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bursts of rain, the odd rumble heavy bursts of rain, the odd rumble of thunder. across england and wales, sunny spells and western counties, is scattering of showers, right across northern ireland, the north—west of scotland is just missing that rain. still, gusty winds through the afternoon, perhaps gusting at 15 mph. highs of around 23 celsius. as that rain clears towards the north—east, some clear spells for a time, still a fairly breezy south—westerly wind, then into the early hours a few showery outbreaks of rain to look out for. temperatures overnight fairly warm in the south, not much lower than 18 for parts of london, cooler in the north, 9—13dc. this is how it is looking into the working week, still ina looking into the working week, still in a showery flow of air, some weather fronts, so for south—east england some showery rain to begin with, but brightening up. some showers across wales, the midlands, parts of yorkshire as well. but sunny spells without too, and a few
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showers for parts of northern ireland and western scotland, some heavy, possibly the odd rumble of thunder. temperatures warmer than today, highs of 25 celsius. tuesday sta rts today, highs of 25 celsius. tuesday starts fine and dry for many, patchy cloud, showers moving into the west, turning cloudierfor cloud, showers moving into the west, turning cloudier for northern ireland and parts of scotland, outbreaks of rain moving into the west of scotland as well. temperatures barely similar to what we are looking at tomorrow, height to mid—teens, but as we move through to mid—teens, but as we move through to the end of the week, high pressure building, this weather front will bring some outbreaks of showery rain to the north—west, so a fresh start of the week, some showers further north and west, but gradually warming up, temperatures reaching 30 degrees celsius in the south—east within the week. hello, this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines: emergencies have been declared in northern california, as wildfires continue their rampage through the state, killing five people, destroying hundreds of homes and causing 40,000 people to flee. 0nline trolls who intimidate
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election candidates or campaigners with could be barred from public office. the government's considering the move after a parliamentary report found social media abuse was rife in last year's general election. a powerful earthquake has killed at least fourteen people on the central indonesian island of lombok and officials say over a hundred people have been injured. qatar denies accusations of running a secret campaign to undermine rival countries during the bidding process which led to it being awarded the world cup in 2022. now on bbc news, it's the travel show. hello, and welcome to the travel show. coming up this week: rajan follows in the footsteps of lawrence of arabia injordan. we swap water for wine and get
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a soaking at a festival in spain. and our global guru has some tips on where to find the best september sun around the world. this week, we're injordan, which is marking the centenary of the culmination of the great arab revolt, when much of the middle east rose up against the ottoman empire. it was also the inspiration for the classic 19605 film, lawrence of arabia. so we sent rajan there 100 years on. head south from the capital amman towards the saudi arabian border, and you find yourself in another world. wadi rum. a natural wonder, a geological phenomenon. a valley that is just basically huge swathes of red sand surrounded by mountains and ridges
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of really strange shapes made of sandstone and granite. astonishing. so otherworldly is wadi rum that it's actually been used by hollywood as a stand—in for mars. it's now also the scene of a thriving tourism economy run by local bedouins. wadi means "valley" or "channel," and it's hard to believe this was actually a seabed many hundreds of thousands of years ago. today it pulls in an eclectic mix of backpackers, tour groups and hardcore climbers. but i'm not here for the climbing — thank god, it's boiling — but to witness a little bit of history being re—created. it's all to do with the great arab revolt of the early 20th century when this region was ruled by the ottoman empire, and the famous british adventurer and army officer te lawrence joined the guerrilla attacks with the arabs. archive: the armed revolt was led by faisal,
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the sharif‘s son, and co—ordinated by lawrence of arabia, who through folklore has since been depicted as an altruistic swashbuckling hero — mistakenly so, according to this expert. he used the arabs for his ambitions. this is the big deception by the british to the arabs. because when the arabs have a kind of treaty with the british, to give the arabs a kind of independence in all of this area, and to support the arabs in the economy and social aspects. the allies were to row back on this promise, but the attacks on the ottoman
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supply lines on the hejaz railway route, which ran north to south through what is nowjordan, proved to be highly effective. this is a reconstruction of one of the original trains on the hejaz railway, and it used to carry pilgrims and supplies to the ottoman troops. i'm going to take a trip now through the stunning landscape. it's baking hot out there. i hope it's cooler inside. check this out. every little boy's dream! blows whistle this is a glorious feeling.
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huge, vast arid desert around me, big granite mountains on either side. just how you'd imagine it. my god! horses! go low. whoa! that's a bomb, i think you'll find. that's a bomb. 0h! what the hell! that is loud.
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so, what i'm guessing is that this train is being hijacked and that a bomb has been exploded on the line and we can't move. we've been well and truly hijacked. i tell you what, for a reenactment, it's pretty realistic. i'm actually scared. even though i know they're blanks. yeah, i'm coming. what the hell? hey! hey, look, my parents were indian! my parents were indian! i'm on the same side as you. yep, hands are up. i get it, i get it. yeah, yeah, yeah!
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you can'tjust leave me here! i'm being abducted! 0k, 0k. hands are up, hands are up! please don't shoot us! it's scary! the constant attacks on the 0ttoman‘s railway supply lines worked. the war ended, and several new nations, syria, iraq, lebanon and jordan were formed. the origins of the middle east that we know today can be traced back to these attacks on the hejaz railway and the subsequent carving
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up of the region by the brits and french. i've got to say, that was a pretty memorable experience, and if they talk today about how tourism should be immersive and experiential, well, that is doing it in spades. the project started by recruiting local community teams, and we provided the horses. so now we're achieving one of our main objectives, which is to create opportunities for the local communities. for the bedouins, they feel honoured actually. they're carrying the heritage down from their fathers and grandfathers. most of them are descended from the actual fighters that fought in the arab revolt. wow, wow. war veterans who were experts in horsemanship were hired
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to train the actors. it was really tough actually. the logistics are really tough. we we re the logistics are really tough. we were supported by the roadways. so were supported by the roadways. so we managed it. i notice you don't have anybody playing lawrence of arabia. there is no te lawrence driving them. yeah, we couldn't find the blonde guy! well, maybe that's appropriate anyway, because in more ways than one then, thejordanians have reclaimed ownership of their proud arab revolt. well, do stick with us on the travel show, because coming up: 0ur global guru simon's here with tips on the quickest and cheapest ways to board
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your boat in new york. and we head to spain for a wine festival where everybody goes home soaking wet. the travel show, your essential guide wherever you're heading. welcome to the slice of the show where i try to help you make the most out of travel. coming up: getting from plane to boat by train in new york. and the best escape for september sunshine. first, though, i'm here in the netherlands, where there's great celebration about the final completion in amsterdam of the north—south metroline. i've been watching the construction
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of this troubled project for over 15 years, and it's finally connecting the communities on the north side of the 1] river with the rest of the city, and opening up some of the fascinating southern neighbourhoods of amsterdam. next, bernadette harper and her adult daughter are seeking some september sunshine. they stipulate: bernadette, in september you don't need to fly more than three or four hours from the uk. the islands of the southern mediterranean are at their very best at that time of year, and the sea is at its warmest. cyprus and malta both have lots to offer, but my favourite island is crete, and in particular, the resorts of elounda the east and chania in the west. they both have a lovely waterside
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settings and are laced with history. carol brown is off to new york, but she's not staying there any length of time because she is going to the cape liberty cruise terminal to board a ship. cape liberty cruise terminal is tucked away in an industrial area in a corner of newjersey, handy for newark airport but not forjfk. the only way to get there from jfk is an on—demand car service such as uber or lyft, or a taxi, and both of those will cost well over $100. so instead i suggest you catch the scheduled bus to grand central terminal in manhattan. choose one of the many hotels around there. next morning, you will inevitably
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wake early because ofjet lag and you can watch the city come to life. then, catch the path train to hoboken and transfer to the hudson—bergen light rail and go to 34th street, where finally you will have to pick up a taxi for the last couple of miles. that whole journey from manhattan will cost around $15, and you will be able to amaze your fellow cruisers with your intrepid adventure. finally, geraldine smee has a question about that moment when the hotel receptionist or the waiter hands you the credit card device and says, which currency would you like to pay with? always choose the local currency. the opportunity to pay in your own currency is known as dynamic currency conversion and is presented as a great service to the customer, allowing
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you to know to the last pennyjust how much that mealjust cost, but it is a moneymaking exercise with a dismal rate of exchange. if you choose local currency, although you will not know exactly the rate at which your bank is going to exchange those euros for pounds, it is guaranteed to be better than the rate the waiter is offering. if you want some advice, e—mail me and i will do my very best to find an answer. bye for now and see you next time. thanks, simon. well, to end this week, la rioja in spain is well known for producing some of the country's finest wines. there is one town where they celebrate their devotion in a special way. this one got messy.
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it is thought wine has been grown here for more than 3000 years. there are over 500 wineries. making and enjoying wine is a way of life. it is also my favourite part of the country. and i was born here. today is a very special day, it is la batalla del vino, the battle of wine. people have been waiting the whole year to celebrate this. i haven't been here since i was a kid, but i can guarantee you this is going to be very special. the annual battle is part of the week—long haro wine festival. it is steeped in religious tradition. the celebrations take place every year on st peter's day to honour him. back in the 17th century,
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a wine fight erupted during the st peter's celebrations, and ever since, locals and tourists alike have been recreating it. senor! this is my uncle, a loyal soldier of the wine battle. how much wine are you putting in it? 15 litres, more or less. we have three or four boxes like this. 60 litres, i like that, that sounds like... yes. now i am ready for the battle. white, red, and an important detail — glasses, so as to avoid the wine getting into my eyes. let's go. i love this one actually.
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i cannot wait. although this is great fun, there is a serious side to it. it is all about paying homage. every summer, thousands of winemakers, locals and a growing number of tourists arrive to not only honour st peter, but to give thanks to the grape and his contributions to the town's culture. the festival begins with a pilgrimage to the church. you are supposed to respect the tradition and not start the battle until you go to church. you can see that is not happening. my friends, this is the problem.
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you are coming back, they recognise you and... trying to get up there is going to be a battle in itself. what does this festival mean to you? this festival is tradition, and for people from haro, tradition is very, very important. we have been celebrating this festival for 150 years, and it is great. so what do you think wine means to people in haro? wine is everything for us.
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it is our way of living. we have instead of blood, we have wine. it is our landscape, it is our world, it is everything. as the spontaneous battles continue, ijoined the pilgrimage to the local san felipe church. so early in the battle, but yeah. you know one thing that i really love, the smell of wine in your clothes is fantastic. it's great to be back. singing
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now, the battle has begun. we are getting into the thick of it. i am going to engage in battle with somebody. drumming music somebody tell me when it's finished. although i'm a local boy, tourists are very welcome. but do come prepared, old clothes
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and eye protection are essential. and of course, you will need your weapon of choice. so, the battle is over. i think i lost it miserably, but i loved it because i had a great time and i will come back next year. well, that is all we have got time for on this week's show but coming up next week... as south africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of nelson mandela's birth, we head tojohannesburg to discover a new site. this trail runs right through the heart ofjohannesburg and since it was opened, it attracts more than 600 visitors each weekend. and also travels to cape town, where they are hoping to keep mandela's dream of a rainbow nation alive.
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this is where all that hard work pays off. so dojoin us if you can, and in the meantime, don't forget you can keep up with us in real time while we are out on the road by signing up to our social media feeds. details on the screen now, but for now, from me and the rest of the travel show team, it is goodbye. good afternoon. cool, wet and windy, words we have not heard much of this summer words we have not heard much of this summer but what we are seeing today. we are seeing some soggy photos sent in today. this one is from romford. there has been some brightness. this photos sent in featuring patchy cloud and blue skies. but we have got more in the way of rain. that is courtesy of this area of low pressure working north and east. the earlier area of low pressure having cleared the north—west. packed isobars. gusty winds. the bulk of
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the rain has cleared england and wales. heavy bursts for parts of scotland. as we move through the rest of the day, heavy bursts of rain across eastern scotland. the rumble of thunder possible. bright spots in western england and wales. some showers. the wind remains a feature. sunny spells in northern ireland. improved from yesterday. temperatures, 23 celsius is the maximum. as we go through tonight, the rain clears towards the north east. we have still got a brisk wind as we go through tonight. some clear spells. we will also see showery outbreaks of rain as we move into the early hours. 0vernight lows between nine and 13 in the north. still fairly high in the south. here is how it is looking as we move into monday. low—pressure still in charge. we have got weather fronts. showery rain for parts of the
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south—east to begin the day tomorrow. brightening up here. showers in wales, the midlands and parts of yorkshire. the heaviest showers will be in western scotland. the rumble of thunder. temperatures warmer than today. 25 degrees. as we go into tuesday. a dry, bright start from any. some showers in the west. patchy cloud. cloud in northern ireland and outbreaks of rain in western scotland. temperatures similarto western scotland. temperatures similar to monday. i will show you the pressure chart. towards the end of the week, showery rain in the north—east. high pressure in the south and east. we will see the temperatures creeping up. a fresh start to the week. some showers. particularly north and west. it will gradually warm up as we go through the week. by the end of the week in the week. by the end of the week in the south—east temperatures perhaps reaching 30 degrees.
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