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Coming up... We find out what life is like for a 13-year-old who lives
with the circus. For this is what I wear for the stage show. We got
some payback art which will value and give you great ideas for
Christmas. Plus the guys from McFly answer your message board questions
I really want to one of those pianos. Welcome to Blue Peter.
Let's talk about children in Need last week. It was an incredible
night. It was. The aim of the game is to raise money for a fantastic
charity. On the night, you raised a So many people have been involved,
it was an amazing night. Not only that, but dancing, comedy,
entertainment. One Direction kick the evening off. My favourite part
of the evening, look at him, the Doctor. I was lucky enough to be
there on the night and so Girls Aloud perform. They were brilliant.
I was singing that song all night long. And there were loads of pre-
recorded sketches including this, where Lord Sugar popped along to
Albert Square to see the cast of EastEnders, to try to find a new
apprentice. But it's not just the celebrities or yourselves wearing
pyjamas, for the appeal for Blue Peter which had helped bump the
total up, because we got some people here at media city in
Salford who also wanted to put their pyjamas on and have a bit of
a dance. There was only one song to I'm proud to say that a lot of the
people you so they do belong to the Blue Peter office. It isn't just
those guys who've been out and about in their pyjamas, you've been
getting involved, too. We've been blown away by the amount of you
who've supported this appeal. Loads of you across the country have been
going pyjamas for Children in Need. We kicked it off with some after-
school clubs in the studio, and that led U2 don your pyjamas in all
sorts of ways. Jack went to his local bird park, and these guys in
Glasgow held a big sale. Amy went scuba-diving. Grace went to the
local library. Dancing for almost an hour meant Jade raised �358.70.
Toby and Bronte created scarecrows in their pyjamas. Rebecca went
shopping in the pyjamas. It really has been amazing. Helen wasn't
joking when we said we'd been blown away with how you've got involved
with this. So many photographs have been coming in. Burgess Hill School
for girls said they had a fantastic day wearing pyjamas and holding a
Topshop. They hope to raise up at �300. James went to his panto
rehearsal at his amateur dramatics society in his pyjamas. He was a
little bit embarrassed but he raised soup -- �76. Laurie, Rowan
and Arnel went for a sponsored walk on Winchester Hill and raised
almost �100. Let's draw our attention to Christmas, five weeks
away. What are you looking forward to? Everything. The crackers, but
presents, the family, the dancing, the tinsel. What are you looking
forward to about Christmas? We will read as many e-mails as the can.
love Christmas but I missed it last year. I will make up for its Bisset.
One thing I will be glued to is the Christmas version of Top Of the
Pops. We know you guys love McFly. They've been around for a decade,
which is a relatively long time. They are as good now as they've
ever been. They have turned out seven number one singles, they had
Smash Hits like this one... What not the most classic pop songs ever
written. Let's not forget this one as well. A bit of air guitar.
sometimes pretend they are singing to me! They've got a new single out
in the charts, a greatest hits album out as well, so they've got a
busy schedule, but they agreed to answer your message board questions.
We have lots of questions here from the lovely Blue Peter viewers. Are
you ready? Yes. This one is from Scarlet clarinet Angel. She said,
who came up for the idea for love is easy? You went to a shop and
bought a ukulele and wrote the song. Part of it. You took it to the boys
and said, what do you think of this? It got finished up. And we
made it a mega-hit. Recorded and done within a matter of days.
silky dingo. These on the real names! She says, who has the
smelliest feet? BlueBeat by far. am a budding songwriter, what are
your tips for inspiration? Movies. Life in general. The outdoors.
question is, are you friends with any bands such as One Direction or
The Wanted, or do you look at them as your rivals on people you never
want to speak to? We are friends with One Direction, we wrote a few
songs for them for their album. They came over, Danny produced one
of the songs for their album as well. They are lovely guys. A bit
of trivia. Andy and Max from The Wanted were once in a boy band
together which supported us on tour. They were called Avenue. This is
posted by Diamond I think. My question is, what pose would you do
to represent yourself? Like Mo Farah has his, what would all of
I haven't quite perfected mind yet. Mine is that, because a street
dancer taught me a move but it was for the peak of my cab and I had it
gone backwards. Mine is this want. I can't really do it that well.
McFly are going to be performing an acoustic version of their new
single at the end of the show. are now changing direction. We know
that lots of you like to go to the circus. The high-wire artists, the
trapeze acrobats, it's an amazing night. But have you ever wondered
what it would be like to be part of a family who travel with a circus?
Carina is 13 years old and that is what life is for her every day.
I'm Carina, and 13 and this is what it's like being me. My family have
performed with the circus since I was born. For the last three years
I have joined them in the show. The most famous thing about any circus
is the big top. Let me show you around the backstage. I'm going to
show you where we change now, the dressing room. Sorry about the
poster. My step dad thought it would be a joke. We are not
actually toxic. It smells nice in there! This is what I'll be wearing
for tonight's show. We share this dressing room at seven people. This
is my jacket or when the people come in. And in here is my costume
This is a massive globe where there are three motorbikes spinning all
This is my caravan, this is where I live. I never live in a permanent
house. This is the kitchen, that's the dining room and that's the
living room. I will show you the favourite bit, that's my room.
After the show I like to lay in bed and watch TV or go on my computer
or listen to music. Sometimes my friends come over and we have
sleepers. We have fun. Before I get ready for the show, I've just got
time to answer some of your questions from the Blue Peter
message board. What is the best part of living in the circus? The
travelling around and I like performing and meeting new people.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting a
circus? Going to a circus school, they are good. You go there for a
few years. Have you ever messed up while performing at the circus? Yes.
I messed up and... I messed up a few days ago. I fell down bet that
happens quite a lot. Everyone does mistakes. I'd better start getting
This is my auntie and this is my ankle. We are back excited today,
it's going to be a good crowd and Every circus has a ringmaster who
introduces the other acts and keep things running on time. Norman is
ours and has worked in the circus Thank you for spending the day with
me. I hope you enjoyed seeing what it's like being me.
I know she said she makes a few mistakes sometimes but look at what
they are digging in the circus - they are incredible. Thank you for
showing us what it was like to be you. Let's talk about the past year.
It feels like only two minutes ago when we were taking pictures for
the Blue Peter calendar, but here we are at the end of it. We will
reveal to you the picture that is going to be for the month of
December in the Blue Peter calendar. This ties in with a bit of a secret
and a sneak peek for you. Helen and I have just returned from Lapland
in Finland. We've recorded two Christmas Special shows for you. It
was freezing. It was absolutely beautiful. One way to take
photographs is to take them of scenery or landscapes. I thought
because Lapland was so cold, it might be an idea to take it in
black and white. Taking a picture of an apple on a table, it would be
green and it would be quite boring. But if you were to take it in black
and white, the Apple would be grey and have a shadow on it, a bit more
atmosphere. That is what I tried to With black and white photography,
because of the way it is contrasted, you can tell how freezing it was.
But I'm a bit of a geek and I like to hang around a bit after the
shoots. I spend a bit of time on my own and took another picture of
this same landscape but at land - that night-time. It really is good
fun to do. I'm so glad you got involved with this. If you'd like
to print out your own version of the Blue Peter Callander, which has
now completed, you can go to the The one thing I've loved about this
is seeing all of your photographs as well. There's nothing better for
a Blue Peter presenter than to come in on a Monday morning and to be
handed photographs that you've taken over the weekend. Thank you
for getting involved. Stay tuned in January, we got a special animation
package for you as well. He's not a geek, he just disappears. He just
disappeared with his camera. It's definitely worth it. If you have
printed off at Callander and know any Americans, you probably have
today marked on their because it is the fourth Thursday in November,
which means it's Thanksgiving. Or a lot of Americans, it's a bigger
deal than Christmas. If you've ever wondered what it's all about then
you are in luck. We have all- American girl and Disney star Laura
I am your Ram Elano -- Laura Merano. On the show I like nothing more
than singing and playing the piano with my friend. But I am here to
talk about my favourite day of the year, Thanksgiving! Come on, a
scream with me! In America, Thanksgiving is a national holiday
and is celebrated in style. It is a time when families meet up, and
even start their Christmas shopping. My family absolutely love getting
together on Thanksgiving but where did the Thanksgiving Straw restart?
This American tradition has its roots in the UK, in Plymouth! The
admirable McBride may be a pub but nearly 400 years ago, a group of
English people known as the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on the Mayflower
right here. They were unsatisfied with their life in England and
decided to set sail to a relatively unknown continent to make a new
life. This shows the direction they set sail, a don't know why they
chose a prawn! This monument to the Mayflower is dedicated to the 102
pilgrims who are crucial in creating the America we know today.
I cannot believe American history started here! A year later, the
Pilgrim Fathers gathered for his huge ceased to celebrate their
first successful harvest and to thank God. -- a huge meal. I am now
at a primary school in Plymouth where they are about to get a taste
of this American tradition. What's This looks good. Does anybody want
any pumpkin pie. Is it good? It is really nice? Some new pumpkin pie
The do We have some fans of pumpkin It just remains for me to say...
Happy Thanksgiving!! Happy Thanksgiving to everybody
celebrates. I know a lot of people who just like to party. If you like
party food, look no further than the Blue Peter website. Last week I
should you have to make meringues with John, the champion of the
Great British bake off. Lots of you said you had a go. Rihanna said she
made little meringues, with pink icing in the middle, and she had a
He got messy making them but they were delicious! Rabeeah said her
mixture was a bit runny so she invented meringue cupcakes. That's
what we like to see. Creativity. Matilda and Ella created turquoise
meringues. We are glad you had a go. The recipe is still on the Blue
Peter website. Have a look at what Barney is standing next to us. It
is absolutely incredible. Before we talk about them, take a close look.
Can you tell why they are unique? They are made entirely from PayPal.
They Arpad of an exhibition called The First Cut in Manchester -- they
are made entirely from the paper and they are part of an exhibition.
They have used maps, A4 paper, atlases... This is Susan
Stockwell's colonial dress. She has used maps to tell the story of
Britain's colonial past. It took her three months to make. Look at
the detail. That would have taken me nine days just to do that Rose.
I know I am not supposed to have a favourite, but look at what Chris
Jones has done. This is amazing. It is a motorbike made out a glossy
magazine pages. He has also use some vintage encyclopaedias and
given it varnished over the top to make it shiny, and it took him two
months. It is just paper! You have to get close to this, it is what I
like about art, it is quite personal. It is a single piece of
paper and Peter Callesen has designed it to look like a mountain
with the little man climbing over the top. Isn't it amazing! This is
Nicola Dale's book, it took her 18 months to make it. One single book,
that she has cut into different shapes. 31 artists from all over
the world have been involved and one of them, Claire Brewster, is in
the studio today. She has made these birds. Who better to teach me
how to do this? Welcome to his studio. Let's talk about these
How did you start? I have always worked with paper and one day I had
a flash of inspiration, like a light bulb in the cartoons, and I
started cutting out birds and then everybody loved them and the rest
is history. That was ten years ago. I like the shadow, it brings it to
life. It creates movement, that is the idea. You will be showing me
how to make a more simple version of one of your birds with a
Christmas twist. We are going to make a Christmas robins. The first
thing you need to do is print out the template, which you can do on
the Blue Peter website. You can print it onto any paper that will
go through your home printer, obviously. This is just brown paper.
The first thing you need to do is cut roughly around the bird. Why?
It makes it easier to hold it while you are cutting. You do it on the
inside. Yes, it makes it easier to cut the detail out. Once you have
done that, you get your bird like this. I have one like this. You are
so organised! The next thing to do is to start cutting the shapes out
in the middle. The easiest way to do that is to take the scissors...
Which we have lost... If we are doing this on the dining-table, mum
will not be happy. You need to make sure there is something underneath.
A bit of protection between you and your mum's pride and joy. It is
quite fiddly. Do it slowly and carefully. I am able in a China
shop. If once you have done that, it looks like this. That was easy!
The next job is to cut carefully around the edges. Just like this. I
can already see the reason why you have waited until the last minute
to do this because it is quite fiddly. If you don't have any paper
around the bird when you cut the inside out, it gets really
difficult. And then you end up with a bird like this. To make it more
Christmas see, we can attach a little red breast to him. You could
use red paper and card and place it underneath. Yes. But you need to
make sure the shape is slightly bigger than the bit you want to
cover, otherwise you will not be able to stick it on. You might want
to put some paper underneath. There it is. Own Robin repressed!
If you want to make it more sparkly, you can add glitter -- 8 Robin ate
I'll it is that simple. 8 Claire Where am keeping my fingers crossed
that that big present is for me as well! Let us know what you are
looking forward to for Christmas. We have lots of the e-mails. Best
says, Dr Who. Helen from Hertfordshire says, I am excited
about Christmas parties. George says Christmas dinner. Lauren is
looking forward to spending time with her family. The Edel is
looking forward to all her family coming out for dinner and
decorating the Christmas tree. Ronan from Dublin says he loves
going downstairs on Christmas Day and seeing all the presence. I hate
that be because you are so nervous! Don't you do a Jumper competition
at your house? Yes! So if you have any ideas of what I can put on my
Christmas jumper, let me know. few weeks ago we told you about a
competition where you get the chance to take over Blue Peter.
Next week you can find out what these fall were picked for the show.
Tune in to see what they decided we should do -- these four were picked
for the show. We will be so insecure! It is now time for
McFly's fantastic performance. We told you about it earlier. They
have agreed to do an acoustic performance just for us. If you
been out the show, keep an eye on the bottom of the screen because
people be showing them along the # Do do dodo do do.
# Do do do dodo do. # Do do dodo do do.
# Today. # Laughing the clouds away.
# I hear what the flowers say. # And I see.
# Places that I have been. # In ways that I've never seen.
# My side of the grass is green. # Ooh I can't believe that it's so
simple. # It feels so natural to me.
# If this is love. # Then love is easy.
# It's the easiest thing to do. # If this is love.
# Then love completes me. # Cause it feels like I've been
missing you. # A simple equation.
# With no complications. # To leave you confused.
# If this is love, love, love. # Hmm it's the easiest thing to do.
# Do do do do do do do. # Do do do do do do you.
# Feel the way that I do? # And make dirty streets look new?
# Hmm and the birds sing. # Tweeheeheeheeheeheeheet.
# Tweedleheeheeheehee. # Now I know exactly what they mean.
# Ooh I can't believe that it's so simple.
# It feels so natural to me. # If this is love.
# Then love is easy. # It's the easiest thing to do.
# If this is love. # Then love completes me.
# Cause it feels like I've been missing you.
# A simple equation. # With no complications.