Writing Me Too!


Writing

Drama series about parents, their children and their children's minder Granny Murray. Mickey John gets his class to write stories, but later he can't read them.


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# Come on and get on down to the city

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# Where the trains all clatter through

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# Hey! Look at that driver driving

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-# I want to ride that train of blue

-Me too

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# I'm looking way up high to the windows

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# Take a peek for an inside view

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# All those people busy working

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# I want to see what they all do

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# Come on, let's weave around the market

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# Do you hear the hullabaloo?

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# Everybody's busy selling

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-# I wanna buy me something new

-Me too

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# Look through the arches under the station

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# Down where the pigeons perch and coo

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# Take a taxi ride to the river

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# I wanna drive down the avenue

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# Hey, look at those buses gleaming

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# They look so clean and spanking new

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# All lined up to drive around the city

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-# Let me ting that bell

-Ding, ding!

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# Going to ride on round to the school stop

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# Where the children hurry through

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# Sit down, the teacher's teaching

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-# I'd love to learn a thing or two

-Me too

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea. #

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Seven o'clock.

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# Come on and get on down to the city

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-# Where the ferryboat sails are blue

-Sails are blue

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# Time to call on Granny Murray

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# She'd love to say hello to you...

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# Me too! #

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Hello, honey pie, come away in and see who's at home today.

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# Granny Murray's house has two at home to play

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# Granny Murray's is home to... #

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Who's here today?

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Well, we've got Ellie and we've got Sean.

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Don't just sit there, my wee cherubs -

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come on, let's get going! What's there, Ellie?

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Oh, beautiful CDs.

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Swan Lake. Do you like ballet?

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Oh, this is beautiful, it's by Tchaikovsky.

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Now, wait tilL you hear this.

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That's us.

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MUSIC PLAYS Oh, is that not beautiful!

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It makes you want to dance. Oh, lovely, Ellie!

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Oh, that is beautiful, and tippy-toes!

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Well, we've got Sean, and we've got Ellie...

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..but someone's missing from home today.

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Oh! Not any more.

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Whose legs are those coming down the steps?

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Och, it's Mickey John with Rebecca. Hello there!

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Oh, that's beautiful.

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Hello, Mickey John!

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Here we come.

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-Ow!

-Mickey John!

-Sorry about that. What's going on here?

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Oh, we're being graceful ballet dancers. Graceful as swans.

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But now we'll do something new.

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Why don't we dress Claude up as a floaty swan?

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And we can float over to our chairs, Mickey John, floaty, floaty, floaty!

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Floaty, floaty, floaty, la...

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..Oh, oh, my goodness, you're a wee bit clumsy today, poppet.

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-Aye, I was just trying to listen to the music.

-Ahh.

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Oh, the music!

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MUSIC STOPS Is that better?

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Oh, it's lovely music, it's just...

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-..What music is it?

-It's Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.

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-Oh, I must just write that down so I remember it.

-Oh, yes.

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There we are.

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-Aww!

-Oh, give it here!

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Swan...Lake...

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..by...Tchaikovsky. There we are.

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That's gorgeous handwriting,

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I wish I could write like you, Granny Murray.

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I learned from Mr Lobat in accounts at Nicholson's department store.

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His writing was a work of art.

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He taught me, "Less haste, more grace."

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-Hmm, yeah, I wish I was graceful, but I'm not...

-Oh, my!

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Well, you can learn.

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And talking about grace, look at Claude!

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Oh, Claude, my friend Louisa would like to have a ballet dance with you!

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-Daddy!

-What's this?

-There you are.

-Thank you.

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Oh, a beautiful paper butterfly.

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Ha, I'll see you later, my little cygnet, bye-bye!

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Come on, you!

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Now, remember, "less haste, more grace."

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Thank you, I'll see you later.

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-Bye-bye, my darling, I'll be thinking of you.

-Me too!

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..Will you keep a wee eye on Mickey John?

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Make sure he goes the right way to work!

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Oh! I don't have much time, how can I speed across the river to work?

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-TOOT-TOOT!

-That's right, thanks!

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# I'm in, in, in, in, in a hurry

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# I nee, nee, nee, need to speed to work

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# I'll take a ticket, ticket on a speedboat

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# I'll be, be, be, be, be, be there quite quick.

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# Hurry, hurry, hurry down the river

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# Splashing, splashing, splashing through the waves

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# Whining, whining, whining drives the speed up

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# Chugga, chugga, chugga slows us down

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# Rocking, rocking, rocking to the dock

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# Now splashing, splashing to our stop

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# I'm in, in, in, in, in a hurry

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# I nee, nee, nee, need to speed to work

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# I'm in, in, in, in, in a hurry

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# I nee, nee, nee, need to speed to work! #

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Hurry, hurry, hurry!

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And hurry, hurry, hurry, put my tie on!

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All dressed and ready to go.

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Oh! I mustn't forget about Rebecca's butterfly. Now, where did I put it?

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Oh, yes, it's in my bag in the filing cabinet.

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Yep, there, we are. Carefully does it!

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Ah, hmm, all in one piece.

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Would you like to spread your wings, Mrs Butterfly?

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All right, then.

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Hi, Mickey John.

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Oh! Ow! Hello, Dr Juno, what can we do for you?

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-I popped in to speak to Edgar about our evening class.

-Ah, Mr Grant.

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How are the art classes going?

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I had prints made of some of my pictures of swans.

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Oh! Hmm, not bad! Swans are so graceful, don't you think?

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Floaty, floaty, floaty...

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-What are you doing?

-Dancing - I've always liked swans.

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You know, I especially like the dancing swans in that, eh...eh...

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..Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.

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That's a fabulous ballet.

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Dr Juno, could I borrow one of your lovely swan paintings for my class?

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It may help them to come up with ideas for a story later.

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-Oh, no problem. Take your pick.

-Hmm.

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Right, I'd better go and see Edgar. I'll see you later.

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Aww, I wonder how you're getting on, my little cygnet.

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal... #

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-Och, I think they've had enough now, do you?

-Yeah.

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I think so.

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'What are you doing now, Daddy?'

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Monica?

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-And Aoife?

-Here!

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Right! Now, we've got a lot to get through today. But first...

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Ah! Who can tell me what kind of bird this is?

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-A swan.

-That's right, it's a swan.

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I want you to write down the story of the ugly ducking

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who turned into a beautiful swan.

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Now, to remind you of the story.

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There was once an ugly duckling,

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all the other ducks laughed at him, "Ha, ha!"

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But he was ever so sad and wondered why he was so ugly.

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Then, he found a barn and fell asleep. "Zzzzz, Zzzzz".

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But when he woke up, he had turned into...

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...a beautiful swan! And all the other ducks were amazed

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as they watched him floating down the river, floaty, floa.. Ow!

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Oh, ah, well, you get the general idea, so get on with your writing!

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Huh, it's time for me to get on with some hard work, too.

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# Oh, I whoop with joy when I go to school in the mornin'

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# Teaching with my chums and see the children learning

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# School day, work away

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# I'm learnin', learnin', learnin' when I'm teachin'

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# I'm teachin', learnin', teachin' learnin' teachin'

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# School day, work away

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# Teaching to count and teaching to read

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# Learning about birds and plants and seeds

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# Playing games and sports outdoors

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# Blowing my whistle and keeping the scores

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# School day, work away

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# I'm learnin' learnin' learnin' when I'm teachin'

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# We're learnin', learnin', learnin' when he's teachin'

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# School day, work away

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# Oh, the secretary's smiling as she does her organising

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# The jannie fixes The cookie mixes

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# And the cleaner keeps us shining

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# Oh, I whoop with joy when I go to school in the morning

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# Holding the line in the dinner queue

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# While the cookie cooks and serves a stew

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# Answering the questions where and why

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# How does it work and how does it fly?

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# School day, work away

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# I'm learnin', learnin', learnin' when I'm teachin'

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# We're learnin', learnin', learnin' when he's teachin'

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# School day, work away

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# All the children peep and eye me

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# As they sit and try their writin' I take a look, I mark their books

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# The good ones get a smiley

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# Oh, I whoop with joy when I go to school in the mornin'. #

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All right, Mickey John?

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Oh, the story! Oh...

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I'm here for my lunchtime yoga class.

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Oh, I think it's in the hall. I saw the teacher go past a minute ago.

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Brilliant. Why don't you come with me?

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No thanks, Bobby. You're fit and graceful, not like clumsy old me.

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I'd be no good at yoga.

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Nonsense. I'm sure if you just tried it you could be as graceful as me.

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-All right, then. I'll see you later.

-Bye, Bobby.

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Oh, I wish I could flutter off and see what you're up to, Rebecca.

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There we are, darling. Oh, sorry, Louisa!

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-No worries.

-That's you, my darling,

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we need to hurry up and get our tutus on as we need to get start.

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Do we start with a plie?

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Oh, no. Before we start dancing we first have to stretch our muscles.

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Oh, I see! I was in too much of a hurry, wasn't I,

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just like your dad is sometimes, Rebecca!

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'I miss you, Daddy.'

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Have fun at the ballet, my little tutu!

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Oh, it's time for me to read my class's ugly duckling stories.

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Right, eh...

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"Once upon a time there was a..." Oh, what does that say?

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"An ugfol duplu"? I can't read this writing, I'll try another one.

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Ahh, "A long time ago there was a... smallec dougle..." Hmm.

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I can't read this one either, I'll try another.

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"There once was an awful plopus..."

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Oh, I give up!

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I told them to write their stories, and they might be great.

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But I can't tell as I can't read the writing.

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Where did the time go?

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At seven o'clock, I dropped Rebecca off at Granny Murray's.

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They were getting ready for ballet later,

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so they dressed Claude as a graceful swan.

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And Granny Murray played me some lovely music from Swan Lake.

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At eight o'clock, I got to work.

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Dr Juno showed me pictures she'd painted of swans.

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I asked to borrow one to give my class ideas for a story.

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At nine o'clock my class arrived.

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There was a lot to do and I was in a hurry,

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which made me clumsier than usual!

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I told them the story of the ugly duckling,

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then they all started their own stories.

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At 12 o'clock I collected the stories from my class.

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Bobby invited me to join her yoga class. She's brilliant at yoga!

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So graceful. But I wanted to eat my lunch instead!

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At one o'clock I tried to read the stories, but I couldn't.

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I couldn't read their handwriting! What am I going to do?

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'Now remember, less haste, more grace!'

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"Less haste, more grace."

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Of course! I made the children rush their stories,

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I need to give them longer and teach them to be more graceful. But how?

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-Bye!

-Bye, Bobby...oh, Bobby!

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-Yes?

-You're just the person. I need your help.

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I need you to teach me to be more graceful...oh!

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What, you? Clumsy old Mickey John?

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All right then, but it's a race against time!

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You're right there, Bobby, it IS a race against time!

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# I've got to do it I've got to do it

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# I've got to beat the clock before the chime

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# I've got to sort it I've got to sort it

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# I've got to do the job on time

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# Like a busy bee I'm going to beat that bong

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# I'm going to finish this job Before I finish this so-o-o-ng

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# Do we think he's gonna do it?

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# Do that job that needs to be do-o-ne?

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# Will he know how to fix it?

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# Will he finish what he has begun?

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# Yes, as sure as we are friends he will get there in the end

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# Because he knows what he should do and work it through

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-# I'm going to do it

-He's going to do it

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# I'm going to beat the clock before the chime

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-# I'm going to sort it

-He's going to sort it

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I'm going to do the job on time

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# Like a busy bee I'm going to beat that bong

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# I'm going to finish this job Before I finish this song. #

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Right, you've all done some lovely ugly duckling stories.

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Problem is, I can't read them,

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so we're gonna practise our handwriting.

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Now, the secret to clear writing is, "Less haste, more grace."

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We're gonna start with the letter 'S'.

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'S' for swan, with music.

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SWAN LAKE PLAYS

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Oh, beautiful!

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I wonder what you're up to, Rebecca?

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Well done, Rebecca!

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You're like a little swan!

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-Do you like dancing?

-Yeah!

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Me too! Oh, my, Louisa has got us looking so graceful.

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Maybe you could lift me up, Claude?!

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Oh, dear, I think your dad would like this, don't you, Rebecca?

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-Yeah!

-So do I.

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'I miss you, Daddy.'

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Mickey John, come away through!

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-Look who's here, Rebecca.

-Hello, beautiful girl!

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Hooray, how are you? Have you had a lovely time?

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-Oh, you bet we have, eh?

-Say thank you to Granny Murray.

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Come here, my darling. Good girl!

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And it's thanks from me too.

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Your saying, "Less haste, more grace", saved the day!

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Well I never did! Come on, now, you'd better be off.

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-Looking forward to next time!

-Me too!

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Come on, let's chat about our time away.

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And I suppose you'll want me to tell you all about my time too?

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# Well, there was...

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# Waving, greeting, hello, meeting

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# Bye-bye, closing, waking, dozing

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# Eating, sleeping, fetching, sketching

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# Painting, stretching, glueing, chewing

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# Sticking up and wiping ro-o-und

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# Washing up and sloshing down

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# Then there was...

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# Hugging, squishing, walking, pushing

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# Dancing, dusting, sharing, choosing

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# Talking, picking, drying, cleaning

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# Saving, failing, loving, joking

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# Losing things and rushing ro-o-und

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# Picking up and putting down

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# Then there was...

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# Playing, running, creeping, jumping

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# Chasing, painting, laughing, giggling

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# Bathing, dressing, singing, swinging

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# Rocking, sliding, hunting, hiding

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# Jumping up and turning ro-o-und.

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# Dressing up and sitting down! #

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What was really special about today?

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Well, Claude was dressed as a swan,

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because we were getting in the mood to do some Swan Lake ballet dancing.

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Mickey John wanted to write down the name of the music we had on

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but he was rather clumsy today, so I showed him my beautiful handwriting.

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Later, we went to feed the ducks in the park

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and we saw some gorgeous swans as well.

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They were so floaty and graceful, as they swam on the water.

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Later, Louisa came to show us some ballet dancing.

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The children got dressed up,

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but we couldn't do ballet dancing straight away.

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First, we did some exercises to warm up our muscles,

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then we all did some ballet dancing.

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Louisa showed us how to be graceful, like the swans.

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Even Mickey John learned not to rush things.

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"Less haste, more grace."

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I hope you enjoyed yourself? Me too!

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Bye-bye, honey pie!

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Subtitles by Erika Graham Red Bee Media Ltd

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