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chris. good afternoon. good afternoon. another cool and showery day. the showers have moved it gci’oss day. the showers have moved it across eastern england in particular, becoming quite widespread. showers breaking out gci’oss widespread. showers breaking out across the south—east in the second half of the afternoon. away from central and eastern england, a bit more sunshine than yesterday. feeling a little bit less cool. overnight, showers around the north sea but during the second half of the night, probably getting low cloud and mist and fog patches forming. a cold night in the countryside particularly the north—west. it will be another cold start to the day on monday. monday sees further showers moving into central and eastern england. probably more general rave in the far north—east of scotland, limiting the temperature rise. the best of the temperature rise. the best of the dry weather in the west of the uk. hello.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: police investigating the london tube bombing have arrested a second man. he's 21 and was detained in west london last night. the home secretary, amber rudd, has accused borisjohnson of being a "backseat driver" following his newspaper piece setting out his views on brexit. i don't want him managing the brexit process. what we've got is theresa may managing that process. she's driving the car. and as far as i'm concerned, and the rest of the cabinet are concerned, we help her do that. the un secretary general says myanmar‘s leader, aung san suu kyi, has a "last chance" to end the military offensive that's forced 400,000 rohingya muslims to flee to neighbouring bangladesh. and gennady golovkin‘s world middleweight title fight with saul alvarez ends in a controversial draw. you are up to date.
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vicki will be here at two. thank you for your company. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. coming up this week, scotland's most beautiful roads. it's some of the most amazing landscapes and seascapes you'll see. it's around the world in 500 miles. where to spend your christmas holidays and how about a cup of fish entrails? laughs very strong! it's really chewy. really very, very strong. the city of inverness on scotland's north—east coast is the unofficial capital of the highlands. it's been a popular tourist destination since the arrival of the railways in the mid—19th century and, despite its rather changeable weather, the city remains
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the gateway to exploring the country's mountainous north. the usual tourist trail begins here in inverness and visitors tick off the big attractions in the region, heading to loch ness, glencoe and even as far as the isle of skye, but now there's a different way to explore the highlands. the north coast 500, or nc 500 for short, is a driving route, promoted as scotland's answer to route 66. the 516 mile route begins in inverness and traces a route around the north coast through some of the wildest country in the uk. from dramatic mountains, to lochs, high passes and white sand beaches. it's some of the most amazing landscapes and seascapes that you'll see. in fact, some people say it's around
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the world in 500 miles. tom campbell was the creator of the nc 500. he envisaged it as a means of bringing visitors out the parts of the highlands previously undiscovered by tourists and to bring economic benefits to struggling communities. one of the real drivers of this was to try to make the highlands and north highlands more sustainable and so create opportunities for investment. and businesses were closing and leaving. now they're staying and expanding. and it has been a success. since the nc 500 launched in 2015, locations along the route have reported a 26% increase in visitor numbers, as keen drivers arrive from across the uk, europe and the world. while i don't have the recommended five to seven days required to see
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the entire north coast 500, i can't resist hitting the road and seeing part of it for myself. outside inverness, the landscape quickly becomes more rugged, with craggy mountains on the horizon and valleys covered in heather and gorse. there are some great stretches of road and increasingly drivers are taking to these twists and turns with rather more sophisticated wheels than i have at the moment. hello. you must be rob and that must be your gorgeous car! indeed! when the north coast 500 launched, local farmer rob saw an opportunity and now hires out his prized sports car to tourists who want to hit the highlands in a high—performance soft top. so how did you go from farming to renting out sports cars? i mean, this seems a big transition. i'm a bit of a petrol head and i've
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always enjoyed driving and i always wanted to buy a small two seater sports car, so i decided to buy a porsche boxster, which is more modern, more of a driver's car, and hire it out when i'm not using it. that's how it came about. driving a convertible, you can see the scenery much better and the sights and sounds and smells of the countryside. it's just a really unique driving experience. so exciting! very nice. see you later! i'm going 60, which is the speed limit along here. but you can tell this baby's got a lot more in the tank.
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the route takes in sections of standard highway, as well as more secluded roads, and there are plenty of opportunities for diversions. and you don'tjust have to stick to the main route, you can take a ten minute detour, like i have, up to a beautiful viewpoint and the best part is there's no one here. small businesses like rob's sports car hire have sprung up along the route, but there's also been an uptake for long established ventures, such as the shieldaig lodge hotel in the western coastal village of gairloch. since the nc 500 we've gone on to full all the time.
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from the beginning of april we're full right up through to september. for locals like lisa, this has meant a whole new range of people discovering their small part of the highlands. they don't realise what a gem we've got up here and then when they drive the route and see the hidden pockets, they're absolutely delighted. a lot of them will stay. if we didn't have the tourism, people wouldn't stay. people would leave. young families go away, people wouldn't retire up here, it would just become a very quiet and i suppose lonely old place and we need the tourism. and two hours‘ drive away is one of the most difficult sections of the nc 500. the bealach na ba pass, or ‘pass of the cattle‘, an historic drover‘s road, that‘s now a single paved track that winds up and over
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the applecross mountains. it‘s notorious for its steep gradients and sharp hairpin bends and i‘ve chosen a particularly hairy time to attempt it. it‘s very atmospheric looking out. very misty. i know there‘s a big mountain there but i can barely see it. in recent years, this road has become increasingly busy, with buses and motorhomes often clogging the narrow passes. this is one of the more dangerous stretches of the nc 500. very twisty and turny. woo! and there‘s every chance you can meet an oncoming camper van coming the other way, because it‘s single lane. to add to the excitement i‘ve got scottish weather and rain
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hitting us right now, so it‘s a bit tricky to see out the windscreen. this increased traffic has caused serious concerns for residents of applecross, the small seaside village at the end of the pass. applecross is known as a sanctuary, oi’ was known as a sanctuary. i think there are a few people calling it other words now... this village now receives a barrage of visitors, putting pressure on its limited infrastructure. the conditions of the roads have deteriorated tremendously. the camping facilities, the accommodation facilities, the restaurant facilities are all very much under an awful lot of pressure. i could employ ten more people basically, here at the inn, with the new business that‘s come long. but is that a good thing? as you say, if business is good, that‘s a good thing? no, i did like my little pub as it was.
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we‘re a bit of a feeding factory now, we just constantly need to man the door. the local boys would like to get a corner of the bar occasionally to have a beer. but despite some discomfort among applecross locals at the swollen visitor numbers, there is a recognition that the changes brought by the nc 500 route are likely to stay. you can have 300 people in the motel and it‘s beautiful and that always will be, it doesn‘t matter how many people come here. yeah! still to come on the travel show: from amsterdam to vietnam, our travel guru fields your questions.
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and carmen‘s trip takes on a fishy flavour during her mission to tackle some of japan‘s most daunting dishes. mmm... very crunchy and very, very fishy. kampai. the travel show, your essential guide, wherever you‘re heading. welcome to the slice of the show that tackles your questions about getting the best out of travel. coming up, advice on a christmas escape, and why banks in argentina are coming back into fashion. first, at the end of a summer which has seen long passport queues across europe,
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i can bring you details of what awaits visitors from outside the eu who don‘t currently need visas. the electronic travel information and authorisation system, or etias for short, will require prospective visitors to fill in an online form, similar to the us scheme, and pay 5 euros to apply. there‘s no date yet for implementation, but the eu has promised there will be an initial six—month spell when the etias will be optional. of course we‘ll keep you posted on the travel show. here is a question e—mailed to the travel show... for christmas 2017, i have one recommendation — luxor, in egypt.
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as luck would have it the only scheduled flight of the week takes off on december 25th. you leave the midwinter gloom of northern europe behind and touch down in a warm, welcoming city halfway between london and the equator. walking is the ideal way to explore the ruins of karnak on the edge of luxor, then take a ferry across the nile to the valley of the kings. you can easily combine luxor with the egyptian capital, cairo, thanks to the overnight train, or frequent planes between them. just check the latest travel advice before you go. alison is off to vietnam in november, but... first, top marks for choosing to travel to vietnam in november, when the humid summer is over, leaving cool days in the north and warm sunshine in the south. the vast majority of vietnamese
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traders are honest and friendly and it‘s an excellent place to sharpen your bargaining skills. ask other tourists, particularly backpackers who‘ve been in vietnam for a while, for guidance on appropriate price levels. and while you‘re negotiating, keep smiling. it‘s important that both parties make it a fun and engaging experience. and if you‘re happy with the agreed price, pay with a smile and don‘t give the purchase a second thought. finally, george wants to know: argentina is a wonderful country to visit. from patagonia to buenos aires, and the spectacular iguazu falls. last time, the best way to get money for your trip was on the blackmarket. but, now that constraints on the official rate have eased, there is longer any advantage to changing on the streets. so these days i recommend taking a credit card or two, and some us dollars.
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though you shouldn‘t need too many, because argentina remains outstanding value. whether you‘re contemplating a trip to the nation next door, or the end of the earth, i‘m here to help. so e—mail your question, and i will do my very best to find you an answer. from me, simon calder, the global guru, bye for now and see you next time. japan‘s food can bejust jaw—dropping, and most people new to the country make a beeline for the yakitori joints or sushi stands you‘ll find everywhere. i have been in tokyo for three years now, and i love japanese food. but there is still some ifind quite intimidating. so, with a little help from my translator, i‘m taking my tastebuds on a trip through this country, to try and understand what i‘m missing out on. wow, look at this octopus.
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this is tokyo‘s tsukiji market, the world‘s biggest fish market. the early—morning tuna options are the biggest attraction, butjust the sheer range of creatures here is fascinating. that is a lot of blood and guts. it won‘t be around forever, though. it is likely to be relocated next year to a site outside central tokyo. this is all so fresh. i think i need something with a kick. the outer market is where you can try some of the more exotic flavours. so this is shiokara.
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there are lots of different types, but this is squid. now, i‘ve been told that this one — you can see there are some dark bits in it, which is basically the whole squid. there is the skin, there is everything. shiokara is fish fermented with its own entrails in a salty liquid, usually made from wheat, miso and oil. it is usually served as an appetiser, in small portions, with some alcohol. very strong! it is really chewy, really very, very strong. i don‘t want to offend her, but...
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0h, 0k. i need a drink. now, i don‘t mind squid. it‘s just the fermentation and the entrails i have problems with. so, to convince me i‘m wrong, she takes me to a class run by one japan‘s most famous fermenters. so why do the japanese like shiokara so much? so i‘ve got hold of the head and the tentacles very firmly.
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and i‘m meant to pull, and intestines are meant to come out. it is so slimy. is this right? ugh, look at this. stuff oozing out. he said this will be good. we eat this bit? so this is soya bean, wheat... what else? salt and water. put some into this bowl, because it will smell really bad. but suddenly i stumble across something that might
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just make a difference. maybe it goes better with beer, if it‘s fishy. sake! so it seems shiokara makes most sense when eaten with sake. i wonder whether that might just make the difference. this shiokara specialist, with a vast menu, is just around the corner akihabara, from tokyo‘s famous electric town. they have 60 different types here, from squid through to cherry shrimp, octopus, and shark. i‘ve arranged to meet a sake somelier, who runs tasting tours around the city. let‘s try a shark bone. maybe the texture should be interesting, i think. ok, here goes.
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the colour looks pretty, i‘ll give it that. very crunchy. very, very, very fishy. mmm. that‘s good. so, in general, i think the dry sake should go well with any kinds of shiokara. if shiokara has a strong taste, or strong umami, maybe it should go well with a sake with a complex taste. that definitely compliments. that‘s where i was going wrong. i didn‘t have a sake. well, that‘s all we‘ve got time
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for on this week‘s show. but coming up next week: we pay a flying visit to the greek islands, and visit the first of them to run a tourist industry on the wind and sun alone. the tourist industry here on tilos is pretty sustainable anyway, but they are setting a good example. so dojoin us then if you can. and you can catch up with us on the road in real—time by signing up to our social media feeds. details are on the screen now. but from me, christa larwood, and from the rest of the travel show team, it‘s goodbye. it is an afternoon of sunshine and showers, we have had some clouid
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bubbling up. heavy showers at harrogate. this was the downpour, italy in the day. really pretty heavy. the showers becoming more widespread across eastern england, spreading across the midlands, in the afternoon. some of the showers, heavy and thundery. reasonably widespread. 15—18. and dry weather across the north—west. probably the sunshine. tonight, a few more showers from the north sea and then as the temperatures are falling, probably some mist and fog patches across east and central england. clear skies, north west. across east and central england. clearskies, north west. in across east and central england. clear skies, north west. in the countryside it is really going to get pretty cold. temperatures close to freezing. looking at the weather for the week ahead, we‘re going to
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keep his cool conditions for another day or two. it is going to become warmer, especially overnight but then some outbreaks of rain. on monday, another day of sunshine and showers. the showers most likely across central and eastern england. north—east scotland, and with these cloudy skies, cool. 12. but otherwise, the temperatures are similar. 15—18. western areas, fine and dry. after a cool start, most of us are and dry. after a cool start, most of us are going to have a dry day on tuesday. the south westerly winds pick up. and on tuesday night, some mild atlantic air. even at the countryside, it is not going to be even as cold. wednesday also brings some wet and windy weather. the slow—moving weather front, the
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some wet and windy weather. the slow—moving weatherfront, the rain really coming to waste on areas. these south westerly winds, where the cloud breaks, mild air. and across eastern counties of england, temperatures could return to 20. the weather is going to get a little bit milder as we head to the middle part of next week. this is bbc news. the headlines at 2:00pm. police investigating the london tube bombing have arrested a second man. he‘s 21 and was detained in west london last night. officers are still searching a property in sunbury—on—thames in surrey, after the arrest an 18—year—old man yesterday the home secretary has accused boris johnson of being a "backseat driver", following his newspaper piece setting out his views on brexit. i don‘t want him managing the brexit process. what we have got is theresa may
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managing that process. she is driving the car. i will make sure that as far as i am concerned and the rest of the cabinet, we help her do that. the un secretary—general says myanmar‘s leader, aung san suu kyi,
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