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president trump in refusing to accept the official results of the us presidential election that named joe biden the winner by eight million votes. the group have repeated unproven allegations of fraud in november's poll. in india, health workers and volunteers have taken part in a nationwide rehearsal to test its preparedness for mass immunisation against covid—nineteen as a second vaccine is recommended for emergency use. india's government hopes to vaccinate at least 300 million people by the middle of 2021. the government is coming under intense pressure from teaching unions who want to keep schools in england closed for the first two weeks of the new term. the profession‘s calling for the delay because of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus variant.
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an illegal warehouse rave that began on new year's eve in france has been shut down by police after clashes. 2,500 people, some from the uk and spain, attended the event at a disused building in the village of lieuron in brittany. here's our paris correspondent, hugh schofield. while the rest of france spent new year's eve under a nightly curfew, 2500 people danced for two nights and a day in abandoned warehouses in a village south of rien. they'd come from places all over france and, indeed, abroad. the possibility that they might be putting themselves and others at risk from covid, they said, was exaggerated. translation: everything's reopened. the shops have reopened because they wanted to make money over christmas, but that must have caused big gatherings of people everywhere, so is it any worse here than on the paris metro? i don't think so. police decided not to intervene
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because they feared a riot. instead, they surrounded the premises, and when, 36 hours after the party started, the revellers began to leave, they booked them for breaches of covid rules. translation: the situation deteriorated very quickly. i had three offices injured, so i personally took the decision to disengage, at the risk of making the situation worse, to try and contain the area. elsewhere in france, the covid news is nothing to celebrate, with daily cases now at around 20,000 and the vaccination programme barely under way, the nightly curfew has been brought forward from eight to six o'clock in 15 departments of the east of the country. president macron has warned that the coming months will remain difficult. with restaurants shut across the country, only a lucky few on the riviera have been able to eat out, in monaco — but now even that pleasure has been taken away.
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from tonight, only residents of the principality can book a table. hugh schofield, bbc news, in central france. coming up at 6:00, breakfast with rogerjohnson and nina warhurst. but now on bbc news, veteran explorer robin hanbury—tenison, who spent weeks in a coma battling covid—i9, says the healing power of nature helped to save his life. robin was one of the first covid—i9 patients into derriford hospital. he may be a veteran of 30 expeditions, but surviving coronavirus would prove to be one of robin hanbury—tenison‘s toughest experiences yet. you know, every day was pretty brutal and we were pretty broken. the doctors called us to say that actually, he is deteriorating further. his chances of ever recovering have now gone down to about 5%. i opened my eyes, saw the sunshine, saw the flowers and that was the moment when my life was saved by the healing power of nature. it's a long road back from something like that. essentially, his body
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was failing and i think having a goal, something to work towards, is vitally important because it gives you a target to aim for. and that goal can be as trivial or as ambitious as you want it to be. so this has been as big a challenge as any that i've done in my life, to get to the point where i could climb this mountain. i will make it to the top because i believe everyone should have access to the same thing that saved my life. it must be lovely to have all this old footage of your dad sort ofjust lying around the house.
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it's incredible. we've got reels from pretty much every expedition he's been it must be lovely to have all this old footage of your dad sort ofjust lying around the house. it's incredible. we've got reels from pretty much every expedition he's been on from the late ‘50s through to just a couple of years ago. everything from the orinoco, the sahara, the siberian steps and everything in between and i'm so lucky to have been travelling with him on a number of those expeditions. it is an amazing bit of video. so i've been coming down here a lot recently to look through the old footage and it's really helped to feel like he's not in hospital at the moment, that he is still on the farm with us. it's incredible to see how much he has achieved throughout his life. 84—year—old robin hanbury—tenison is widely recognised as one of the world's greatest living explorers. he's crossed continents by foot, boat and jeep, leading expeditions of more than 120 scientists into the heart
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of remotejungles. i've been here for nearly 12 months now and the expedition has grown enormously since its original conception. what we are doing is to examine the rainforest, which is a vital and very little understood environment. probably the richest environment in the world and one which is disappearing with terrifying speed. robin has chronicled his life of adventure through a series of more than 20 books. his most recent book explores the major threats facing the world today, including pandemics. robin was one of the first covid—i9 patients into derriford hospital, having caught the virus whilst skiing prior to the lockdown. 36 hours after he was in hospital, he was heavily
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sedated and put on a ventilator. so one of the ways that i've been keeping in touch with the family is with a family group chat. my son says he is "praying and thinking of him". i can't really read them. "sounds like he's getting the best possible care and lots of attention." "you are so brave as well, louella." "robin is a tough old nut." i can't really read... "we know he'll pull through." "being in first means he has their full attention. he is in the right place. stay strong. " "sending huge love, he'll pull through." "we love him", etc.
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yeah, "there's lots of wonderful messages from people and he's still deep in the woods, but at least it's not worsening. that's so encouraging. sleep well. " yeah, just lots of similar sorts of messages. yeah, he'll get there. robin and louella's farm on bodmin moor, one of cornwall‘s designated areas of outstanding natural beauty, is overlooked by cornwall‘s highest peak, brown willy. their shared love of nature drew the couple to the moor over 30 years ago. this is such a special place because we come here often together. robin's travelled all his life to the most wonderful places and, of course, yourfavourite place has got to be home, in the woods here on our farm.
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and it's very comforting and reassuring to visit it and think about being here with him. after two weeks in hospital, robin's kidneys fail. he is unconscious. the family can do nothing but wait as robin clings to life. the doctors tell them to begin to come to terms with a life without him. you never know how you are going to react when somebody that you care about is so unbelievably ill and on death's door. and, you know, every day was pretty brutal and we were pretty broken. the doctor says to him "your lungs are filling up with fluid. we have two options. 0ption one is we leave you and hope that you get better naturally — but the chances are at your age, you're almost certainly are going to die if we do that.
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0ption two is, we sedate you, probably for ten days, try and drain your lungs but at your age you have about a 20% chance of survival. " at this point, the doctors call us and say that actually, he's deteriorating further. his lungs are still filling with fluid and they want to put a tracheotomy in. normally, this is a relatively simple procedure but because of his age, there is a strong chance he'll die in surgery. and the doctors want to make it really clear to us that even if he does survive that, his chances of ever recovering have now gone down to about 5%. and even if he does recover, he may well be bedbound, have severe cognitive impairment, and never be the man that we knew who went into hospital about a month before. and they say that we have some difficult conversations ahead of us when we may have to decide whether it's even worth continuing with treatment.
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i believe i'm alive. you are alive. you are definitely alive. after five weeks in intensive care, robin was wheeled into derriford hospital's healing garden with icu nurse kate tantam by his side. i remember the first times he went outside and you feel fresh air and they see sun and they see flowers and it's like they kind of start to emerge out of — out of this dream. you could see he was looking at things and thinking, "this is real. this is tangible. i feel safe." and that was a real breakthrough for him in his recovery. my name is robin hanbury—tenison. i'm an 84—year—old explorer and i survived five weeks in intensive care with coronavirus. the moment when i actually woke up and i knew i was going to live was the moment when i was wheeled out by four nurses in a big bed with tubes coming out of everywhere and i arrived in the healing garden they've got at
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derriford. i opened my eyes, saw the sunshine, saw the flowers and that was the moment when my life was saved by the healing power of nature. he may be a veteran of 30 expeditions, but surviving coronavirus would prove to be one of robin hanbury—tenison's toughest experiences yet. but here he is leaving hospital to the cheers of the nhs staff who cared for him. during the darkest days of his illness, robin's family had been told if he did survive, the impact of the virus would very likely be severe and long—lasting. it was quite a shock to be told that i might never walk properly again. recovery after intensive care is like a marathon and every step feels hard and feels challenging and it's made up of a million different components. so even learning how to swallow again is a big journey.
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sitting independently is a big journey. but robin had a goal — unthinkable, perhaps, to those around him — but a goal that drove him through his recovery. exactly five months from may the 3rd is october the 3rd, so i decided that on that day i would climb cornwall‘s highest mountain, brown willy, and try and raise £100,000 towards a garden at cornwall‘s hospital, treliske, because i think every hospital in the country should have a healing garden in it, and let's start with cornwall. it was exciting to have him home but it was also quite nerve—racking as well. we were in lockdown for two weeks once he got home, so [10 one came near us. and that's quite scary. i'm not a nurse and i didn't know whether i was going to have to do major
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nursing or not. he was very thin and had lost about 1.5 stones. so we had a lot of work to get him back on his feet again. he could hardly walk a few yards when he got home ona zimmerframe. it just takes a bossy woman and a certain amount of threats and he would do what i had told him. so we borrowed a mobility scooter, we borrowed an exercise bike and we have done a lot of exercises and short walks. it hasjust been really amazing watching his strength come back, his muscle come back. he was very thin and a bag of bones when he got home. he gets very breathless still and even though his lungs are clear, i am not sure everyone quite gets back to where they were after this, but he is fantastic and he is strong and determined man and he has worked hard. what would you say to any other
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patient who is having to fight off this infection from the outset because they are quite literally climbing a mountain when it comes to the impact this infection is having on the lungs or the oxygen content of their blood and the overall impact physically of this infection. everybody has to have a goal when they are rehabilitating and when they are recovering. the journey that robin is going through at the moment in terms of his recovery following on from an infection like this is going to be no different to the journey that many patients across the country, indeed across the world, are going to be making at the moment. we are ecstatic to have him home and it is great to see him getting stronger and stronger.
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the weather is getting worse and he is a bit weaker than he was before and we are worried he might have bitten off a bit more than he can chew. my wife, louella, has been marvellous at encouraging me to do my exercises. and now that i'm pretty well done with physio, we're concentrating walking longer distances every day. throughout his life, robin has set himself tough challenges. for his 80th birthday, he ran his first marathon. but one of the achievements he is most proud of is international, which he established 50 years ago. the organisation fights for the rights of these once voiceless people.
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anywhere in the world where a new dam, high—speed road or vast mining operation is planned and the blueprints cover lands occupied for centuries by tribal people, then commerce comes before conscience and the indians are swept aside in the name of progress. survival international exists to temper that race for progress with patience and understanding. his friend and contemporary, sir ranulph fiennes, is proud of what he has achieved. in my opinion, robin is one of the greatest explorers alive today and his legacy is one that he has done so much for conservation and human rights. in addition to the sheer volume of his great adventures, his far—reaching successes for various forms of conservation, includes sterling work for the preservation
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of threatened rainforests. i am truly proud to have known my friend robin down the long years, and i seize this opportunity to thank him for all his great works. it's the day of the climb. robin and the family are getting themselves ready for the journey from their home to the base of the highest point in cornwall, 1,378 feet above sea level. get these boots on. absolutely, what a weather forecast. it's going to be quite a day. the ascent to the top of brown willy is a seven—mile round trip and the terrain is difficult on the best of days. he's always pretty relaxed about this kind of thing and when the stakes are higher, he just gets more excited. so, a number of people have been phoning up saying, perhaps it shouldn't do it and he should postpone because of this storm alex that is coming in.
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the met office have issued amber weather warnings that will come into force later. the met office reminds us how wet it was on the 3rd of october, that day was the uk's wettest on record, records going back to 1891. it is making me quite nervous and i am going to make sure that we're well prepared and lizzie and i are making sure we will take survival gear we didn't consider taking before, so we will have exposure blankets, warm kit, hot drinks and snacks. so if the weather does turn on the top, then we can get him warm and dry and get him off the mountain quite quickly. over the hills we could see as much as 120 millimetres, so a very wet spell of weather. we are likely to see some flooding building in through the weekend across these areas. here we are at the base of brown willy, the weather is horrible. my family is with me and of course we're going to make it.
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well, it's been a roller—coaster ride and of course with covid recovery, it is a difficult thing for people to get over. they feel very tired and breathless and he does feel tired and breathless still. well, storm alex has definitely come in and look at it — the weather's blowing and the rain's coming in heavy but it is as good as we thought it might be. he is already heading up
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the hill like a schoolboy. he has raced ahead of me. he is full of beans and very excited. but obviously, we are taking it sensibly, because the weather is making this even trickier. when i first started exploring, it was all about showing off, about going further and more bravely than other people. and a lot of explorers today still do just that. but i was lucky enough to discover causes, tribal people and rainforests. and i now realise it is much more important for adventurers, people doing exciting things, to have a purpose which helps to save the world. make it a better place, because we haven't got time to do anything else. it's been quite steep, steeper than i expected, there's been quite a lot of rain and wind. we have had to shelter occasionally. we are getting near the top now and all my training is being taxed to the limit now. but i think i will make it. robin and his family have now passed the halfway point
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and have reached the steepest part of the climb. robin's training so far has never been further than a few miles at a time and never more than a stone's throw away from home. we've all worked very hard to get up here today because it has been windy, cold and wet and it's not been an easy climb for him and the fact that he is 84 is pretty incredible. as robin nears the final push, he starts to feel the effects of the climb. one of the ironies of having my life saved by waking up in the healing garden in derriford hospital,
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is that i have spent most of my life campaigning, fighting for rainforests and other wilderness areas in the world, because i believe they were important in their own right. but in the end it was the healing garden that saved my life. exactly five months after robin was released from hospital with coronavirus, he completed his challenge of climbing brown willy in aid of nhs healing gardens. it is a very, very important achievement for him. it is a challenge, but well worth giving him and he has done it. i'm so pleased — i'm so proud of him.
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i'm feeling fantastic. we made it. thanks to louella dragging me up and the weather pushing me, i've done it. couldn't have done it without everyone. it is all in a wonderful cause for the healing garden, which saved my life. it is massive for robin completing this and here at the hospital. we'll raise money for healing gardens across the south—west. these gardens make a massive difference to patients in intensive care in every hospital every day. it is just phenomenal. when you take people outside after they have been in intensive care for a long time, even for a short length of time, and you show them a blue sky or a grey sky or even let them feel drizzle on their hands, it often is incredibly moving. and it's moving because it shows people that life is going to go on and there is life waiting for them outside intensive care and outside the hospital bed. it is anything you want it to be from a gym to where somebody spends their last hours of life, to a place where a married couple of a0
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years can hold hands for the last time, to a place somebody can bring their dog in, where somebody can play basketball, staff can relax and talk about everything that is going on. it really is just a space for people to be themselves. since the climb, robin has turned his attention towards helping his son in rewilding theirfarm in bodmin. kate was awarded a queen's birthday honour for her contributions and dedication to the nhs. completely overwhelmed.
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hello. it's been a cold, wintry start to 2021 and that theme is set to continue, at least for the next week or so. temperatures still below average. this was the picture on saturday afternoon in wakefield, quite a lot of lying snow around parts of scotland, into wales, western england, the midlands as well. and over the next few days, it's going to stay cold with further wintry showers at times, certainly we're all going to be seeing some ice or some frost around. a cold start to your sunday morning with sub zero temperatures for many areas. as low as —5 or —6 across parts of western scotland first thing. now, after that cold frosty start, the weather is looking generally settled, high pressure in charge of our weather, but we will have the breeze coming in from a north—easterly direction as it blows over the north sea, it will bring in some showers and some showers will be across parts of scotland northeast england as well, one or two
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further south into wales and the midlands. mainly sleet and snow confined to higher ground, largely rain at low levels — particularly for the southeast of england and east anglia, some heavy rain showers here and also for the channel islands as well likely to see some rain on it through the day. and while temperatures reach around four or six degrees, it will feel colder with the wind chill so the breeze making it feel closer to freezing during sunday afternoon for many of us. heading into monday and high pressure still with us sitting to the north of the uk, we've still got that north easterly breeze into monday as well. so, many places looking dry with some sunshine, but there will be some wintry showers and parts of southern scotland and northern england, perhaps one or two for northern ireland and wales and the south—east of england once again could see some rain showers. it could turn to sleet and snow over the high ground with any of the heavier bursts. temperatures only about four to six degrees but feeling closer to freezing once again when you add on the effect of that wind chill on monday. a very similar day into tuesday as well. we've still got a northeasterly breeze with us, some rain showers for the south—east of england and flurries elsewhere, but a lot of dry
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weather on the cards in the sunshine, still feeling cold with temperatures around three to five degrees on their warmest on tuesday and looking ahead to the remainder of the coming week, it stays cold, temperature still below freezing, some sunshine and things looking like they are turning more unsettled later in the week. bye— bye.
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good morning. welcome to breakfast with rogerjohnson and nina warhurst. 0ur headlines today: the row over schools — a growing number of councils urge the government to rethink its plan to open primary schools tomorrow. councils join teaching unions in calling for a delay in primary pupils returning on mass in england. city leaders in liverpool go one step further and demand a national lockdown. to curb this virus, particularly with the new strain, it's really important that we tackle it head on, that we are proactive rather than react to when things get really bad. the race to protect the vulnerable. hundreds of sites across the uk get ready to roll—out the oxford vaccine tomorrow.


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