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Coming up on today's live Blue Peter...
We reveal an ingenious memory technique
that could help you remember whatever you want.
Do you fancy missing school and travelling the world?
They are just some of the perks that come with being a teenage pop star
on tour, according to American boy band, Mindless Behaviour.
We're from the US and now we're in London, so it's really fun.
Plus, he is preparing to fight for the title of number one
jet skier in the world.
Yes, daredevil Jack Moule is going to be showcasing
some of his secret weapon stunts right here later on.
You do not want to miss it.
CHEERING & APPLAUSE
Hello! That is the sound of a start of a show, isn't it?
You are watching Blue Peter.
We are live and jam-packed. Yes, we are full of jam.
Lots of things for you to see today, including this - this guy's amazing.
He is going to show you some adrenalin-fuelled super moves
and he is called Jack Moule. We love him. Amazing.
He is number two in the world. But he is here to get your blood pumping
before teatime. I cannot wait.
I can't wait either, because we get to ask you a question.
We are live. This is really happening right now
and it is interactive. Here is the question...
It does not have to be a sport. It can be anything you like.
Only e-mail us if you are watching us on a Thursday, please.
Now, very soon, Barney and I are leaving the UK for a few days.
We are heading on a week-long tour of the two Eastern European
countries hosting the European Championships.
Yep, Euro 2012 will be taking place in the Ukraine and Poland.
But we wanted to give you the inside story on some of the unusual
sights and crazy cultures of the two countries.
Neither myself or Helen speak Polish, but we thought
it would be a good idea if one of us knew the basics before we went.
So, desperate times called for desperate measures.
Have you ever wished you could learn everything,
so that you could pass your exams with flying colours?
Maybe you'd like to know all there is to know about
your favourite pop group,
to prove that you are their biggest super-fan.
Well, today, I am learning to speak Polish -
just the basics, I only have a few hours to do this -
by tricking my brain into retaining the information,
using some very clever techniques that you can use at school.
And this guy is going to help me.
Ed Cooke is a grandmaster of memory,
who claims he can memorise a whole pack of cards in 45 seconds.
He uses a memorising technique called mems,
but can it really help me to learn basic Polish?
Let us start off with the obvious question - what is a mem?
So, a mem is anything which makes learning fun and interesting.
Let us say you are trying to learn the German word for "poison",
which is "gift", right?
Now, that may get you a bit confused, but it is also an opportunity.
So you say, imagine your sister giving you a gift of some poison.
-Then you can't really forget that the German word for poison is gift.
So, for me to learn ten words - ten Polish words -
I would need to know ten mems?
Mems help you get your head round the word,
so one mem for each word - a nice image that will help you learn it.
'There are three different stages to the mems process
'and now Ed is going to run them through with me...'
Here is an easy one.
Shoes. The word for shoes in Polish is "buty".
So, here we have got some buty-ful shoes.
'So, when I want to think of the Polish word for shoes,
'all I have to do is remember this picture.
'OK, I think I have got that. Time for stage two...'
What you want to do is combine the first stage, which is bright imagery,
something to imagine, something which is fun and interesting, with a lot
of repetition. That will really nail something into your brain.
'Easy, so all I have to do is repeat myself.
'Buty - shoes, buty - shoes, buty - shoes.
'OK, repetition nailed, it is time for the final stage,
'testing, also known as recalling.'
What I'll ask you to do is a little bit of physical exercise.
Just give me five press-us. You look like a strong man.
'Hang on, what has exercise got to do with recalling, please?'
OK, great! So I have got one question for you -
-do you feel stronger now?
-I see where you're going. Yeah, I do.
It is exactly the same with your brain. Each memory is like a muscle.
Every time you produce that memory, you are strengthening the muscle.
Testing is all about strengthening the memories you have.
So taking those three stages you've just talked me through -
the mems - the images - repetition - saying it over and over -
and then recalling - strengthening what you've learned -
-we're now going to go away and learn Polish.
'So, I'm going to try and remember ten common Polish words
'that will be useful for my and Helen's Eastern European road trip.'
'Basics first - how would I remember the Polish word for "yes"?'
We have a little Polish guy here and he has just invented a tack.
He's like, "Yes!" Tack!
So whenever I think about the word "yes", I am thinking
about the guy, "Yes, I've invented the tack!"
'Over the next half an hour, I use Ed's mems technique
'to try and learn ten basic Polish words.
'So I'm thinking of, and drawing, an image,
'then repeating it and testing it with Ed.'
-What does prosze make you think of?
'This is really clever and I can see it working.
Don't forget, you can always use this to help you with your exams.
Study over, Ed is now going to test me on five out of the ten words.'
-If I ask you, do you speak Polish, in Polish you would say..?
Let's imagine you think the Polish man's goods are cheap,
-what do you call them?
-Now you want to say "goodbye".
-Goodbye. Right. Wave... Oh, yeah...
Erm... It's the doe-flower. It's a doe with zinnia.
How about, erm, please?
-Er, it's the kid with the... Prosze. Prosze.
-Now you want to say "thank you".
-So I say, dziekuje.
Very good, excellent.
OK, that is absolutely superb - five out of five on the test.
'I'm well chuffed with that result, but remembering them short term
'is a different to recalling them days later.
'So Ed has a challenge for me.'
Go home, use this technique, use these images, the repetition
and this self-testing to learn 40 further words.
How do you say "bring it on" in Polish?!
Here is one I learnt earlier.
And Ed is in the studio to give me that test. Great to see you.
Great to see you. How has the homework been going?
I think it went OK. I used them mems and repeated them.
-I have definitely got 30 out of the 50.
Oh, he's confident.
Just remind us of the techniques you hope Barney will use.
The important things are imagery, repetition and testing yourself.
OK, it is time, Barney, to see if you know your Polish.
-Stop making it so dramatic.
-The music is making it dramatic.
OK, Barney is ready. Ed, can you give him his first word, please?
You learned 50 words. I've taken ten difficult ones out of the list.
The first word is, expensive. What is Polish for "expensive"?
The Polish word for expensive. Now this is to do with
a football with a dollar sign in it.
It refers to a footballer known as Drogba. He is quite expensive.
The Polish word for expensive is "drogi".
Ooh, he is correct!
Well done, Barney. One out of one.
Next up, we have got "thank you". How do you say "thank you"?
This is the couple in a restaurant and one of them asks for the cheque
and when he gets it, he goes, "Ooh, yeah!" His missus says, "thank you."
So it's "dziekuje".
-Barney, I am impressed! Ed, next.
-What is Polish for "pardon"?
Yes, this is a very random mem that I made up while driving home.
It is a guy sucking ham and someone going, "You did what? Pardon?"
-So it is "stucham".
-I am concerned about the way your mind works,
but I am impressed with your memory,. Well done, Barney.
Next up, how do you say "today"?
"Gee, you look shy today" is the phrase I learnt for this.
It is "dzisiaj".
-Oh, very good!
-Good stuff. Next up is "bath".
This is "wanna".
-Ooh! Wasn't sure there!
-You got it right!
Another random one - table. How do you say "table"?
Table is really easy. You stow things under it.
The Polish word for table is "stot".
-Correct, very impressive. Six out of six, so far.
Car. I think of my brother in the summer, chewing gum.
He used to get told off by my mum. And his name is Sam.
A slang word for chewing gum is chud. He's in the car, in summer,
-OK, three to go. Map? What's map?
-Map's quite easy. It's just "mapa".
-And how about "plane"?
Mapa is correct! Moving on to plane.
My dad's favourite comedy group when I was younger
were Monty Python's Flying Circus.
There is a musical based on their life called Spamalot.
I imagined them being in a plane on tour. Samolot is the word for plane.
I just have to applaud! One more!
-Cat is your last one.
-Cat is my favourite word,
because it is very simple, the same amount of letters.
I think about a baby cat in a cot. because the Polish word is "kot".
I am impressed!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
-Take a bow!
-You're not secretly Polish, are you?!
-No! Sorry, nie.
-Missed a trick, didn't I?
-Thank you Ed. Fantastic technique.
If you have got an exam coming up, or maybe you are in play and need to
learn some lines, that is a good a technique that you could use.
But the question is, Barney,
-can you remember what else is on the programme today?
-I'll do me best!
Still to come on today's show...
I get the inside story on what it is really like being
a teenage pop star on tour from hot US boy band, Mindless Behaviour.
And champion jet skier Jack Moule reveals the secret weapon stunt
that he hopes will win him the title of number one in the world.
-He is amazing.
-He is. Now, one guy who is also very amazing -
or we think so - is Barney the dog. Barney. He can do the odd trick.
-High five! High five!
-Yeah! Good boy, good boy!
-Roll over, dude.
We are underselling him, because Barney can do magic. Watch this.
He will now make this biscuit disappear.
All right, he might not be the cleverest pooch in the pack,
but we love him and his job is just to be our friend
-and I think he does it pretty well.
-He does. He's the best friend.
Some dogs have very important jobs and without them
their owners' lives would not be the same.
Guide dogs for children who are blind have been around for a while,
but they now train special dogs
to help children with hearing difficulties.
Here is the story of one girl and her amazing pooch.
I'm Poppy and this is Maddie. and this is Being Us.
11-year-old Poppy has had severe hearing loss since she was born.
As well as being her lovable pet, Maddie is also her hearing dog.
'Maddie helps me hear things all day long,
'starting with my morning alarm clock.'
Maddie has lived with Poppy's family for over two years.
Morning. Morning, Maddie.
'Maddie does loads for me. As well as letting me know
'when my mum is calling for me to come downstairs.'
Maddie! Fetch Poppy!
'With the right training, hearing dogs can act
'as the ears for deaf children.'
What a day!
Maddie helps me hear things all day long.
Maddie does loads for me.
As well as telling me to come downstairs, she also alerts me
to any other sounds in the house.
'If Maddie hears an alarm, she tells Poppy there is a problem.
What is it? What is it?
If it is dangerous, she lies flat on the floor.
It's OK, Poppy, it's just the smoke from the bacon.
'Maddie only helps out at home with the family, she also listens out,
'to make sure nothing happens to me in my daily routine.'
As Poppy is 11, she does not walk anywhere on her own but just having
Maddie by her side helps build her confidence when she's out and about.
When she is a grown-up, Poppy will get another hearing dog,
that will help her be completely independent.
'I have been doing karate for a while and I love it. It keeps me active.
And wherever Poppy goes, so does her Maddie.
Me and Poppy are best friends. I've known Poppy since she was two.
Since she's got Maddie, she has really grown in confidence.
We play with Maddie together.
'Now that karate is over, I have to do some homework.'
Before I get started, you sent in a few questions.
I used to struggle crossing the roads,
I had trouble sleeping at night.
But now she really comforts me.
Yes, Maddie does go everywhere with me,
but she is not naughty, because she has been specially trained not to be.
Got to go now, thanks for hanging with us.
I'm Poppy, this is Maddie. And this is Being Us.
That dog is so impressive!
If there was bacon around, Barney would just eat it.
Oh, yeah, he knows what he wants.
In a few minutes, we'll head outside to see Jack Moule
show off his amazing Jet Ski skills.
But before that, we asked you...
Loads of you have been in touch.
Blue Green Mini Lettuce says, "I want to be the fastest person
"in the world. At school, they call me the female Usain Bolt.
Emma would be number one at sleeping.
That's great, cos you can train every night.
Rema would like to do magic tricks for a career.
Jessica would like to be the number one horse rider. That's good.
Ewan wants to be the number one underwater ironer.
Green Great Whales says "I would be number one at climbing trees
"and making up songs at the same time." You're clearly bonkers.
Red Random Zuke would like to make people laugh.
Violet Stripey Firefly... These names are getting better every week.
"I'd be number one at spinning a basketball on my finger."
Chiara would like to be the best guitarist in the world.
Pete would like to be the number one professional ice skater.
How do they know where they are when they spin? They're incredible.
Is this from you? Jake would like to be an awesome super ninja.
Bring it on! Me, too.
Emmie would like to be number one at karate.
Teal Friendly Lemon would like to be number one at
jumping out of an aeroplane. Thank you for getting in touch.
We do love to hear from you.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a pop star,
touring the world?
That is what happened to a new American boy band -
their dream became reality.
They are fresh off their tour with Nicole Scherzinger,
and in a couple of weeks they are releasing their latest single.
It was a really nice interview, I even got free biscuits,
Let's go and meet Mindless Behavior.
I'm about to tell you that.
I am on my way to meet the hottest thing to explode
out of the American music scene. They're hip, cool and all under 16.
I'm here to find that what it's like to be a teenager on tour
with Mindless Behavior.
# Girls talkin' bout
# I got them girls talkin' bout
# I got them girls talkin' bout
# I got them girls Girls, girls, girls... #
Mindless Behavior are made up of 15-year-old Ray Ray
and 14-year-olds Roc Royal, Princeton and Prodigy.
They have been a band for four years
and have already toured with Justin Bieber,
Jason Derulo and Nicole Scherzinger.
We love you, Mindless!
The UK girls just can't get enough of them.
Thanks for inviting us down to speak to you. Let's start with the intros.
-What's up, y'all? It's Roc Royal.
-It is your boy Ray Ray.
-Yours truly, Princeton.
-Hey, it's Prodigy and we are...
ALL: Mindless Behavior.
A fine example there that practice makes perfect.
You are fresh off your tour with Nicole Scherzinger,
but my main focus is about you being teenagers.
When I was a teenager, I had to be out,
I was playing with friends and I was on the computer,
but you're on tour. How do you find time to be a normal teenager?
We do a lot of stuff. It's good for us, cos we get to experience
-a lot of things like food...
We're from the US and now we're in London, so it's really fun.
Once in a while we go home to our house, for vacation time.
That's our time to just chill and be normal kids for a while.
# Get me on a flight I gotta see her
# Travel all across the world just to meet her... #
-When you're away, what do you miss?
-I miss a lot of things.
I just miss friends, family.
Do you REALLY miss your parents?
They tell you what to do when you're at home.
When you're away, you can play away a bit.
When I was at home, I wanted to get away. Now that I am away, it's fun.
As their popularity grows, so does their bursting schedule.
I'm curious how they fit in everyday life.
-When do you do your schoolwork?
-In our schedule,
our teacher puts where he wants to do work with us,
whether it's 3am
or 3pm, it's whenever he can fit it in.
We do homework in our hotel rooms or in the lobby, something like that.
Even though they're fairly new to the UK music scene,
they already have an amazing fanbase.
CROWD: # I gotta see her
# Travel all across the world just to meet her...#
So when we asked you to quiz Mindless Behavior,
the website went bonkers with questions. Here are a few.
You don't come across as mindless -
you come across as educated and intelligent.
A lot of people think it is mindless,
but it is just being mindless in the heart, being yourself
and not caring what others think.
I love these questions.
You know what?
Instead of buying an alarm system in your house,
have my bird be like, "Stranger in the house!
"Stranger in the house!"
You have thought about this!
I'd do the same thing, but mine would be like,
"Caw! Eh-eh, problems!"
To turn into different people. That would be really cool.
Who would you turn into? The President?
What if we could change to have the lifestyle?
It's been a pleasure.
Thanks for your time and answering our questions.
It would be ridiculous to leave here without hearing you perform.
As part of your performances, you do a cappella - without instruments.
It takes some doing and sounds impressive, so...
would you please perform for us?
# Aye, shawty, what's your name? What's your number?
# You heard about my age Well, forget that number
# I can put the thrill in your life # I can make your dreams come to life
# I hear you talking and, girl I know what you like
# Girls, girls, girls Talkin' about me every day
-# Cos I walk with a bop
-And I got that swag to match my Js
-# Baby, like
-Eh, eh, eh
-# Baby, meet me round by way
# All the ladies love me, love me
# Steady talkin' about me. #
Genius. Mindless Behavior, everybody.
They are just so cool! I want to be them, but I am so not.
As pop stars, they no doubt chase number ones.
One guy also after that number one slot in the world
is 17-year-old pro Jet Skier Jack Moule, who is outside in the canal,
waiting to perform a choreographed routine
he has set up especially for you guys.
It's pretty daring.
Before we look at that, let's remind ourselves
of when I met him a few years ago.
He was just 14 and keen to teach me a few moves.
You have got a bit of a challenge for me.
In one day I'm going to teach you how to do
a Jet Ski freestyle trick called a bulldog.
I have never been anywhere near a Jet Ski! Can I do this?
-Of course you can. Let's get your gear.
Before I could get started, he wanted to show me
what my ultimate goal would be - the bulldog.
This trick involves lying on the hood of the Jet Ski
and spinning it round.
Not sure how I'm going to master that!
'At first, it was back to basics for me,
'learning to start the Jet Ski and move off safely.'
-Start like that.
-give it a little bit of throttle, pull yourself upon to your knees.
'It all seemed pretty straightforward...
'but it had a bit more power than I thought it would!'
I had to learn to get up on my knees.
I knew I would have to master turning
if I was going to pull off the bulldog.
More of a sharp turn!
'It's not as easy as it looks.'
Turning on my knees is one thing, but for the bulldog,
I need to balance on the hood, so it's back to dry land.
The first thing I need to do is that.
Yeah, fix your hand to that.
Yeah. Put your leg more down, make it bent a bit.
That is a bulldog.
'Sure, Jack. No problem(!)'
You're on your own, now, Helen.
I began to FEEL on my own.
The bulldog seemed easy on the land, but the water was a different story.
I was falling off left...
Eventually, I started to get the hang of it.
-That was it!
-Yay! I like that.
Now, since then, Jack has come a long way.
Later in the year he is going to be competing in Arizona in a bid
to become world champion.
We wanted to give you the inside story on Jack and his moves,
so, when Barney heard the word "Jet Ski",
he put his wetsuit on and headed out there to meet the man himself.
Hello and welcome to the Manchester Ship Canal just outside the studio
here in Salford. We're on the water, doing a bit of play time.
I like to do all of my interviews via Jet Ski.
That would be nice.
We are here with Jack, who is a legend,
Thanks for coming back on the show. We saw you three years ago,
you are now 17 and you're number two in the world...
-..on that beast.
How is that Jet Ski different to mine?
This is a stand-up Jet Ski with a 900cc engine,
and it's fully carbon fibre. Yours is a sit-down Jet Ski
and it's built for freerolling.
Yours has to be nice and light, cos you do tricks. What does it weigh?
It weighs 15 stone.
A normal stand-up Jet Ski weighs about 22 stone.
Wow. 15 stone is really light. Imagine a small child is five stone,
that's three times the weight of a small child.
You're going to show us what you can do, I'm going to get out of the way!
Hats off, that is impressive. It's easy to see why you're number two.
But that won't be for much longer, cos come October,
you are going to compete in Arizona to become number one.
Do you have a signature move?
A no-handed barrel roll.
A no-handed barrel roll.
-You're going to do something in the air with no hands?
It's a 360-degree rotation.
-I'm going to take my hands off, like a corkscrew.
-I can't wait to see it.
Number one all the way, without a doubt. Now it's my go.
There's only one word for him - wow, that is impressive.
I'll stand here, like Grandma. They'll keep having fun
and I'll tell you about next week's show.
We are planning a party extravaganza.
In the run-up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee,
three teams of patriotic party planners
are going head-to-head in a bid to put on the best bash in town.
And if you're thinking of planning a party of your own,
we will give you some top tips on how you can get creative.
Don't forget, in two weeks, we'll be starting our brand-new show,
Blue Peter's Big Olympic Tour.
It's happening on the CBBC channel on Saturdays at 9am.
If you want to come along and get involved,
just check out the website.
That's it for today. We'll see you soon.
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