Episode 3 How to Be Epic @ Everything


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Stephen Graham and A*M*E are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to do a football trick, joust like a knight, cook snails and make giant smoke rings.


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Welcome to the world of epic -

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the place where you can become a master at everything on the planet.

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No matter what it is, this programme shows you how to do it.

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So sit back,

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strap yourself in

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and get ready to become epic at everything!

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Welcome to your total random fix of epicness.

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We've got an amazing line-up of experts, hotshots

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and all-round dudes with the lowdown on how you can do what they can do.

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In just 15 minutes, you'll know how to...

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cook snails,

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make giant smoke rings,

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harmonise,

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be a rhythmic gymnast,

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fold a T-shirt in five seconds

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and this kid shows you how to be a hit at jousting.

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But, before all that, it's time to switch your brain to input

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and get ready for your first download of epicness.

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If you like football but really want to show off,

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then get a load of this.

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Have you ever wanted the skills to do that...

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and that?

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Yeah, but not that. Definitely don't do that.

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Who could teach you such ridiculous skills?

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Introducing John Farnworth - freestyle footballing legend

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and holder of five - yes, five - world records.

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Now, that's epic.

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Hey, I'm John Farnworth and I hold the world record

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for the most amount of Around The Worlds in one minute.

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Show-off.

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OK, that's amazing.

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It's probably the most popular freestyle move on the planet.

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It takes a lot of practice to master but it's well worth it.

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OK, John, show us how to do it.

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Step one - start with the ball balanced on your foot.

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The best way to do this is by placing it on with the hands.

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Hand? Isn't that cheating?

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Once you get good at this, you can roll it up from the ground.

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OK, that's more like it.

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Step two - bring the foot up from the floor

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and, in one circular motion, lift the foot all the way around the ball.

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Hm, tricky.

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It's important that as the foot travels around the ball,

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the ball goes up at the same time.

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Step three - once the foot's travelled around the ball,

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you continue controlling it with the same foot.

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Whoa. Looking amazing.

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But I think I need a rewind.

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So, balance the ball on your foot.

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Flick it up and, at the same time, move your foot around it.

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Then control the ball with the same foot and do it all over again.

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Easy, right?

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Once you've mastered the technique,

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you can show off and do what you want.

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Yes. Definitely showing off now.

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And that's how to be epic at an Around The World.

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Thank you, John.

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Right, first one down, loads more to go.

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Next, if you and your mates want to become pop stars,

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then we're going to show you how to become one step closer

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to that lovely dream.

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Hey, I'm AME. I'm a singer/songwriter

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and I'm going to teach you how to harmonise.

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That's AME.

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She's a pop star. She's had a number one single and everything.

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She's also a pro when it comes to harmonies.

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Go on, then, AME, tell us how to do them.

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A harmony is when two or more people sing at the same time

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but in different pitches.

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It sounds really cool.

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THEY HARMONISE: # Oooh. #

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# Oooh... # Who's that?

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There are lots of different types of harmonies you can do

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-but the most common you'll hear is the third.

-The third?

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To find the third, count up four keys from your original note on the piano.

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Make sure you count the black ones, too.

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Let's hear it, then.

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THEY HARMONISE: # Ahhh. #

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# Ahhh. #

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Nailed it.

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OK, but how do you do that in a song?

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Next, you need to make sure you know the tune really well.

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This will help you find the right harmonies.

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We're going to sing Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.

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Brilliant.

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THEY HARMONISE: # When I see your face

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# There's not a thing that I would change

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# Cos, boy, you're amazing

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# Just the way you are. #

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No, you're amazing, AME.

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And that is how to be epic at harmonising.

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Thank you...

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-NARRATOR HARMONISES WITH HIMSELF:

-# ..A, M, E. #

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Nailed it again.

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OK, on we go from a singing superstar

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to a scientist with smoke rings.

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No, really, I'm not joking.

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Hi, I'm Fran Scott and I'm going to show you

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how to make giant smoke rings.

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-Yes!

-But before we make the giant ones,

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we're going to make a small version

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and, to do that, we're going to need...

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a cardboard tube,

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some scissors,

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some clingfilm, a 2p piece,

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some tape

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and a can of magician's smoke.

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Ooh, magic.

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So, what we've done is we've chopped off the base of our crisp can

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and put some clingfilm over it and taped that.

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Then we've drawn around the 2p piece and cut a hole in the top

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and that is our smoke ring generator.

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Now, you need to put some smoke in your tube.

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And about two sprays should do it.

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One, two.

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Then, tap the clingfilm

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and doughnut-shaped rings should fly out the front of your tube.

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Uhhhh, doughnuts!

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To make giant smoke rings, you do it exactly the same

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but on a bigger scale.

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So, instead of using a crisp tube, you use...

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-a bin.

-Epic.

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And instead of using clingfilm, you use a shower curtain.

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Of course you do.

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And you're going to need something bigger than a two pence piece

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-to cut out your hole.

-My head?

-But it's exactly the same as before.

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Let's fill it with smoke...

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and give it a whack.

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Smokin'!

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Epic.

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That is how to be epic at making giant smoke rings.

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Fran-tastic.

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So, if that's got you hungry for more,

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then wait until you see what's still to come.

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Our resident king of uselessness shows you how to do this,

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these girls get artistic with ribbons

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and this guy cooks these things.

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But first, want to get on a horse

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and charge at someone with a big stick?

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Well, this kid's going to show you how it's done.

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Jousting. It's a sport that is truly epic.

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But nowadays it's only played by history buffs

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and people who've watched The Hobbit too many times.

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So, you probably don't need to learn how to do it. Or do you?

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Picture the scene.

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It's your annual school sports day

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and there is no-one that can run an egg and spoon race like you.

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You're excited.

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When you get to the start line, instead of an egg and spoon,

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the teacher gives you a full suit of armour and a horse.

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Looks like you need some jousting skills, and fast.

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So, how do you become epic at jousting?

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Our man Stephen Graham, actor and massive history buff,

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is here to tell you all you need to know about the game.

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Take it away, big man.

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So, you want to be epic at jousting?

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Well, to be a great jouster,

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you had to be a knight,

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which means you have to be the son of a knight or the son of a lord.

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Or, like me,

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a very lucky peasant.

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And me!

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Hey!

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Jousting was a game which was only played in peace time,

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while the knights were not away at war.

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It was the highlight of a tournament, which included lots of games.

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One of them was a game called the melee,

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which involved a load of knights having a massive scrap.

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The aim of jousting was to knock your opponent off his horse

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and score as many points as possible. Sounds easy.

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But when you're wearing a suit of armour that weighs over 25kg,

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it's not.

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Oh!

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Then you had to ride your horse and carry a lance,

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which was up to 4m long.

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This is a nightmare. How do you win?

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The best way to win would be to try to

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knock your opponent off by hitting the breastplate.

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Easy. We've got this one nailed.

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-Argh!

-Ugh!

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Now, if you did manage to survive and win,

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your reward was to be able to take your opponent's armour and horse.

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Yes! More armour and more horses. Result.

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Which, most knights sold back to them.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Even better - money. Cha-ching!

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Waah!

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And that's...

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..how you become epic at jousting.

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Thanks, Stephen.

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From a medieval sport to the most glamorous Olympic sport ever.

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I'm talking about rhythmic gymnastics, of course.

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Say hello to two of Team GB's finest gymnasts -

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Lynne Hutchison and Jade Faulkner.

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Hi, girls.

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They're going to teach you how to be brilliant with the rhythmic ribbon.

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It's epically beautiful.

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When you first start with the ribbon, you need to practise the basics.

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So let's start with some spirals.

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OK, Lynne, but how do we do that?

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First of all, point your finger down the stick

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and put your arm out straight in front of you.

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Then, using only your wrist, make the circles.

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Sounds straightforward.

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Any other ti...ips?

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Nice catch.

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Do quick circles. If they're too small, they'll touch the floor.

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So keep it fast.

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Top twirling tip. Thanks, Jade.

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Once you've mastered the spirals, you can try

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circling the ribbon around your body.

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Looks super cool.

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Tell us how to do it, Lynne.

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Keep the stick above your head

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and use your wrist like in the spirals but make them a bit bigger.

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Once you've mastered those, you can move on to a throw.

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I'd say I have mastered those. Let's move on.

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Holding the end of the ribbon and the stick,

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flick the stick to catch the ribbon.

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Then swing the stick in front of you.

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As it touches the floor, pull it back and catch it.

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You have got to be kidding?

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OK, so throw the stick,

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pull stick back

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and...catch!

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Ta-da!

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Once you've mastered the basics,

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you can move onto more difficult things, like this.

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Oh, I'm ready.

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OK, I'm not ready.

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BOTH: And that is how to be epic at the ribbon.

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Twirl-tastic skills. Thanks, girls.

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Hey, if you thought that the ribbon was a hit,

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then wait till you see what this guy can do.

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He's not an Olympian - he's a brill-ympian. Cheers.

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He's the prince of pointlessness, the emperor of the absurd,

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the saint of silliness.

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He's Max Byrne and he's always got a trick that's totally useless

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but brilliant.

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Ah!

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And for this, you're going to need a T-shirt.

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Hi, I'm Max Byrne. Tssss.

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And I'm going to show you how to fold a T-shirt in less than five seconds.

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But first, I'm going to show you how to fold one in one second.

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Seriously, though?

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First, you're going to need a T-shirt. Boom. Stay.

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Then, what you're going to do is imagine that there is

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a line cutting the T-shirt in half. That'll do.

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Now, you're going to move in 5cm

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in from that line

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and you're going to pinch it with your right hand.

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Then you're going to imagine another line heading up towards

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the neck of the T-shirt. You're going to pinch that with your left hand.

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You're going to bring your left hand underneath your right hand,

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grabbing the hem of the T-shirt.

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Now, this is the tricky bit.

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You're going to unfold your arms and, at the same time, keep pinching.

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It's not that tricky.

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Whoa!

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And then you just fold it neatly.

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Epic.

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Beat that, Mum!

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Yeah, beat that, Mum! Thanks, Max.

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It's nearly over, folks,

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but don't get sad because we've got one last dose of epicosity for you.

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Do you like cooking? Do you like snails? If not, you will now.

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Snails. Ugh. Look at them.

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Yeah, they look disgusting.

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But, man, oh, man, are they tasty!

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Want to know how to cook them?

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Well, here's king of the kitchen, master of meals and top TV chef

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Stefan Gates to show you how to turn a slimy snail

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into a sumptuous snack. Bon appetit.

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Hello, I'm Stefan Gates

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-and I'm going to show you how to make escargot.

-Yum!

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-That's snails, to you and me.

-Oh.

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For this, you will need an adult to help you with the cooking and also...

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Down here.

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..some butter,

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garlic, herbs

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and, of course, snails.

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Some of the snails you find

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slithering around in your own garden can be edible.

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What you need to do is purge them

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first so their insides are nice and clean before you eat them.

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Clean snail. Good idea.

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The way you purge a snail is by feeding it

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on carrots for at least three days before cooking.

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Or you could just buy them... from a shop.

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First thing we got to do is to cook our snails. Now,

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the best thing to do is to put them in the fridge

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to make them go to sleep first.

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What we do is we take our snails and we drop them into boiling water.

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Now, they need to cook in there for about 10 or 15 minutes.

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While that's on the boil, we make our garlicky butter.

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It's dead, dead simple.

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You need some soft butter, some crushed garlic

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and then some herbs, chopped up

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really, really fine.

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Mix them all together - it'll look a bit like that.

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Smells absolutely delicious.

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-DING!

-Oh, snails are ready, Stefan.

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Let's take a look at the snails.

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Now, you need to get one of these little cocktail sticks

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and dig the snail out of the shell.

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Mmm!

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HE LAUGHS

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Now I'm just going to give the snails a rinse so they're not too slimy.

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Yeah, wash the slime off. Good idea, Stefan. Now what?

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Take a snail, put it back into the shell and then

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cover it with a big slab of your garlicky butter.

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Whoa-ha-ha.

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Then take the snail and put it into an ovenproof dish.

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I've put some rock salt here, so that it'll stand those little snails up.

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That's the snails all ready to go.

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They need to go into a hot oven at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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Let's cook these babies.

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When your snails are baked, take them out of the oven and serve.

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And that, my friends, is how to be epic at escargot.

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All hail the snail!

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-Mm-hm!

-Thanks, Stefan.

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Right, that brings us to the end of

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15 minutes of total random epicness.

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You should now be able to try this,

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and this,

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that,

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and that,

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this,

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and this,

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and even that.

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Now, go forth

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and be epic at everything!

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Stephen Graham and A*M*E are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to harmonise, do a football trick, fold a T-shirt in five seconds, joust like a knight, do rhythmic gymnastics, cook snails and make giant smoke rings.