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A Roald Dahl Special

Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th anniversary with a fantabulous Blue Peter special. The team tries to recreate the science from his famous books.


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going to say, I am going to say... Fantastic Mr Fox? Matilda! You are

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not as big a fan as you thought. Now it is live Blue Peter!

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Today's show is a jumpsquiffling and phizz-whizzing

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With quacky and scrumdiddlyumptious science.

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A razztwizzler of a musical performance.

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And enough Gobblefunk to fill a dictionary.

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Yes, this Tuesday marked 100 years since the birth

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of the legendary children's author, Roald Dahl, and here on live Blue

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Greg Foot will be attempting to use science to recreate some

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We'll show you how to create your own Gobblefunk with Dr Susan Rennie.

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Plus some of the cast of hit musical, Charlie and the

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Chocolate Factory, will be here to perform a brand new

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I went to find out a little bit more about the man behind the books.

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Marvellous medicine, enormous crocodiles and dried peaches, taking

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us to places where chocolate rivers flow. They are just some of the

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amazing characters and creations brought to life by Roald Dahl. I've

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always loved his books, so I want to find out more about one of our most

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iconic authors, and where better to start than with his youngest

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daughter, Lucy, whom you might recognise as one of our competition

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judges. I caught up with her at a special exhibition. What are your

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memories growing up? Did you ever get to have a say in his stories?

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This peach, for example, he saw a peach growing and thought, what if

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that never stopped growing, what would happen if it just grew and

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grew? In terms of his words and language, it's incredible that he

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plucks words from everywhere. We didn't think anything of it. If you

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did a whizPopper, he would say that was a marvellous whizpopper. What do

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you think is so incredible about his books? You create your own pictures

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when you read books. It was one of the most important things he thought

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a child could do. It uses your imagination. Thank you very much.

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Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales and when he was a boy, he

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loved reading. When he was 13, he was sent to boarding school next to

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a chocolate factory. After school, he joined the air force and worked

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as a fighter pilot during World War II before moving to a village in

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Buckinghamshire in the 1950s. And that is where I've come. Welcome to

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Great Missenden, flare Roald Dahl created his marvellous characters

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and rhymes. A lot of the things he saw here in first his writing, and

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walking through the village is like taking a journey through the pages

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of his books. These are the petrol pump from Danny the Champion of the

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world. Our there are the dormitory windows where the Big Friendly Giant

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is first seen. There is even a library that inspired Matilda. Roald

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Dahl lived in this house, Gypsy cottage, and tucked away at the end

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of the garden was his writing hut. That was where he dreams up all of

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his weird and wonderful ideas, and it can now be found at the Roald

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Dahl Museum. He surrounded himself with practical items when he wrote,

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from scissors and pencil shoppers to some rather strange objects.

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Including his hip joint! He brought it back to his hut after he had it

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replaced. The centrepiece is his chair, where he sat every day and

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created those wonderful characters we know and love. He had a pretty

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strict routine. Every day, he would come up to the hut in the morning,

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settle himself into his chair, resting his feet on an old suitcase.

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He would then place a rolled up piece of cardboard on his arms,

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before placing his writing board on top. Only then would he begin to

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write, or by hand, using a pencil. Roald Dahl spent hours in his

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writing at coming up with wonderful words of -- wonderful worlds and

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colourful characters. His work is still as popular as ever. Barney

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went to meet up with Lucy for a very special surprise. So nice to meet

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you. Let's talk about the 100 year anniversary. What a celebration.

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It's massive. What they can you believe it is here already? No, I

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actually want my dad to be here. We have been asking viewers to tell us

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what they think about him and his books. We have a little video for

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you to watch. Would you like to have a look? I would love to. My

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favourite book is Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and The Witches.

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They are interesting and they have something magical. Every Roald Dahl

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book has a twist. They all have different meanings. And they have a

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lesson to teach. It never gets boring. It's lovely. He has done

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such an amazing thing for so many imaginations, we would like you, and

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his behalf, to accept his gold blue Peter badge. -- on his behalf. Gosh!

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This is extraordinary, it's amazing. How many of these have been made?

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Not many. Very few. Oh, my gosh! Even though we are celebrating his

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100th anniversary, the characters and tales from his books remain

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timeless. We're so lucky, because it means his work can be enjoyed by all

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of us for many more to come. APPLAUSE

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I had proper goose bumps watching that.

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Receiving a Gold Blue Peter badge is such an

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As Lucy said, Roald Dahl dreamt up all sorts of new words for

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In fact, he invented so many that he now has his

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And we're joined by the person responsible for creating it.

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First of all, you're a lexicographer.

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For this dictionary, my team read through all of Roald

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Dahl's novels and special databases to identify over 20,000

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That's not a job, it's fun! Why does he deserve a dictionary? He is

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wonderfully inventive in his use of language, and he loved playing with

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words and sounds. He invented 400 new words in a language known as

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gobblefunk. Sometimes they become so popular that we use them in everyday

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conversation. Powell power was added to --

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oompa-loompa has been added to the Oxford dictionary. How don't he --

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how did he invent gobblefunk? You can make sense of them even if you

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have not heard them before. One way he built words was to blend two

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words together to make a new work that combined the meaning.

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For example 'delicious' and 'scrumptious' becomes 'delumptious'.

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Dahl also liked to use spoonerisms, which is where you swap

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'Nook and cranny' becomes 'crook and nanny'.

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Head to the website if you want to create your own gobblefunk. You can

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even get top tips from Doctor Susan. Would you stick around? We will have

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some gobblefunk later in the show. That is hard to say.

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Dahl's stories feature some pretty unusual ideas, from

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homemade medicine that makes a grandma grow, to a girl who

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But are these things actually possible?

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Is that what you are here to do today, Greg? Absolutely. I want to

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look at James And The Giant Peach, one of my favourites. It is all

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about James and his amazing adventures on his giant Peach. I

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have a mini peach, because what I want to look at first is the bit in

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the book where he manages to fly it using seagulls, 502 of them. You

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want to do the experiment? I want to do it. In that case, let's bring in

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the seagulls. You like we're not doing that. We will use these helium

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balloons. Helium is a gas that

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is lighter than air. That means it moves up

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through the air around it. It's made of stuff and gravity

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is pulling that stuff down to Earth. For something to fly,

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you have to overcome that force of So, you have to create more

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lift force going up than Bill ready? -- ready? You've got it.

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What happens if we increase the size to this one? This is double the

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width? How much would that need? That would not be enough. It would

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just a there. It is double the web, and it doesn't just double the

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amount of stuff inside. If you multiply the width by two, it goes

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up by two times two times two. Eight. So we need eight times as

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many balloons. 24. Let's see if it works. Now, let's

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take it up one more level. Three times the width of this little one

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here. 81. 81 balloons, please. A lot of balloons. Let's see if this

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works. 81 balloons. Amazing! I love it when you come onto the show. We

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have these three peaches. Could the peach in James the giant Peach

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really be lifted by seagulls? Roald Dahl says it grew to be the size of

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a giant house. Scientists at Leicester University were trying to

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work out what the wait would be. What lift force does a seagull give

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you and how many do you need. It was 2.4 million. Always a pleasure to

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see you. Thank you Berry match. Now, a brand-new competition you have to

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enter. The London Underground. From its

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world pay most map, some of the designs behind the Underground have

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become iconic. The hunt is on for their latest design classic. That's

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

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We want to help you design a poster which 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 post will advertise travelling by tube or bus to popular London

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sides. It needs to have an eye-catching design, include three

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London landmarks and show the tube or a London bus. You will need to

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include the logo and the Blue Peter ship in the design. Our winner will

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get their hands on an orange badge and get to see their poster

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displayed in key stations on the oldest tube network, seen by

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thousands of people on their next big day out.

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You have until 12 noon on Wednesday 21st September to

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Download this application form from the Blue Peter website

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and remember to fill out all three pages.

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Now, on to this week's Whoppsacious Whizzwall.

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That's Gobblefunk for the Big Badge Wall.

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This poster is from Olivia in Nottingham. She has done the BFG

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beautifully. For his big is, she has used actual shells. It is beautiful.

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I love it. Peter from Sheffield, you are a genius. He has made

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gingerbread biscuits in the style of Blue Peter badges. He did not make

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the orange badge. It went missing. You are not meant to eat the post. I

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got a silver bad. Last week I wrote the world record for eating 600

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straws. Me with felt balls in my hair for hair and then we'll straws

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inside my hair with a smile on my face. You get a happy dance! Keep

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the post coming in. Braces self and stop eating biscuits for a second.

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I will use the power of telekinetic 's, like Matilda. Well done!

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Lavender Scaly Unicorn. Fan of the month because you're so kind to the

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other fans. Recently, I took on a brand-new challenge. Very funny.

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This is how is on the Isle of Wight. 451 weeks of the year it is a sleepy

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harbour town for the other week of the year, this becomes the centre of

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the sailing universe. The Cowes regatta is one of the oldest sailing

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events in the world. It brings together some of the very best in

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the business. Olympians, professionals, and mean. That's

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right. As well as some of the best sailors in the world, the Cowes

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regatta will all chafe -- also feature myself. The closest I have

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ever been to a sailing boat is right here, right now. All I know is that

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I'll be competing in a race. I don't know any more than that. I need to

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pick up the basics of sailing and fast. Luckily, Phil here is one of

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the top sailing coaches around but if anyone can teach me, he can. Do

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you think it is an easy sport and easy skill to learn? It is fine. In

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reality, anyone can do it. What will you be doing now? We will take you

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through the basics of the boat in preparation for Cowes week. Before

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we can get out on the water, Phil gives me a tour of his boat. The

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point end of the boat is the bow. The back end, the stern. The tiller

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is full steering. Lots of different words for lots of different things.

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The most important thing is wind. This is Blue Peter. No need to get

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rude. Wind, in terms of the wind blowing. With an idea of what makes

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up a sailing boat, we head off to use an engine to get us out of the

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harbour. On the open water, it is time to raise the sale. It is not

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that easy. A metre to go. That will do perfectly. The sale is up. Next I

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have to learn how to steer. How do I go left to right? If you push the

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road away from you to the right side of the boat, the boat will turn to

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the left. -- rudder. The opposite will bring the road towards you. The

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boat will turn to the right. Steer left and the boat will move right.

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Got it. I feel like I have some of the basics now. What will we learn

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to do next? We will turn the boat around, attacking. It is basically

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turning around. -- tacking. To sell into the wind, you need to tack.

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Let's do this. We are tacking. I swing the cell to the opposite side

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of the boat and it catches the wind again. If it is not flapping, your

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job is done. Just like that. With the basics learned, we sell back to

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shore. How did I get on? Really well. We had sales up and sales

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down. What is next? We will join a team of professionals and race with

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them for Cowes week. No worries. Fine. That's right. My challenge is

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to compete as part of an actual, professional crew on a

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high-performance yacht. So far I have sailed a boat once. It is going

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to be quite a task. I have drafted in some sailing fans to get some

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much needed advice. What are your top tips? Just to concentrate. There

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is so much going on in sailing. Just do your job. Do not be nervous. I am

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crossing fingers for the Sun on race day. Will you cross fingers? Thank

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you for being such professionals. Next week, it is challenged time I'm

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going to be part of an elite sailing crew on one of the biggest races of

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their year. If I get it wrong, I could throw all the training and

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preparation out of the window. They seem frantic conditions... I am

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hanging on to the end of a boat. The pressure of race day and the pure

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speed of the open water, can I hold it together? Or will I be all at

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sea? I would love to go on that boat. If you want to see part two.

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Watch next week. This one is inspired by Charlie And The

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Chocolate Factory. We have three course chewing gum. I

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have been working so hard on this. You have your own courses of three

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course dinner gum. Just unwrapped them for now. I will explain what is

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in chewing gum. A bit of colouring and slaving. Some icing sugar. --

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flavouring. Inside is a bit of wax and oil and something called

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polymers, the same stuff you get in plastic bottles. Are you ready? We

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have not tried this one before. Blue is the starter. As you chew it, you

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warm it up and the flavours start coming out. We getting it as a

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starter? I have no idea. I know I do not like it. It is OK. It is

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something very sweet. Blue cheese, with some sugar. Kind of blue cheese

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flavour. What do you have? Onion soup. Garlic bread. As he warm it

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up, it makes the polymers spread out a bit. I used to work in a

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restaurant where they sold theirs. It is chicken teacup. -- tikka. This

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is like roast potatoes. It is sausage and onion. The final one is

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pudding could get ready for your pudding for that it is much, much

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nicer. What do you have there? Vanilla rice cream. Strawberry and

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vanilla. A lovely 1-2 finish with. Yours is vanilla with a bit of

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banana and stuff. Yours is really strawberry, I think? Is it roars

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bruise? -- raspberries? Please well combed the characters

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who played Violet and Mr Beauregard. I am going to be performing Queen of

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pop. It is a TV exclusive. It is all about the fact she loves bubble gum

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and chewing gum. I saw the musical launches today. It is so good. What

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makes Charlie And The Chocolate Factory such a wonderful book?

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Everyone loves it. Everyone loves sweets. It is such a good book, they

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could turn it into a film, two films and a musical. Good luck. I will

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leave you to get ready. I cannot wait for that performance.

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Now for some gobblefunk. One is when you are in such a good mood you

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really want to go to school on Monday. Another is a trumpet made of

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machine peas. -- mashie peas. Barney said phizz-whizzing. The person to

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get that word is Maggot Crunchy Wombat. Now, taking it away with

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Charlie and that the factory... -- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

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# Meet a little lady everybody's talkin' about

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# And she don't give a hoot about what Veruca says

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# Cause 'round here, daddy gets the final word

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# My daddy says I'm in my prime and who am I to doubt it?

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# Slid into the delivery room and she proceeded

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# They said before my teeth could grow

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# They were hoping my mouth would slow

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# So now you all know where I'm comin' from

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# First take bubble gum, then you pop it in and ya chew it

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# Each and every day those gums just keep on groovin'

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# My daddy heard about a prize that was surely worth pursuing

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# Put a Wonka bar before my eyes and said...

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# My daddy knew I had the skill to get my grill a-going

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# So let me lift my trophy and then I'm gonna let this mic drop

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# Yes, she's met her match in the

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Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th anniversary with a fantabulous Blue Peter special. We try to recreate the science from his famous books. Also, the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performs in the studio. Phizz-whizzing!


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