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million albums worldwide. well a little earlier the broadcaster, paul gambaccini, told us about his memories of the band members from steely dan, donald fagan, and of course, walter becker. they did new albums in six consecutive years. that's why they have such a great catalogue from a short period of being together. you mention some of the songs. walter was so talented that he did something that you don't even know, even though you know the piece, and that is, east st louis toodle—oo, which annie nightingale used to use as a signature song on radio 1, he is singing what sounds like a horn solo, but it's actually his vocal, treated through a synthesiser box. they were both men of music. as donald said, unfortunately, habits got the best of him at the end of the 19705, but what a great catalogue of material. six albums, some of them in the rock and roll hall of fame and the grammy hall of fame, and immortal tunes.
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and later in the light and patchy rain overnight if you had a dry day. this weather system edging further east. lots of low cloud, mist, and coastal fog to the south and west of the uk. temperatures are not falling down fast, maybe holding around 16 celsius as we start monday on a grey note. still some patchy rain and light drizzle, especially in northern england and scotland. another band working its way through northern ireland. spreading south—east across scotland. it will be quite windy in the west again. much of england and wales becoming dry and brightening up in the afternoon. the chance of a shower. temperatures creeping into the low
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20s for any areas getting prolonged sunshine. by the end of tuesday things will be turning cooler and fresh again. variable cloud on tuesday, sunny spells, and a few showers. that is your latest forecast. hello, this is bbc news — the headlines: there's been international condemnation of north korea's claim to have conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet. pyongyang says it detonated a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded onto a long—range missile. mr president, will you attack north korea 7 we'll see. donald trump has been leading his national security team in the last few minutes. any threat to the united states and its territories, including guam, or our allies, united states and its territories, including guam, or ourallies, will be met with a massive military
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response. a response that will be both effective and overwhelming. hospital bosses have warned that the nhs in england may suffer its worst winter in recent history if it does not receive an emergency bailout. now on bbc news — the travel show. this week on the show, we're on colombia's unspoilt island of providencia. but where are all the tourists? henry heads to turkey to try his hand at painting on water instead of canvas. it's going everywhere. great. is it ok? yes. plus — we're in a medieval city in belgium for our whacky race, where bathtubs rule. there is one that looks like a shed on a bathtub. it is unbelievable. and i'm having a cracking time in northern japan. that really doesn't look appetising. we start off this week on the remote
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caribbean island of providencia, with its breathtaking scenery and golden sand beaches. it's a slice of paradise you won't have to share with the package holiday crowd, because up until now, there's no major tourism development here. it's mostly untouched. but all that could be about to change as james clayton discovered. basking in the south of the caribbean sea
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lies providencia, known throughout its history as an island that's harboured pirates like captain morgan. it's a place where traditions live on. people still speak english creole here, even though it's been part of colombia for over 200 years. the island is a paradise, but there's something missing. on one of the most idyllic beaches on one of the most idyllic islands in the caribbean, why are there no tourists here? the lack of holidaymakers seems almost bizarre, but it didn't happen by accident. getting to providencia is actually really hard. for example, if you're coming from the uk, you have to get a flight from london to bogata, then get a flight to a little caribbean island called san andreas. then either get a rickety flight or a catamaran to providencia. and it's not surprising as a result that there really
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aren't many tourists here. it's just too much of a hassle. providencia's isolation is nothing new. it was established by english puritans, in part, seeking isolation to practise their religion. elkin robinson is one of providencia's biggest pop stars. he proudly traces his ancestry back to his english relatives. in the history, this island had been english always. the spanish always try to take over the island. he says there's a danger of providencia losing its identity to the neighbouring mainland. colombia is a country with a lot of different culture. everywhere you go is different. different climate, different food, different music, different people. but providencia's isolation from the mainland has also hit its economy.
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food and drink are, for example, much more expensive than on the mainland. and so colombia has committed to extending providencia's airport so it can take international flights. many of the locals are up in arms. it's not going to happen. we're not going to permit it. sophia huffington is leading protests against the expansion. she fears what happened in san andres sets the precedent. they opened the airport there in 1953 and started pulling away the territory from the people. we have an example for them not to come and make the same mistake again. 60 years after san andres got its international airport, there are now high—rise hotels, casinos and a0 times more
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tourists than providencia. crime is now a problem and the locals are in a minority. however, other people in providencia are more realistic about the benefits of visitors. manuela rents out a spare room to tourists. as soon as the government tried to open more to the tourists, people right away it's like a strike. they all get together and they say no, this is not what's going to happen here. it's not like the big tourist companies haven't tried to get into providencia. this spa hotel was built by a prospector. but it lies empty. the locals never allowed it to be opened, claiming it breached planning permission. they will lose all those roots, all that culture. they are just preserving it. in san andres the island has changed completely. the children are not even speaking the language any more. it's spanish. so providencia is afraid that the same thing will happen.
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although work has begun on the airport, locals have, for now, stopped the expansion. but providencia's conundrum is a microcosm of the challenges that communities face from globalisation across the world. opening the island up would undoubtedly boost its economy. but the overdevelopment of the island of san andres means many providencians simply don't believe it's a price worth paying. tourism is important. but i don't feel it will live from tourism. i feel like the tourism will live from us. james clayton reporting there from the untouched island of providencia. now we head to istanbul for a spot of ebru painting — a turkish art form that involves marbling or painting on water. enru has been around for centuries,
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growing in popularity under the ottomans and then spreading to europe. we sent henry golding to give it a go. we're going to make a daisy today. 0k. first we have to choose colours. which colours do you want to use? i like the blues. 0k. maybe this one. daisies are usually white with yellow. so there's a white here. you start with the base? yes. so how do you do it, what's the technique? we first mix it. and we start sprinkling. 0k. it's going everywhere. i'm not sure it's as good as yours. it's great. is it ok? yes. so the reason why the paint sticks on the top here is because the canvas that we're using is made of water and starch. it's a lot thicker than the paint.
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0k. this is almost like a chopstick. yes. we are using them to make these shapes. now we're making the daisy. first we're going to start with the leaves. so this takes a little more control that the flicking. it's like a teardrop. we're going to do this to the leaves. 0k. it is more of a blob than a flower. a little bit of colour. stick a little bit of this in the middle. that looks like an egg rather than a daisy. this is where we print it out on paper. yes. lay the paper here. you lay it down. we just wait.
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you just pull it. shall i show you? how is it? you think it's pretty good for a first time? yeah, it's great! you're really talented. do you think i'll be able to keep the turkish tradition of marbling going? yes! still to come on the travel show: we're in belgium for the annual international bathtub boat race, trying to keep the travel show‘s reputation afloat. i'm soaking wet! and my mission begins in the first part of a new series as i travel throuthapan, taking on some of its most daunting dishes. so don't go away. the travel show —
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your essential guide, wherever you're heading. now we're off to dinant in belgium. the town's an hour's drive south of the capital, brussels, and is known as the birthplace of the saxophone. but in more recent years it's become famous for its very unusual summer festival. we sentjoe along to take part in one of the world's wackiest races. the river meuse flows for nearly 1000km through france, belgium and the netherlands and has been an important trading route since medieval times. but in more recent decades, a stretch of the river here in dinant in southern belgium has become better known for its epic water fights that happen each year as part of la regate de baignoires — the bathtub regatta. alberto came up with the idea for the regatta 35 years ago. he shows me the one kilometre route where the boats will race.
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the race was intended to be a one—off. but 35 years later, it's still going. 0riginally, each competitor had their own bathtub. but now people create huge, elaborate floats. the only rule is that somewhere the design must incorporate a bathtub. people spend months secretly constructing their boats. i'm heading to meet one crew who are putting the finishing touches to the raft i'll be racing on. bonjour. hello. 0h, these are amazing! yes, thank you. nice to meet you, i'm jo. nice to meet you. emmeline. they're enormous, aren't they? yes, but it's not the biggest. come with me.
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0k. wow! ready for you. you are very prepared. is this our boat? yes. the theme of this year is famous people in dinant. emmeline has chosen to represent the town's doctors. the sign is like gray's anatomy. yes, it's my name. that's very clever. i can see a bathtub there. people sit in here? yes, me. just here! where will i go? you can go here. emmeline and herfamily have been taking part in the regatta for the past 20 years. it's all hands on deck to finish their fleet of three boats. you must have a fancy dress. 0k. here are my scrubs. very nice. trousers as well. fully kitted out in my doctor's
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scrubs, all that's left to do now is launch the bathtubs. just making it nice for the trip! iget in? and we're off! in what i think is the wrong direction! which way are we going? further down the river, we join the rest of the tubs on the start line. it's absolute chaos. there's a lot of shouting, a lot of chanting. have we started now? yes, i think. this is the race? yes. i start rowing as hard as i can. but i get the impression it's more about showcasing the bathtub designs than how quickly you can
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complete the race. there is some seriously impressive contraptions on this river. one guy over there is barbequing on his bathtub. further down the river, there's something that looks like a shed. i don't know. i'm just going to keep rowing. soon, it becomes clear that splashing the opposition is the aim of the game. you aren't allowed to try and sink other boats. but it seems that anything else goes. i'm obviously soaking wet! and the thousands of people who've come to watch aren't safe either. the town's bridge marks the end of the race. but no—one seems to be too bothered about hurrying towards it. for us, the regatta ends in the same chaotic way it started as we haphazardly paddle past the finish line. what a day!
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i'm not sure there were any winners or losers there. but it was so much fun. they've told me this is the only way to finish the race. after i've dried off from my dunking there's an anxious wait to see if we've won a prize. an award for the team's creative bathtub design. it might seem silly, but i'm actually really excited about this, because it was an intense race and i think i've earned it. to end this week, japan's food can
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be justjaw dropping and most people new to the country make a bee line for the yakatori joints or sushiers that you'll find everywhere. i've lived here in tokyo for over three years now and i love japanese food. but there's still some ifind quite intimidating. so with a little help from my translator, yoko, i'm taking my tastebuds on a trip through this country to try and understand what i'm missing out on. hokkaido is japan's northern island. it's wild and craggy. in the winter, it's a snowy wonderland. after the thaw, the islanders
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are left with alpine meadows and crystal clear seas. so we're in the port city of 0taru. i'm told this is one of the best places in all of japan to find the best uni. uni is japanese sea urchin, or to be more exact, its reproductive glands. it's a fairly pricey delicacy, which you normally eat with soy sauce on top of a bed of rice. carmen... uni — you found it. yes. so this is quite a big pack of uni. how expensive is this? 11,500 yen. wow! that's just less than $45, around 30 quid. expensive. why is it so expensive? because the fishermen can only fish for it at certain times. so this is the best uni injapan, is that correct?
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collecting them is hit—and—miss. the sea has to be perfectly still for the fishermen here to head out onto the water. either they all go or none do. luckily, i'm here at exactly the right time of year. do you like uni? ilove uni. it's expensive. i cannot eat every day. we can reallyjust try uni out here? you don't have to cook it or anything? sterilise it? no. open it. put it in your mouth. this man has been fishing here for years. if anyone's ever earned the title mr uni, it's him. what's that black container do?
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it's a goggle. to look under the sea. wow! i love this, it's so amazing. japan is such a hi—tech country and the way he's finding the uni is by using some massive goggle and a net! amazing. wow, that's a lot! it looks really spiky. that really doesn't look appetising. so you scoop it out like this. eurgh, it looks like a soggy dish sponge. here we go.
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it smells horrible! 0k. bleugh! a bit like an oyster, really salty, but the consitency of eurgh! hokkaido is also famous for its dairy. they say about half of alljapan‘s dairy cow population live out their days up here. so another thing people eat when they come here to hokkaido is ice—cream. this is a seven—tower rainbow ice—cream. check it out. oh my goodness, it's grape, strawberry, green tea, melon, chocolate, milk and lavender. i can't wait. this is your ice—cream. right, let me guess,
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this is uni ice—cream, right? well, i love ice—cream. so maybe this is one way i might actually enjoy uni. it's not so bad. it does taste a little salty and a little bit seafoody. but i think this is the best way to enjoy uni, really. for me, anyway. uni may not necessarily be for me, but it's a genuine passion for some of the people who live here. and if you're looking for a proper, authentic taste of northern japan, this is most definitely it. you're sure i can't have that one back? i want to keep this, so no! i got it back. well, that's all we have time for this week. coming up next week:
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ade travels through sweden to find out about stockholm's plans to become the most futuristic city in the world. and this microchip implant sits right here under my skin. i would never know it was there. he also heads to the far north of the country to experience a chilly night on a block of ice. it's so cold! it's cold, man! don't forget, you can join in our adventures on the road by following us on social media. in the meantime, from me and this melting ice—cream on the japanese island of hokkaido, it's goodbye. just the lucky few across eastern
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pa rt just the lucky few across eastern part of the uk who have seen sunshine today. hazier compared with yesterday. for many it has been a cloudy story, for some a wet story, very wet across parts of wales and south—west england as the day began. this weather system has shunted the rain eased and will continue to do so rain eased and will continue to do so overnight. that rain will be increasingly light, patchy, and drizzly. plenty of low cloud and mist over coastal areas. temperatures not going down too far. 0n temperatures not going down too far. on monday morning, plenty of cloud, still some of that coast on the hill fog around. a misty and murky story. sunshine will be hard to come by. there will be areas of light rain or drizzle from the cloud. 0ur old weather front is still active in northern parts of england and scotland. another system is coming m, scotland. another system is coming in, ed joyce dartford northern ireland, but rain will be spreading to the east in the morning and it spread south eastwards for scotland.
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—— heavy rain will go over northern ireland. lighter winds than we had during the course of the day for shetland. things will brighten up for england and wales during the day. the chance of the odd shower. given any prolonged sunshine, you could see temperatures as high as 2a celsius. most of us will fall short of that. but it is quite humid. monday evening, monday night, this weather system moves away, but it peps up weather system moves away, but it peps up against a part of wales and northern england. 0n peps up against a part of wales and northern england. on tuesday it suites south—eastwards. behind this front cooler and fresher air moving in. this band of rain pushing south—east over england on tuesday morning. following behind, some showers, bright, breezy, a sunnier picture, a cooler and fresher picture, a cooler and fresher picture with temperatures down to the mid to upper teens. not cold,
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but cooler and fresher. variable cloud, sunny spells, pleasant in the sunshine, cool overnight, the chance ofa sunshine, cool overnight, the chance of a few showers, particularly in the north and west. quite a humid start, cooler and fresher by the end of tuesday, and potentially quite wet and windy by friday. this is bbc world news today. i'm geeta guru—murthy. our top stories... north korea hails a successful test of a hydrogen bomb, which it claims can be loaded on an intercontinental ballistic missile. it's provoked international condemnation. mr president will you attack north korea ? we'll see. president trump considers his response and threatens to cut trade to any country doing business with pyongyang. his defence secretary talks tough. we are not looking to the total
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annihilation of a country, namely north korea. but as i said, we have many options to do so. a rapturous welcome for angela merkel as the german chancellor arrives for a tv showdown with her main electoral rival. how did she do?
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