tv The Travel Show BBC News February 23, 2018 3:30am-3:59am GMT
on a humanitarian ceasefire for syria. it said a draft resolution put forward by sweden and kuwait needed amendments, but western diplomats have said it's a delaying tactic to allow the syrian government to continue its offensive. it's emerged that an armed guard was at the florida school where 17 people were shot dead last week, but did not confront the gunman. the admission comes as president trump expressed support for arming teachers to provide protection — a suggestion that's been criticised by the teachers‘ union. new charges have been filed against the former head of donald trump's election campaign, paul manafort, and his business partner rick gates. the 32 charges relate to the alleged filing of false tax returns and money laundering. manafort‘s spokesman said his client maintained his innocence. now on bbc news, the travel show. this week on the travel show...
seeing africa by train. we witnessed seven lions that were chasing a zebra. it was like a movie! and this was real. the history of selfies, lol. selfies have a very interesting history that goes back 40,000 years. distorted singing. and rocking the mic underwater in denmark. making music! woo—hoo! we're starting this week in africa on a train line that passes
through some of the continent's wildest landscape. the freedom railway cuts through more than 18,000 kilometres of dense jungle, mountains and savannah as it winds its way from dar es salaam in tanzania to zambia's central province. --1,800km. but more than a0 years after it opened, it's now beginning to show its age and is overdue for a major upgrade. we bought a ticket and went to find out what makes the journey so unique. and if you're tempted by a rail journey through africa, here's our pick of some of the highlights. the continent's first ever high—speed train line is due to open this summer in morocco. it'll more than halve the time it takes to travel from the port of tangier to casablanca, where you can pick up slower connections onto fez or marrakesh.
another key upgrade recently has been the stretch from mombasa to nairobi, in kenya. that route used to be known as the lunatic express because its construction in the late 19th century was so dangerous. thousands of labourers died working on it, many from malaria, some from being attacked by lions. the 12—hour journey has now been reduced to 4.5, but at those speeds, you might find that any visible big game whizzes by at a pace that makes it slightly trickier to spot. one of the most luxurious and most expensive rides africa has to offer is south africa's blue train. it takes 27 hours to travel the nearly 1,000 miles from pretoria to cape town and will set you back around £900, or about $1200 us, however, you are paying notjust for dramatic views of the landscapes but also for high—end 5—star service onboard.
and in egypt, the line from cairo to aswan tracks the course of the nile and offers excellent views of plantations and villages on the way. if you try and book at the ticket office, they'll put you on the sleeper service and you will miss all the views. however, there is nothing to stop you booking online orjust turning up and getting your ticket on the train. do check the latest travel advice before you go. still to come on the travel show... we take our best pout along to the museum of selfies. 0oh! and why i'm getting a good dunking in the name of music. amazing. you're doing good. it's lovely and warm! when you're singing into the water, you have to have water down to your throat and if you open
up, you get the water in your lungs. so do stay with us. the travel show, your essential guide wherever you're heading. ok, it's time for trend in travel — your monthly mash—up of the very best travel—related stories, pics and clips online. apparently over1 million selfies are posted to social media every day so it was probably inevitable that someone would open up a museum of selfies. it opens in la for a month—long engagement, starting in april. it's more than just a gallery of art — it's an interactive installation that allows people to create selfies of their own. selfies have a very interesting history that goes back 40,000 years.
the human form is a very old thing that we've depicted since we were able to start drawing on cave walls. it's changed because technology and the techniques have become more advanced. this year, south africa celebrates 100 years since the birth of nelson mandela with a packed calendar of concerts, celebrations and a new app. madiba's journey guides visitors around many of the sites that shaped the great man's life, including robben island, when he was imprisoned for 18 long, gruelling years. the listings are decked out with images, histories and even audio guides. it's available for both i0s and android. now i'll meet a travel photographer with a difference. jacqui kenny uses google street view to explore the world, posting her screen grabs under the name ‘the agoraphobic traveller'. she suffers from a fear of open spaces, leaving her largely confined to her house, but her work is spreading across the globe, with an exhibition in
new york and nearly 100,000 instagram followers. for a limited time, she's selling her prints and donating a portion of the profits to the brain and behaviour research foundation. and we caught up with blind backpacker tony giles, fresh from his trip to israel and palestine, for a facebook live interview. tony has visited over 120 countries, despite losing his sight as a child. what has been the most unforgettable place that you have visited? what's been the most amazing place? new zealand is the most amazing country. i have been twice and the first time, i spent three months drunk on a bus, travelling around and bungeejumping. i love the people and the nature — i can smell it all and i can sense it all walking up and down a mountain. thank you to everyone who sent us your pictures from their travels, using our hashtag. here is what caught my eye. mario took this stunning sunset shot
of the church of assumption at lake bled in slovenia, while roger captured another sunset view overlooking sydney harbour. don't forget to share your travel pictures with us on our twitter feed. ok, here are the travel videos we have been viewing this month. 70 years ago this month, sri lanka declared independence from great britain so we have selected a couple of films that show the country at its best that you can also check out online. and if you see anything you think we should know about,
please do get in touch. you can find us on twitter using @bbctravelshow. and finally this week, i travel to aalborg in denmark. this is a country almost completely surrounded by water — no matter where you are, you are never more than 50 kilometres from the coast. so it should come as no surprise that it was here that a local artist was inspired to combine music and water in a way that you have never heard before. this is the group between music, their latest show is the first in a four part series called aquasonic, which explores who we are as human beings and it begins with our time in the womb.
we are so often divided between you and me, them and us, different religions and different cultures, but this is something we all know something about. we have our first nine months covered by this water filter, so i think somehow the audience, i think they are on at least an unconscious level will have a flashback to hearing those sounds. so as performers, how does it feel when you are underwater performing to an audience? it gets really, somehow a sense of loneliness to it. there is not only a visual loneliness to see these humans in the tanks, but also the sound has a kind of loneliness to it, i think that is quite a nice idea.
so, here goes. 0ne deep breath and well, actually this is quite nice. you are doing good! it is lovely and warm. yeah. this is great. so if you take this microphone that is hanging and then you hit this bell plate, you see the one? yes, this one here? yes. then you take the microphone and put it towards it. do you hear that effect? then you can sort of play with it. playing music in water has two sides. on one side it is terrifying because also when you are singing into the water you have to have water down your throat and if you open up you get the water in your lungs.
so that's quite terrifying. so how on earth do you get musical insurance to play underwater? well it took us 10—11 years to make this and how come it took so long? because 0k, it is something that you need to really research and when you see what other people have done and trying other instruments. most instruments didn't sound really good, but we saw somehow a potential in this. but we also realised we had to build instruments to work in the water, so we found collaborators around the world to help us build instruments for this project. from his studio in bath in england, matt nolan works with artists all over the world to create custom—made instruments. i guess somehow i seem to become the guy people go
to when they need something unusual. spooky. i was approached by, i think it was one of the new production guys for aquasonic, they needed some bespoke underwater percussion. i tried a lot of things in a small tank of water here and was astonished by how many things just literallyjust go clunk and don't do anything else. all of the high frequencies, that shimmer like a cymbal alljust disappears. with various experiments, trying this and that, we narrowed down on those instruments that were heavy and massive and could sustain and contain a certain amount of sonic energy and radiate out in time so the water doesn't kill it too quickly. well it is always good to find something that is not working and figure out how to make it work. back in denmark i am beginning to think i am a bit of a natural.
maybe you should just pull the darbuka to the front window and if you hit it with a hammer you can close the sound with your hand. another thing, if you take — there is a small stick on the top of the — yeah, exactly. and you can use that for the ring over there, with the holes in it. that's so cool! you're making music! it is amazing, you have these hammers — when you hit, it resonates and you can feel it in your body. it is a totally different experience than hanging a bell with a hammer. and when you have been out of order for a couple of weeks or months
em; au x39 sitting across siberia in our direction on this strong easterly wind. so, through monday and tuesday, temperatures will struggle. the temperatures i show you here are the daytime highs — the absolute highs. temperatures for a good part will be lower than that and notice even by day somewhere like norwich will struggle to get above freezing. as we continue to tap into that colder air, there certainly is the chance for some snow in places through next week, very tough to predict exactly where at this stage —
stay tuned to the forecast. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: no progress on a ceasefire for syria, and the attacks in eastern ghouta continue. america's gun lobby hits back, accusing its critics of exploiting the florida school shooting for political gain. australia's deputy prime minister is to resign after admitting an affair and denying allegations of sexual harassment. and arrests in argentina after nearly 400 kilos of cocaine is found inside the russian embassy.