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rain, that rain in place firmly across northern england and northern ireland, turning wetter on tuesday in wales and the south—west. drier to the south—east, it will be windy and very mild with temperatures of ii and very mild with temperatures of ii or 12. chile are further north in scotland as wetter weather pumps and very mild with temperatures of ii or 12. chile are further north in i2. chile are further north in scotland as wetter weather pumps into colder air with snow over the southern uplands. eventually, rain coming from the south—west. those weather fronts will continue to bring some rain for england and wales overnight and into wednesday. again, heavierand more wales overnight and into wednesday. again, heavier and more persistent rain will be across wales and northern england with rain adding up at this stage. a mild day for england and wales especially to the south—east where it is drier and much colderfor south—east where it is drier and much colder for scotland and northern ireland. here it should be generally dry on wednesday. the colder air will play a part later in the week because as the wetter weather starts to move through it will hit colder air and we will find snow arriving on wednesday night into thursday, mainly in scotland
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and northern england.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow, as the foreign secretary pledges every adult in the uk will be offered a first dose by september. it comes as the head of england's nhs warns that there's mounting pressure on hospitals and staff. i think the facts are very clear and i am not going to sugar—coat them. hospitals are under extreme pressure. and staff are under extreme pressure. cities across the united states are on alert for possible violent protests, ahead ofjoe biden�*s inauguration. in a fresh blow to the afghan government and their attempt to maintain security, two female judges have been shot dead in kabul.
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now on bbc news... the travel show. this week on the travel show, what's in store for the year ahead? i think a phrase a lot of us can expect to hear in 2021 is "documents, please. " the world's tallest mountain. i really hope that the people who want to go and climb mount everest really understand the significance of this mountain, the sacredness of this mountain. i thought i'd seen everything! and a detox that is not for the squeamish. wow, the visual of it is the most shocking part.
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hello and welcome to the show. after a dramatic year, i am here in turkey to start my 2021 off on a more personal note with some strange alternative therapies. and if you've not heard of mad honey, stay tuned for that. but first, after a tumultuous yearfor travel, 2021 has got off to a gloomy start in the uk, with pretty much the entire country being back in lockdown. but with a vaccine just starting to be rolled out, can we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and start to build some idea of what the year ahead might look like for those who are desperate to travel? rajan has been finding out. last year, as we all stayed home and talked to our computers, much of the outside world fell eerily quiet. the latest data from the world tourism 0rganisation
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says that between january and october 2020, global destinations welcomed 900 million fewer international tourists than in the same period the year before. and they believe that last year as a whole will have set tourism levels back to that of three decades ago. and while that means that we have missed out on tourist holidays, for the travel industry, it spells a loss of an estimated us$1 trillion plus. that is cash that could have gone to the costs and wages of airlines, hotels, local taxes, guides — you name it. it all means that 2021 is going to start like no other year. and an awful lot is riding on it. we're going to be looking at a slow and possibly nervous start. the effects of this pandemic is people will appreciate how important travel is to them and the world they live in. cities will be busy again after the pandemic. - so it will turn a whole new generation of people
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into global nomads. we will probably see prices go up. 2021 is going to be - a bumpy year for travel. and now is the time we usually all start making those holiday plans for the year. but the way we choose to book my change. our research finds that people are increasingly turning to travel agents to book their future holidays. i think they really value the professionalism and expertise. the higher end will be promoting a more secure and safe environment, with larger, expensive rooms, and everything has been cleaned immaculately well and really pushing that high end, save as back. then you will have these great offers that are super cheap. and don't forget the availability of vaccine should be a game—changer. we are rolling out the biggest vaccination programme in our history. the governments who get together and vaccinate
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the population are going to see a short—term boost. we are going to find ways to boost the vaccinations. crucially, we don't know if the vaccine prevents you from transmitting the disease. that is going to be really crucial for holidays, because even if you have been vaccinated and you can still transmit the disease, countries are not going to want to let you in. but for travellers it is going to be an important step towards booking with confidence. when the vaccine news for the pfizer vaccine came out in december, we saw a 37% increase in searches and bookings. 0nce travel does open up again, the trips we actually take might also change. people haven't taken all their holiday allowance in 2020, and ultimately people are looking to use that in new and different ways. activity holidays, i think, will benefit very much from the collective experience that people have been through.
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high demand, more passengers seeking to go to fewer places, i because airlines will not have as many aircraft to fly - to traditional places. all these places from barcelona to dubrovnik to venice that are typically swarmed with tourists are going to say "come now, while there is nobody here" and, as the fears start to drop, people swarm back in. we will be encouraged to see other places in those countries, go to other beaches, other national parks, other cities. i think that is fantastic. it spreads the wealth of tourism. the covid—19impacts- is many people understand better sustainable tourism. previously people might have thought about sustainable - tourism, and thought- about the impact of aviation. now they are aware that is about communities, l conservation, and, - within a holiday, it is not just aviation, it's - accommodation, tourism activities, food _ procurement, supply chains.
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and when we do travellers year, what will it be like? i think a phrase lots of us can expect to hear in 2021 is "documents, please. " that may be your vaccination certificate, or it may be your proof of a test. using biometrics or facial or voice recognition to get you checked, get you on board planes, not touching anybody and not handing documents over, and then you can get into your hotel using biometrics as well. i think that is the one piece of technology that is going to speed up things, reduce congestion, and make people feel safer. of course, there is one man who has been through this with us every step of the way. simon, hello. in terms of travel, when it does get going in 2021, what do you foresee? i am braced to pay quite a lot more. while there are certainly some bargains around — i am just looking at early march, a 1—way ticket to athens, £8, it's ridiculous
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— but generally, for these sorts of flights and holidays you were getting a couple of years ago, i would be prepared to pay 25% or 50% more. and of course, we have now fully left the european union, the brexit transition phase is over, so lots of restrictions, particularly to go with passport validity. are there any reason to be cheerful about 2021, simon? so many reasons to be cheerful. in northern ireland, the game of thrones studio tour is opening up. and perhaps the biggest cultural event of the 2020s, the opening of the new egyptian museum outside of cairo, that will be momentous. i can't wait to be there. neither can i. let's hope it will happen soon. thank you, simon. stick around, because we have some great stuff coming up next.
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the world's tallest mountain. ever since i was a kid, i dreamt of climbing mount everest. look at that! and the honey with a sting in its tail. i've got my mad honey. delicious! next this week, a visit to the world's tallest mountain. mount everest was closed for much of 2020 because of the pandemic. but could the lockdown have been a blessing disguise for this ultimate adventure destination? the sherpas are an ethnic group from north—eastern nepal. ever since i was a kid, i dreamt of climbing mount everest. i have been on 13 mount everest expeditions.
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mount everest is where our goddess miyolangsangma resides. it is a sacred mountain. for me, it is a magical place. i have enormous reverence and respect for mount everest. i have seen how beautiful and magic it can be. but i've also seen the tragedy, the death they can result from being on mount everest. in the 1950s, there were only like four or five western tourists who came into the everest region. by 2019, we have thousands, more than 35,000 tourists, who came to the everest region. to put that in perspective, this is a region with about 7000 people, so it is five times the population that actually lives there. in 2019, nearly 900 people reached the mountain's summit. but bad weather and a short winter to reach the peak made it one of the deadliest seasons on record, with at least 11 casualties. some of the slower climbers
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held up those behind them, so the slowest person dictated the pace. fortunately, because our team's skill level was high enough, we could climb around people who were stuck. so we stayed on schedule, and got to the top, and came back down. i think something was lost there. it became all about who's going to get there, how fast, and what am i going to get out of that experience? and i suspect that it is only going to get worse in the future, unless there is an intervention. although the nepalese government collected £8,000 fee from foreign mountaineers, until now, there has been little regulation on tour operators or climber skill level. in the last 15 years, the peak has become more accessible to climbers with a lower skill set, or less experience, because companies are offering
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trips to everest and not requiring a certain level of mountaineering experience and skill tojoin. and with more mountaineers, another problem has emerged. some have started calling mount everest the world's highest garbage dump. after the crowded 2019 season, officials embarked on a massive cleaning expedition,
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bringing over 10,000 kilos of garbage down from the mountain. but there's still more to be done. but nepal is not a wealthy country, so balancing environmental issues with everest�*s economic impact can be difficult.
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while the government wants to increase the amount of people visiting each year, there are plans to put new rules on who is allowed to summit the world's highest peak. i think requiring potential everest climbers to have previously climbed 6000 metre peaks is a great idea and also the guiding companies i think should be held to some standard. responsibility lies on the individual who is choosing to go to everest to ensure that they are properly prepared. i feel that the perception of the mountain being so crowded is false. the mountain does not
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feel like that at all — it's vast, it's open. if anyone is dreaming of climbing everest, i think they should do it. it is notjust a rich person's sport. they should start climbing peaks closer to home and work their way up, claiming bigger and bigger mountains with harder terrain, and eventually find their way to the top of the world. the sherpas in the everest region are ready for tourists to come. i really hope that the people who want to go and climb mount everest really understand the significance of this mountain, the sacredness of this mountain. and finally this week, i'm in turkey, which has mostly remained open to tourists throughout coronavirus crisis. travel is big business here, bringing in around $35 billion in 2019 — a figure that took a big dent last year. but pre—pandemic, there was a particular kind
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of tourism on the rise. and that is medical tourism — foreigners coming here for treatment, lured by the promise of good quality healthcare at an affordable price. procedures range from the cosmetic to the life—saving, from hair replacement to cancer treatment. in 2019, the turkish government said 660,000 people came here for medical reasons — 20% more than the previous year. but i'm not here for surgery. i'm here to de—stress and unwind after a bumpy 2020 and start the new year in the right frame of mind. so i'm looking for some alternative therapies that have their roots deep in turkish tradition. myjourney begins in rize province, the region famous for its tea. do we zip up? but today, i'm going to try something just a little bit more potent. oh, look at that!
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chuckles. wow! it's so heavy! look at this! this is deli bal, otherwise known as mad honey. imitates a musical flourish. tell me, what makes this honey different than other honey? its use has been traced back to ancient times. here, it is used as a local remedy for hypertension and other conditions. but it has to be taken
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in small amounts. too much can drop your blood pressure to dangerous levels and even cause hallucinations. we are going to do this the safe way and the local way. if i'm not careful, i could be among the dozens of people admitted to hospital each year with mad honey poisoning. 0ne teaspoon. right on top. 0oh, i'm a bit anxious! chuckles. 0k. and down the hatch. you should always exercise caution around this stuff in order to stay safe. it tastes great! there's a taste... mmm — what is that? more floral than honey. it's really tasty. thankfully, i'm not having a bad reaction — well, at least not yet. but if the next segment is a bit wonky, you know why. chuckles. but we're fine. thanks so much.
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that was great. over 800 miles away in istanbul, you might stumble across our next therapy at a local bazaar. i thought i'd seen everything. it's called hirudothera py. medicinal leeches are placed on a patient�*s body to purify the blood. the treatment has been around since ancient egypt and was particularly popular in europe in the early 19th century before it was brought to turkey. argh! chuckles. well, so right before they bite, you can see their nose flatten down. you don't feel anything, do you? because they have anaesthetic — a natural anaesthetic. yes, yes. just the visual of it is the most shocking part. 0h, there's a little —
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there's a little twinge, a little, like, tickle — a little itch. we saw leeches at the market earlier. yes. these leeches are very harmful because maybe harmful micro... bacterias, yes. ..virus. so these ones all came from a farm? leeches farm. where you... yes, we have a leech farm. so there is a distinction between the legitimate uses of hirudotherapy for medicine — which is to stop blood clotting, to clean wounds — and from bloodletting. traditionally, bloodletting was thought to cure illness by balancing the humours, but it has long been discredited by doctors. and so what are some of the things people would come to you for? generally heart disease, metabolic chronic disease, some contraction of muscles. like spasms or something? for a healthy adult like myself, there is probably
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not much this gruesome therapy can do for me. if i'm going to shake off the stress of 2020, i am going to have to try something just a little bit more soothing. bowls ring melodiously. ding! sound is a very powerful modality because it brings all of the attention to something which is external. it somehow brings you into a moment, that you actually are experiencing focus. ding! sound healing is deeply rooted in turkish culture because during the ottoman time, they kind of combined the tradition from chinese and indian with the ancient turkic understanding
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which was deeply rooted in the shamanism culture, and they brought everything together and they actually practised it in the hospital. handpan notes ring out. at one historic hospital at edirne, music and natural sound was used to cure patients. today, sound therapy is practised in intense one—on—one sessions or as a group sound shower. and whenever you're ready, you can slowly open your eyes. hand bells chime. i don't know what it is about those singing bowls but you feel it in your body. and of all the therapies we've done, i think i'll take a little bit more of this one, if you don't mind. just give me five more minutes. let me lay here. there we go.
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ding! mike sighs contentedly. oh! well, after all that, i'm feeling very relaxed so i might go explore the city just a little bit more but unfortunately, that will mark the end of our adventures this week. but coming up next week — carmen is here with a look back at some of our favourite adventures from southeast asia. from henry's trip on cambodia's wireless railway... this is so great! rajan�*s stunning journey through myanmar and my exploration of manila, the back of a jeepney. if you want to tell the driver to stop, you tap on the roof. so that's go? no, that's stop! that's stop? so make sure not to miss it. remember, you canjoin us on social media by following us on all of the regular social platforms. but from me, mike corey, and the rest of the travel show team here in istanbul, it is goodbye.
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we have some severe weather on the way over the week ahead but i will have more on that a little later on. today things are fairly quiet. cloud amounts increasing from the west. after a sunny start, this blanket of cloud has come into gloucestershire, for example. cloud is thickening up and we have had some showers already and we have had some showers already and things turning wetter. the cloud starting to spill in from the west, most of it quite high and sunshine rather hazy but this wetter weather coming into northern ireland and western scotland. drive for eastern scotland and temperatures six to 8 degrees, near normal. this evening,
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more wet weather to come for a while. that'll be replaced by showers. a bit of a breeze. many places, temperatures should bejust above freezing. still the risk of a few icy patches. tomorrow, this line of rain across southern scotland. in the north of it, sunshine and showers, wintry over the hills. in the south, the odd light shower but clouding over quickly from the south—west. turning misty in the south—west. turning misty in the south—west of england. temperatures likely to make double figures. as we had overnight into tuesday and wednesday, this is when the rain really starts setting in across england and wales. the environment agency are very worried. we are likely to have some flooding. the main area of concern is shown here. an amber rain warning. quite a small area. it will impact lots of people. that'll set in overnight. wet across
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northern england and northern ireland on tuesday. wet in wales and the south—west. very mild, temperatures 11 or 12 degrees. some sleet and snow falling all the plans. but we have this stream of weather fronts. plans. but we have this stream of weatherfronts. areas plans. but we have this stream of weather fronts. areas of low pressure bringing wet and windy weather app from the south—west. mainly across england and wales. heavy rain continuing in northern england and into wales. the rain really adding up over the high ground in particular with flooding likely. wild mild in the south—east. temperatures in double figures. calder in scotland and northern ireland. that'll be significant as we had overnight and into thursday. a threat of some snow by thursday morning. some heavy snow in scotland and northern england over the hills.
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you're watching bbc news with me, tim willcox. the latest headlines at 2. a warning of mounting pressure on hospitals and staff by the head of nhs england i think the facts are very clear and i am not going to sugar—coat them. hospitals are under extreme pressure. and staff are under extreme pressure. mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow — as the foreign secretary lays out the government's targets for the rollout. the adult population, entire adult population we want to have been offered a firstjab by september. and the government moves to head off a rebellion by backbench mps, who could support a labour proposal to extend the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit.


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