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My name is Tracy Beaker

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and these are my Survival Files,

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your essential guide to the ups and downs of growing up.

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Tracy...

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Tracy!

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Life in the Dumping Ground has taught me a lot about...stuff.

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-Tracy Beaker!

-Scary stuff...

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THEY SCREAM

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SHE SCREAMS

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Complicated stuff...

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-Stuff that can make you want to scream.

-Tracey!

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If you can cope with the stuff that goes down in this place

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you can cope with pretty much anything.

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I've spent most of my life here.

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First when I was a kid, and now it's where I work.

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I've learned a lot about friends...

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About enemies...

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About what life can throw at you.

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It's not always been pretty

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but it's made me who I am today.

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And now I'm passing on my wisdom to you guys, in a video blog.

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Pay attention,

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I've lived through all this so you don't have to.

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On the Tracy Beaker Survival Files this time, first impressions.

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How much can we tell about people on first sight?

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Are first impressions reliable?

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And what did Cam think when she first met me?

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We all meet new people all the time

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and some are like an open book.

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The moment you meet them, you can tell exactly what they're like.

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Oh! Sorry,

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um, hi. Nathan?

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Trainee co-worker?

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Like Nathan. We had him sussed in seconds.

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Hi, dudes.

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Da-da!

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He was just a big dopey kid. End of.

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Da-da-da! Ace!

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-Told you Tracy Beaker was the best.

-You've got it! Nice one, Tracy!

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With Nathan, what you see is what you get

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but other people try desperately hard to be what they think you want.

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Meet Kez. She's our trainee social worker.

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Yo, kids. What's up?

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Er... "You seem bling."

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Word!

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Kez made a very strong first impression,

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of a desperate saddo.

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Wait, is it fist then fingers or...?

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Her attempts to be down with the kids

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even made Elaine the Pain look good.

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Yeah, that bad.

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Bye.

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Sometimes first impressions are totally accurate, but not always.

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Some people are careful not to give themselves away.

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For example, not so long ago

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a lovely polite new girl arrived at the Dumping Ground,

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a girl with blue hair.

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Tracy!

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Sorry, Elektra!

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Um, loving the hair. Do you want to come meet the others?

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Do you mind if I meet them without any adults?

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I just feel it's always so formal when there's staff there.

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Whatever you feel is best.

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'But as the girl was Elektra, our first impressions were way off.'

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Aw, she seems really sweet.

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Hi. You must be Elektra.

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-Oh, wow, amazing hair. How did you get it like...

-Shut up.

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-Who's in charge?

-Oh.

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Are you all thick or something? I said, who's in charge?

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Left alone with the other kids,

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she certainly was...less formal.

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Come on, then!

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Hello, Jeff.

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Next in line for the Elektra shock treatment

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were Harry and Jeff.

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I didn't like Elektra. Nor did Jeff.

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HARRY GASPS

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As soon as I saw her, I knew she was trouble. Big trouble.

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Who did this?

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Elektra.

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-You freak!

-Get off of me!

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You blue-haired freak!

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Ow! Get off! Get off me!

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That's enough!

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No, Mike!

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I'm not finished with her!

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-No, Mike!

-Right, enough!

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Now I've got to know her much better

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and I've come to realise

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that I was dead right.

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MUSIC: "She's Electric" by Oasis

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Elektra is...complicated.

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She's angry and manipulative

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and worst of all, she's smart.

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She's good at putting on an act.

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She certainly fooled me that first day.

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And for a girl who can pull the wool over my eyes,

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Carmen was just too easy a target.

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KNOCK AT THE DOOR

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-Are you OK?

-I'm fine.

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Sorry, I'm just having a bad day.

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So, why did you want to fight Liam?

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I don't. Everywhere I go, someone beats me up on the first day.

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I wanted to get it out of the way.

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-That's awful.

-You get used to it.

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So Carmen gave Elektra the benefit of the doubt.

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Of course, she regretted it later

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when she found out what Elektra was really like, but here's the thing.

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The tough hard-face Elektra isn't the real Elektra either.

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Underneath it all, she's almost human.

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With me, what you see is what you get. Simple.

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-I don't think that's true.

-What?

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Behind the loudmouth troublemaker front,

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I think there's a caring person in there.

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I'm not a caring person.

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-Oh, really?

-Yeah.

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You know what, shut up, Beaker, you don't even know me.

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Maybe I know Elektra more than she realises.

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I know about acting tough when you're hurting inside

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which might be why I can see right through her.

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Every now and then, the mask slips,

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just for a little while.

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You can borrow it if you like.

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Nah, it's too pretty for me.

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What do you mean, too pretty? You are pretty.

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No, I'm not, I'm ugly.

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Rubbish. You can wear it tomorrow and then it'll have a memory.

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What memory?

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Um, the day I realised that me and Elektra could be friends.

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Hang on while I puke everywhere.

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Fine, then give it back. I don't care.

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No. Sorry, it's just...

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I never had anything nice before, so...

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Honestly, Elektra,

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you're just so...

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So what?

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Just so!

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Aw. Course, it didn't last.

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It all went wrong pretty quickly.

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-Elektra?

-As soon as Carmen changed her mind.

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Could I have my necklace back, please?

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But you said I could wear it today.

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Um, because, I was kind of planning to give it to Lily

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-as a welcome home present.

-Oh!

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That's great. Give Lily the present you were going to give me first!

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It wasn't a present.

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More of a...

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borrow.

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Yeah? "The day I realised Elektra and me could be friends!"

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Know what, I don't want your stinking necklace.

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Why would I even want a stupid piece of plastic all for your friend?

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I'm sorry, Elektra, you can take it... Ow!

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Oops, I slipped.

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Mike, you've seen a lot of kids go through the Dumping Ground.

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What do you make of Elektra?

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Elektra's...

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-Complicated?

-Yeah.

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Yeah. She's been through a lot, so she tries to protect herself.

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She puts this hard face on, so she doesn't get hurt.

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So what can we do to help her?

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We can try and respect her, and not judge her too harshly.

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There's a great girl in there somewhere.

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If we keep being there for her, she'll eventually shine through.

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When do you think that might be?

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By the time you retire, if we're lucky.

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Elektra can be trouble, but there's only one of her.

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Imagine coping with three Elektras.

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Actually, I don't need to imagine. I know exactly what it was like.

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When the Wellards first hit the Dumping Ground

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they made quite an impression.

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The Wellards believed in arriving with a bang.

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They were not to be messed with

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and they wanted everyone to know that from day one.

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THEY YELL

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What are you doing?

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This is a Wellard's room.

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-Ha-ha!

-Wellard's room.

-Course it is. Silly us.

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Sorry, we're just... tidying up for you, yeah.

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Pass me an egg, Marco.

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Pass us an egg, Chantelle.

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Everyone was fair game for the Wellards. Kids, adults...

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Oops.

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Even innocent dollies.

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Uh-oh! Another terrible accident!

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Bye-bye, dolly!

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I'd just moved out to live with Cam. Again.

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But I was still the undisputed Queen of the Dumping Ground

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so when there Wellards took over, everyone came running to me.

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Tracy, can we stay?

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Oh, well, I am very busy!

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Aw, Tracy, seriously, we can't go home!

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The Dumping Ground's been taken over by aliens.

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Yeah, please, Tracy.

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Honestly, there's no escaping from you lot, is there?

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Time to find out if these Wellards could stand up

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to a little people power.

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-I'm Tracy Beaker.

-Yeah!

-You might have heard of me.

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Charge!

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So there you go.

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All it took was a military charge from the entire Dumping Ground,

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led by me, and the Wellards crumbled.

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Well, we won that one anyway.

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But the Wellards didn't give up just like that.

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Whenever there was a chance to big up the legend of the Wellard clan,

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they would take it.

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-I was thinking.

-Makes a change.

-Rio's dad.

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Why's he in jail?

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Umm. Teacher abuse.

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Rio's teacher gave him detention so his dad paid him a visit

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and tied him to the seat with sticky tape.

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Not so bad though, is it?

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It is when it's the last day before the summer holidays.

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They found him six weeks later.

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So, Rio's dad was a dangerous criminal then.

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No wonder Rio was such a hard case.

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It all fitted in perfectly with the Wellard image.

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The only snag was none of it was true.

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-Rio's dad.

-What about him?

-Why's he in prison?

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-Because the police caught him, stupid.

-For stealing?

-Yeah.

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-What's it got to do with you anyway?

-Stealing?

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-You said Rio's dad was in prison for teacher abuse.

-Stole dogs as well.

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And robbed banks.

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Rio's dad isn't even in jail at all.

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-What's going on?

-Rio lied about his dad being in prison.

-I haven't.

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-Then why is your dad in jail?

-You don't have to tell him.

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My dad's in jail because...

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..because he stole a car.

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And he drove it to this big bank and then he went inside and nicked

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all this stuff from the safe,

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and money and jewels, and money and stuff.

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Everything, he stole everything in the whole place. The lot.

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Dad didn't flinch.

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Not even when the big angry guard dogs started growling

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and showing their teeth.

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GROWLS

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That's my dad, see. Not frightened of anything. Nothing at all.

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He's a hard man, a tough nut, a real hero.

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LOUD BARK

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-He's making it up!

-I'm not.

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Crash had made a big mistake. He was trying to be mates with Rio.

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Crash's dad really was in jail

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so he'd thought they had something in common.

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He wasn't impressed to find out that Rio had lied.

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I only said my dad was in jail to frighten Lol.

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I didn't know your dad had... I didn't know...

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At least you know where your dad is. I don't even know WHO mine is.

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So, the Wellards weren't quite what they seemed.

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Funny how often that happens.

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If you take the trouble to dig beneath the surface,

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you'll find all sorts of surprises.

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What have we learned so far

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about first impressions to put into the Tracy Beaker Survival Files?

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Elektra and the Wellards deliberately went out of their way

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to look tough but that's not always how it works.

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Some people can make a bad first impression, totally by accident.

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Hold that.

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I wonder how fast this thing goes.

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# White riot, I wanna riot

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# White riot, a riot of my own

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# White riot, I wanna riot... #

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Take Liam. High-spirited, fun-loving, enjoys a good laugh.

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Wait your turn.

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Yeah, he can be a bit of a tearaway but his heart's in the right place.

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That's how his friends see him,

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but when Liam decided to borrow a mobility scooter,

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the owner saw things a bit differently.

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Oi! Get off!

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Mr Spooner, who owned the scooter, was not impressed,

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nor were the police.

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So Mike begged Liam to try harder to impress the magistrate.

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Liam, face the front. Take your hands out of your pockets

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and try to make a good impression for the magistrate.

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I despair with Liam sometimes. This was really serious, you know?

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He could have been looking at time in a young offenders' institute.

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The least he could do was try

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and make a good impression with the magistrate.

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BEEPING

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What's with the phone?! I don't believe you. This is big stuff.

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All right.

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Tracy, what am I doing wrong? He's out of control.

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PHONE BEEPS

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-Gus has got a date!

-Tracy.

-Good morning.

-Sorry.

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At times like this, it's important to give the right impression.

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We had to look responsible and serious

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and Liam needed to show he was sorry for what he'd done.

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He's the thieving beggar who took my scooter.

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Thank you, we have your statement.

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He might as well have taken my legs. I can't go anywhere.

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-What, you've still got your scooter.

-But it's broken because of you.

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-Give him the maximum, go on. He's a little menace.

-You lying old codger.

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-Quiet.

-See, no respect.

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-This is the thanks an old war hero gets.

-Quiet!

-It wasn't going well.

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Spooner had called Liam a young thug

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so it was up to Liam to prove that basically, he's a decent lad.

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To be honest, my hopes weren't that high.

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This isn't the first time

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you've been before a magistrate, Mr O'Donovan.

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I don't have any parents to show me a good way, your Honour,

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living in care.

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We've read your file and it would appear

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previous punishments have not acted as a deterrent.

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I'm afraid this time we shall have to consider a more serious sentence.

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I knew I was going down but my sentence was worse than I thought.

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Seven days of community service working with old people.

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That was bad enough,

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then they told me which old people I was working with.

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-Aah! Didn't think he'd have the guts to show.

-You?

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Come to do his time, he has.

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Help himself, more like, thieving little beggar.

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No way was I sticking round for a week.

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As soon as Spooner would see me, he'd start banging on again.

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He was doing my head in.

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What are you doing hanging around here for? Casing my room, eh?

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I'm sorry about your scooter. I'm not a thief,

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I wasn't casing your room.

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Eavesdropping though, weren't you, little tyke?

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Are you all right?

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No. Yeah, just get me to a chair.

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COUGHS

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Look, I'm going to get you some help, OK?

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No, this is just a dizzy spell, that's all. I've had them before.

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They'll only fuss.

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When someone collapses in front of you,

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you've got to make sure they're all right.

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I wanted to get out of there as fast as possible

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but then I spotted something on the wall.

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That the war?

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No, Suez Canal crisis, doing my national service.

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-National service, what's that?

-In my day,

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you had to join the army for two years whether you liked it or not.

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-You just did it?

-Of course.

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Happy days. All gone now.

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So that's how you got all them medals?

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I don't like to talk about it.

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You did in the courtroom.

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You lot have it easy nowadays.

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Those fellas, they were the only family I had.

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I've got no family either.

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I don't like to talk about it.

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You did in the courtroom.

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All of a sudden, something amazing happened.

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The thieving little beggar and the lying codger started swapping stories.

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It turned out they had more in common than they thought.

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A right old scrape that was.

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I think I was chased for about a mile before the old bill got me.

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-I don't think I could keep that up now.

-No.

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Look, I'm sorry about the scooter. I was just mucking about, honest.

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Look, forget the scooter. It's been nothing but trouble.

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I've spent nearly all my savings on it and it still won't work.

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Look at that lot.

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150 quid for brakes? What brakes?

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Look, I'm no expert but I think this guy's ripping you off.

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No, he wouldn't do that. He's ex-forces.

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We look out for each other, like family.

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Spooner thought all young lads were trouble

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and all ex-soldiers were heroes but life's not that simple.

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Some people you hate, they can surprise you by doing good things

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and the people you trust, they can let you down.

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Oh, keen customer. That's what I like, Mr Spooner.

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We don't need to go through it all again, eh?

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Two honest squaddies like us.

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You really are a class act, Eddie. What's this?

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150 quid a service, 200 for wheel bearings. It goes on.

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About two grand's worth of bills.

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On top of what Mr Spooner paid you

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for that heap of rubbish that you sold him.

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What's this, Mr Spooner?

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-You hired some yob to shake me down or something?

-No, Eddie.

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He's just an honest young lad who opened my eyes.

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You're a cheat, a liar and a thief.

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Give me one good reason why I shouldn't call the police?

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So I helped Spooner out and he realised just because

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I borrowed his scooter doesn't make me a violent yob,

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and I realised he weren't so bad for a shouty old man,

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so we'd both changed.

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Just goes to show, you shouldn't always judge a book by its cover.

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You can't tell everything about someone by their age,

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the way they dress or seem to behave at first sight.

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'Certainly no-one had Mr Spooner down as a boy racer,

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'but it's easy to be taken in by appearances.

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'Even I've been known to make that mistake.'

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Sorry, couple number one. Thank you and good night.

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'Looking back, I could have been more open-minded.'

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Potential family number two -

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you think someone as cool as me could live with that hairdo?

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Get real, lady.

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'I could have tried to get past my first impressions.'

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-They're here! 'Especially when it was important.'

-Wait there.

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'When I was meeting people who could have changed my whole life,

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'like potential foster parents.'

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Tracy,

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this is Mr and Mrs Brown.

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-Call me Terry.

-I'm Jill, pleased to meet you.

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-There must be a mistake.

-What?

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These people are old.

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But there was one visitor to the Dumping Ground

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who I definitely wanted to impress.

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She wasn't coming to foster anyone, at least that's what she thought.

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She thought she was coming to write an article about care homes.

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I've written about how upset my foster parents were

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when I made them bring me back,

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so I've drawn a picture of them crying a river of tears.

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More like tears of happiness, getting shot of you.

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This couldn't even go in a puddle, let alone a river.

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-Come over here and help me tidy this lot away.

-I can't.

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I won't have enough time to finish this before the writer gets here.

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I'd better start at the top then work my down then, had I?

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I don't know why you're bothering. I bet she won't even read it.

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So there was this writer called Cam coming to meet us

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and I wanted to be a writer.

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I knew we were bound to get on

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and that she would foster me, eventually,

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but just to be safe, I decided to go the extra mile

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to make an impression.

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-Hi, I'm Cam Lawson.

-Hello, Jenny Edwards. Do come in.

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Cam, what do you remember about the first day

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you came to the Dumping Ground?

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I was a bit nervous, really. Don't know why.

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I suppose I had no idea what to expect,

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what all of you would think of me.

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The kids I did meet certainly made an impression.

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This is my granny.

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She's dead, and so's my mum. They're angels in Heaven now.

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There was one who stood out from the crowd.

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Someone's been using my make-up. One person's missing

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and when I get my hands on her I'll kill her.

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Hello!

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At first, the crowd was stunned into silence as Tracy Beaker,

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the glamorous best-selling writer

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arrived to be interviewed by another famous best-selling writer.

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Then they couldn't control themselves a moment longer

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and went absolutely wild!

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No-one told us there was going to be a freakshow.

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Cast your mind back then, to the moment we met.

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What was your first impression?

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Hard to say. I couldn't really see you under about 15 tons of make-up.

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Yeah, maybe the make-up was a mistake.

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Should have gone for more glitter.

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Hmm, more glitter?

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Could have worked.

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Now, Tracy, come and meet Cam.

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Tracy's the girl I told you about who wants to become a writer.

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Tracy, a writer?

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Yeah, that's really going to happen(!)

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Give that back!

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I'm Tracy Beaker, with my incredible heart-rending story.

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Tragic - she's only cut out a picture from a magazine

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pretending it's her mum.

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You two girls, stop that!

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Now, be honest. It wasn't the perfect start.

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-You made sure I could never forget you.

-I hate you.

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I'm sorry about this, Cam.

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You're a total headcase, Tracy Beaker.

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I thought I'd blown it. Cam would never want to see me again.

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Bog off, Jenny. I hate you.

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You knew how much I wanted to meet that writer.

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And I hate that Justine Littlewood. She always spoils everything.

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Tracy, it's me, Cam.

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I just wanted to tell you that I've looked through your life book

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and you've written some fantastic stuff.

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I adored the bit about your foster parents and the river of tears.

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Showed a lot of imagination.

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The thing is, first impressions can often go wrong.

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That's why it's good to give everyone

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a second chance to get it right.

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That's what I did.

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No, not exactly.

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Are you just saying that because you feel sorry for me? You better not,

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-because I don't care.

-I know.

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No, you don't. I'm the one stuck in here, not you!

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I bet you're not even a proper writer.

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Writers don't bite their nails or wear tatty jeans.

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You look like a right loser, you do. Not rich and glamorous at all.

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That's how smart writers are.

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Really smart with posh hair and swanky clothes and loads of make-up,

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and loads and loads, and loads and loads and loads.

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So what did you think of me after that?

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Well, if I'm going on first impressions,

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I thought you were stroppy, moody, difficult...

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-Hang on!

-Rude, unreasonable, obstinate.

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But when you got to know me better...

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I found out you were all those things and more.

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Go on, put the boot in, why don't you?

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But I also found out that I wouldn't want you any other way,

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-because then you wouldn't be you.

-Aww.

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Thank you!

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Lucky for Cam I made such a big first impression,

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or she could have missed out on all the happiness

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I have brought into her little world.

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So, what have we learnt about first impressions

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to upload into my Survival Files?

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So, that's the Beaker guide to first impressions safely uploaded

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to the Tracy Beaker Survival Files.

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More gems of wisdom from my experiences next time.

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On this occasion, your first impression is right.

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It's going to be unmissable.

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Remember,

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I've been through all this so you don't have to.

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