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Dumping Ground characters gather to watch videos made by Ashdene Ridge residents about their lives there. This time it is May-Li's turn.


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-MIKE:

-Attention! The My Life in Care videos are about to receive their

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world premiere in the TV room.

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Don't miss these personal takes on what life is really life

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in Ashdene Ridge.

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'Next up, May-Li.'

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Come on, guys. Smallest at the front, tallest at the back.

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We're watching a video diary, May-Li, not the new Star Wars.

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-New Star Wars? Oh, cool!

-Star Wars?

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-Yes!

-What, the new one?

-Yeah!

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-Star Wars?

-Yeah.

-Yes!

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OK, sit where you like. I don't care.

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'Hi, there. You all know me -

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'May-Li, care worker at Ashdene Ridge.

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'I've had to take ten minutes up in the attic to get away from you lot.

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'So apart from running the office,

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'I am the in-house chef,

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'serving up some of the finest cuisine.'

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-That for me?

-It's Faith's. Hands off.

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Got another pie. 500ml choc chip.

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It's...fritter surprise!

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'I'm also an expert driver...'

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BRAKES SCREECH

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Sorry about that, guys.

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CAR HONKS HORN

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THEY CHATTER

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'..and resident picker-upper.

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'In fact, I'm a picker-upper of all sorts of things.'

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Hey. I just wanted to see if you're OK.

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-Why wouldn't I be?

-I don't know.

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That's why I'm asking.

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I reckon we can fix Jeff.

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'So, qualities!

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'I like to think I'm full of ideas to provide mental stimulation.

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'More importantly, empower you people in my care.'

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-You what?

-Oh, er, keep you out of trouble.

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-What's this all about?

-The Children in Care Council Forum.

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Yeah, all the members are young people in care.

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It gives you a voice. Lets you be heard.

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'The house election for the Care Council Forum

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'was a fantastic way to bring us all together.'

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Hey, youse, when did the rules change about May-Li not helping?

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Oi! How's that not taking sides?

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What? I was just putting a poster up.

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So you're doing ours next?

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-No, cause you're taller, and...

-Do you want a bet...?

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'Bright ideas like that promote an atmosphere

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'of compromise and debate.'

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Quiet!

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'OK, yeah, no, scratch that.

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'I feel like I'm at a job interview.'

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'No, what I really mean to say is,

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'I am full of ideas that mean we can all have fun.'

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That's a great idea.

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I mean, why don't we make our own newspaper?

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A bake-off tomorrow.

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-Let's have a picnic. ALL:

-Yeah!

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What are you doing?

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Sharing the surplus.

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We can put it outside for the neighbours to take.

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'Yeah, inspiring youngsters - well, you lot -

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'that's what I'm all about.'

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Wrappers off, labels on.

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We're going to make a fortune.

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'Although you did end up buying your veg - to sell, not give away.'

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BELLS TINKLE

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'Yes, occasionally - very occasionally -

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'the inspiration goes too far.'

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Free vegetables, madam?

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'You know, that's when I have to uninspire people.'

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Get your refunds here.

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Full money back.

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We're going to lose all our profits now.

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You'll lose more than that if Trading Standards fine you.

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'You think I was a bit hard on them, do you?

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'Maybe. Toughness is definitely a quality in the job.'

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-Chores.

-What about them?

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Well, you're all grounded.

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Not so fast.

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Does this look like a face that's joking?

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That's a whole lot of tough.

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Oi! I heard that.

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'Street smart, some people call it.'

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Old people.

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Frank?

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-Hide.

-Where?

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'Not a lot gets past me.

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'I've got eyes in the back of me head.'

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What's that smell? Perfume?

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Oh, yeah, my, um...

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new aftershave.

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Feminine Mystique, by Belle de l'Amour?

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Go, go, go, go, go.

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May-Li.

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Is something wrong?

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You've just wasted a week's worth of food.

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And my clean sheets are covered in guano.

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-Guano?

-It means bird poo.

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So, yes, something's wrong.

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SQUELCH

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-It got you!

-That's good luck.

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'So...Dexter!

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-'Stop picking your nose.'

-How did you know that?

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Lucky guess.

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'See? Never miss a thing.

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'What other qualities?

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'Ooh! Definitely well organised.

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'I think the only thing that gets in the way of the smooth running of

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'this place is you lot.'

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Do you know what you need?

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-BOTH:

-A system.

-Yeah.

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We should organise some sort of dress rehearsal.

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But it might help to keep busy, yeah?

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Cos we have a system,

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and you guys can get started by cleaning the kitchen.

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-JODY:

-That's not fair.

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'Honestly, it's like herding kittens around here.

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'And there's one of you that needs more organising

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'than the rest of you put together.'

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Mm-hm.

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'I'm looking at you, Mike Milligan.'

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What?

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It seems I made a few miscalculations...

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Resulting in a few major cash flow issues.

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I've got to go. May-Li will sort you out, OK?

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-What's going on?

-It's OK, I've got it under control.

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-We should have a system in place.

-We did.

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Jean and I used to draw straws.

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-Bit childish, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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-Flip a coin?

-You're on.

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'I'm joking, Mike.

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'You don't need organising all of the time.

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'We're a team.

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'And I'm proud to call you...my friend.

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'But as work colleagues, that friendship

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'can be tested to the limit.

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'Like the time I discovered Johnny wanted to join the Army.'

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Have you said anything to Mike?

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I wanted to speak to you first.

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What, to put me off?

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To see whether you were serious.

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'It put a huge strain on my friendship with Mike.

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'We both wanted to do the right thing for Johnny,

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'just in different ways.'

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Come on. It could be just what Johnny needs.

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You know, give him some confidence, build his self-esteem.

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Completely destroy him?

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Look, I've known Johnny for years.

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I think that gives me the edge when it comes to deciding what he needs.

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And maybe only knowing him a few months

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gives me distance and clarity.

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'But moments like that are rare.

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'Usually, Mike knows when I'm right.'

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Yeah, I'm still waiting for that moment, May-Li.

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'So, to sum up, Mike Milligan -

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'friend, colleague, dodgy dancer.

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-'In that order.'

-Hey!

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You missed out "boss".

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Boss?

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'So when I'm not organising you lot...'

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'..what's my thing?

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'Well, that would have to be football.

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'Hey, I am from Liverpool, what do you expect?'

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Well, don't I get a vote?

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-You want to vote?

-Yeah, I want to watch the football.

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THEY CHEER

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Just make sure you get Viv Anderson's autograph.

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'Mm-hm, I've had my brushes with football royalty.

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'And being the down-to-earth Scouser,

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'I treat famous folk exactly the same as everybody else...

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'who's won the league and FA Cup and three European Cups.'

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Mr Anderson?

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Do you want a cup of tea, or anything to drink,

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-or something else?

-Tea'd be nice. You must be May-Li.

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SHE LAUGHS WEAKLY

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You're going to have to forgive her, she doesn't get out very often.

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'And it's not just footy.

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-'When it comes to sport, I'm a bit of an

-all-rounder.

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'All-rounder? Rounders?

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'Get it?'

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-THEY GROAN

-Make it stop.

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Come on, guys.

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What's wrong with you? This is comedy gold.

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'I'm also into my rugby...'

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Gotcha!

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'Wrestling?

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'Not so much.'

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What? Eh? SHE GRUNTS

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-ALL:

-One, two, three.

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She's out!

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'But forget sport.

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'There is one thing that matters to me more than

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'anything in the world.'

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Oh, it's a food parcel from Mum.

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No way!

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-What is it?

-Cheese!

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'Yep - cheese.

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'Food of the gods.

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'But it turns out I wasn't the only cheese fan in the house.'

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Who took my cheese?

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Watch out, there's a cheese thief about.

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-This isn't funny.

-It's a cheese sandwich.

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No. It's a very special cheese sandwich.

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It's a very expensive cheese -

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my cheese that my mum gave me.

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-So, come on, who took it?

-Maybe there's a giant mouse.

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'At least some of you took this disgraceful crime seriously.'

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Tony's alibi checks out.

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The culprit,

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the arch-cheese stealer,

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the thief in our midst is...

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..Mischief.

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No way! MISCHIEF BARKS

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'OK, so it wasn't just about the cheese for me.

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'It was about family.

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'The fact that Mum sent me that gift

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'was a small gesture, but it meant so much more.

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'She hasn't always found it easy to accept that my partner's a woman.

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'It's not her fault, I suppose - she gets her attitude from her mum.'

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I'm May-Li's grandmother.

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But you can call me PoPo.

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'Yeah, PoPo.

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'My grandmother. She just loves making an entrance.'

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You'll have to go. You can see I'm working.

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You shouldn't have come.

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Is this any way to show children how to treat an old woman?

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It would be more appropriate to offer me a cup of tea.

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'And looks can be deceiving.

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'PoPo is as tough as they come.

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'For one thing, she knows her martial arts.'

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The smallest mouse can take the fiercest tiger.

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'PoPo went down a storm with you guys.

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'For me, well, just stormy.'

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This is about family.

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But you don't accept MY family.

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Or have you changed your mind?

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I thought you might change yours.

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'PoPo is the tiger that looks like a mouse.

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'The family business means everything to her.

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'She just couldn't understand why I didn't feel the same.'

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Have you thought any more about my offer?

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There's nothing to think about.

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Then maybe I shouldn't come back.

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No way. You are not letting these kids down.

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Then say you'll think about it.

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You want me to run the business - but then what?

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Are you going to let my own kids inherit it one day?

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But how can they be your children if you did not give birth to them?

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They are not MY family, you are.

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'I had to do some thinking that day.

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'You can't choose your family.

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'Or can you?'

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-MIKE:

-OK, everybody gather in, gather in.

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All right, everybody look at me, please, and say...

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May-Li-i-i!

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-ALL:

-May-Li!

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I don't want your business. I'm happy here.

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But I want to give you something.

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The chance to meet my children.

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This is them.

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So it's up to you now.

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'I chose my family that day.

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'And I chose who I wanted to be.'

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It's from PoPo?

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What is it?

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It's my great-great grandfather's diary.

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It's been passed down through the family for years.

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I never thought PoPo would give it to me.

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So...

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..it's good?

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It means she has accepted me and MY family.

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'She may be set in her ways,

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'but I owe a lot to PoPo and her Chinese wisdom.

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'Sometimes, I open my mouth and hear her words coming out.'

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If you're planning for a year, you sow rice.

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Only weak people fight with their fists,

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strong people fight with their words.

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Friends are like a big box of chocolates, Floss -

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best shared.

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They say the people that annoy us most remind us most of ourselves.

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'I think about that last one when some of you guys annoy me.

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-'Which is quite a lot.'

-Even me?

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Especially you, Floss.

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'So...who is the real me?

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'I guess you can only understand who you really are

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'when you see yourself through other people's eyes.

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'I had my eyes opened

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'when I shared one of my pearls of wisdom with Kaz.'

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To get adopted...

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..you don't have to be perfect for everyone,

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just one person in particular.

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'Kaz was looking for a solution to her problems

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'and, suddenly, I seemed like the perfect person to adopt her,

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'if only she could make herself perfect for me.'

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We're watching Dirty Dancing.

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Oh! My favourite film ever.

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Hey, when I was your age,

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I was Merseyside under-15s rollerblading champion.

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An old family favourite - it's called Scouse.

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'What I was into, Kaz was suddenly into.'

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CLATTERING

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What are you doing?

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Rollerblading. It's one of my favourite things

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to do in the whole world.

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'Pretty soon, everyone was at it.

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'The Get Adopted by May-Li Club.'

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-What are you doing?

-We're gardening.

-We love it.

-Since when?

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Since we found out it was a great way to get a mum.

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'It's strange to suddenly see yourself

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'through other people's eyes.

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'Archie thought rollerblading would impress me,

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'Finn went down the Liverpool FC route.

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'Basically, I found out I'm a green-fingered Scouser

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'who loves rollerblading.'

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'And that's it - the real me, May-Li.

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'Oh, if you want to try some posh cheese,

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'I've hidden the brand-new delivery from Mum somewhere in the garden.'

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-Cheese?!

-'No more clues. OK, bye.'

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Ooh, your cheese!

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Give us a bite.

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Dumping Ground characters gather to watch videos made by Ashdene Ridge residents about their lives there. Featuring a mixture of new scenes and classic moments from The Dumping Ground. This time it's May-Li's turn.