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this is bbc news. the headlines: anthony albanese has won the australian general election, beating scott morrison to become the country's first labor prime minister in almost a decade. addressing supporters, he pledged to transform the country into a renewable energy superpower and to work towards lifting wages and profits. as russian attacks in eastern ukraine intensify, president volodymyr zelensky has said diplomacy is the only way the war on his country will end. the british foreign secretary, liz truss, has said that ukraine's neighbour, moldova, should be armed with nato military equipment to help guard against the threat of a russian invasion. switzerland and the netherlands have become the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox,
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with doctors warning the outbreak could badly affect access to sexual health services. at least 90 infections have been confirmed in a dozen countries. now on bbc news — the travel show. this week on the travel show: waiting for the backpackers�* return. we have beautiful temples and a lot of beautiful places around cambodia. so it is something that they should come and have a look in their lifetime. following my nose in amsterdam. oh, it's�*s lovely! yeah! it smells likejust a really good air freshener! and we go inside the world's largest crystal cave.
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hello and welcome to amsterdam, the famous city of canals. a little later, i'll be sniffing my way around town to find out about new efforts to create a catalogue of historic odours, and not all of them pleasant. but first... we're starting in cambodia, at the vast and ancient buddhist temple complex of angkor wat. it's the world's largest religious site, normally attracting around 2.5 million people every year. pre—pandemic, crowds would arrive early to see the sunrise and stay for days nearby siem reap, making it the most popular spot in the country. but since covid, an eerie silence
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has fallen over the area. at one point, footfall dropped by more than 99%. as you could see around ourself, do we see any tourists? laughs ifeel quite sad, you know. i miss those days that i brought people here. we've got to deal a lot with our life situation at the moment, so many people lostjobs. in may 2020, we went to angkor wat to see the impact for ourselves. two years later, we've returned to catch up with the people we met. the last two years has been very difficult for me because i totally lost myjob and ijust got nothing else to do, just like many other people who survive from
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tourist industry as well. yeah, it was something that we never encountered before in our whole life. it's hard to describe. sometimes you just want to cry, you know, talking about the tough time that we had nojob and no any support. i miss people who used to come to visit my country. yeah, i really miss the walking through the temple, my explanation to people, and also, the ways i try to make people happy.
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but angkor wat hasn't been
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totally deserted all that time. important conservation work to protect the temples has continued.
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this is the psar chaa. it is the most well—known market in the city where tourists would come for shopping, for woodcarving, t—shirt, silver, silk. yeah, normally, these stores are opening, but at the moment, every store is closed. they are excited and it's so happy to see tourists walking in the street, walking around the temple. even not enough to give jobs to people yet, but, yeah, when we see people coming, we, you know, have, like, a good sign.
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nice people, we have beautiful temples and a lot of beautiful places around cambodia, so it is something that they should come and have a look in their lifetime. welcome back to the netherlands. this week, i'm in what's always been one of europe's busiest city destinations. oh, so many to choose from. amsterdam. when i travel, one of the first things i notice about a place tends to be the smells. and often, it's one of the strongest memories when i go home too, like the scent of a venetian canal or a middle eastern spice market. here in amsterdam, the smell i identify with this place tends to be these things — stroopwaffels. sort of cinnamon and caramel, you sort of get it in the air when you're travelling around the city. the best part of it is you get to eat them too.
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mm, it's good. scientists say there's a link between smell, memory and emotion. and now, they're using that connection to enhance our travels. in fact, one group has started amassing a library of historical smells in an attempt to bring them back to life. the plan is to use them in museums and on walking tours. may i...may i come behind here? yeah, yeah, yeah, come, come, come! what an incredible place! yeah, isn't it wonderful? is this all original? it's more of a drug store, you might say, between grocery and the apothecary. the project's not based in amsterdam by accident. this city, inga argues, is a rich hunting ground for ancient pongs. so, i guess back then, amsterdam would have been quite a smelly place. absolutely!
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it was called �*the beautiful lady with the stinking breath' because of the canals, which looked wonderful, but evaporated a foul stench of not only the sewer — the privies that were leaking into the canals and all the factories that were there, but also, of the cadavers of animals that ended up in the canal. not all the dutch smells are bad, though. in fact, to ward off the whiffs, many of the nobility carried pomanders, a kind of perfumed ball. so, what we did is we tried to recreate a pomander smell from an old book of secret recipes. if you pump it, and then you canjust pump it in front of your nose and smell, and maybe use both of the nostrils, and then try to... oh, it's�*s lovely! yes, that's right! it's like a really good air freshener! laughs
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once these programmes are up and running, how might i engage with that? well, for instance, if you would go to the museum ulm in germany, you could look at a painting, smell a smell and then re—think, what is it that i'm actually seeing? and all of a sudden, you might notice different elements in that painting. or in the summer in amsterdam, you can go on a smell walk yourself and have a smell kit that you bring, and then in front of certain locations, you can look at your iphone, smell, and learn more about that space that you're in. while sniffing around in the past is an important part of the project, they're also employing some of the most cutting edge technology available today. deep in the old hq of a former spice trade company lies the modern tech at the heart of this project. marika uses artificial intelligence to scan historical documents,
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on the lookout for forgotten fragrances. through this data base, everyone can access all this information we've gathered about smells from all these different sources. museum curators can use it if they're interested in adding smells to their exhibitions. we're working on an app so you can do a smell tour, so you can basically see what kind of smells could have been in your area. so, really, we want to make smells searchable. i see a collection of bottles over here, which is very exciting! are these some of the reinterpreted smells? these are reinterpreted smells for the ulm exhibition. it's going to be a guided tour. so, there will be several paintings that are paired with these smell creations. fantastic. so, i can see here we've got helena's gloves. helena's gloves! got the smell of someone�*s gloves? yes, the smell of someone�*s gloves. there's helena. i'll make helena full screen. so, helena was very rich,
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as you can also see by her dress, and she's holding these gloves and they also have, like, this embroidery on it. these are leather gloves and the tanning process wasn't as sophisticated as it is these days, so it would actually create some rather smelly leather, so people, if you were rich enough, you could perfume your gloves to sort of hide — mask the smell of the tanned leather. 0h! just move it around a bit. people used to use dried roses, that was a lot... definitely floral. ..very popular. frankincense and jasmine. some ambergris. but there might also be — i don't know if you can smell it — let me check — i've got it here as well. sometimes it's a bit hard to find. there might also be, like, a bit of friction in there, so some of that leather still kind of comes
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through sometimes. there is a... so it's notjust nice. yeah, there's like a... there's a bit of a pong. laughs there's, like, there's...there�*s a sort of like a gentle edge of a bit... bit animalistic as well. yeah, and what's really interesting is knowing the history, it smells like one smell masking another smell. yeah. but it's notjust a novelty. inga's keen to show me how the walking tours that are being planned can offer a whole new layer of historical detail. this is where the dutch east india company used to unload silks, spices, herbs and tobacco from all over the world. in the 17th century, there must have been a lot to smell. smell this scent that we also created. ok. so, do i wave it? yeah, wave it under your nose. ooh! chuckles. maybe don't wave it too close! i mean, it's not great! it's not great, no! is that what the canal
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would've smelled like here? there are, indeed, elements of, yeah, a polluted canal smell, so it has sulphur... it has a kind of bathroom smell, yeah. yes, excrement, urine components in there. but it's also, the sulphuric component also leads to the gunpowder that was actually stored in this building. this is the headquarters — or used to be the headquarters — of the dutch admiralty, so they were the the military force that went with the east india company to actually enforce labour, to use — make use of all kinds of violence to get that luxury spice trade into the dutch republic. this isn'tjust a touristic novelty — time, money and expertise have been spent making these smells as accurate as possible.
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and if there's one thing they've taught me, it's that the past was a pretty stinky place. well, do stick around because still to come on the travel show — watching them watching her mending the night watch in amsterdam's biggest museum. this structured treatment really has to be done now because if we would wait longer, we will really get unrepairable damage. and we go inside the world's biggest geode in the crystal caves of southern spain. so, don't go away. one of the reasons amsterdam has become so popular is its museums and galleries. there are loads, from the microbe centre — which i enjoyed a few years back — to the van gogh museum, one of the most popular in the world. but there's one place i particularly want to see while i'm here.
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this is the rijksmuseum. it's the country's largest museum, and it's also home to one of the netherlands�* greatest art treasures. this — rembrandt�*s night watch. but, in fact, the painting isn't on the wall — it's currently in there. rembrandt�*s biggest and most famous painting is being restored and as a visitor, you can watch the work being carried out. i've been given permission to get even closer. yes. it's crazy to see, like, the back of an old master. can you tell me what you're doing here with what looks like a very tiny iron? we want to get an as flat, even canvas as possible because that's necessary for the new stretching, so we won't get any problems in the future. we want to get everything as even as possible.
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so, what's the next step after this? is it working? it looks very flat to me. yeah, it is working but, as you can see here, when we use this little light, you can still see all these... ah, yes — little wrinkles. yes, all these little wrinkles. so, that's what we try to get out with the last step. this structured treatment really has to be done now because if we would wait longer, we will really get unrepairable damage on the painting, so that's why we are treating the painting at the moment. what's it like for you to work, surrounded by people? yeah, sometimes it's difficult — especially when the table is very close to the glass and you really feel like people are standing next to you, you know, and they're making so many photographs and movies, so, but i try to just not look at the public and just focus on the painting. and if you're worried that all you'd see is the back of the painting, you'll be happy to know
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that the night watch is now standing upright and visible again while ige and her colleagues continue their work in the museum's glass house. and we're going to finish this week inside a natural wonder underneath southern spain. the pulpi geode is possibly the largest crystal cave ever discovered. it was literally unearthed 20 years ago and only opened to the public a few months before the first lockdown, and we've been to take a look.
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well, that's all we have time for on this week's show, but coming up next week, rajan�*s in belfast... wow. ..scoring a night in the bed of northern ireland's most famous footballer. well, he was the fifth beatle, he was the coolest guy around and he was just an amazing footballer. and if you'd like to catch up on some of our recent adventures, you can find us on bbc iplayer. and don't forget, we're on social media, too — you can just search for bbc travel show and look out for the blue icon. until next time, from me and all rest of the travel show team here in amsterdam, it's goodbye.
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hello there. there was a north—south divide with the weather for the start of the weekend. yes, weather fronts across scotland and northern ireland brought certainly more cloud, a bit more of a breeze, some showery outbreaks of rain as well. high pressure, though, hanging on in across england and wales. the cloud did develop as we went through the afternoon with some warm sunshine. london saw a high of 22 degrees — 72 fahrenheit. but where that cloud and the rain lingered across the highland, where we had around half an inch worth of rain through the day, it was a fairly grey affair at times. and that rain is still sitting there, chiefly to the north—west of the great glen but certainly, more cloud along western fringes. quite a murky start for the day with a few isolated showers here and there as well. so, the best of the sunshine, the best of the warmth,
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if we draw a line, really, from cardiff over towards norwich, anywhere south and east of that could potentially see highs of 23 degrees with the wind direction light and coming from a southerly. a little more cloud, a few spots of rain across north wales, northern england as well. a few more nuisance showers into northern ireland and once again to the north—west of the great glen, so here, a little bit fresher — 13—17 degrees the overall high. those weather fronts will ease away as we move through the latter stages of sunday, weakening all the time. but something worth bearing in mind is this weather front that's going to push up from the near continent. mightjust bring some sharp showers across the far south—east corner as well. and also worth bearing in mind, the wind direction changing to more of a north—westerly, so a cooler feel, and that's going to push the warm air that we've seen away from the south—east corner as well, so a noticeable difference to the feel to the weather potentially on monday. so, we need to keep an eye on those showers. there is a level of uncertainty of how far west those showers are likely to be, but there could be some sharp showers, maybe even a little bit
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of saharan dust mixed in there as well. a cloudier day on monday with a few scattered showers elsewhere and noticeably cooler as well. top temperatures 12—18 celsius. now, as we move out of monday and head into tuesday, that low pressure eases away and we see through the middle part of the week, after sunshine and showers on tuesday, more wet weather moving in, so things stay on the cooler side and a little more unsettled tuesday into wednesday, but high pressure then set to build once again and those temperatures will start to recover for the start of the weekend.
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