hello, this is breakfast, with christian fraser and sally nugent. north korea has said it's prepared to respond in kind to any nuclear attack from the united states. tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians have taken part in a huge military parade amid growing speculation that the country is preparing another nuclear test. good morning. it's saturday, 15th april. also ahead: learner drivers will have to prove they can use a satnav in new changes to the practical test. the sun columnist kelvin mackenzie has been suspended and reported to police over an article he wrote about the everton footballer ross barkley. half of the world's bluebells are found here in the uk, but we'll hear why the british bluebell could be under threat. in sport, brighton take a giant stride towards the premier league. the championship leaders win at wolves and are now
on the verge of promotion. takeit take it easy! and the slalom was definitely a challenge for me. i've been finding out how the team gb alpine skiers, are hoping to leave their opponents adrift. and philip has the weather. good morning, not a bad day for most parts of the british isles. can we keep it going for the rest of the holiday weekend? i'll have the details for you in a few minutes. good morning. first, our main story. north korea has warned that it's prepared to respond in kind to any nuclear attack. it comes amid growing tensions between pyongyang and the us. earlier this morning, kim jong—un oversaw a massive military parade to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, the country's founder. our correspondentjohn sudworth was invited to witness the event. his movements are being tightly controlled, but earlier he described the scene in pyongyang. it's an extraordinary sight.
you can actually feel the ground shake as thousands upon thousands of goose—stepping soldiers, tanks and rockets and other weaponry have marched and rumbled their way through the capital city. this is a display of unity for the young north korean leader and it is meant, of course, to send a key message on the anniversary of his grandfather's birth that his grip on power is unassailable, but as donald trump threatens to thwart his nuclear ambitions, it also sends a message to the outside world that this country's military with its nuclear tests and missile launches is vital for its survival and military analysts will, of course, be pouring over these pictures for evidence of the latest state of technological advancement of these forces. there is that speculation that it maybe preparing for another underground nuclear test.
at the moment, we have absolutely no contact with the outside world other than this tv line that i'm speaking to you on. all of our mobile phones were taken away from us about five or six hours ago before being allowed here into kim il sung square. i think it's probably unlikely that we'll see a test today, but kimjong—un is making it absolutely clear that he is not prepared to negotiate away his nuclear weapons whilst being threatened and challenged by the united states. and experts believe that with missiles, with weaponry like this, they are just a few small steps away from having a real deliverable nuclear arsenal and of course, once they reach that stage, it's a game changer in terms of the regional security situation and the global international diplomatic calculation about what can be done
about north korea's military ambitions? it changes things for good and the young man sitting up there in those stands has learned those lessons from his grandfather and from his father before him. a british student who was stabbed to death on a tram injerusalem has been named as hannah bladon from burton—on—trent. the 20—year—old was studying in the city as part of an exchange programme with the university of birmingham. a palestinian man, thought to have a history of mental illness, has been arrested over the attack. police in sheffield are investigating four unexplained deaths in the barnsley area which they think might be linked to heroin use. they're trying to find out if the deaths were caused by the strength and content of the drug being used locally. driving tests are getting an mot in order to better reflect the demands of modern motoring. from december, learner drivers will no longer have to tackle some traditional manoeuvres, but will instead be expected to demonstrate new skills,
such as using a satnav safely. we will be discussing the changes with a driving instructor shortly.” a lwa ys with a driving instructor shortlyli always think when i'm talking to a driving instructor i'm back on my test! the sun columnist, kelvin mackenzie, has been suspended after he compared the intelligence of the everton footballer ross barkley to that of a gorilla. the mayor of liverpool, joe anderson, reported him to merseyside police for what he called "racial slurs". caroline rigby has more. it was this column published yesterday which has seen kelvin mackenzie suspended from the sun. the article was about everton mid—fielder ross barkley who was punched earlier this week in a liverpool bar. in it, the paper's former editor compared the footballer, whose grandfather was born in nigeria, to a gorilla. mr mackenzie also wrote that men with similar pay packets in liverpool were drug dealers. my stomach turned when i saw the picture of ross barkley alongside a gorilla. i think that was totally racist.
it offended me. i'm sure it offended ross barkley and his family and it offended lots of other people and that's why i reported this to the police. i'm not reporting it to the police as a gimmick. i've reported it to the police because i felt and i do feel that it was a racial attack on an individual. merseyside police are now investigating whether the comments constitute a racial hate crime. in a statement the sun's publisher, news uk, apologised for the offence caused and said the paper was unaware of ross barkley‘s heritage. kelvin mackenzie has also responded saying it was beyond parody to describe the column as racist. almost a fifth of parents are being asked to make a financial contribution to their child's school, according to a survey by the nasuwt union. it comes as school leaders and teachers have voiced concerns about growing funding pressures in england's state schools. the government says school spending is at a record high. 25% of parents are saying
they can't afford to make the contributions and as a result of that, their children are unable to participate in creative subjects, in art, in school trips and so on and so forth. we don't think that's right. britain's creative companies are urging the government to overhaul its approach to the sector, as ministers draw up a national industrial strategy. they say british creativity is a big export earner and should be taken just as seriously as other industrial sectors such as car—making. the business secretary greg clark says he wants to build on the sector's strengths and is committed to doing a deal with the sector soon. chewing gum manufacturers are being urged to contribute to the cost of removing discarded gum from pavements. it's estimated local authorities spend as much as £60 million a year cleaning it up.
the local government association says the industry should also switch to biodegradable products to help tackle the problem. competitors in england who take part in weekend fun runs will no longer be charged, under new rules proposed by the government. the changes would make it illegal for councils to charge parkrun, whose events aim to encourage people to exercise. it's one of the most successful film franchises of all time, and last night, in a galaxy far, far away there was exciting news forfans? i only know one truth. the much—awaited first trailer for the upcoming star wars film the lastjedi was released. it offers fans a peek at the eighth episode in the star wars franchise. the two minute teaser hints at dramatic battle scenes and stunning scenery shots, but it also leaves fans with more questions than answers. like? what happened to them all? who
is that person in silhouette? how is luke skywalker doing these days? right, it is 9.09am. sitting your driving test can be a nerve—wracking experience, but people hoping to get behind the wheel will face some different challenges from the end of this year as the exam undergoes an mot. the practical driving test will change in four main ways. the independent driving part will increase in length from ten to 20 minutes. candidates will follow directions on a satnav as an alternative to road signs. traditional manoeuvres such as the reverse around a corner will be replaced with more real life scenarios including driving into and reversing out of a parking bay. and vehicle safety questions such as how to use the rear heated screen will be tested while the candidate is driving. we've been asking some motorists what they make of the changes. a satnav tells you what lane to be
in on a satnav tells you what lane to be inona a satnav tells you what lane to be in on a motorway or something like that. it stops potentially, it could stop a lot of accidents happening that wouldn't because people don't know how to use a satnav while driving. they need to be built in satnavs these days because they can be just as distracting as a mobile phone. a lot of people use them on their phones, don't they? maybe showing people that a satnav is handy, but maybe deterring them from using their mobile phones might be a better option, yeah. parallel parking or reverse parking is a good thing because nobody can park in the bay anymore because the bays are getting smaller and the cars are getting smaller and the cars are getting bigger! let's discuss this now with james eisen who is a driving instructor. so do you have to change the way you teach people? i wouldn't say we're com pletely teach people? i wouldn't say we're completely changing the system. caning a little bit? a little bit, yes. we teach people the manoeuvres at the moment and we will probably
still teach them some manoeuvres as pa rt still teach them some manoeuvres as part of the new driving test. will it increase driver safety considerably this? i would raise a question over that. i'm not 100% sure that it has a direct implication on the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the roads. in fact, more recently there has been an upward trend over there has been an upward trend over the last few months... particularly young people? yes, well those figures have stayed stubbornly where they are. they haven't changed over they are. they haven't changed over the last few years. we had the head of driving policy from what was the institute of advanced motorists on and he said one of the challenges they face, people can pass their test, but not be able to drive. not have that kind of practical road sense? yes, well, i think using your satnav is probably a good thing towards getting more experience, but whether or not there is an improvement in road safety as a
result of that i'm not sure. you learn more, don't you once you've passed your test? a lot of people would say, you know, that they have often learnt to drive after they've passed the driving test, but we try and teach those skills as much as we can during the process of learning to drive as well. one of the things that's been dropped is the dreaded reversing round a corner thing. yes. are you pleased by that? is that a good thing? i think it probably is a good thing? i think it probably is a good thing? i think it probably is a good thing because it is probably done much to have the annoyance of local residents that we find little roads and practise on corners so that's probably a welcome change. the thing i noticed about modern cars, i wonder if this is what the thinking was when you talk about turning on the back screen heater is they everything is like a console on they everything is like a console on the front of the dashboard now so you have to touch a screen to do, in the new citroen cars there is a huge screen there. so it is a different driving experience to the one when we passed our test? yes, technology
plays a part in driving now and i think a lot of technology is very welcome in assisting drivers and making it easier for them to interact with the road. so those things are definitely welcome. tell me this, do you still do that? do you remember that? the emergency stop. does that still happen? yes, the emergency stop will be still pa rt the emergency stop will be still part of the driving test and i continue to teach that. wow. for sure. we didn't do the written test. that's how old we are. but people will still have to know and recognise road signs, right? well, yes. i think that you still have to do your theory test, of courseks and most people will learn about that through the process of learning their theory. but obviously we put that into practise when they're learning to drive so through their lessons they should interact with signs and follow directions as well. and interact with a satnav now as
well? yes. james is helping me get over my phobia of driving test instructors. i feel relaxed. over my phobia of driving test instructors. ifeel relaxed. i can tell you the last one i met, i didn't feel that relaxed! thank you for coming in. it's 9.14m. here's philip with a look at this morning's weather. i never saw weymouth looking that good, but one of our weather watchers caught that in morning. ignore that, it is weymouth and it was taken by shamrock. as we drift further north there is a peppering of showers. some of them wintry across the high ground of scotland. this is not anywhere in the m8. 75mph winds at cairngorm and minus
five and there will be snow as well, but at the lower levels, it is sunny spells and showers, in scotland and northern ireland, and the north western quarter of england. elsewhere, you're off to a dry start and that's probably the way it's going to stay across the bottom half of the british isles. further north, that wind will be present through the day. not a warm direction. but the day. not a warm direction. but the temperatures will be where we've had them for the past few days, ten to 15 celsius. cooler as you move up towards the shetland isles. it is notjune and july so the temperatures will dribble away under clear skies. for a time, temperatures will dribble away under clearskies. fora time, but temperatures will dribble away under clear skies. for a time, but they fill in marketedly across the western side of scotland through northern ireland where you end up with a wet end to the night. the temperatures with the shield of cloud moving in continuing to recover elsewhere. there is a little bit of uncertainty still, i know it
is within the next 2a hours, but easter day, this rain goes through the heart of the british isles, but the heart of the british isles, but the northern limit, the southern limit open to a little bit of conjecture at the moment. the south—western quarter, you don't see very much rain at all. i know some of you need it in the south, but i don't think for many of you that's the system to bring it. and then on monday, it's a cool, cool north to north—westerly breeze again. a decent enough day if you have got plans to be out and about. i don't think the weather will get in the way too much. there will be a scattering of showers, but watch out for really cold and i mean cold and frosty nights to come in the forthcoming week. philip, thank you very much. if you've been out walking in the last few days, you might have been lucky enough to come across a bluebell wood. but this spring, it seems those gorgeous blue—violet carpets have appeared later than in previous years. catriona renton is in hertfordshire for us this morning to find out why. we
for us this morning to find out why. have been doir morning, we have been doing this, this morning, i want to know, maybe you have got expert advice on hand, what's the difference between a spanish bluebell and an english bluebell? i knew you were going to ask me that! i have got the very person here to explain in this enchanted forest about what the difference between a native and a non native bluebell is. steve marsh from the woodland trust over to you to explain. we want people to go out and tell us where the bluebell woods are and tell us if they are native or non native. let's have a look. this is a native one. this is a native but bell. the native droops omplt it has white pollen, a non native has blue pollen. the non native has blue pollen. the non native is upright and stiff and doesn't droop over. the petals on a native curl back, the petals on a i'ioi'i native curl back, the petals on a non native do not and the native has
a wonderful scent and the non native doesn't. these are very fragile. let's look at the carpet here of beautiful, beautiful blue flowers. tell us about the bluebell, why it is more fragile here and how we can preserve them and look after them? they are a delicate flower and they are an indicator of ancient woodland and it is an irreplaceable habitat. so, when you look at the but bells, enjoy them, don't pick them because it is illegal. don't trample on them, not only does it ruin other people's enjoyment, but it destroys their future. it is incredible to be in amongst it and you want people all around the uk to see and tell you where their bluebell are? spring is wonderful, spectacular show and we want people to go out and enjoy bluebells. you can go on to the woodland trust website and put in
your postcode and it will tell you where your nearest brew bell is, go out and enjoy them because they are not around for long. it is incredible to be in amongst the birdsong and the beautiful trees and how long will they be around for? so, it varies across the country. the south you are they come out earlier than the south you are they come out earlierthan up the south you are they come out earlier than up north. they tend to la st earlier than up north. they tend to last three to four weeks. so get out and enjoy them and get out each week and enjoy them and get out each week and you will see them change and you can't miss it and the woodland trust website has everything you need to know about visiting them and finding out where they are. steve marsh, thank you. we have learned a lot and we have had so many tweets from us asking us for the explanations and steve has done a marvellous job. asking us for the explanations and steve has done a marvellousjob. it is not just bluebells steve has done a marvellousjob. it is notjust bluebells that's in this enchanted wood, there are also fairies here. i believe you. it looks like a fairy glen to me.
droopy heads and petals is what we're looking for. you've been sending in your bluebell pictures this morning. claire sent this one of the woodland near her home in new ash green saying it smells amazing at the moment. here's poppy enjoying the bluebells in hardwick. here is paddy in essex. thank you very much indeed. you're watching bbc breakfast. it's 9.20am. it's 9.20am. it's time for a look at this morning's papers. executive director of the fa david davies is here to tell us
what's caught his eye. we'll speak to david in a minute. but first let's look at the front pages. the daily mirror, brink of nuclear war. we have been sharing images from pyongyang. the times are saying that donald trump is looking at a number of option to say stop north korea developing an interballistic missile. the daily mail, an mot for the driving test. you need to know how to use your satnav. the daily telegraph, back to north korea and they're saying that there is a specific threat that's been talked about by the cia this morning. in our headlines is this story about kelvin mackenzie and ross barkley.
as an ex—newspaper man i'm staggered that a story like that gets past the subs and past the backbench and then past the editor. it is a sad story. it was immensely unfunny, the article, whatever the background of ross barkley in this case. it is easy to be po—faced and i'm sure kelvin mackenzie would say that. he then says he didn't know anything about his background and all the rest of it. it was unfunny and hurtful and whoever it was said about and you know p but these things happen, but the problem is, he isa things happen, but the problem is, he is a serious figure in public life. he does know that anything that he says about merseyside, or the city of liverpool, is going to cause a reaction? well, there is history there, of course, which those of us who worked in the north—west of england for a considerable time are well aware of
and that history lives on. it is the anniversary of hillsborough today and i'm sure that will be marked in liverpool today. and and i'm sure that will be marked in liverpooltoday. and in and i'm sure that will be marked in liverpool today. and in sheffield. and sheffield, of course, yes. the times, trump demands gold plated welcome when he comes here to the uk. right. well, it was not long ago, call me old—fashioned, we were being told that the president, if he came at all in 2017, would have a relatively low—key visit and here we're told the white house has made it clear it regards the carriage procession down the mall as an essential element of that itinerary and president obama is coming in october and goodness know what is the cost of the security will be and goodness how many protesters there will be. we can laugh about, he wa nts to will be. we can laugh about, he wants to arrive in a carriage, but it is the security implications of the carriage that makes it difficult because if he is in an armoured car,
it's easierfor because if he is in an armoured car, it's easier for the security services. all the time, we're told that the contrast with his predecessor president obama, who came in an armoured car with that extraordinary motorcade all the us presidents have, but you can't help thinking that so many of the things that president trump is doing,s' doing to contrast himself with the style of president obama. yes. couldn't be more different. very different. the sun and the times, both have stories about the queen who is on the look out for some new staff. well, do you fancy a newjob? i've got two courtesy of the sun and the time and of her majesty the queen. the queen is advertising for a trainee butler to deliver world —class trainee butler to deliver world—class service at buckingham palace for £18850 a year, people
would need to make a salary adjustment, but they could have stunning accommodation. where do you get to live? well, exactly. if you go to the times, the queen wants a new gardenerfor go to the times, the queen wants a new gardener for balmoral. that's quite a job. an attractive package is available there. a lot of grounds. there is jobs going somewhere, no doubt about that.|j would somewhere, no doubt about that.” would have to get some new kit. what about brighton? well, i wanted to talk about brighton. i don't often talk about brighton. i don't often talk in this slot about football, for obvious reasons! but ijust think brighton's achievement, they may well be promoted to the top division for the first time in sa yea rs division for the first time in sa years on monday. if not monday, soon afterwards. it is not so much that as 20 years ago, they were within 15 minutes of going out of the football league altogether. there are lessons
there for coventry another big club that have gone down to the lowest division yesterday, but the basic point that i wanted to make is there are people like dick knight and tony bloom, local people who have brought that club to what i consider an achievement even greater than le i ceste r‘s achievement even greater than leicester's last season in winning the premier league. compare that to blackburn, it is chalk and cheese, isn't it? with your old fa hat on, you know, is there something to learn from brighton? well, there is something to learn for people, i a lwa ys something to learn for people, i always say, you know, you have to be mad, sad and all the other things if you want to own a football club and quite a few football owners would probably agree with me! but, you know, there are certainly lessons to learn from what these guys have done and how they've done it with the backing of the supporters. i can remember, i went to a public meeting when brighton was in serious danger
of going out of existence in a nightclub in brighton on a monday night, 950 people there, chanting various obscenities at the man from the fa, we worked with dick knight to ta ke the fa, we worked with dick knight to take over that club and make sure they got a wonderful new ground. to take over that club and make sure they got a wonderful new groundm is lovely there. it is a great stadium. it is fantastic and it is a great achievement and everybody will be thrilled, who cares about football, will be thrilled. credit to them. well done. david, it has been lovely to have you. thank you for coming on this morning. we're on bbc one until 10am when matt tebbutt takes over in the saturday kitchen. matt, what's on the menu for us? good morning, guys. ourspecial guest today knows a thing or two about plants and about super foods. james wan is here. you are here to face your footed heaven and food hell. food heaven is mango and
coriander is my food hell. there is going to be delicious food cooked. welcome to the show. thank you for having me. what are you making? are you making cake? it is a vanilla ca ke you making cake? it is a vanilla cake with fresh fruit. tom kitchen, what are you cooking? i'm going to steam halibut and serve it with asparagus and serve mussels and clams and winkles. very nice. i love a winkle. suzy bar crisis is here to choose the wine. gorgeous recipes. it was not a difficult job choosing lovely wines. i look forward to that. see you at 10am. skinnilicious is my word of the day. stay with us, the headlines are coming up. hello, this is breakfast with christian fraser and sally nugent. coming up before ten,
philip avery will have the weather. but first, a summary of this morning's main news. north korea has staged a huge military parade as it warns it will retaliate if it's attacked by the united states. the driving test is getting a major overhaul — north korea has warned it's prepared to respond in kind to any nuclear attack. it comes amid growing tensions between pyongyang and the us. earlier this morning, kim jong—un oversaw a massive military parade to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, the country's founder. south korean military officials believe a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile was on display. speaking to us earlier, the former british ambassador to north korea john everard said it would be wrong to question the mental health of the north korean leader. he is definitely not mad. kim jong—un is not a fall. he is prepared to take risks, rather as certain other world leaders have. it
is not insanity, it is claimed by a different rule book. police in sheffield are investigating four unexplained deaths in the barnsley area which they think might be linked to heroin use. they're trying to find out if the deaths were caused by the strength and content of the drug being used locally. driving tests are getting an mot in order to better reflect the demands of modern motoring. from december, learner drivers will no longer have to tackle some traditional manoeuvres, but will instead be expected to demonstrate new skills, such as using a sat nav safely. almost a fifth of parents are being asked to make a financial contribution to their child's school, according to a survey by the nasuwt union. it comes as school leaders and teachers have voiced concerns about growing funding pressures in england's state schools. the government says school spending is at a record high. chewing gum manufacturers are being urged to contribute to the cost of removing discarded gum from pavements. it's estimated local authorities spend as much as £60 million a year cleaning it up. the local government association says the industry should also switch to biodegradable products to help tackle the problem. nasa scientists have released new global maps
of the earth at night. they say it gives us the clearest view yet of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. the maps are created by stitching together thousands of cloud free satellite images, taken over many months. i think that is our house there, with the kids living all the lights on. are you one of those fathers who complains about lights been left on? iam. let's talk about brighton. i was down the rattling a bucket when they had hit hard times, but this shows how they have transformed. they have kept the squad together.
brighton are a big club now. coventry a re brighton are a big club now. coventry are set about the relegation, but they can take heart. it's been a journey to the edge of oblivion and back, but brighton are almost back in the big time, after their 2—0 victory at wolves. both of brighton's goals came from championship player of the year anthony knockaert, one in each half. albion stay top and will be as good as promoted, if they beat struggling wigan, in front of their own fans, on easter monday. it could be some party. meanwhile, second—placed newcastle were denied a victory, at home to leeds. they went ahead when jamaal lascelles header was deemed to have crossed the line. and they held on to that lead, until the fifth minute of injury time when chris wood snatched an equaliser. 1—1 it finished in front of more than 52 thousand at st james park, and leeds are up to 4th. with premier league leaders chelsea, not playing until tomorrow, tottenham have the opportunity, to narrow the gap at the top to four points.
they host mid table bournemouth. with manager mauricio pochettino not letting his players think about the title race. i think it is important to save energy and to be ready on saturday to give our best and to win. what happens in different games, it can provide the opportunity to reduce the gap, but we must do ourjob first. there are six other games in the premier league today. crystal palace host leicester with burnley off to everton. stoke face hull, and sunderland, ten points from safety at the bottom of the table, take on west ham. watford play swansea and the tea—time match is between southampton and manchester city. there was one game in the scottish premiership last night. it finished goalless between kilmarnock and hearts.
fifth placed hearts marginally had more of the game at rugby park, although kris boyd failed to make the most of this chance to win the match for killy. they're now six points from the danger zone. katie archibald has won great britain's first gold, at the world track cycling championships in hong kong, in the women's omnium. it's decided by the number of points you score, over four different events. the olympic gold medallist, was second going into the final event, which was the points race, and did enough to beat amy cure of australia to the gold medal. it's archibald's second world title, and herfirst individual gold — she was part of the victorious team pursuit squad three years ago in colombia. ifeel in pain, primarily. but yeah, feel really privileged to pull it off in the end. that was an unbelievably grippy race. i really thought i'd lost it in that middle point ofjust chase and chase and being attacked, chase and being attacked. ijust got back on in the end and pulled it out of the bag. castleford stay top of superleague, after a convincing 112—24 victory,
over local rivals wakefield. the tigers did the damage in the first half, scoring six trys including two for grant millington and two forjake webster. they remain a couple of points ahead of salford who beat leigh, and leeds who won at hull fc. elsewhere, wigan claimed a thrilling derby win over st helens, who played for 67 minutes with 12 men, after kyle amor, was red carded. liam marshall and his wing partner joe burgess, both scored twice as wigan won 29—18. exeter are joint top of rugby union's premiership, after a bonus point victory over play—off hopefuls harlequins. quins were hoping to squeeze into the last available play off place, but exeter‘s winning streak continued at the stoop. this wonderful effort from henry slade, wrapped up a 39—26 victory. in the pro12, it was pretty much one—way traffic as glasgow beat zebre 45—1, to keep their top four hopes alive, despite effectively
fielding a second team. they scored 4 first half tries including this one by peter murchie. sebastian vettel looks like the man to beat, at this weekend's bahrain grand prix. the ferrari driver, who leads the standings along, with lewis hamilton, was quickest in both practice sessions yesterday. qualifying gets under way at 4 o'clock this afternoon, under the lights, with commentary on 5 live sports extra. snooker‘s world championship gets under way in sheffield this morning. five—time champion ronnie o'sullivan is in action against fellow englishman gary wilson, in the afternoon session. it will be the 40th year, that the crucible has played host to the tournament, and o'sullivan is in the mood, to lift the famous trophy again. sheffield is a great event. it's a good tournament and everyone looks forward to going there every year. so yeah, it should be a great tournament again, whether it's the 40th or the 21th or the 140th. its still the crucible. it is still seven days there.
a great, great tournament. if you get to pick the trophy up at the end, it's an amazing feeling. if you asked to name the top alpine skiing nations, you might think places like switzerland. however, i went to the british championships to find out how british skiing is being brought in from the cold and been let —— and being led by one man in particular. the dawn of what many believe could be a gold new era for british skiing and leading the way, on top of the world, dave ryding. he specialises in slalom and this season stunned the world by coming second in a world cup race in austria. there's no way i can keep up with dave. following in his wake like many others indeed, inspired by his success, the first briton since 1981 to make
the podium of a world cup race. it was a life changing moment. especially in austria, the home of skiing, they were going crazy for it. obviously over the moon. i never really planned to get on a podium or anything but ijust kept on working over the years, and yeah, to do it here, like the wembley of alpine skiing, it was awesome. he started off at a dry slope in lancashire while still in primary school and really honed his skills on this surface. it was several years before he first raced on snow and has since been to two winter olympics and world championships but it is only now that he is 30 that it has come right for dave and his coach tristan glasse. commentator: ryding leads the way! a lot of hard work over the last three years. you have to work on the ranking year after year and you get the better start number. this year, i was able to take advantage of a good start in the season and have little less pressure. on the slalom course in tignes, dave did wait for me so he could show me that technique needed for slalom and show what his body goes through on a daily basis, whether in the gym or practicing
on the course. all right, we go for a nice line, don't go straight at the gate, there you go. get that pole in. now take it easy! do you think that went badly wrong? yes. bleep. yeah, i think wejust have to go, try and get the pressure on the outside ski and a nicer line. bleep. all right. you ready? there you go. he's a natural now. the feeling here at the british ski championships in tignes in france is that dave ryding and his story could just be the beginning of a great new era for british skiing. especially now with a man who transformed cycling on board, the ambitions have grown even higher. we set a really clear and ambitious target to become one of the top five ski and snowboard nations and to be podium—competitive across all of our olympic disciplines by 2030. it feels very similar to back when we started the cycling journey. a lot of ambition.
well done, gold medal. there's this huge momentum in british skiing at the moment with the success that dave's had and the success that i'm starting to get. dave and the team's recent success has also got royal approval with prince edward attended the championships to help hand out the medals. there's a different atmosphere now. they've managed to get into much better shape. dave ryding's success is just, i mean, it's stupid but on the men's side, that's a really, really big story. success for the slope started in sochi, when jennyjones won an historic medal, got the ball rolling and the alpine skiers have shared some of the spoils. more funding is needed and in a sport as precarious as this, nothing can be taken for granted. but the rest of the world are now aware that team gb and dave ryding are a force to be reckoned with. the funding question is crucial.
there was an idea last september to ask everyone who books a ski holiday to donate £1. a lot of money was put in in 2010 when the team was facing crisis. thank you. it is 9:42am. journalist and former sun editor kelvin mackenzie has been suspended after likening everton footballer ross barkley, who has a grandfather born in nigeria, to a gorilla. he has also been reported to the police by liverpool mayorjoe anderson for his "racist and offensive" comments, and to the press regulator for suggesting that any man in liverpool who earns a similar salary to barkley must be a drug dealer or in prison. let's bring to our media editor. it's interesting the timing because
here we are, 15th of april, it is the anniversary of the hillsborough disaster. do you think kelvin mackenzie had any awareness about that when he decided to write in his column about the city of liverpool? if you are kelvin mackenzie, the date the 15th of april is firmly stamped in your head. he was the editor of the sun when he published eight controversial front page that damaged the paper's relationship with liverpool permanently. there are a few different things that kelvin said that has different levels of offence. the fact that he
referred to ross barkley as the gorilla, he's now try to say he didn't know that ross barkley‘s father was nigerian. also, the fact that there isa nigerian. also, the fact that there is a comparison between football salaries and money and buy the drug dealers. you do want your colonists to be provocative and outspoken, but you don't want them to get you into the headlines for the wrong reasons and that is where the sun and kelvin mackenzie. so what can be done? the sun has suspended kelvin mackenzie. they have taken down his column and they have apologise. they have a
difficult dilemma. he is a joint of british journalism. difficult dilemma. he is a joint of britishjournalism. he has been associated with the sun but over 30 yea rs. associated with the sun but over 30 years. he has a deep connection with the readers. it's a difficult call. you can discipline him, suspend his column, or sack him and get rid of him altogether. i spoke to news uk this morning, i don't think they have made a decision. kelvin is on a short holiday and will be back next week. as the complaint progresses, it is now with merseyside police, it has also gone to the new press regulator, which the sun was instrumental in setting up. i think the paper will make a call on how merseyside police and the regulator are dealing with it and depending on that, they will work out whether they will sack kelvin mackenzie altogether or just give
they will sack kelvin mackenzie altogether orjust give him a stiff talking to. thank you. many of you sending pictures of bluebells and there does seem to be some decent weather out there. the forecast is positive for today. however there are shelves across parts of scotland and northern ireland and the north—west of england. they are the exception though. i want to point out the fact that across the high ground of scotland, we have been on about it all morning, but there will be snow at higher levels. it is —5 at the top of cairngorm. lower levels, sunny spells and showers. by the odd isolated exception to a dry rule, it isolated exception to a dry rule, it isa dry isolated exception to a dry rule, it is a dry rule. if you do get the
cold north—westerly wind and no sunshine, it will feel chilly, but if you do get sunshine and get out of the breeze, temperatures could be 14, 15 of the breeze, temperatures could be 1a, 15 degrees. temperatures are putting much where they have been the last few days. if you can forget about last weekend were some of you it should be ok. we have a system coming in from the atlantic. temperatures will be rising, thanks to the breeze and all said that incursion of cloud. there is some doubt about the peripheries of how far north the weather goes, just how far north the weather goes, just how far south it goes. if you are in the heartlands, well, down towards east anglia, welcome rain for some of you, maybe not on easter day if you are out and about and seeing family. the rain will eventually pull away.
if you have a plan, due into the forecast the exact detail. a word to the wise about monday, not a bad day, considering it is a holiday for many of you, but is a cool breeze. cold and frosty nights to come in the forthcoming week. that is it from me. to be a clown, you have to be a jolly soul. friendly, good with kids. in fact, you could say an all round good egg. maybe that's why for more than 70 years, the industry body clowns international has been painting the faces of its members on ceramic eggs. each one is a record of a clown‘s unique identity. every one is different. and now a clown egg register is being published for the first time. our reporter andrew plant has been finding out more. ‘s
250 unique clown faces painted and preserved in this somerset museum, ensuring no clown is ever copied. it's a register... now carefully looked after by its curator. once you've had your face established, you'd have your egg made. are you up there? iam. look, there i am. also known as matty the clown. that's my egg. ok, right. joined on this clown parade in bognor by some old friends, like ginger nut and kooky. crowds have loved clowns for hundreds of years. 'a circus without them is unimaginable.‘ they are still a circus tent staple, but horror fiction and the recent craze of sinister clown sightings, alongside stiff competition from other entertainment, means earning a living as a clown is nojoke. at one time the only person doing were clowns and you don't get much with
the characters from frozen because they don't do party games and balloons and things like that that make a party. could the clown egg register reinvent the ancient art? a new record of every entertainer. i think that there's a great deal of fun in the costumes and the make—up. i think that it is alive and there is a time and place. it's always good to smell the theatre chairs and the smoke and anticipate them coming on stage. # if you're happy and you know it clap your hands. many of the clowns on this parade started in the 60s and 70s where plate spinning, juggling and magic tricks come as standard, alongside the squirting flowers and honking noses. their circus skills though still loved it seems by a new generation, despite the easy entertainment they have at their fingers. people say they are creepy, but they are not. they are really funny.
i've been learning how to do this with the stilts. how is it going? pretty well. i'm getting better. are you going to be a clown when you're older? no. clowns are the funniest thing i've seen in my life. the funniest thing you've seen in your life? yes. no? yeah. would you become a clown when you're older? yes. as these professionals near retirement, a new generation of clown faces is needed. any who decide to make a new name for themselves though will have some big shoes to fill. andrew plant, bbc news, bognor regis. these shoes are the best bet. you would never fall over, these shoes are the best bet. you would neverfall over, unless you really wanted to. it is 9:51am. you are watching bbc breakfast. when elizabeth koinange was born in kenya, the country was under british rule and queen victoria was on the throne.
now, more than 50 years after kenyan independence, she has celebrated her 117th birthday. as part of the bbc‘s life stories season, journalist priscilla ng'ethe went to meet her great—grandmother and learn about her extraordinary life. we'll speak to priscilla in a moment, but first let's have a look at that reunion. the 1st of january is a the 1st ofjanuary is a big the 1st of january is a big day the 1st ofjanuary is a big day for my great grandmother elizabeth. she has invited family and friends to celebrate her 117th birthday. i have travelled from london to a rural area about ten miles from nairobi. a fertile land that has been home to my family for at least six generations. my great—grandmother puts her longevity down to a diet of boiled yam and milky tea, but today she is happy to indulge. elizabeth was the fifth of six wives
ina elizabeth was the fifth of six wives in a polygamous marriage to the senior chief. he worked with the british during colonial rule and is well—known in kenny of the playing a pa rt well—known in kenny of the playing a part the country's independence. elizabeth's government id says she was born in 1900. to celebrate this she is gathering five generations of herfamily for a she is gathering five generations of her family for a photograph. elizabeth is surrounded by her sikh surviving children who have a combined age of more than 400. next tojoin, my combined age of more than 400. next to join, my aunts combined age of more than 400. next tojoin, my aunts and combined age of more than 400. next to join, my aunts and uncles. another generation has been called, so another generation has been called, so that means that people who caught
my great—grandmother great—grandmother, so i'm going to join. faith, love and food are the fundamentals of elizabeth's life. she rarely travels far, but the world co m es she rarely travels far, but the world comes to her to her children, grandchildren and great—grandchildren, like me. priscilla ng'ethejoins us on the sofa now. what an incredible family you have. thank you. there were 148 people in yourfamily thank you. there were 148 people in your family photo? yes, and that is not even half of us. so you are meeting people for the first time? yes, i met lots of people for the first time. i was asking them how we we re first time. i was asking them how we were related. you made a special film, obviously about her. what have you learnt about her? she is such a phenomenal woman. i've always thought that she was quite inspiring. i learned that her memory
is amazing. she is very strong in the way she is. her strength, her mind, everything. i've learned so much from her. when she was born, we we re much from her. when she was born, we were saying that queen victoria was still on the throne. the british army was building the railway from mombasa to lake victoria. what else have you learnt about that period when she was a little girl?” have you learnt about that period when she was a little girl? i learnt that kenny was being colonised around that time. they were actually quite, they had a good relationship. the british and kenny had a good relationship at the beginning. then she told me that they started taking land and crops and that is when the friction started to happen. there was a lot of conflict around that time when she was growing up. that isa time when she was growing up. that is a lot of that in my family history, where they fought for freedom and independence. how aware issue of how different your life is
to hers? the huge changes that have happened in a lifetime. she is so aware. she always reminds me about when i was little girl. i live kenny when i was little girl. i live kenny when i was one—year—old. she remembers when we went to the airport. she said she is glad that we went abroad and we studied. she didn't have an education. she farmed and looked after her father's crops. our lives have been different. your great—grandmother was one of six wise. you asked whether or not she worked advised people to enter a polygamous marriage. let's get her answer. so she is in favour of big families.
she is. she was wife number... she was the fifth wife of six. and the man she married? he was a senior chief. he was a colonial government chief. he was a colonial government chief and later on in life he became a fighter. he is well—known in kenny are for leaving the independence. but she advises me to marry one man. —— kenya. but she advises me to marry one man. -- kenya. she must have some good advice about how to live long. she says don't put oil in your food. boil everything, dael fry it. she loves milky tea. that is very popular in kenya. also to be happy,
love people and forgive. she looks remarkable. she can hear, she can see. she is well, she can walk, she remembers everyone by name. her memory is amazing. even the production team that were with me, she remembered everyone's name. production team that were with me, she remembered everyone's namem must be an honour to be related to her and to look at her and think, that lady is my family. thank you for coming in. thank you for having me. priscilla's documentary, celebrating life at 117, is on the bbc news channel this afternoon at 4.30pm. brea kfast breakfast will be back from six o'clock tomorrow. goodbye. this is bbc news.
the headlines at 10am: north korea stages a huge military parade to mark the 105th birthday of the country's founder amid warnings over rising tensions with the us. you can actually feel the ground shake as thousands upon thousands of goose—stepping soldiers, tanks and rockets and other weaponry have marched and rumbled their way through the capital. the sun columnist, kelvin mackenzie, has been suspended over comments he made about everton footballer ross barkley. a british student who was stabbed to death on a tram injerusalem has been named as 20—year—old hannah bladon. turn right and then at the end of the road turn left. rebooting the driving test from december learners will have to show they can follow a satnav.