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Book Awards and Aircraft Engineers

Helen and Barney reveal the three story books and three factual books that have been short-listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013.


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Coming up on today's live Blue Peter, we launch the book awards,

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and we have got contenders you will not be able to put down in 2013.

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peek behind the scenes at the CBBC's very own spy school, MI High.

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A clever new use for your Christmas jumper that will keep you popular

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with your pets. And find out where I am on top of a wing. I am on top

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Hello! How are you? Come back, we need you for this bit! Let's not

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talk about Christmas, it is well and truly finished. But we can talk

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about the new year and an exciting start and New year's resolutions.

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Have you got one? I want to keep better control of the dog! He had

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been sitting here perfectly, now he is playing. I was speaking to him

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earlier, saying that New year's resolutions are quite important, he

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says he is going to try to smile more on camera. Show them what you

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have got! My new year's resolution is to play piano a bit more, I need

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more practice. We are going to make him a little bit more obedient!

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you tell us about you and your new year's resolution, we are only 10

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days into the new year, so you may Do you want to come this way?! The

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studio is full of boots, because it is a very exciting day for us, we

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are launching the Blue Peter Book winner, this guy. The Considine

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KERS By Gareth A Jones! That is how you make an entrance, everyone,

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perfect! I am delighted to say that he is with us today. Hello, Gareth!

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Nice to see you. Obviously, we saw you winning the Blue Peter Book

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Awards, what does it mean to one- all there? It is fantastic to win

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any awards, but it has been brilliant, really nice to have that

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on the front of my book, saying I am a Blue Peter Book Award winner.

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Every time I go to a school, I talk about it and show off the badge.

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How special is it that it is voted for by children? It is very

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important. They are my readers, so the fact that they voted for it,

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and to be honest, they are the most honest readers you can get. Adults

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will say, it is fine. I get lots of e-mails that I respond to, and lots

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of them will say, I really enjoyed the book, but I did not like the

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ending. I get a lot saying they did not like the ending! That must be

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great, honest feedback. I like what you're doing! Let's talk about the

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last year, how has it been? It has been a great year. My new book came

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out, a Victorian ghost story that I mentioned last time. That came out,

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I have been to lots of schools, up and down the country talking about

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that and singing about it. I write songs for my book as well, I take

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my ukulele into schools and get them singing. There is lots of

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howling, and the new one has lost of ghostly noises. I do a lot of

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that, and it has been so great, such a Nicaea. I have also had my

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series of new books coming out. Manger meerkats! All books need de

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ninjas, that is just a fact. This year there are two awards, best

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storybook and best book. We are very excited about it, not just

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because we get to see the judges and the process, but we will get a

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sneak peek of the shortlist of books. Choosing the books for the

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shortlist is not an easy process. It involves a lot of reading, a

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little laughter and a fair bit of friendly arguing. So we had to pick

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a top team of judges that would be up to the task. Award-winning

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newspaper columnist Caitlin Moran. There is nothing more exciting than

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arguing about books that you love for hours and hours. Librarian Jaco.

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So many book awards are geared at older readers of very young, and

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having one that aims at the middle felt really important. Cressida

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Cowell. You tend to read books that you might not have read yourself,

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so you get a lovely surprise. our very own boss. It is a chance

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for kids to discover new books you might not have found out about

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otherwise. Having read 40 books that were put forward, their task

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is to whittle it down to just six. The top three-storey blocks and the

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top three factual books. After much deliberation, they have done it, so

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Hero on a bicycle is the gripping story of a 13-year-old bicycle

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riding boy and his older sister. Trapped in wartime Florence, they

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are desperate to find ways to defeat the occupying German forces,

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but when the Italian resistance give them a chance to help, it puts

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them and their family in risk of their lives. As soon as you start

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reading it, you can fiend the Italian sun on your arms, you can

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smell the lemons, feel the fear. The Nazis have taken over the

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village. By the time you get to the end, you feel like you have been

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through the war and won, along with Paolo on his bicycle. Goldfish are

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the unlikely stories of this book. Goldfish and little Stan, whose

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fish loving journey starts when he runs away from his Mardan call to

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join the circus. He is helped along the way by a host of eccentric

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characters until he discovers a whole new future for himself in a

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gripping finale. Get it? I loved the main character, Stan, and his

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Uncle Ernie, who does something terrible with some goldfish. I

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won't tell you what, but you still kind of feel sorry for him. In our

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next story book, Tom Gates was not expecting to see this, his sister

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without her sunglasses on. Scary! Nor did he expect to see his dad in

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embarrassing blue cycling shorts. His ideas are packed with maps,

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drawings and doodles as we follow him and his band on the way to the

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school talent show. Lots of very unusual characters having all kinds

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of mishaps, and I think it is one that will make people laugh and

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think at the same time. This scrapbook by Michaela Morgan tells

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the inspirational True story of the man who became not only Britain's

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first black professional outfield footballer but also Britain's first

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black army officer. This vivid book traces his remarkable life from

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growing up right through to when he was killed just before the end of

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the First World War. It is a story of amazing triumph, people

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overcoming prejudice, and then his real sorrow and sadness at the end.

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Months after reading it, you were still going, I feel like I know

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that guy now. Did you know that every minute you shed 40,000 flakes

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of dead skin? Or that the fleas living on your pet can jump up to a

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third of the meter? This book reveals the gruesome goings-on in

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your home and comes complete with disgusting experiment to try out,

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including a sneaky way to trap police just by using honey. These

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are things that we probably all live within our everyday lives but

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we are not quite aware of, and it Michael Rosen retells the life-

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story of the legendary Roald Dahl and gets tips for how to write a

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great story along the way, like make it funny, keep a notebook, and

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have some great illustrations. As what Roald Dahl's books, it is

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illustrated by Quentin Blake. Children will love reading this,

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because it is all about Roald Dahl and how he wrote, and I think it

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will give children ideas about how they might write their own stories.

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When I look at the final six, I just want to read them again. Books,

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to me, look like doors into other worlds, and I want to go back

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through every single one and roam around in that world again. If you

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want to see those animations again, we loved them, go to the Blue Peter

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website. You can join the message board conversations about those

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books. Maybe you have got more suggestions for books to read.

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Gareth, the judges have a difficult task to decide which is the winner.

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I am glad I am not making the decision at this point, some

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fantastic books, a wide range from things about the war to one of the

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world's greatest children's writers, to something about piranhas,

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fantastic! What makes a good book? You have got different subjects,

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fact and fiction, but what makes a good book? What would you be

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looking for? It has got to hold your interest from the very first

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page to the very last page, that is the basic rule. Well, 200 children

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have been selected to vote for the winner, and on World Book Day we

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will tell you who comes out on top, I cannot wait. Have you ever

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wondered what it takes to keep an aeroplane in tip-top condition?

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Recently I was let loose in aeroplane engineering school, where

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I got to grips with the nuts and We see so many aeroplanes criss-

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crossing our skies at this time of year, but for me travelling by air

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never loses its excitement. It is brilliant, you just sit back, relax,

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enjoy the view and let somebody else do the driving. Normally, the

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excitement is about the destination, but today it is not so much about

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where we are going but how we get I am going to discover just what it

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takes to keep an aeroplane like this flying safely every time it

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takes to the skies. I have come to Exeter, where the airline have a

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special Academy. Around 100 young people fresh from school are

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currently being trained as apprentice aircraft engineers. And

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today they have got a new When a car clocks a set number of

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miles, it is taken to the garage for a service, and when an

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aeroplane clock says certain number of hours in the sky, it goes for a

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Aeroplanes come here from all over Europe when they need a check-up. I

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cannot wait to get stuck in and see what goes on, but first I need to

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learn a few basic skills. I am here to be an engineer, I know it is a

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crash course, but what can you teach me? Instructor Paul and

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apprentice William talk me through a technique called wirewalking.

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First, cut off a length of wire. Threading the bolt and twisting the

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wire makes sure that nothing comes loose while the aeroplane is flying.

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So you are basically plaiting the wire, that is a girly way of

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describing it. It should be tight. What is next? Structure, I am going

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to show you how to mark out a piece of material. That is fun, isn't it?

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From the academy to the hangar, and engineer Emma is here to keep an

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eye on me. It is probably a good idea! Now I'm going to be let loose

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on an actual aeroplane, I'm going to try to lock two bolts. I am

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going in! I have threaded it, OK. It is a fiddly little job, isn't

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Those are going nowhere? You had better check it!

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Time for amateur show me the ropes, literally, we need to be harnessed

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to the ceiling to check the wings. This is the fuel tank and the fuel

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is stored inside. Before we put the panels down, do

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an inspection, which is vital. stinks!

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This is so cool, to be up here! You do not ever think you will be on

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top of it. This is the aircraft internals.

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Different to how you are used to seeing it. It does not look

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These are real seats? The overhead lockers would be up here. I would

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be here, I like a window seat. The compartment is here. So you take

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everything apart to check it? This is not something you would

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normally see. This is the cargo bay where the backs are kept. In it is

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not very big, no wonder they are strict on baggage allowance -- it

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is. How long would it take to get everything Jack? 12 days. -- Cech.

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Thank you for showing me around, and would like to go back to first

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class, lead the way! And you for having me and for this

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morning. It has been a pleasure. -- thank you. We have had the boys

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finish off what you started this morning. I would like to present

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this to you as a memento from the days. I shall take this back to the

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studio, a typical, wetting the boys finish what I started! Bank you

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very much. -- letting. -- thank you very much. In time comedy will be a

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good engineers. Don't worry, they double-checked

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everything I did twice! Now over to Barney. Hang on a

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minute, isn't that a festive jumper you've got on, Barney? Don't you

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know, it's well past the season now? You're so last year! Actually,

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as you might remember, festive jumpers were huge this year. We

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even made some Christmassy ones when we were in Lapland. But

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admittedly, they're now a bit past their sell by date. We have a very

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special guest in the studio today who has got a brilliant idea to

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turn this jumper from cringe to cute. And she is Totally Rubbish's

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very own Michelle Ackerley. I couldn't resist! That is the name

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of your new show. We know you from Deadly Art, but

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your new show, Totally Rubbish, has just started, hasn't it? So what's

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that all about? It is about taking old bits and pieces and creating

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something new. And these are packed beds, how do we make them? -- pets

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beds. Out will try not to make too much of a mess, stopping at!

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light it flat with the front facing towards you and at the bottom, you

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fold it over and you need to get a fix piece of wool and a needle. Do

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not -- make sure you make a not at the bottom and stitch across.

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you have made a box at a paper, you fold the sides over. -- out of. Who

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stitch the answer to the side. you are closing the gaps. You need

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to meet the waste here. And G full day at around. And used it chip. --

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you forget round and you stick it up. -- fold it round/. You grab

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some stuffing and you look around your house for material and

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anything that is nice and soft to make good padding. Do you cut up

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clothes you got up Christmas -- do you cut up clothes you got for

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Christmas? Q that a secret. The more stuff think, the better.

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has got to be nice and cosy. This is going to be the base. This is

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easy and you can do it with anywhere and anything and get your

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family to help you out. It is starting to take shape. When you

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have a base stopped -- the bass stuff that can make you need a gap

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because you are going to sew. That is soap this off -- that is so the

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stuffing does not come out. By up would be messy! -- that would be

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messy. This is the next stage. have a gap for the rest of the

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stuff in here. Look at the smile on my face, I am loving it! You will

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smile more when you see this. We have customised it a bit more, we

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have cut up some felt and written his name and stuck it on. I am you

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can be fancy if you want to. can use some stitching like we have

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here. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. We can only see how

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successful this bears by asking Barney. He has watched everything!

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-- how successful this is. What does he think? Straight down! Show

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how happy you are at! Good boys. Remade other baskets and we will

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send those to the cats and let you know -- we made. If you want to

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make a basket, look at the website. And if you do, send us a picture.

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You know the e-mail address. We love to see what your animals think

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of these baskets. This little chap is quite happy! Bank queue for

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rescuing us from Bonnie's jumper! - - Barney's.

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January might seem like a bit of a boring month, with terrible weather

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and dark evenings. But one good thing about this time of year is

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that there is always good TV on. Including the MI High. This is a

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new series with a new cast and you will have always wanted to be spies

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if you were like me, and I got a chance to go behind the scenes

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recently and look at what goes into making this great series.

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The 6th series of MI High has exploded on to the screens but it

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has some big changes. I am at a top secret location on

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the set to do some spying to find out what is happening in the new

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series, are you coming? I hope to gather my first bit of intelligence

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from here, I am about to meet the main man, Frankland and.

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Remaining -- Frank London. Remaining under cover, he leads a

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team of young spies and fight violence. I will take the famous

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left down to meet him. -- lift. That is how you make an entrance.

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We have a new spy base and also new spies, what else can you tell us?

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The big thing is the new spies. this what I think? More action and

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more fighting. Whereas he heading next and where

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was he involved? It is exciting for him because we see something from

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his past that is traumatic and it starts to have an effect on the

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whole series and it affects what this spies are doing. -- the spies.

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And if you need more spies as. will be in touch! I have received

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other intelligence that the cast of What you can see is part of the

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scene where one of the new spies How would you describe what your

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character is like? Diana is efficient. -- Dan. I have watched

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this guy it jump of bridges and you have already asked -- have already

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helped an old lady in distress. People ask me how I got into doing

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the stunts and I wanted to be a super hero as a toll. You are

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living the dream, they need you back on set already. Make sure you

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watch the bad news series of MI High, he is brilliant. I want to be

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a spy! It really was a great day. You know

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when you get a movie and you look at the extras, there is an

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interview with a man saying, he does his own stunts? He does do his

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own stunts, he was jumping off bridges, it will be amazing.

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kept saying he wanted to be a spy, I thought you would be stamping

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your feet! We asked you to get in touch at the beginning of the show

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to let us know all about your New Year's resolutions and, as usual,

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you haven't disappointed us. Here to read some of your emails are

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Gareth P Jones and Michelle Ackerley.

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To Morris says, she will read new books and only use her phone when

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she needs to -- tomorrow. I will set my alarm for the right time,

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that is Ben. Ilex, it is to become a vegetarian but it is hard when

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everybody around you is eating meat -- Alex.

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There is a teacher at school who never smiles so I am going to make

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him smile or laugh when I see him! Get in touch, I have a load of

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jokes. Millie, I will try to stop talking as much in class, my report

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always says I have a habit of chatting. That is all right, you

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will be big when you are older. Tabitha says to use less mayonnaise

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on her sandwiches. Used salad cream!

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A Libya says, I will play one more with my dog -- Olivia. -- more.

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will work harder to get out of my clothes at the weekend.

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And I will do wrong -- I will do well in my exams and be brave at

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high school, Martha. We believe in you.

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I am going to get my moves worked out in gymnastics. I want to learn

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that, I want to do a back flip. cannot wait to see that! Thank you

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for coming in. That's it for today, but make sure you tune in next week

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for all of this. Magician Fergus Flanaganstars in

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Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic. He'll be teaching us some of

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the tricks of the trade. So make sure you have some coins at the

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ready, so you can try the trick out!

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I meet a brave 11 year old, who showed great courage whilst saving

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lives at sea. And I give him a gold badge as well, as a treat he'll

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never forget. And pop's newest star, Amelia Lily,

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will be here answering your questions, as well as singing her

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Helen and Barney reveal the three story books and three factual books that have been short-listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013. Barney goes behind-the-scenes at the new series of CBBC spy drama MI High, Helen discovers how to become an Aircraft Engineer and there's an ingenious idea for how to use Christmas jumpers.


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