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Slugs, Roller Coasters and Tin Foil Art

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the scenes access to a record-breaking 14-loop roller

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coaster. These might look priceless but they are made out of tin foil.

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All new animation epic will be hitting cinema screens soon. One of

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the stars with a slug. We've got some gooey gastropods here just for

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE What was that? I don't know, but it

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is exciting. Welcome to Blue Peter, a totally lye show. For example in

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rehearsal I didn't put my hand on Helen's nose and make a sound like

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this. Hello! I want to talk about what scares people, because we have

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some experience in this field. later Barney and I will be rolling a

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roller coaster with 14 loops, and then talking about the science

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behind why you got scared. That got us thinking, what scares you? Let us

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know what scares you. I don't really like rats, because of the long

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tails. I know some of you probably have them as pets, but urgh.

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really don't like them either. I really don't like the dark. Make it

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stop, make it stop. I really don't mind the dark. What scares you, get

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in touch, e-mail [email protected] Two people

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who've been in touch already are Ansa and Alix. They have three Blue

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Peter badges. They've just earned a green Blue Peter badge because they

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sent us this. It is a badge made entirely out of foil. They used a

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chocolate bar wrapper and a mint wrapper. Thank you ladies, we hope

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you enjoy your green Blue Peter badges. Have a look at these

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fantastic objects. They look like solid silver but they are made of

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foil! Please welcome one of the artists, Daniel Russell, who made

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these for us. Hello.Daniel, I can't get my head round how you've done

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this. How did you manage to create these in so much detail? I'm working

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with the National Trust. This is a replica for a water holder, and the

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pigs were made by sculpting the pigs from clay and using tools made of

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wood to compress into all the gaps. So you scored in all the hair and

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things like that? Yes.I particularly love these forks. I

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came over to pick up one of these forks. I thought it was real and

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then I realised I could do this. That is not going to cut up your

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steak is it, because it is made entirely of foil. How have you done

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that? It is pretty easy. You get a normal fork and wrap it in tin foil.

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The again using the tools to smooth in all the gaps and things, you then

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remove it from the fork and fold the edges in, and finish it off a little

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bit. And then take out the fork? Yes. If you are a rascal and you

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want to play a trick on your friends and family, you could do that and

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lay the table and nobody would be able to eat anything! One of the

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techniques you have a is embossing. How did you manage to create this

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street scene? You print a picture and stick it on to the tin foil with

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a bit of tape. I used a knife and a recaller to trace. You can use --

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and a ruler to trace. I'm going to invite my artistic friends now,

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because we are going to have a go. I'm stumbling around, that's because

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of Maddison. Daniel is so tall. I've been told you are very artistic.

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Tomas, how artistic are you? On a scale of one two ten I would

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probably be a nine. A nine? That's confidence. Is he that good? On a

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scale of one to ten I think he is scale of one to ten I think he is

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about 200! These guys are good. Good. I knew you were artistic,

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because your art teacher sent us a picture. We haven't got paintbrushes

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for you today but we have got some tools for you. We are hoping that

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you are going to have a bit of a go throughout today's show. We are

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setting you a challenge. We are going to have a go at embossing,

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creating something like Daniel's. You can do any design you want. If

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you are not 200 out of ten like Tomas, you can go to to Blue Peter

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website after the show - bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. I will leave

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you with Daniel to decide what you are going to create. We'll look at

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them at the end of the show. This is one of those things that's going to

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fill our post boxes by the end of the week. You love getting involved

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and being creative. We like to get involved as well. We were given the

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chance to help build the UK's newest roller coaster. I have to say thank

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you to Josephine, but we were already on it. Take a look. Roller

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coaster! They really are the King of the theme park. Every year they get

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big bigger... Faster... And more exciting. There are more than 160

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roller coasters in the UK. With loops, drops, twists, bumps, rolls,

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tunnels and plenty of surprise they are all designed for maximum

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exhilaration. But those though ride them are lulls looking for the next

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-- are always looking for the next b a adrenaline rush. The latest

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addition is being built here at Alton Towers. This is the

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construction site for Secret Weapon seven, the code name for a new �18

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million ride which when it opens will be a record-breaker. What's

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going on here is a closely guarded secret, but Blue Peter's been given

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exclusive access. This roller coaster is so top secret nobody

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really wanted to talk about it. We'll see about that. To get the

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inside information about this project I'm meeting the boss of

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rides, Terry.ments his job to oversee every bit of construction

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work in this muddy pit. There's a certain rule about not building this

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above the trees. Why is that? in a conservation area, so we don't

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want to go over the tree canopy. The local community can't see the ride

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from anywhere around the boundary of from anywhere around the boundary of

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the site. In order to do that we have to go down. If you wanted a

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really tall ride, would you dig deeper? Yes, that's the answer.What

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is it about this ride that's better? This will be the longest ride at the

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Alton tower's resort. To make it a world's first we will invert our

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riders 14 times during the cycle. They will go up side down 14 times

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on the ride. If you need any help, I would love to get involved. We are

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powering 18 tonnes of concrete. to get my hands dirty. I'm building

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a roller coaster. It is quite a major and very hard thing, because

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all the concrete has to fill this space and your guys have to stand

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here doing. This once the found agencies are set, bolting together

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the metal coaster track in theory is simple. Except enit snows. Because

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that delays work. The cold weather is holding us back a little bit. We

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are still progressing and we are doing OK. 16 weeks ago I was on this

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site to help lay concrete into the foundations, so today I thought I

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would see how my little patch of concrete is doing. Apparently it is

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really well. They've stuck a roller coaster in it! I'm helping the team

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to put the ride together. I'm driving a crane. Push that forward

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nice and steady and you will feel it start to lower. There you go.

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done. Well done.Thanks mate, that was amazing. A piece of track is now

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in place. You've only got to do that another 400 times. But building a

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brand-new roller coaster doesn't start with mechanical machines and a

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massive hole. It begins in a much smaller space, someone's head. One

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of the people who the name is with me. This park is all about making

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Britain smile, so there's lots of optical illusions and camera

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trickery. We develop everything as one package to maximise the effect

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of this ride. And you've made it more scary by putting a spider above

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it. This stretches over parts of the track and has lots of effects, so

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when you are on the ride you get sprayed with water, you get tickled,

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flashed with light. All that sort of thing, to really enhance the

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psychological side of the appearance. Apparently I have a bit

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of a job today? Yes, we've got some finishing touches to do. Brilliant,

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if it comes to finishing touches on that, I'm your man. This metal

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spider is key to the Smiler's theming. I'm having a riveting time

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putting the finishing touches to the spider's legs. The Gigola is ready.

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It has been such a brilliant journey watching this roller coaster built,

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and I've played a little part in building it. The next I'm I'm going

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to be here I'm going to be one of the first members of public to ride

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it. I cannot wait. And you can find out later in the show how Barney and

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I get on when we test that roller coaster.

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If you cast your mind back a few weeks, I surprised Barney. I entered

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you in a trombone competition on 24th May, so you've got a few weeks

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to learn a new instrument. This trombone you've got to learn to

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play. You've got to be kidding!It is a real competition. He genuinely

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had no idea. He's been having a crash course in the trombone.

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competition is a week away and it is very difficult. If you have brass

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lessons you will know how you make your lips loose or tight. That takes

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a lot of doing, normally a year, my teacher said, and I've got just

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three weeks. You can do it.Here we go. That was just a sound effect.

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believe in you. I don't know the next two notes.

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very impressed. It is not easy to learn a new instrument and he's got

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to do it in two weeks. My lips are killing me. Thank you for all the

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messages you've been sending to me, they were supportive and it is

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really helping me. Last week Helen had a bit of a surprise. This is a

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challenge like no other. It is by no means an easy one. I don't run

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through rivers with the Marines! I had to run six miles with the

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marines in big heavy military boots. That's not even the actual

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challenge. That was an assessment to see if I'm fit enough and prepared

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to take on the challenge. Of course you are. I don't know if I'm

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prepared, but in I way. A bit of support would be nice. If you want

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to send Helen a message on the board, please do -

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[email protected] How is it going, Maddy? Perfect.That is very

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good. Can you make me a sign for my bedroom door, which says brothers

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get out? I will give you something nice. What?I've got some jelly.

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What flavour? Strawberry. Done. Thank you. You've got to strike a

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deal on a live show. We love it when you get in touch. We do.Last week

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Stooshe came in to decorate sunglasses with us and Amy from

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Merseyside sent us these. I think these are fantastic. This matches my

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outfit. Thank you Amy. Not just physical sunglasses but pictures

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Alice stuck some buttons and beads to hers. Thank you. Thank you for

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these, Finlay. All the details are on the Blue Peter website -

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bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. It is not just glasses that are

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being sent in. I love to take photographs, so Megan has made me my

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very own camera, complete with lens. When you detach it underneath is a

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picture of me. Megan, I love this. Thank you. Megan, he was so excited

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when he got that. I was equally quited when I got this necklace. But

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I couldn't wear it, as it would bang on my microphone.

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I want to say thank you to Charlotte. If you turn over the

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front page it has me and Barney on the front, Barney with his cameras,

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me doing high-wire walking, Shelley and the dogs. And here she is in all

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her glory. Can I take a picture of that please? Thank you, I will save

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that later. This is Olivia's picture, the Blue Peter family.

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There's me, my sister Helen and Socks and Cookie, who aren't here at

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the moment, but they will be appearing at the suss suss suss --

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Suffolk and Norfolk 50th Championship Cat Show. If you have

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sent us something and we haven't mentioned you, keep an eye on the

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wall of fame, because you might see yourself or your work here. We

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mentioned earlier we were going to have some slimy guests today. That's

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because of a new movie out next week called Epic. This is about a slug

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call called Mup. Thanks Marti. Obviously they are

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quite friendly and cartoony but this is what real slugs look like. If you

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hear parents or a grown-up talking about slugs, they normally refer to

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them as pests, because they eat their plants, but with me is Mike

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Dilger. So slugs are just pets? they perform an important job in the

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garden. A lot of them break down plants and eat carrion, dead

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animals, mammals and birds. They can move very slowly and catch it and

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munch it. This leopard slug even eats other slugs. So they are there

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to play a much bigger part in the eco-system? They certainly are. And

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lots of things eat slugs as well. Blackbirds, song thrushes,

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hedgehogs, moles, the works. I've heard the word gastropod. I love it

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when you talk Latin. Gastromeans stomach and pod is foot. It looks

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like it is slide sliding around on its belly but it moves around on its

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foot, using slime. If you get slime on your fingers, don't wash your

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hands. Water gets absorbed in the slime. Dry your hands and you get

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these big balls of mucous. You can get rid of them. You don't see many

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on the ground. They all hide don't they? They come out when it is

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moist. That's when they like it. 95% are below the ground and only 5%

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above the ground. We have a series call called Grow it, Cook it, Eat

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it. We want slugs in the garden but not to eat what we are growing. What

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can we do to prevent that? Don't use slug pellets, because they are

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horrible. The slugs eat them and the birds eat the slugs and they die.

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This is copper. If you wrap it around this plant pot, it emits a

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weak direct cal charge and they don't like it -- a weak electrical

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charge and they don't like it. Slugs really don't like egg shells, so

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they will avoid it. It is like walking on gravel in bare feet. Not

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pleasant. The herbs are doing OK. The chives are good, the basil is

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good. That's because no slugs have been near them. Thank you Mike.

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Moving from something that's slow to something very fast. You've already

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seen how the roller coaster was built. Now it is time to test it.

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For this I needed my very good friend, because I was a little bit

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scared. After 3,000 hours of hard work, with 700 tonnes of steel, over

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a kilometre of track and the 31,000 bolts holding it together, the

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Smiler is ready to ride. I brought Helen along to see which one of us

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is the biggest adrenaline addict. 14 loops in 165 seconds. This is

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Professor Brendan Walker. He's here to investigate how this ride plays

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with our emotions. Meet Professor Walker. Hi Brendan. How are you

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doing? Nervous.That's what it is designed to do. To play with this

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cocktail of emotions, which are quite natural to feel. Do you fancy

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giving it a go? Yes! The ride is so new it is not yet open to the

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public, so my fellow passengers are crash-test dummies, and Helen.

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Finally after months of waiting, we are about to do the first seven

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loops. The most in the world in one short burst. I giggle when I'm

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nervous. Do you? I wee when I'm per hour. The twists the and turn

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turns are similar to what a jet fighter pilot experiences. After a

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quick spin, well, several, we are sticking to our seats and rattling

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around again, all in the interests of science of course. Brendan's

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hooking us up to a facial recognition system, which analyses

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our face muscles and reads a range of emotions. You look cool. Thanks.

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Out of all out of our adventures on Blue Peter, this should confirm

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which of us is the biggest thrill seeker. Judging by your face,

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Barney, it is no contest. We'll see. The professor's helmet-cam is

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recording every grin, groan and Brendan's makeshift lab for the

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results. How can you tell what we are feeling by filming our faces?

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Your face is made up of 42 different muscles. Each of those depending on

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which emotion you are feeling with start twitching. The computer will

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tell us how happy you are, how nauseous you are, how sick you are

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feeling, how surprised you are and how sad you are, more to do with

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anxiety. But also how neutral you are. A lot of the time you'll be

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doing that. Helen you reckon your most dominant emotion will be what?

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Happy. I'm neutral. Ignore that, as everyone has neutral emotions. You

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have loads of happiness here. Little moments of fear, but what you

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probably don't realise is there's sadness as well, which is a bit of

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anxiety creeping in as well. But happy seasons the most dominant e--

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but happiness is the most dominant emotion. All the other emotions of

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nausea, fear and sadness, very small. For you you were smiling all

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the way through that ride. Now, Barney, first off lots of

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anxiety going on here. That nausea is bouncing around. But sadness,

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36%. Happiness only 5% at this point. I'm feeling sad now. Why?

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It's only a ride, that you're scared of! That proves it then that the

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facial recognition test shows categorically that I'm the biggest

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thrill seeker. No you're not.You're 36% sad, bane I'm not!Science has

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proved it. No, I'm happy there, and there, see? Science shmience.

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Independent was amazing. If that camera was -- if that cameras was on

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my face, it was amazing. I couldn't even count the loops. You were

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laughing. Earlier in the show we asked our artistic friends to have a

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go at embossing. You get a ball point pen and you draw on to an

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aluminium plate. You can get these from supermarkets, pound stores,

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Maddy, how did your creation go? wrote my name and then I thought I

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would do a crown, I don't know why. So your name, a crowned and a random

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man. Yes.Did you enjoy it? Yes.Was it easy to do? No.It only took you

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ten minutes. Tomas, you said your drawing girls were 200 out of ten.

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What did you do? I basically did a random man like Maddison, but he's

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flying in the sky, with sun here and clouds and everything him. It looks

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pretty cool. Corey, what did you go for? I did Premier League football

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team Logue os. Show it to the world. You've done it right there putting a

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few on rather than just the one. Aston Villa there.

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What did you do? I traced a lion. You used a template from the Blue

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Peter website? First I traced a lion. Then I did the tiara and then

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the Blue Peter logo. Well done. Thank you for your efforts. Mike,

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come back in and help us out with this. We were talking about what

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scares you. Lottie says she's really scared of birds pooing on her.

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That's happened to me and it is not fun. Kieran says I'm scared of

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banana skins. Ever since I slipped on one, I can't even stand the

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smell. I thought this would be more popular, the spiders thing. Eve says

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even if it is a small one I'm really scared of spiders. Even thinking of

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them gives me a chill. This one says exams. We've had 13 so far. Good

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luck with your exams. Mike and Dan? I'm scared of really talented

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artists. Leeches. I once had a friend with a leech on his eyeball

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in South-East Asia. I pulled it off and it came out of like that.

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not right. I love the way Maddison is reassuring Tomas. Dan? I'm scared

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of slugs and live television. you loved today's show. This show is

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nearly over. On next week's show, it is brilliant. You've heard of 3D

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printing. Never mind, that it is so last year darlings. That's a 3D pen.

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The pictures pop up off the paper. And I take an Egyptian mummy to

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hospital. We use fantastic new technology to see what's going on

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inside. I'm also a technology man. That's the world's fastest electric

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Helen and Barney have had exclusive access to follow the construction of the biggest roller-coaster in Britain and this week, they'll be one of the first who get to ride it. It's a record breaking ride, but you'll have to watch to find out why! It's all getting a bit slimy in studio when a slug expert pops in to show Helen and Barney the spotty Leopard Slug and the flattened Pancake Slug. There's even a Banana Slug that's bright yellow - you really wouldn't want to find in your lunchbox.


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