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Rastamouse plays all the right tunes.

Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON

IF YOU need an escape from the present doom and gloom, tune in to Rastamouse on CBeebies.

He's the skate-boarding, Rastafarian mouse whose mantra is "makin' a bad ting good".

Rasta and his blinged-up reggae band, Da Easy Crew, solve mysteries whenever "tings is ruff".

Rasta has a record deal with EMI, gone international, is a surprise hit with adult viewers and the most-watched CBeebies programme on the BBC's iPlayer website. There have been complaints that the programme uses a bastardised version of the English language, but surely children are able to distinguish between speaking properly, as they do at school and home and a little mouse who insists "me tink me know who de t'ieving mouse may be".

The wonderful English language can surely withstand the gentle assault of a 10-minute cartoon.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2011
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