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that the leaves are stapled on. it's not the first time royalty has graced the square. back in 2001, the queen paid a visit to the queen vic. i was lucky enough to meet her majesty last time she was here. accidentally came out of the tunnel and bumped into her as barbara windsor was bringing her behind the bar. and from the square to the cobbles, prince charles made his soap debut 22 years ago. we'll never hear the last of this. on the live 40th anniversary episode of coronation street he was seen in footage on a fictional news bulletin. we just give this onei a good yank, do we? camilla is also familiar with corrie. here she is in 2010 channelling her inner landlady, pulling pints in the rovers. cheers! you're a natural. back to the square, though. the duke and duchess will be making their starring role onjune
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the 2nd at the start of the long bank holiday weekend. rhaya barton, bbc news. time for a look at the weather with helen. hello there. a cooler day in the offing tomorrow because we've got two areas of low pressure, one that's been across the north today, the other one drifting up from france. so we are going to see some rain. we're already seeing that rain across the north and west of scotland. that continues through this evening, the odd drizzly shower elsewhere and some late sunshine. and then overnight, the potentialfor some rain to drift up from france. our rain further north starts to pull away, but leaves still quite a legacy of showery rain. so it's a relatively mild night, a little bit of mist and fog, particularly over the hills. so for monday, we've got our two areas of low pressure. as this one moves into the north sea, the northwesterly will bring a real rash of showers to many areas. could be heavy, could be thundery as well. and then we've got rain potentially drifting up from the south and it's how far north and west that gets that's the main uncertainty.
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but it looks like an unsettled day with showers or some longer spells of rain. temperatures a few degrees down on those of today as well. and we've got more of those showers to come through the night tomorrow night and into tuesday. hello, this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines: the deadline has passed
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for officials named in sue gray's report into lockdown breaches in downing street to respond or object, ahead of its long awaited publication this week. energy company e.0n is warning that unless the government intervenes, the number of its customers in fuel poverty could reach 40% by the autumn. 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. more than 300 scotrail services have been cancelled for the third sunday in a row — it comes on the eve of major timetable cuts across the country. now on bbc news, the travel show is hoping to recover now that —— 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 very... it's lovely. yes! it's just a really
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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 temple complex of angkor wat. it's the world's largest religious site, normally attracting around
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two and a half million people every year. pre—pandemic, crowds would arrive early to see the sunrise and stay for days in 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... we see any tourists?! ifeel quite sad. you know, i really missed those day, you know, that i brought people to here, you know? we've got to deal a lot with our life situation at the moment. so many people lostjob. 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's... it was something that we never encountered before in our whole life. it's hard to describe. sometimes i 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... 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 totally deserted all that time.
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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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here is the phsar chas, this is the most well known market in the city, where tourists would come for shopping, for wood carving, t—shirts, silver, silk. yeah, normally these stores are opening, but at the moment, every store is closed. they are excited and they're so happy to see tourists walking in the street, walking around the temple.
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even not enough to give job 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. 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
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or a middle eastern spice market. here in amsterdam, the smell i identify with this place tends to be these things, stroopwafels, sort of cinnamon and caramel. you sort of get it in the air when you're travelling around the city. and the best part of it is, you get to eat them, too. 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. hi, mayi...? yeah, come, come, come! what an incredible place. isn't it wonderful? is this all original? it's more of a drug store, you might
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say, between grocery and apothecary. the project's not based in amsterdam by accident. this city, inger 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 cold, and...a 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 actually tried to recreate a pomander smell from an old book of secrets recipe.
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if you pump it and then you canjust dump in front of your nose and smell and maybe use both of your nostrils. and then try to... oh, it's very... it's lovely. yes, right. it's just a really good air freshener. once these programmes are up and running, how might i engage with them? well, for instance, if you would go to the museum ulm in germany, you can look at a painting, smell the smell, and then rethink 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 it, on 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
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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. marieke uses artificial intelligence to scan historical documents, on the lookout for forgotten fragrances. through this database, everyone can access this... ..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 can see a collection of bottles over here, which is very exciting. are these some of the re—interpreted smells? these are re—interpreted smells for the ulm exhibition.
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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! 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 that 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 to 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.
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that was very popular. frankincense... ..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. this might also be like a bit of friction in there. so, some of that leather still kind of comes through sometimes. yeah, there is a... it's not just nice. yeah, there's like a... there's a bit of a pong. there's, like... marieke laughs like a gentle edge of a 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. inger is 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.
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in the 17th century, there must have been a lot to smell. smell this scent that we also create. 0k... so, do i wave it? yeah, wave it in under your nose. 0h! maybe... ! don't make it too close! i mean, it's not great. it's not great, no! is that what the canal would have smelled like here? there are indeed elements of... yeah, a polluted kind of smell. so, it has sulphur in... i mean, it has a kind of bathroom smell. 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 military force that went with the east india company to actually enforce labour, to make use
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of all kinds of violence, to get that luxury spice straight 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 structural treatment really has to be done now, because if we would wait longer, we really get irreparable damage. and we go inside the world's biggest geode in the crystal caves of southern spain. so, don't go away.
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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. yes. it's crazy to see the back of an old master. can you tell me what you're doing
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here with what looks like a very tiny iron? we want to get 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... little wrinkles. ..all these little wrinkles. so, that's what we try to get out with the last step. this structural treatment really has to be done now because if we would wait longer, we would really get irreparable damage on the painting. so, that's why we're 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
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next to you, you know, and they're making so many photographs and movies. 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. he was the fifth beatle. he was the coolest guy around, and he wasjust an amazing footballer. and if you like to catch up on our
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latest features, you can find us on the bbc iplayer. don't forget to check us out on social media, too, just search for bbc travel show and look out for the blue icon. until next time, from me and all the travel show team here in amsterdam, it's goodbye. good evening. in the sunshine again today, temperatures have reached the low 20s, but actually, for the week ahead — and certainly the first few days of the week ahead — it looks cooler. there will be some heavy showery rain around. and wednesday looks really quite unsettled and windy. we might see some warmth and dry weather return to the south later in the week. so the set—up during the rest of today and tomorrow is low pressure to the north and low pressure approaching from the south, so we are going to see some rain or some showers. now, that rain at the moment
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is going to be heaviest across the north and west of scotland — the highlands and the islands, really. there will be the odd shower elsewhere, but still some sunshine hanging on further south and east, east of the grampians in northern scotland and in northern ireland, between those sharp showers which will ease the way through the night, although the rain takes time to pull away from northern scotland. by that stage in the south, we're starting to see some showery rain moving northwards as well. so, with all the cloud around, a mild night for the most part, a little bit grey and misty over the hills where we have the rain as well. so as i say, monday is looking rather unsettled. our low pressure of the weekend will drift into the north sea and the wind direction will change, hence it feels cooler. but also there's uncertainty as to far north the rain's going to come on that next area of low pressure moving up from france. but certainly a lot of showers around across many parts of the uk. could be a little bit heavy and thundery in places, and then potentialfor quite a bit of cloud rolling into southern and eastern areas with some more
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persistent rain as well during the course of the day. temperatures will be held down into the high teens, really, for the most part. where we see some sunshine, 17 or 18 celsius. further north, it's a showery picture and a little bit cooler than it has been through the weekend as well. that area of low pressure, then, through monday night pushes its rain across other central and eastern areas. by tuesday, it's still hanging around in the north sea, feeding northwesterly winds in, feeding the showers. that northwesterly wind means it'll feel quite cool for most of us, the showers, as you can see, particularly prevalent across central and eastern parts of the uk. still could be quite heavy here. and temperatures, as i say, around about 15—18, which is about average. and it'll feel pleasant in western areas, perhaps sheltered from the breeze and in some sunshine, but it's generally an unsettled picture, with a windy wednesday ahead and more showers to come then, perhaps starting to dry up and warm up a little from the south by the time we get to the end of the week.
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