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this is bbc news, the headlines: the evacuation of ukrainian troops from the azovstal steelworks in mariupol has continued, with a convoy of at least seven buses carrying soldiers escorted by pro—russian forces. more than than 260 soldiers left, after a negotiated surrender. they've been taken to areas held by russian—backed rebels. president biden visits buffalo, the scene of a racially—motivated mass
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shooting, and urges americans to reject the poison of white supremacy. defying the taliban to get an education, we've a special report from the secret schools of afghanistan. leadership consists girls secondary schools will eventually reopen but that is being seen as unlikely. now on bbc news, it is time to get away from now on bbc news, it is time to get away from it now on bbc news, it is time to get away from it all. this week, on the show... meeting mummies in chile. wow, there are so many mummies here, vivien. ..grannies in austria... this is the open kitchen where our grandmas and grandpas bake their lovely cakes. ..and cabbies in england. oh, wow, look at this! this is amazing, john.
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in the chilean region of arica, on the northern fringes of the country's atacama desert, you'll find clues that something significant lies beneath the ground. hidden in the sand are some of the oldest mummified bodies in the world, evidence of an overlooked culture that once lived and thrived here on the western coast of south america. it's amazing how close these skeletons are to the surface and, apparently, there is layer after layer after layer of bodies going down as low as 2m underground.
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this is crazy. ifeel quite strange, walking on the dead here. between 7000 and 1500 bc, the hunter—gatherer chinchorro people called this area home and developed complex mummification practices which have astounded 21st—century researchers. last year, chinchorro burial culture was officially recognised by unesco, who placed it on their world heritage list. and many hope this will transform awareness of these remarkable mummified bodies. when you think of mummies, you think of the ancient egyptians wrapped in bandages, but these guys here, there are sticks where their bones are, there's masks, and what's fascinating is these smaller mummies of children and babies. wow. behind the scenes, at san miguel de azapa museum,
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the careful study and preservation of the majority of the chinchorro mummies takes place. there are so many mummies here, vivien. how many? yes, we have about 70 mummies, chinchorro mummies, in this store. let me show you. it's quite small. what can you tell me about this mummy?
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because if it was me, i would be very scared to work here. what do you love about yourjob? it's very interesting. but these fragile relics, which date back as much as 2,000 years before the egyptian mummies, are deteriorating at an increasing rate, in part due to climate change. for vivien, it's best to do as little as possible with the samples they have. with the museum's facilities lacking air—conditioning, rising humidity levels are a big threat to the mummies, a problem that's hoped to be solved by a vast new $25
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million museum in construction on the grounds of the current one. so, is the local people's relationship with these mummies starting to change?
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further along the coast, at the small fishing village of caleta camarones, just some statues and a chinchorro—themed restaurant indicate that this is, in fact, the closest town to one of the world's top sites where the chinchorro mummies have been found. there are said to have been so many mummies buried here that locals find them on a regular basis. so, before we came here, some people said you could see the mummies in the ground and some said you couldn't, so i wasn't really sure what we'd find, but while we were having lunch, we got talking to the guy who runs the place and he said he can show us some mummies in the ground, and it's two minutes down the road, so we're on our way.
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currently, the mummies buried in the ground are being left there by archaeologists for their protection. and as we approach, we take great care not to disturb any of the remains. wow, it's so close to the road. what was it like growing up here? did you see many mummies when you were a child? attitudes have changed towards the mummies a lot, and now they've got unesco world heritage status.
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has this changed your life? so, all these shells that have been used by the chinchorro people. while chinchorro tourism here may be some way off making its mark for the people, for vivien, this land tells a remarkable story.
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so, vivien, how many mummies, chinchorro mummies, do you think are buried in the hills here? wow, that was unbelievable. you know, it's one thing to see these things in a museum and totally a different experience to be there in real life. like, i could have been standing next to one of the oldest mummified human remains in the world. and with the care and recognition the mummies are now getting, the unique chinchorro culture seems set to be remembered for some time to come.
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well, if the chinchorro have piqued your interest in a desert getaway, there's much more to see around the world. why not start your desert explorations with the world's biggest sand desert, the sahara, stretching out across much of northern africa? the question is, where to begin? morocco and egypt are both popular, and each with distinct and fascinating cultures. get close to wildlife on safari in southern africa's kalahari desert. there's a huge range of animals to see here and it's a spectacular way to learn about this challenging desert environment. and for those in search of a thrill, dune bashing can be done all over the world, like in the deserts of the united arab emirates. 0r take to the skies with an early—morning hot—air balloon ride.
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still to come on the travel show: cat moh is back with a packed day in manchester. and we visit the cafe in vienna challenging the idea that they don't make them like they used to. they really have old recipes from the grandmothers. secret ingredients. so, don't go away. as restrictions relax, i'm travelling across the uk to see how ready the country's top attractions are, to meet the people getting us excited about travel again, and hear their plans for the new normal. today's trip is in the north—west of england. hello from manchester, home to two very famous football clubs, a vibrant music scene, and trams. now, i know there's way more to the city than that, so i've enlisted the perfect
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person to show me around. let's go. so, this is no ordinary taxi ride. hello. so, i've organised the weather for you today as well, not that i needed to, because it's always sunny in manchester. so, when we book with you, there is guaranteed sunshine. guaranteed sunshine. good to know. john runs city tours in his all—electric taxi, followed by afternoon tea in his cab. he came up with the concept as a way to supplement his income during lockdown. my three most popular tours are football, music and coronation street. the last one being the longest—running british soap opera. but, really, the tour can be whatever you want. so, i've asked for a route that traces the history of the city
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to see how it's shaped the manchester we know today. i won't spoil the tour, but the city's been a hotbed of innovative thinkers. it's where the suffragettes movement was born. it's where the duke of bridgewater brought canals which cut the price of coal in half, spurring manchester to be the world's first industrial city. and it's where karl marx formed his ideas for the communist manifesto, at this very spot, which happens to be in the world's oldest english—speaking library. even people from manchester don't realise that you can come in here and actually soak up the atmosphere. it's definitely worth booking an appointment and coming here. come on, cat, you ready for part two? you look so excited! i don't know which one i want to start with first! i was thinking about how i could do something different. maybe people were nervous about being in crowds or being in places where there was a lot of people, that the afternoon tea taxi tour would be ideal because you are encapsulated
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in the back of a taxi. it's proved really popular. i have to pinch myself sometimes. how was it as a taxi driver in lockdown? really, really difficult. as a tour guide as well, there were no tourists, and it's just started to come back again now as restrictions start to end. so, you think this is something you'll continue, then? i'm definitely going to continue it, yes. before the pandemic, manchester was the third most visited city in the uk after london and edinburgh by international visitors. 0ne huge draw is its iconic music scene. famous bands to come out of manchester? the stone roses. oasis. the smiths. simply red. elbow! 0k! not had elbow! oh, really? but to find the bands of tomorrow, the northern quarter is where to go. it's home to some of the city's liveliest music venues, so i've come to night and day cafe. over the years, it's gained legendary status for showcasing big named bands
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in their early days. what was it like to suddenly play in front of a live audience again? kind of strange at first, wasn't it? it was quite odd to being really loud. i was like, "oh, my god, i don't know what to do" cos i'm not on my living room pretending i can play synthesiser to facebook followers. it's good to see regular fans and people, it's a really big part of our social lives as well, isn't it? it's definitely picking up now with people more confidentl to come out now and stand - in crowds, which wasn't before. it's that return of confidence in people that's breathing life back into venues like this. i'll be back laterfor the gig, but there's one more thing i need to do. i'm no football expert,
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but i do know that it was here in manchester that the first professional football league was set up back in 1888. i've been told, if you can't make a game, it's well worth doing a stadium tour. first, before we begin, how many of us are from manchester? that's a big group that's not come from manchester. football is undoubtedly the city's biggest cultural export with hundreds of millions of fans either supporting man united or man city globally — not that anyone would openly admit supporting the former here. is this the best bit so far? yes. go on, then, which is yourfavourite one? de bruyne. theyjust got all the kids to line up at the top of the tunnel and walk out through the pitch side. it was so cute. you just walked through the tunnel? yeah. how was it? it was fun. i actually kind of felt like a footballer. it's my dream job
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to be a footballer. how long have you wanted to walk through that tunnel? nine years, almost. nine years? yeah. because it's your birthday, right? yeah, it's my birthday on monday. is this the best birthday present? probably, yeah, it's the best birthday present i've ever had by a mile. mum, don't cry. laughter. i'm a man city fan forthe weekend. 0k, very diplomatic. he has to be. time to get back to see the gig, as it wouldn't be a complete day of manchester if you didn't experience some of its famous nightlife. manchester is definitely springing back from a very tough few years. but what struck me most is how proud the mancunians are of their city. a cultural hotspot of the north.
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finally this week, we're off to the austrian capital of vienna, where a trip isn't complete without a generous helping of their traditional kaffe und kuchen — or coffee and cake. we've been into one cafe which is transforming the experience, especially staffed by the elderly in an effort to bring back a taste of the good old days. we've got a lot of good cakes, especially in vienna, but the best cakes you get from grandma. the idea was really to create a space for young and old to come together and where grandmas and grandpas can bake their home—made recipes. we're a public living room, and as you can see, decorations, you come inside, you kind of feel the atmosphere. you're at grandma's living room, you have nice music, nice smell. follow me, i'll show you where the cakes are baked. this is our open kitchen
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where the grandpas and grandmas bake their lovely cakes, different cakes — we have chocolate, apple strudel, everything. everything is fresh, everything is home—made. it's kind of the core and heart of the vollpension. we have been here for such a long time, so it's all kind of a family for me. so, i have a very close connection to the people here. my name is marianne and i'm living in vienna. i am 77 years old and i have lived here since 48 years. i must say, old people, please, go out. you can work in vollpension. you can cook, you can speak with the guests and it's better than not alone in this time, and when you go at home, ifeel i have a good day. many old peoples are alone at home, and now in vollpension,
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it's like a family. i am the host. myjob is to receive the guests. i speak with the guests and it's nice when the guests laugh and i think it's myjob. people at home are always very lonely, of course, old people, and i think it'sjust a great idea to communicate with them. we've heard that they| really have old recipes from the grandmothers. with secret ingredients. yes, we are very excited. the pandemic hit us and we had to close our coffee houses and we put our heads together and said, ok, there is no more coffee house, but what can we do with our grandmothers? so, we had the brilliant idea of taking grandmas' knowledge and putting it online, so we built an online baking
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academy where you can learn baking from a grandmother, either through on—demand videos or via baking courses. quirky music that went very, very well. and we even kind of went international. we invited grandmothers and grandfathers from all over the world to join us with their baking knowledge. right now, we're about 35 elderly people working for us. at the cafe, the kind of production room and also for live baking courses and everything. we'd love to hire even more, but we're still a small social business. a lot of elder people in austria live by themselves, so they're a bit isolated.
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they have so much to give and theyjust need a place where they can express them. that's all for now. coming up next time... the forgotten smells of the old world. christa's in holland to find out why scientists are attempting to recreate europe's ancient odours and how following your nose could enrich your travels. oh, it's lovely! such a really good airfreshener! in the meantime, you can keep up with all our travels on the bbc iplayer. and don't forget, we're on social media, too. just search bbc travel show and look for the little blue logo. we're on facebook
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and instagram. until next time, from all of us here in chile, it's goodbye. hello, there. heavy rain, thunderstorms have been moving northwards and eastwards through the evening and overnight, after what was the warmest day of the year so far — 27.5 degrees celsius at heathrow airport. so that's in the warmth ahead of these weather systems, but this low pressure is driving those in, it's dragging that warmth and that moisture northwards and eastward. so a lot of that heavy rain will have cleared, except for the northern isles, by the end of the night. warmish, you can see,
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for most areas, but windier in the northwest. a little bit of fog first thing, particularly for england and wales, but plenty of dry, bright, sunny weather, strong sunshine. it looks like drier weather will be around for northern ireland. the early rain across northern and western parts of scotland, as well, clears for lengthy spells of sunshine. but it is windy — gusts of wind potentially 50 mph in northern and western areas. that rain approaches later. the clouds gathering in the south. but ahead of that, 20—21! degrees celsius, i think, on the cards for wednesday. now, as we head through this evening, it looks like we could see some more thunderstorms dragging their way northwards. that heavy rain coming in from the west and it looks torrential. it could be very wet for a time, through this evening and overnight, before again, it clears out of the way. so we're watching that one. gusty winds, hail, thunder and lightning, but a warm end to the night, bringing us into a ridge of high pressure pushing in for thursday night. could be that we see some thundery showers, though, across southern and eastern areas, but otherwise it's looking like a drier day, too,
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after that overnight rain. a little bit of dampness, a little bit of gray weather, low cloud, and a risk of some rain for the west of scotland. and as i say, a risk of some thundery showers in southern and eastern areas. but with the sunshine elsewhere, temperatures once again in those high teens to low, possibly mid, 20s for many parts. the warmest in southern and eastern areas. that ridge of high pressure then builds through for a time as we go into thursday night, but again, i think more widely wet during the day on friday. the weekend then brings that high pressure into southern areas, with the weather fronts towards the north. so it looks as if friday will be more widely unsettled during the day this time, and then, the driest weather, but fresher weather, for the weekend in the south. a bit more unsettled further north as ever. as ever, you can keep up to date, including the warnings, on the website.
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