Bluebird, Donald Campbell, Katrina Renton discussed on Global News Podcast
You should be putting pressure on. You should be ensuring that sanctions are in place, Chris Buckler in Washington, the dissident artists I way way says the Chinese authorities have begun demolishing his studio in Beijing. Mr. I who's now based in Berlin, posted video of the demolition on social media. It isn't clear if this was being specifically targeted because the government is also clearing large areas of Beijing for redevelopment more from our correspondent John donelson in a video posted on his Instagram account. I way way said the demolition of a studio had begun without warning. Farewell. He wrote the film shows an excavator clawing at the walls as work has appeared to be packing up various pieces of art. The cavernous disused factory had been is main studio in Beijing since. Two thousand and six in an interview with the a. p. news agency, the artist assistant rang said they'd been expecting to leave the studio soon because the rental contract had expired last year, but mister Gaza the demolition happened. So suddenly that not been able to remove all the artwork from the studio in time, I way way was once a favourite of the Chinese government and designed the award winning bird's nest stadium in Olympics. But after becoming increasingly critical of the authorities, he was detained in two thousand eleven on charges of tax evasion charges that he said were politically motivated for several years. His passport was confiscated meaning he was unable to travel. It was only returned in two thousand fifteen. And since then he's been living in self-imposed exile in Berlin. Just over half a century ago, the British adventure Donal Campbell was killed as he tried to break his own world, water speed record the wreck of his hydroplane Bluebird k seven has now been restored and with his daughter among the Charing crowns. Looking on return to the worser on Saturday. Katrina Renton has the story. There were a few false carts and she kept her public waiting, but she did not disappoint. Finally after fifty. One years Bluebird was back in the water. The last time she was a float with on the fourth of January nineteen sixty seven, Donald Campbell was on Coniston water in the late district, breaking his own water speed record. Bluebird reached speeds of over three hundred miles per hour. When she flipped and crashed, Donald Campbell, lost his life Bluebird sank. But in two thousand one, she was salvaged from the water after seventeen years of painstaking work. She has been restored to her former glory today, Donald Campbell's daughter, Gina clutched to her father's mascot, a teddy bear. Also salvaged from the wreckage she re-christened Bluebird with champagne to know there aren't really words are the, how'd you express stream emotion that something so fantastical kluber can just certainly reincarnate. Herself there. She is sitting on the water in her spirit, show him the most beautiful about restoring Bluebird has been a labor of love for those who've been working on her in the yards on Tyneside for Bill Smith. The project leader there is joy as well as relief didn't sink. That's pretty cool, isn't it? It's gonna floats. It floats, right? It looks good. It looks like looks like some movie women about Donald Campbell. There's a big property. It's not Yeah, it's allied. allied lock fat on beautiful in chosen for training long enough to get Bluebird moving, but not too deep after initial tests are Kelly died. Here. She is expected to return to Coniston water next year where she can run at speed as she has so many times before Katrina Renton repulsing, and that's all from us for now. There will be an updated version of global news. Like if you'd like to comment on this additional stories we included do drop us an Email. The address is global podcast at BBC, dot co dot UK, Bonham's entry page. Thank you for listening and until next time, goodbye..