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11/08/2017

On the final stop of the Big Causeway Crawl in Northern Ireland, Matt Baker and Alex Jones reach the Giant's Causeway. They are joined by comedian David O'Doherty.


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Tonight our Causeway Crawl has come to a spectacular end.

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We're literally walking in the footsteps of giants.

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We have made it to the end of the road. What a finish it is.

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It's a World Heritage Site alongside Machu Picchu and Victoria Falls.

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We are surrounded by 40,000 interconnecting basalt columns that

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have stood here for millions of years, famously laid down

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I think I can hear our guest, David O'Doherty. There he is! Are you all

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right, David? Oh! Yeah... Be careful. We are going to be talking

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about your new book shortly which is aptly named Danger Is Everywhere.

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Absolutely. It is extreme this place. Very extreme. We have this

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fantastic photo of Al Mennie. Our first guest here. This is Al here.

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You have pioneered many places to surf in this area. Lots of people

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are put off because of the water temperature because it's so cold.

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For you, it's actually one of the best places in the world. Yeah, it's

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a little bit cold, colder than Cornwall or Devon, but we have great

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waves here, winds are good here. Some of the biggest waves in the

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world in the winter. It's really good. You are the only person are

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you not to swim off this particular point. We get big waves here. How

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big is big? 30 foot waves here. You managed to name that. I called it

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after the giant, Finn McCool. It's incredible. Those shots are

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incredible. On that theme of giants here is Ruth Goodman with a story of

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why this place might be the land of the giants, literally.

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It seems giants are everywhere in Northern Ireland. From the most

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famous Causeway in the world named after the legendary giant Finn

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McCool, to the iconic cranes of the shipyard. To the Belfast giants ice

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hockey team. But giants are not confined to the legendary tales of

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Irish mythology. Recent DNA research shows that Northern Ireland is a hot

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spot for real-life giants. In 2013, DNA samples were taken from almost

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1,000 volunteers in Mid Ulster. The results show that the people of this

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area are 13 times more likely than elsewhere in the UK to carry a

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genetic mutation that can lead to gigantism. To find out what effect

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the gene can have, I am meeting with the author of the study. This gene

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predisposes to develop a little lesion in a gland called the

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pituitary gland, and this little tumour makes too much growth

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hormone. If left untreated at an early age this tumour will lead to

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gigantism, often causing a growth in height well in excess of 7ft. If you

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are talking about a child having this disease, which is typical with

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this particular mutation, then if the child is left untreated they may

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grow to be a giant. Original ancestor, the one who started this

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clan of giants lived about 100 generations ago. The people

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descended from that one person still live here. Yes, that's amazing

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social history. And carry this particular gene. Yes. And the

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photographic evidence bear this is out. Giants all across the region.

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With families passing down the gene from generation to generation.

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And it continues to the present day. Brendan. Welcome, welcome to the

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roaring hills, Ruth. I am meeting 6'10" Mid Ulster native Brendan

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Holland. When I first noticed it I was around 16 years old, my brother

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came home from England and he hadn't seen me for probably a few months

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and he realised I had grown a bit. He was 6ft tall and he started

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looking up at me. Brendan had already grown to almost 7ft by the

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time he received radiotherapy treatment for the condition when he

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was 20. How much would you say it has impacted on your life, in

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general? There are positives and negatives. The negative being the

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health aspect. I find in the last ten years my mobility is reduced. I

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find it difficult to breathe. The positive has been at the age of 30 I

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decided to go into business on my own. I found that standing out from

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the crowd is a positive. When people meet you, they never forget you.

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That might have something to do with my brilliant personality, but I

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doubt that! But being noticed isn't everyone's cup of tea. This is

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Brendan's cousin. When I was a teenager I looked at all my friends

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and they were so petite, going to discos they would wear short skirts

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and I would are to wear jeans. Is it difficult to get clothes Especially

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shoes, I am size 13. People still look at me like children and all of

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that, but you have to get used to it. How do you feel about this idea

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that you are all descended from one single common ancestor? I think it's

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brilliant that there is other people like me out there. I am not the only

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person. Yet they could be amongst the last of the giants, with

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advances in DNA testing and medication to manage the condition.

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Which f left untreated, can lead to premature death. The number one

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treatment is surgery. The surgeon goes in and tries to remove as much

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as possible from the tumour. Medical treatment, in terms of tablets or

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injections. And we can also give radiotherapy. So if you know it's

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there, and you catch it early, you can sort it out? Yes, we could avoid

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having giants and actually that is one of the one of the things of our

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studies, no more giants. Both Niamh and Brendan have been successfully

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treated for their gigantism and perhaps one day giants will only

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ever be found within the great Irish myths.

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Well, David O'Doherty has managed to get down safely.

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING He is all right. It was touch and go

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but he is all right. Welcome to the sofa. We also have Brendan with us,

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nice to see you. Thank you for making that film. As we heard there,

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thanks to medical research your condition can now be treated. If you

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were born these days, would you like that as an option, looking back at

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your life would you not have changed a thing? Well, it's not something

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really that I have given a lot of thought to. But I suppose really in

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an ideal world you would think like that but you have to play the hand

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of cards that life deals you. Absolutely. You have to let your

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condition be managed by you, not it manage you. Yeah. Brendan, I am sure

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people sitting at home listening to you talking here and thinking about

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that life you are talking about, what has been the trickiest part as

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far as practical things are concerned, beds, cars, all of that

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stuff. ? Yeah, those are surmountable problems. The trickiest

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part is you grow older, you become less mobile and less sure-footed.

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Moving around isn't as easy as it used to be. That's the biggest

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probable I have right now. I have breathing problems, as well. It's

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all part of the condition, if you like. It comes with the territory.

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Thank you so much for making that film for us. No problem. You are

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doing a gig around the coast. We heard there is a mix-up actually.

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Tell us about that quickly. It's a rock Festival. I play a three-foot

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plastic keyboard and I am playing on the main stage before Ash. Northern

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Ireland's greatest ever... Yeah, a band in the last 20 years, I will

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give it a go. I think those people may not be able to dance as much as

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maybe they'll dance more to the bands. But, you know, it's fine.

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Talking of you and the keyboard, we have a clip of you here. Here is

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what the people of Limavady can expect.

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This song is called Life. # Life, life.

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# Life, life, life. # Life, lifey, life, life.

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# Life, life, life. # Life...

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# Oh, no, actually it's OK. # Oh, no, it's not. # No!

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# And then you die. We are delighted that you have

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brought the keyboard all the way to the Giant's Causeway. First time

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live on the Giant's Causeway. I think it will be a great name for an

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album actually. You have been here before on a school trip. Yeah, I was

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here, our school trips were so boring. We once went to a butter

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museum, those sort of school trips. I remember those well. What you

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really want from a school - I like the fact it looks photoshopped.

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People are watching this at home and they're going, it's probably like

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Game of Thrones, they've drawn this in. This is actually here. I can

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imagine Enya living here. Yes. And Enya lives behind that. To be fair,

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it's a major technical feat doing a live broadcast right on the edge

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here. Is the keyboard working, is it plugged in? There it is! The problem

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with this keyboard is this, I came back from a tour in Australia, you

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guys. I am on a - the baggage appears and I go to take it, I don't

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realise this button has been disappeared and this sound is coming

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from my baggage, it's a demo and I pick it up and I am walking and the

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Australian border security are running after me. That's what Ash

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will be having on before them tomorrow. As well as comedy, you are

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also writing books for children. You are on your third. It's a strange

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sort of double life. Yeah, it's a lot of fun. This is Danger Is

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Everywhere. Yeah, Danger Is Everywhere, it's a guide book to

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spotting danger wherever, awful things that only kids know about.

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You know, when you are sitting on the loo and sometimes a shark can

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come up underneath. It's something you have to be aware of, obviously

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you grab the shampoo. If your teach certificate a vampire, these are

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important things, you know how you tell that, obviously if they laugh

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like this... Like a regular laugh is ha-ha. A vampire laugh. And then

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normal farts. Are these observations you had when you were younger, what

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was the inspiration behind this, David? I don't write them, my next

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door neighbour is the world's leading dangerologist. He writes

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them. It would be crazy if a 41-year-old man were to write a book

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like that. So I help him. These are things he has observed. Technically

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it's not me. Obviously, with your neighbour you have done a risk

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assessment here because this is super dangerous. So much danger.

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Look at it. It could not, I mean, all the coastal danger you have

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there. Obviously, the threat of... Will this help? The illustrator

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Chris has drawn this. Here is the main dangers today. Obviously the

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threat of Vikings. Ireland has a bad history with Viking. Pirates

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possibly, as well. And then shark attack, of course. Picked up by

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seagulls, you could get 30 or 40 seagulls that could easily pick one

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of us up. This is a volcano that created this, it's somewhere under

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there. That could erupt at any moment. It's incredibly dangerous.

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That was bad, sorry. I have undone all the danger talk that I... We

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have another one here. This is the doctor here. Is is he the next door

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neighbour? He is worried about sharks and puddles. It's a lot of

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shark-based danger with Dr Noel. He looks back at history and sees

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dangerous times, like jousting. Super dangerous. He sees Game of

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Thrones as a documentary. That's the sort of world he is in. You have

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taken the books to audiences, younger audiences. Yes. Are they a

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tough crowd? I mean, I do gigs for grown-ups in the evenings and for

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kids in the day. The toughest heckles, the two toughest heckles I

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have had to deal with, both came from under-10s. One was a

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seven-year-old and said what is the point of you? It's not the worst

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heckle I have received. A six-year-old boy in a public library

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in Athlone, he said, excuse me, does this get good soon? That's the

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toughest heckle there has ever been, I think. It's a good job you are

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wearing your waterproof now. Cover up the keyboard. Unplug it! Perfect.

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Hopefully Angela and Joe will be here. Hopefully we will speak to

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them in a second. That's if we can find them. There is a bit of

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jeopardy. It looks like they've been driven to drink.

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All week we have been travelling along the Causeway coastal route,

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from Belfast to Carrickfergus. But now it was time for the final leg of

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our journey, to the Giant's Causeway.

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Have you seen Giant's Causeway before? Only as a kid a million

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years ago. I can't wait to see it. It hasn't changed much. But Giant's

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Causeway is like one of the biggest tourist attractions in Northern

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Ireland. Also hard to wrap your head around the fact it's natural. No, it

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was built by a giant I think you will find called Finn McCool. This

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idea of it being natural I am not at home with. But you believe what you

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want. I don't know if miss is the right

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word. Oops. The steering is hardcore. I know. I know. I have to

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say I've been very impressed by the way you handled it. Well, thank you.

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With time ticking on and the road running out, there was time for one

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last very welcome stop at Ireland's oldest working distillery. Triple

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distilled malt whisky has been made in Bushmills for over 400 years.

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With hundreds of thousands of whisky casks slowly maturing in the

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warehouses, it is the job of Cooper, Alistair Kane to keep them in

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tip-top condition. Alistair. I'm Joe. Nice to meet you. Hello,

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Angela. This is incredible craft Mansship. How long have you been

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doing this? 40 years. What's the job of a cooper You're replacing staves

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or sometimes rehooping a barrel. The tools used his by his father and

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grandfather have been passed down the line. That's a sharp edge on

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that side and the face on it for hitting bungs and different things

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on it and the head and knife is the one that's hanging on the wall. Some

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places call it a draw knife and that's if you're doing staves, you

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pull it and cut the wood off by hand. That's sharp. Oaks are the one

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thing that they discovered is the best thing for whisky. It breathes

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as well as holding the actual liquid in and plus the tannin that's in the

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oak, it colours the whisky and the better condition the barrel is in,

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the better the whisky. It's the quality you see. Can you smell it? I

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can't smell it. Unfortunately the demand for these craftsmen is in

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decline? When I started in here in the late 70s there was ten. For a

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few years, I was the only one left. Alistair's son has just qualified.

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The first cooper in Ireland for three decades. This is my son Chris.

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How is it working with your dad? Not too bad! You're able to share a

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drink at the end of the day. That's it. While we're still friends. Any

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chance we can have a taste? I think we can work something out for you.

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There is a waft of whisky coming from that barrel. There is only one

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problem and there is only one glass and it's for you. That's not a

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problem for me. More of an issue for me. You're driving. Fill it up. I

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handed over the car keys to Joe the designated driver which turned out

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to be a mistake. I didn't want to say in front of the lads, I didn't

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want to burst your bubble, but I don't drive. You're joking. At all?

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Some people are born to drive, others are born driven. How are we

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going to get to the Giant's Causeway? Where we're going, we

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don't need roads. Thank you for letting us

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bring our sofas on to the Causeway. It is a charity, it is the kind of

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thing. Angela and Joe have queries that they would like clarifying. Can

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you give us a run down of why this place looks the way it does? It is

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fascinating? Well, it was formed 60 million years ago and it is

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something to do with the tectonic plates as they've moved. It formed

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into the columns just as it cooled down. These have been forming for

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millions and millions of years and they are what you see today. It is

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one of those freaks of nature, hexagons and honey shells, it is the

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most efficient use of space. As Matt said, you have got queries because

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there is stories about this place. Some are true, some are not true.

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Heather, you know it all. A cosmic question for you. Is it true that

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there is a Giant's Causeway-style structure on Mars? It is, but I

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don't think it has as many visitors as we do! Not yet! Is it true that

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before the National Trust took this over, people used to take lumps of

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the rock and leave them in their back garden? There are some columns

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in different places all over the world. However, we believe it is bad

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luck to do that. Yeah, we have stories of people who have taken a

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bit of the column, taken it home, felt really guilty about it, and

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realised that they have had a really bad luck for a number of time. And

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they brought it back and their luck has improved from then. So do not

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take any of the stones. That's bad luck, but good luck if you shimmy to

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the right on one of these special stones. Is it true that's it's good

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luck? Well, apparently so. If you sit, there is a special stone called

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the wishing chair... Where it, Heather? It's over there. If you

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were able to write and go three times, don't tell anybody what your

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wish is then it will come true. We'll try that later! There is a

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place you can put money over in the corner there which is our

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alternative to a wishing well. But it has been going on for years.

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People leave that and hopefully they will get good luck. That's going to

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guarantee your wish. We're sitting on rock history. This place has a

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bit of musical rock history namely zed Zeppelin. They used as the front

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cover of their album and we have had some really interesting visitors

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here. We had a group of girls from New Zealand who decided they would

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re-enact the front cover. I don't know if you know it, but it has some

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ladies in a state of undress! They came down here... That's brave in

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this weather. Well, exactly. Came down and re-enacted and one of our

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rangers doing safety checks said maybe you should cover up and sent

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them back to the cafe and they went up there and came down and did it

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all over again. That was the best day's work for that guy! Thank you,

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Heather. Heather was telling us about the

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honeycomb foundation and that's a clue to what our next film is all

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about. Gatwick, the sickle busiest runway

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in the world. Last year alone nearly 70,000 flights came through here.

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Just one untracked flight could spell disaster. But for years that's

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what has been happening. We discovered that there are hundreds

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of unscheduled short haul flights. You must have one of the best radar

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systems on the planet? Yeah, we do, but even it couldn't detect them. At

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only 16 millimetres long no radar could detect the flight of a lorn

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born bee, one of the rarest and most distinct insects in the country.

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These were found here in a beautiful wild flower meadow a stone's throw

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from the runway. Rachel Bicker, biodiversity consultant at Gatwick

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was the first to come across them. How did she come to find this

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elusive creature in an unusual habitat? I was walking along the

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river and I saw one on its own and what on earth was that? I swept it

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with my butterfly net and it was only afterwards I realised this is

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something so different. That's the most distinctive... They really are.

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Bee in Britain, isn't it? I think so. Male long horns don't have

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stings and holding them briefly means that harm won't come to either

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us or the bees. Look at it, it's gorgeous. Look at that face and the

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an tenia is just massive. And that's a male, of course. That is a male.

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Only the males have the long antennae. These unusual looking

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creatures are one of the UK's largest solitary beesment unlike

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honeybees, they spend most of their lives alone. The males usually

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appear weeks before the females, but what do they do in this time? The

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males will emerge around May and then a few weeks later after the

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males have been flying around doing not a lot, it is about who hangs on

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the longest and who sticks it out gets to mate with the females and

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the females are emerging now. Early June we're starting to see the first

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females. Why is it so rare now in the UK? Yes, so there is lots of

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things which could be impacting, but the main one would be habitat loss.

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So loss of their favourite food plants, but these plants are really

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declining now so it's the habitat loss, the food loss and the nesting

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sites that are really impacting the species. The bees manage to thrive

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here however, thanks to the creation of this habitat back in 1999 when

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the river was diverted and wild flower seed was sown in the area.

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The clay that was dug up to divert the river was used to create

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embankments which have turned out to be an excellent nesting spot for the

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female bees as well. And this is where the female bees are now.

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Although they're solitary bees they will nest together wherever there is

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a good place to make a burrow and there is one right here. Here she

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comes. Here she comes. And she is pushing the spoil out of the burrow

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with her back legs and making this little pile. Ah, it's wonderful.

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It's great to see her as she comes out backwards. Fantastic. Thanks to

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these man-made embankments this landscape is a safe habitat for one

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of Britain's rarest and most intriguing bees. As long as this

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area remains undisturbed, these beautiful long horned bees should

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continue to thrive under the radar for many years to come.

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Thank you, George. We will be at the airport soon. Indeed.

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All week we have been giving gifts to our guests. We've got a good one

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tonight. See if you can guess what it is. It is from one David to

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another. Here it is. The coastal slate provides me inspiration and

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foundation for my pieces of art. The actual sculptures begin by cutting

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strips from sheet metal. I weld the pieces together and arrange them

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into their final shape. In order for it to look its best I have to polish

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it to a perfect finish. And I fix it to a slate bottom. A piece from the

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coast in more ways than one. Beautifully crafted by David

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Rosborough. And here he is, thank you, David. Look at that, David.

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It's like the episode of Blockbusters I never won!

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LAUGHTER The golden run. Thanks, David. We

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just need a little person at the top of it shouting, "Help. Help." To

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mark the start of our programme. David, thank you for your company

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tonight. And that's almost it. Thank you to everybody that has turned out

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and all of our guests for the whole week. What a time we've had Al. We

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have seen sun and brilliant scenery and these are our memories of our

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week in Northern Ireland which we've thoroughly enjoyed. We have to say

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to our new Northern Irish viewers, keep'er light!

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Good night and goodbye. Carrickfergus castle. We will be

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travelling 85 miles along the Causeway coast. Do you need three

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new back-up singers? Martine ma kuchen. You can come out! You can

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come out. Sorry. A poke is an ice cream. We have been on some road

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trip, I tell you. Ballycastle... And that's where we're heading now. Full

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steam ahead. Hang on. We're going north-west up to the seaside town of

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Portrush. Well, he's not bothered. Sort it out. Earlier on in rehearsal

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you were fully clothed, now this is a shock. We have some very special

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guests. We are almost there.

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