tv The Travel Show BBC News January 9, 2022 1:30am-2:01am GMT
tennis star novak djokovic faces more controversy afterfootage emerged of him in public around the time his lawyers say he tested positive for covid—19. they're claiming the infection exempts him from australia's vaccine rules, where he's currently detained in an immigration hotel after being barred from entering the country. the case is due to take place on monday. more than 150,000 people in the uk have now died within 28 days of a testing positive for coronavirus. it's the highest first country in western europe to reach the figure. at least 21 people have died in freezing temperatures in northeastern pakistan after their cars were trapped in heavy snow. the chief minister of punjab province has declared the mountain resort town of murree, where a thousand vehicles were stranded, as a disaster area, warning people to stay away. up to half a million people
living in flats in england may no longer face the cost of paying to replace dangerous cladding on their properties under new government proposals. the plans, set to be announced monday, would instead ask developers to pay up for work on buildings of around four to six storeys high. 0ur political correspondent ben wright reports. for around 500,000 homeowners living in potentially unsafe and unsellable flats, the fall—out from the grenfell tower fire has been traumatic and costly. leaseholders having to take out loans to strip out cladding and repair medium sized blocks of flats. me and my neighbours know we're living in unsafe clad flats so the main cost has been sleepless nights, worrying about that, but also worrying about the potential bill that is going to land on our doorstep of tens of thousands of pounds. but on monday the minister responsible for housing, michael gove, is expected to say the government will expose and pursue companies responsible for the crisis and ease the unfair burden placed
on leaseholders. until now, the government's approach was for dangerous cladding removal to be paid for by the building safety fund. it was only for buildings more than 18.5 metres in height. everything else was to be covered by developers paying or via a loans scheme for leaseholders. but next week the government will tell developers they have to pay, up to £4 billion, to cover the cost of fixing or removing cladding from buildings between 11 and 18.5 metres in height. developers will be threatened with a change to the law if they don't pay up. we should not still be here, so many years after grenfell, arguing about this. for us, it has been that desire to resolve the issue for customers, that has set out our stall, but actually we will cover these costs. the industry as a whole does need to come to grips with that. it does need to be an industry—wide solution and everybody needs to play their part.
michael gove is also expected to outline changes that will make it easier for leaseholders to sell their homes. ministers have been under intense pressure to act from campaigners and mps on both sides of the commons, and it seems the treasury will not be stumping up extra taxpayers money for this. labour said impacted leaseholders should be legally protected from the cost of fixing any historic faults to their buildings. for hundreds of thousands of people, next week's announcement may rebuild some confidence that there will be a solution to their ongoing housing crisis. ben wright, bbc news. now on bbc news it's the travel show with lucy hedges. this week on the travel show.
now, if you spent any part of lockdown dancing alone in the kitchen, this show is for you. now, for many of us, dancing offers a shortcut to happiness and escape. over the years on the travel show, we've picked up some pretty nifty dance moves all over the world — and have failed miserably at others. so here, for your entertainment and our eternal embarrassment, are our attempts to remain co—ordinated under pressure and in front of a camera. let's kick off with my trip to south africa back in 2018, when i tried to keep up with a truly talented group of performers who have made news all over the world thanks to an energetic form
of dancing known as pantsula. they set the bar a little high for me, though. fast-paced singing this is pa ntsula. this style of dancing is absolutely incredible. it's fast paced, it's energetic, and it's technical. but for young south africans, it's so much more than this. it's a movement that encapsulates storytelling, fashion and social expression. and just look at those dance moves. my mind is just blown! for via vyndal, everything in their act holds a special significance — from their moves to their costumes. and their clothes are the colours of the national flag. pantsula, it's a local culture. you would never get it anywhere in the suburbs. whatever we do, we're telling our stories, background stories,
through dance. from growing up in this poor neighbourhood, the group has gone on to international acclaim. in 2017, director danny boyle hand—picked them to perform at one of new york's most prestigious venues — carnegie hall. we really killed the stage. it was a peak experience, especially because, to be honest, it was our first time on the plane. and being in new york, it was something different. you could tell that we were far away from home. the background of the dance is closely tied to the history of the nation. we're on our way to the biggest township in south africa — soweto. here, the pantsula has a deeply political message. soweto has a reputation for activism.
it was home to nelson mandela during apartheid in the years prior to his arrest. pantsula has its roots in the same era. it matched contemporary forms with traditional african dance — an act of cultural defiance against the oppressive white government. talk to me about the kind of social and political messages that you express when you dance. the first political message is to be seen as black people. we are powerful, you know. and the second is we're trying to tell the world that we're still free, but we're still bearing a lot of problems. we still have to push ourselves. and we have to push ourselves, like, 10 times harder than any other individual. and now, the moment of truth. do i have what it takes to become an honorary member of the troupe? 0k, stand here. 0k. it's going to be,
one, two, one, two. one, two, one, two. oh, no. yeah. so it's going to be, one, two, one, two. one, two, one, one, two, one, one, two, one. easy! 0k. slow. one, two, one, two. one, two, one, one, two, one, one, two, one. i'm not getting the last bit. come on, focus up here. focus on my feet. i'm not quite there. one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one. yes! it's funny, but i get tired watching that again. what amazing performers. in the same year, half a world away in norway, christa larwood discovered a similar level of skill and dedication with a traditional form of dance
the dance is mostly a show off dance. many hundred years ago, women also did the dance, but it's mostly boys or men doing the dance, because we want to impress the other men or other women. put the right foot in front of the left, sidewards. believe me, this is harder than it looks. if you jump a bit on each step, one, two, yes, nice? i think i'm getting the hang of it. one, two. nice! back in the old days, they used the ceilings to kick down a coin orjust kick their heels. kick the ceiling? you know, they were smaller houses back in those days.
in the 1800s, the military started with competitions, kicking a hat from a stick, and it was about kicking the highest. and then it became incorporated in the halling, the folk dance. i think if i say halling, people say kicking the hat. it is the main goal in the halling. but the dance is the main goal, kicking the hat is sort of topping it. that was good kicking!
you have got to admit those high kicks were pretty impressive. christa in norway back in 2018. here is something else to not try at home, especially if you value yourjoints. peruvian scissor dancing dates back over 500 years, and some people claim it is the inspiration behind modern breakdancing. with a heritage like that, we just had to send carmen to investigate in 2017. the origin of the peruvian scissor dance is shrouded in mystery, but many believe the tradition began in the highlands of the andes as an act of worship to the mountain gods. in the 1500s, the dance was performed to show resistance to spanish rule.
the movements display the performers�* dexterity. and the scissors represented their resistance to pain. but the conquistadors thought it was inspired by the devil and it was banned. despite the ban, the traditions survived, and the twisting, turning dance moves were passed down from generation to generation. now, its importance in peru's history has been recognised by unesco. and its backbreaking moves would put many breakdancers to shame. although the scissors are not sharp, learning to control them while dancing and leaping can take years. hola! it seems like anything goes, but the one rule is that you absolutely cannot drop the scissors. and i'm going to get a lesson to see how it's done.
so the top ones stay still and the bottom one... 0h. it's all in the thumb, the thumb and the wrist. scissors chime first, i've got to get to grips with the scissors. the aim is to hit the handles together in time to the music. the blunt blades are not connected, so holding them in position is really tricky. there is no way i'm going to be able to do this and coordinate my feet. and it's notjust mastering the scissors. this is the one that makes your knees bleed. does it hurt to do the jumps and land on your back? does it hurt your head, your knees? do you have injuries? is that blood on your trousers?
wow, that's dedication! oh, and i'm getting a hat. gosh, as if it's not hard enough! after a few minutes, i'm exhausted. i can't even imagine how hard it would be to do these moves up in the andes, where the thin air makes everything so much harder. these guys are true athletes. oh, that was hard work! some of those moves looked truly, truly backbreaking. just amazing. carmen and the scissor dancers of peru back in 2017. well, we've got plenty more for you, so stay with us.
because, coming up: henry learns it's all in the eyes in india and christa leaves the folk music of norway behind to dance the waltz in vienna. now, in the same way that dance can lift your spirits, it can also tell a story and perhaps nowhere as intricately as india, which is where henry headed to meet the kathakali dancers of kerala, who not only use their bodies but their faces to tell a story. to learn more about kathakali, i have come here to meet a man whose family have been performing the dance for the past hundred years here in cochin. mr devan! how are you? welcome, welcome. this is your theatre! amazing. central to kathakali
is the complex ritual make—up, which turns the performers into supernatural beings, gods and demons. the process of applying the make—up can take many hours, and here in cochin, it's applied in front of the audience, and forms part of the performance. there's a singer who sings the stories... the river flowing! ..and the drummer, who supports. drumming. the dancer translates the songs through the movement of eyebrows, eyes, hand muscles, lips, fingers, footwork. drumming. and all these stories come from the hindu books, religious books. drumming. 0riginally developed as a way of teaching religious scripture
to rural audiences, kathakali is now also a big draw for tourists coming here to kerala. i am very curious to know how do you tell a story with your eyebrows, your cheeks, your lips and your fingers? can you teach me? to start with, there are 2a alphabets in the language, katha kali language. these alphabets are the position of the hand. so how — show me a little segment of how you would use the alphabets to tell the story. please. come. and so with the eye movements, what different types of eye movements do you have? rolling the eyes is getting excited. team those moves with some fancy footwork and you have a performance — in theory, at least.
drumbeat quickens. laughs. that is very good — very impressive! traditionally, a classic kathakali performance can go on for many hours, sometimes a whole night. but some modern audiences have shorter attention spans, so the art form has had to adapt. you lost me! you know, the original one, it goes throughout a night, you know? everything is in detail, everything is intricate. you know, and nowadays we are condensing it for a 1.5, 2—hour program. so in a way we do lose our originality. what is done for hours and, you know, throughout a night, that is not being shown now.
it represents the fire god! but whether the performance is a marathon—length all—nighter or something more contained, the highlight of the show is always the appearance on stage of pacha, wearing his traditional green make—up and performing steps choreographed hundreds of years ago to captivate audiences of today. well, we're almost at the end of this week's programme, but we have just got time for one more dance—off. so let's take a trip all the way back to 2015, long before social distancing had ever been heard of, and when the bigger the party, the better it was. let's hope we can all return to those times before too long. in the meantime, here's christa trying to master a classic waltz in the run—up to
a spectacular ball in vienna. it's just after dawn, but the town hall is already buzzing. preparations are under way for a grand dance event — part of the ball season that takes over vienna each winter. every year, over a50 grand balls take place, and thousands of people descend on the city to get all dressed up and dance the night away. these preparations are for the blumenball, or flower ball — an event for 3000 guests. a team of 250 people have spent a week getting everything ready and today, they are busy decorating the hall with 80,000 flowers. translation: 200 years ago, common people were allowedl to dance for the first time. before that, it was a privilege of the nobility alone. the viennese people were enthralled, and that popularity continues to this day.
over 300,000 people attend the city's balls each season but no two events are the same. they can be anything from grand affairs in the city's imperial palace with formal dress and classical music, to modern dance parties where anything goes. electronic music plays. this season of events also represents big business for the city, boosting the viennese economy by around 200 million euros each year. this is perhaps not surprising when the most sought—after events can cost you up to 250 euros just to get the door. well, if you are going to attend one of these grand balls, you can'tjust turn up injeans. you have to look the part. blue danube waltz plays. well, i've got a fancy frock and a lovely hairdo.
the only thing left is to polish up my dance skills before the ball. matthias urrisk is in charge of directing the formal opening dance at the ball tonight, which will include a grand waltz. and for you, the first step is making a backward step. ok. the viennese waltz is a very famous popular dance. you make two steps in place, two, three. two, three. it is our traditional dance, even our unofficial national song — the blue danube is a waltz — so it's — we are proud of it. 0ne, one, two, three. left, 23. left, 23. yes! blue danube waltz plays.
0utside, dusk is falling over the city, and soon after, the guests of the blumenball begin to arrive. the ball opens with a formal performance then suddenly, the floor is crowded with dancing couples old and young, who seem to seriously know their stuff. it's so nice! it makes you want to take up dance lessons. the other ball guests seem equally taken with the romance of the event. i love to go to balls. i like to dress like a princess, and to dance like a princess. it's a journey into another world for me. eventually, it's time to stop being a wallflower and put my dance training into action. my terrible dancing! no, no! i onlyjust learned
how to do it today! blue danube waltz plays. now, i do hope you've enjoyed this look—back with me and that we have managed to give you some trouble inspiration and maybe even a few moves for when we can all hit the road again. hope it's not too long to wait until then. hope it's not too long to wait untilthen. in hope it's not too long to wait until then. in the meantime, make sure you catch us next week, if you can, when... there is another chance to catch up with the family from america who decided to go on the road for the very first time with their two autistic little boys. they had a lot of fun at the theme parks and the theme parks were built for them. they welcomed them with open arms and let them enjoy themselves.
until then, though, from me lucy hedges and everyone else here on the show, thanks for watching and goodbye. hello again. it was quite a wet and windy start to the weekend. saturday brought widespread outbreaks of rain. the wettest place, north west wales, capel curig picking up 34mm of rain. the strong winds towards the isle of wight pushing the waves into the coastline here. towards the end of the day, we had a lovely sunset in dumfries and galloway in west scotland. now, the driving area of low pressure that brought the wet and windy weather on saturday is here and it's still on the charts through sunday. what's going to happen is it's going to weaken significantly as it moves its way across scotland. however, it will still be
bringing a little bit of rain with it across parts of scotland and northern england as well. now, for the time being, we've still got some fairly brisk winds blowing in. they're bringing scattered showers across western areas. there's a little bit of sleet mixed in with some of these across the higher ground, scotland, northern england, northern ireland as well, with temperatures close to freezing but on the whole, just staying above — except in northern scotland, where temperatures could get down to about —5 in the deeper valleys in aberdeenshire. now, for many, it's going to be a fine start to the day but that area of low pressure is going to push this band of rain across scotland, northern ireland and through the afternoon, the rain moves its way across northern england. it will turn lighter and patchier, perhaps reaching the north of wales late in the day. still across the midlands, east anglia, most of southern england a lot of dry weather but we end the day with this band of light, patchy rain pushing into cornwall. well, that is associated with this warm front and that warm front is going to pivot its way in to the uk as we go through monday. now, with that, yes, will come mild air, but there will be a lot of cloud around, mist and fog
patches quite common around the coasts and hills, and it will be quite damp at times, too, with a bit of light rain and drizzle. a bit of heavier rain into western scotland, where a cold front will begin to move in late in the day. temperatures then are the mildest across western areas of the uk just ahead of this front. in the east, a little bit cooler — highs of around 7 or so. now, by tuesday, this is our cold front now pushing its way southwards across england and wales. that will clear outbreaks of rain southwards. a mixture of bright spells and showers for scotland. a lot of dry weather in between for northern ireland, northern england and north wales as well but you'll notice the cooler air starting to move back in from the north and west with temperatures here around 7 or 8, the mildest air in the south. now, beyond that, high pressure is going to build into the south of the uk and that means increasingly, in the week ahead, the weather will become fine and dry with some sunny spells.
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