Westquarter Glen Mr Bloom: Here and There


Westquarter Glen

Mr Bloom helps young people with their green spaces. Mr Bloom looks back at the places he has visited in and around Falkirk and brings all of the tiddlers together.


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# Hello! My name is Mr Bloom

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# And I'd like to come to see you soon

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# I'm out on the road, you see

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# Here and there so that we

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# Can get together and have some fun

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# I'll help you out if there's work to be done

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# So where is it you like to go?

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# Call me up and let me know

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# What is it you like to do?

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# I'll pop along and do it to

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# Cities, towns or countryside

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# I can travel far and wide

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# I'm all about and everywhere

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# I'm here and there

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# Here and there

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# I'm here and there. #

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Hello, I'm Mr Bloom.

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I love going here and there finding out where you live

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and what you like to get up to.

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The route finder has brought me to Falkirk in Scotland

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and there is loads going on up here.

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Some tiddlers have been showing me all around.

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So, let's find out what you can get up to in Falkirk.

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There is a bridge to go over.

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And a colourful tunnel to walk under.

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You can take a ride on a boat.

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HORN SOUNDS

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Or even a train.

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And the tiddlers around here certainly like to keep busy.

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There are hills up high and a gentle river flows on by.

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There are beautiful gardens for everyone to enjoy.

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I can certainly see why the tiddlers love where they live.

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HOOTER SOUNDS

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WHISTLING

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This here is Westquarter Glen

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and it's another fantastic place you can visit in Falkirk.

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It's got this river running through it and it has its own waterfall.

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Later today, I'm going to meet some tiddlers

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who like to keep this area nice and tidy.

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ALARM

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Hello! Hey, the route finder wants to show us more about Falkirk

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and that is Beth.

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Come and visit us, Mr Bloom.

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CHEERING

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Beth and her friends are finding out about how apples grow

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in a nearby orchard.

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This is Mrs Miller, an apple-growing expert.

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So, tiddlers, what do you think of these apples?

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-Are they ready to pick?

-BOTH: No.

-No!

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That's right, we've got two nice big ones and three little ones.

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So, we're going to take off the little apples

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to let the big apples grow more.

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We call it thinning out the apples.

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-Good work, Amy.

-Let's take off the little one.

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Now you've taken these little apples,

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what will happen to the rest?

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They are going to start growing.

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Yeah, they're going to grow bigger and bigger.

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Tiddlers, what do you think those brown things are in the middle?

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-ALL: Seeds.

-Yeah, they're also known as pips.

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-Would you like to plant some pips?

-ALL: Yeah!

-Yeah?

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Tiddlers, hold out your hands like that. That's it.

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Make a little hole in your pot.

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Those pips might turn into a little tree like this

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called a sapling and then, one day,

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yummy apples will grow on its branches

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and we can use the apples to make delicious apple pie.

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Look at that! Wow!

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That apple pie... It was delicious!

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It was even better than Granny Bloom's.

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There's loads more going on round here, you know.

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ALARM

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See if you can guess what the route finder will show us next.

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It runs on rails and you can take a ride on it. Can you guess?

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It's a train!

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It's a steam train and I know a tiddler called Findlay

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who is lucky enough to live right next to a steam railway.

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Can we ride on a steam train, Findlay?

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You just need a ticket from here

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and you'll be rootin' tootin' on the train!

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With coal in its engine, the train is ready to go.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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While the tiddlers enjoy the ride, Findlay helps the conductor.

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Please can I have your ticket?

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Thank you.

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There you go.

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Top job!

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What can we see out the window?

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You can see the water and I can see the shore.

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That's right. I think I like going slow.

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Eh-up! I've spied another train.

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This one looks a bit empty.

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-We could plant some plants in it.

-That is a top idea.

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Come on! Let's get cracking.

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I've got some passengers.

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THEY LAUGH

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Pop them in.

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Findlay, I think you need to be driving this train, don't you?

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The train is ready to go.

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HOOTER BLASTS

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Those tiddlers did a good job of brightening up that picnic area.

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The other day, I met some tiddlers in Falkirk

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who've got a river running right by their school.

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Yeah, very lucky! In fact, this is what happened.

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-I'm Luca.

-I'm Keira.

-I'm Sean.

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ALL: And we love where we live.

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I'm finding out about kick sampling in the river.

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You have to place your foot where it's nice and comfortable then you

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have to kick the riverbed so all the fish can get into the net.

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Eh, this is great fun, but we must be careful and only go

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in parts of the river that the teacher says are safe.

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Look! All the sediment is coming up.

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Maybe there's a few animals in there, as well.

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Brilliant!

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Let's see what we've got.

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Oh, I wonder what they are!

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I think that's a stonefly nymph.

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Eh, look at it wiggle!

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It's great fun painting these rocks. Keira, that is brilliant.

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It's a fish in a fish tank

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and I've got some grass here, too, to make fish food.

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Fish food! In case he gets hungry.

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And the rocks look brilliant with all these flowers around them.

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Look at that! A lovely bench for everyone to sit and enjoy.

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APPLAUSE

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The tiddlers created a colourful little garden around that bench.

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There's another tiddler I know called Hannah.

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She lives in Falkirk, too,

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and there is something really special she can see from her house.

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The Falkirk Wheel is a huge lift, but not for people, for boats.

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Here we go, tiddlers. We're going into the Falkirk Wheel.

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The Wheel will take us from this low down part of the canal

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to another part of the canal that is much higher up.

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We're going high!

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-That's a big hill.

-That's right, Prasoon, it is a big hill.

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Look out there!

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-I can see the top of the Falkirk Wheel.

-Well done, Prasoon.

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I think we're nearly there!

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Hey, tiddlers, we've arrived at the top of the Falkirk Wheel.

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We're now as high as eight double-decker buses

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all piled on top of one another.

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We can see a lot more from up here, can't we?

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Hannah, can you see your house? Do you know where it might be?

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-That way.

-Really? That way?

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You can see much further when you're up high, but you know what they say?

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What goes up must come down.

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We were soon back at the bottom.

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That ride on the Falkirk Wheel was right exciting.

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Today, I'm supposed to be meeting some tiddlers round here.

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Perhaps they're up there. Come on!

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WHISTLING

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-There you are, tiddlers. Hello!

-ALL: Hello, Mr Bloom.

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It's nice to see you, Michaela. And you must be Charlie and Niamh.

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-So, what are you up to today?

-We're litter picking.

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Hey, that sounds a very good thing to do,

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because I saw a fair amount of litter on my way here today.

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Tell us why it might not be good for the glen.

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-Because it could affect the wildlife.

-That's right.

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And also it's not very nice to look at, is it? You know what they say?

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Many hands make light work.

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The more people we have, the quicker we can get the job done.

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-Does that sound good to you?

-ALL: Yes.

-Yeah. Oh, ha-ha! Look!

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Here's the other tiddlers I met in Falkirk.

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CHEERING

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Aw! Hello tiddlers. Hello, mums and dads.

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-ALL: Hello!

-Thank you for coming today

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because we've got a lot of litter to pick up.

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But, I reckon, if we all work together,

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we can get the glen clear in no time.

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-So, are you ready to get cracking?

-ALL: Yeah!

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Well, let's clear this glen!

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The tiddlers know they must always wear gloves

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when litter picking and never pick up litter with their hands.

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Always use a grabber.

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Some rubbish can't be recycled.

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Like sweetie wrappers and crisp packets,

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so they have to go straight in the black bag. Lovely!

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I know why we need to do litter picking.

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If you don't do litter picking it's bad for the environment.

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Mm-hm. It's to keep the world healthy.

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Right! What kind of rubbish have we got here?

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Oh, some plastic, some metal.

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Yep, pop them in, because they don't need to be thrown away, do they?

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They can be recycled.

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They can be turned into something new or they can be used again.

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There we are! There's some more metal in there.

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Well, would you look at that! Not a crisp packet or a bottle in sight.

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I'd say that's a pretty good job. What would you say?

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I think everybody's done excellent.

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And lots of this rubbish can be recycled into useful things.

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How about we give ourselves a big cheer? Hip hip...

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ALL: Hurray!

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Well done for coming together, everybody.

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It's time I was on my way. So, join me soon when I'll be...

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ALL: Here and there.

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-Yeah! Bye-bye, everybody.

-ALL: Bye.

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# Where is it you like to go?

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# Call me up and let me know

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# What is it you like to do?

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# I'll pop along and do it to

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# Cities, towns or countryside

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# I can travel far and wide

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# I'm all about and everywhere

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# I'm here and there. #

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Mr Bloom has been 'Here and There' in the Falkirk area of Scotland. He looks back at all the places he's visited and the Tiddler children he's met. He brings them all together in this programme to do a spot of litter picking in their community.


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