As Hurricane Irma hits the Turks and Caicos, Kirsty Wark speaks to their governor. Plus, will the Germans fix Brexit for us? Do politics and religion mix?
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After Antigua and Barbuda, in one hour Hurricane Irma will do
Wooden homes versus 180 mph winds and 20-foot waves.
Everyone who can has moved to the highest ground,
as one of the strongest Atlantic storms in history causes havoc.
We'll ask the islands' governor what he can do in the face
The Eurocrats are ganging up on David Davis again,
suggesting he's not very good at negotiating with them.
Meanwhile the Eurosceptics are suggesting it doesn't matter,
because Angela Merkel will be the one to cut the deal.
It is down to Mutti to then actually leave the process.
Now, she'll say, oh, I'm not leading this, and
officially she'll be behind the scenes.
But we all know that what Germany wants here, Germany will
One of Labour's most prominent Remainers and a Tory leaver
are here to pick the bones out of that one.
Also tonight, is devout religion and political
We'll ask the House of Commons chaplin, Rose Hudson Wilkin.
And he's one of the most famous photographers in the world.
Mario Testino tells us his most embarrassing secret.
Useless in the kitchen, useless with cameras.
I a very short time, the full force of Hurricane Irma
is due to batter across the British Overseas Territory
The little group of Caribbean islands' 35,000 residents have
already seen the devastation wrought by the Category 5 storm
in St Martin, Antigua, the BVI and Barbuda,
where it flattened 90% of the territories' buildings.
We'll be hearing shortly from some of those who are waiting nervously
But first, what - if anything - does the intensity of this year's
hurricane season tell us about the occurrence
Irma is the strongest Atlantic storm in a decade,
and comes hot on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which wreaked
Some have asked whether climate change might be having an impact.
Or does extreme weather sometimes just happen?
Seen from space, you could almost say Irma looks beautiful.
From ground level, though, she has a very different face.
The Caribbean island of St Martin, hit by 185mph winds,
and Irma is still going, heading perhaps for the US mainland.
It is what we sometimes rather helplessly refer
to as an act of God - no-one to blame, nothing to be done
but pick through the wreckage, mourn the dead and count the cost.
But with two major hurricanes one after another, is this
perhaps something else, an act of man, or at least
The Greek president today was categoric -
this WAS climate change, and President Trump must act.
"I speak directly to the United States," he said,
"because they the victims of climate change for the second
But are the scientists as certain as the politicians?
From observations alone, we will never be able to say
that this is the event which would only have happened
in a changing climate, because if you drill down
to the individual storm, all extreme events are unique.
However, we can say, and we need observations and climate
models to do these studies, but we have climate models nowadays
that CAN do this kind of job, we can say that the likelihood
of certain events occurring has changed due
And definitely the very extreme rainfall is one of the things
where the likelihood has increased due to climate change.
This year in the North Atlantic, there have so far been 11 named
storms, of which six have been hurricanes.
The average between 1981 and 2010 was six named storms,
and 2.6 hurricanes - so we appear to be well up.
In terms of wind speed, Irma is the joint second-strongest
on record, at 185mph, eclipsed only by Hurricane Alan
in 1980, with a maximum wind speed of 190mph.
And with two and a quarter days at Category 5 intensity so far,
Irma is the fourth longest duration hurricane on record,
but still a whole day behind Hurricane Cuba,
which in 1932 blew for three and a quarter days.
The mechanism by which a warming climate might cause more hurricanes
The fuel that drives hurricanes is water vapour,
and the water vapour is evaporated off the sea surface and the warmer
the sea surface, the more water vapour is evaporated
and there's more energy to drive the storms.
So, with global warming, the sea is warmer and there's more water
being evaporated and there's more of the fuel to drive the big storms.
And if we look at this graph produced by the US
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
year, it does show a steady uptake of average sea temperatures.
However, there are many other factors at play
in the formation of a storm, some of which actually become LESS
There is a competing effect, which is that if we also see higher
temperatures higher up in the atmosphere, that
And so we cannot say that we will see more intense
hurricanes full-stop in a changing climate.
But with the hurricanes that have been analysed so far,
there have been a number that have intensified due to higher
temperatures, but there is also a number that have weakened due
But certainly, what we can definitely say is that
the associated rainfall in them, there we see the effects of climate
It's true that with 49.32 inches of rain, Hurricane Harvey is the US
Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978 dumped 48 inches and Hurricane Easy
And Tropical Storm Claudette in 1979 dropped 45 inches of rain.
And none of these would presumably be blamed on climate change.
So, we can't say a specific storm now is due to climate change,
but we can say, if we look over decades, we'll be able
to see that the intensity of the storms is going up.
What has caused the storm that brought them so much misery
is probably not of much interest to the people in the Caribbean,
having to rebuild their homes and lives.
In the genesis of storms, science can't offer certainty -
just probabilities and trends over time.
So how are people in the path of Irma preparing for her arrival?
John Freeman is the governor of Turcs and Caicos.
Before we came on air I spoke to him via Skype.
I started by asking him about his concerns following the devastation
suffered by the islands nearby. Absolutely, Kirsty, I mean we've
seen what's happened to the British Overseas Territories
further to the south, But it's also a cause for making
the best preparations we can. As I speak, the winds
are getting up pretty strongly. The outer tentacles of Irma reaching
us, the palm trees are bending over. What preparations have
people been making? Well, we've been preparing
for some little while now. But the main things
is that we wanted to make sure we did not have people on the island
who didn't need to be here, so we've been rushing forward
with working with the airlines to get particularly
tourists off the island. We have our shelters open
and operating for people to go into, particularly those from vulnerable
areas, some of whom have also been in any case encouraged to move away
from areas where there's going to be flooding, because the sea surge
is notably high as it approaches us, We've also ordered the evacuation
and secured the evacuation, apart from a few people who didn't
want to move, of two islands And you're all moving
to higher ground? I understand the storm surge
could be as much as 20 feet, and as you say,
you're very low-lying. The point is, however it comes in,
it's going to flood over quite significant areas,
and people will move Our shelters obviously have moved
up into higher ground. And some people don't
always want to move, but we are encouraging
them to do so. We've been chasing around this
morning trying still to get people in and effectively,
we are beginning to close down now on the islands, saying to everyone,
get off the streets, don't drive around any more,
prepare yourselves So finally, tell me,
what is the atmosphere I think people genuinely
are very nervous. There is a strong sense
of pulling together, but there People here know what
hurricanes can do. They have seen what's been happening
in the Leeward Islands. So of course people are rightly
and understandably frightened. But we have to be
frightened but purposeful. Dr Freeman, thank
you very much indeed. David Davis, the UK's Brexit
negotiator, has been taking As the second reading
of the EU Withdrawal Bill began in Westminster,
it emerged that Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European
Parliament, had questioned both his stability and his
accountability at a meeting For good measure, Mr Juncker today
added that he believed the Brexit Mr Davis' counterpart,
Michel Barnier, also expressed his frustration,
warning he thinks the talks over the UK's exit bill
are going backwards and branding Britain's proposals on the Irish
border as unacceptable. Some believe such language
from Europe's top two is more than boisterous positioning,
and a sign that Brussels is genuinely losing patience -
boding badly, you might think, Here's our political
editor Nick Watt. The seasons, they are
a-changing, and changing at a faster pace than our
politics. As autumn descends on us, the first
deadline in the Brexit talks hoves into view at the end of next
month, and Brussels is beginning to TRANSLATION: I've been very
disappointed by the UK position, as expressed last week,
because it seems to be backtracking on the original commitment of the UK
to honour its international commitments, including
the commitments post-Brexit. His boss is none too
happy, either, as these minutes from a meeting
in July make clear. Mr Juncker expresses concern
about the question of the stability and accountability of the UK
negotiator and his apparent lack of involvement, which risks
jeopardising the success of the Those barbed remarks were met
with short shrift in It sounds to me like a kind
of bar-room annoyance, a few drinks and away you go,
you get a bit annoyed. Over here at the Brexiter
department, they're brushing off the fuselage
from Brussels. One senior figure told me that
David Davis would only be worried if he were being
portrayed as a pussycat. Across the Channel,
Michel Barnier is in a different mood -
is so frustrated with the Brexit secretary that EU's chief negotiator
is prepared to put a question mark over the entire talks
by feeling next month that insufficient progress has been made.
Some people in Britain believe still we can
never set every thing at the
same time together and make a conclusion until March 2019.
But in the negotiations about a free-trade
We literally have to settle if it should be a very good, constructive
relationship in the future, it needs much more
time, as we know come of another trade negotiations.
So what exactly is David Davis's game?
I've just tendered my resignation from Parliament to the
That will trigger a process which will lead to a by-election.
The Brexit Secretary has always been something of a
subversive figure who has made a career out of challenging
authority, and that's exactly what he's doing now.
David Davis believes he is successfully undermining the central
tenet of Michel Barnier's negotiating strategy, which is that
the UK cannot discuss its future trading relationship with the EU
until it has cleared up the terms of its departure.
David has managed to drop back into the ring, play
them at their own game, which is, "But you keep asking about Ireland
and the borders and the trade arrangements - we can't settle any
of that until we settle the trade arrangements.
"So we can't discuss anything - let's get to the trade
arrangements and then we will know what we can
do about the border in Northern Ireland."
And that final bit in the last week has been the big
expose to the nonsense of we can settle this come about all
And then there is the question of Germany's role after its
David Davis dismisses Michel Barnier's October
deadline for an assessment of the talks, on the grounds that just one
date matters - the formation of the new German government, probably
Once she has got her domestics in order,
she re-enters the ring, and it is down
She will say, I'm not leading this, but we all know that
what Germany wants here, Germany
will get, in the European Union context.
Angela Merkel I know very well is very much for this strategy
and she was one of the people behind this strategy.
She will stay Chancellor and will not change her
When autumn turns to winter, Britain hopes
for a change of heart, but the current message from Berlin
never compromise on fundamental rules of the EU.
I should, of course, just say that Jean-Claude Juncker is the President
of the commission. Nick, the Brexit secretary
was in the Commons today for the second reading
of the EU Withdrawal Bill, but the Government has been facing
another challenge on Brexit That's right. Pressure also from
Eurosceptic MPs who began circulating a letter saying that the
transition period, immediately after we leave the EU, should not be used
to create a soft Brexit. This comes as there is a debate in the cabinet
about how to go about that transition. David Davis said in the
Commons today that that should be close to EU membership, but the
details and the timing of that transition have not been worked out
in Cabinet, and there are Cabinet minister allies who fear that the
Prime Minister is listening very carefully to those Eurosceptic MPs
who want that transition not to look like EU membership but to be as far
away from EU membership as possible. But I spoke to a Remain member of
the Cabinet who said that the Prime Minister has agreed to their
phrasing - there should be no cliff edge Brexit which means when we
leave, we barely noticed. We noticed it when we come out of the
transition. And this was before they went into the Commons today? Yes,
David Davis, whilst he was taking the questions, he said all but. And
of course, it's not necessarily just trouble from the right, it is from
the left is well? We have a big moment with Keir Starmer Stena
Shadow Brexit secretary a few weeks ago, who said that the UK should be
within the single market. And then in an interview in the Financial
Times today, he talked about how that relationship with a customs
union could continue after the transition period. Trustingly,
silence from Jeremy Corbyn and a number of Brexit Labour MPs are
saying that they will not go along with its. What is interesting is
that the Labour position is very similar to the EU view on how a
transition should be, which is basically membership minus the
votes. And as you saw, I interviewed that Bertrand CDU MEP from Germany,
close to Angela Merkel, and he said to me, he describes the Labour
approach as a good paper. Interesting to see how that goes
down. Indeed. Hilary Benn is a Labour MP, former Shadow Foreign
Secretary and chair of the Brexit select committee. He campaigned for
Remain. Charlie Elphicke voted Remain but has since come a member
of the Tory European Research Group, which is believed to have been
behind today's letter. Charlie Elphicke, did you put your name to
that letter? It was not for me to decide but I thought the most
important thing about it, it was not aimed at the Government public was
aimed at the Labour Party, who have shifted their position dramatically
since the election. They stood on a manifesto of leaving the single
market and the customs union and now they're talking about a transition
period. But the European Research Group, behind the latter, suggested
you for tonight's programme, and they are in favour of a hard Brexit.
It is not to do with Labour, it is to do with your concerns about
people like Philip Hammond? I don't accept that at all. Any fermentation
period needs to be over by the time of the next general election, and
then we can move on as a country. -- any implementation period. That is
different from the Labour position, which is a transition without any
end date at all. So it would be a defined transition period beyond
which there is no customs union? We have a clear instruction from the
British people to end uncontrolled immigration from the European Union.
That means leaving the single market. We want to be able to strike
trade deals around the world, and our membership of the customs union
is clearly not compatible with that. Let's just bring Hilary Benn. This
letter was directed at you? Well, the Conservative Party is having its
own arguments and difficulties. I think the real problem the
Government has got, apart from the very strong criticism of the EU
Withdrawal Bill which we saw today, is, they are having to bring their
Brexiteers along and make them realise a fundamental truth - it
will not be possible to negotiate this all singing, all dancing
bespoke trade and market access agreement in the 10.5 months that
we've got left. Therefore we will HAVE to have transitional
arrangements. Nobody is suggesting that there won't be. Well, there's
been a long argument within the Conservative Party about whether
there should be, and we've wasted so much time over the 15 months since
the referendum result getting to the point where what is absolutely
obvious, namely, there WILL have to be transitional arrangements, is
finally being recognised, but it's a difficult message for some
conservatives to swallow. Is it not Labour which is actually undermining
Brexit, listening to Keir Starmer? Absolutely not. We say very clearly
in our manifesto, we accept the outcome of the referendum, we voted
in favour of the Article 50 legislation, Tanya will leave the
European Union at the end of March 2019. The question now is not
whether we are leaving, the question is, what kind of relationship we're
going to have with the European Union after we've left? Tonight the
boss of Jaguar Land Rover said that any prospect of leaving without a
transition would be a disaster. And that is the view expressed in many,
many people in business. And during that time, if we can see minimal
change after March 2019, it is going to mean staying in the customs union
and the single market until the final deal is negotiated. Keir
Starmer is saying, remain in a customs union within the single
market without that is what he said in his article for the transition.
Out of the question? What you're hearing is the sound of Labour
figures who want to remain in the European Union by stealth - this is
hotel California, you can check out but you can never leave. We are
saying we should get on and have a clear sense of direction that we're
going to leave the European Union by the time of the next general
election. So, what we had over the last 48 hours is, we've had sight of
one of the plans the Government has for immigration, and the thing about
that is, Hilary Benn, there's been a deafening silence from Labour on
those plans, which, of course, the Government says is just one of a
number of solutions, and people in the hospitality industry are up in
arms - Labour has not been up in arms, Labour has not been vocal? I
accept that one of the messages from the referendum result was that
people were concerned about free movement, and when we leave the
European Union, free movement will come to an end and we will have to
agree what our immigration policy is going to... Hang on... The point
which Yvette Cooper made was this - if the Government wants to have a
conversation about what future immigration policy is going to be
like a, don't have leaked drafts of papers appearing, start the debate
about how we're going to get the people that we need to keep the
British economy strong. And that's why we need to have a reasonable
transition. The very basic point is, you have to have something to
implement in order to have an in ferment patient period. At the
moment you're not going to conclude the negotiations in the time. Jeremy
Corbyn has said absolutely nothing, he's being completely absent from
this conversation. It's a case, isn't it, that his hero, your
father, who abhorred Europe as a capitalist plot, is exactly what
Jeremy Corbyn thinks - you don't disagree with that? Well, the
referendum results show that the nation is split down the middle. The
challenge for us is, we are leaving. Isn't challenge for Jeremy Corbyn to
step up to the plate? We have to decide what kind of future
immigration policy we are going to have and what it is possible to
negotiate with the European Union so that we don't end up damaging our
economic prospects, because a lot rests on this. As your report
demonstrated, we are six months into the negotiation, there hasn't been
agreement reached. But if there hasn't been agreement reached, you
with the the Labour leader, he has been absolutely nowhere in this
conversation, because his heart is not in it. No, because Keir Starmer
set out on behalf of the shadow cabinet, including Jeremy Corbyn,
what our policy is and what transitional arrangements should
look like. And that is where the Government is going to have to end
up, whether Brexiteers like it or not.
"A thoroughly modern bigot" - that was just one epithet used today
to describe Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg after he told
Good Morning Britain yesterday that he was opposed to abortion
in all circumstances, including rape and incest.
The MP, who was this week named by activists as the favourite
to take over from Theresa May in a straw poll by Conservative
Home, said life begins at the point of conception.
He also says that, as a Catholic, he disagrees
Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception.
Say you were Prime Minister, and a woman is raped
by a family member, right, you would say she had absolutely no
No, she would have a right under UK law.
But you wouldn't agree with that right?
No, but what's your personal opinion?
My personal opinion is that life begins at the point
of conception, and abortion is morally indefensible.
Well, I wouldn't, because that wouldn't be the law of the land.
So, if someone's deeply-held religious views conflict
with secular values, should that be a barrier
And might that depend on the importance of religion
This week, in a survey for the National Centre
for Social Research, for almost the first time, more
53% - describe themselves as having no religion.
I'm joined by the DUP MP Iain Paisley Junior,
Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who is Chaplain to the Speaker of the House
of Commons, and by the Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee.
First of all, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, do you think that Jacob Rees-Mogg, as a
religious man, was in than to say what he said he should not be barred
from high office? We live in a liberal democracy. Freedom of
speech, freedom of conscience, and so it is important for anyone in any
particular role to be able to express that this is what they feel
or this is what they believe. I do not believe that it should bar them
from leadership of any kind. But what about if the consensus goes the
other way, does that make a difference? What do you mean. If the
consensus, for example, is views about incest and rape, that
particular position, is a view which is not necessarily held by the
majority of the population - does that matter? Well, the population
will soon do something about that. They will say, I'm sorry, we don't
want to have this person, but I'm talking specifically about religious
views, which should not be apart from leadership, any kind of
leadership. It is a form of discrimination, isn't it, to say
that somebody who holds deep religious views is not suitable to
hold high office? Yes, he wouldn't make windows into men's souls, what
people believe is their own business - what matters is there policies and
their politics. And often those two get in the way. If you wanted to
advocate restoring the kind of abortion restrictions that he wants,
you probably would not get elected. There is nothing to stop him
standing for office. The Conservative Party might well be mad
enough to select him. He has made it clear of course that that would not
be a platform on which he would stand, he's made that clear. It's a
personal, deeply held view. In this day and age, is that acceptable or
not? We live in a democracy, presumably all views, whatever their
stripe or religion, should be acceptable as long as they are not
hate speak or violence or whatever? I think gay people might take it is
hate speak to say that they should not be allowed to get married and do
various things. But I agree with Rose, it's up to the electric to
decide who they would want to vote for. I think he wouldn't have a hope
in hell, I hope not, partly because those views are part of a much wider
package of where he stands. He is on the very, very far right. People
think he's a rather charming, facetious man who is full of jokes
and... But in fact he's very far right, he's a climate change denier,
he has written an article in the Telegraph the other day...
We know what happened to Tim Farron after the election. He said he felt
that to be a committed Christian and leader of the party was impossible.
I'm sorry he came to that conclusion, and I'm sorry about the
pressure that was placed upon him, but the reality is that one's face
is not a coat that we occasionally put on depending on what the weather
is like. It is who you are. So to ask someone to leave their faith at
the door, it is just not right. And we need to guard against a level of
intolerance that we are beginning to see in this country in relation to
people's face. That is interesting, isn't it? About Tim Farron, it is he
was the leader of the party, and he was very out of kilter with the
sentiment of his own party and the people he was trying to appeal to
buy being anti-gay. I think if you are in the Conservative Party, a lot
of Conservative Party members who are elder and more socially
conservative might well support you... He doesn't believe in gay
marriage. That is different from being anti-gay. I think a lot of gay
people would say there is no difference, there is a route
prejudice expressing itself in one particular way. Is there something
about Christianity that we feel we can take a pop at people with deep
religious faith? That at the moment is what we are seeing in this
country. I'm not saying you are doing that. But we are seeing a
level of intolerance that says Christianity, let's kick them into
touch, or kick them out of the public space, and actually, I
applied for this role as chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons
because I actually believe that faith ought to be in the public
square. It is who we are. And if you look at our history and where we are
coming from in this country, the Christian faith contributed lots of
positives. And I think for us to throw it away because there are some
raving secularists, I think we are barking up the wrong tree. And you
have to be a raving secularist to say that there are bishops sitting
in the House of Lords... I have to stop you there. We were expecting to
have been joined by the DUP MP Ian Paisley Junior, but while we have
been on air, he has pulled out following a story about him on the
front of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph which alleges that he accepted
holidays worth ?100,000 from a country years now attempting to
secure a post Brexit trade deal with.
He's everybody's favourite Peruvian, if you don't
Mario Testino is the fashion photographer who's as well known
He's commanded the covers of the glossies as surely
as the women he's immortalised - fashion royalty including Kate Moss,
and real royalty, most notably the late Diana,
But Testino's new passion is a museum he's created in Lima
to showcase artistic talent from his homeland.
To help pay for it, he's selling his private art collection,
including works by Cindy Sherman and Wolfgang Tilmans,
He's been giving our culture editor Stephen Smith
an exclusive tour of his favourite things.
A view of the maestro photographer as you've never seen him before.
And I lived with this above my bed for a long time.
Of course, I am a decorator at heart, hence the
But the interesting thing of these photographs is that this
material comes from Morocco, this comes from Los Angeles,
this comes from Naples, this comes from Berlin,
And this comes from Croydon, of course.
I mean, we mustn't forget that Kate belongs to a new time
of this country as well, because I remember back
when I arrived, people didn't mix that much.
And Kate belongs to the generation of the New England.
Mario Testino is parting with the artworks he's collected.
They're going under the hammer at Sotheby's to raise money
for his own museum back home in Lima, which promotes
But in a funny way, I'm enjoying much more the museum and what I can
do to help my community and participate, because I'm getting
older, and staying with the youth is important, it's exciting.
And through the museum, we can expose younger
And I want to expand, and I want to expand
the education programme, I want to expand the
I almost want to expand it to the world.
Mario Testino is in demand at least as much as the supermodels
She looks as though she has a square meal now and again.
But what does Testino say about super skinny
We would have to change the age of the girls,
which I think that our business has become much more
I photograph women, girls last so long, you know?
Kate Moss, I'm still photographing her, I'm
The diet, the exercise, the way we are doing it has changed.
But then designers also would have to probably change a little bit how
they make their clothes, because often, you can't put them
It's like they don't fit if you're not of a certain size.
Having learned his trade and made his name in Britain,
Testino says he's been astonished to photograph its royal family.
Perhaps nobody made Harry's mother look more relaxed,
vivacious, then Testino, whose images of Diana
And I think that the love came back with those photographs,
because then the British people knew me, and they are, you know,
And the good thing is that they can never take them away.
I mean, I almost want to cry when I talk about it,
because it's emotional, you know, and I don't like to talk
about these things because I think I am a photographer.
I get asked to come and do an assignment.
You know, she has her children, her children have to decide everything.
I like to be respectful, but of course it's an amazing person
that I've been given to have been the one to have documented and made
it like the way that people remember her.
If you fancy yourself a budding Testino, but you can't use
He can't use a camera either, it turns out.
Useless in the kitchen, useless with cameras.
Even with the autofocus camera, my assistants sometimes have to take
the thing so that it doesn't move around from out of focus.
I mean, I'm like, I'm just incapable.
But I know when something looks good or not, and how
Have you tried to do quite outrageous things with your shoots
and have the client say, no, it's too much?
They're all naked, they're all on fire.
We're selling clothes, it's something I've heard a lot.
I'm often taking people's clothes off.
Not everybody's made well, you know, and when they are,
Well, we are, luckily, but not everyone is.
Mario Testino. Just before we go, tomorrow morning's front pages. The
Telegraph, the story about Ian Paisley Junior, the MP, the 100,000
gift and the Brexit radio, that is Sri Lanka, Prattley, that is the
allegation. The Financial Times, may's Brexit strategy hit by
Juncker. And a picture of Prince George looking nervous before his
first day at school in the Times, Minister in firing line over MPs'
Brexit letter. And in the Daily Mail, as Huw insults the British
people yet again, don't treat us with contempt.
We leave you with good news for fans of Jurgen Otto,
Mr Otto's mission in life is to capture the mating dance
of obscure species of Australian peacock spider on film
Of course it's not quite as good as his masterpiece,
which we leave you with - the legendary Maratus Speciosus.
Hello. Low pressure is firmly in charge of our weather for Friday,
meaning a windy day for the UK competitor Thursday, and plenty of
showers around for parts of southern England, Wales and into East Anglia.
Spells of rain,
As Hurricane Irma hits the Turks and Caicos, Kirsty Wark speaks to their governor. Plus, will the Germans fix Brexit for us? Do politics and religion mix? And a chat with photographer Mario Testino.