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Change

Rick's video blog tries to help new arrivals to the Dumping Ground cope with change. Adapting to survive in an ever-changing world is a tricky business.


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Welcome to The Dumping Ground.

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THEY CHEER

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Woo!

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ALL SHOUT

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Help! Help!

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It's not as bad as it sounds.

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If you're watching this, you're one of us, now.

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Relax. You're going to love it here.

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You'll meet some amazing new friends.

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Ta-da!

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Get to try exciting new food.

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HE GROANS

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We promise, it's an experience you'll never forget.

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What?

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No, no, no...

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Brilliant.

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But remember,

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this is a place where random chaos can strike at any time.

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So you have to be prepared...

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My face!

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..for pretty much anything.

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THEY SCREAM

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And that's why we've made this video blog.

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Now, we've been through all this so you don't have to.

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This time on The Dumping Ground Survival Files...

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Change.

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Trying to keep up in an ever-changing world.

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Having to adapt to survive.

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Believe me, this blog could change your life.

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Right. You listening? OK, let's begin.

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Now, there's one thing you need to know in this place.

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And that's... to expect the unexpected.

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Life is all about change.

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Hello. I'm Harry.

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Especially in a care home.

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There are always new guys moving in, and old mates leaving.

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I'll be in touch.

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You get used to it - but that doesn't mean it's easy to deal with.

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Get in there!

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Sometimes you just suck it up...

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See you soon, kid.

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..but sometimes it hits you like a runaway train.

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Like when Sapphire left, cos she'd turned 16.

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That was OK for me,

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cos I got her room - well, half of it.

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# These are the days of change They still remain... #

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But Harry wasn't happy.

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# And the days of change are here to stay. #

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This is Sapphire's room.

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No, Harry, it was, but she don't need it any more.

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Rick and Tyler do. Hm?

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She wouldn't mind.

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Harry!

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Ugh...

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-Nobody can stay here forever.

-Yeah, that's true.

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Sapphire's grown up now. She's got her own flat.

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How do you feel about that?

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I'm happy, cos Sapphire's happy.

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You didn't say that at the time, though, did you?

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Why can't I come and live with you?

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Harry, I'm not your mum.

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Come on, Harry. Saff's got to do her paintings for college.

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Oh, it's OK, the paintings can wait.

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We should go.

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Jeff wants to go.

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No!

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Leaving can be stressful.

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But when new people arrive, it can be even worse.

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If you're moving into this place,

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chances are you haven't exactly had a perfect life so far.

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So everyone has their issues.

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Some more than most.

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ALL SHOUT

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-Who's this?

-Your new roommate.

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Yeah, maybe not the best start.

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But come on - my mum and brother had just been banged up,

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and it felt like I'd lost everything.

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And it seemed like nobody wanted me -

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not even The Dumping Ground.

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No, I don't want a roommate.

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-Especially one who stinks.

-Er, Carmen!

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Some kids just don't want to be here.

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They don't even try and fit in.

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And others try a bit too hard - and then they get it wrong.

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Ta-da!

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Like Mo, with his ant theme park.

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The mind boggles.

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Mo, mate, what were you thinking?

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I was thinking I would build an ant theme park.

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OK. Yeah...

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Second question - why?

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Why not?

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It's a theme park treasure trail for ants.

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Those better not be my baby books!

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ALL SHOUT

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Stop it!

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He didn't mean any harm.

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ALL SHOUT

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I'll be straight with you.

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Fitting into Dumping Ground life isn't always easy.

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You've got to get used to us, and we've got to get used to you.

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But don't panic.

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It might take a bit of time - but it'll be OK in the end. Trust me.

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# Don't ever change... #

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Because we're all right when you get to know us.

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Most of us. Most of the time.

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It takes time to settle down into a new place, but you're not alone.

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We've all been through it, and we're here to help you.

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For a start, you're probably going to want to speak to this next guy.

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As the Dumping Ground's oldest resident,

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he's seen more change than most...

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OK, Frank. What's the biggest change you've seen in your life?

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Well, I suppose it was...

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when Grandad died.

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Then, when Liam left...

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Adios, Dumping Ground.

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You going without saying goodbye?

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I hate goodbyes, you know that.

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Come here, big fella.

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I know, mate. That was rough.

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But you've seen good changes too, right?

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-Yeah...

-Such as?

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Well...

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When I met Jade...

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You're special.

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So are you.

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You see? Change can be good.

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Sometimes, life takes a turn for the better -

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just when you least expect it.

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Right, so whether change is good or bad,

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at least it shakes things up a little bit,

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-and without it, life would be pretty boring.

-Hah! Like this video.

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Cheers, mate.

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Nobody's going to watch this snoozefest.

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Where's your razzle-dazzle?

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Where's your showbiz glamour?

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This is a video for new kids, not the X Factor.

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Good. Cos you, my friend, have got the "Zzz" factor.

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Moving on.

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Carmen, how do you cope with change?

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Well, it's just a part of life,

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so I just try to get on with things, really.

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Ha, ha! Yeah, right.

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You're the biggest drama queen in this place!

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-I'm the drama queen?!

-Tyler!

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You are the one who's always trying to cause chaos here,

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running around, trying to stir things up.

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-But oh, no, I'm the drama queen.

-Tyler!

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"Look at me, I'm Tyler, I tell not-funny jokes..."

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-That's it, keep it coming.

-Tyler!

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-That's not attention-seeking, is it?

-This is brilliant!

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-OK.

-You're doing it right now!

-Cut.

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One thing's for sure.

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When a new person barges into your life, it can get really annoying.

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As Lily found out.

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Ooh...

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Sorry.

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-It's broken.

-It was an accident, Lil.

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I'll get you a new frame.

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Me and Dad were the most important people in each other's lives.

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Then he met Shannay and everything changed.

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Not all at once - but the changes just kept on coming.

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What is this?

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-A cat bowl?

-It's Wilbur's.

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He's not living here, too.

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He can't. Shadow hates cats.

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-We don't actually know that.

-Of course she does, she's a dog.

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All dogs hate cats.

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Or are you sending her back to the dog home? Is that the plan?

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-No!

-Why not? You're changing everything else.

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Hey. Don't be like this, Lil.

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-You knew Shannay was moving in.

-This isn't moving in.

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This is taking over.

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I couldn't believe that Dad was letting this happen.

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I know Shannay living with us is going to feel strange for a while,

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but we'll be fine. I promise you.

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I wasn't planning to rid of Shadow - Lily, I'd never do that.

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My old flatmate was going to keep Wilbur if they didn't get on.

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Look, I'm sorry we've started out all wrong.

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I really want this to work.

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-Do you?

-Yeah.

-Really?

-Really.

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Then don't move in.

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-What?

-Me and Dad are fine as we are.

-Lily.

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-It's taken us ages to get this far, and you wouldn't understand.

-I do.

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No, you don't! I helped him get better, it was me who did that.

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-I know you did, Lil.

-Not so you could run off with her!

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Shannay's good for me. Good for us.

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It was like he became a completely different person.

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Like he'd forgotten everything I'd done for him.

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What about Poppy and Rosie?

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You gave them up because you couldn't handle more kids.

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They were settled at the Perrys'.

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And I've got Shannay now, it's different.

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So get Poppy and Rosie back and put that one into care.

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-You don't mean that.

-Why not?

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-Get it adopted now, it'll never know the difference.

-That's enough!

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-Easy, Lily.

-Just admit that you love that baby more.

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That's not true.

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Shut up! What do you know about it? I hate you and your stupid baby!

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Lily!

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-Lily...

-Just leave me alone!

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Sorry, Steve. I didn't see that coming.

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-GINA:

-Are you OK, babes?

-I think my waters have broken.

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Right, well, come on, come on. Take a seat, yeah?

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-It's..it's too soon.

-How many weeks are you?

-36.

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Well, it's a little early, but...you'll be all right.

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-Girls, go and get some towels.

-BOTH: OK.

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Guys, what's going on?

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Shannay's went into labour.

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-What?

-She's having contraptions.

-Contractions.

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I was scared, but it was all OK -

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Shannay had the baby and they were both fine.

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But now, Shannay was the one that wanted things to change.

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Shannay took him to her mum's.

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What? Why?

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She's had second thoughts, Lil.

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Us all living together isn't going to work.

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What?

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I realised that Shannay and Jonah had changed our lives -

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for the better.

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We needed them. And so, I changed my mind.

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It's beautiful!

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Well, open it, then.

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It's from me. To welcome him - both of you.

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It's kind of like a family tree.

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That's the baby, and that's you, and Dad, and me and my mum,

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and Poppy and Rosie.

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Cos we came first, and we'll always be here.

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But you're Dad's new family.

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Well, and the baby - and me.

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Lily!

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Cos I don't want it to be just me and Dad any more.

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You're not just saying that?

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Well, look, I've been split up from my sisters.

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I don't really want to be split up from him as well.

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Plus...I don't even know his name yet.

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It's Jonah.

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Jonah.

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Hey, Jonah!

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Right, now, of course change isn't just something that happens TO you.

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You can take control and change stuff yourself.

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-Ha, ha, good idea!

-Oi!

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Now it's time for some decent questions.

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If you could change one thing about yourself, Faith, what would it be?

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I'd knock ten seconds off my 800m PB.

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Boring! Next...

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I'd like to be able to fly.

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Now we're talking.

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I don't really know what I'd change.

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How about that dress?

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Ow! Big bully.

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I'll take that, thank you.

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See, this is the problem.

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Some people try to make a change

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when there's absolutely no need at all.

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Take our fun-loving, camera-nicking friend

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and the day he decided it was time for a change.

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My name's Tyler.

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Tyler. Tyler.

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That's Tyler.

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And I have a very important job for the government.

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And people take me very seriously indeed.

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Yeah, what WAS that spy thing all about?

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That was all about me trying to be more grown-up.

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Because SOMEBODY told me I should.

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Who was it again?

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Fine, it was me. And this was why...

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She's coming! Ready?

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Three, two, one...

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It's coming!

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# Always a... #

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CRUNCH

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CRUNCH

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Tyler!

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THEY LAUGH

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Yeah. A water bomb fired by a catapult

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ends up going through my bedroom window by "mistake".

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Oh, my aching sides(!)

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You still actually find this funny?

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What? Oh, come on!

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It was comedy gold.

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The look on Elektra's face.

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I didn't look at Elektra's face.

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I couldn't take my eyes off my shredded albums.

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They'd survived years of moving,

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explosions, the fire...

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and the other fire.

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But now, they were plastic shrap.

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And, as if that wasn't bad enough,

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Tyler insisted on trying to cheer me up.

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-Everything's just a joke to you, isn't it?

-Well...

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Elektra getting splattered is. You know that.

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What about my records?

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It's a smash hit!

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-Record breaker?

-What's wrong with you?

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They're the only things my dad gave me that weren't nicked.

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We used to listen to them after I came back from school.

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The Jam, Squeeze, Style Council.

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I could sing to you instead.

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# Well, it's cool for cats

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# It's cool for cats! #

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Why can't you just grow up?

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'Ouch! Nobody wants to hear that.

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'I thought, "Am I really that annoying?"'

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Yes. You are.

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People look at me, and they just see funny boy Tyler.

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The Dumping Ground clown.

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'Sure, I'm a comedy legend.

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'But I'm so much more than that.

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'And I thought it was time for the world to see another side of me.

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'Starting by mending Rick's records.'

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Is that supposed to be funny?

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I was trying to fix it.

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What, by gluing them to your hands?

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I was trying to get into the groove.

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There you go again.

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-It was just a joke.

-I don't know why I bother with you.

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You're clearly not right in the head.

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'And it wasn't just Rick who couldn't take me seriously.'

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Who here thinks I'm funny?

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You have to say that, cos you're my friend.

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-I think you're funny.

-Johnny?

-Why are you asking?

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Well, cos Rick says I need to grow up.

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-He's right.

-OK.

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I tell a lot of jokes and play a lot of pranks,

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but I can do other stuff too.

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Why are you all laughing at me?

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Cos of your records!

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I'm not being funny, I'm trying to be serious right now!

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'So that's why I had to make some serious changes.'

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Argh!

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How's about we fill this up with treacle, then, eh?

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-I don't do bombs any more.

-Why not?

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You were right. I need to start growing up.

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-He wants to be taken seriously.

-Tyler?!

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But Tyler loves playing pranks!

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-Not any more, he doesn't.

-But that's not who he is.

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You try and be someone you're not, and it'll just end up going wrong.

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Well, yeah. People aren't going to take you seriously

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if it's just all pretend.

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-You need to stay true to who you are.

-Be proud to be different.

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I had to make a decision.

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Should I grow up and become a boring old fart like everyone else?

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Or should I stay true to myself, the hilarious joker that everyone loves?

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Now, that IS funny.

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There could only be one winner.

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Don't you dare!

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Tyler! I'm warning you!

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Mike! You'd better do something!

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Don't you dare!

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THEY GASP

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Elektra...

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I'm really sorry!

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I didn't mean to splatter you!

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Nice shot.

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Tyler's back!

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I decided to keep it real.

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Yeah, he did. He really is an immature idiot

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with the attention span of an ant

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-and the common sense of a garden gnome.

-Ha, ha(!) Thanks.

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Don't go changing.

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I won't.

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So, what have we learnt so far about change

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to put into the Dumping Ground Survival Files?

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Well, none of us find it easy when things change.

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Whether it's old friends leaving, new arrivals turning up

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or unexpected surprises coming out of the blue.

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Now, it can be tough for even the most sorted person to cope

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when new stuff happens.

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Not that change always has to be bad.

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Now, Frank will tell you all about that one.

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And sometimes it's good not to get stuck in your ways.

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Mixing everything up a bit every now and then

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can keep things interesting.

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It would be a very boring world

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if everything just stayed the same forever.

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Change is hard, and don't let anyone tell you any different.

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Even adults - well, some "adults" -

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find it hard to accept that the world's moved on.

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-# A change

-A change would do you good

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# Would do you good... #

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Like when the legendary Justine Littlewood tipped up.

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Now, we'd heard all about her from Tracy, our care worker,

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and they'd been winding each other up since they were in nappies.

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Tracy Beaker?

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Justine Littlewood?

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I'm an estate agent. I work for Wolfman and Kronk,

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-have you heard of them?

-Yeah, they're massive.

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Well, last year I won their national sales award.

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-I was their youngest ever winner by, like, ten years.

-Really?

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-That's amazing.

-Yeah, amazing.

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What's wrong?

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Nothing. Just hay fever.

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You don't get hay fever.

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I used to, when I was little, Must've come back.

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Like Justine?

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Who does she think she is? "I've won an award.

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"Got a big fat diamond ring."

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Mike's just lapping it up.

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-I thought she didn't want sugar.

-Yeah.

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'But they were grown up now,

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'so they couldn't fight the way they used to.'

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They had to get sneaky.

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Years ago, they would scrap over Mickey Mouse alarm clocks

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and who got a telly in their bedroom.

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But now they had new weapons -

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their boyfriends.

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First it was competitive hand holding...

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and when that ended as a draw, it was time for the penalty snog-off.

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It's funny. When Tracy was a kid, she used to lie a lot.

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She'd say her mum was a big Hollywood star,

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and that she was going to go and live with her and be a star too.

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She was so convincing I almost believed her. Almost.

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I'd believe you.

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-You're a star to me.

-Thanks, Seth.

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It's true.

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1-0 to Tracy.

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Or so it seemed.

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Some of us are trying to eat.

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And of course, eating was the next challenge...

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-What was the last dare, again?

-To eat a worm. And I did it.

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She says so on page 36.

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-Tracy says a lot of things.

-Say what you like, Justine.

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You know I ate that worm.

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Well, there's an easy way to prove it, isn't there?

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What?

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This.

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Tracy, don't.

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It was like the last ten years hadn't happened.

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Before you knew it, history was repeating itself

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before our very eyes.

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Tracy became a completely different person.

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She'd stopped being our responsible care worker

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and turned into a sulky little kid.

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It was brilliant!

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How far would it go?

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She bottled it. I knew she would.

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Would she actually eat a worm?

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Tracy, don't. Don't!

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Augh...

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ALL GROAN

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Now do you believe me?

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I believed you all along. Just wanted to see you do it again.

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Oh, she's going to be sick!

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SHE COUGHS

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Tracy?

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Tracy?!

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You ate a worm?

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Again?

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Tracy ate a worm.

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Tracy, Tracy, Tracy.

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Tracy...ate...a...worm.

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Twice.

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So, it was clear that Tracy hadn't changed. Nor had Justine.

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It just goes to show,

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just cos you're getting older doesn't mean you're getting wiser.

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# I said something better change... #

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Take a good look at this guy.

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He claimed to be a boiler repair man.

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But no. He's my dad.

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-Hey, son.

-Are you off your head?

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Well, it's good to see you, too!

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-Dad, you've got to turn yourself in, pronto.

-Rick, calm down.

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I'm not on the run, OK? They moved me to an open prison three weeks ago.

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I come and go as I please, now.

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So what's with the get-up?

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-I wanted to see you.

-By sneaking in?

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I didn't want social workers watching our every move, OK?

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Still got the moves, then.

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Well, it helps if you're properly motivated, you know?

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I missed you, son.

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Right, so the rubbish disguises might change, but my dad doesn't.

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He always lets me down.

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And every single time, it's,

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"Yeah, we're going to do it differently this time."

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If I had a penny every time I heard that, I'd have...

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23p.

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I wish I could turn back the clock, do things differently, I really do.

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It's all right, Dad.

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I'm lucky. Elmtree House is a good place.

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We're like one big family.

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I don't mean... I mean, not like you and Mum.

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-Obviously.

-That's OK.

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Look, six months, then we'll both be out. We'll start somewhere new.

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We'll put this old life behind us.

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Sounds good to me.

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Get proper jobs, live like real people for once, you know?

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Be a family.

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-That's all I ever wanted, Dad.

-Yeah.

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Now, the thing about my dad, though, is he's a man with a plan -

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or, should I say, a scam - for every occasion.

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What do you think you're playing at?

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-Nothing!

-Don't give me that. You trying to steal my tools?

-No!

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-Don't lie to me!

-I'm not lying!

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That's what they all say.

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Who?

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Thieving little toerags like you.

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Now get lost!

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It's not his fault. He can't stop himself.

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You give him the chance to scam someone - even a total stranger -

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and this happens.

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He thinks he's a big man, roughing up a little kid?

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I'm not little! He was just big.

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Well, let me tell you something, the bigger they are,

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the harder they fall, yeah? You remember that.

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You want to teach him a lesson?

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What sort of lesson?

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There's a little old grift I know called the window show.

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You interested?

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The window show.

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The window show! That was awesome.

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An unbeatable combination of your dad's scheming mind

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-and an Oscar-winning performance from me.

-Hmm.

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-My dad and Tyler. The dream team.

-The dream team!

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Where was I? Oh, yeah.

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The window show.

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HE BANGS ON WINDOW

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Oi, you! Yeah, you big bully!

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HE IMITATES A MONKEY

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-What's Tyler doing?

-I don't know.

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Oi, you! Yeah, you, you big ape!

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You little...

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You're witness, right? When I clock him one, he went for me.

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'Your dad rocks! What's your problem?'

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'No, the problem is, it starts out OK.

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'But Dad doesn't know when to stop.

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'He never has done.'

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-That was awesome! How much did you get?

-Don't know, about 300 quid.

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-Whoa!

-Here, take it.

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-Seriously?

-Call it compensation.

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-You're kidding.

-You earned it.

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-But, if anyone asks where this comes from...

-This never happened.

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But it did. Tyler, you take that money, you become a thief.

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Frank's a witness, and so is Jade.

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-Whoa, Rick, I thought you trusted your mates.

-I do.

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And more to the point, they trust me.

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-Or at least they did.

-Hey, where are you going?

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To take this back.

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He can't do that! Tell him!

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Rick, look, you saw what he did to him back there,

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-it's just a bit of payback, that's all. Bit of justice.

-Yeah!

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Dad, don't use that excuse. You did it for the buzz. You always did.

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Look, I'll talk to Frank. Give him a cut - he'll understand!

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Why don't you understand? What you did was wrong.

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Your dad said I earned it.

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You don't earn by stealing, scamming and lying like my dad.

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It just gets you messed up and then you get banged up

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and it's goodbye to everyone that you care for.

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Is that what you want?

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-Cos seriously, mate, this is where it all starts.

-Look...

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-I overstepped the line.

-Dad, you don't even know where the line is.

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You never did. Nor did Mum, for that matter.

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I can't believe I fell for all this "fresh start" rubbish.

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It wasn't rubbish, OK? I meant every word.

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-Rick...

-Just save it.

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I'm not interested.

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Just go back to prison, where you belong.

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Now, I was brought up by scammers. Never knew any different.

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And when I was a kid,

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I used to go along with all my mum and dad's dodgy plans.

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But I grew up. And they didn't.

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I can't help myself, OK?

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I get a kick out of fooling other people.

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I can't help myself, it's just what I'm good at.

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But all that's going to change...(!)

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-No, not here it won't.

-And why are you here?

-To tell you my plan.

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-Here we go.

-Please, just hear me out, OK? New start.

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All legal and above board, just the way you wanted.

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I want us to move to New Zealand.

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-Land of the Long White Cloud.

-Are you actually being serious?

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I've got an uncle out there, he's straight,

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he's got a business he's getting too old to run.

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We could take it over, me and your mum.

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-You're living in dreamland, Dad.

-No, I'm being realistic, Son.

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You're the one that's living in dreamland,

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thinking things are going to change for us if we stick around here.

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You wait till I get out,

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you'll see just how serious I am about this. Come here.

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I'll see you in six months, OK?

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Mm-hm.

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-So that's it? You just gave up on your dad?

-Never.

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I'm still hoping that one day, things will be different, you know?

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I don't want him spending his life in and out of prison.

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-So why don't you try and change him?

-Because it wouldn't work.

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People change when they're ready - they have to want to.

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Ah! So you're saying you can't change others just cos it suits you?

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-Unfortunately.

-Aha!

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So, what can I tell you about Change

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to upload into the Dumping Ground Survival Files?

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It's true that for most of us it can be difficult when stuff changes.

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You get used to things being one way

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and having one set of people around you,

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then everything gets thrown up in the air.

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It can be hard to adapt. It can be sudden,

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like when someone says they're leaving out of the blue.

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Or it can creep up on you,

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like it did with Lily when her dad and Shannay

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started spending more and more time together.

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Now, as we grow up, we all change in all sorts of ways.

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It's fine to want to change something about yourself.

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It's good to set goals and have plans.

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But make sure you aren't trying to change

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just because someone else thinks you should.

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We all have to face up to change some time or other,

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and, in a way, that's a good thing.

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It's always worth talking stuff through

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with friends and family.

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They might have good advice which they have learnt from experience.

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If you are struggling with changes in your life,

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remember that it's something that does affect everyone.

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So, don't panic.

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That's the lowdown on change uploaded into the Survival Files.

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And don't forget...

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We've been through all this...

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..so you don't have to.

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# Don't you ever change now

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# Always be the same now

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# No, don't ever change from the way that you were

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# Last night

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# Don't ever change

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# Don't ever change. #

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Rick's video blog tries to help new arrivals to the Dumping Ground cope with change. Adapting to survive in an ever-changing world is a tricky business. And Tyler's oh-so-helpful contributions don't make the task any easier.


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