Jan. 4, 2021

Cups, Calendly, and cuddles


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Episode 8 of Thank The Week included:

  • Royal honours
  • Cup football
  • A farewell to an Internet legend
  • A sexy display
  • More tips for a happier January
  • And a little bit of whipped cream

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Craig Williamson:

On Thank The Week this week, there are royal honours, we have cup football times two we say farewell to an internet legend and hello to a sexy display. We have more tips for a happier January. And there's even a little bit of whipped cream. It's Thank The Week.

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

Craig Williamson:

Welcome back to thank the week it is episode eight for Monday, the fourth of January 2021. I want to wish you all a very happy new year. And thank you for joining me again, and a huge welcome to our new listeners as well for 2021. Just a bit of a reminder, this is the podcast where we try to boost our own happiness by taking life one week at a time. So what we do is we focus on what was great about last week, and what's going to be great about this week. So you'll see me pick out positive news, which ranges from global events down to personal things that are going on in my own life. So hopefully it helps you to discover fun things to look forward to, and helps you to think about what you can be getting excited about in your own week too. So let's get to it.

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News

Craig Williamson:

In COVID news this week, the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has now been approved in the UK for use, which is terrific news, because this is the one that's much easier to be stored and administered. So it looks like in the UK, certainly we've got I think 100 million doses of this one on order. So that should really help us to roll it out quickly. And to as many people as possible as well. This is actually the cheapest of the vaccines that's has been approved so far. And I think a really good thing that Oxford and AstraZeneca are doing is they've said they're going to give this vaccine at cost price to low and middle income countries as well. So it's not just about getting out in the UK, but also get it out worldwide as well. Also, last week, the UK officially left the EU, the deal was approved by the House of Parliament last week. And it was actually Thursday, that was New Year's Eve at 11pm where the UK then officially left and became a sovereign nation once again. And Brexit has dominated the new certainly in the UK for a long time, especially before COVID came along. And it's just great that at least it's over now, whatever your opinions are, at least the deals done, and things can start to move on as well. And one little bit of good news that came out this week about that was that the UK mobile phone networks have indicated that they're going to continue to offer free roaming in the EU, even now that we've left. So that's some good news for us as mobile phone users when we begin to travel again across Europe. It was the Queen's New Year's Honours last week and she gave a knighthood to Lewis Hamilton the Formula One driver, who you may remember won his seventh World Title I think it was this year, and has now surpassed every driver in pretty much every single category in the Formula One World so he's become a knight which means he's now sir Lewis Hamilton, and also lots of COVID related honours in the New Year's Honours List things like volunteers and frontline staff with which is expected and really good to see as well as well. Another person who received honours was Craig David. Now Craig Craig David received us for services to music. He made his music debut back in 2000. And has been around obviously for the last 20 years, made a bit of a comeback in 2016 has done a few more collaborations with more current up to date musicians if you like but Craig David was finally recognised also in the New Year's Honours this year.

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

We will start with the wrong type of football but I still enjoy it. This is American football and more specifically college football. It was the college football playoff semifinals on New Year's Day last week, we had the number one ranked Alabama beating the number four Notre Dame and the number three ranked Ohio State beat the number two Clemson so that set us up for the final which is going to be on Monday the 11th of January, in Miami, Florida. It's going to be a bit late in the UK. So it might be one to record if you're in the UK but obviously if you're in the US enjoy that. So the final is going to be between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Regular listeners know that we did follow an American football team in the National Football League for a little while. We won't talk too much about that. But I just wanted to mention that undefeated seasons are actually fairly common in college football. I'm not quite sure why it's so different for college football than it is for professional but there we are. So this final is between Alabama who have won 12 and lost zero of their games this season. And Ohio State who've won seven and lost zero so whoever wins is gonna be undefeated through the whole season. As I said, not that special in college football. Anyway, Monday the 11th of January something to look forward to the college football playoff final Now to proper football. This week is cup week in English football. So in midweek, Tuesday and Wednesday we have the EFL Cup Semi Finals. Tuesday Night that's Tottenham against Brentford. And Wednesday night, it's manchester united against Manchester City A derby there for the semi final. That should be a good one to look forward to. And then coming up next weekend, we have Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 32 matches of FA Cup action, and all 32 are actually going to be streamed live through a combination of the BBC BT Sport, BBC zone website and the FS website as well. So any of those 32 teams that you're interested in, then you will be able to watch that live. Friday has to all Premier League ties with Aston Villa playing Liverpool and wolves against Crystal Palace. And then the pick of the ties at the weekend. I've gone for Sunday the 10th of January. It's 5pm. It is marine vs Tottenham Hotspur and marine are in the northern Premier League, and are actually only the second team to qualify for the third round of the FA Cup from the place that they are that northern Premier League is the so called eighth tier of the football pyramid. So it's only the second time a team from that low down has reached the third round of the FA Cup. So and Josie Mourihno's manager for Tottenham, so we can all be rooting for marine on Sunday, the 10th of January at 5pm. Also in football, while we don't have any Premier League action, because it is cup week, the exciting thing is that the transfer window has opened, that opened the first thing on Monday morning, and it's now open until the evening of Monday February the first. So it's a nice time to think about what your team needs in terms of new players, whether it's because you've not been playing very well as a team, maybe you've got lots of injuries, maybe you've got a bit of Deadwood you want to get rid of, I'm looking at you, Paul Pogba. So it's a good time to look at what your team needs for the coming months. And to get excited as your team's linked with all these players that they've got no hope of signing. And then you find out at the end of this and the end of the window, who you actually have signed, which can be disappointing, but also it's exciting. It gives us a month of excitement to see what's going on, and what big players may be joining the Premier League

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

I did mention the Samsung S 21 mobile phone a few weeks ago, there have been even more leaks. And this always seems to happen with any new technology these days. There are no surprises, unfortunately. So it's pretty much out. And it's pretty much as expected. As I said before, there wasn't really anything to excite me in the spec. I think the images look quite nice. I will add a link to the show notes. But yeah, other than that, I don't see anything too special about it. The reports are saying that it's going to be announced on the 14th of January. So not too long until that announcement. And if you're in the US, you can now register to be notified when it's able to be pre ordered. This is just getting ridiculous. It used to be that a phone came out, you go online and you buy it, then it was that a phone came out and then you pre ordered it. So you booked your space in line so that when it was released, you could get it. And now you're registering to be notified for a pre order. It's just crazy. But I guess it's a good way of building a bit of hype. And I'm sure Samsung will continue to sell quite a lot of their flagship phones. So that's the S 21. Look out for the announcement, rumoured to be on the 14th of January. Also last week in tech on New Year's Day. It was a sad day wasn't it? I'm sure you woke up with a little tear in your eye. Because Adobe Flash Player is no longer it officially reached its end of life at the end of 2020. If you're not familiar with Adobe Flash, it was released in 1996. It was a little plugin for websites that made it very easy for people to add animations. And it also had streaming for videos and it also incorporated some gameplay as well. So flash was a really popular plugin. If you did any internet browsing, certainly in the late 90s, early 2000s. You almost certainly installed the Adobe Flash plugin, and actually ran lots of applications through lots of different websites. But in its later days, it did have quite a few security problems. And with the transition to smartphones, it really struggled to adapt. Things like html5 came out which made it much more simple to create nice animations that Adobe was renowned for before so Adobe Flash is no longer something to look back fondly on perhaps in the future. I am going to finish our tech section this week with a sexy display. This is the Dasung Paperlike 253 it is a 25 inch monitor. Maybe not sounding too sexy so far. But it is made of E ink, which is the same display as that Kindles are made of. Now I am a huge fan of E ink because it's really high contrast. It's like more like reading a book than than looking at a luminous display. They have very low power consumption because it only uses energy when it actually changes the display. I have tried an E ink tablet before so there's a brand called books which is an onyx tablet and it was okay. I think the main problem I had with it is the refresh rate. And that is one of the issues with the ink displays, the screen doesn't refresh very quickly. So you can't watch videos on it, things like that. And even just navigating can be a little painful because you click on a button. And there's just that little pause before it changes. The screen, which is if you've got a Kindle and you change the page, you'll understand what I mean. However, let's get enthused about this. This is a 25 inch e ink monitor. So imagine having a really nice big 25 inch monitor that you can use at your desk, really high resolution 3200 by 1800 pixels. But it only has 18 different shades of grey. So it's just a black and white display, but 18 Shades of Grey. As I said it does have a slow refresh rate, so you're not going to be watching video on it. But it's great for reducing eyestrain, you're not looking at a big bright screen. So maybe something like if you're a writer, having that there is a no distraction, really crisp display, or maybe a programmer, someone who's using a lot of text and doesn't need that refresh rate. I think this is a really exciting technology. And I would like to see in E ink a lot more widespread. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive, and is surprising because the Kindles have been out for so long. And Amazon have knocked the price down to a point where it is really inexpensive. But these larger displays because they're still quite niche do tend to be quite expensive. And there there isn't an official price for this yet, but the estimate is one and a half $1,000 to $3,000. So maybe this one isn't on my wish list, but certainly I'm interested to see how it turns out. So that's the Dasung Paperlike 253 25 inch e-ink monitor.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

New Year's Eve had the best 10 minutes of TV I've seen over the entire Christmas period. And this was the London New Year Sure, which was a complete secret that announced that the London fireworks which traditionally kick off the new year had been cancelled. Normally a huge fireworks display around Big Ben and the London Eye and they've cancelled it this year. Obviously London's in Tier four people are not supposed to be going out and socialising. So they were very keen that people didn't do that. However, in secret, they planned a show that actually i thought was probably better than the previous shows I've seen. So it started off with a bit of a light show from the shark. That's one of the skyscrapers in London, and it was sending lights back and forth with Tower Bridge. And then there were a few fireworks around Tower Bridge. And the main event was really off a barge that was docked on the Thames near the Millennium Dome. So really iconic building in London, and having all the fireworks going off from a barge next to it. But what was extremely special and I got really impressed with was that there was a light show that accompanied it, which was achieved by drones in the sky, and it reported 300 drones that were flying in synchronicity, and they had lights on them. So they were able to show logos show captions that signify different events through the year. And it's just incredible how you can have 300 drones in the sky, also close together, not crashing into each other. And they look so stable and then they reconfigure to spell a different word or to make a different image. It was just hugely impressive. I've just really bowled over by it by how good that was to look at. There is the entire show, which as I said was only 10 minutes, but I really recommend you have a look at it really impressive. I'm going to link to the YouTube video from the BBC who televised it in the show notes. And you can find those at thank the week.com slash eight, some new TV for you to watch some old TV for you to watch. This Week in the UK, we have the second series of New Amsterdam showing on more four. That starts on the seventh of January at 10pm. The series are available on Amazon Prime in the UK, I think it's on NBC in the US. And I do like this. It's a bit reminiscent of VR. It's about the oldest public hospital in America, which is called New Amsterdam. And it follows a medical director who's trying to shake things up, do things a little bit differently. And lots of nice heartwarming stories in there. And obviously still lots of stories about people getting horribly injured or hurt with which leads them to enter New Amsterdam. But yeah, it's a good good TV series. This series two that's now showing on UK terrestrial TV. It is an interesting one because they were finishing filming as the pandemic was really hitting in New York. So the series did end a bit abruptly. And there was actually even a bit of narration on I think the last episode to explain why some of the storylines were not completed. So that's quite an interesting thing to see when a series actually acknowledges something like that. But anyway, I recommend give it a look New Amsterdam. I think they're all still on Amazon Prime here in the UK, but on tourists Real TV this week on more for some old TV to get excited about is the office. And this is the US TV series. In the UK we call it the office us. But I think in the US you just call it the office, because you didn't know the original version, which started obviously here in the uk tv series have streaming deals, and often these change at different times of the year. Well, it just so happens that the streaming deals for the office us have changed on the first of January. And that's in the UK and the US. So from now in the UK, you can get all the episodes, I think it was nine series on Netflix in the UK. And in the US. They're all now on peacock, which I think is NBC streaming service as well. Almost 200 episodes, and I have to confess, this was my lockdown TV programme. So lunchtimes evenings during lockdown, I kind of binge watch the office, and it's just a great series really funny, some great acting in there. And I just highly recommend, if you like sitcoms, then the office is definitely worth a watch

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Life

Craig Williamson:

I had mentioned that we were having lots of zoom calls with family and friends. And we had a great time catching up with people, I think we had over 10 zoom calls with friends from the UK or the US, and even some in Australia too. And we also had some with family members, especially on Christmas Day, that was really nice to see people. And I really hope you found the time to do the same as well. I'm going to really try and do this every year. And I kind of feel just a quick 30 minute video chat was much nicer than a Christmas card, for example. So in terms of just actually seeing people and getting some personal time and sharing news, I found it extremely effective, I would like to recommend a little tool I used actually, which made it really easy to book these, the tool is called calendly. And what it allows you to do is to pick slots that you're available in, and it then it generates a website link. And you can just email that to people and they go through there. And they just click a few links. And it actually books a slot. And the nice thing is that it integrates with video calling software such as zoom. So that would then automatically create a zoom call. And it would then put it in our calendars as well. So both parties have it in their calendars, the zoom calls created automatically. And then all you have to do is go into your calendar and click the zoom link and it sets the call up. So I was really impressed how well that worked. If you do know me and you didn't have a zoom call with me, then why don't you get in touch, it'd be good to speak to you and see how things are going. I'm carrying on my running this year, I mentioned a few of those runs with the Stonehenge striders. Previously, we had a nice group run on New Year's Day, which was actually it was just so special. Because it was first thing on New Year's day morning. And it was extremely cold and crisp there. I think I woke up and it was minus six Celsius. I think by the time we started running, it was minus two or something. But very wintry, lots of frost around. And we had a lovely run up to Stonehenge and actually ran right alongside the Stonehenge Stones, which are very close to where we live here. Hence the name of the running club if you've ever wondered, and yeah, it was just a beautiful time to get out a really nice crowd, kind of good to catch up with people and see how people have been over the Christmas period. We even had a bit of light snow just as we arrived at the stones as well. So yeah, it was just really picturesque, and really nice to get out. First thing on New Year's Day. I've also been doing a bit more work on the podcasting front, I've updated my website, so you might want to check that out. Thank the week.com it's given me a bit more flexibility to do things like be able to give quick links to the show notes. So for example, thanks the week.com slash eight gives you the show notes for today's episode, which is episode eight. So it's just going to make things like that a little bit easier going forward. And I've also entered the Thank The Week podcast into a competition. It's called let's talk 2021. And it's about the theme of positivity and encouraging people to create new podcasts. And obviously, I created my podcast back in November, I submitted it to this competition. And I would really like to ask you, if you don't mind if you could please go vote for me. If you vote for the fact that week podcast, all you have to do is go to WWW dot thank the week.com slash vote. That's V O T E and that will lead you straight to the page where you can vote for thank the week. There's a little voting button if you just click on that, and then you'll be given me your vote and that would be most appreciated.

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Harper

Craig Williamson:

And now a quotes from Harper.

Harper Williamson:

Work hard, Dream Big, never give up.

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Outside

Craig Williamson:

Last week we had a really nice little family day trip out to Bournemouth and we're fortunate This was before the tears change. We were in tier two bonus in tier two. So it was safe and acceptable for us to travel there. We had a lovely day out and it was just after Christmas be just before the new year and I'd like to share that trip. You know, we've arrived in Bournemouth, it's beautiful, very cold. It's about two degrees. I think. Henry was fancying a swim, but I think he's changed his mind. It's a little chilly for that kind of activity. And we just parked at the top and we're just walking down towards the sea. Looking forward to letting you here to see very shortly down on the beach by the pier now, we've got lots of surfers out there. And just insane, so cold, I guess they do a full wetsuit song But still, I'm not sure I fancy that myself. Now Bournemouth has a zip wire that goes from a tower at the end of the pier, down to the beach, and the kids have always wanted to do it. So we've given them a little Christmas treat so shortly Henry and hapa will be flying down the zip wire. Dawn's gone out that side with them to get them all set up. And I am at the bottom of the beach waiting for them to arrive. So soon I'll be seeing them climb up and come down on their way. You can now see some people climbing up the stairs. I think now we're getting ready to come down. Exciting. Let's get my camera ready. It looks really high up from here. I think I don't see that. Although they do come down over the see Oh, they're off. Wow. It's a long way away from here. A dangling, holding on. Made it safe landings. We'll get an interview with them hot off the zip wire. How was it?

Henry Williamson:

It was fun.

Harper Williamson:

I kept spinning around and I kept laughing.

Craig Williamson:

I mentioned the 10 days of happiness last week, and I'm on day four. And today's suggestion was around mindfulness and being present. And the suggestion was for one of the activities to close your eyes. And just really focus on what you can hear and see if you can pick out five distinct sounds. So I'm going to try that right now and see what I come up with. What did you hear?

Harper Williamson:

I heard the waves crashing down on sand, and the foam from the waves bubbling and fizzing away. And also some children playing in the sand.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, I heard the waves which were the dominant sound. If it's not cheating, I heard some rocks smashing down in the waves as well, that might be quite similar. And I did hear some children playing I did hear a dog bark as well. But I was struggling for a fifth one actually. So there are quite a few birds around. So maybe

Harper Williamson:

I didn't hear any birds I was trying to hear some birds but I couldn't.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, it's a really good exercise actually just makes you really focus on what's there. And maybe there were only four noises that we could actually hear. But it's just nice to meet you think about what's around you and what you can hear what's going on.

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Ideas

Craig Williamson:

You just heard me talking about the 10 days of happiness still recommend you go up and sign up for that that's at 10 days of happiness dot o r g org. And I also wanted to share that action for happiness have just launched their calendar for a happier January. I've shared this through my social media channels and I will put a link in the show notes as well. But this is essentially a calendar so every day of the week for January, there's a little short actionable item that you can do to try and boost your happiness. So for example, let's take Sunday the 10th of January. The little item is thanks someone you're grateful to and tell them why. So lots of little actionable items for you to work through. And as I said, I'll put a link to the show notes. And you can have a look also on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds where you can follow me at thank the week. Another idea for you. This is something my wife gets us to do every year and the family generally grown way when dawn brings out the printed sheets that she's done. But she likes to do this at the end of the year and I think we all are thankful for it in the end because it is really nice where to have a little bit of a reflection on last year and a little bit of a look forward to next year. So on New Year's Eve Dawn issued our family with our sheets and we completed them and then New Year's Day. We start down and discuss them. I'm not going to go into the details, but what I'll tell you is what we actually did. So if you're interested in doing this activity yourself, feel free to do so. So we look back at 2020. And we each had to write down our two favourite memories, three things that we were grateful for one lesson that we learnt. And one thing we did that we were very proud of. And then looking forward to 2021, we had to list three places that we wanted to go to, where's that we can help people, two things we can look forward to. And three new things that we want to try out. So that was just a really nice exercise. And it's quite revealing when you go around your own family, and you share those things with each other. It just gives you a nice heads up as to what's important to each member of the family, and gives you a few things to look out for. In the coming year.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

the 12th night is approaching. And that represents the last night of the 12 Days of Christmas. And it depends when you start counting. I think some places start counting on Christmas Day, some start on the 26th of December. So depending on what you do, this can be the fifth of January or the sixth of January. But essentially it's the 12th night of Christmas. And the superstition in some countries is that you must have your Christmas decorations down before this point is is unlucky if you leave your Christmas decorations up after the 12th night. So if you haven't already, take your Christmas decorations down on either the fifth or sixth of January. We can class that as one of Craig's Christmas rules. If you were following those back in December, very complex, very detailed, but very practical set of rules around Christmas. We can consider this one as drawing Christmas to a clause. So 12th night, fifth or six, get those decorations down. And then Christmas is parked at least until next November when the mince pies come out again. Let's finish with a few random days for you to get excited about all coming up this week. And you might see a little bit of a theme here Tuesday, the fifth is whipped cream day. And you can take that whatever direction you wish to take it but Tuesday the fifth of January is whipped cream day immediately followed on Wednesday, the sixth of January by cuddle up day. And I understand hugs are a bit difficult at the moment. Certainly with people outside your household if you do have people within your household. Wednesday, the sixth is the time to cuddle up with them on cuddles day. And then we'll finish the week on Friday the eighth of January with bubble bath day. And again, you may want to share that with others. It may involve cuddling up, I can't comment on whether it will involve whipped cream, but a wonderful week of fun activities there for you I really hope you enjoyed this week's show. Thank you very much for listening. Just a little reminder, please do vote for thank the week in the let's talk 21 challenge. All you have to do is go to WWW dot thank the week.com slash vote and then click on the vote button in the top right and I would really appreciate that. Thank you so much. Until next week, goodbye.

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