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The Colours of the Rainbow

Children's series. Jack tells the story of how the rainbow got her stripes.


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Good day to you.

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# This is the place to be

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# For Salty Dog and me

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# Down by the harbour We'll be there

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# Round every corner there's something to share

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# Give us a cheer Our friends are here

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# Just Salty Dog and me... #

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Come on, Salty!

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# This is the place to meet

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# Down at the end of the street

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# Seagulls flying up in the blue

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# There's always a cup of tea waiting for you

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# Out in the sun having some fun

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# Haul away, haul away

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# Sing a song of the sea

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# Hoist the sail I'll tell you a tale

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# Of Salty Dog and me

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# This is the place to go

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# And these are the people we know

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# The village is busy with things to see

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# And there's the Rainbow down by the quay

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# There's stories to tell Join us as well

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-# Just Salty Dog and me. #

-MOBILE RINGS

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Greetings, Sam. Everything shipshape?

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And Bristol fashion, Captain.

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What do you think?

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A fine job. Well executed.

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Thank you.

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All right, all right, will somebody please tell me what is going on?

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Jack, didn't you get the message?

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No, what message?

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It says here - "Grand reopening of the Rainbow Fish Stall today.

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"Come along and buy some fish. From the owner, Mr Ernest Starboard."

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-Ernest?

-That's Ernie.

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You decided to rename Ernie's fish stall?

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Yes. Well, it was looking a bit shabby,

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so I told Ernie I'd brighten it up by painting rainbow signs

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and renaming it Rainbow Fish Stall, after your boat.

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Well, I'm very touched.

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I spent all morning painting these.

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CRASH!

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My signs!

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Oh, dear!

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Sam! Are you all right?

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I'm fine.

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Ohh! But the new signs aren't.

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Oh, no, this is ruined, I'm afraid.

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It's a disaster. And Ernie'll be back soon.

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Come on, Sam, I'll help you clear up.

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Well, we need to get off to the other Rainbow. Don't we, Salty?

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Good luck, you two. Come on, Salty.

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Oh, no!

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There she is, the Rainbow.

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But what have you got for us today, my dear?

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BOAT'S WHISTLE TOOTS

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Hey! Come on, Salty.

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HE HUMS A TUNE

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Here we are.

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BOAT'S WHISTLE TOOTS

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You know, Salty, it's very nice of Sam

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to name Ernie's fish stall after the Rainbow, isn't it?

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Still, it wasn't always called the Rainbow, was it?

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Do you remember, long, long ago,

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when this little old boat was called the Little Brown Tub?

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You stay there.

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I'll make myself comfortable

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and I'll tell you the story of how the Rainbow got its name.

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Yes, I know you know already.

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Once upon a twinkly time, long, long ago,

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the Little Brown Tub set sail from Staithes,

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waved goodbye to Whitby, and disappeared over the horizon.

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It was a sunny day and as we sailed we sang -

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# A-sailing on the sea

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# Giving our backs and our tummies a rub

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# Sailing along in the Little Brown Tub

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# The wind's on our knees

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# We're chasing the breeze

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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Well, we hadn't gone far when we saw

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a stovepipe hat waving at us from the middle of the ocean.

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It was Charlie the squid.

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"Hello, Jack. Hello, Salty," he smiled. "Where are you all going?"

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"Adventure," I replied.

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"We're looking for adventure."

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"Oh, I love adventures. I'm coming too," said Charlie.

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So, I set our course for adventure.

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Well, we hadn't gone far when we ran into a terrible storm.

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Charlie wrapped himself around the wheelhouse

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and Salty hid in the hold, reading holiday brochures

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and making plans for a quiet trip to Filey.

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I steered us through the storm.

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And after a crashy, bashy, smashy sort of a ride,

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we emerged in the open sea.

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The sky above was white.

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The sea all around was grey.

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And the dots of the rocks in the distance were black.

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In fact, we were the only colourful things to be seen for miles.

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And then, a long, thin black object

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poked out of the water like a skinny periscope.

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As it came towards us, I realised it was a paintbrush.

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A diddy little fish with a glum look on his face

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was holding the paintbrush.

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Like everything around him, he was coloured black and white and grey.

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"Hello," I cried, "are you looking for something?"

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"Yes, indeed," said the glum fish.

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"I'm a painter and I'm looking for something to paint.

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"But everything here is so dull."

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We looked around at the grey sea.

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Salty suggested that maybe there was

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a better subject for a painting under the water.

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"Not really," said the painter fish sadly. "Come on, I'll show you."

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So, in two shakes of a stingray's tail, we were under the waves.

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And what a sight greeted us!

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"Welcome to Black White Grey Land," said the little painter fish.

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The whole underwater world was black and white and grey.

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No bright colours at all.

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All the fish looked sad and grumpy.

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"See?" explained the painter fish.

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"Everything's just a bit, you know..."

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"..dull," said Salty, Charlie and I.

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"I want to paint a picture for our queen to cheer her up a bit.

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"She's a very sad queen. Everyone's sad down here."

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Salty sniffed a greyish rock.

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Even she was starting to feel sad.

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"You've got no colour in your life," I said.

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"Colour?" said the little painter fish. "What's that, then?"

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"Well," I said, "look at me.

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"My jumper is coloured red

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"and Salty here is a sort of orange colour.

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"You see, where we come from, colours are everywhere.

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"We've got all the colours of the rainbow."

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The little painter fish looked a bit confused.

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He'd not seen any colours before.

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And then Salty's whiskers started wiffling.

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She was having one of her bright ideas.

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She rushed off in her doggy way and I chased after her.

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Soon, we were back on board the Little Brown Tub

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next to my important bits and bobs box.

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Of course!

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Inside were lots of old pots of paint.

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"These paints are all different colours,"

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I declared to the painter fish proudly from the deck of the tub.

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"I can't see from down here," said the painter fish,

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bobbing in the waves.

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Salty had another bright idea.

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"Paint the Little Brown Tub," she woofed.

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"Oh, marvellous," I said.

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But I wasn't sure, because boat painting isn't an easy job.

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"It is if you've got lots of arms," said Charlie.

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"Pass the paint!"

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So, Charlie picked up lots of pots of paint in his many tentacles

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and he set to work painting our boat with all the colours of the rainbow.

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Splosh, splash, splish, and sploosh, went Charlie.

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Salty and I hid under a tarpaulin

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because I don't know if you've ever seen a squid painting -

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it's a very messy business.

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And after a very short time, he had finished.

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"There!" said Charlie proudly.

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Salty and I peeped out

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and what a sight greeted our eyes.

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The Little Brown Tub

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had been painted in glorious colourful stripes

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every colour of the rainbow.

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It was a firecracker of colour.

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"What do you think?" I called to the painter fish,

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who was now covered in splashes of colour too,

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thanks to Charlie's sploshing.

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But the painter fish, he was lost for words.

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Instead, an enormous colourful smile

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grew on his once glum, grey face.

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"I'm off to show the queen!"

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cried the fish, with a smile in his voice.

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And with that, he dived under the water,

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leaving a trail of colour behind him.

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That's when a magical thing happened.

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The painter fish swam and swished through the water

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and with every swish of his tail,

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he painted colour onto the Black White Grey Land.

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Like a wiggly paintbrush, he painted colours onto fish

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and rocks and water and weed.

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And everywhere he went,

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he didn't just leave a world of colour behind him,

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but of world of smiles, too.

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By the time he reached the queen,

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he had coloured in the whole of Black White Grey Land.

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"Behold, I have something to cheer you up a bit, Your Majesty -

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"all the colours of the rainbow," said the painter fish.

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The queen was thrilled.

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She swam up to the Little Brown Tub and thanked us.

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"Jack, Salty and Charlie,

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"you have brought rainbow colours to our world.

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"We are very grateful for the smiles you have given us."

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"The Little Brown Tub helped too," I said.

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The queen looked at our boat in surprise.

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"It's not much of a brown tub now, is it?

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"I shall rename it

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"so you will always remember the happiness you brought to my world."

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And do you know what she named it?

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Yes, yes, that's right - the Rainbow.

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So, with happy hearts we waved goodbye to the queen

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and the smiling painter fish.

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"I loved that adventure," said Charlie.

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"And we did, too," I replied

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as we set sail in the Rainbow for Staithes and home.

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Yeah, it was exciting, wasn't it, eh?

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She had a really good time.

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SHIPS WHISTLE TOOTS

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Did you like that story, Salty? All true, of course.

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Mind you, my stories always are.

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Come on.

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Oh, dear! Sam's looking a bit down in the mouth.

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Operation Sign Rescue abandoned.

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They're ruined.

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We're out of paint.

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And Ernie'll be back in a minute. I need a rainbow!

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Oh, dear. Perhaps a little bit of family magic would help.

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I don't know what you're talking about, Jack.

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Come on, you know - that thing that Shelley does. I won't look. Go on.

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Yep.

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ERNIE WHISTLES A TUNE

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Oh, Ernie! He's here!

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Ohhh!

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MAGIC CHIMES

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You know, I think today might be your lucky day, Sam.

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What?

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A rainbow!

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Oh, my, it's beautiful!

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-What a stroke of luck.

-Yeah!

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Wow!

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I love it!

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Hey, who needs paintings of rainbows when they can have the real thing?

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Fantastic!

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Roll up!

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Roll up, everybody, and welcome to the Rainbow Fish Stall!

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OLD JACK CHUCKLES

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