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the us has placed more than 8,000 troops on a heightened state of alert as part of its readiness to respond if russia invades ukraine. a pentagon spokesman said that if deployed, the troops would bolster nato�*s presence in eastern europe. at least eight people have been killed in a crush at a stadium in cameroon hosting an africa cup of nations football match. dozens of others were injured when fans tried to push through the gates of the 0lembe stadium to see the host nation play comoros. the army in burkina faso�*s announced on tv that they've seized power in the west african country following a mutiny over islamist insurgency. the us has called upon them to respect the civilian leadership and to release the president and other detained ministers. those are the main headlines on the bbc news.
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we have got to look at some of theissues we have got to look at some of the issues taking place in the uk, and that is the change of fictions with regards to covid itself. people arriving in the uk from abroad will no longer have two takeover tests if they are fully vaccinated. the changes will come in on fabree ii changes will come in on fabree 11 in time for the half term break. 0ur transport correspondent katy austin has the details. even a day of less than glorious weather couldn't dampen the mood of tourism businesses in this corner of southern spain today. they hope a further easing of travel restrictions will mean more brits come over for half term. it's going to make such a difference to so many people, to the travellers, to the people with businesses over here and obviously in other countries as well. from february 11, fully
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vaccinated people will no longer have to pay to take a covid test after arriving in the uk. yes, fantastic. to the relief of passengers we spoke to at gatwick airport. i'm just me, but if it was a family, oh, my goodness, the expense of it. it's pointless to have them, frankly, particularly after all the palaver we've been through with the vaccinations and the process. those who haven't had both jabs will no longer have to take a covid test on day eight after arriving. people planning holidays or other trips will still need to pay attention to the entry requirements and covid rules in the place they're visiting, but the travel industry sees today's announcement as a significant welcome move. airlines say it brings international travel back towards near normality for fully vaccinated travellers. every time that the government have removed these restrictions on travel as well that has been such a boost in the sales and i don't think that's going to be any different right now. the government says the vaccine
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rollout has made these latest changes possible, but one public health expert urged caution. we are not out of the woods in terms of the numbers of people with covid, and although this is welcome news for a sector, it shouldn't be seen generally as yet another signal that it's all 0k. passenger locator forms will still be required. the 0micron variant put yet another dampener on the travel sector's fortunes, today's news has fuelled hopes its recovery can take off again. katy austin, bbc news. more travel now on bbc news in the travel show with carmen roberts. this week on the travel show, tiny spaces in tokyo. vast wide open ones in finnish lapland. freedom, the silence around you, and generally just live a happier life.
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and the trips to look forward to in 2022. international restrictions will start to ease, restoring the benefits travel brings to the world. it's a city of dazzling neon, where robots can fix your drink, and you order your food from a machine. and even way back in 1972, architects were coming up with visions of the future that still leave us spellbound.
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this is the nakagin capsule tower. it's astonishing to sit here and look at this building, and even though it was built about 50 years ago, it still looks really futuristic. but the netting on the outside is a sign that time is beginning to catch up with the nakagin. it's made from more than 140 pods, each of which can be detached and replaced. the tower was the first finished example of metabolism — an architectural movement inspired by the natural world — but this year, it's scheduled for demolition. wow. this is it? it's t' in hai! y! where's the kitchen? doko — kitchen wa doko desu ka? mr maeda owns several capsules. look at this tiny bathroom.
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i'm not going to even attempt to go inside. wow. that is small. it still works? yes. there's hot water? no hot water. 0h, tough. wow, and there's a bit of rust on the taps there. yeah. why is the building being demolished? how does it make you feel when you know that this building will be demolished?
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the current plan is for some of the pods to be shipped off to museums around the world, but i'm off to see another resident here, who's still very much using hers. 0k, shoes off? hai. i love your place. look, it's brilliant, it's mad — i've never seen i've never seen anything like it! why do you rent a capsule here? koe is a dj. she live—streams from her pod
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on one of the upper floors of the tower. upbeat music plays when nakagin is torn down later this year,
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there'll be an empty space in tokyo's skyline. but it's not quite the end for metabolism. deep in the woods in nagano prefecture, about a three—hour drive from tokyo, is one building that's fared better than the nakagin capsule tower. this is capsule house k. it's owned by mikio kurokawa, whose father was the architect of this and the nakagin itself. he intends to list it on airbnb. hajimemashite. arigatou gozaimasu. it's nice and warm in here. i love these �*70s features — they're great. it's got a real retro feel about it. arigatou gozaimasu. gk. show me around. hai. it's in much better condition.
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oh, so this must be the kitchen capsule? a real arigatou gozaimasu. 0ld �*70s interior. the building was designed for use as kisho kurokawa's own private villa. there is one central shaft with four capsules attached, each with a different function. and what you about the nakagin capsule tower in tokyo being set for demolition?
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i love the idea of a metabolically designed building — that parts or pods can be removed and recycled — but, sadly, that's more difficult than it sounds, and while the nakagin capsule tower is destined for demolition, at least the original design concept is living on here in nagano.
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hello, and happy new year to you. well, for me, and probably for you, it's been another challenging year for travel, and 2022 begins with a tangle of international rules that can make anyjourney a gruelling battle. but my hope is that as vaccination makes progress around the world, international restrictions will start to ease and borders will open, restoring the benefits that travel brings to the world. so, what am i most excited about this year? the resurgence of rail in europe. during the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have reassessed our relationship with travel, wanting to limit the impact on the environment and improve the quality of the journey. and in europe,
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that means international rail, with new opportunities, such as italian railway�*s frecciarossa service, between paris and milan, enjoying complimentary food and prosecco as you speed through the alps. also, there's expanded overnight services, including new sleeper trains between paris and vienna and from amsterdam to zurich. the us finally opened to visitors from europe, brazil, and some other countries only in november. iflew into orlando, florida, on opening day — inconveniently a few weeks late for the big anniversary of walt disney world — 50 years since it opened on 0ctober1, 1971. but never wants to miss a party, the four disney parks will be having celebrations for 18 months,
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all the way through this year and into 2023. after two summers of disappointment, will this be the year when festival—lovers can return to worthy farm in the english county of somerset? glastonbury, arguably the most famous music festival in the world, was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, until covid—19 forced its cancellation. now, emily evers, co—organiser of glastonbury, says it will go ahead injune, and two headliners are already confirmed — diana ross and billie eilish. the uk is hosting the women's euros for the first time with the final being played at wembley stadium on the last day ofjuly. later in the year, it's the turn of qatar to host
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the men's world cup. tickets for the tournament are not yet on sale but you can check out accommodation options, whether that's in a special desert camp, on board a cruise ship moored in qatar or staying with a local family. to answer a question we've been asked many times here at the travel show, fans will be able to drink alcohol in qatar in specially allocated zones. find out more in a couple of weeks when we will host an entire travel show special from qatar. wherever you are heading in 2022, i hope your travel dreams come true. joined me again soon for another global guide. still to come on the travel show: one of the best social distances around. the woman who gave it all up for a new life in the arctic wilderness. i wanted to have more spare
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time, not work so much. and enjoy more. so don't go away. this week we are exploring the japanese capital tokyo. this is yoyogi park, right in the heart of the city and known for its cherry blossom in the springtime. i wanted to show you one pretty cool addition to the landscape, and here it is. this is yoyogi's new transparent loo, part of the tokyo toilet project, an attempt by some of the country's best known architects to give us somewhere more beautiful to go about our business. these ones, for example, took mushrooms as inspiration as they sit in front of woodland. while this has hygiene at its heart with everything operating on voice command.
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for my money though, these at yoyogi are the most outrageous. this is how it works. now you see me, now you don't. well, sort of. it takes a while to become opaque so i hope you're not in a rush. i've never seen anything like this. i felt a bit strange at first. were you worried people might see you? yes, i was a bit worried at first but then it gets darker towards when the time has passed so i felt safe. let's face it, japanese toilets have always been ahead of the game. with their hygiene sprays and their seat warmers, but this might take a bit of getting used to. anyway, now, if you don't mind, i have business to get down to. sometimes, don't we all want to just get away from it all?
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really far away. well, that is exactly what ava did, leaving her home in helsinki for a new life in the remote, freezing arctic. we met with her to see how her new life in a winter wonderland is panning out. this is my london life. bike rides through the park. you can see why this is one of my favourite parts of the cycle. leaves, light, the cute dogs. having coffee with friends, and of course, not forgetting the tube at rush—hour. but i'm leaving the big smoke for a while to visit kuusamo, which is just 60km south of the arctic circle, on the border
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of finnish lapland. the temperature and the db have dropped dramatically compared to london. i'm heading deeper and deeper into the wilderness. this is wild. to meet photographer ava. three years ago she turned her back on city life in helsinki to move to the wilds of northern finland and build her dream house by the side of a lake. believe it or not, it's actually a good place for snorkelling. definitely more of a summer activity, i think. i'm meeting ava on the lakejust over there. don't get me wrong, i love being in the countryside, but it's minus 15 degrees here where in london
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it is plus ten. i've got two pairs of gloves on, three pairs of socks and i've lost count of how many jumpers and i still feel cold. i don't feel like selling up and moving here anytime soon but that could all change. ava. hi! so good to meet you. same to you. what an incredible spot, i can't believe you actually live here. welcome to our home. thank you. obviously it is beautiful. and so, so cold. why would you move to a place like this? freedom is one of the biggest ones. just the silence around you, and generallyjust live happier life. what was it about the city that you didn't like? just the pace of life. everybody is so busy and you kind of let yourself go into the mode of that you have
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to just work and be super oriented with all that stuff. i wanted to have more spare time, not work so much and enjoy more. i feel like when i'm in the city there's always so much to do, so many places to be but i feel like here you have a lot of time. what do you fill that time with? i take my camera a lot of times. i'd take it with me to the woods and during winter we go skiing because there is so much snow. show me the way. yes! as well as working as a photographer, ava is also a wilderness guide and takes tourists like me into her own winter wonderland. first downhill. i'm a skier now!
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when you look at ava's photography, her love for nature is evident. she uses her online presence and her tools to show the best the natural world has to offer, and what's at stake of being lost to climate change. i love taking photos of everything that is valuable. for example, old forests. i love taking photos there. i can show it to people, that this is what we should protect. should we head back and get warm? yeah, i think so. ok, let's go. as night falls, shortly after lunchtime, it becomes apparent to me that life here during winter is extreme. very extreme. as we head indoors to a restaurant to get warm, there is one question on my mind. does ava ever feel tempted to head back into the city for an easier life?
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nope, i don't think so. and why? we are building a house, a log house in the forest. why did you choose to do it there? we found this beautiful place that is on a lakeshore and we actually wanted a house that is facing north, that we could sit on our couch, have a fire going and watch the northern lights when they appear. so what advice would you give to somebody who wants to give up everything and move to the wilderness to live in their dream house? when we left the city, we hadn't been consuming less. that's pretty natural here. but to be honest, it's not that expensive to have your dream life, at least here. a trip to finland wouldn't be complete without going to a sauna and it's here where it becomes apparent why ava chooses to live somewhere quite so rural.
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she's figured out the conundrum that us citydwellers have been mulling overfor years. how to stop time. when we're sitting in a 100 years old sauna, it is going to be a memory that we are going to remember like all of our lives. i remember every time that i have been into this sauna and i remember every adventure that i've had in these fields around us. i even remember the walks that we have with our dog and sometimes of course i might have a little memory of that with my camera. i remember all the things that i saw, all the things that i felt and heard. when i was in the city, there was like, 365 days in a year and you might have months and months just running by and you don't remember any details of a day because everything is just so similar. when you are here, every year feels kind of longer
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because you are going to have so many more memories. before i head back to london, there is one more memory i want to make here in finland. i'm definitely the town mouse to ava's country mouse, but like in the old story, what i've learned from my trip is to slow down and to find peace in a busy world. i've been wanting to do a snow angel all day. and i'm told that this is the traditional finnish way. here we go! oh my god! ok, that's a memory i definitely won't forget! oh my god, it actually feels really nice. coming up next week: we are with one woman emerging from a hard lockdown as she battles her own anxiety on the road. this is it, i've made it
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to the mediterranean sea. i've been waiting for this feeling for so long, it feels like forever. unbelievable. and find out the tips, tricks and long—term solutions to make your travels a lot calmer. don't forget, you can catch up with more of our recent trips on the bbc iplayer. and we're on social media too. just search bbc travel show on facebook and instagram. but for now, from all of us here in tokyo, it's goodbye. hello. tuesday promises more of the weather we've been so used to lately — largely dry, but often cloudy. the satellite picture shows this pale grey colour here —
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that's the sheet of low cloud that's been with many of us for the last few days. this bright white cloud out towards the west is the first sign of the frontal systems that will eventually get things moving and bring about something of a change. but for tuesday morning, most places starting off grey and cloudy, some mist and fog patches, too. the fog should tend to lift as the day wears on, as the breeze picks up a little. best chance of sunshine perhaps for north east wales, the west midlands, north east england, but more especially for northern ireland, for southern and eastern scotland, where the breeze really will be picking up, turning that cloud over and breaking it up. some spots of rain into northwest scotland. temperatures ranging from just 3—4 celsius in parts of eastern england, to maybe 8—9 in western scotland and northern ireland. now as we head through tuesday night, we'll see one band of cloud and a few spots of rain pushing south towards — a very weak weather front. 0ur big area of cloud will start to retreat southwards, so we will see a few more clear breaks developing that could allow
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temperatures to drop relatively close to freezing — at the same time, there'll be more of a breeze. so i think quite a few places will stay frost—free, there'll be a few pockets of frost here and there. but wednesday morning starts under the influence of this area of high pressure — the high really has been with us for quite a few days now. but a weather system approaching from the northwest will start to get things moving and change things — and certainly, the wind will be strengthening through the day across northern ireland and scotland, gales in exposed northwestern areas later with outbreaks of rain pushing in. much of england and wales dry, a little more in the way of sunshine and slightly higher temperatures, as well, 8—10 celsius. now as we go through wednesday night and on into thursday, we push this frontal system southwards, we'll see some really strong winds for a time around the far north of scotland. that weatherfront, as it gets into the south, well, not much rain left on it, but maybe a legacy of cloud and drizzle for a time across southwest england and the channel islands. however, for most of us on thursday, we will see quite a lot more in the way of sunshine, a few showers into the north of scotland. temperatures not doing too badly, actually, 7—12 celsius.
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friday will bring the return of the cloud, pushing in from the west — but it will be quite mild, quite breezy and dry for most.
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this is bbc news. our top stories: the us puts thousands of troops on standby for deployment as russia's military activity continues near ukraine's border. at least eight people die in a crush outside a football stadium in cameroon as thousands gathered to watch an african cup of nations match. the incident took place at a perimeter gate where spectators were pushed against the fences by the sheer numbers of those trying to get in. another party hangover for borisjohnson — downing street admits holding birthday events for the pm during lockdown, but denies breaking any rules. so exciting! really? yeah! and taking the temperature in beijing: what's it like to host
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the winter olympics amid some of the world's toughest covid restrictions?

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