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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  May 22, 2022 1:30pm-2:01pm BST

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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... deadline day for the report into lockdown breaches in downing street — those named have until 5pm to respond ahead of its long awaited publication. the education secretary nadhim zahawi insists the report is independent lad civil servant is independent in their investigation and has the highest level of professionalism and integrity. the prime minister has made it clear he would never seek to interfere with the investigation.
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the ukrainian government says it won't agree to a ceasefire with russia that involves giving up territory — in an apparent hardening of its position australia's prime minister—elect gets ready to take to the world stage — promising a new approach on climate change. there is a change of government, there will be some changes in policy, particularly with regard to climate change and our engagement with the world. the annual world health assembly will discuss a rare outbreak of monkeypox when it convenes in geneva later. the premier league title race between manchester city and liverpool will be decided today. manchester city play aston villa, liverpool play wolves. 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
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in their lifetime. ..following my nose in amsterdam... oh, it's very — it's lovely! yeah! ..it smells likejust a really good air freshener! ..and we go inside the world's largest crystal cave. 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
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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 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.
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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 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 no job and no any support. i miss people who used to come to visit my country. yeah, i really miss the walking
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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 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.
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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. 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
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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. mmm, 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!
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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! 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 — 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.
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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 can just pump it in front of your nose and smell, and maybe use both of the nostrils, and then try to... oh, it's very — it's lovely! yes, that's right! it's like a really good air freshener! laughs. 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.
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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, on the lookout for forgotten fragrances. through this database, 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 yourarea. so, really, we want to make smells searchable. i see a collection of bottles over here, which is very exciting!
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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, 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!
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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 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
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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. 0k. 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 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 you from the water to the military might, 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
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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. 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
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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. 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 there 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.
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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. 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,
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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 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,
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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 the rest of the travel show team here in amsterdam, it's goodbye. hello, sunshine on the way for many parts of the uk this afternoon, but for some it will be accompanied by a serving of showers. driest, brightest closest to this area of high pressure, so across southern and eastern most counties of england. low pressure to the northwest feeding in more in the way of cloud. the sun is going to have a pretty good go at breaking that cloud up in many areas,
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but it is likely to produce some showers i think across western wales and northern england into the afternoon and potentially some thunderstorms for southern scotland and northern ireland. up to 23 degrees, though, in the sunshine towards the southeast. just 13 or 14 where we have a band of more persistent rain across northwestern scotland stretching up to the northern isles. and more rain to come out of that through the course of the night for northern—most scotland. elsewhere, we are looking at an essentially dry night and a mild night, with temperatures widely in double figures. for monday, it's a bit of a two—pronged attack in terms of our weather. we've got weather fronts trying to push down from the north and we've got an area of low pressure trying to push in from the south. the theme, really, for the week ahead is that it's going to be unsettled and it will also turn cooler. this area of low pressure could make for some pretty intense rain across eastern—most counties of england through monday and then fronts heading south i think will start to produce some showers
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that lump together into longer spells of rain, particularly for wales and the south west come monday afternoon. we are having some questions around exactly where this rain sits across eastern england through monday and how heavy it is. so just keep that in the back of your mind through the course of the day. but cooler as you can see for everyone. temperatures no longer in the low 20s, mid—teens very typically. tuesday, low pressure to the east of the uk means i think many eastern areas will see some quite heavy showers. there'll be strong winds along the length of the north sea and some of this rain could also be fairly persistent before the low drifts away. towards the west, a very different story, actually. light winds, sunshine and a pretty pleasant and quiet day. but by midweek we've got an area of low pressure coming in from the atlantic and all areas that will turn it windy and bring a chance of showers just about anywhere. it does look like things will start to settle down, though, again towards the end of the week and we might see some warmth creeping back in by then, too.
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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the latest headlines. deadline day for the report into lockdown breaches in downing street — those named have until 5pm to respond ahead of its long—awaited publication. the ukrainian government says it won't agree to a ceasefire with russia, that involves giving up territory in an apparent hardening of its position. energy company, eon, is warning that unless the government intervenes the number of its customers in fuel poverty could reach 40% by the autumn — ministers say they're looking at all options. it's a very, very significant impact and that's why we've called upon the government to take more action. we do know nned more intervention in october and it has to be very substantial. the annual world health assembly will discuss a rare outbreak of monkeypox when it convenes in geneva later.

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