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Xmas Special

Click celebrates Christmas! The team unwraps some Christmas goodies and looks back at the best bits of Click from 2016.


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what they got up to, in the Click-mas special.

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This week, a Click Christmas with digital jumpers,

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hatched technology and tie fighters.

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Hello and welcome to the annual Click get together.

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Cue Christmas cheer.

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And enough.

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We have everyone here, Jen, Steve, Nick, Laura,

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Mark and Kate Russell.

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Hello.

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Hello.

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I have sought out a little Christmas gift for you.

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Thank you very much.

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It's an egg.

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It is an egg.

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Right.

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Inside it is a hatchable, it's the latest robotic, interactive toy.

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It's got loads of sensors and it's for ages five and up and your child

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basically has two nurture the ache in order to hatch it and then it

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breaks its way out of the egg and then you teach at games.

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You care for it, basically.

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We have to feed it.

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You're going to be a daddy.

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Thank you very much.

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I shall name you later.

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Better put it somewhere not on the table so we don't

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accidentally eat it.

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We have had some adventures this year.

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We have been all over the place and Click is a 52 week a year

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production, so it is difficult to get the whole team in one room.

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This is the kind of thing we have been doing this year.

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I am so Luke Skywalker.

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My bad.

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Half a billion pixels on display here.

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Some of the most extraordinary athletes you will see this year.

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Say hello to the Mega Bot Mark II.

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The world's highest glass walkway.

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This is absolutely stunning.

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This week we are going to look back at some of our best bits from 2016

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and we start with a really positive story in a place that you wouldn't

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think there was any positivity at all.

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Earlier in the year, Jen went Jordan, to the border

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with Syria, to look at some of the innovation happening

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in Syrian refugee camps there.

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That's right.

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I went to Zaatari, the biggest refugee camp in Jordan.

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There are 80,000 refugees living there and it's actually

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a community of makers.

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I was fascinated to find out and they are making some incredible

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technology out of some very rudimentary things in the camp.

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The main street here in Zaatari is called Champs Elysee.

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It is a play on two things, the Champs Elysee in Paris

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and the word Syrians refer to Damascus by,

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Cham.

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There are several hundred shops lining this street and you can find

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everything from bridal dresses to vegetable shops,

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barbershops and even quite a few mobile phone shops.

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Technology here is being used in inventive ways to ease

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daily life here.

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The camp is a community of makers and one of the most innovative

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people we met is Safwan.

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Three years ago Safwan fled the violence in Syria

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with two family members.

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They all have disabilities and struggle to get around

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on the unpaved roads.

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He wanted to have more independence and designed an electric bike around

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spare parts he found.

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The brakes.

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Giving refugees access to technology and education is the focus

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of a group called Refugee Openware.

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One of its start-ups is focused on fabrication technology,

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including 3-D printing.

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Assam was an ambulance driver in Syria and lost his leg

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in a bomb explosion.

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As well as customising his prosthetics he helped a young Yemani

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boy, named Zain, who lost part of his hand in a fire.

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They were able to include elements of Zain's favourite cartoon

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character, Ben 10, in the design, all for just 75 US dollars.

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Assam also helped develop a 3-D printing system using haptic

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feedback for another Syrian refugee named Ahmed.

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He was blinded by a sniper shot that went through his eyes.

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The echolocation system helps guide him to walk around unaided.

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They are planning to open fabrication labs in a refugee camp

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in Turkey and in the North Jordanian city of Irbid.

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It is a small but positive step to harness the talents of people

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forced into exile and help integrate them into a new country.

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Brilliant.

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That was Jen and for the next part of the programme I have had to clear

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the room because there is a serious danger to human life

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in this next item.

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Is that not right?

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It is exactly right.

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The last few years, one of the biggest gift people have been

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getting is, of course, drones.

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Now, for the next few Christmases a Star Wars movie will be

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released as well.

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As it should be.

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Exactly.

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Combine the two and what do you end up with?

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Star Wars drones.

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Now, there is something special about these drones,

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isn't there Spencer?

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They are not just drones we can fly about, we can actually

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engage in combat.

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They are armed with infrared guns which means you can fly them

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about and then press the fire button.

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You are going to get your best Anakin Skywalker on,

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well it would be Luke Skywalker because you have the X-Wing

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and I have Darth Vader's Tie Fighter.

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When a shot is registered we get a rumbling in the controller

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and you have got three lives there as well.

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Feel the force.

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The force is strong with this one.

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Talking of which, you met an amazing flying man this year.

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A man who flies like a bird.

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His name is Yves Rossi.

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He has an apprentice now called Vince who is based out in Dubai

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and he is the Jet Man.

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He has built and designed this enormous jet wing that allows him

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to fly in excess of 100 mph at about 5,500 feet.

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It is really quite remarkable.

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We went for a flight with him and saw what he does.

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Jet Man's training centre is based at this hangar in the desert outside

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Dubai.

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Today, I am going to watch him do his jet powered thing up close.

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How are you feeling?

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Good.

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Charged.

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Ready to fly.

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In this hangar, Yves and his team maintain the jet wings

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which are capable of flying at 189 mph.

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You are not flying solo anymore?

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No, that is the big advantage now, to have a friend with me in the air.

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Vince.

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Vince has plenty of airborne experience as a three-time

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world champion skydiver.

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As a kid I would watch the magazine and I would see what Yves was doing

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as a pilot and as a pioneer of wing shooting and flying.

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I would see who he was.

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Outside the hangar, things are getting a bit noisy.

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This is why we got up early.

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Our ride has arrived.

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With the chopper on the flight line, it is time for Yves to become

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the Jet Man.

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No flight would be complete without an inspirational soundtrack.

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I notice that as well as lacking doors, this particular helicopter

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lacks seats in the back as well.

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OK, 20 seconds until launch.

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That is without a doubt the most bonkers thing I have ever seen.

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So, we can just see Yves in the distance.

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He is flying formation with the helicopter.

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There he is.

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He is going to fly parallel with the helicopter right now.

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Oh, my word.

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You will believe a man can fly.

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He has got about eight minutes' worth of fuel on board that.

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Here he comes again.

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So, we are just coming into land now, but Yves is going to land

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by a slightly different method.

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Just in the distance out there, you can see him.

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His parachute is deployed and he will land right back

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at his hangar.

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Truly incredible stuff.

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As you can see, we have reached that part of the Christmas dinner now.

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I will crack on, though.

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My most memorable moment of the year was when I visited Cern

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and the Large Hadron Collider and had a jolly good cry.

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Having a moment.

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We were really lucky to be able to see inside the collider

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and the CMS experiment because they they had opened it

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up for cleaning.

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Even better, we filmed the whole thing in 360,

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so you can take a peek inside.

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Welcome to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

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Right now, you are standing inside Cern, the European Organisation

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for Nuclear Research.

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You have got a view that very few people will ever see.

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We are about 100 metres beneath the Swiss-French border

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and above you is just one of the experiments

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at the Large Hadron Collider.

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Itself the largest machine in the world.

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In a few minutes we will head up there.

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On that cherry picker, to see what happens when you smash

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particles together at close to the speed of light.

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Before we do, let me show you what kit you need to get things

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going that fast.

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So, here we are walking along part of the long circular tunnel that

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houses the LHC.

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That is it next to you, that is the Large Hadron Collider.

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That collection of magnets.

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It is a 27 kilometre long loop.

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There are four experiments on the LHC and ten accelerators

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in the complex which, together, accelerate bunches of particles

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to close to the speed of light.

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This cavern contains the CMS experiment.

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Although there is nothing compact about it, if you ask me.

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This is one of the places that helped to discover the Higgs Boson.

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So, that big shiny pipe above you is connected

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to the tunnels that we were just in.

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When the beams of particles are going fast enough,

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tiny adjustments are made to bring those two beams together until,

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right here, they collide.

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In an instant, the particles are smashed to pieces

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and it is these even smaller particles that the CMS can detect.

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It is an enormous sensor that looks pretty fundamental building blocks

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of the universe.

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By using even higher energy collisions, the Cern scientists hope

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to find other particles and explain mysteries like dark energy and dark

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matter, which makes up 95% of the matter in our universe.

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This is big science performed on the tiniest of scales.

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That was Cern in 360, and this is the Clickmas

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table in 360.

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Everybody wave at the camera.

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The brilliant thing about filming in 360 is you can do really weird

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things with the picture on normal TV, like this.

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You can also feel like you are genuinely sitting in the middle

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of our table on a candle.

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If you go to the link on the screen, you can see us surrounding

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you, about to eat you.

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The man behind the 360 show is this man over here.

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Steve Beckett, who is wearing the beautiful augmented

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reality Christmas jumper.

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Why?

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What do you think of this?

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It is a little bit scary. It is a little bit scary.

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Terrifying.

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From one engineering marvel at Cern and to another engineering

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marvel now that spans two mountains in China.

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Dan Simmons went to the oldest national park in China.

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Tucked away on the edge of this World Heritage site,

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someone has decided to build a bridge from the middle of nowhere

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to the middle of nowhere.

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Unlike me, they hope, the thousands of visitors

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who will come here will not be too scared to look down.

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300 metres through the highest glass walkway in the world.

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These are the final days of construction for this three-year

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project, more than 300 engineers have worked through all weather

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conditions to build what is also the longest glass-bottomed bridge

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in the world.

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A breathtaking 430 metres.

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Crossing the Chinese Grand Canyon.

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The walkway itself is just 60 centimetres thick,

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so the challenge to keep everything stable has required

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some fresh thinking.

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70 glass balls are to be positioned on the springs along the walkway.

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They have been designed to move to counter any swaying.

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These curved railings will persuade up to 800 visitors

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to keep changing direction.

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Offsetting the resonance caused by hundreds walking

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at a constant speed.

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Our hosts were keen to show just how safe I was.

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Each panel of the walkway has three layers of toughened glass

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held together by glue.

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Here goes.

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SHOUTING

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It looks like you can see the top glass has shattered here.

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SHOUTING

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We're OK.

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LAUGHTER

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Do you know what, I think this might be safe.

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OK, guys, we get the point.

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That has to be the finest shot that anyone in this programme has

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shot in forever, surely.

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OK, fair enough.

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One of the other amazing things we saw this year

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was in Zurich when we went to see the first bionic games.

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That was brilliant.

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It was incredible to see the latest in robotic arms, prosthetic limbs,

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motorised wheelchairs, brain controls, an amazing day.

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It was also a competition for the people who created the devices.

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66 teams from all over the globe have been designing,

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building and training for this very unique competition.

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Disabled athletes, known as pilots, will be competing using

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advanced assistive devices.

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It is the brainchild of this man, Robert Reiner, a professor

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for sensory motor systems at ETH Zurich.

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It is an event for people with disabilities who are allowed

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to use any kind of technology.

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That technology helps them to better perform in daily life activities,

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so we are focusing on the challenge of daily life and allowing

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technology to help people with very severe disabilities.

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Each of the six disciplines will have qualifiers in the morning

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before the grand finals in the afternoon.

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How do you win?

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Simple, get round the course or through the obstacles

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in the shortest time while incurring the lowest number of penalties.

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The powered arm prosthesis race is not just about power,

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it is about precision and reliability.

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The teams need to come up with the best ideas

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to help their pilots grip, twist and balance their way along

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the obstacle course.

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The race is designed to test how well pilots can work

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with their prosthesis to complete tasks that would typically be

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challenging for them.

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Yes, this is the race where the mightiest tech

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in the world can be foiled by the humble clothes peg.

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What is the next challenge you feel you could reasonably overcome

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to better the product?

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The next thing that is a big technical challenge that

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would improve the functionality is the touch sensitive

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nature of the fingers.

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There is no feedback at the moment in commercially available hands

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for getting the signal back to the body.

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The ultimate victor was a group of biomechanical engineering

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students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

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Together with their pilot, Bob Ridoce, himself an expert

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in prosthesis, they went for a slightly more established

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body-powered approach.

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This means that physical movements like reaching forward

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or lifting your shoulders are used to control the device.

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While this gold medal idea might have won the day, in the end,

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just crossing the line was enough to send most teams home happy.

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The wheelchair final was a much closer run thing for the four

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finalists, and again you can really see the variety

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of ideas and designs.

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The Hong Kong team went for these caterpillar tracks,

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which made short work of the rumble strips.

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That is not a wheelchair, that is a wheel tank.

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That lack of suspension really gave the pilot a rocky ride

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on the uneven ground.

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And balance was the big issue as these chairs

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arrived at the stairs.

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The climax of the event, with three pilots all reaching

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them at the same time.

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As the Hong Kong pilot had to endure being thrown about,

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Florian Houser showed off the clever weight-shifting feature

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of the Swiss chair, which ensured that he did not topple over.

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In the final seconds, the Swiss team came from third

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place to beat Hong Kong by just five seconds.

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MUSIC PLAYS

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CHEERING

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Now, that was a tiny snippet of what was a really special show.

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If you missed it or would like to watch it again,

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it is still on iPlayer.

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Just scroll back to October.

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It is nearly time to go.

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First we have to check on our hatchling here.

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How is it doing?

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It has hatched.

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There it is.

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It is a beautiful thing.

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Wake it up.

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Wake up, little hatchling.

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Oh, dear.

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Now it grows up and you teach it things and one of the fun things

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you can do is teach it to speak, so you can say happy

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Christmas, Spencer.

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Happy Christmas, Spencer.

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Joy, the world has just become a better place.

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It is for ages five and up, and the side-effect of it hatching

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is these tiny bits of plastic do break off, so if you have young kids

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around, obviously be very wary that you shouldn't leave them

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to their own devices.

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These are a choking hazard.

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Take care, but otherwise it is cute.

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Delightful.

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One more world first that we took part in this year.

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This year, Kate and I hosted Click's first live show in front

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of a studio audience.

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Is there anybody there?

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That was interesting.

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Are you ready?

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Yes.

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I said, are you ready?

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Yes!

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Let's go.

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CLICK THEME PLAYS

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Now, if you were not lucky enough to be in the audience, don't worry.

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We recorded the whole thing, and we will be showing highlights

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and behind the scenes stuff from the show

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on the programme next week.

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Thank you very much for watching our Clickmas special.

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There is only one thing left to do, which is the word's first 360

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degrees cracker pull.

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Merry Clickmas.

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I am the winner.

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Oh!

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