08/11/2011 Blue Peter


08/11/2011

Helen and Barney go back to their home towns as they compete against one another to raise money for Children in Need. They also chat to blogger Charlie McDonnell.


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Coming up: The science behind a laugh and why the more you do it,

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the better you feel. When you do it at somebody, they copy you, it's a

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weird thing but it's amazing. From Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom

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will be baking a difference for Hello. Hello. How you doing? A busy

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show today but it's not as busy as our showbiz pooch down here. That

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is the right term for Barney theing to. Sometimes we have to remind him

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that he's dog. This one's been on the front cover of magazine, hangs

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out in restaurants and has even been known to stay in hotels. This

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week, has been no different. Legally Blonde, the film, they

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turned it into a musical. That went on tour. When the show came to

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Manchester, Barney went along to say hello.

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Barney is one very important dog. He's on the go from the moment he

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arrives at work and doesn't stop all day.

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He always likes to make sure he looks his best on TV.

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Let's face it, he is the King of the studio. But it's not just

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showbiz circles Barney moves in. He likes to get out and meet other

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working dogs. Today, Barney is out and about in

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Manchester. He's on his way to see a dog with a rather interesting job.

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This is Breezy. Her handler is Hayley. Breezy is a chihuahua jack

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Russell cross and how cute, even if a little noisy. She's no strange

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tore the limelight because Breezy is an actor. This is Legally Blonde

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the musical based on the movie starring Rhys Witherspoon. He is

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one of two dogs who plays the dog in the show. Barney will join

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Breezy at the opera house in Manchester to see what it's like to

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be a dog on stage. First to Breezy's dressing room. It's

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Hayley's job to look at her every need. So, Barney, this is breezy's

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dressing room that she shares with Pringle. We have brought along her

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suitcase, everything that she needs while on tour. Everything of

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Breezy's has to be pink. She's a diva so she's got a pink lead that

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sparkles with its bones on. We've always got to have sparkles. Her

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favourite collar which is her pink one with the sparkly B on it.

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She's got lots of costumes in here. Her fauf rit one is this one --

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favourite one just because it glitters. We are off on stage to

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meet Breezy's co-stars. I'm playing Elle. And I'm Sophie. We are lucky

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enough to work with the dogs in the show and we'll show you what tricks

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they can do. This is the first trick and it's complicated so watch

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carefully. Bruiser. Doesn't have an engagement outfit. She was totally

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freaking out. She responds to hand signals. Now it's Barney's turn to

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have a go. Good boy. Where's Elle? You are meant to bark. Now! She's

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totally freaking out. Now! She's trapped in the old valley mill.

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Never mind. Sorry, the mill. Come on, good

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boy... The cast decide to tell us about life in the theatre. Working

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with the dog is so exciting and lovely for them to kind of know us

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and go to venues with us. They understand that they're doing the

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job and we are doing ours and we are all together there as a family.

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The training process with the dogs was very specific at first when we

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were in London rehearsing. We would just have sessions getting to know

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the dogs and them being comfortable with us. Trick two, you have to

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jump on to the bed and then into the bag. Come on, Barney, you can

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do it. Nice outfit, mate! Come on, Barney. No, don't think he's quite

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got the hang of this acting business, has he? The dogs are so

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spoilt on tour. They get loads of treats and loads of fuss all the

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time. Obviously, the dogs that are chosen to be Bruiser in the show

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will have to be very special and hopefully they'll be happy and will

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be able to do eight shows a week. We get tired, they must get tired.

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That sounds like a lot of hard work, Barney, you just lie there, look

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cute and stick to telly. You shouldn't give up your day job just

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yet. But he can do some tricks. High five! Yeah! There you go. That

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bag he was meant to get into. was tiny. And pink and for a

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chihuahua. He's a big dog. Here we have a suitcase. You can redeem

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yourself, Barney, if you go down and at least look like you are

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going to get into it. Prove to the nation that you can do it, OK. Look,

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Barney, come on. Let's get the drum roll. Here it is. Just chuck him in.

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His head's in it. Doesn't that count? He gave it a go. He's a star

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of our show. Let's move on from dogs and theatre for a moment.

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are you doing?! What are you doing? Can you see how you are laughing.

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It's a technique I learned at a laughter yoga workshop. Laughter is

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food for your health. It's true. Watch this, it will all make sense.

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Where are you off now... How much do you love to laugh? This

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much? Or this much? Laughing feels great. But have you ever wondered

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why? Well, I'm going behind the giggles to find out what really

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happens when we laugh. OK, now it's time for the serious bit. This is

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where the science comes in. We are about to go inside the human body.

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My human body to be precise. We are going to find out what happens to

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us when we laugh. Consultant ear nose and throat surgeon Iain is

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about to give me an endoscopy, it involves putting the scope up my

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nose. It's to examine problems with voice or swallowing. Today we are

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using it to see what a laugh looks at inside. Not something you should

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try at home. Looks hairy. That will be my nostril hair. The

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camera is going down my throat into my larin ex, also known as the

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voice box. It contains muscles which vie brait to make sounds like

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talking, singing and laughing. -- vibrate. The lower the note, the

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more vibration. This might look like an alien, but it's my vocal

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cords in action. As you can see on the monitor, if you give us a

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laugh... That's pretty amazing. can see when you are laughing that

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the cords are opening and closing like they're clapping for each

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other and that gives you the rhythmic laughing sound that we

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know. There you have it from, not from the horse's mouth but from

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inside MY mouth. That is what happens when you laugh. So why is

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laughing good for us? The theory is the act of laughing releases

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natural chemicals endorphins. Endorphins are a kind of happy

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hormone produced in the brain by a gland. They're released into the

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blood stream where they help your body cope with pain or stress, so

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endorphins make you feel good. As well as laughing, all kinds of

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things can get the endorphins flowing, everything from exercise

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to roller coaster rides and extreme thrills. These happy hormones sound

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amazing. Wouldn't it be great if you could have some whatever you

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wanted. Apparently, you can! Cathy runs laughter yoga workshops

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for children. She believes you can exercise your laugh whenever you

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want and even fake laughing counts. What We do some special laughing

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exercises designed to get people laughing, to create endorphins, get

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more oxygen in their body and to exercise their muscles. I'm going

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to help Cathy run her next laughter class, but first, she's going to

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show me 2 ropes -- me the ropes. The laughing hand shake.

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THEY LAUGH Now, something that isn't really

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there. But it's still funny. And finally, my favourite, the

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motorbike. Third time. Still nothing. But the fourth time is

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going to work. Wooooo... And you're off! I've got my techniques and now

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it's time to test them out on a real laughter class. Let me get one

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volunteer for this. You are the smiliest person ever, you can go

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first. We are going to shake hands. OK. OK. Uh-oh. That's more like it!

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OK, give me your other hand. Remember, even pretend laughing

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gets the endorphins going because it uses the same mullsles and has

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the same physical effect on the body. I have got the funniest thing

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I've never seen so many happy hormones! If you laugh and do it at

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somebody, they copy you, it's a weird but amazing thing. What's

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really strange about this is that it's exhausting. This next one, we

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are going to have a bit of fun, ride our bikes around the hall,

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carefully hofbg because we don't have helmets. When it starts, it's

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going to go ha-ha -- carefully of course. The motorbikes are a hit.

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But I think my endorphins need a rest. One of the wheels fell off.

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So I think it's fair to say we've learned that laughter can make us

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feel good. But can it help us when we are not feeling well?

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Well, I've come to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where they are

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convinced it can. Children here are enkrgeed to laugh,

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it's those endorphins again! -- encouraged to laugh. The hospital

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has its own laughing specialists, but not the medical kind. Meet Dr

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Faffy. Hello! Hello. Julie is a clown doctor and for one day only

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she has an Assistant. Call me Dr Fluffy. We are in business. Let's

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do it. Dr Faffy is one of a team of clown doctors who visit the wards

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three times a week, 156 times a year. You are officially a clown.

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Hello... You happy with that so far? Brilliant, OK. We can try that

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again. The theory goes, make 'em laugh and the endorphins will kick

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in, a kind of natural medicine. Abracadabra... Of course you can

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press my nose. There you have it. Is laughter the best medicine? I

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think so. Did you have some fun today? Yes. Are you going to look

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after Eric for us? Yes. It's working, keep going! That's it,

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nearly there. That made me laugh. You being

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chased out. Did the camera down the nose hurt? No, not at all, it

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tickled. It was fascinating, like a Doctor Who bad guy. Hope you

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weren't eating your tea while that was on. It was gross but

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fascinating. Yes. Take a look here. These are what's known as mascots,

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which you will find at most sporting events. If you go to the

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football or the rugby, you have probably seen these guys in action

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and know how funny they can be. Ronnie the rhino. They come in all

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shapes and sizes, the mascots, but it's not just at football and rugby,

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big events have them, especially the Olympics. The first Olympic

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mascot was introduced in 1968, a skier called Schuss. For London

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2012, we have two brand-new mascots and they are with us in the studio

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now. It's Wenlock and mannedville. I can't call them he or she pause

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we just call them it, they are not specific animal but they have lots

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of cool features. If you have a look at Wenlock's eye, that

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actually doubles as a camera, so as Wenlock goes around the country, it

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can record the experiences and things it sees. Also on the top of

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his head is a taxi light there, based on a London taxi and you can

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see the three bumps on its head actually symbolising the stadium

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roof and the podiums, bronze, silver and gold.

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On Wenlock's wrist he has friendship bands, the colours of

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the Olympic rings, so he's a colourful character. Mannedville,

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some designs there which tell you all about the Olympics and the

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events. There's a personal best timer on the wrist there and that

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ensures that he's always smashing his personal best, which is cool.

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The head represents the three Crescents from the Paralympics logo

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on the top. On the right hip, there's the logo there with bursts

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of energy radiating from it. The outer skin is a blue colour,

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reflecting mannedville's determination. You can see the

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mascots at the London 2012 Olympics. The next big sporting event is the

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2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. At the moment, they don't have a

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mascot and so, they want you to get in touch and design it for them. Go

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and get a pen and paper. If you are not sure how to design a

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mascot, you are in luck. Watch this. We are familiar with mascots at

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sporting events. What makes a great mascot? Here is a man whose job it

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is to design and make them every day.

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Hi, I'm Simon, the creative director here at Frenzy, this is my

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office. This is where the design process starts. With a simple piece

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of paper and a pencil sketch. We take the sketch, turn it into

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artwork which I do on the computer. When we have decided what it will

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look like at a small scale, we take it through to the pattern-making

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and sewing department where we put it together full size. We make the

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patterns for the costumes here and put them all together. After we've

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put the patterns together and sown the costume, the next stage is to

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think about the head. Remember the clay cat, what we do is, we scan

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that into the computer and scale that up and we use this computer

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and some software to cut out the shapes that we use to make the head.

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So now you have seen the stages about how we put a costume together,

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I can show you the finished product. There's lots of things to consider

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when designing a costume. It has to look fantastic, larger than life,

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very, very bright, really, really nice engaging eyes, quite often

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really big eyes makes something look really friendly. Another thing

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is consider is the colours you use. Sometimes too many colours can look

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too busy and make sure your mascot has a great big smile.

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What a cool job to be the mascot and the designer. I was once at a

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football match and the nose got pulled off a fox. What's not good.

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How did he smell - terrible. Everyone's turned the tellies off.

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If Glasgow have been given the unique chance to design their

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mascot for them. The winner will see their design turned into a

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reality and will be invited to the opening ceremony in Glasgow in July

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20 1 and those events are spectacular. You will even get to

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take three members of your friends or family. There are some rules to

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this. The first is, don't stick to stereotypes, so probably not best

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to send in a picture of the Loch Ness monster or somebody lie

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playing the bagpipes. Some things You have to create it yourself,

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don't use a computer. You have to use the official colours, red,

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yellow, green or blue, you don't need to use all of them, but one of

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the colours has to be in there. Once you are happy, just get in

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Just because it's post, you don't have to go all BBC News reader!

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That's my proper BBC voice that, sorry. You have until 2nd December

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to get your designs in. Get it sent over to us. Let's talk celebrity

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and baking. Loads of people have helped us out with the appeal.

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Alesha Dixon, Aaron Craze last week and Gary Lineker. When we found out

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a cast of harry Potter wanted to help us, how could we resist.

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a nice man as well. Frbgts wave that at the telly, see what happens.

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I'm Matthew Lewis and today I'll show you how to make something

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simple for the Blue Peter bake sale. You can customise these any way you

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want. Today, we are making want. Today, we are making

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chocolate chip cookies like this. Before you start, get an adult to

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pre-heat the oven to about 190 or gas mark 5 and then we need the

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ingredients. 250g plain flour, half a teaspoon of soda, half a teaspoon

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of salt, 170g unsalted butter, 200g soft dark brown sugar, then 100g

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caster sugar, one table spoon of vanilla extract, two eggs a most

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importantly, 325 grammes of chocolate chips. Let's mix. In the

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first bowl, the flour goes in. Then the bicarbonate of soda. Plonk that

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in as well. Then the salt. Sieve that through into the bowl. In this

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bowl, we are going to take the butter. It's easier if you chop it

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up into cubes like this. We are going to knock all that into the

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bowl like so. Keep that all in there. Once that's in, we are going

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to add the brown sugar here. Pour that in as well. Then, finally, you

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take the caster sugar, plonk all that in and you want to mix it all

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up until it goes nice and creamy. Then you can add the eggs and the

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vanilla extract. Then beat the eggs in until it all gets mixed together.

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So when your ingredients are mixed together, grab a Greaseed baking

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tray like so. You are going to grab a small golf ball sized amount and

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scrunch it up into a ball and place it on to the tray. Now, the

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important thing is to not flatten the ball because once it's in the

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oven, it's going to flatten out into the cookie shape that we want.

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Because of that, it means that you only want to stick about two or

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three to a tray. Just like so. Finally, once you've got to this

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stage, you need to get an adult to put them in the oven for you for

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about 15 minutes, then you will have some perfect cookies. After

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ten or 15 minutes, they should look something like this. If you want

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your bake sail to stand out from the crowd, you are going to need to

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personalise the cookies. While they're warm, you could add some

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sweets, chocolates or something, so they end up like this. It really is

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that simple. Hopefully these cookies will be big sellers at the

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bake sale. So go on, Bake A bake sale. So go on, Bake A

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Difference for Children In Need! What a nice man. He came into the

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studio once so thank you for the recipe. If you want to try that at

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home, you are in luck, because all the details are on the Blue Peter

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website. Speaking of cookies... Yeah... Cookie. Got one? No, but an

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impressive picture of cookie, one of the Blue Peter cats. This was

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sent in by Anna, in East Sussex. What a phenomenal job, real talent

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there, so thank you for that. one has been sent in by Grace. This

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is Barney with his tongue sticking out. He does this a lot. What a

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brilliant shot. He's even looking over his shoulder to look out for

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his next treat. This one is different. Colourful and arty from

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Portia in Hertfordshire and it's the eye of a tiger looking through

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a few leaves there. Thank you. one uses recycling and has been

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drawn by Hannah who is 11. She's drew an outline but filled it in

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with bits of paper. Well worthy of a Blue Peter badge. You have got to

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Helen and Barney go back to their home towns as they compete against one another to see who can raise the most money for Children in Need. Also, blogger extraordinaire Charlie McDonnell joins Helen and Barney in the studio to discuss just how he has become such an internet sensation.


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