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The Cap : The race of the sun

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52 pages

Manuel’s mother opened an ecological hotel on the outskirts of Darwin, where all the family moved too. Amongst the guests, Dr. Fast stands out, a scientist who has designed a solar driven car and who took it upon himself to compete in an extraordinary race. But Fast’s desire to compete was for ever being undermined by the constant attempts at sabotage of a pair of wrong doers. On the other hand, there will be new play mates and games for Manuel arriving at the hotel, to accompany him at this stage of his life, in which he is developing a deep ecological conscience.

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The day just starting is going to turn out a memorable one for Manuel. He is desperate to learn the surprise that his mother has been holding back from him lately....
MAMAMAMA.... IT’S DAY TIME NOW!
BUT MANUEL, IT’S STILL VERY EARLY ...
BUT YOU SAID THAT TODAY IS SURPRISE DAY AND IT’S ARRIVED!
OKAY, WELL THEN...WHAT A PATIENCE!
WELL, THEN, WHAT’S HAPPENING? WHY ARE WE GOING?
TAKE IT EASY MANUEL. WE’LL SOON BE THERE. THEN YOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED.
WHERE ARE WE GOING? THE SURPRISE ISN’T GOING TO BE ANOTHER JOURNEY, IS IT? DAD, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR JOB? I DON’T WANT TO GO AWAY!
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WELCOME TO SUN GARDEN, YOUR NEW HOME.
NO, MANUEL, I’M STILL CARRYING ON WITH MY JOB AS A CROCODILE KEEPER IN THE KAKADU NATIONAL PARK.
HOME? NEW HOME? PHEW! I DON’T GET IT!
SUN GARDEN IS AN ECOLOGICAL HOTEL. I’VE SPENT MONTHS GETTING IT UP AND RUNNING.
THIS HOTEL IS ECOLOGICAL FOR SEVERAL REASONS. YOU’LL SEE...
WE’RE GOING TO TRY AND ENSURE THAT THE MAJORITY OF PRODUCE WE USE IN THE KITCHEN COMES FROM OUR OWN VEGETABLE GARDEN.
AN ECOLOGICAL HOTEL? WHY IS IT ECOLOGICAL?
… THE WOOD USED IS ALL RECYCLED OR FROM A WOOD WITH RENEWABLE SOURCING. THE SHEETS, BLANKETS AND TOWELS ARE COTTON AND WOOL. WHEREVER POSSIBLE WE’VE STEERED CLEAR OF USING PLASTICS AND SYNTHETIC MATERIALS.
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WE’VE GOT A WATER TREATMENT PLANT. IT’S ABOUT A SYSTEM WHICH RECYCLES WASTE WATER AND ALLOWS IT TO BE REUSED, FOR EXAMPLE, TO IRRIGATE GARDENS. BUT WE STILL HAVEN’T GOT ALL THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLED.....
WE’LL USE SOLAR POWER TO HEAT ALL THE WATER WE NEED.
WE’ VE GOT LOW CONSUMPTION TAP WORK PUT IN, WE’LL USE BIODEGRADABLE DETERGENTS, I’LL MAKE SOAP MYSELF, WE’LL RECYCLE OUR WASTE AND....
I AGREE WITH DAD, HA, HA, HA, HA!
HA, HA, HA! A BITY AT A TIME, WOMAN! I THINK WE ‘RE OVERBURDENING HIM WITH TOO MUCH INFORMATION TOO SOON…
WE DECIDED TO GRANT YOUR WISH BECAUSE HORSES WILL BE USEFUL FOR US: GUESTS WHO CAN RIDE HORSEBACK WILL BE ABLE TO GO DOWN ONTO THE BEACH WITH THEM.
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THERMO SOLAR ENERGY? WHAT IS THAT?
YOU’LL LEARN, INSTEAD OF USING GAS OR ELECTRICITY, WE’LL USE THE ENERGY FROM THE SUN.
BESIDES, WE’VE GOT ANOTHER SURPRISE FOR YOU, MANUEL. LOOK TO THE FRONT.
GURGLE!
WOW! HORSES! I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE HORSES!
GOOD, NOW WE’RE GOING TO OUR NEW HOME. WE’LL HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT, WON’T WE?
HELLO DR. FAST, PLEASE, TAKE A SEAT.
I’LL GIVE IT SOMETHING BACK AS WELL; I’LL DO SOMETHING MEMORABLE FOR IT, YOU’LL SEE!
AND HE HASN’T CHARGED US ANYTHING. ALL HE ASKS IN RETURN IS THAT WE PUT HIM UP WHILE HE FINISHES OFF HIS PROJECT.
BUT, WHAT’S THAT?
MEETING UP HERE WITH DR. FAST WAS JUST A SURPRISE. IT WAS HE WHO INSTALLED THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT, THE SOLAR PANELS...
AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS HOTEL HAS PRETENSIONS TO RESPECTING THE PLANET. WE’VE ALWAYS PRIDED OURSELVES ON LIVING OFF THE EARTH, AND WE WANT TO RETURN THE FAVOUR.
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RIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’LL LEAVE THIS CHAIN HERE. I FOUND IT WOUND UP AND DECIDED TO KEEP IT BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THING’S LIKE THIS ARE GOING TO COME IN HANDY.
THERE’S A GHOST, CHAINED UP AND ALL! OOOOOOH ! IT’S GETTING CLOSER!
WE’LL ALL HAVE TO PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD TO MAKE SURE THIS WORKS. WE’VE RECEIVED SOME HELP, A SMALL BUSINESS GRANT AMONG OTHERS. HOWEVER, THERE’S SO MANY BILLS TO PAY…
MUM, I’M VERY SORRY, BUT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE.
WHAT ARE YOU SAYING, MANUEL ?
UMM… JUST WHAT SORT OF PROJECT IS IT?
Next day...
EH? WHAT’S HE DOING HERE?
OH, NO!
YEP ! I’M GOING TO FIND OUT JUST WHAT THE MYSTERIOUS PROJECT FROM THAT THIS DR. FAST CONSISTS OF.
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I THINK I’VE COMPLICATED IT....
HE’S CAUGHT ME. THERE’S NO WAY OUT.
OOOH!
DID YOU LIKE THE CAR?
SEE YOU, FAST!
GOOD DAY.
NO PROBLEM.
WOW! IT’S THE BEST CAR I’VE EVER SEEN!
THERE’S ONLY ONE THING I ASK FOR, YOU SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT.
I THINK IT’S AN AMAZING CAR AS WELL. DO YOU KNOW, I’M GOING TO TAKE PART IN A SOLAR CAR RALLY THAT’S HAPPENING ROUND HERE IN A FEW DAYS, CLOSE TO THE HOTEL. IF YOU WANT TO, YOU CAN HELP ME WITH SOME OF THE LAST  DETAILS.
I AM, I AM; IN FACT, I’VE GOT SOMETHING RATHER GRAND PLANNED FOR THE PLANET.
OOH! THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC. HOW PEACEFUL!
WELL, IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO, JUST RELAX. WE’VE ALREADY BEEN TO THE BEACHES WHERE YOU CAN CATCH WAVES. BESIDES, THIS IS CLOSE TO THE COAST.
MUM, THERE’S A FAMILY COMING. I THINK THEY’RE CUSTOMERS.
GOOD DAY. WE’D LIKE TO BOOK IN FOR A FEW DAYS. WE NEED A ROOM WITH A DOUBLE BED, AND ANOTHER TWIN ROOM.
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REALLY? YOUR HELPER? THAT SOUNDS GREAT!
IT’S TOO QUIET ! THERE’S NOTHING HERE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO!
OUR FIRST CUSTOMERS! WHAT A DREAM, SON! LET’S HURRY ON DOWN TO THE RECEPTION.
SEE YOU!