July 12, 2021

Concacaf, Croyde, and Cows


Episode 35 of Thank The Week for 12 July 2021
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Thank The Week. With your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

Hello, and welcome to Thank The Week, the positive news roundup podcast. This is Episode 35, for the week of the 12th of July 2021. Coming up this week, well, we've got a bunch of big COVID announcements to bring you up to date with, there's lots of sporting events that have come to a climax. And we've got lots of new sporting events to look forward to this week, we've got an updated games console, and I'm going to talk a little bit about Lego. And then Harper, and I will tell you about our weekend at the beach. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

Yes, and it was a truly a big week in England for COVID News. Last week, there were tonnes of announcements all through the week about how restrictions are going to be lifted, starting on the 19th of July. So actually, Monday, the 12th of July is a big day, because that's when everything is going to be confirmed. But we got a sneak peek as to what's going to happen on the 19th of July. So the big changes are going to be that there'll be an end to the social distancing rules, and face masks will no longer be mandated in indoor environments, there's also going to be a relaxation of the rules of how many people you can have in your own home. that's currently the rule of six, but that will be removed. And also telling people to work from home, that guidance is going to go as well. So some really, really big changes, other things to do with limiting attendance at weddings and funerals, that's all going to be lifted, bars and restaurants can go back and operate how they did before. So yeah, really, really massive changes going to be from the 19th of July. And then the announcements just kept coming. So in terms of travel, then we were told that we've got a lot of countries on what's called the ambulance. So we only have a few countries in England that we're allowed to travel to, and they're on the green list. But there aren't that many that you maybe would want to travel to on that list that I'm sure they're very nice, but just very expensive and quite far away. So now there's this amble list, which has a lot more countries on and if you're fully vaccinated, you'll be able to travel to those from the 19th. Previously, you were told not to travel to Amber list countries. And also you don't have to quarantine on your return. So there are quarantine rules at the moment. But coming back from Amber List countries, if you're fully vaccinated, you will not have to quarantine and the same is true for under 18 as well who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. So yeah, really big. If you like holidays, and like getting out there, then certainly that's big news for you. And then also other announcements about bubbles been scrapped in in schools in England. So that can affect when one child test positive, then the whole year group has to go home. And that can obviously be quite disruptive for pupils. So that's going to stop as well. And then also later on, I think this is going to be from the 16th of August. If you're fully vaccinated or under 18. You won't have to self isolate any more. If you've been identified as being a close contact of someone who's tested positive sort of massive, massive changes. And I know our cases are going up. But the vaccine rate is going up as well. And the vaccines do seem to be holding strong, lots more evidence supporting that. So yeah, it's kind of interesting as we get back to normal, and we've all got to be a bit braver, I think. So we'll look forward to seeing how life changes for us all in the coming weeks here in England. Now, one other story I just wanted to touch on was the spelling bee. This is the US spelling bee that happens every year, where you get these incredibly intelligent children who can spell words that I've never even heard of before. And it was a big, big event this year, and it had the first African American to win it. And that was 14 year old Zaila Avant-garde. And she's from New Orleans in Louisiana. And she won with the word Murray. Yes, and I know I don't need to tell you what that is. But just in case you've forgotten, it's a type of tropical tree. And before she actually won with that word, she did have to spell query, Malia's and celedon gurlitt. Yes, I've got no idea what those words mean. It's just pretty incredible. Now this this girl practices for up to seven hours a day. But she just says that the spelling is a little side hobby for her because she really wants to become a professional basketball player. So she just does a little bit of spelling on the side while she's honing her basketball skills. Just really, really incredible, really inspiring when you see these children, how intelligent they are and how advanced they are. And yeah, so congratulations to Zaila for winning the spelling bee.

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

A lot of big sporting events climax last

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Harper week. And that can be exciting. But it can also be a little sad because what do you do when they're all over? But don't worry, I've got more sporting events for you to look forward to starting this week too. So let's quickly start by looking what happened last week saw ice hockey in the US National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup was won by the Tampa Bay Lightning and they beat the Montreal Canadiens and that gave Tampa Bay back to back titles because they also won last season too. So congratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also last week was the final of the euro 2020 tournament. He placed in 2021. That was between England and Italy. He has not taken place yet. Clearly everyone here in England is extremely excited, managed to watch all the games up to this point, watch the semi final, incredibly exciting game, we want an extra time, we got a penalty that shouldn't have been a penalty. And we scored after that. But you know, we will quibble. And really, really exciting. The whole country is gripped. And we haven't been to a final since the World Cup in 1966. So this is a huge thing for England. So come on England, by the time Listen to this. It's either despair or joy. But either way, we've had a great run just to get through to the final. So the European Championships climax last week, as did the copper America as well. And that has the glamour final that we were all expecting and hoping for, which was Argentina against Brazil, again, that took place last weekend. So you already know the result now. But yeah, hopefully that was a good game. And we got to see some good action there. And finally, of course, it was Wimbledon. And last Saturday was the ladies final between Barty and Pliskova. And last Sunday was the men's final between Djockovic and Berrettini. So that's all over and hopefully you enjoyed some or all of those big, big sporting events. And that has been a really, really great start to the summer of sports. But fear not, there's still plenty of things to get excited about. So before we stray too far from football, there's another tournament going on. And I only just found out about this actually started just at the end of last week, but you haven't missed much. Don't worry. This is the CONCACAF Gold Cup 21 and it's best in the US actually taking place across 10 different stadiums, CONCACAF being the Confederation of North Central America and Caribbean association football, there's a host of teams involved including Team USA, the men's national team. Unfortunately, they don't have a lot of their top players. They've given them the summer off because they've had busy seasons in their leagues. This seems a bit strange to me, but I think they looking at the bigger picture of the World Cup. This will help them blood, some less experienced players. So yeah, really exciting. We've got another tournament going on. And you know what that means? It means another wall chart, you can download your CONCACAF Gold Cup wall chart, I've given you a short link, thank the week.com slash gold GLD will get you your CONCACAF Gold Cup wall chart. So get excited about that coming up. Also, this weekend, it's Formula One Grand Prix in Great Britain at Silverstone so something to look forward to for most racing fans. The race takes place on Sunday, July 18. And there's practice on the Friday qualifying on the Saturday, so a really big week of resection there and still on motor sport, my favourite sport Speedway motorcycle Speedway, it is the start of the speedway Grand Prix for 2021. And round one and round two take place this week. So Friday is round one and Saturday it is round two, but taking place in Prague in the Czech Republic. The Speedway Grand Prix is the pinnacle of individual Speedway. So it's got all the top riders around the world. And the competition is fierce and you just get some terrific racing riders putting everything on the line. So really recommend you check that out. If you're in the UK, you can watch that on Eurosport. But check out Speedway gp.com, to find out more about where you can watch that in other countries. So lots going on. And it is still the NBA Finals as well. So if you're into basketball, still lots of action to look forward to. So at the time of recording, Phoenix Suns are leading them at walk ebooks to zero in the series, the third game will have taken place, but we've got more games coming up. So again, four will be on Wednesday evening. And game five, if it's needed. We'll be on Saturday night. And I'm really hoping that will be needed. And then it might go down to the wire. So the following week, there'll be game six and seven as well. So look forward to basketball action, too. So don't despair, plenty more sporting activities coming up. And you know what, it's the Olympics soon. So let's get excited for that. But we'll save that for next week. Tech

Craig Williamson:

Nintendo, they've got a habit of releasing games consoles that don't seem that impressive. And they don't get great reviews. But somehow, over time, they become really popular and everyone loves them. And yeah, they've just got a real knack for it certainly happened with the Wii. And now the Switch has got a similar status, which is it's kind of like this little handheld display with a gaming controllers on either side. But you can also connect it to a big screen TV and disconnect those controllers from the screen and play on the big screen. And yeah, it just proves to have been really popular. Well, last week, Nintendo announced an upgrade to their switch, and that it's got a slightly bigger screen but it's OLED, which means that it's much brighter, and it's got darker darks is that really high quality screen that you get on the top end mobile phones and the top end TVs. So if you're in the market for a switch that's worth looking at, it's just an extra $50 or 50 pounds more than the original model and it comes out on the eighth of October. There are a few other very minor changes. It's a little bit bigger because of that slightly larger screen. He's got a new kickstand as well. Now, I've never used a switch. But my understanding is that the current version, the kickstand is a bit of a problem. It's not that robust, and it doesn't really hold it very well. So this is a new kickstand, a bit like the Microsoft Surface comes out at the back. And it's got variable angle and variable tension. So it looks like it should be a very robust solution. So if you're in the market for a nifty little games console, then why not look at the new Nintendo Switch? And you've just got a few months until it comes out. So hopefully, that will give you some time to get excited because often, it's the build up. That's the most exciting isn't it? But yeah, look forward to that coming up in October. The other bit of tech I wanted to pick out for you. The guys are little tykes now this is the company that make all these plastic toys for fairly young children so little plastic bikes playhouses, that kind of thing. Well, they're releasing something called the Pelican explore and fit cycle, and it's a stationary bike much like a peloton, and it's called Pelican. I'm not too sure how they got away with that. But it's really for when mommy or daddy are on their peloton, he can have the little child next to you on their little Little Tikes version. And it has a nice little tablet holder in the front. So you can hold a tablet or maybe a mobile phone. And they're going to have little training videos on YouTube so the kids can be just like they're on the real peloton, but on their Little Tikes version. So look forward to that I believe is coming out in the US very, very soon. So look out for the Little Tikes Pelican explore and fit cycle.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

A few weeks ago, I think it was I mentioned the preview that was out for Space Jam. That's the movie following the 1996 movie. So it's kind of a sequel, that that 1996 movie featured Michael Jordan, and this new one, which is called Space Jam, a new legacy features LeBron James. So really impressive how they've managed to get the biggest names in basketball, both of these movies separated by 25 years. The preview as I said before, when I watched it, it's a bit strange. If you like basketball, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. If you like Looney Tunes, characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck all those guys, then I'm sure you'll enjoy it a little bit weird for me. But yeah, it is coming out in theatres this Friday, July the 16th. And also, it's coming out on HBO Max, and it's just gonna be there for a month. And actually, you can watch that without any extra fee. I know. Disney plus like to charge a bit extra for some of their movies. But HBO max does not do that. So if you've got HBO Max, you'll be able to watch this brand new film from Friday. But if not, then you can watch it in the cinemas in the UK and the US from Friday. Still no news on Seinfeld. Coming to Netflix. I did tell you about that last week, we're thinking it might be a few more months. But while we're waiting, I saw this. And obviously Google knows me very well, because it knows I've been looking for Seinfeld. And he knows I've been googling so it suggested this link. And this is a new Lego set. Now, I was never into Lego as a child. And we did get Lego for Henry and Harper, and they played with it a little bit, but never got crazily into it. I do know other people whose children are just mad for Lego or they were mad for Lego when they were young. And we're not that kind of family, although we've done a little bit of Lego in our time. So I didn't really know much about LEGO Ideas. But these are things that Lego enthusiasts have suggested and they've maybe cobbled something together with all their pieces. And then Lego take that idea on and produce a packaged version, while Lego are launching the ideas package 21328, which is Seinfeld and it's is the set of Seinfeld. So you've got Jerry Seinfeld's apartment, and you've got a little stage for him as well for his little stand up comedy that he does at the start and end of the show. It's got all the characters that you'd expect. It's got Seinfeld, it's got George Costanza, Cosmo Krane, Elaine Bennis, and Newman as well. So you can recreate all those little stories in this little Lego house. And it just has me quite excited. And it's strange, because as I say, I'm not a big Lego person. But having seen this, you know what I am? I'm quite tempted. It's pretty expensive. I must say in the UK. It's 70 pounds in the US. It's $80. Yes, that is quite a lot. It's 1326 pieces. I can't imagine it's going to take that long to put together. So I don't think it's an investment for the time. I think it's an investment just to have something fun to look at. And maybe you can move those characters about and recreate the favourite scenes of your Seinfeld experience and look forward to when Seinfeld does join us on Netflix hopefully very soon. But that's the LEGO Ideas 21328 Seinfeld, and you'll be wanting to know when that comes out. Well, it does come out on the 21st of July if you are a Lego VIP member. And then for everyone else, it comes out on the first of August

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Life

Craig Williamson:

We had a fantastic weekend last weekend we went down to the seaside and we went to Devon which is on the very Southwestern tip of the UK or I guess, Cornwall's, the very Southwestern tip is just up from that. And it was a North cost, a place called Croyde. And my brother is over in the UK at the moment. And he rented a place down there. And he invited us down to join him. And my mum was there as well. So it was a lovely family gathering really nice to see him and my niece and nephew as well. And obviously spend some time with my mom as well and just been by the beach, it's just such a wonderful place to be Keith and I went for a lovely run on the Sunday morning, I think it was. And there's a coastal path that runs pretty much the whole length of the Southwest cost. And that was just stunning. And it was just nice to kind of get out there and run my brother, he's very used to running up steep hills where I'm not, but he was kind enough to do a very long run the day before to tire himself out. So I think I was what he called his recovery run, which didn't make me feel great. But it was a nice five, six mile run. And we had a good chat and a good catch up. So that was very special. The kids did some surfing and had a surf lesson. And I'll leave Harper to tell you about that.

Harper Williamson:

So this week, I would like to talk about something that I did on the weekend and it was a mini holiday in Devon. One of the things that we did was surfing and we went to a Surfing school and learn how to surf. Because that's what you do in school, isn't it? But what happened was we went to the place where the surfing school is. And they give you a wetsuit to put on. And then we had a bright pink tops, because there are loads of other surfers. So it was very useful to see. So you knew where everyone was, they also gave us a surfboard. And we carried two of them in partners in a particular way that was relatively easy to hold. Although it did after a couple of minutes, it did feel like your shoulders were going to fall off. But when we got to the beach of the walk to the beach, felt like it took years because there was a shortcut. But there was too much. Because the tide was coming in, though, there was too much water coming up the shortcut, so we had to go the long way around, and it was so long. But when we finally got to part of the beach, where we were supposed to be going where you got to put our boards down, and then we went in groups for the people that already knew how to surf, and then a group with people that I've never served before. And we were in a group with people that have never surfed before, because I've seen it, and it looks hard. But actually, to be honest, it wasn't too hard. In our group, we had somebody to teaching us the different parts of a surfboard, and how to get on and how to go over a wave and how to get up to stand up to actually surf properly. And then finally, we got into the water, I think the deepest we got was just waist depth. And that's where y u get the best waves, then we just started to surf, it was so iring. Once you have soft, t en you have to walk all the way back up to a part where you hav a good amount of time to actu lly go back down again. And tha can be very tiring because you have waves pushing you bac . The first time I tried to catc a wave I did managed to stand o it. We never caught really ig waves. But sometimes we'd ca ch them and you just kind of be standing on it. And you'd b going along and it would b a bit like how am I still m ving and it was quite cool. B t it wasn't really hard. The rea on why it was really easy to stand on the board where we were was because we weren't really ar out where the water's really choppy. I really enjoyed the ex erience. And I think I would ike to do surfing again, becaus it's really fun. And I think f any of you get the opport nity to go surfing, it would e a good idea to try out.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

It's an education this week, Monday, July the 12th. It is Different Coloured Eyes Day. Did you know some people have one eye that is a different colour? Well, I guess both eyes are a different colour, but they're not the same colour is is the main point. I never knew that this existed. But there's a name for it. It is called heterochromia. And complete heterochromia is where someone has two eyes are fully different colours. This is amazing. This has blown my mind. So apparently less than 200,000 people in the US have this which is less than I think 0.1%. So it's extremely rare. I've never actually seen anyone with this, but maybe you have and there's no health issues related to it. So that's the good news. If you see someone with two different coloured eyes, it's just something that happens sometimes. And there are apparently some very famous people who've got heterochromia. So with complete heterochromia we have quite a few actors. We've got Jen Seymour, Alice Eve, I'm not sure who that is. Josh Henderson again, not too sure. Mila Kunis, who I have heard, and apparently she didn't get the condition until she was an adult as well. And then Max scherzer, who's a professional baseball player, apparently. So there are famous people afflicted with that, but really interesting, and I guess it's a good day to increase awareness of it. So Monday, July The 12th is Different Coloured Eyes Day. Tuesday, July The 13th is Cow Appreciation Day. And it is the day where we think about cows and yeah, how much we maybe appreciate whether it's the food that they provide us whether it's the milk that we drink, if you're a vegetarian, maybe you're just thankful for the joy that they bring to children as they're seeing them at a petting zoo and stroking them. And this has come about over recent years and been magnified by a fast food company in the US called Chick-fil-a who specialise in chicken based products. So they, they they try and encourage people to eat chicken rather than cows as well. So They are very much behind cow Appreciation Day, although they have cancelled it this year in terms of their in store celebrations because of COVID. But you can still celebrate at home. So Tuesday, July The 13th is cow Appreciation Day. Saturday, July 17 is World Emoji Day. And it's hard to believe emojis haven't been around for that long have they? And I think they started first in Japan. And obviously they are absolutely everywhere. At first, I didn't quite embrace it, but I think it's just everywhere now. So I do end up using them in text messages occasionally. What's your favourite emoji? I quite like the steaming pile of poo, especially if you get the animated one. And it kind of bob's up and down and has a little steam coming from it. I quite like that. That's maybe a little childish. But anyway, enjoy your emojis on World Emoji Day. there Saturday, July 17. And we finish on Sunday July the 18th. with Ice Cream Day. Enjoy your favourite ice cream on Sunday. I've told you this before, I'm sure many times, but Ben and Jerry's Phish Food is my favourite ice cream. I really look forward to having some that I normally have on Sunday night. So I think we should probably have some this Sunday evening to celebrate ice cream day on Sunday, July the 18th. Thank you so much for joining me again this week. Please do bring a friend along next week. Spread the positivity. And please tell people about Thank The Week it would be great to see more people join us next week. So again, thank you very much for joining me and I look forward to seeing you again next week. Goodbye!

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