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Radzi, there's something fishy going on in studio today....

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You better make sure today's guests don't see you,

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CHEERING APPLAUSE

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I chat to the creators of Mr Popper's Penguins and try to

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Nathan Sykes joins us in the studio for an amazing

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The Blue Peter Book Awards is back - will your favourite book impress

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Christmas is coming, we are excited. Our second candle is lit on

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the Advent Crown. They are shining brightly. Dim the lights. Only two

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shows to go to the Christmas special. It got us thinking.

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With that in mind we want to hear from you,

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tell us what you think I should get Radzi and Barney for Christmas.

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You can help us decide what to get each other for Christmas

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by heading on to our Blue Peter website, leaving your suggestion

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and we will read out as many as we can at the end of the show.

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But first, time for me to find out how man

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It's time for me to take on these massive towering turbines. Last week

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you saw my sea survival training. Let's hope I don't need it as I join

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the specialist engineering team who are going to show me how a wind

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turbine works. We heading 12 miles out off the coast of Liverpool, it's

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wet and very windy. The wind farm is approaching, so it's time for me to

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gear up and prepare for these super-size structures. We've now

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just entered the actual wind farm and the first thing you notice is

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just the size of them. They are genuinely enormous. Each turbine is

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approximately the height of 26 double-decker buses. And I love it!

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As our boat approaches the turbine, everything starts to get serious.

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This is by far the most dangerous moment in my whole day. The transfer

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from the boat to the ladder. I got a bit confused in training. No, the

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rope. But now it's the real deal, I have to stay high school. Tell you

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what, it's a touch different to the swimming pool! -- stay ice cool. I

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have to tread carefully, the runs are slippy with seaweed and the wind

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is all around me. All I can do is keep climbing, this is one seriously

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extreme job. And I've made it. I'm now 20 metres up. Can you hear that?

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Because those are the sounds of blades... Look at the size of them!

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Look how close they are, you can almost feel the air resistance

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touching your cheek, it's amazing. In a few seconds I'm going to turn

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those things off. This day gets better and better. The engineers

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winch up their equipment and it's time for Paul and me to do a very

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important job. It's incredibly loud in here. This turbine can generate

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over 3000 kilowatts. With that amount of extra city we need to turn

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it off to make sure we are safe. -- amount of electricity. There you go,

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it stopped. The turbine is safe and there's no turning back now. This is

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it, 120 metres up. Take me to the top. The shaft of this tower is so

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massive it has its very own lift. As I had to the top, let's find out how

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wind energy works. This generator makes electricity by spinning a

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magnet inside a metal coil. You might have made a small version of

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this at school, there are many different ways to power a generator,

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in this case, it's using wind power. I'm now 80 metres up in the neck of

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the turbine. This is the part that pivots the whole top of the turbine

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with the blades and everything, it faces the wind in any direction. To

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generate maximum power, the turbine blades must be facing into the wind,

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but because the wind direction changes, these turbines need to be

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able to rotate. The six rotors all turn in the turbine, you can see

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this moving quite slowly. Automatically this will pick up

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where the wind is and turn it any which way to find the best

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direction. Such incredible engineering. It's now time to go

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even higher into the head of the turbine, I am in the necel. What

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goes on here. Outside you've got the hub and the blade, this turns the

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main shaft. It goes into the generator, which produces

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electricity. It goes from the wind outside which is free. Transforms

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into everything we need for our homes. Now, a bit of a favour. Is

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there anyway we could stand on top of the nacelle? D we could certainly

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stand out the back on the weather deck, but not on top of this. I'll

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see you on the weather deck. This is the moment I've been waiting for

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since the start of my training. Time to stand at the top of this 120

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metre mega structure. Would you take a look at these of you? Britton this

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view. -- take a look at this view. What an

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incredible thought. Genuinely flabbergasted, I've learned so much.

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It's now time to get down. Guys? Help!

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How epic was that? I'm jealous. Time to welcome our next guest. The team

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behind Mr Popper's Penguins! Hello, welcome to Blue Peter, it's lovely

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to have you. There were two Penguins earlier, now just one. What

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happened? Here we go... Carrera! What an entrance. You let very

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friendly, please don't peck me. That's nice. In this new family

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musical you play Mr Popper. He is a painter and decorator who has always

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dream. Being a polar explorer. One day eight packing crate arrives on

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his doorstep and the adventures begin. You've created so many

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puppets, Nick, you've done London opening ceremony for the Olympics,

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now this, how did you make the Penguins look and feel so realistic?

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It was a long process, it began by making a prototype of the Penguin

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with wood and fabric. And I carved a faux head. I want to make them feel

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as real as possible. We made the final Penguin with a soft rubber

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beak so it can pack. They are lovely, can I keep one? Toby and

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Lucy, you work these penguins very well, make it look very easy, how do

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you do that? The head is controlled with this handle at the back, you

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have a trigger for the beak. You can make him squawk. A couple at the

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back for the wings. Its intricate. You make it look easy. It's Blue

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Peter, we love having a go, can I get involved? Of course, this is

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Greta. Captain Cook's lady friend. If you want to hold onto the

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handle... Hold on there. Control the wings like so. Greta wouldn't be

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complete without her squawk, Lindsey.

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You are professionals, I'll leave it to you. When can we see it pretty

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much we're at the Lowry in Salford until the 10th of January and some

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London dates either side of that. I'm excited and I know you at home

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will be as well, here's a sneak peek.

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But looks so lovely, I really like the look of that, can you stay for

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ever? To see more from these penguins come head to the website,

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there is an exclusive clip of these lustily jingle Bells. Radzi?

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Barney's still on his holidays, so I'll say it in his absence.

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Next, Christmas is getting closer, but if you aren't feeling festive

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enough yet head online to the CBBC Advent Calendar where you can

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have a go at Barney's 'Guess the Christmas Song' quiz.

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He suits the beard. I like him with the big white beard. We are missing

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him today. Hey, Barney. Let's head to the Badge Wall.

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I love this one from Elizabeth, aged 10 from Newark of our

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Blue Peter Advent Crown, it even has both candles lit

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Full is to bid means not long until the Christmas special. You can see

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the card we showed you how to make last week. Do you remember last week

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when me and Greg Foot made a cloud in the studio? Here's a reminder. I

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loved this, look at that! How cool was that?

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Well, Ffion, aged 10 from Durham has drawn this brilliant picture of us.

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Elsa, 10, from Huntingdon has sent in this great drawing show Barney

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doing his aerial gardening from last week's programme.

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Thank you to everyone who sent post this week. Some of you might be

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waiting a while for your badge to come in the post because we've had a

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record amount of post. Keep your fingers crossed and believe, my

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friends! It'll come, it'll come in the post. Last week I showed you how

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to make your very own repeat of Christmas card 2015, a lovely

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cracker card. We want you to send them in whether you make your own

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design, but bias on the front, send it to us. Hopefully we'll show it on

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the Christmas special. We seen how you can make birds for the theatre,

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Barney has been out and about with the real thing, real wildlife birds.

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One of my favourite things about being a Blue Peter presenter is that

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I get to do stuff that I love and call it a job. It's crazy, isn't

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it? For me that's photography. I've managed to get a film where I take

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photos, best job in the world! Here at the London wetlands Centre

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they've got loads of my favourite photography subjects, wildlife,

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which I happen to know a little bit about. Look, there's a Mullard or a

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duck to me and you. There is a swan, look at those beautiful feathers. --

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mallard. No, wait, that's an otter, amazing. To take really good

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wildlife photographs you need to know what you are looking for...

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Pardon? What do you mean they are not real? Made of toy bricks cost to

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mark the otter is? Yeah, that's made of toy bricks. It turns out it's not

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just an otter that lives here in Lego form, there's a whole host of

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creatures and Hannah is part of the team that helps bring them here.

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It's easy to see close up they are not real, but they are beautiful. We

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decided to make giant brick animals to get closer to nature and learn

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more about our threatened species and the work the wildfowl and

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wetlands trust does to help conserve animals. I tried to make a car out

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of this once, must have taken ages. It took 15,500 bricks to make Lottie

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and 120 hours. That's a lot of time and bricks. It's a good job they

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don't have to move them any time soon. Barney? Do you want to take

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Lottie? We want to take them to Lancashire so children can enjoy

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them there. We have to move them? It took 120 hours to build, will we

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break them down and rebuild them? Much can club band that. That would

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have taken hours! Got I've some quality time booked in with Radzi.

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In fact, these brick beauties can be moved pretty much in one piece, it's

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getting to them that is tricky. That is where me and these waders come

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in. With is where me and these waders come

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up each animal, we need to be careful. Swan wings, check. That's

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heavy. Otter on a trailer, check. Duck on a yellow trolley, check. All

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ready for their motorway migration. So there we have it. The van is all

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packed, and next time we see our friends, they will be 200 miles

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further north. And so as if by magic, well actually

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I drove in a car, I am 200 miles north to make sure everyone has

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arrived. Oh, no! All that time, all that effort putt oh, wait. It is

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over there. People shouldn't leave toy bricks lying around. Thankfully,

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the animals have made it in one piece. And so the flamingo goes in

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with the flamingos, the Swan with the swans, and the duck goes with

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the ducks. And they will be joined by a brand-new kingfisher which I

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get to help finish. And before we know it, all of the animals are safe

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and sound in their new home. So it is now time for me to crack on with

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what I have only come here to do, take some photos. I want to get some

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top tips of how to best capture some of the birds here, and I have heard

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that the site manager, Tom, is the man to show me how. What are your

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top tips? Relax for a bit, watch the birds, what they are doing, how they

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interact, if they are about to take off. How about the actual taking

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off? You don't need fancy equipment. Some of my best shots were done on

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my phone camera at dawn as the sun is about to come up. And what about

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a final tip? Are they better on land, flying? Get really low down to

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the birds, down to eye level, especially when they are sat on the

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water. The lower down you are, the focus is better. It makes the

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picture sing. Good advice, and here are my photos. Inspired by the new

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toy brick addition, I want to take a photo of an actual kingfisher, and

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I'm told I have a good chance. Tom, look! I have got the

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kingfisher! I think that is made out of Rex, Barney. Not again!

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When Barney tells his dad jokes, I genuinely like them. I don't. We

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need to cut those down. And if you love taking pictures

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like Barney, head onto our Blue Peter website were you can

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watch some of Barney's top tips on Next it's time to kick off the

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Blue Peter Book Awards 2016! Earlier this year we saw

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The Silly Book Of Side-Splitting Stuff and The Spy Who Loved School

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Dinners get crowned 2015 winner. Each year the judging gets

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harder and harder, and this So we asked some book-loving

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celebrities to lend us Books, books, books. Funny books,

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sad ducks, clever books, thrilling books. There are so many to read,

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but how can you choose which ones are the best? Our judges are

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deliverable Central library to pick this year's Blue Peter book awards

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2016 finalists. Working their way through 40 books, a job is to choose

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the top three storybooks and the top three fact books. Pamela, last

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year's winner of the Blue Peter book awards Best storybook. Jim runs

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Premier League Reading stars which turns football fans into book fans.

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Top television presenter Angellica Bell loves reading books with her

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children. Blue Peter editor Euan will be making sure it all runs

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smoothly. Let the judging begin! I started off

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saying no to this one, and then I moved around to it. She learns to

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walk again, but in this one, she doesn't. We all have our own mind

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and we know what we do and don't like, but I think we're going to

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compromise and listen to each other, and I think we will get the best

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three of each category. After a lengthy discussion, we can reveal

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our top three fact books. What week in insects does the

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average person accidentally swallow any year? How many days can an

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albatross keep flying without flapping its wings? If you need the

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answers to questions like these, the epic book of a thickness is the book

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for you. Most books have words, but he Silly

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Bulk Of Weird And Wacky Words is all about freaky phrases, tongue

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twisters, rhymes and so on. From excellent experiments to

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optical illusions. A Random Book Of Trivia stuffs you full with quizzes

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about incredible inventions, chemicals and volcanoes.

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And these are the top three storybooks. The Nowhere In For by

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Ross MacLean C moves from place to place and through time. Yet no one

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who has been inside can remember going there. But this all changes

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when a boy called Daniel stumbles through the doors and meets the

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mysterious shopkeeper Lucien. He returns the next day and begins a

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compelling adventure. Beckett is all at sea, his dad runs

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away with him and his brother. In The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean In An

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Armchair, they work out what has happened between all the grown-ups

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and meet brand-new neighbours. The Rooney is ready for anything.

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His favourite motto is don't be scared, be prepared. But he is not

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ready for the day when he suddenly turns green. Is the ill or is he a

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superhero? All he needs to do is sneak out of the hospital to

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discover what his special power is. He is Via Standing Broccoli Boy.

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Some good books there. You will have to wait until 2016, world book day,

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to find the winner. And now it is time for the music.

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He's scored ten Top Ten hits during his time in The Wanted,

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and now he's taking the charts by storm as a solo artist, going

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straight in to the singles chart last week as the highest new entry.

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Please welcome to Blue Peter Nathan Sykes!

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CHEERING Nathan, welcome.

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I can't wait to see your performance of your brand-new single Over And

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Over Again. I have just released the video for the song, which I am very

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excited about, and I am working on my new album which is coming out

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next year. And what is coming next for you? Touring with Little Mix.

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And Christmas? I spend it with my family, watch movies with my dog. It

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is great. Just with your dog? Nobody else is allowed. Nathan, thank you

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for coming on the show, and I can't wait to hear your song. Jump onto

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the Blue Peter website to see more of our interview with him.

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Earlier on today, we asked you send in your suggestions to what we

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should get each other for Christmas, and loads of you have been in touch!

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Thanks so much for all your comments.

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Amber says Radzi should get DVDs of all the BBC people doing the happy

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dance. And Shelley apparently needs a nice new bed to hibernating.

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Mustard thinks Lindsay and Barney should get the James Bond car. Radzi

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should get sweets because he is sweet, and Eddie should get an alarm

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clock. Cornelia and says matching onesies for all the presenters!

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Thank you so much for all your comments.

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That's it for today, but don't miss next week's show, because Barney is

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catching up with our friend, British astronaut Tim Peake,

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We're revealing the shortlist for the Young Sports Personality

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And I'll be showing you how to make this Christmas tree that's full

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But to finish today's show, here's Nathan Sykes performing

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# From the heat of night # To the break of day

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# I'll keep you safe # Hold you for ever

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# This spark of life # It will never fade

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# Every day gets better and better # And I won't leave you

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# Always be true # One plus one is two

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# Girl, when I'm with you # I lose track of time

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# When I'm without you # You're stuck on my mind

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# Be with me till the day that Ideye # I'll love you

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# Over and over

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