Button Baubles, Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree and Dani's Castle Blue Peter


Button Baubles, Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree and Dani's Castle

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We have got a wicked Blue Peter show for you today. I put the star on top

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of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. And I got to rub shoulders

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with rigid whisker and got a surprise behind the scenes at Annie

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's Castle. And we reveal the short list for Young Sports Personality of

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the Year. That is all coming up today on live Blue Peter.

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Hello! We have such a good show coming your way today. It is

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Thursday, it is 5.30, it is live, and that means we want you to get in

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touch! We are feeling Christmassy on Blue Peter today. I have a

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question. If you could have a Christmas wish for the holiday, what

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would it be and why? We are not talking smartphones or tablets or a

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bike. We are talking magical Christmas wishes, so get in touch

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and let us know. Mine would be going to space in a rocket and then

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looking down on Earth and all the Christmas lights. My one would be a

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magical arsenal football shirt where I could play for Arsenal with the

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speed of the Walker. You know what to do. Get online and tell us your

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Christmas wish and why. Lindsey, check this out. We have been

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counting down to Christmas on CBBC, and you have as well. Look at some

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of the post, with pictures of the cards we made last week. Amy made

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the CBBC Blue Peter Christmas card. -- Jamie. This one is from Ben, who

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also made the Christmas card. He seems to think you beat me in a

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snowball fight. I agree! And this one is from Lucy. She has made an

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Advent kind are all by herself. And under number 14, Blue Peter

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presenters. You have not just been sending in e-mails, look at the big

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badge wall. It is cake this week! We have pictures of animals, the Blue

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Peter ship, a Christmas theme. I am loving it. I also love this from

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Essie from Berkhamsted. She made a beautiful star as a Christmas tree

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decoration. And on my left, this is from Josie. She made this wonderful

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decoration from felt. This is from Mairead and Michael from Surrey,

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brother and sister. They made this Blue Peter logo out of blue tiles.

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It took two days. It is going up in our office. Thank you for getting

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involved. That is commitment! If you have been watching CBBC recently,

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you will probably have seen Danny 's Castle. Not only does it start

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people like Shannon Flynn and Richard Risca, but the cast and crew

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have a surprise for me when I went behind the scenes on this really

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cool CBBC drama. Take one blink acyl, a troublesome

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cos in and a pair of ghastly ghosts, and what have you got? Top

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CBBC series Dani's Castle, and I have got the keys to the castle door

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for one day only. The first series of Dani's Castle saw Dani inherit

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the ancient castle, Jimmy, a cousin she did not know she had, as well as

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the groundskeeper's children and the castle's 250-year-old resident

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ghosts. That was series one. This is an exclusive behind the scenes look

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at series two. To find out more about the madcap happenings at the

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castle, I am catching up with one of the stars of the show, Shannon

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Flynn. Hello, Shannon. You play Kate. What is she like? Rich and

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always coming up with -- Richard is always coming up with ways to us

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they've -- save the castle, and she says it is never going to work.

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Sometimes things happen for a reason. Two of the newest additions

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to the castle in this series are the castle's mutts, Roxy and Diego --

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mice. This is the chill out zone for the nice. It is where they hang

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out, relax, maybe sleep or eat. Don't go! We have huge fairy lights

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hanging there, which looked huge compared to the size of my head.

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Last but not least are some cotton buds, which looked like they have

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been used. The castle founder is played by Friday Download regular

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rigid whisker. What is it like playing him? He is really cool, fun,

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upbeat, loads of charisma. I need banners, flyers, T-shirts. I want

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everybody to know what is going on. We are standing in the radio

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station. He is starting his own radio station. Richard tells

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everybody what to do. He believes in his music. So he is in charge of the

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station. They may waive letters in our faces, but they will never take

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away our radio. But it turns out that the cast had a bit of a

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surprise for me. You do any acting before? Want to be part of the show?

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You have got 24 hours to learn your lines. But luck. You will also be

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doing some dancing. We have a choreographer coming in, so the

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pressure is on full I am excited. Two steps forward. But there is no

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time for nerves. I am straight into dance rehearsals. In this episode, I

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play myself, which should be easy. But I have to teach that to a load

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of actors. How that is going to go, I don't know. But so far, so good.

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Next, I'm off to get a few tips, watching the actors at work. These

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guys are total pros and the more I watch them, more nervous I get. Des

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is going to be helping me. She will do great. Onto hair, make-up and

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costume. Before I know it, rehearsals are underway. Hope I

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don't floss my lines. Wing walking in Wyoming. We have just rehearsed

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the first scene, which went OK. I was a bit ropey online is at first,

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but I think I have got them now, and now we do it for real. Lights,

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camera, action. I can't believe I'm actually appearing in an episode of

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Dani's Castle, but what does the director think? And that is a wrap.

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It was great having Lindsey is part of the cast of Dani's Castle. She

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was fun to work with. Thank you for having me. That is a wrap for me. It

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was so much fun being part of the cast of Dani's Castle, and this is

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how it ended up looking like. Prepare to have your mind... Is that

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Lindsey Russell from Blue Peter? Yeah. Aaagh! Are those? Ghosts.

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Aaagh! Sorry, not cool. I'm sure you can tell from my phenomenal acting

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that I have a drama degree from University. But if you want to see

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that episode of Dani's Castle, it will be on next Wednesday at 5.30 on

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CBBC. If you have missed any episodes, you can find them on

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iPlayer. Lindsey Russell, a quiz question for you. Which award do

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these sporting superstars have in common? Tom Daley, with this

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exquisite dive at the 2012 Olympics, Andy Murray, winning

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Wimbledon, and Ellie Simmonds, 2008 apparent pics? I am going to go for

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Young Sports Personality of the Year. Yes, but before winning, those

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guys were competing at the junior ranks, and it is sports stars like

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that who have been nominated for this year's Young Sports Personality

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of the Year 2013. I was honoured to be part of the panel that determined

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the top three. We started with 50 nominees, Whittle them down to ten,

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and then had the unenviable job of choosing just three. Now,

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exclusively on Blue Peter, you will see it for the first time before

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anybody else, we are going to show you the three finalists.

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I'm 16 and I compete in Olympic shooting. I'm currently ranked

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number one in GB and fifth in the world. I won gold at the Acapulco

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World Cup. I have tried so many sports throughout my life, and I

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could not imagine my life without sport, because it gives you

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something to focus on and gives you determination. It is a great thing.

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My dreams for the future are definitely to get to compete in Rio

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2016 Olympics. I went to London 2012 Olympics last year, and it has

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definitely pushed me to train harder and hopefully reach my goals in the

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future. It would mean so much to me to win the BBC's Young Sports

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Personality of the Year out of so many amazing athletes who equally

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deserve this award. But it is nice to be recognised not just in

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shooting, but across all sports. I'm Charlie, I'm 17 and I am a

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golfer. My main accompaniments this year where that I took part in the

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women's World Cup team against America. I am the youngest ever to

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compete in it. Sport means to me that great feeling when you have a

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good victory, that awesome feeling inside you. It is addictive, so you

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always want to do well. For me, being out in the fresh air or the

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time and travelling to countries and playing in front of big crowds is

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the best thing. How has sports changed my life? I travel to

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different places all the time, but it is good to be back home because I

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love being in England. To be in the top three is an honour. I have

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watched this every year, BBC sports personality. It would be great if I

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could win it, but it is an honour to be in the top three. My dreams for

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the future, I definitely want to be world number one and see how many

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tournaments I can win. I'm 18 and I do athletics. This

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year, I won gold in the 200 metres and the four x 100 meters in the

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European Junior Championships. I was part of the winning team at the

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London Anniversary Games. That team also got bronze in Moscow in the

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World Championships. Sport means a lot to me. Not only do I spend a

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significant amount of my life running around a track, but it has

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also enabled me to be focused and determined on things out I'd sport,

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like school or just something I want to achieve . Sport has given me the

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confidence and determination to be like, yeah, I want to do that to a

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high standard. It is so difficult to stay at the top of your game. I

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think it is harder to be ranked highly in the country than to be

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ranked further down. If I won the Young Sports Personality of the

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Year, I don't know what I would do. It would mean so much that not only

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you thought I was the most worthy winner with such amazing

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competition, but it would also spur me on and make me more determined to

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do well in the future. Wow! What an inspiring bunch.

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Congratulations to all three of those people here. We have here, the

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Young Sports Personality of the Year award, and if you want to find out

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who wins it, make sure you are watching BBC One this Sunday at

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7.30pm. If you want to get involved in sport over the Christmas

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holidays, head to the website: Bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. There are loads

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of great ideas on how to do that. The studio is looking Christmas

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today, especially in Radzi's Christmas Corner! You caught me

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decorating the corner! Now, Christmas is about 294 hours away.

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Exciting times. Getting close.

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No-one is more excited than me but last week when I was told to wake up

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at the crack of dawn to decorate the Christmas tree, I thought, can't

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they do it later but then they told me it was the Trafalgar Square

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Christmas tree. Now, Radzi, given the history of

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this tree, were you careful with the star? I know what you are talking

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about. Take a look. Putting the star on top would have

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been the easy part, or at least it should have been... Oh, my goodness!

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I have just dropped the star! So, no pressure on me when it was my turn!

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It is early in the morning, here in London. We are all awaiting the

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arifle of something very important. This year's Trafalgar Square-and I

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have been given a special job to do, to put the star on the top of the

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tree. Before long, the Christmas tree arrives at Trafalgar Square. It

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has travelled over 1,000 miles to gel here from Norway. A few days

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ago, I went to meet the tree as it arrived on the docks. It is 4.00am.

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It is cold it is windy, but that does not matter as the roll

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on-roll-off vessel is coming. At the end of the journey, the goods are

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rolled on, at the end, they are rolled off.

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Top to bottom, this beauty of a tree is the same length as two

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double-decker buses placed end-to-end it is massive. When I get

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the tree up, I'll be putting the star there. Now it is going on to a

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special lorry to be transported to London. The straps are on. The tree

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is ready to be lifted. Local children take part in a special

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Christmas tradition to have their artwork placed on the tree. This

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year, the winners are... Stefan. Brandon. Harvey. Like, this -- this

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looks great, what have you drawn? There is a Santa going up the tree.

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I have drawn a candy cane with lots of presents.

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Stefan, what about you? This is a snowman. This is the glitter, those

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are his gloves. It is simple but it works so well!

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When the tree is ready to go, we hand the pictures over to Laura, the

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driver, who takes them to Trafalgar Square. Back in London, the work is

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under way. Not many people know this but there is a permanent Christmas

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tree stand right here in Trafalgar Square.

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The guys behind me are o now removing the slabs, and there is

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where the Christmas tree is put into position. Take a look. Yep, putting

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up the travel raffle travel -- Trafalgar Square tree, is like

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putting up your own one at home. Although this one is 15 times

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higher! We are in! That's the tree in place. So now the massive task of

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decorating the tree begins. I start with displaying the artwork.

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Well, Brandon, Stefan and Harvey's pictures are displayed and ready to

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go under the tree. Now the all-important lights. 900 bulbs

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require unravelling and checking! Now to check the section of the

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lights, yes, please, sir. Wow! Now to top it off, for the starring

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role... The time has finally rooifed. I get to put the star on

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the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree! But I will need a very long ladder!

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Luckily for me, with the help of this machinery, I'll be able to get

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to the top-all 21 metres high of it! So, what to we do first, Steve?

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Let's take the bolts out. All of a sudden, I find myself a

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little short of breath! Here we go. The moment of truth. The star goes

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on the Trafalgar Square tree! Steve, can I let go? Yeah! We're in! Yes!

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If ever you happen to walk past Trafalgar Square, when you look up,

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I punt there! A day later, it is time for the grand switch-on of the

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lights. And following a Norwegian tradition, they are all white.

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Beautiful. Yeah! You didn't drop it? No, I

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didn't. We are proud of you. Now with

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Christmas around the corner, what better way to show you how to make

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not just one but two declarations. We are showing you how to make a

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Christmas tree button bauble. And I will help you make a

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personalised paper bauble. Here with me I have Lara and Izzi.

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And what do you have, Radzi? Saskia and Thomas.

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High fives. This is easy. All you need is an assortment of buttons and

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wire from an art craft or even perhaps your garage. All of the

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details are online, but it is straightforward. Famous last words!

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So, let's kick off. So, there are two parts. The wire and I will take

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this length of wire and then I will cut that and then fold it.

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That is where the buttons are going to go through. Then we come to the

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buttons. Thank you, mate. If you look at my tree, there, we have a

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small button on the bottom. They make the trunk. The rest of the

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buttons make the tree. Starting large, getting smaller. It is easy

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to lay them out. You have started with the trunk buttons, going from

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large to small. We start then with threading them through. You guys are

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cracking. I will get going as well. We have asked the viewers what the

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Christmas wish at home is, what is yours? So it can be Christmas

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whenever you want it to be. I think the same.

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Jump on board, my friend. Lindsey it is time to see how you are getting

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on. So, the personalised baubles, you

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need a glass, mug, pen, glue, ribbon, sis ors and ruler --

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scissors and ruler. I have gone for gold Christmas card. To keep it

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sparkly. I will turn it over to draw around the outside of the glass. Be

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careful. It must be as neat as possible. You can fit about nine

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circles on to one piece of card. That is just enough for the bauble.

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Next. I grab the scissors and start cutting around the circle. Once I

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have done that, do it carefully, they must be exactly the same size.

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Once I have gone around the circles, you should have lots of lovely

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sparkly ones like so. Then it is time for the fun bit. We start to

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fold them. Remember the side you want showing, ie the gold side, I

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fold inside in on itself like so. So, we have been asking Christmas

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wishes, what is yours Izzi? Liverpool.

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Lara, what about you? I want a gold Blue Peter badge.

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I that I that is everyone's life wish, really.

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Now, once you have folded all of the pieces of circle, you have to stick

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them together. So get the blew. Don't hold back. That is no fun and

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a top tip is to grab the ruler and press them along the creases like

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so. Now once you have glued the sides,

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stick them together. Make sure that the edges line up. That is really

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neat. Once you have gone all the way around the bauble, you are just

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about to finish, before you dot the last two sides, get the ribbon. This

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is how you hang it on the tree. I have mine here. It is glued

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together. I will put another bit of glue on the end of it like so.

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You will make a bit of a mess. Lara is making a huge mess with the

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dwliter and -- glitter and glue but that is what it is all about! Then

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simply stick the ribbon in the middle. There is lots to do to make

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it personal, I have gone for the gold colour, you can use recycled

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Christmas cards or photos. I have some here of me and Radzi. Maybe

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photos of your family if you don't like me and Radzi on there. Back to

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you, Radzi. Good job, Lindsey. Now, we have, can

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I use your tree, Saskia. That is how to make the loop and then you can

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tie it and place it on to the Christmas tree branch. I am just

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looping it over and under the other wire. When you have done that it is

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complete! Now you can make it more pretty by adding a ribbon. We have

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one with a ribbon there and even a wreath. So lots of different

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options, but a great job. High five, Thomas... Saskia. The details are

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online. While online, check out our new

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games. A lot of you know Mash Up Mayhem, but this is the special

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Christmas version. There are lots of stickers and galleries. On the

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gallery there are lots of new faces or upload your own face and you can

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start doing the Mash Up Mayhem then. I did one earlier, look at that. I

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have stuck a hat and bauble. I will go over to these guys, they have

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lots of their own Mash Up Mayhem. Yes we do. Look at these, this is

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cool. We like them a lot. At the start of the show, we asked you what

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would your Christmas wish be? We heard from the guys here, but now

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from you at home. Lemon smiling potato says: I would love a theme

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park in the garden and that would be so fun! Rose: I would love to fly

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around the world enjoying Christmas traditions around the country and it

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would be great to fly. This one: I would like to travel

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back in time to find out what life was like in Victorian times.

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And Byzantium Puppy says: I would like to have a longer Christmas

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holiday. I feel sad when I have to go back to

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school after Christmas. And this one says: I would like cake

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every day. Chocolate and chips is my favourite.

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Now, time to you what is comingings up on next week's show it is a

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belter it is the Blue Peter Christmas Special! We have a sing

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song and a brilliant Christmas Bake. A Christmas extravaganza and hold on

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to your Who vian hats, next week it is time to announce the winner of

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the Doctor Who competition. And on top of that, Barney is back. Very

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excited. Goodbye!

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The Countdown to Christmas continues and Radzi and Lindsey demonstrate a Christmassy Blue Peter Make. Radzi puts the star on the top of the Trafalgar Square Tree - which is a gift from Norway to the British people every Christmas. Also, Lindsey gets a surprised role in the CBBC drama Dani's Castle.


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