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Katie Morag and the Worst Day Ever

Live-action children's show set in Scotland. Katie Morag's parents rent their home from Mr Cavendish, who has decided he wants to move to Struay.


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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the sea to Struay

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# Katie Morag

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# Run away across the ocean

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# Katie Morag

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# Over the seat to Struay. #

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'My name is Katie Morag McColl and I live on the island of Struay.

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'I suppose it's quite wee, but it's ginormous to me,

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'and everyone looks out for me

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'when I'm out and about having my adventures.'

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# Katie Morag. #

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Whenever I ask Grannie Island why she doesn't have a television,

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she says it's cos she has a window.

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I don't see why she can't have both, but I know what she means.

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I love looking out my window.

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Some things look different every day.

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Like the colour of the sea and the clouds in the sky.

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Other things stay the same, like the hills across the bay

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and Grannie Island's croft, which always looks so warm and cosy.

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And even Mrs Baxter, who comes down every morning

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to see who's on the ferry and catch up with the gossip.

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I reckon I must be the luckiest girl in the whole world.

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There isn't a single thing about living here on Struay

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that I'd ever want to change.

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-Look what I did.

-Oh, that's lovely, sweetheart!

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Och, the wee soul.

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It'll be something to remember us by when you're over in Glasgow.

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We're going to Glasgow?

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Oh, I'm so sorry.

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Was it meant to be a surprise? Och, never mind.

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How long will we be staying for?

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Cos I need to be back for Agnes' party.

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Er...

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I'll just leave you to it.

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(Sorry.)

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Come away through, Katie Morag.

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We'll have some breakfast and then we'll have a talk.

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Pancakes! And it isn't even my birthday.

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So, when are we going on holiday?

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Well, it's not exactly a holiday.

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-What is it, then?

-You know how we pay rent for the house every month?

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Yeah, to that guy, Mr Oven Dish.

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Cavendish, that's right. Cos he's the one who owns it.

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Well, Mr Cavendish wants the house back. He needs it for himself.

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So, where are we going to live?

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Well, we're not sure yet.

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Well, Grannie Island has a bigger space.

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But Granma Mainland has a big TV.

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Oh! It's not just that. It's finding a job.

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We won't have the shop and post office, either.

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What are we going to do?

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We've decided to move to Glasgow.

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So, we won't be living on Struay any more?

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We'll come on holiday, visit the grannies.

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Katie Morag! Katie Morag!

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Let her go. She just needs a wee bit of time.

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We all do.

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Shh.

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-It'll be all right, sweetheart.

-I don't want to go away.

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Och, I know, a thasgaidh. I know.

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You'll come with us, won't you?

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-Well, I...

-You've got to.

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There'll be no room for me.

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You can sleep on my bed. I'll sleep on the couch.

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Who'd look after Alecina when I wasn't here?

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Who'd look after the lamb?

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But we'll talk every day, though.

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I'll get one of yon Skypie things like Granma Mainland has.

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You don't know how to use it.

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Well, I'll learn. It can't be all that difficult.

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Oh, no, Grannie. There must be something we can do.

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Och, I don't think so, sweetheart.

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I really don't think so.

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I'd never been so sad in my whole entire life.

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MUM SINGS IN GAELIC

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The flat in Glasgow is yours as long as you want it.

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-We couldn't possibly...

-Don't be silly! I'm just sorry it's so small.

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FOOTSTEPS ON STAIRS

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Oh...

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She's asleep.

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Why now? He's had this place for ages

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and he's never shown the slightest interest.

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Not like his father, eh?

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The old man had his faults, but that wasn't one of them.

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It isn't Cavendish, so much as his wife.

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-Fallen in love with the place.

-She's never even been here.

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She's seen photographs. Something about the light.

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So, they don't have light in Edinburgh?

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She's apparently very creative. Reckons the place will inspire her.

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Well, I'm sure it will. For a while, anyway.

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Then winter will set in. I wonder how inspired she'll feel then.

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And what about him?

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-Has he not got a job to go to?

-It's all computers nowadays.

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-Can do it from the top of Mount Everest.

-His mind's made up.

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The lease runs out in six weeks.

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He won't be renewing it. Not without a miracle.

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Staring at the ceiling, eh?

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I've done a fair bit of that myself the past wee while.

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-I was thinking.

-What about?

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Neilly Beag's hat.

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What about it?

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He had the same one for years and years.

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It was full of holes and Granma Mainland really hated it.

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But he really liked it.

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And nobody thought he would ever get a new one.

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And he did.

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And I was wondering why he changed his mind.

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-I think Granma asked him to.

-She just asked?

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She probably asked really nicely

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and explained why it was important to her.

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But, yeah, she just asked.

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Any particular reason you're thinking about Neilly Beag's hat?

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I think about lots of stuff.

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Night-night, darling.

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Night, Dad.

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All she did was ask nicely

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and explain why it was important to her.

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Maybe miracles weren't so difficult, after all.

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Next morning, I woke up bright and early and got straight to work.

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"Dear Mr and Mrs Cavendish.

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"My name is Katie Morag McColl and I live in the post office on Struay.

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"I'm writing a letter to explain why living here is so important to me.

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"I've lived on Struay my whole entire life.

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"And though I like visiting other places,

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"I wouldn't want to stay there and never come home.

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"One of my favourite things here

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"is collecting firewood on the beach with my grannie.

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"She tells me all about the funny wee sea creatures,

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"like starfish and barnacles.

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"The one thing we don't do much of is collect firewood.

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"But she never seems to mind.

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"It's not just Grannie Island.

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"Everyone on Struay is friendly. We're like a big, happy family.

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"When my sister Flora was born, everyone came by to see her

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"and they all said how beautiful she looked.

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"Which was really nice of them,

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"cos she actually looked a wee bit odd,

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"though I think that's the same with all newborn babies.

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"Every day's special here on Struay, but Friday's my absolute favourite.

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"That's when the most folk do their baking

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"and I can smell the yummy things they've made from my window.

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"I'd need to write a hundred letters

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"to tell you all about the wonderful things here on Struay.

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"Like Neilly Beag and his wee boat, which he sometimes lets me row.

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"Though never when it's actually in the water.

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"And Granma Mainland, who had a secret kiss with Neilly Beag

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"then married him out on the beach,

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"even though they're both about a hundred!

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"Afterwards, we had a ceilidh in the hall

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"and people said it was the best party they'd ever been to.

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"I think the city's very nice and I like going there on holiday.

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"But there aren't any beaches or rock pools.

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"And I wouldn't get to row Neilly Beag's boat.

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"So, please, please don't make us leave.

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"It would be very ever so kind of you,

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"and you would be my very best friends for ever."

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I was really pleased with my letter and I was sure it was going to work.

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All I had to do now was wait.

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And I hate waiting.

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Anything for me?

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Er...

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-Have you taken up weightlifting?

-No.

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Did you order a carton of McAllister's Sheep Shampoo?

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-No.

-'Fraid not, then.

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-DOOR OPENS

-Morning.

-Good morning, Mrs Baxter.

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-Have you heard the news?

-What news?

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-The Cavendishes are coming tomorrow.

-What for?

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Well, someone wrote a letter telling them how wonderful it is here.

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Got Mrs Cavendish even more excited.

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She wants things ready,

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so they can move in the minute you flit to Glasgow.

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Someone wrote a letter to her? Oh, whoever would do a thi...?

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It's all my fault.

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It most certainly is not.

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I thought I could make a miracle.

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Ah, well, you see, miracles aren't all that easy.

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That's why they're called miracles, instead of...

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well, instead of something else.

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At least you tried. That's what matters.

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What's that thing Grannie Island always says?

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Babies are more trouble than billy goats.

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The other thing.

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It's not how often you fall that matters,

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but how often you pick yourself up.

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So, you just keep picking yourself up, Katie Morag,

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no matter how often you fall.

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Because that's what matters.

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And because that's the kind of girl you are.

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I'd best go in and finish off the mail.

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You come in when you're ready.

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It wasn't how often I fell that mattered.

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It was how often I picked myself up.

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I suppose she meant I should keep on trying.

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I should think of another brilliant idea.

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But for the first time ever,

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I began to think my brilliant ideas might be all used up.

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SHIP'S HORN BLARES

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Mr and Mrs Cavendish will be here any minute.

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-You should at least say hello.

-Don't want to.

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MUM SIGHS

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To be perfectly honest, neither do I.

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That's why your dad's gone.

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But just because we don't like what they're doing

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doesn't mean we can rude.

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SHIP'S HORN BLARES

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Right, that's them.

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Come on, Katie Morag.

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Dad really loved this place.

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Well, no wonder. It's even more adorable than I imagined.

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And that sweet old couple on the ferry.

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-Were they speaking Gaelic?

-They were, indeed.

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Oh! I have to learn it. Do you think I should learn it?

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-It isn't easy.

-I need to understand the poetry of this place.

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-How can I if I don't speak the language?

-Hello.

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-Hello.

-Hi.

-Welcome to Struay.

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-BOTH: Thank you.

-I hope you're hungry.

-Um...

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OK.

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Oh...

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-(Hi.)

-I wasn't sure how you like your scones.

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So, I made both types, just in case.

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-You were expecting us?

-Aye.

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-But we didn't...

-Small place. News travels fast.

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Part of the charm.

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And speaking of charm,

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will you look at the light coming in through that window.

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Oh, it's got so much potential.

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I think we should knock that wall down, open up the space.

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Maybe I could hang my Italian watercolours along the back.

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Right, lovely. Er...

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It's going to be a gallery.

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My stuff, mostly, but we'll invite a few guest artists.

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But what about the post office?

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Everybody uses e-mail these days.

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And, anyway, the island needs a gallery.

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-It needs a shop.

-I'm sure we'll sell little souvenirs and knick-knacks.

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You can buy all your little essentials online. That's what I do.

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-Where's little Katie?

-Katie Morag.

-I can't wait to meet her.

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I've got this image in my head of this darling little girl

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scampering barefoot over the hills.

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-She'd be in her wellies.

-Wellies? How perfect.

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-There she is there.

-Oh, Katie.

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Oh, you're just how I pictured you.

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-Um, pleased to meet you.

-And we're so pleased to meet you.

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Here, I...

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-No.

-What?

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Well, Terry and Peter have a lot of chatting to do

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and I was going to hire somebody to show me round the island.

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But if Katie's available...

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then perhaps you could take me.

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-What?!

-Katie Morag!

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Sorry. I mean, I can't. I have to tidy my room.

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-It's an absolute midden.

-Oh, that's a pity.

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Couldn't Mummy let you off just this once?

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-I suppose I...

-DOOR OPENS

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So...

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What's going on here?

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Mrs Cavendish wants me to show her round the island.

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Oh, dear.

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Well, that's a pity. I was actually hoping to borrow you myself.

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I'm needing help with something very important.

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Oh, well...

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There wasn't really something important, was there?

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So, she wanted you to show her round the island?

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Why would I want to help her?

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Och, she's probably that used to all this fussing round her.

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Still, that's no excuse for forgetting our manners.

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I know, but...I wish I hadn't sent her that letter.

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If I hadn't said how nice it was then maybe she wouldn't have...

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What is it?

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-I thought I'd lost my knack for having good ideas.

-And?

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-I think I've got the knack back.

-Oh, right!

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Right.

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Are you sure about this?

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If Mrs Cavendish is going to live here,

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she ought to know all the best parts.

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And I reckon I know the best parts better than anyone.

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Now, let me just grab something warmer.

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Uh...

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Where do you want to go first?

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Oh, well, I'm entirely in your hands.

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What about the Seabird Cliffs, then?

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Seabird cliffs, it is, then.

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I might just pop back and get my jacket, though.

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It's a wee bit chilly.

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Chilly? I'm boiling. Can't remember the last time it was so warm.

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So, uh...

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You'll be needing the full six weeks, then, will you?

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-How do you mean?

-Well, Miriam's keen to move in as quickly as possible.

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Oh, I, er...

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Oh. You know, forget it.

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I'm sorry I asked.

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About the shop... Is there really no way you could keep it going?

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Maybe just a wee space in the corner of the gallery?

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Miriam's got a lot of paintings.

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Paintings! Oh, I love paintings. What are you talking about?

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Struay's going to have its very own art gallery.

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Oh, that's wonderful. And this art gallery's going to be...?

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Right here.

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Oh, how convenient!

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Then I'll be able to enjoy the paintings

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-while I'm doing my shopping.

-No, uh...

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The shop will be closing.

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And the post office.

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Then we'll have no shop.

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Or post office.

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Well, I suppose that's the price we pay for art.

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Uh...

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Do you think there might be a chance

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that you haven't thought this through enough?

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I have.

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Myself and Mrs Cavendish.

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We've made our minds up.

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-Is there far to go?

-A wee bit.

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-Do you fancy a breather?

-Oh, yes!

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-There. Next to the pretty wee loch.

-Oh.

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-Beautiful, isn't it?

-Mm, I suppose.

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-Oh!

-What's wrong?

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Oh, it's the blasted midges.

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Och, they're just being friendly.

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Don't they bother you?

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Gets a wee bit lonely here on Struay.

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They keep me company.

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Oh... Ohh!

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Oh, no!

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Ah! Uh!

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Uhh! I've rested enough, thank you.

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-Sure?

-I'm sure.

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Uh... Right.

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Look!

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-Oh! Gooseberries.

-That's right.

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Now, some berries are poisonous, so you've got to be really careful.

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My grannie's an expert. She taught me the safe ones.

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Aren't they sour?

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Hmm.

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Well, some folk add sugar, but we're always running out.

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-You can't just nip to the supermarket to get more.

-I suppose.

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Anyway, they're delicious as they are. Try one.

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OK.

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OK...

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Eurgh! No!

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-They take a bit of getting used to.

-Mm-hm.

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Eurgh.

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GULLS CRY

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-Here we are - the Seabird Cliffs.

-Oh! Well, this is lovely.

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If you clap your hands, they all fly round.

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It's quite a sight.

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Oh, all right, then.

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Ah!

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Uh! Uh! Uhh!

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Sorry! Forgot to tell you about that.

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Eurgh.

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-Are you sure this is a short cut?

-I always come this way.

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Oh!

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Oh! Stuck!

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-Help me.

-Are you OK?

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SPLASHING

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-TEARFULLY:

-Of course I'm not all right.

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My shoe. I've lost my shoe. I've lost my shoe.

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They cost me £300.

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At least you've still got the other one.

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Just wait till I tell your mother.

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You don't think I know what you're doing?

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I know what you're up to. It's not going to work.

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I am moving here

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and there's nothing that you or anybody else can do to stop me.

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I didn't mean her to lose her shoe, or to get so muddy.

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I was beginning to wonder if this had all been another bad idea.

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-DOOR OPENS

-That's them now.

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-Mrs McColl, I'm afraid to say...

-I know all about it.

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Oh! Taking our guest to the Seabird Cliffs

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and...and playing that awful trick on her.

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Oh, I've never been so embarrassed in my entire life.

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And it will cost a pretty penny to have her blouse cleaned.

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It'll be coming out of your pocket money.

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But how on Earth could you know? It's only just happened.

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Mrs Bayview passes that way on her morning constitutional.

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She saw the whole thing.

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There you are!

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What are you doing?

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Don't worry. I used to be a nurse.

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-Oh, dear. I think you must be allergic.

-Oh.

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Ohh! Blessed midges.

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The Lady Artist was up there painting today.

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She said that the wee blighters were even fiercer than usual.

0:24:510:24:55

There we are. Good as new.

0:24:550:24:57

-But how...?

-Mr McMaster came by with it half an hour ago.

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The bog's at the back of his farm.

0:25:010:25:04

-Darling!

-Right.

-What happened? Are you all right?

0:25:040:25:07

No, I'm not all right. I'm anything but all right.

0:25:070:25:12

And would you please stop touching me?!

0:25:120:25:14

Terry...

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We're leaving.

0:25:180:25:20

-But...

-Now, Terry.

0:25:200:25:21

-The ferry's not due for two hours.

-I am never coming back here.

0:25:370:25:41

-Wild horses couldn't drag me back.

-What about the bags?

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We'll buy new bags.

0:25:450:25:46

She said what?!

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We were spying on her.

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Och, rubbish!

0:25:540:25:55

Said we sneak around, poking our noses

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into other people's business and then gossip about it.

0:25:580:26:02

-Unbelievable.

-Did she say anything else?

0:26:020:26:06

Well, that's when she noticed me.

0:26:060:26:08

But there was one more thing.

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She said it was like living in a goldfish bowl

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and she wouldn't move here if it was the last place on Earth.

0:26:150:26:20

-What?

-That's right.

0:26:200:26:23

And do you know, I think she wanted me to hear that last bit.

0:26:230:26:28

-Does that mean we're staying?

-That's exactly what it means.

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Yay!

0:26:360:26:38

Katie Morag!

0:26:380:26:40

Other people's business? Hm!

0:26:400:26:43

Has she never heard of being a good neighbour?

0:26:430:26:46

We're staying.

0:26:460:26:48

We're staying!

0:26:480:26:50

We don't have to leave.

0:26:520:26:54

Mrs Cavendish says she doesn't like us!

0:26:540:26:57

We're staying! We're staying!

0:26:570:27:00

We're staying!

0:27:020:27:04

Alecina, we're staying!

0:27:060:27:08

SHEEP BLEAT

0:27:080:27:09

Guess what, little ducklings. We're staying!

0:27:090:27:13

We're staying!

0:27:180:27:19

DOOR OPENS

0:27:210:27:22

-Have you heard?

-Heard what?

0:27:220:27:25

How horrible we are?

0:27:250:27:27

-How horrible who is?

-Everyone on Struay.

0:27:270:27:30

We're nosy, we gossip and we don't know how to mind our own business.

0:27:300:27:34

-Says who?

-Mrs Cavendish.

0:27:340:27:36

-If that's how she feels, why is she moving here?

-Moving here?

0:27:360:27:40

She wouldn't move here if it was the last place on earth.

0:27:400:27:44

You mean...?

0:27:440:27:45

Oh, Katie Morag!

0:27:470:27:50

Oh!

0:27:510:27:53

Hooray!

0:27:540:27:56

Yes!

0:27:560:27:58

I've had some really peculiar days,

0:28:050:28:08

but I reckon this one was the most peculiarist.

0:28:080:28:11

At the start, I was so miserable.

0:28:160:28:18

And by the end, I'd never been happier.

0:28:180:28:21

And then I got to thinking how strange people are.

0:28:250:28:28

I'd shown Mrs Cavendish all the worst things about the island,

0:28:280:28:32

but she still wanted to move here.

0:28:320:28:34

Then she saw the best things - how people look out for each other

0:28:340:28:38

and always try to help, no matter who they are.

0:28:380:28:41

I suppose it's like Grannie Island says.

0:28:410:28:44

It takes all types to make the world.

0:28:440:28:46

I'm just glad Mrs Cavendish is the type who doesn't like Struay

0:28:460:28:50

and I'm the type that absolutely loves it.

0:28:500:28:53

Katie Morag's parents rent their home and the shop and post office from a Mr Cavendish who lives on the mainland. One day Katie Morag's world is turned upside down when she discovers that Mr Cavendish and his new wife want to move to Struay.


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