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Persuasion

Tracy Beaker shares advice for life. There are times when everyone needs to persuade people to see things their way.


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My name is Tracy Beaker and these are my Survival Files.

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-Your essential guide to the ups and downs of growing up.

-Tracy.

-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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Complicated stuff. Stuff that can make you want to scream.

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

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On The Tracy Beaker Survival Files this time, the art of persuasion.

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There are times when we need to persuade people

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to do things they don't want to.

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What's the best way to get people

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to do things your way?

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Let me tell you something about life at the Dumping Ground.

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You need to be able to get your point of view across.

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-Tracy, I was watching that.

-It's Busted.

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-I want to see the end.

-No, we're going to watch this.

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-It wasn't a proper go.

-Cheat! Cheat!

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-Let go!

-I want to do it!

-SHUT UP!

-Shut up, shut up!

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With any group of people living on top of each other,

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you're going to get disagreements.

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But with this lot, you get the Hundred Years' War.

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-Can you two stop arguing?

-Right, that's enough.

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Everybody, upstairs.

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'Everyone thinks they know best about everything.

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'It's like one big bust-up that never stops.'

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Can you all shut up?! Nooooooow!

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Oh!

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This is why we need the art of persuasion.

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To get others to see our point of view.

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There are lots of ways of going about it.

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Not just the Gina shouty method.

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Carmen, what's the best way to get someone to do what you want?

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You could do something for them. Or give them a present.

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You mean bribery?

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No, just, it'd be nice if they saw things the way you did.

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To persuade people, you need to use brain power.

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You got to be a smooth talker, ready with excuses and a plan B.

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I don't need any of that.

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I just quietly explain what might happen to people

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if they don't agree with me, in graphic detail.

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-And that works?

-Yeah, you'd be surprised.

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Plenty of ideas there, from the good to the bad to the impractical

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and, frankly, illegal.

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How does it work in practice?

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Take a look at persuasion power in action.

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This was a classic siege situation.

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One of the younger kids, Dolly,

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had decided to move her bedroom into the bathroom.

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# You got persuasion. #

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Dolly, are you all right? You've been in there ages.

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'Course I have, this is my bedsit.

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-Unlock the door.

-I will do later,

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when I've mixed some nice perfumes.

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Oh! I left a load of cleaning stuff

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-in there this morning.

-Oh.

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It could be really dangerous

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-if she mixes it up.

-Open the door!

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-No!

-Ah, we'll have to get the ladder.

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'How would you sort this out? With humour?'

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I'll tell you my best joke.

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Is it the one about the porcupine

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-and the custard?

-Yeah.

-No, thanks.

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'Now, that only works if the humour

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'is funny. What about kindness?'

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Dolly, come out for Lulu. I'll do my elephant impression.

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'Or vicious threats.'

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If you don't come out in ten seconds,

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I'll rip Bunny's head off.

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Fat chance, squish-face, cos he's in here!

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'Hmm, so far, so completely rubbish.

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'To persuade Dolly to come out needed something special.

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'And who would provide that? Who do you think?'

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Dolly, I've got something special for you to borrow.

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Something you really want,

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but you're going to have to come out first.

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Wicked!

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'A little reward can go a long way.

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'My generosity in giving up

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'one of my customised Beaker jumpers

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'solved the problem in no time.

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'Job done.'

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I was always going to win that one,

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but what about when the opponents are more evenly matched?

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Hey, Maxy, show me.

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'Like when Jenny and Maxy faced off

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'in the great trainer showdown.'

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Oh, that's the third pair in three months.

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"My name is Senor Sole. Buongiorno. # O sole mio.# "

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It's not funny. His clothing

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allowance has just about gone.

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New trainers definitely needed. The sensible ones that Jenny wanted

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or the cool ones that Maxy craved?

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In the Red Corner, care worker Jenny.

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A no-nonsense professional with bags of experience.

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In the Blue Corner, a talented newcomer.

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Young Maxy was a true fighter. He never knew when he was beaten.

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A boy of few words, but he always made them count.

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You smell funny.

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'You underestimated Maxy at your peril.'

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Seconds out, round one, and Maxy was off to the perfect start.

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The trainers he wanted were on his feet

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and it looked like this could all

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be over before it even started.

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-These are the ones.

-They're very popular.

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-You mean they're a fashion statement?

-I want them!

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They don't look very strong, Maxy. Let's try a few others.

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Walk.

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'In round two, Maxy went for

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'a different tactic, the fake limp.'

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Ow. Ow.

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'Check out those cries of pain.

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'He could've won an Oscar, but not from Jenny.'

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I can't believe these are the only ones that fit.

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-Shall I wrap them up for you?

-No.

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We are going to find a strong pair, aren't we, Maxy?

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-'Round three.'

-They look fantastic.

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'What a turnaround. Jenny seemed to have it in the bag.

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'The sensible trainers were bought

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'and they were about to head for home.

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'How could Maxy recover?'

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Let's lock this stuff and go and get an ice cream.

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'One last push from Jenny to persuade Maxy

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'to accept that he'd lost.'

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Next time your allowance comes,

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we'll get you the red ones as well, OK?

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'She played a bit of good cop

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'and some bad cop for good measure.'

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I said, get in the van.

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'Surely Maxy was beaten?'

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'But no, Maxy was fighting back.'

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'And then a moment of pure genius.'

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Oh, no!

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'He had the keys

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'and suddenly, the young underdog was in the driving seat.'

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Jenny was a tough old bird. She wasn't giving up easily.

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-Hiya.

-Oh, thank goodness. What a day!

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'Mike to the rescue with the spare keys.'

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Now, Maxy my lad, not clever.

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'Maxy was totally outplayed. Or so they thought.'

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Hang on, I'll give you a hand.

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'But Maxy had one more trick up his sleeve.'

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No! No, no, no!

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'Actually, the same trick.'

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Max, open the door now.

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'That was that. Jenny threw in the towel.'

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-Where you going?

-Where do you think?

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'You have to hand it to Maxy.'

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Look, red ones!

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Excellent!

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'I'd have been proud of that result.'

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I was not impressed with Maxy's behaviour that day.

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He got what he wanted, but he was selfish and childish.

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He wasted his clothing allowance and our time.

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The look on Jenny's face was priceless, though.

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What can we learn from Maxy's great victory?

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He studied his opponent, worked out her weaknesses and used them

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to his advantage. To get your own way with someone,

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you've got to know exactly how they tick.

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Here's how not to do it.

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It was the day of Cam's wedding to Gary, but I'd said I wasn't going.

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And that was final.

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What?

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It's no biggy. You go to Cam

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and what's-his-face's wedding.

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-See you when you get back.

-Let's go.

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Don't want to be late. It's a very

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special day. Come on, now. Chop-chop.

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See ya.

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'It was going to take something

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'special to change my mind.'

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Hey, kiddo.

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-You all right?

-Couldn't be better.

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What's that behind your ear?

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Don't move. There's another one.

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Wow. If I was eight, I'd find that really exciting.

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Money from behind the ear, Mike. Come on, I wasn't a baby!

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-I was a highly intelligent, mature, sensitive teenager.

-Yes.

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-Maybe I should have juggled bread rolls.

-Ha, very funny(!)

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Or how about the old walking down the invisible staircase

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behind the sofa routine?

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That would have done the trick. Surely?

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Mike was trying to cheer me up. To distract me.

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But it wasn't what I needed. I needed someone to talk to.

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About what was really on my mind.

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Crash and Jackie realised this, and they came back.

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-What's your problem?

-Isn't it obvious?

-No!

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What do most married couples do?

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-Row.

-Buy matching jumpers.

-They have babies.

-So?

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They're bound to have a baby. And it's, "Bye-bye, Tracy."

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'Cam and Gary's big moment was minutes away.'

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Come on. Let's get this show on the road.

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'But now Crash and Jackie knew the real reason,

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'they could start persuading me to change my mind.'

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Cam wouldn't do that to you.

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-You don't know that.

-Yes, I do.

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-She loves you.

-Only a nutter would throw that away.

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Before I pronounce you man and wife, it's my duty to ask

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if there's anyone here that has

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any objections to this marriage,

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-then please speak now.

-Stop the wedding!

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EVERYONE GASPS

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She's gone too far this time.

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-Tracy, don't do this.

-It's OK.

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-I wanted to make sure I didn't miss the I dos.

-Pardon?

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It's the most important part of getting married.

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Does that mean you want Gary and me to get married?

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-I do.

-And I do.

-And I do too.

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I now pronounce you man and wife.

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Though who I just married to who, I don't know.

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'Jackie and Crash proved that the best kind of persuasion

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'doesn't have to be about tricks or threats.

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'It can be just as much about listening.

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'Being a good listener is a great thing to be.'

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So, what have we learnt

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so far about persuasion to put into The Tracy Beaker Survival Files?

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We like to get our own way from time to time.

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There are many methods of persuading others that you're right.

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Humour, or a little present, might help. But threats are best avoided.

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That's not persuading people, that's just being mean or scary.

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You might need to be persistent and try different tactics,

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like Maxy did.

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And remember to study the person. If you know how they tick,

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you'll know what sort of persuasion works best on them.

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If you do your homework,

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you'll discover loads of persuasive options.

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You won't have to rely on the Gina foghorn technique.

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However, when there are a lot of people all struggling to be heard,

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there will always be those who simply go for maximum volume.

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We've got a few of those.

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Gus, how do you go about persuading people to do what you want?

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I tell them what needs to be done.

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-Finish my story.

-I'll be right back.

-Tracy!

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And if they don't listen, I tell them a little bit louder.

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Hurry, Tracy, story! Tracy! Story!

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TRAAA-CY, STOOO-RY!

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It's best to persuade people nicely.

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I hate it when people get angry or shouty. Especially Johnny.

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Tee will do what I say, when I say!

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The nicely-nicely approach might work sometimes,

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but it's about who can shout the loudest.

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I hate you. You're weird. I hate that you're my brother!

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'Nowadays, I prefer more subtle methods of persuasion.

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But as a kid, I was never shy about expressing my feelings. Loudly.

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What?! You said I was Child of the Week!

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You're not supposed to tell us stuff, then change your mind!

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You're still Child of the Week. But Louise is too.

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I'm not Child of the Week!

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Two childs make a children. Any thicko knows that!

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'Let's face it, nobody could out-shout me.'

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'My talent was legendary.

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'I became an inspiration to others.'

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The Beaker method, shout as loud

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as you can, for as long as you can.

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-Chocolate!

-I want chocolate!

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ALL: WE WANT CHOCOLATE! WE WANT CHOCOLATE!

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Sometimes, the most persuasive words aren't shouted or even spoken.

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The power of the written word can be amazing,

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as I discovered when I became an ace campaigning journalist.

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Justine, why don't you take your bag upstairs?

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Elaine the Pain was being hopeless, as usual.

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She'd let Justine Littlewood keep a telly in her room,

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which was against the rules. Elaine should have known.

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What's in the bag?

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Check this out.

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A TV! You won't be allowed to keep that in your room.

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-Elaine said I can.

-That is so unfair!

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'I decided this had to stop. Elaine had to go.'

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I'm going to get rid of Elaine the Pain for good.

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Poor dopey Elaine won't even know what hit her.

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'The Pain, herself, didn't get it, of course.'

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It's not Justine's fault,

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-so don't take it out on her.

-I'm not.

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I'm taking it out on you.

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When the daily papers get hold of

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my article about how you have favourites,

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how you're always telling us stuff, then

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changing your mind and break the rules,

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your career is going to be over.

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Get your hair done. You're going to be front-page news.

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'The pen is mightier than

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'the Pain. Surely victory was mine?

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'Until Jenny got involved.'

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-I've come to type up my article.

-May I see?

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"Stupid Social Worker Gives Grieving Kids Grief

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"In Tactless TV Treats Trauma."

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Is that a stonker of a headline, or what?

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"Social worker Elaine the Pain Boyak

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"has upset the kids in her care.

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"She's broken a house rule by giving

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"permission for one of the girls,

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"not even one of the nice ones, to have a TV in her room

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"when the others aren't allowed."

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-Tracy!

-Don't stop. You're getting to the good bit.

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"The Gazette says, 'Protect these poor,

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"'defenceless children by giving this useless social worker the sack.'"

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You can't print a story like this.

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I knew you'd take sides with Elaine the rubbish Pain!

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Elaine didn't get the sack.

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But the set-back wouldn't be the end of my campaigning journalism.

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I kept writing. Always fighting for justice.

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# I want money

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#Oh-ooh

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# That's what I want. #

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A little while back,

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money problems almost closed down the Dumping Ground.

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They're going to shut us down

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and move everyone somewhere cheaper.

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Burneywood.

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I was gutted. Losing the Dumping Ground

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would be like wiping out my past.

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And everyone knows that Burneywood is a nightmare.

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Our kids couldn't end up there.

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I wish I could do something about it.

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It's hard to make a difference on your own.

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What if I wasn't on my own?

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If enough people kick up a fuss,

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it might force the council to stop.

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Persuade is better than force.

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Persuade it is, then.

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'Gina was very positive, as usual(!)'

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-It's a bad idea.

-It's great.

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It's the only idea we've got.

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I'll write an article. The newspaper said they'd print it.

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That sounds like a "Tracy plan" to me.

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-What exactly is a Tracy plan?

-It's the only option we've got.

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-Something crazy to make people listen.

-That is a Tracy plan.

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Tracy plans work!

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'I fought as hard as I've ever fought in my life,

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'but not with shouting and screaming.

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'With a few well-chosen words in the local paper,

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'to persuade their readers that the Dumping Ground should be saved.'

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"We try to provide our young people with a proper, loving,

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"stable place to live.

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"Somewhere they feel safe and valued, where the staff

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"really care about them, and they form real emotional ties.

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"And just have fun, like real families do.

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"Young people in care need to feel

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"wanted, just like anybody else.

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"They want to know their opinions

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"matter. They like a challenge.

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"Would you chuck your children out on the street

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"because you didn't think they were worth the money?

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"I don't think so.

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"That's what the council are threatening to do here.

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"We're not taking it. We're fighting back."

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Perfect. Look.

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-Wow. That is genius.

-Looks good, doesn't it?

-Well done, guys.

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Good stuff, right? Looking back, maybe I should have left it at that.

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However, at the time, I was worried my words might not be enough.

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So, I decided to take direct action.

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-VIA MEGAPHONE:

-Don't let the council

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close us down! Save our home!

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-Stop the council from closing us down.

-Tracy! Come down!

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-I want to get up there.

-You will stay where you are!

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Tracy!

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THE CHILDREN LAUGH

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Save Elm Tree House! Don't let the council close us down!

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-What is she doing?

-Don't let

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-the council close us down!

-Milking it. And it's working.

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Don't let the council throw our young people out.

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Yes, but that's your problem, Tracy, you always take things too far.

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-I had to do something.

-You didn't have to go on the roof.

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'At first, it worked like a dream.

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'Me on the roof, campaigning for justice.

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'Getting my point across.

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'What a brilliant idea, right?

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'Turns out other people thought so too.'

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LILY SOBS

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'Lily also had a point to make.

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'Matt and Christie had fostered her sisters.

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'Now they wanted Lily to live with them.

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'But she didn't want to go.

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'And no-one had noticed that

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'Christie had turned up to take her.'

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Hi, Christie. It's a bit crazy here today.

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I can see that. I can't bear the thought of

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Lily being in all of this.

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-Give me second.

-Why don't I just take her home?

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I'll bring her back when things have calmed down.

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-Christie, actually...

-Mr Milligan! This ends now.

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At last, someone from the council. Come with me.

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I've got some people who'd love to ask you a few

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questions about the funding for Elm Tree House.

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No comment, absolutely no comment.

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So, what was the story?

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Everyone was listening to you and not taking any notice of me.

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I didn't want to go, so I thought if it was good enough for you...

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-Tracy, help me.

-What you doing? Go back inside.

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Christie's here, she wants me to live with them.

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-She's come to take me away.

-You sure?

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Let's go inside and we can talk about it.

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No. You promised you wouldn't let her take me.

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She won't. Please, Lily, let's just go back inside.

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'My big idea to get noticed

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'suddenly didn't seem so clever.'

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Lily! Please, get back in, off the roof!

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No-one will listen to me.

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I'm listening. Talk to me.

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I keep getting things wrong.

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I don't belong there.

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-Woah!

-Argh!

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Lily! Please! Lily, get off the roof now!

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Aaah!

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Tee, it's OK, she'll be fine.

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'What a disaster. I still have

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'nightmares about that moment.

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'It wasn't as bad as it looked. Lily was OK in the end.

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'But she still had to spend time in the hospital.'

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'What made it all worse was that because of me,

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'Mike's job was on the line.

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'He had to face an investigation and a tribunal.'

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It wasn't your fault.

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You're looking for someone to blame and it's Mike!

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You are not helping.

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'I was scared we'd be saying goodbye to Mike forever.'

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Mike's job was on the line.

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And if things weren't bad enough, Harry, Frank and Liam

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decided to "help" with the tribunal.

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-I tried to stop them.

-Not hard enough.

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-You can't sack Mike.

-Liam!

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-Elm Tree house wouldn't be the same.

-No, you can't do this.

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-We're begging you.

-Yeah.

-Boys, this is not the time.

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-Look at Harry, he's only little.

-Leave now.

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I am sorry the boys interrupted.

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What they did was wrong, but it shows how everyone feels.

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Mr Milligan's popularity is not in question.

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He's the best father figure they've ever had.

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The issue is one of indiscipline

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-at Elm Tree House.

-Please!

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And this is just another example of that!

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Why won't you people ever listen?

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Pretending you know what's best for us.

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-You ain't got a clue.

-Liam, enough.

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I am so disappointed in you.

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Did you imagine for one second that this was going to help?

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Our apologies, we won't make this

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any harder than it already is.

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We'll be leaving, come on.

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Mike! Mike, wait!

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I'm sure you meant well, but please, leave it. It's over.

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'So that was that.

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'The kids' attempt to persuade

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'the tribunal had ended in disaster.

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'Nothing could save Mike now. Or could it?'

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-Mike!

-Hey, Mike!

-What's she doing here?

0:25:210:25:26

Argh!

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THE CHILDREN LAUGH

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Here you go.

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Thanks, Harry.

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Have you come to say goodbye?

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Actually, no.

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Thanks to Leanne's report,

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the disciplinary panel found in may favour!

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ALL: Yay!

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-Ha-ha!

-No way?!

-Way.

-I just told the truth.

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I found a sensitive man, who's firm when he needs to be,

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and always has the welfare of those

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-in his care at heart.

-Thank you.

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That means we're all back together again.

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THEY ALL LAUGH

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You see, Mike is just amazing at his job.

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He didn't need shouting or special campaigns,

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or a bunch of kids bursting into a tribunal.

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The facts spoke for themselves.

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And that's the best kind of persuasion there is.

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What have we learnt about Persuasion to

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upload into my Survival Files?

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It's good to learn to persuade people.

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There are lots of ways of going about it.

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Shouting the loudest can work, but that's really bullying,

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not persuading. There are better ways.

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Being nice to people, or offering little rewards or presents can work.

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Being mean or threatening isn't the way I like doing things,

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although some people do resort to that.

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Clever words are brilliant,

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whether they are spoken or written down.

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Be careful, when you're trying to get your point across,

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don't lose sight of the bigger picture

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or someone could end up falling off a roof.

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Other people may have good reasons for trying to get what they want.

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Sometimes, it's good to allow yourself to be persuaded.

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That's the Beaker guide to persuasion safely uploaded to

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The Tracy Beaker Survival Files.

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# With a little persuasion. #

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More gems of wisdom from my experiences next time.

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You don't need me to persuade you not to miss it.

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

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# With a little persuasion

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# With a little finesse

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# I'll comply with any lie You're happy to express. #

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