke the law and should resign over a series of parties at downing street during coronavirus restrictions. novak djokovic has been deported from australia afterjudges rejected the unvaccinated tennis star's appeal to stay in the country on public health grounds. while his on court record will