June 28, 2021

Disneyland, Dave, and Dye


Episode 33 of Thank The Week for 28 June 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 33 for the week of the 28th of June 2021. What's coming up this week? Well, we've got more champs to talk about. And we've got a bit of travel to talk about too. I've got some huge sporting events coming up this week. Lots to look forward to there. We've got new windows, and another big tech event coming up this week. I'll talk a little bit about poop. And you'll hear a bit more about that later on. And I've got a special guest this week, we've got Noah Glenn, from the kids mindfulness podcast Like You. So let's get into it.

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News

Craig Williamson:

Lots of COVID vaccination news to bring you up to date on last week, the US gave 3 million doses abroad, they sent them to Brazil, and they were the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. So that's really positive news that we're starting to get jobs spread out more widely across the world. And here in England a bit closer to home, then we've got the grabber job campaign going on. So last weekend, there were walk in centres where you could just turn up without an appointment and get your vaccine. And that's quite significant because we've now reached the point where every adult everyone 18 or over in England is eligible for a vaccine. Normally you have to book and schedule that. But now you can just go into one of these walking centres, which is really, really great news. The latest figures from the UK show that 83% of adults have now had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 32 million that's over 60% of adults have had two doses and I'll talk a bit more about that later on in the show. Now a little bit on travel and travel opened up perhaps just a little bit more for UK travellers last week, where we got more countries added to our green list, which is a list of countries that we are technically allowed to travel to and we don't have to quarantine when we come back from some more countries added to that. So it was the Balearic Islands, which is places like bheatha Menorca, and New Yorker, and then also Malta and Madeira. And then a few places in the Caribbean, Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Dominica, and Grenada as well. So yeah, if you want some quite exotic travel, a few more places on the list now that you can consider going to France, sadly, is not on that list. But we did have news last week that Disneyland Paris is reopen. So that's really good news for the French, and for their tourist industry as well. Nice to get that little bit of normality, and get those kind of family holidays going again, never been to Disneyland Paris, we did go to Disneyland in California. And it was probably the best day out that we've ever had in terms of going to a theme park or, or a family day out. It was just so amazing from start to finish. So you never been able to go to a Disneyland or Disney World. Highly recommend that. So yeah, really positive, lots more travel opening up for people around the world and not a lot more options for people to look at when it comes to travel. Last item of news this week was about Salisbury Cathedral. And that's very close to where I live. So this article in The Daily Telegraph caught my eye. So this is Salisbury Cathedral, who are actually going to let their lawn grow and not mow it. And they've said that that's going to help them to develop a flower meadow. And it's about boosting flora and foreigner, as a lot of people seem to be doing recently. And they're taking part in something I've never heard of before. So there's an annual event which we're now in June. So it's a bit late, but it's called No Mow May. And it's a movement to actually encourage gardeners not to mow their lawn for the entire month of May so that you get wildflowers and pollinators which helps a lot of wildlife in our gardens. So yeah, interesting that Salisbury Cathedral embracing that and they're now going to leave one of their lawns completely Amman to encourage wildlife in the local area.

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

So much great sport coming up and active at the moment the NBA basketball playoffs in the US they are in the thick of it with the conference finals going on. So in the Western Conference Finals, it is a Phoenix Suns against the LA clippers at time of recording Phoenix are leading to one and they've got another few games look forward to so there should be one that happened at the weekend just after I'm recording this. But game five of that series will be coming up on Monday, June 28. And then if required game six will be on Wednesday. That's June the 30th. And again, if needed game seven will be on Friday, the second of July. The other conference semifinal is between the Milwaukee books and the Atlanta Hawks. And that one is tied at the moment. One one another game will have happened by the time you listen to this. And then game four will go on on Tuesday 29th and game five will be Thursday the first of July. And then if required game six is going to be on Saturday, the third of July and if required game seven will come the week after. So the NBA season building up to a wonderful finale there and we should know who's going to contend the NBA Finals by the end Of The Week. Just a reminder, I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, I think it was the England rugby union team are going to take on the United States. And that's taking place on Independence Day, Sunday, July the fourth, it's going to be shown on TV on Channel Four here in the UK. So if you're into your rugby, get into that one. And before I get to the football, it's Wimbledon, the tennis tournament has started. It starts on Monday, the 28th. It's going to be two weeks of tennis action, men's women's and doubles. And as I said before, I got tickets. So me and my wife will be going. So I'll talk a little bit about that later in the show. Right then football, and there's lots going on. Let's cover off the Copa America first. So the Copa America is still going through the group stages at the moment. The final group games are taking place early this week. And then they get into the knockout phase. So on Friday night, it's to quarterfinals. And then Saturday night, the other two quarterfinals. So lots of Copa America action, Brazil and Argentina doing very well and through to those quarterfinals. So we'll be really interesting to see how that all plays out. Now, on to the euros, some really big games coming up, it's now down to the round of 16 and England are through and they're playing Germany on Tuesday, which is a huge rivalry. Really excited for that game. Really looking forward to it, the whole country will almost inevitably come to a standstill on Tuesday, as everyone tunes in and watches that game. I think it's about 5pm here in England, so really excited for that. But there's been tonnes of action over the last few weeks. And it's all building up now to the round of 16. So there are two games that will have happened over the weekend. That's just past, but it's just after I'm recording. So those games are last Saturday, there's Wales against Denmark and Italy against Austria, so you should know who's through those by now. And then last Sunday, it was Netherlands against Czech Republic and Belgium against Portugal, so we should know who's through from there. But the games we've got coming up to look forward to some Monday evening, 28th of June, we've got Croatia against Spain, and then France against Switzerland. And then Tuesday evening is England, Germany, and Sweden against Ukraine. Want to mention one strange thing that's going on with this tournament, which is really weird, is best tonnes of own goals happening. And the previous record for the most on goals and a euros tournament was 2016. There were three on goals. Well, so far, in this current euros, the inappropriately named euros 2020. There have been eight on goals already. So it's five more than the previous record. And we've only just finished the group stage. It's just insane how many angles they've been. And if you want to pick the best one or the worst one depending on who you are. Well, it had to come in that game between Slovakia and Spain and Spain won five nil, two of them were own goals. And sadly, the first goal was by the goalkeeper, and there have been a couple of goalkeeper on goals. And you might wonder how does that happen? Well, if a goalie dives for a sieve and the ball hits the post, and then bounces back and hits the goalkeeper in the back and goes in, that's clusters and our goal. So that can happen. That's obviously very unlucky. The Slovakia keeper, Martin Dubrovki, he had a bit of a clanger. So the ball hit the post from a shot looped up really high in the air, and he was comfortably under it. And what most key players would have done is jumped up and turned it over their crossbar. But he kind of got a bit confused as to where the crossbar was, I think, and he jumped up and effectively just punched it straight into his goal. And it looked rather embarrassing, and I felt really sorry for him. And yeah, just really strange how many on goals we've had so far. So do Look out for more on goals in the closing stages. As I said, we've got those last 16 games coming up on Monday and Tuesday. And then we've got another couple of days off, but it's fine. We've got used to that we had our two days off last week and it wasn't too bad or been told. And then we get into the quarterfinals and things are getting even more exciting at that point. So Friday evening, there are two quarterfinals and then on Saturday evening, there are the other two quarterfinals. Now the great thing is if you want you can watch four matches back to back so Friday, and these are all UK times five times the first year was quarterfinal 8 PM is the second one, then you can switch over to Copa America because 10pm is the first Copa America Quarter Final. And then at 1am. It's the next copper America quarterfinal. And that same pattern is repeated on Saturday night so you can watch two euro quarterfinals in two copper America quarterfinals. I'm not sure I've got the staying power to stay up for one o'clock kickoff these days. But yeah, certainly I'll be watching the Euro ones. And perhaps reading about the corporate america ones the day after. So plenty of exciting football action coming up this week.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

Never mind staying up to 1am to watch football. Did you watch the Microsoft Windows 11 live events last week. And if you did, you would have heard all about Windows 11. So that's the next version of Windows that's gonna replace windows 10 from Microsoft, and they had a huge number of announcements about that release. I must admit it looks quite impressive. I'm quite excited to get hold of it. Obviously, a lot of it is little design tweaks. So the app icons are going to be in the centre of the screen at the bottom, it kind of reminds me of how the Mac is. And there's other things as well. So they're going to have Microsoft Teams quite tightly integrated. So if you do use teams a lot, that will be useful, they're going to have easy layout. So where you want multiple windows on the screen at once, there's going to be lots of nice, easy ways to do that as well, we're going to have access to some nice widgets, which will tell us things like news and weather and that kind of thing. And there's going to be tighter integration with the Xbox as well. So quite a few things to look forward to in Windows 11. It's coming up later this year, I think they said by the holidays, which is always one of those very, very loose terms, that means they're not actually sure when they're going to have it finished. But the lead for Christmas, I think is ultimately the message there. But it is going to be a free upgrade for anyone on Windows 10. So do look out for Windows 11. Coming up later this year. Big tech event this week is m WC that's mobile world. Congress happens in Barcelona every year. So this week, it takes place from Monday to Thursday. And it's where all the mobile tech companies. So this might be mobile phones, tablets, laptops, but also other portable devices as well. They all get together. There's a big exhibition where people share their wares. I think it's going to be a blend of face to face and virtual this year. But yeah, look out for some big announcements in terms of mobile tech, always lots of things coming out from M WC. So keep an eye out for that. And I'll report back as to anything that catches my eye

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

A TV recommendation for you this week and an experiment for you to perform. And yeah, we'll we'll see how that one goes. My TV recommendation is the comedy show Dave, which is back for its second season in the US at the moment. Dave is a rapper, and it talks about his exploits as a rapper. And I guess a bit of an unconventional rapper will say, and it's loosely based on his own life, the guys called David Burd apparently had a YouTube rap that went viral. And he's kind of burst a career around it. But really, really funny really, highly recommend you watch that, in the US. Season Two is now on FX. And that's ongoing. In the UK. We don't have Season Two yet, but you can watch season one on the BBC iPlayer. So it's completely free think it was shown on BBC Two. So if you want to watch the first season of Dave, I really highly recommend that you can find that on Iplayer. And hopefully we'll get that second season very soon. Now on to the experiment. And I mentioned poop. At the start of the show, we tend to say poo in the UK. But in the US people say poop. So whether you call it poo or poop, there's an experiment that I feel like I owe you an apology because this has been around for over a month. And I've only just found out about this is just not right. And I feel like I've let you down should have brought this to you last month. Anyway, it is the blue poop challenge. And this is where you're encouraged to make some muffins. Sounds good so far. And you put a very large amount of blue dye in them. And there's a very specific way to do this. And I will share a link so you can find out how to do it properly. I'm going to put a short link. So if you got to thank the week.com slash poop or poo. Or you can always use poop pee double o p I've put both in there. So both UK pooers and American poopers can find it very easily. So thank the week.com slash poo or slash poop. And you can find out the information about this. So as I said, you make this very special recipe of muffins with a high dose of blue dye. And then you eat them. And then you time how long it takes before your poo comes out blue. Yes, sounds like fun, doesn't it any shows how well your digestive tract works and how things are progressing through your gut. Because apparently that can say a lot about our gut microbiome and how our insides are working. So numbers to look out for the median good transit time for this organisation that's performing the study was about 29 hours. So you know, if you think if you have them One morning, I think you're encouraged to have them first thing in the morning, maybe a poop The next day, your poo The next day, about lunchtime, maybe it'll come out blue. But apparently anywhere between 14 to 58 hours is a good place to be. So I'm not sure we're going to do this. If I'm completely honest. The strange thing is when you go to the website, which which I've linked from the show notes, there's loads of pictures from Instagram and pictures that people have shared and your eye darts over them because you're instantly thinking as someone taking a picture of their booth here, but now all the pictures are of bloomer fins, I think you can put the dye in other foods as well if muffins are not your thing, lots of people showing their blue tongues off in these pictures, but thankfully, I haven't seen any any pitches of the toilet. I'm not sure how it does for your system. You know, does it turn the pot blue and is that a problem to remove? I don't know I'm going to take no responsibility for any damage to your toilet. Maybe go to a friend's house and and drop it there and just in case as a bit of a backup. So join The blue poop challenge find out more information at thank the week.com slash poo or slash poop.

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Guest

Noah Glenn:

Hi, Craig and Hello, thank the week listeners. My name is Noah and I'm the creator and host of Like You - a mindfulness podcast for kids. Mindfulness is a way of getting to know yourself, your feelings, and what's happening in the world around you. The podcast is full of calm and engaging screen-free entertainment for kids, as well as any grownups that want to stay in touch with their inner child. We say affirmations that helps you remember how wonderful you are. We practice breathing exercises to manage difficult feelings. And we use music and imagination to have fun. We release a new episode every week. So I hope you'll check it out. There were a couple of great things for me last week. First of all, the week started off with Father's Day, and my spouse and kids went out of their way to make me feel special. They woke me up with hand drawn cards, and gave me a T shirt that said Number 1 Dad, which I immediately put on and wore all day. For dinner, I got to pick takeout from my favourite restaurant and finish it with my favourite homemade peanut butter banana pie. The other great thing about the week is that it was my kids first full week of summer vacation. And since I work from home, that means we'll get to spend lots of time together for the next few months. And to keep the focus on family and time off. Next week. I'm looking forward to a few days off for Independence Day here in the United States. During our time off, we'll be visiting some family and taking a dip in their swimming pool. And I'm very grateful for a couple of relaxing days. And I hope listeners of this podcast will also have a chance to unplug and relax for a few days sometime this summer. If anyone is interested in learning more about my podcast, you can search for Like You Mindfulness for Kids, wherever you're listening to this podcast. You can also find us online at like you podcast .com and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at like you pod. Thank you and I hope you'll all have a happy and peaceful day.

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Life

Craig Williamson:

My heart is still racing from this morning's activities. It's I'm recording this on Saturday afternoon. This morning, Henry had the final of his Cup competition. He got all the way through to the final one, their semi final last weekend and then got through to the final. And wow, it really ratchets the tension up a notch when it's a final. And it was such a tight game. And they were winning to one at halftime. The first goal was a little controversial. I won't get into the details, but there were words exchanged between sets of parents. I'm very mild mannered, as I'm sure you would expect. So I was just keeping quiet. But there were there were words flying, let's say and accusations flying around. So it was all quite tense. And I think it was probably more the parents than anyone else cuz I asked Henry after the game and he was like, Oh, no, I didn't seem that tense at all. Henry see 132 it was an incredible game really, really tight. And just great to see the the kids celebrate so much. I mean, they just really were thrilled to win. And the parents were pretty thrilled as well, at that point. And then we were obviously very graciously applauding the opposing team as well. He did play extremely well. It was a really close game. But when I checked my watch afterwards, to look at my heart rate, my heart rate, my resting heart rate is normally 50 beats per minute. That's kind of my typical resting heart rate. And I was sat down it was a lovely little grass banking, beautiful sunshiny day, but I was in the shed It was really nice, but my heart rate never got below 100 it was just Yeah, very nerve jangling, thankfully didn't have to be a linesman that would have been Oh my word that would have been awful. The pressure of that. But yeah, it was a good game really, really good. Great to see the kids so happy. They got their medals, and they got a trophy at the end. And we had pictures and everything else. And it was just a wonderful occasion. So well done to Henry's team for winning that Cup competition. Really, really, really good news. also extremely exciting. Last week, I had my second COVID vaccination. And that was brought forward I think I told you last week, we were having a 12 week separation between first and second horses in the UK. But that got reduced to eight weeks to try and get as many people protected as quickly as possible. So eight weeks was my time and I had it booked for last week when 10 and it was a very different experience to last time it was Salisbury City Hall, which is where I went before, which is this massive venue. But the people who were there for their second jobs we went off to a much smaller side area where there are only two stations given the injections whereas all the people having their first jobs were in the in the big hall. And it was very different because there was such a young crowd there. When I had my first job. It was everyone 14 over or you know in that rough age bracket. So yeah, you didn't really see young people whereas this time It was full of young people. And that was just so nice to see people are so keen to get out there and get the vaccine. And yeah, really excited by that. I did mention in the news, we've got this grabber job going on in England at the moment where people can just walk up and get them without appointments as well. So, yeah, really positive. Lots of people getting those second doses. Now, not too bad reaction for the second one. And that's fairly common from what I've heard from others. I was knocked out for a couple of days with the first one and a bit of a headache on the evening after the second one, but not too bad after that. And yes, I did ask to lie down. And they kind of looked at me a bit strange, because there were only two of them there. And they were like, Well, yeah, there's some way you can lie down there. So I didn't particularly have much privacy, but it was fine. And the first one it was it, were very careful. And they wanted you to wait for 15 minutes afterwards, just to make sure you were fine. This one was like you're done. Get up right, you fine. Yep. Okay, see you later bye. And then then you're out the door. But I guess if you didn't have a reaction to the first one, they're, they're fairly confident the second one's going to be fine. So yeah, I had the second one really pleased about that. I guess I've got another week and a half until I'm at that two weeks stage afterwards where you're fully vaccinated, and you've got the best protection possible. So very, very pleased about that. Other thing that I'm really excited about, and I didn't think I'd be as excited as I am. But I'm really looking forward to this on Monday of this week, the 28th. I'm going to Wimbledon with my wife, Dawn. We got tickets I explained last week, we got tickets to go into the grounds. So we can wander around and have a little look at the outer court, soak in the atmosphere and maybe have some strawberries and cream, maybe some Pimm's. We'll see. But yeah, really excited. I've never been to Wimbledon before, Dawn has been several times. And she always loves it. And she is just really, really excited. And I've you know, I've watched a bit of tennis on TV. I wouldn't call myself a huge tennis fan. But I think it's partly, you know, getting out for some live sport in the live sports so much fun. Any chance to see some high quality sporting action of any type in the flesh is really worthwhile. So really excited about that. But I think also just to get out there and try and do something a bit normal and kind of push the boundaries of what what I'm comfortable with, I think as well, which you know, I am looking forward to it. Having that second job helps. But, you know, there's still going to be social distancing and mask wearing but not in the stadiums in the biggest stadiums which we won't be in. But they do have permission to have people sat next to each other. So it is kind of a bit of a government experiment as well. So as well as the poop experiment, I guess I'm taking part in another experiment this week, but really excited for it. And I look forward to telling you all about our day at Wimbledon. Next week.

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

It's time for my book the month for July. And this month and following on from my last book of the month with the trilogy by Jessica Townsend. Last time I talked about the first book, and that was called Nevermore. But this month, I have now finished Wundersmith, and I'm about halfway through the third book called Hollowpox. For Wundersmith the second book, I will read the blurb. If you want to belong you have to believe. Morgan Crowe has escaped her deadly curse and join the wondrous society, a place she can finally belong. But the magical city of Nevermore isn't the safe haven Morgan imagined. Someone is poisoning her friends against society members are disappearing. And the evil as a school is determined to show Morgan the true nature of wonder. Something that's becoming ever harder to resist. So in this book, she's passed all her trials and she meets all her sisters and brothers for life and a friend of turned against her and she's finding it harder to resist wonder which is basically the magical power that she has because she is a Wundersmith. I have really enjoyed these books because there's never a dull moment in the story. And there's always something interesting going on in each chapter. Next month. Hopefully I'll have a different book to talk about. And I have one in mind that I have ready to read once I finished Hollowpox.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

Sweet Treats first Tuesday, June the 29th is Waffle Iron Day. And I think that just means a waffle maker. I guess an iron is the the big heavy thing that heats up and makes your waffle. So these are sweet waffles. And I love if you go to many hotels in the US, they'll have waffle makers and I know we stayed at a few in Texas where the waffle maker is Texas State shaped as well. So you pour in your waffle mix. you close the lid and you wait a few minutes and then you get out of Texas shaped waffle which is just fabulous. Kids really like those sweet waffles. And Henry's birthday is coming up soon. And he's actually asked for a waffle maker. So maybe there might be waffles coming up in a Williamson household before too long. So enjoy waffle iron day, on Tuesday, June the 29th. Thursday, July 1st is Joke D y, and I never very good wit jokes, I always hear some goo ones and never remember them or don't tell them very wel . But as a special treat, I did actually see in the news thi week, Aldi, which is a superm rket here in Britain had a comp tition for dad jokes. And this w s linked in to Father's Day, w ich was just over a week ago. A d they published some of those est jokes. And there's a list o I think 11 not all of them a e quite to my taste. So I'm j st gonna pick out one or two t at actually had me, quite amuse . So this one may be for the y unger kids. But why did the m n fall down the well? Becau e he didn't see that well. es, someone glued my pack of c rds together. I don't know how o deal with it. I quite lik that one. And then I quite lik this one. I was wondering why the Frisbee kept looking b gger and bigger. And then it h t me. And think about that for little bit. And then another o e, which I don't recommend you follow this advice. D n't do this at home. But it's uite amusing. I was stood beh nd a customer at an ATM. And he turned around and said, Could you check my balance. So I pushed him. His balance wa n't that great. So they have he limit of my jokes is reading them out from a webpage. B t enjoy joke there on Thursday, uly the first Also Thursday, July the first its second half of the year, because we're halfway through the year. It's the 182nd day of the year. And the recommendation is that you take a bit of a step back and evaluate how your years gone so far. And think about your goals and objectives and things that you want to achieve. And yeah, it's just a nice chance to reset and reflect on that first half and look forward to the second half of the year. So do that on second half of the year. Day. Thursday, July the first And then we finish with Sunday, July the fourth what could be going on on July the fourth? Well, in the US Of course it is Independence Day. And you get a nice public holiday on the Monday as well. So people in the US do enjoy that long weekend. do enjoy some time with family and friends. Also Sunday, July the fourth, possibly related it's barbecue day. So if you do want to enjoy July the fourth Independence Day with a barbecue, then Sunday is the day to do it. Many thanks for listening this week. So the links to all the stories are in the show notes at thank the week.com slash 33. Don't forget those shortlinks thank the week.com slash poop or poo if you want to do that experiment. And please tell a friend about Thank The Week, I want you to share that positivity and hopefully bring a friend along to the show next week. So thanks again and I look forward to seeing you again next week. Goodbye!

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