Dec. 7, 2020

Beavers, Boxing, and Ben


Episode 4 of Thank The Week included:

  • Christmas shopping
  • Beaver
  • Two flavours of football
  • A sexy silicon chip
  • Christmas music recommendations
  • An incredible charity challenge
  • Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate,
  • And, we solved the mystery of the selfie stick!

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

What's coming up this week? We have Christmas shopping. We have Beaver. We have two flavours of football. There's a sexy silicon chip, Christmas music recommendations and incredible charity challenge Chocolate Chocolate chocolates and we solve the mystery of the selfie stick. It's Thank The Week.

Announcer:

Thank The Week. Learning to be thankful for last week and excited for this week with your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

This is thank the week Episode Four for Monday, the seventh of December 2020. Another fantastic week, a lot to get excited about next week. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

Last Wednesday, the first Coronavirus vaccine was given approval in the UK. This is the Pfizer biontech vaccine and vaccinations are going to start as soon as this week. So really, really exciting news. Things hopefully going to get back to normal once we can get everyone in the country and in the world vaccinated. Mass vaccination centres have been set up as we speak. And I think probably most of the initial ones will be done in hospital due to the particular low temperature requirements of this vaccine. But nevertheless hugely positive step. Also last week in the UK, it was announced that shops can stay up and much longer in the run up to Christmas. The government's given local councils permission to extend opening hours, which is great news because shops have been closed for so long. During the November lockdown. There's a lot of pent up demand there. So people are very keen to get out and do their shopping, especially with Christmas coming up. I know Primark had some of their stores open for 24 hours straight after the lockdown lifted last Wednesday morning, which is pretty crazy. But this is really good news for shoppers. And obviously the staff as well who are now able to work again, and then some money. And also in the news this week. 2020 has been a great year for beavers. This week, it was announced that beavers have built a dam on x more for the first time in more than 400 years. Now x more is an area of more land in the southwest of England. beavers have only just recently been introduced there and several other places in the UK. But they actually became extinct in the country back in the 16th century because of hunting. So these busy beavers have been deployed to x more. And they've been filmed this week knowing at trees collecting lots of vegetation, building their little dams. And apparently it gives lots of good shelter for other animals and he also makes a really good contribution to flood defences. So let's all thank the beavers

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

It was a great week for English football teams in the Champions League with Chelsea Man City and Liverpool all securing results that won them their groups, and that guarantees them a place into the next stage of the Champions League with again left in the Europa League Arsenal tournament. Leicester also qualified for the next stage, as did Rangers from Scotland, so really positive for the Home Nations last week. coming up this week, we've got the final Champions League group games on Tuesday and Wednesday. And the real pick of those A's Tuesday's clash between RB Leipzig and Manchester United Manchester United still battling to get through their groups so that will be a good game to watch out for on Tuesday evening. Another positive from last week was that in England fans were allowed into the stadiums for the first time since March. Now this is a great step forward and actually watching some of Arsenal's Europa League game. On Thursday night, it was such a different experience to actually hear real fans again, and that was only 2000. But they really made themselves heard, really gives it a much better atmosphere to the game. The kind of canned atmosphere that TV stations have been putting on in the background has not quite been to my test. And especially when it's delayed if there's a goal that goes in and the cheering is a bit delayed. It's not a great experience. So it's really great to see the fans back in there. And hopefully that will increase as time goes on. The Premier League will also be back this weekend after the midweek European games pick up the games for me is Saturday at

5:

30pm. It is the Manchester Derby at Manchester United who host Manchester City In American football, our Pittsburgh Steelers when again what great news. They beat the Baltimore Ravens 1914 and it was actually a very tight game by all accounts. Next up on their way to immortality is Washington and that game is not until a Monday and if they keep this run up, I am going to get a real life American on the show to chat about the dream of this undefeated American football season. This Saturday is boxing and heavyweight boxing at that. We've got Anthony Joshua, the Brit against corporate who live who is Bulgarian and I'm told that Joshua is the WPA IBF and wb or heavyweight champion of the world. I'm not too familiar with boxing, so I did a little bit of googling and I think that means he's affiliated with the Women's Basketball Association, the irritable bowel Foundation and the world builders organisation. So clearly Joshua is a very well respected in a range of communities and we wish All the best for his boxing match this Saturday

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

As I previewed last week. It was a huge week for Fortnite fans as the online game had a massive season ending event last Tuesday night. It saw players team up with their Marvel superheroes so people like Iron Man, Thor Wolverine, and their clashed with Galactus, who I am told is the Devourer of worlds. And it was a really good team event where everyone was basically unleashing everything they had at collectors to defeat him. And then on Wednesday, the new season started with a new map and lots of new features. So Fortnite fans had a great time with that last week. Last Wednesday was an announcement that probably not many of you are going to be excited about, but I am it was the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 What is that you ask? It is a new mobile phone processor. And if you've got a state of the art mobile phone in your pocket in your hand, you should be listening to this podcast possibly through it right now that he probably has a processor that is made by Qualcomm, they make all the top end processors and some lower end processes as well. This is their new high end flagship processor, which you'll find in all the latest mobile phones that come out next year. So think of things like the Samsung Galaxy S 21. That will come out next year, that will almost certainly have this Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. What's so special about it? Well, as you would expect, it's faster, the processing is faster, the graphics are faster, it's got an improved image signal processor. And that does actually seem quite impressive. That's what the phone makers hook up their cameras to and then it can do all sorts of fancy processing. And what this means with this new signal processor is that they can shoot pictures at up to 120 pictures per second, or there's enough processing power for three times 4k streams at the same time. That's three Ultra High Definition streams being processed at exactly the same time. And also for single sensors, it can support up to 200 megapixel sensors. So it's really allowing manufacturers a lot of flexibility to do whatever they like with this next generation of processor. I also believe it is Qualcomm's first processor with integrated 5g reception, which means that 5g will be standard in all of the high end flagship phones that come out next year.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Last week, I'm sure you remember, because it was a very memorable moment I gave you permission to start listening to Christmas music. And you may remember I was looking forward to playing Jimmy Collins new album The Piano Man at Christmas. Well, I'm pleased to say it lived up to expectations. It was just as awesome as I expected it to be lovely jazz music with Jimmy's very distinctive vocals and very festive vibe all around can highly recommend it. And significantly all 10 songs on the album are completely original, which if you're looking around for Christmas music, you'd probably get a bit sick of all the cover versions. So many people so many famous artists put out albums just with 10 or 15 cover versions and don't even try and add anything new. So really hats off to Jimmy these 10 brand new songs. That's the piano man at Christmas. Now Robbie Williams has rereleased his Christmas album from 2019 that did have a lot of original songs on and there are some new additions this year. Notably a COVID related Christmas song might not sound the most festive tune, the tune is called can't stop Christmas. And there is one wonderful line that you need to listen just to hear the line and see how it slipped in so effortlessly. The line is centres on a sleigh, but now he's two metres away. If you are into music streaming, and you use Spotify for that streaming, you will find when you go into the app this week that they have their wrapped service all set up. And what that does is it gives you a summary of all your activity for 2020. What genres of music you liked, what artists you played the most what songs you played the most. And quite alarmingly, how many minutes of music you listened to. My top genres were neo soul and country. So now you're well into the festive spirit with your Christmas music. I can declare that holiday movies and now permitted that festive Christmas films you are now allowed to watch those. I would maybe say save something extremely festive, like National Lampoon's Christmas vacation, save that for a bit closer to the special day. But you can pick up some other films. And what I want to recommend to you is something I saw on Netflix recently called Holidate. I've got a bit of a reputation with my wife for liking, romantic comedies, ROM coms, and Holidate is a pretty good rom com. It starts in into Christmas, which is where it gets the festive flavour but it does go through an entire year of other holidays. It's a little bit predictable. You may understand when you see it at the start what's going to happen, but actually it's quite a good fun film and there are some really funny laugh out loud moments. So that's Holidate on Netflix For those of you who enjoy your TV to be a bit more high up In the Amazon series, The Grand Tour has a special coming out this Friday. The grand tour is the motoring show featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. And they have a special coming out called a massive hunt. So you can go and find that on amazon prime video this Friday

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Life

Craig Williamson:

The big news for us last week was the lifting of the lockdown in England that allowed things to get back to normal a little bit for us all. So my daughter had a netball last week, my son had a football practice. And the weekend he had two football matches. So it's been a great week for feeling like we can get back to a little bit of normality, that me personally, I went out and joined my writing group again, the Stonehenge striders went out on Wednesday night for a training session, that was a really hard session, and something I would never have done by myself. So actually having other people there, encouraging you on and seeing everyone else suffer just as much as you makes it really worthwhile. And also on Sunday, we had a long run in the countryside as well, which was fantastic. Now On a related note, I'm sure you've all been desperate to find out why I bought a selfie stick. And now I can exclusively reveal it was actually to do with running. I wanted it so that I could record with someone while I was out on one of my rooms. And as you'll find out, it was a very special run indeed. And not just because it was my first outing with a selfie stick

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Outside

Unknown:

I'm taking you out for a run again today. This is quite a special run, I'm going to meet up with a friend Ben is also part of the Stonehenge striders. And he's got very special challenges going on today, which I'm going to chat with him about. I'm ready whenever you are going to just describe what what it is that you're doing today.

Ben:

So over a 24 hour period, I am basically running. And I'm basically starting on the hour, and then running a loop. And then once I'm finished that loop, time for a bit of rest, refuel in getting back, back out ready for the next one. So yeah, 10 o'clock last night, I started my last lap. Well, fingers crossed, start at nine o'clock tonight. So pretty much have been trying to raise money for the last 14 months or so. Now over prostate cancer UK. And I've done kind of all sorts of microphones, half marathons, I've done some quite long distance cycling rides, I did a 12 hour event back in January. And then through first lockdown, I ended up doing a completely solo marathon, basically round the field. And there was pretty much naught point eight miles round field. So I ended up doing a good sort of 35, maybe 40 laps of this field completely on my own.

Craig Williamson:

Why is the prostate cancer UK charity so important to you?

Announcer:

Through my work, we've got kind of a corporate partnership with them. So we raised money through my business connection through a family member having prostate cancer, you know, it's kind of something I feel is it's kind of a good thing to to repay a child is something back for for the work that they do.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, that's fabulous. And that gives us so much more meaning to these things as well, isn't it because often we can do these runs and challenges. And the reason is just because we've got something in our heads, we want to go faster. We want to go further by actually adding this extra guy mentioned of a really worthwhile meaningful charity to you really, really helps.

Announcer:

Yeah, so so. So it motivational when between laps, check my emails and see all the notifications of donations that are coming in. All through all through the night. All this morning. It's just been for four or five donations every lap. Wow. Which has given me a massive boost.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, absolutely. And I think just before I left you, you just topped the 1000 pounds barrier. Yeah.

Announcer:

So last last time I checked, I was on 1007. Fingers crossed, we can kind of push just a little bit more throughout the day.

Unknown:

So it's now 11 o'clock on Saturday morning. So you started nine so you've done what is this? Your 14?

Ben:

Yeah.

Unknown:

I guess the beauty of it is you've had lots of people join you from the star status club.

Announcer:

Yeah, so their support has been phenomenal. really see all these people completely off their own backs coming out a lap or two, this is really helped. I really think I'd be struggling a lot more, if I just kind of done the whole thing. So a lot of the other guys what they've said, naturally, they've been kind of really looking forward to coming out and doing their laps submit someone different for them to do on their Saturday night. Morning.

Unknown:

Afternoon. Yeah, like you say, so it's a good focus for your weekend run. And it's, you just get really good feeling by supporting someone knowing that someone else is doing this wonderful thing. And having a very small part in it. He's really nice, but I guess it's worth stressing. I've joined you 11am on Saturday. And I think some people joined you at what 4am this morning,

Announcer:

I had people at 4pm. Friend he got up at 3am to come out. He works night shift.

Craig Williamson:

So talk me through you do roughly 35 minutes on the hour, that gives you 25 minutes. So the next leg, what does that 25 minutes look like?

Announcer:

So for the early hours, it was kind of getting wet. Get off. I'm trying to get it know that you're getting fluids on board. And then really kind of just making sure I'm ready for the next lap.

Unknown:

What's support are you getting, when you get back in your house, your family, their

Announcer:

family were up until about two o'clock. And then decided enough was enough maybe to go to bed. So I had pretty much my four month old puppy for support from to him all the way through. So hopefully about 10 o'clock.

Craig Williamson:

Do you have a special sweaty chair that you're allowed to sit in when you get in?

Announcer:

I've not really been doing too much sitting down at the moment. I've been trying to trying to keep stood up trying to keep the legs moving. Whatever. Yeah, I've had the little little perch on the side of the chair. Just planning to take a weight off, but not to at least sit down with him. I think as soon as you get to that point and you're sitting down getting comfortable, it's gonna be a bit more difficult to get back up.

Craig Williamson:

And what's your sleep strategy been beforehand?

Announcer:

Well, I got up at 10.7 on Friday morning. And that was the last time I went to bed. Wow. So we have been going for 28 hours. Now since I got out.

Craig Williamson:

So then by the time you finish, it's going to be more like 40 hours, I guess.

Announcer:

Yeah. Once I finish, I think it's gonna be something good to eat. Maybe a little beer. Bath cos I'm starting to smell. And then yeah, that's fine.

Unknown:

I think more than one cheeky beer might be in order. Well, I think the thing that would concern me with one of these challenges is bowel movements. Now, I don't know how personally to get. But I think I might have at least one or two brown emergencies. If I was running every hour on the hour, have you had any issues?

Ben:

So fortunately, I'm kind of like regular without going into detail. So yeah, nothing, nothing too major.

Craig Williamson:

And I guess it's not like you're running for 24 hours away from home. You're always back to your own home. So you know any accidents easily wiped up?

Ben:

I suppose so!

Craig Williamson:

And so you got 10 more slots left or you got i think is it for your

Announcer:

Yeah, the rest of the day, every hour, someone is really pulled out of the bag and volunteered to come out with me. So I've got a bit of a mixture from the running club, an old friend I used to work with. My dad is gonna pop up for an hour with me as well.

Unknown:

So we are just coming up the last little hill to house to finish the 11 o'clock session. Think treater. As promised, we were about 35 minutes. Hopefully. It was a good pace.

Ben:

Yeah, it's really good.

Craig Williamson:

Right? Well, you go get your rest. Yeah, thanks again. So I'm just jogging away. Just really, you know, or if Ben stamina, determination. And just, I mean, he just looks so fresh. Considering he's been running since late last night, through the night and he actually got up early on Friday morning. I think it's just incredible what he's doing. And for prostate cancer, UK as well. So for a really good cause. And yeah, it's just terrific and it was really inspiring to chat with him and really nice as well, too. see other people in the room, we had a couple of members of the club at the end of the road clapping, you may have heard that towards the end, we had a few horn beeps as well. And yeah, it's just been a really nice support for Ben, and what he's doing. So I'm now gonna head out and go back home. And I've got the luxury of having a shower and been able to sit down. Whereas, well, Ben has got many more hours of this. So hats off to. And maybe I'll fill in at the end of this and just let you know how he got in the finish. I can report that Ben completed his challenge of 24 hours of five kilometres every hour. And he ran in total over 70 miles, which was pretty crazy. And that Wednesday night training session I was telling you about he was actually there. That was only a few days after he completed his challenge on Saturday evening. So this guy is pretty unbelievable. Please do take a look at his donation page. He's now over 1200 pounds raised for prostate cancer UK. And you can find that at justgiving.com slash fundraising slash Benjamin hyphen, Scrivener one. And I'll put a link to that in the show notes at thank the weak.com. I think the other thing that came from that run for me was just how really important it is for charities that people do these individual events. I know there's been many big events cancelled this year, for example, the London Marathon but a huge number like that, and then only raised a huge amount of money for all sorts of charities across the country and across the world. So it's really important to support people doing these events by themselves to raise that money for these charities as well. And the other thing I took away from that run was it was a great reminder that actually just going out there with a friend, whether it's for a walk, whether it's for a run, just having a good chat with someone is so great for mental health. So really want to encourage you all to go out with someone and have a good chat with them this week,

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Harper

Craig Williamson:

And now we hear from my daughter Harper.

Harper Williamson:

The thing I'm thankful for this week is a

quote, it reads:

Be the energy you want to attract

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Random

Craig Williamson:

Last week was that exciting week where we got to start our advent calendars that was on Tuesday, the first of December. And whether you've had something that had beer or wine or whatever it might have been, you will have been extremely excited with that. I was lucky enough to get a chocolate advent calendar. So I've been tucking into that every day since the first of December. My wife got a tea bag calendar. So she's been enjoying tea bagging every day of this month. And it got me thinking what other special advent calendars are out there. And they were some that really surprised me. I'm going to put a link in the show notes to some of the strange ones. There is a Kellogg's cereal and pop tarts advent calendar. So basically, you open it up in the morning, and you get what you would normally get for breakfast anyway, not quite sure I understand that. Pringles have an advent calendar. If you want a little stack of Pringles every day, again, a little bit unusual. This one's unusual, but slight confession, I actually was quite attracted to it. It's a screwdriver set. So over the month of December you build up this screwdriver, say you get a small piece every day. And then they all fit together in this nice little screwdriver which has a holder in it. And yeah, I thought that will look pretty impressive. Now you may have bought an advent calendar for that special someone in your life, whether it's a wife or husband, child, even pets commonly getting advent calendars now. Well, I did see an advent calendar that was called beard treats. So this is an advent calendar for your beard, where it had all sorts of products, and tools and implements to treat your beard in this festive season. So that's just a flavour of some of the strange advent calendars. As I say I've put a link in the show notes app thank the week.com where you can find out more of those. If you like chocolate this week has a few really good days for you. Monday, December the seventh is National hot chocolate day. Now let's not get hung up on what nation it is the hot chocolate day off. If you Google it, there are quite a few national hot chocolate days, national cocoa days. And they seem to be pretty much spread over the year but we won't quibble about that. The important thing is we're going to celebrate National hot chocolate day Monday December 7, I really like hot chocolate. And I've actually asked Santa for a hot chocolate shake and this year which maybe I can share some information with you about in January should I be a good boy. And my wife also enjoys a hot chocolate. She has been known to put a little what she calls a splash in hers. That's a little alcoholic something maybe a room, maybe a Bailey's lucky or something like that. And she might even have known to take a hip flask into a coffee shop to add a little nip to a hot chocolate. So I will also put a link in the show notes to some boozy hot chocolate recipes and thank the week.com if that's not enough chocolate for you. Then the day after national hot chocolate day, Tuesday, December the eighth is National brownie day. So go ahead have your chocolate on Monday and then have a few brownies on Tuesday. Thank you for listening this week. Links to all the stories are in the show notes at thank the week.com. Please do subscribe and tell your friends about Thank The Week. Until next week, goodbye.

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