A Record-Breaking Spectacular! Blue Peter


A Record-Breaking Spectacular!

Barney, Lindsey and Radzi each attempt to break their very own record, involving planes, badges and straws! Barney commemorates 350 years since the Great Fire of London.


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on me. Awkward. Keep your comments coming in. Here's Blue Peter.

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Today's show is a going to be a record breaker, with...

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It's a world record breaking show today. And the Paralympics has just

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begun, good luck to all those athletes in Rio, yes you can. And

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get in touch to win your badge. It is all about world records and we

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are good at breaking them. Radzi has even used populations to get

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success. He is no stranger to record, he's even in the book,

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Radzi. Radzi's mum, how proud are you? We are very excited. The

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Guinness world record adjudicators are there to tell us whether we have

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or have not made new world records. And we will be playing Spot Shelley.

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This time doesn't count, but if you see her later, let us know where she

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is hiding. You may be wondering where Radzi has gone. He is just

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there. Looks like you have drawn the short straw.

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If you want to be the best, dedication is what you need. We are

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attempting to break the world record for the most straws in Radzi's hair.

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Not going to lie, I think we are smashing it, so I will carry on.

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Please do. What number do I have now and what do we need to know about

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this record? I cannot reveal how many you have yet, but the record to

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break is 312, and you still have space to go. The only thing you need

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to be careful of is that none for and they have to stay there for ten

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seconds at the end. Well, fingers crossed. Fair to say this is one of

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those weird and wonderful records. And this is right up your street.

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Head to the Blue Peter website for a quiz where you can test your old

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brain matter. Now things are really hotting up.

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The great Fire of London took place 350 years ago, so to mark the

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anniversary I've come to the Museum of London to find out how this fire

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devastated an entire city and of course how firefighting has changed

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forever. The great Fire of London started on pudding Lane in 1666.

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Nobody knows the exact cause but it's thought the Kings Baker, a man

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called Thomas Farren, had gone to bed and a spark from his oven set

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fire to his shop. How did it spread from a bakery to be in London on

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fire? Well it happened on a really unfortunate night. There was this

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massive storm blowing huge winds through London which really helped

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push the fire across the city. Also there had been a drought so it was

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really dry. And the fact it started in the middle of the night meant

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there were not enough people awake to start putting it out right away.

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The fire spread so much, after three days it covered 80% of London. What

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do you do when a fire like that happens? You call the Fire Brigade.

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Not then because there was not a Fire Brigade. This was the equipment

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people had which does not look adequate to do the job. It is fairly

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basic. There are water pistols bigger than that now. How will that

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do any damage to that fire? The best way to put out the fire is to call

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the houses down and create firebreaks, gaps between the houses,

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stopping the fire from spreading down the street. They use these big

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hoax but that was fairly slow, particularly when there was a storm

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blowing across the city. The quickest way to pull down a house

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was to blow it up with gunpowder. So things were pretty basic back then

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but once the fire was out it made people think about how they could

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stop it happening in the future. These changes eventually led to the

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creation of the London Fire Brigade. They are celebrating their 150th

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year and in that time the way firefighters deal with fire has

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changed to matter day. I've come to join them to see how things are

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different. -- changed dramatically. Starting with the obvious question,

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how hot is fire? You know when you are baking cakes the oven gets to a

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certain temperature? We go into fires on a regular basis when it is

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two to three times as hot as the oven for cooking cakes. Extremely

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hot. So when you are fighting fire you cannot wander in wearing jogging

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pants. It is really important we wear special protective equipment.

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That means we've got a job, let's do this. Firefighters are on stand-by

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24 hours a day. I want a poll! If there is an emergency they need to

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get ready and fast. So I'm going to take part in one of their training

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exercises. I know this is only a drill but the adrenaline at this

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point must be flying. Definitely, gets your heart pumping. I'd say

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we've arrived. The team are practising tackling a fire on the

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second floor of a house or a flat. Barney, go underneath and help

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extend the ladder. This bladder can safely rage 30 metres in a matter of

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seconds. As I climbed to the top it feels a long way from the ground.

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All good? Then there is the DA which stands for breathing apparatus. This

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allows firefighters to breathe in smoke-filled buildings for up to 30

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minutes. You can forget about ancient fire squirt is, hoses used

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today can spray up to 350 litres of water in just 60 seconds. I've been

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in this game for about five minutes and I am exhausted. I've been doing

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this in the safety of a car park as part of a drill. What must it be

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like to fight a real fire? We are about to get a glimpse of what

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firefighters face on a daily basis. This training facility is used to

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practice fighting real fires, and that's what this team of highly

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skilled professionals will be doing today. It's too dangerous for me to

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join in so they are going to be taking our cameras with them. What's

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really incredible about this fire they are about to tackle, it is

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controlled fire and yet its temperature will be twice as hot

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your oven at home, and that is something under control. Can you

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imagine how hot the great Fire of London was? As soon as they get

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inside they are hit by a wall of searing heat. In these dark,

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smoke-filled conditions, trying to put out the fire is incredibly

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tough. But with modern training and technology it's possible. We are

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making our way up. Today a monument to remember the great Fire of London

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stands just around the corner from where the blaze started. That is

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where the bakery once stood that was the cause of the great Fire of

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London. If that hadn't happened we wouldn't have those incredible

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people in our modern firefighting service today doing an awesome job

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of keeping you and me safe. They are amazing, aren't they? Thank

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you to all the boys and girls. Now onto the big bad Wolf. Let's look at

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some of the stuff that's been sent in.

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I love this amazing model of me made by Pia, aged 9 from Perth.

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For you I have put on my denim dress to match my little model! Daniel has

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drawn your wing walking challenge and he says he's proud of you.

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And on the back he has written that his favourite presenter is me

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because apparently I taught him how to blow raspberries,

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when I met him at an air show when he was two!

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So Daniel is still blowing raspberries like me. So just for you

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on camera to... Emily from the Vale of Glamorgan... By the way, the

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straws are still in my hair. This is an epic picture and it could not be

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more apt, look at the size of my hair, amazing. We should put tiny

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straws in it later. Emily, you are a hero. We do love 3-D post, if you

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want to make something that stands out, send it in. This one came in by

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airmail! Zach, I think it is absolutely genius. If you look

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inside the fuser large, there is a little present that is on its way.

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In the meantime I'm going to practice my world record. Before I

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try to get my hands on yet another one we should meet a four legged

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friend who has a ready got one, Caspa the llama!

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Thank you for coming in, guys. What was that certificate for? Jumping

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the highest a llama has ever jumped on record which was about this high,

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incredibly. We are going to see it right now. We didn't want Caspa to

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do it in the studio because he's not used to it so we went outside

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earlier and this is what the record looks like. He doesn't have much of

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a run-up, does he? He doesn't, he's got really springy legs. Boom, there

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it is! A little slow Mo replay. Caspa is very talented. Does he like

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jumping? He does. They will jump if they want to get from rock to rock

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but we were trainers of dogs and we thought we would try with a llama.

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He will do anything for a treat. Thank you so much for coming in,

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llamas welcoming the studio any time. I'm going to try and get my

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own world record now. Goodbye, Caspa. You know what's going on,

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here. I might look different from earlier because I am wearing

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protective clothing. Adjudicator Shantha, tell us

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what record Lindsey is going to Spieth this is the record for the

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most badges pinned on a person in one minute. All of the badges must

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be correctly pinned and attacked. I'm starting to get shaky. It has

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been done before. Konnie Huq pinned 17 onto Andy. She went for a

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different technique, but I think I know what I will do. I've seen you

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pinning badges, you're a bit of an expert. All right. Here we go. This

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is an official Guinness world record attempt. Three, two, one, go. Has

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she got it? We are really doing it. Nice and gentle. I've seen her

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practice this and she's very good. And shaking, loads. We are well on

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schedule. Don't rush. When the adrenaline kicks in it makes the

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fingers tremble. Absolutely. It's about holding your nerves. We are

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well on our way. We've got so much time left on this one. Why am I

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shaking? One just went flying! Still got 20 seconds left. I think this

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might be the fastest one ever. I think you've nailed it. Stop

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talking. She is flying through this! She might have absolutely crushed

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this record. I think she might have. Goodbye, Konnie Huq! Well done! That

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is on why the thinnest strand. What were the results? You needed 17, you

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managed a total of 22! So congratulations. Yes! Well done.

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That's our first Guinness world record of the show. Very exciting,

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not just because we've got these badges and we know how much you want

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one but we can tell you how to earn another badge, the orange one. You

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only get this as a competition winner. How do you win a

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competition? You enter our new one. The London Underground. Every year

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it moves over a billion people around the capital but it isn't just

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known as a form of transport. From its roundel logo to its world-famous

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map, some of the designs behind the underground have become iconic. And

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now the hunt is on for their latest design classic. And that's where you

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come in. We are launching a brand-new Blue Peter competition. We

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want you to help design a poster that will be seen by thousands of

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people every day in busy stations just like this one here in London.

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Your poster will advertise travelling by tube or bust to

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popular London sites. It needs to have an eye-catching design. Include

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three London landmarks. And show either the chew or a London bus. You

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will also need to include the famous tube logo and the Blue Peter ship.

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The winner will get an orange badge and an exclusive or access tour of

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the underground, but they will also get to see their poster displayed in

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key stations on the world's oldest tube network seen by thousands of

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people on their next eight out. Closing date is 12 noon,

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Wednesday 21st September. Just head to the website and print

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of the application form. It's in three parts but it's one application

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form. And when you send it in please put the right postage on the

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package. Now to somebody who is always building his part on the

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show, Radzi, what's happening? I like what you did, there. Please

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give a massive welcome to our three-time world record holder,

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Leon. What are those records for? These toy bricks. Those toy bricks.

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I read one of your records, which you are demonstrating incredibly

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well. In just 30 seconds, using toy bricks and one hand, Leon built a

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zigzag structure to 28 levels. You might think it's all about speed,

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it's not, it's about being incredibly delicate with your

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fingers and your hands and not knocking the structure over because

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if it falls, it all goes pear shaped. We have the straws going

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into my hair as we speak. And that's just the demonstration, that's why

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he's a world record-holder. Leon, you have three world records, how

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would you fancy getting involved in a fourth? Absolutely. Game on.

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It starts with one of these, a paper aeroplane, and one of these, a

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bucket. The idea is to get as many paper planes into the bucket in

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three minutes as possible. The current record this 155. That is

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ridiculous and not something that someone could do themselves, so we

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have some help. The origami club from

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St Hilda's CofE Primary School. And the javelin and track

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athletes from Salford Met We've also got some help

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from MOTDK's Ben Cajee and Plus, Leon is here and some

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Blue Peter team members who've all had trials to get

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into the Are we all up for this today? Yes!

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There are lots of rules for this. Yes, there are. Let's make sure

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we've got everyone round the circle. While they warm up, what do they

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need to do today? This is for the most times they hit a target with a

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paper aircraft in three minutes by a team. It is really essential that

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none of you touch the line during the attempt or the whole attempt is

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disqualified. Wet what happens if you touch the line but haven't

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thrown? Doesn't matter, you are still disqualified. -- what happens

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if you touch the line. You all have to throw your first plane before

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anyone can throw the second. We have the countdown system. Jack, go

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three, two, one. And we will all throughout the same time does not be

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clear on the rules? Yell we have a system. Everyone looks ready. Get

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your bags on your shoulders. -- we have a system. This is an official

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Guinness world record attempt. Three, two, one. Go! It is so hard

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to tell what is going in. Go one, everyone. That was close. Someone

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was in there. While they are doing this, I'm going to us, how are you

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getting on? OK? Yes. You can tell they are a bit nervous. I'm going to

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come round to the athletics club because they look so good. Ready,

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girls, you can do this. I think you got that one name. How many do you

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think you have got so far? Probably two. Two helps. Two is good. It is

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unbelievable. We've got the darts team round here. Charlie, how are

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you getting on? Is good. He's focused. Good boy, Charlie. Don't

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let me distract you. So close! Remember, the adjudicators will be

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on the Fanclub after this if you want to ask them anything. It is

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quite scary to watch, actually. I'm going to find Ben and Jenny. Jack, I

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know you're busy, but I'm going to have to squeeze in. They haven't got

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long lead. Jenny, how's it going? I'm a bit nervous. I haven't got any

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in the bucket. Focus! That was Jenny's first one. Ben, I'm going to

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let you focus. To say you made an effort today is an understatement -

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you have come as a pilot. I will give it a go. Ben, you are slacking!

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Please focus. Sorry. Oh! You guys are doing great. It's really tough.

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Loads went in then. Jenny, you've got this. Thank you very much. Then

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got his first one, everyone. He has contributed one. -- Ben got his

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first one. Loads are going in. I don't know if we're going to do

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this. Are we going to do this? Did that go in? Yes. Look at how many

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are in the bucket and how many are browned the bucket. Giffard this

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many on the floor, there must be loads in there. Deuce -- if there

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are this many on the floor, there must be loads in there. Give

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yourselves a round of applause. That was a great effort. We need to

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adjudicate and count up the scores. While you do that, here is a lovely

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little thing to watch about what happened when I went behind the

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scenes at the Bank of England and got my hands on ?15 million. I'm

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tense! Money is part of our lives, but

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there is about to be a big change in the UK. Get it? Change! On the 13th

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of September, a new ?5 note will be released into general circulation,

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but this is a note with a difference. The guys who print the

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UK's money, the Bank of England, say this is a super note. So I have come

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to Essex to find out what makes it so special. We're lucky, because we

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have been granted Blue Peter access inside this high security building.

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It is so secret, we can't even show you what it looks like. Let's go. To

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tell me more, meet Victoria, the chief cashier at the Bank of

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England. It is really good to meet you. It is great you're here. I can

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see you have brought the super note with you. Would you like to hold

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one? Can I? It is so shiny and new. Why do we need a new ?5 note? I

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thought the old one was OK. We think this is even better. It is made from

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polymer, a type of plastic. It is much more difficult to fake. If you

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hold it up... It has a little window. It is more robust, more

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difficult to tear. In fact, the Bank of England think this is the

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toughest banknote they have ever made, which gets me thinking. Can I

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test it? See what you can do. Super note, you are about to face the Blue

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Peter are you really super challenge. We're going to put the

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five through three gruelling tests to make sure it is tough enough to

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face the real world. You can thank me later, Bank of England! First,

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the source test. In order to stand up to its super-clean, the super

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note needs to resist dirt and moisture, and that is how it can

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last. Good luck, supra note! I think the music is a bit much! Here we go.

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Look at that! Is it white straight. It has passed the source test. Next,

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the car test. The note claims to be strong, and because it is made of

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plastic, it can last up to two and a half times longer than the old note.

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We'll see about that! Is it past the car test. Last but not least, the

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water test. -- it past the car test. It should be able to withstand

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water. Wow! Water test, passed. The Gloria,

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you were right, this super note was amazing and passed the test with

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flying colours. I will give it back to you. I have one more question -

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what happens to all the old note? They get shredded in our super

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secret shredding centre. Yell can we see it? Yes, come with me. We're

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going to see what happens to banknote when they come to the end

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of the usable life. It is the first time cameras have been allowed in

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this room. Can we not keep them? Sadly not. People use banknote, but

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they get old and tatty, so we destroy them here. And I won't just

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be watching, I be helping the cash into the bank's secret shredder. How

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much are we talking? We're going to destroy ?50 million. , Wait, how

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much? ?15 million. 100,000, 200,000, 300,000. Enough money to buy

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hundreds of thousands of pairs of trainers is loaded into the machine.

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Can I do it? Go one. Disintegration. I can hear it. With one press of a

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button, ?50 million is turned into tiny pieces. I guess I can say

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goodbye to those trainers! How long does it take? A couple of hours.

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They need to be so tiny. It is weird to see all of those ?5 notes being

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mashed up in there. But it is to make room for a brand-new supra

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note. I can't wait. APPLAUSE

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That was heartbreaking. ?50 million, gone. If you want to know what it

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looks like when it has been crushed up, it looks like this. These are

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all the different notes that have been squished. That's ?4000 that has

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been squashed into those. I enjoyed that. I didn't know about that.

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Before we find out how we get on -- how we got on with the playmaker,

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with just enough tell the -- time to tell you about next week's show.

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It's a Roald Dahl special including a TV exclusive

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performance by the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate

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I take part in an epic sailing challenge off the Isle of

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Did you Spot Shelley? Is on the post that cast by the lama jumped over

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earlier. We were trying to get the record for throwing paper planes

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into a bucket. Let's find out how we did. We needed to beat 155. And we

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did. You managed 139. No! 'S close. We try. Let's talk about this

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record. We have been putting straws in my hair throughout the show. Eric

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has been helping. My hair feels very strange, I have to say. Yellow looks

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full. And it has stayed in for ten seconds, but how many are in there?

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Lucie, have we done it? You attempted the record for most straws

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in the hair, and you needed a minimum of 312, and today you have

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600 straws. CHEERING

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That is amazing. These Guinness adjudicators will be on the Fanclub

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to chat to you. We have a world record today. We'll see you next

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week for our roll style special. -- Roald Dahl special.

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Barney, Lindsey and Radzi each attempt to break their very own record, involving planes, badges and straws! Lindsey puts the new five pound super-note to the test and Barney commemorates 350 years since the Great Fire of London.


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