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Katie Morag and the Struay Star

Live-action children's show set in Scotland. Katie Morag tries her best to find a story for the front page of the island newspaper.


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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 sea 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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I love reading stories and I love telling them too.

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When I grow up, I'm going to write books like the Lady Author

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or maybe I'll be a reporter flying all over the world

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and bringing stories back from exciting places.

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Oh, I take it you've finished your homework, then?

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-What are we waiting for?

-Homework.

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That's the one type of writing I'm not so keen on.

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Angus, very good. Sasha, much improved.

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Agnes, excellent as usual.

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Katie Morag, how do you spell tomato?

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T-O-M-A-T-O.

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I'm going to stop you right there, that's perfect.

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No more letters are required. Well done.

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Right, now, next week's homework is a wee bit different.

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Now, who here can tell me the name of the island's newspaper?

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-Sasha.

-The Struay Star.

-The Struay Star.

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A splendid publication indeed.

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Now, the editor, Mr Ferriman, has been in touch

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to ask each of you to send in a story.

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Now, it can be an interview, an investigation,

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anything you like, but he is going to print the best one

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on the front page with the writer's name and photograph

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right next to it.

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So, I want you all to put your thinking caps on,

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sharpen your pencils and go find a story that will knock his socks off.

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BELL RINGS

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What are you doing for next week's homework?

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-Well, first of all I'm going to do my hair.

-Your hair?

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Well, I have to look my best for the photo, don't I?

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That's only if you win.

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Well, I don't know about you, Katie Morag,

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but I'll be very surprised if I don't win.

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A story for the paper, eh?

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It can't just be any story,

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it's got to make Mr Ferriman take his shoes off.

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-You mean knock his socks off?

-HE LAUGHS

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Something like that.

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Well, why don't you ask Mrs Baxter?

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-I'm sure she's got a tale worth telling.

-Oh, please.

-What?

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Mrs Baxter? Seriously?

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She'll tell you what colour of wallpaper

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the nurse is hanging in her bathroom

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and you'll get an update on Mr McMaster's ingrown toenail.

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But if it's anything other than gossip and tittle-tattle

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you're after, I'd steer well clear.

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-Well, I don't think that's very fair.

-You don't?

-No.

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She does her fair share of gossiping, I'll grant you,

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-but you should never judge a book by its cover.

-What does that mean?

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It means there's usually more to people than meets the eye.

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Now, I reckon Grannie Island's the cleverest person

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in the whole entire universe but I didn't think she was right this time.

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I'd never heard Mrs Baxter say anything

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worth putting in a newspaper. Neilly Beag was a much better idea.

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He'd be sure to have something interesting.

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It's your lucky day, Katie Morag.

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I've got something which will not only knock the socks off

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Mr Ferriman, it will rocket them right into orbit.

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Uh-huh, here we are.

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-Take a look at this.

-A carrot?

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But if you look at it from this angle,

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it looks very much like a face.

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In fact, it's the spitting image of Bobby Campbell who runs

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the tropical fish shop up in Trotternish.

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Now, Neilly Beag was famous for his amusingly-shaped vegetables

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and some of them were really good

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but this one just looked like a carrot to me.

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-Do you know Bobby?

-No.

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That explains it all.

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It really does bear an uncanny resemblance.

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'By now I was starting to get worried.

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'What if I didn't get a brilliant story?

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'What if Agnes won and got her picture in the newspaper after all?

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'She'd go on and on about it for ever.'

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-Katie Morag.

-Oh, hello, Mrs Baxter.

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And what might you be up to?

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'I didn't want to tell her but there was no avoiding it.'

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-I'm trying to find a story for the Struay Star.

-Oh, really?

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Oh, budge up.

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-Don't you have a notebook?

-I do.

-Well, you'd better open it up, then.

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I filled five pages with Mrs Baxter's stories.

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She told me about the "holiday" man who had an electric bell on his bike

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and the lady artist's new duvet cover which didn't quite match

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her curtains and Mr McMaster's ingrown toenail,

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which was a terrible burden

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but he refused to see the nurse about it.

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Five whole pages!

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With hundreds of stories and not even one of them a little bit interesting.

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-Not one.

-Och, it's a shame about Mr McMaster's toenail.

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-KATIE SIGHS

-Bothered him for years.

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-Well, I can see that's not the kind of story you wanted.

-Say that again.

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-Well, did you ask her?

-Ask her what?

-If she had another story.

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One that the newspapers might be interested in.

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-She'd have told me if she had.

-Are you sure about that?

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-She tells everyone everything about everything.

-A-ha!

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That's not quite true, you know.

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-Did you notice she never, ever talks about herself?

-How do you mean?

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Well, she never talks about her toenails or her duvets

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and if she had an electric bell on her bike,

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I doubt she'd ever talk about that either.

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Now, I don't know much about newspapers

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but if I was a reporter I would be wondering.

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I would be wondering what's lying under the surface.

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Remember what I told you, Katie Morag.

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Never judge a book by its cover.

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There's more to people than you think.

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I could see what Grannie Island was saying.

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Mrs Baxter never did talk about herself.

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But I couldn't help thinking the reason her book had a boring cover

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was cos it really, really was a boring book.

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The next morning I set off bright and early,

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I only had a week to find a story which would blow Mr Ferriman's

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socks off and I was determined to get one.

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-What I'm doing today, that's a real story.

-Painting a shed?

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This is the end of an era.

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See, this shed has been unpainted since I was a boy.

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And then, just the other day, I said to myself, "Mr McMaster,"

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I said, "the days of having an unpainted shed are over.

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"You can paint it any colour you like."

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They tried to stop me, they said it was crazy but I didn't care.

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I wanted a fresh start so I got three tins of periwinkle blue

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and here we are, right at the moment of truth.

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In fact, you should probably get a photograph for the newspaper.

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Thanks, Mr McMaster. That was...

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really interesting.

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-Did I mention my ingrown toenail?

-I've already got that story, thanks.

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-Picture the scene...

-'And then guess who I met?'

-I'm in the zone.

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'Yup, Mr "holiday" man.'

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Flying round the corner and there's someone ahead of me,

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right in the middle of the road.

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All I have to do is press this little button here...

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BELL BLARES 'By then, I'd more or less given up.

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'Agnes was going to find the best story

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'and get her picture in the paper and that was that.'

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Hi, Mrs Baxter.

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-Oh, Katie Morag.

-What are you reading?

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-It's just a letter from an old friend.

-Anything exciting?

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Not really. Nothing you'd be interested in.

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It was the weirdest thing.

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I mean, normally Mrs Baxter tells you everything about everything

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but it was almost like she didn't want to say anything at all.

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-Well, did you push her?

-That wouldn't be very nice.

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No, I don't mean actually push her.

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Did you tell her you would be interested?

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-Well, if she isn't going to tell you, then I will.

-Tell me what?

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Let's take a wee walk.

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Well, it was back when Mrs Baxter was a girl.

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She was about 17 or 18 and there was a family here on holiday

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by the name of Cruickshank, and the oldest boy Malcolm was

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out on a boat one day when suddenly a wave came up and tipped it over.

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Now, Malcolm was a very good swimmer

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but they reckon he must have hit his head on something

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-because he went under and didn't come back up again.

-Oh, my goodness.

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Well, Mrs Baxter, or Jeannie, as she was known to us then,

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she heard the commotion and before anyone could stop her

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she kicked off her shoes, dived in and swam out.

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Well, she must have dived a dozen times or more

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but never found anything.

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But she never gave up and on her final dive she grabbed hold

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of something, and that something she grabbed hold of was Malcolm.

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-Was he all right?

-Mmm, eventually.

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So she saved his life?

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Oh, and that's not all.

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When Malcolm grew up he had five children of his own.

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So, if it hadn't been for Jeannie, none of them would be here either.

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Whoa.

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-Whoa indeed.

-So that letter she was reading...

-That was from Malcolm.

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Oh, he still sends her letters from time to time and in that one he

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was writing to tell her he'd had his first grandchild, a wee baby girl.

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So if it wasn't for Mrs Baxter, she wouldn't have been there either.

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-No.

-She's sort of like a hero.

-She's a genuine 100% hero.

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-Why didn't she tell me?

-Because it was about herself.

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And she doesn't like speaking about herself.

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Doesn't think folk would be interested. What do you think?

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-Is it a good story?

-A brilliant story.

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And I know a way to make it even better.

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'It took ages to organise and a lot of help but I reckon my plan was

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'absolute genius and, so far, it was going like clockwork.'

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She's coming!

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PHONE BEEPS

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Yup, Katie Morag says she's on her way up.

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-Good morning, Mrs Baxter.

-Good morning.

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-What can I do for you today?

-Could you just post that for me?

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-Thank you.

-Oh, I hear Mrs Bayview's feeling poorly.

-Oh, really?

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-I'll pop in later and see her.

-You're not in a rush, are you?

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I'm afraid so, I have a million things to do today.

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-Interesting story in the paper.

-Really? What's that?

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A peat thief near Ballantrushal they're warning people to be careful.

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-Good advice.

-Kilmory did well in the shinty cup.

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That's great news! Isn't that great news, Mrs Baxter?

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-Well, for folk that live in Kilmory, anyway.

-I suppose.

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-Well, best not hold you back. Have a lovely day.

-Right.

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-Jeannie?

-Malcolm.

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What on earth are you doing here?

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There's someone I want you to meet.

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-Oh, my word. Is this her?

-Sure is.

-Oh, she's beautiful.

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-Have you got a name yet?

-Jeannie.

-No. For the baby?

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Jeannie, we named her after you.

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Me?

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Oh, I...

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I don't know what to say.

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Oh. Yes, you're beautiful.

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So I got my story in the front page of the paper after all

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but that didn't seem so important in the end.

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The really important thing was what I learned about Mrs Baxter.

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She was gossipy and a busybody, but she was shy and kind too.

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She was a 100% genuine hero.

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Grannie Island was right after all.

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But then, she usually is.

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The editor of the island newspaper asks the school children to find a story good enough to go on the front page of the next edition. Katie Morag tries her best to find an interesting story, but it's not easy!


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