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As the world marks Armistice Day, Ade Adepitan is in America to explore a fleet of abandoned WWI ships. Plus we the spider men and women of Guizhou in China.


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This week on The Travel Show... As

the world marks Armistice Day, we am

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in America to worse -- to explore a

fleet of abandoned First World War

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ships.

Creating a national tourism

resource which brings people from

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all over the world.

These ships were

involved in saving the world from

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totalitarianism.

We meet the spider

men and women of Guizhou in China.

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And go behind the scenes at a new

show were the cast members have to

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get used to performing in a

downpour.

Obviously, this is due

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bias there is no expense spared in

the staging. We are talking 65

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world-class artists, athletes and

performers and best of all, in the

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middle of the desert, you can even

get raid on.

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The Potomac passes some of

Washington, DC's Mostar Tomic

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landmarks. George Washington,

founding father and original

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President of the United States,

lived on its banks. But all the

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river just 30 miles south and you

will discover a section that is a

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world away from the capital's

boulevards and monuments. This is

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Mallows Bay and it is a paradise for

kayakers. When you look around, you

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can see were or why it. So much

natural beauty here and the wildlife

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is amazing. When the bay is full,

you might assume it is just another

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beauty spot. But as the tide rolls

out, its secrets are revealed. This

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is what remains of potentially the

largest group of World War I ships

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anywhere in the world. And I am here

a century after the United States

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entered the conflict. The wreckage

of around 100 War era of vessels can

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be discovered here. To find out how

they ended up 30 miles south of

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Washington, DC, either rained to

meet marine expert Donald Shemett.

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Hello, they are.

Hello. How are you

going?

Lovely to meet you. When we

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entered the war, we didn't have much

of an army or a navy or much of

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anything and when we asked the Prime

Minister of England, Lloyd George,

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what can we do, he said ships, ships

and more ships because one out of

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every two ships was being lost per

week that sailed from England to

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France in the supply line was

stretched. There was the threat of

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starvation. By 1918, we outstripped

the United Kingdom, Great Britain,

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in shipbuilding.

While the makeshift

vessels were built at a breathtaking

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speed, they will compete --

completed to play -- too late to

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play a major part in the law. -- in

the war. After the Armistice, the

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world was in economic turmoil and

the wooden ships, obsolete. But few

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commercial prospects, the US

government sold them off to a

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salvage company.

The company

eventually brought them over here in

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this burning basin over here, they

take the ships, burn them down and

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try and get the maximum metal out of

them.

So this is a graveyard for

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ships? Yeah. And it's not just First

World War vessels which can be found

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here. Donald claims the oldest wreck

goes all the way back to the

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American War of Independence, 240

years ago. In total, it is estimated

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the area holds the remains of almost

200 ships.

This wreck is a

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latecomer. She is caught the

Ackemack and she was built in the

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late 1920s as a passenger ferry.

The

crazy thing is, even though this

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ship has died, there is so much

living stuff on it. On the surface,

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the Rex might look like an

environmental disaster but they have

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been left alone long enough to be

reclaimed by nature. Back in my

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kayak, I am joined by

conservationist Joll done.

You can

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see why they call these shipwrecks

flowerpots.

In the UK, people pay

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good money to have biodiversity like

this on the roofs of their houses.

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What sort of wildlife can I expect

to see?

Bald Eagles and bass breeze

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and great blue Heron and otters and

beavers and lots of fish below the

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water.

So you could be eaten by the

wildlife if you go back into the

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bush there.

The bay is a relatively

shallow water body with a typically

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muddy bottoms so the shipwrecks

create structure and from structure,

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you get diversity and from

diversity, you get magic.

Joll,

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Donald and other conservation groups

have teamed up to have Mallows Bay

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recognised as a national Marine

Sanctuary. If approved, the site's

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wildlife and history will come under

the protection of NOAH, the National

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Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration.

There are 13

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centuries in the country, we wanted

to be deporting. It will bring it

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more attention, partners in funding

and some level of protection from

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people who may be harvesting

historical artefacts. The biggest

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thing it does, though, it creates a

national tourism resource which

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brings people from all over the

world.

But opinions are divided on

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these new protections. Nearby, I

meet some commercial fishermen

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making their living from the River's

teeming wildlife. Slimy gross thing.

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It is heavy, isn't it? Oh, yes,

definitely happy. It is going on

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forever. These are blue catch. They

are rightly succours, aren't they?

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Not very pretty. Being in the

industry just on this river alone...

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They are concerned that turning

Mallows Bay into a National Marine

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Sanctuary could down the line leads

restrictions on our fishing.

Our

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problem is the unknown is. We want

it to put in writing that theme that

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will never bother our industry

because our livelihoods depend on it

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as they will not give a toss, they

say we can't do it. They say they

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have no plans to do it.

Went the

extra tourism benefit you?

No.

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People go into the restaurants who

will want to eat, that demand for

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more fish?

House sales will not

increase that much. People will be

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going back to DC.

The organisations

behind the nomination insist they

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are plans won't impact fishing. The

final decision is expected next

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year. Donald is adamant about the

benefits that Sanctuary status will

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bring to Mallows Bay.

The visitation

will enlarge enormously after it

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becomes a National Marine century.

We want Americans in the world to

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see this. This is a world-class

site. These ships were involved in

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saving the world from

totalitarianism. This is important.

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Says the project began 45 years ago

in 1972, there have been 13 Marine

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sanctuaries designated all across

the United States. You can find the

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first site off the coast of North

Carolina. The final resting place of

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the USS monitor. The monitor fought

on the union side in the American

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civil war and took part in the first

ever naval battle between ironclad

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ships. Diving down to the wreck

requires a permit sue if you don't

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want to make the plunge, you can

head to neighbouring Virginia were a

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full-size replica is on display at

the visitor centre. For those who

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prefer warm waters, Florida Keys is

home to one of the world's largest

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living barrier: -- Coral reefs.

There is also estimated to be 1000

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shipwrecks spread across the ocean

floor. It was declared a century in

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1990 and the protection zone takes

an almost 3000 square nautical

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miles. Over on the west coast, near

California's Big Sur, is Monterey

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Bay. It is a popular site in nature

watches and has been called the

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Serengeti of the sea, a reference to

Tanzania's famous wildlife reserve.

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And if you want to visit on marine

safari, from November to February,

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you can spot elephant seals on their

breeding season. The seals are a

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triumphant composite -- conservation

story. Once they were almost hunted

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to extinction but now there are

200,000 worldwide.

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Coming up on The Travel Show, we had

to China to meet the spider men and

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women of Guizhou.

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Anyway, it's off to Dubai to take a

look behind the scenes at a new show

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whether performers also need to have

a good head for heights.

Thousands

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of artists were auditioned from

across the world. We chose 65 of

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them to come here and they came from

23 different countries.

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So don't go away.

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essential guide wherever you are

headed. Next up, we are travelling

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to China, where for centuries they

have climbed the region's sheer

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cliff faces without ropes. In the

past they did it to collect herbs

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for Chinese medicines but we heard

they are now putting their skills to

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a different use. And we went to meet

them, and it goes without saying,

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please don't try this at home.

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The incredible Spiderman and women

of Guizhou in China. And we are

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finishing this week by meeting and

other group of people with a great

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head for heights. This time in

Dubai, home of the world hold --

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world's tallest building, Burj

Khalifa, and is also the venue of a

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new show where gymnasts and athletes

are turning years of training into

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an art form. We went to meet them.

Dubai might be known for its

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skyscrapers and luxury lifestyles,

but it is here in this basement

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rehearsal room that the Emirates'

latest attraction takes shape. New

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York bake -- New York-based artistic

director Tara Young is responsible

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for leading his team of talented

gymnast and performers. Thousands of

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Guinness were edition from across

the world. We chose 65 to come here,

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they came from 25 different

countries. -- gymnasts. And after

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months of extensive training and

rehearsal they opened a production

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staged in a new purpose you'll

production here in the start of the

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-- heart of the city.

I need to be a

little bit point and no insight,

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straight.

Ranging in age from 17 to

37, this championship level Gemina

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's have a daily training schedule --

gymnasts, affecting their skills.

On

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an average day the artists trained

for eight to 12 hours, depending on

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the day. We are now operating

between eight and ten shows a week,

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so on top of their performance

schedule bowels are doing training.

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-- they are also doing training. You

can see from watching the action

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there is a huge amount of trust that

is built the please these too. Nick

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and Hayley met when they arrived,

but they are both specialists in

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what they do. But they have never

worked together before so they had

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to learn to work together.

I myself

trained at gymnastics since the age

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of seven and like many of the

performers in the show we did

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gymnastics from a young age. With

gymnastics is very important the

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technical side of things, which

helps you perform, or do the skills,

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and make them look effortless. And

that's a really big part of our job

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as artist to really give in tension

to what we are doing, but also to

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make it look effortless, and

obviously after many years of

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training it does come fairly

effortless. We obviously have to put

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effort in, but it is making it look

clean and simple to the audience, to

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make them feel that they could maybe

try that skill and succeed, but

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obviously it is a lot harder than it

looks.

Working at height brings its

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own challenges, and it can take many

months for the artists to get used

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to performing in the specially

designed harnesses that lift them

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off the ground.

In the show I am

classed as a flyer, so I work a lot

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with the guys, they lift us, they

throw us in the air, some of them

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catch, the opening act that we do,

we are flying in harnesses and we

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come in from the top of the stage,

and interact with the other

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performers on the ground, and that

is a good feeling. Because you are

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flying up from high, a big height,

so it gives you a bit of a rush.

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This show is the first theatrical

production to take up permanent

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residence here in Dubai. And it's

home is a new purpose built ten

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Storey Theatre complex kitted out

with a state of the lighting and

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sound system. The show was conceived

and curated by the man behind Cirque

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du Soleil and it draws its

inspiration from the story of Dubai

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and how it transformed from a humble

pearl trading outpost to the global

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city has become today. The audiences

are encouraged to interpret the

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story with their own meaning at

mixing fantasy with reality

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accompanied by a specially composed

score. Unique to the staging is

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this. The water pit, which can be

filled or drained in seconds and

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forms an integral part of the set,

and means that the performers have

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to be adept at working both wet and

dry. Obviously, this is Dubai, so

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there is no expense spared in the

staging. We are talking 65

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world-class artist, athletes and

performers. We are talking

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motorcycles circling around in a

bowl in midair. And best of all, in

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the middle of a desert, we even get

rain.

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Next year, Cirque du Soleil

completes its 20th anniversary in

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residence in was a guess, and be

craters of this show will hope that

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it is just a successful here in

Dubai. But in the meantime, the

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matter how many shows they give, for

the performance pushing their bodies

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to the limit high above the stage,

no day is ever the same.

You have to

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say there is always challenges in

live theatre, but that is make that

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-- that is what makes it exciting

for us, everything there is new day,

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a new audience comes in, and

everyday is new show. Technically

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there will always be challenges in

the theatre, but we have the most

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amazing crew they can overcome this,

and artistically we have a really

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strong cast that can roll with it,

and when there is a change of the

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last minute they can improvise

because now so skilled that that can

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happen, so it's all good.

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That's it for this week coming up

next week: Carmen is in Japan and

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learning about what is being done to

help save one of the country's most

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beautiful train lines.

I never

expected this tiny station to be so

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busy. I don't think we going to get

a seat!

And we're off to New York to

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join a dinner party with a

difference will stop as we drop in

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on the gastrin or's club which

specialised in eating some of the

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strangest and scariest food in the

world. Oh dear. -- gastronaut.

One

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of the biggest misconceptions about

the gastronauts is that we eat crazy

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things just for the sake of it

that's not true, the things that we

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are actually really delicious.

And

don't forget you can keep up with us

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in real-time by following all our

social media feed. All the details

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should be on your screen right now,

at one hour, from me and all the

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Travel Show team here in Maryland,

it's goodbye.

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As the world marks Armistice Day, Ade Adepitan is in America to explore a fleet of abandoned WWI ships. Plus we the spider men and women of Guizhou in China and go behind the scenes at new show where the performers have to get used to working in a downpour.