Bowling and Cakes How to Be Epic @ Everything


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Bowling and Cakes

Experts demonstrate how to bowl a strike every time and bake a cake that looks just like a dragon. You'll also find out how to spin a card on your finger.


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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,

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hot shots and all-round dudes with the lowdown on how you can do

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what they can do.

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In just 15 minutes, you will know how to bowl a strike every time,

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be cool with cards, customise a T-shirt, tie a nifty knot,

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make an epic cake and this kid shows you how to become an astronaut.

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But first, tray tables away and get ready for take-off on Epic Airways.

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Our destination is epic skipping skills.

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Want to take your jump rope routines to the next level?

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Well, you're about to find out how to do just that.

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Hi, I'm Rachael, and I'm going to show you

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how to do an epic skipping trick called the leg wrap.

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That's epic! But it looks tricky.

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-So how is it done?

-Start off in a hold position with your rope

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-like this.

-I'm ready!

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Jump over the rope with your right leg sticking out

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and your right arm underneath your leg like this.

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Uh-huh. Simple so far.

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Hold this position and jump again

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and the rope will wrap around your leg.

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Ah, leg wrap!

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Now bring your right leg across your body to unwrap the rope,

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swinging your left arm into a cross position,

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switching your legs over at the same time

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for the rope to come over your head and out again like this.

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That's blown my mind.

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I need to see it again.

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OK - wrap,

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unwrap,

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swing to the front.

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Ah, I'm starting to get the hang of it.

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It's easy when you know how.

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And that's how you do the leg wrap.

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That was epic. Thanks, Rachael.

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Once you've untangled yourself from your skipping rope,

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go dig out a deck of cards because it's time to learn a slick spin.

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Hi, I'm Magical Bones and I'm going to teach you

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how to impress all your mates with a really cool card skill.

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Whoo! Silky smooth, Mr Bones.

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So here's what happens.

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The card is going to be placed in between your middle finger and thumb

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and, using your right forefinger,

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you're going to spin the card and try and to keep it balanced

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on your middle finger.

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Now, this is going to take a little bit of practice,

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so here's a quick tip.

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If you lick your finger and place it on the card, when you spin it,

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it helps it stick a little bit better.

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Hmm, sticky spitty.

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And that's how to impress your mates with an epic card skill.

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Thanks, MB.

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So you're slick at spinning cards, but are you as brilliant at bowling?

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If not, that's about to change.

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Hi, I'm Hayley, and I'm going to show you

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how to bowl a strike every time.

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Strike! How's it done, Hayley?

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First, you need to pick the perfect bowling ball for you.

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I'll need the lightest you've got.

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Pick up a ball with both hands and feel if the weight is comfortable.

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The higher the number, the heavier the ball.

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I probs need about a four.

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You should be able to hold the ball down by the side of you

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and swing it with ease.

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Got my watermelon ball. How do we bowl?

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Here's an important tip for you -

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do NOT aim at the pins.

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Excuse me?

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The pins are 18 metres down the lane,

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so it's hard to accurately aim at.

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There are seven arrows four metres down the lane.

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Aim to bowl the ball

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between the second and the third arrow from the edge.

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OK, don't aim at the pins,

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aim at the second and third arrows from the edge, got it.

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Where do we throw the ball from?

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It's good to start with a four-step approach.

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Stand in front of the foul line with the pins behind you

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and take four slightly-larger-than-normal steps,

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and add a half step in for a slide.

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And I want to slide, Hayley.

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If you bowl with your right hand, start on your right foot.

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Push your weight on the first step,

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swing the ball back and release on the fourth step.

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Strike again!

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So I push away on the first step,

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swing the ball back and release on the fourth step.

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And that's how to be epic at bowling.

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She surely can't get another strike.

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Uh-oh.

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Yes, she can! Thanks, Hayley.

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You've BOWLED me over.

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Eh? No?

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The Epic Express is nearly halfway there,

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but there's still a lot left to come.

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You'll learn how to make that,

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bake that

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and tie that.

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Before all that, fancy nipping to the International Space Station?

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

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Being an astronaut is about as epic of a job as you can possibly have,

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but only a few hundred people have ever gone to space.

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So how do you get to go into the great unknown

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and visit the International Space Station?

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Well, we've got the factalicious Joe Tracini to tell you how to go from

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being an earthbound bore to interstellar superstar.

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First things first, before you even think

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about training to become an astronaut,

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you need to pass school, college and university,

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preferably taking engineering, science and medicine as subjects.

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Tick, tick and tick.

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Ha-hey!

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-Oof!

-HE GROANS

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Then, if you're lucky enough,

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you get enrolled in the space programme.

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It can take up to two years of intense training

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until you're a qualified astronaut.

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It's here where you'll meet your competition.

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Eyes on the prize, everyone.

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You'll need to take survival classes,

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science lessons and also learn languages.

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International Space Station astronauts

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are required to speak English and Russian.

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Hmm.

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Argh!

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You'll also need to train for the physical demands

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of being on the space station.

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Living in microgravity is not easy, so to train astronauts,

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they have to take a flight on what's called the Vomit Comet.

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Maybe you should skip lunch before that.

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The next thing you have to train for is spacewalking.

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Astronauts can spend up to six hours submerged in water,

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wearing a bulky suit to help simulate a spacewalk.

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Ah-ah-achoo!

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HE WHIMPERS

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Not all astronauts get to go up to space,

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but, if and when the big day does come,

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you'll have to get to Kazakhstan,

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cos that's where you'll be taking off from.

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I love Kazakhstan!

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To get to the International Space Station,

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you have to reach speeds of up to 17,500 mph.

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ARGH!

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That's 116 times faster than the fastest roller-coaster in the world.

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Mm, fact!

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On the station, it gets really interesting

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when you go to the toilet, because you actually have to strap yourself

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onto the toilet and the waste gets sucked out like a vacuum cleaner.

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OK. Best be careful, then.

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And that's how you get into space.

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See you later, Joe.

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Right, we're heading back down to Earth,

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and have you still got that skipping rope knocking about?

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Good, because we're about to show you how to tie a knot in it.

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Hi, I'm Alexandra and I'm going to show you how to tie an epic knot.

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-No, you're KNOT!

-Yes, I am.

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It's called the bowline.

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Cool, so how do you tie it?

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There's a rhyme which will help you to remember how to tie this knot.

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There is a bunny, comes out of the hole,

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goes around the tree and goes back into the hole.

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It's as easy as that.

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The rabbit does what now?

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Let me break it down for you.

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The end of the rope is the bunny.

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Make a small loop and that's the hole.

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The bunny goes up through the hole...

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..then goes around the tree -

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and that's the tree...

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..and then goes back down into the hole.

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Oh, that's not rocket science at all.

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Give the bunny a hard pull to tighten the knot.

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Let's see that again. Call the end of your rope a bunny.

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Make a loop and pass the end through it.

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Next, bring the short end around the back of the long end

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and pass it back down and through loop again.

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Voila, you've got a bowline.

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You can loosen it really easily and untie it when you're done.

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Ah, just give the knot a pull and it's untied.

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-Nice.

-And that's how you tie an epic knot.

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Thank you, Alexandra.

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Next, could your wardrobe be just that bit more epic?

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Well, you're about to find out how to customise your clothes.

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Hi, I'm Jamie Jo, and I'm going to teach you a life skill

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that turns your plain old T-shirt

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into an epically cool T-shirt.

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Hey, how do I do that?

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To customise your T-shirt, you're going to need a plain T-shirt,

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some coloured or patterned fabric, a needle and thread or fabric glue,

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plain paper, a marker pen and a pair of scissors.

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Got my T-shirt ready. Let's do this.

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We're going to fold out our fabric onto our table,

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then we're going to cut a 5cm strip down the long side of the fabric.

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You're going to need two of these strips.

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Got my strips. What's next?

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Using our sheet of paper,

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we're going to cut a pocket shape out

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and place that over our fabric to cut around.

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Nice tip, Jamie Jo.

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We're going to take our patterned pocket,

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place it on top of the light blue,

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leaving a little bit poking out at the top and then cut it out.

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More cutting? When can I get sewing?

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Once your fabric is all cut out,

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we're going to lay out our T-shirt and get sewing.

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Yes!

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Taking a strip of our fabric, we're going to fold this in half

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and line it up with the edge of one of our sleeves.

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Tie a knot on the end of your thread and start sewing

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from the inside of the sleeve so the knot doesn't show through.

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If your sewing skills aren't great, get an adult to help.

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When you've gone all the way around,

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we're going to cut off the excess fabric and sew the ends together.

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This can be fiddly, so be careful with that needle.

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And tie off the end of your thread like this.

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That's all tied up.

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And we're going to do exactly the same thing to the other sleeve.

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Looking good, Jamie.

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What about the pocket?

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You're going to sew on your pocket

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and you can place this on the left or the right side.

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I'm placing mine on my left because that's where my heart is.

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Eww.

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Place the patterned fabric on top and sew them on together.

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Careful not to sew the front and the back of the shirt together.

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So, basically, I've taken my nan's old curtains and an old T-shirt

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and I've got a new wardrobe. Epic!

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And that's how to customise a T-shirt.

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Thank you, Jamie Jo.

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We've nearly finished our seven-course feast of epicness,

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but there's still time for dessert.

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And it's a seriously epic cake.

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What's more epic than a dragon?

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A dragon cake!

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That's right, that there dragon is a real live cake.

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Hi, I'm Molly, and I'm going to show you how to make an epic dragon cake.

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Got my two sponge cakes ready.

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What's next?

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First, I'm going to carve out the body and the neck of the dragon

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using a cake knife.

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You might need an adult's help for this bit.

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So I've made a rough sort of triangular shape for the neck

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and this big hump here is going to be the back

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and then it's going to go down into the tail.

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I'm just taking all the straight edges off,

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just to make sure your dragon is nice and round.

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Mmm, cake bits!

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I'll eat them later.

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Now it's time to cover the entire cake in buttercream.

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Now you're talking! Smooth it on, Molly.

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This step is called a crumb coat and this gets your cake nice and smooth

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and ready for the icing to go on top.

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I'm going to use 5kg of sugar paste.

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You want it to be the same length as your cake.

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Start from the back and just lay it all the way.

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Next, we're going to use the excess sugar paste that we've cut off

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round the edge and make a tail.

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You want it to be really thick at one end

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and nice and thin at the other - a bit like a carrot, really.

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Take some edible glue or you can use water, stick your tail onto there.

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Tail done,

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now it's time to mould the sugar paste head.

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And then the legs.

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I'm going to use this shaping tool now

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to get the finer detail, but you can use anything like a cocktail stick

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or even a chopstick.

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Er, what about my hockey stick?

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So, for the final bit of moulding,

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I'm going to put the spines down his back.

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I'm going to put a little bit more detail now on the head.

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And I've got some red sugar paste.

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Taking shape nicely.

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The next step, I'm going to grab some different-sized drinking straws

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and that's just going to give a scaly pattern.

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To paint my dragon, I have an airbrush machine

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with special food colouring for cake decorating,

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but you can use a brush as well to do this.

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Layer up your yellow, orange, red, some shading and then some stones.

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Looking good.

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No dragon would be complete without breathing fire.

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I'm going to do that with some red, orange and yellow sugar paste.

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That looks epic!

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And that's how to make an epic dragon cake.

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You're on fire, Molly.

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Can I have a slice, please?

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Right, that brings us to the end of 15 minutes

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of total random epicness.

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You should now be able to do this...

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..that...

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..and that...

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..this...

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..this...

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..and even that.

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Now go forth and be epic at everything!

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This show will teach you how to bowl a strike every time and bake a cake that looks just like a dragon. You'll also find out how to spin a card on your finger, do a leg-wrap skip, get into space, tie a knot and customize a T-shirt.