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.
Today's show is a going to be a record breaker, with...
It's a world record breaking show today. And the Paralympics has just
begun, good luck to all those athletes in Rio, yes you can. And
get in touch to win your badge. It is all about world records and we
are good at breaking them. Radzi has even used populations to get
success. He is no stranger to record, he's even in the book,
Radzi. Radzi's mum, how proud are you? We are very excited. The
Guinness world record adjudicators are there to tell us whether we have
or have not made new world records. And we will be playing Spot Shelley.
This time doesn't count, but if you see her later, let us know where she
is hiding. You may be wondering where Radzi has gone. He is just
there. Looks like you have drawn the short straw.
If you want to be the best, dedication is what you need. We are
attempting to break the world record for the most straws in Radzi's hair.
Not going to lie, I think we are smashing it, so I will carry on.
Please do. What number do I have now and what do we need to know about
this record? I cannot reveal how many you have yet, but the record to
break is 312, and you still have space to go. The only thing you need
to be careful of is that none for and they have to stay there for ten
seconds at the end. Well, fingers crossed. Fair to say this is one of
those weird and wonderful records. And this is right up your street.
Head to the Blue Peter website for a quiz where you can test your old
brain matter. Now things are really hotting up.
The great Fire of London took place 350 years ago, so to mark the
anniversary I've come to the Museum of London to find out how this fire
devastated an entire city and of course how firefighting has changed
forever. The great Fire of London started on pudding Lane in 1666.
Nobody knows the exact cause but it's thought the Kings Baker, a man
called Thomas Farren, had gone to bed and a spark from his oven set
fire to his shop. How did it spread from a bakery to be in London on
fire? Well it happened on a really unfortunate night. There was this
massive storm blowing huge winds through London which really helped
push the fire across the city. Also there had been a drought so it was
really dry. And the fact it started in the middle of the night meant
there were not enough people awake to start putting it out right away.
The fire spread so much, after three days it covered 80% of London. What
do you do when a fire like that happens? You call the Fire Brigade.
Not then because there was not a Fire Brigade. This was the equipment
people had which does not look adequate to do the job. It is fairly
basic. There are water pistols bigger than that now. How will that
do any damage to that fire? The best way to put out the fire is to call
the houses down and create firebreaks, gaps between the houses,
stopping the fire from spreading down the street. They use these big
hoax but that was fairly slow, particularly when there was a storm
blowing across the city. The quickest way to pull down a house
was to blow it up with gunpowder. So things were pretty basic back then
but once the fire was out it made people think about how they could
stop it happening in the future. These changes eventually led to the
creation of the London Fire Brigade. They are celebrating their 150th
year and in that time the way firefighters deal with fire has
changed to matter day. I've come to join them to see how things are
different. -- changed dramatically. Starting with the obvious question,
how hot is fire? You know when you are baking cakes the oven gets to a
certain temperature? We go into fires on a regular basis when it is
two to three times as hot as the oven for cooking cakes. Extremely
hot. So when you are fighting fire you cannot wander in wearing jogging
pants. It is really important we wear special protective equipment.
That means we've got a job, let's do this. Firefighters are on stand-by
24 hours a day. I want a poll! If there is an emergency they need to
get ready and fast. So I'm going to take part in one of their training
exercises. I know this is only a drill but the adrenaline at this
point must be flying. Definitely, gets your heart pumping. I'd say
we've arrived. The team are practising tackling a fire on the
second floor of a house or a flat. Barney, go underneath and help
extend the ladder. This bladder can safely rage 30 metres in a matter of
seconds. As I climbed to the top it feels a long way from the ground.
All good? Then there is the DA which stands for breathing apparatus. This
allows firefighters to breathe in smoke-filled buildings for up to 30
minutes. You can forget about ancient fire squirt is, hoses used
today can spray up to 350 litres of water in just 60 seconds. I've been
in this game for about five minutes and I am exhausted. I've been doing
this in the safety of a car park as part of a drill. What must it be
like to fight a real fire? We are about to get a glimpse of what
firefighters face on a daily basis. This training facility is used to
practice fighting real fires, and that's what this team of highly
skilled professionals will be doing today. It's too dangerous for me to
join in so they are going to be taking our cameras with them. What's
really incredible about this fire they are about to tackle, it is
controlled fire and yet its temperature will be twice as hot
your oven at home, and that is something under control. Can you
imagine how hot the great Fire of London was? As soon as they get
inside they are hit by a wall of searing heat. In these dark,
smoke-filled conditions, trying to put out the fire is incredibly
tough. But with modern training and technology it's possible. We are
making our way up. Today a monument to remember the great Fire of London
stands just around the corner from where the blaze started. That is
where the bakery once stood that was the cause of the great Fire of
London. If that hadn't happened we wouldn't have those incredible
people in our modern firefighting service today doing an awesome job
of keeping you and me safe. They are amazing, aren't they? Thank
you to all the boys and girls. Now onto the big bad Wolf. Let's look at
some of the stuff that's been sent in.
I love this amazing model of me made by Pia, aged 9 from Perth.
For you I have put on my denim dress to match my little model! Daniel has
drawn your wing walking challenge and he says he's proud of you.
And on the back he has written that his favourite presenter is me
because apparently I taught him how to blow raspberries,
when I met him at an air show when he was two!
So Daniel is still blowing raspberries like me. So just for you
on camera to... Emily from the Vale of Glamorgan... By the way, the
straws are still in my hair. This is an epic picture and it could not be
more apt, look at the size of my hair, amazing. We should put tiny
straws in it later. Emily, you are a hero. We do love 3-D post, if you
want to make something that stands out, send it in. This one came in by
airmail! Zach, I think it is absolutely genius. If you look
inside the fuser large, there is a little present that is on its way.
In the meantime I'm going to practice my world record. Before I
try to get my hands on yet another one we should meet a four legged
friend who has a ready got one, Caspa the llama!
Thank you for coming in, guys. What was that certificate for? Jumping
the highest a llama has ever jumped on record which was about this high,
incredibly. We are going to see it right now. We didn't want Caspa to
do it in the studio because he's not used to it so we went outside
earlier and this is what the record looks like. He doesn't have much of
a run-up, does he? He doesn't, he's got really springy legs. Boom, there
it is! A little slow Mo replay. Caspa is very talented. Does he like
jumping? He does. They will jump if they want to get from rock to rock
but we were trainers of dogs and we thought we would try with a llama.
He will do anything for a treat. Thank you so much for coming in,
llamas welcoming the studio any time. I'm going to try and get my
own world record now. Goodbye, Caspa. You know what's going on,
here. I might look different from earlier because I am wearing
protective clothing. Adjudicator Shantha, tell us
what record Lindsey is going to Spieth this is the record for the
most badges pinned on a person in one minute. All of the badges must
be correctly pinned and attacked. I'm starting to get shaky. It has
been done before. Konnie Huq pinned 17 onto Andy. She went for a
different technique, but I think I know what I will do. I've seen you
pinning badges, you're a bit of an expert. All right. Here we go. This
is an official Guinness world record attempt. Three, two, one, go. Has
she got it? We are really doing it. Nice and gentle. I've seen her
practice this and she's very good. And shaking, loads. We are well on
schedule. Don't rush. When the adrenaline kicks in it makes the
fingers tremble. Absolutely. It's about holding your nerves. We are
well on our way. We've got so much time left on this one. Why am I
shaking? One just went flying! Still got 20 seconds left. I think this
might be the fastest one ever. I think you've nailed it. Stop
talking. She is flying through this! She might have absolutely crushed
this record. I think she might have. Goodbye, Konnie Huq! Well done! That
is on why the thinnest strand. What were the results? You needed 17, you
managed a total of 22! So congratulations. Yes! Well done.
That's our first Guinness world record of the show. Very exciting,
not just because we've got these badges and we know how much you want
one but we can tell you how to earn another badge, the orange one. You
only get this as a competition winner. How do you win a
competition? You enter our new one. The London Underground. Every year
it moves over a billion people around the capital but it isn't just
known as a form of transport. From its roundel logo to its world-famous
map, some of the designs behind the underground have become iconic. And
now the hunt is on for their latest design classic. And that's where you
come in. We are launching a brand-new Blue Peter competition. We
want you to help design a poster that will be seen by thousands of
people every day in busy stations just like this one here in London.
Your poster will advertise travelling by tube or bust to
popular London sites. It needs to have an eye-catching design. Include
three London landmarks. And show either the chew or a London bus. You
will also need to include the famous tube logo and the Blue Peter ship.
The winner will get an orange badge and an exclusive or access tour of
the underground, but they will also get to see their poster displayed in
key stations on the world's oldest tube network seen by thousands of
people on their next eight out. Closing date is 12 noon,
Wednesday 21st September. Just head to the website and print
of the application form. It's in three parts but it's one application
form. And when you send it in please put the right postage on the
package. Now to somebody who is always building his part on the
show, Radzi, what's happening? I like what you did, there. Please
give a massive welcome to our three-time world record holder,
Leon. What are those records for? These toy bricks. Those toy bricks.
I read one of your records, which you are demonstrating incredibly
well. In just 30 seconds, using toy bricks and one hand, Leon built a
zigzag structure to 28 levels. You might think it's all about speed,
it's not, it's about being incredibly delicate with your
fingers and your hands and not knocking the structure over because
if it falls, it all goes pear shaped. We have the straws going
into my hair as we speak. And that's just the demonstration, that's why
he's a world record-holder. Leon, you have three world records, how
would you fancy getting involved in a fourth? Absolutely. Game on.
It starts with one of these, a paper aeroplane, and one of these, a
bucket. The idea is to get as many paper planes into the bucket in
three minutes as possible. The current record this 155. That is
ridiculous and not something that someone could do themselves, so we
have some help. The origami club from
St Hilda's CofE Primary School. And the javelin and track
athletes from Salford Met We've also got some help
from MOTDK's Ben Cajee and Plus, Leon is here and some
Blue Peter team members who've all had trials to get
into the Are we all up for this today? Yes!
There are lots of rules for this. Yes, there are. Let's make sure
we've got everyone round the circle. While they warm up, what do they
need to do today? This is for the most times they hit a target with a
paper aircraft in three minutes by a team. It is really essential that
none of you touch the line during the attempt or the whole attempt is
disqualified. Wet what happens if you touch the line but haven't
thrown? Doesn't matter, you are still disqualified. -- what happens
if you touch the line. You all have to throw your first plane before
anyone can throw the second. We have the countdown system. Jack, go
three, two, one. And we will all throughout the same time does not be
clear on the rules? Yell we have a system. Everyone looks ready. Get
your bags on your shoulders. -- we have a system. This is an official
Guinness world record attempt. Three, two, one. Go! It is so hard
to tell what is going in. Go one, everyone. That was close. Someone
was in there. While they are doing this, I'm going to us, how are you
getting on? OK? Yes. You can tell they are a bit nervous. I'm going to
come round to the athletics club because they look so good. Ready,
girls, you can do this. I think you got that one name. How many do you
think you have got so far? Probably two. Two helps. Two is good. It is
unbelievable. We've got the darts team round here. Charlie, how are
you getting on? Is good. He's focused. Good boy, Charlie. Don't
let me distract you. So close! Remember, the adjudicators will be
on the Fanclub after this if you want to ask them anything. It is
quite scary to watch, actually. I'm going to find Ben and Jenny. Jack, I
know you're busy, but I'm going to have to squeeze in. They haven't got
long lead. Jenny, how's it going? I'm a bit nervous. I haven't got any
in the bucket. Focus! That was Jenny's first one. Ben, I'm going to
let you focus. To say you made an effort today is an understatement -
you have come as a pilot. I will give it a go. Ben, you are slacking!
Please focus. Sorry. Oh! You guys are doing great. It's really tough.
Loads went in then. Jenny, you've got this. Thank you very much. Then
got his first one, everyone. He has contributed one. -- Ben got his
first one. Loads are going in. I don't know if we're going to do
this. Are we going to do this? Did that go in? Yes. Look at how many
are in the bucket and how many are browned the bucket. Giffard this
many on the floor, there must be loads in there. Deuce -- if there
are this many on the floor, there must be loads in there. Give
yourselves a round of applause. That was a great effort. We need to
adjudicate and count up the scores. While you do that, here is a lovely
little thing to watch about what happened when I went behind the
scenes at the Bank of England and got my hands on ?15 million. I'm
tense! Money is part of our lives, but
there is about to be a big change in the UK. Get it? Change! On the 13th
of September, a new ?5 note will be released into general circulation,
but this is a note with a difference. The guys who print the
UK's money, the Bank of England, say this is a super note. So I have come
to Essex to find out what makes it so special. We're lucky, because we
have been granted Blue Peter access inside this high security building.
It is so secret, we can't even show you what it looks like. Let's go. To
tell me more, meet Victoria, the chief cashier at the Bank of
England. It is really good to meet you. It is great you're here. I can
see you have brought the super note with you. Would you like to hold
one? Can I? It is so shiny and new. Why do we need a new ?5 note? I
thought the old one was OK. We think this is even better. It is made from
polymer, a type of plastic. It is much more difficult to fake. If you
hold it up... It has a little window. It is more robust, more
difficult to tear. In fact, the Bank of England think this is the
toughest banknote they have ever made, which gets me thinking. Can I
test it? See what you can do. Super note, you are about to face the Blue
Peter are you really super challenge. We're going to put the
five through three gruelling tests to make sure it is tough enough to
face the real world. You can thank me later, Bank of England! First,
the source test. In order to stand up to its super-clean, the super
note needs to resist dirt and moisture, and that is how it can
last. Good luck, supra note! I think the music is a bit much! Here we go.
Look at that! Is it white straight. It has passed the source test. Next,
the car test. The note claims to be strong, and because it is made of
plastic, it can last up to two and a half times longer than the old note.
We'll see about that! Is it past the car test. Last but not least, the
water test. -- it past the car test. It should be able to withstand
water. Wow! Water test, passed. The Gloria,
you were right, this super note was amazing and passed the test with
flying colours. I will give it back to you. I have one more question -
what happens to all the old note? They get shredded in our super
secret shredding centre. Yell can we see it? Yes, come with me. We're
going to see what happens to banknote when they come to the end
of the usable life. It is the first time cameras have been allowed in
this room. Can we not keep them? Sadly not. People use banknote, but
they get old and tatty, so we destroy them here. And I won't just
be watching, I be helping the cash into the bank's secret shredder. How
much are we talking? We're going to destroy ?50 million. , Wait, how
much? ?15 million. 100,000, 200,000, 300,000. Enough money to buy
hundreds of thousands of pairs of trainers is loaded into the machine.
Can I do it? Go one. Disintegration. I can hear it. With one press of a
button, ?50 million is turned into tiny pieces. I guess I can say
goodbye to those trainers! How long does it take? A couple of hours.
They need to be so tiny. It is weird to see all of those ?5 notes being
mashed up in there. But it is to make room for a brand-new supra
note. I can't wait. APPLAUSE
That was heartbreaking. ?50 million, gone. If you want to know what it
looks like when it has been crushed up, it looks like this. These are
all the different notes that have been squished. That's ?4000 that has
been squashed into those. I enjoyed that. I didn't know about that.
Before we find out how we get on -- how we got on with the playmaker,
with just enough tell the -- time to tell you about next week's show.
It's a Roald Dahl special including a TV exclusive
performance by the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate
I take part in an epic sailing challenge off the Isle of
Did you Spot Shelley? Is on the post that cast by the lama jumped over
earlier. We were trying to get the record for throwing paper planes
into a bucket. Let's find out how we did. We needed to beat 155. And we
did. You managed 139. No! 'S close. We try. Let's talk about this
record. We have been putting straws in my hair throughout the show. Eric
has been helping. My hair feels very strange, I have to say. Yellow looks
full. And it has stayed in for ten seconds, but how many are in there?
Lucie, have we done it? You attempted the record for most straws
in the hair, and you needed a minimum of 312, and today you have
600 straws. CHEERING
That is amazing. These Guinness adjudicators will be on the Fanclub
to chat to you. We have a world record today. We'll see you next
week for our roll style special. -- Roald Dahl special.
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.