Dec. 21, 2020

Festivities, flashlights, and Firmino


Episode 6 of Thank The Week included:

  • A bizarre flavour of Pepsi
  • Last minute winners
  • Basketball action
  • Virtual makeup
  • Royals aplenty
  • And dreams of a destination Christmas

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

In this Christmas week, we have: a bizarre flavour of Pepsi; last minute winners; basketball action; virtual makeup; Royals aplenty; and dreams of a destination Christmas. Let'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:

Welcome to Episode Six of Thank The Week for Monday the 21st of December 2020. It's the episode before Christmas. So let's get into it.

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News

Craig Williamson:

More fantastic vaccine news this week. Last week, you might remember I was talking about we had 90 year old Margaret's in the UK. She was the first person here to receive the Pfizer biontech vaccine. Well, last Monday, we had the first person to receive that in the US. And that was a lady called Sandra Lindsay, and she's a critical care nurse in New York City. She was actually vaccinated in a live press conference, which puts quite a bit of pressure on it. And I think later on in the week, we had us Vice President Mike Pence, also receiving the vaccine live on TV. Now confession time, I am not that good with needles or blood. And it could be that I've passed out in times gone by when when when either needles or blood have been involved. So if I turned up for my vaccine, and there was a hoard of cameras and correspondents from all around the world, just waiting for me, I'm not sure how that would go down. I can just kind of imagine what the headlines might be alongside the photos of me as I'm kind of sprawled across the floor. Possibly the saving grace might be that I probably wouldn't even received a vaccine at that point I passed out and maybe just took took a bad look at the needle. But anyway, very, very good news for the vaccine. Also, the US did approve the modern vaccine as well last week, and I think they've got many millions of dollars lined up for us citizens. And I know in the UK, we've got some more reviews coming up. So hopefully lots more vaccines, making their way out there across the world. Now, not quite as important as COVID vaccine news. But in beverage news, Pepsi are going to make a limited edition run of Pepsi, with cocoa and marshmallow flavouring. They launched a Twitter campaign and this is kind of one of those clever little publicity stunts. They said if we get 2021 retweets, which is 2021 next year, if we get 2021 retweets, then they will make this special recipe of Pepsi with cocoa and marshmallow. Of course, they pass that mark pretty quickly. So now they've announced they are going to have a limited edition release of this flavour. I think it's only going to be in the US. I'm not sure it sounds that appealing to me, if I'm completely honest. But if you're in the US and you can get hold of them in 2021, enjoy and prep. So drop me a line and let me know what you think of it.

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

Football action. And I mentioned last week that we were going to have the Champions League and Europa League knockout stage draws, those took place. And I think probably the pick of the bunch for me was a very eye catching Champions League tie between Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain. So really looking forward to that lots of ties going on in both competitions. They're going to happen in February and March of next year. So two legs and they're spread over two different mid weeks. So pretty much February March will be full of European football action, something for us to look forward to. You may remember I picked out liverpool vs Tottenham as a premier league game to watch out for last week, and it did not disappoint whatsoever. I watched that on Wednesday night. It's a fantastic game. Some really good attacking football from Liverpool to game had a last minute headed winner from Liverpool's Bobby Firmino who then ran the length of the field to celebrate with the Liverpool fans in the cup. Bobby Firmino has incredibly white teeth if you've not seen him before they possibly brighter than the sun. If you just think of the brightest white you can possibly imagine. And then go 10 shades whiter. That is Bobby Firmino's teeth. They're quite remarkable. But yeah, so that was a fantastic thing to have a last minute winner is always fun, and then a confrontation between the managers at full time that's always fun to see as well. Jose Mourinho telling Juergen Klopp that the best team lost and Juergen Klopp just basically smiling and laughing and Jose Mourinho's face so it was quite an interesting game to watch. And certainly go out there and find some clips on YouTube if that kind of needle interests you. In football this week. We've got the EFL Cup quarterfinals to pick those on Tuesday evening is Arsenal against man city that's 8pm and then next weekend, we've got lots of Premier League action. In the UK Saturday, the 26th of December, the day after Christmas Day is Boxing Day, and traditionally that's a big footballing day. So we have six games in the Premier League. I think two pairs of those are at the same time but effectively you can watch four games back to back during the day. And there is one game shown on terrestrial TV in the UK on the BBC for free as well which is good And then on Sunday, the 27th. There are four games. Also back to back. The pick of the games for me is the boxing day tie between Arsenal and Chelsea at 5:30pm. Now in other sports news, the US men's professional basketball season is back this week with the start of the new NBA season. So that starts this Tuesday, and we'll be running until May. And I invited a special guest to chat about this. I spoke to Jansen McDonald from the eye test podcast

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Guest

Craig Williamson:

So joined by Jansen McDonald from The Eye Test podcast and he's our man who's going to give us an inside track on NBA. So Jansen, welcome to the show. And could you maybe start by telling us a bit about how you got interested in basketball.

Jansen McDonald:

I thank you so much for having me, Craig. So my interest in basketball came right around this funny story right around the 2006 NBA season. So I was quite young, Dwayne Wade, had just gotten Shaq there in Miami, and he had a goldfish commercial. So as a little kid, that was my first interaction with a basketball player was a goldfish commercial. And that's what made me want to watch him. So I started watching him and Shaq and that miami heat, and that's why I became a fan of them. fan since. And then a couple years later, I started watching a little more seeing Sports Centre and stuff and you see a player number 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. I just fell in love with the sport then, of course, happening LeBron James. And ever since then it's been an obsession.

Craig Williamson:

Well, I'm a bit concerned, you've talked about LeBron James, because I'll reveal something a bit later that that might put us at odds with each other. But we'll see how that goes. So, so NBA season then so the new season is about to start. But let's just quickly rewind to last season. Can you just give us a quick recap on what happened in the last season

Jansen McDonald:

Is so very interesting. Last season, there's a lot of storylines going into the year. So obviously with the pandemic happening, and then going to the bubble for the playoff. It was different. There are no fans there and nothing like that. But you got some of the best playoff basketball I've seen in many years in that bubble.

Craig Williamson:

So the season started as a normal season. And then when COVID hit, they delayed for a while.

Jansen McDonald:

and it basically trickled down and shut down the entire country. He was the first like big star to get at him and like Tom Hanks around the same time. And it just start the NBA shut down. Then the other sports are shutting down and then the country shut down. It was really like his he was the domino that started the whole thing. It really is a crazy thing. how powerful the NBA is.

Craig Williamson:

So what the NBA did was then they restarted the league but relocated to Disney World in Florida.

Jansen McDonald:

Yeah, yeah. So the complex, I go down to Florida, a lot of family down there. So I've been a lot of the hotels in the complex where they're having it. So luckily, it's not my place in the country, you could do it. But they have they had enough hotels, I think was three or four they use enough courts they could build and they could have. It was nine Eastern Conference teams and 11 Western Conference teams, I believe. So 20 of the 30 teams were there playing games and no living for three months. So some of them for three months is truly a crazy, remarkable experience. All the players have talked about us it was very hard. But they've also said it was a great, we're happy to do it. But please don't make us go back again. Because it was just it was just a nightmare, as far as you know, being away from your families and stuff like that, of course.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah. So then aside from the logistics, what happened in terms of who ended up winning? And what were your thoughts on the season?

Jansen McDonald:

Yeah, so going g oing into it. LeBron James had went to Los...as I've mentioned, my favourite player had went to Los Angeles Lakers two seasons ago, and the offseason, they pull off a trading on Anthony Davis, a top big man top power forward and the league there. And the season when exactly how I thought it was going to the two of them dominating the regular season. They finished with the first of the highest season in the Western Conference. They made it to the NBA Finals, and they beat the Miami Heat first team I never fell in love with from the East and, and six games and it was it was a good series. But the Miami Heat really didn't have enough and anything to answer for LeBron Anthony Davis overall. So the Lakers won the championship in a very different very weird COVID NBA season.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah. So what do you see then happening, do you want to kind of maybe give us a little preview of the new season? How are they handling COVID this time?

Jansen McDonald:

Yeah, so they are going to be playing games in their normal arenas. It's a short and condensed season 72 games compared to the 82. And they're doing them in a shorter amount of time, because this summer is supposed to be the Olympics now again, so they have to get it done in time for that because some basketball players in the NBA Of course, watch all the basketball players who are on the USA team are in the NBA. So they have to get it done in time so they could play that. So that's a switch has made it very short season, more back to back stuff like that. So for players like The Miami Heat in the Los Angeles Lakers players who just got done a month and a half ago. Their season starts at 22nd. It starts in two days, if as we're recording this, which is crazy, so they it's the shortest time off in professional sports history for them to have to go back and now try to defend a championship. And if you're asking me my my predictions, I do believe the LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers will win the title again. And the MVP of the league, I think will be Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks.

Craig Williamson:

And there's a player for the Milwaukee Bucks. This guy's name I can't pronounce but it's the Greek forward who's who's just signed the biggest deal in history. So signed a deal for $228.2 million. The richest deal in NBA history. Can you pronounce his name?

Jansen McDonald:

So here we go. I would definitely mess it up. But the first name I got right every time Giannis Antetokounmpo it's around that Giannis Antetokounmpo. It's around it. Yes. The Greek freak. A great player.

Craig Williamson:

So you mentioned obviously LeBron James is your favourite player. You started off liking the Miami Heat. Who do you support these days? Is it whoever LeBron plays for or do you have a favourite team?

Jansen McDonald:

Yes. So I'm a very honest realist person. I am I'm a mobile fan where LeBron goes I go i'm not i'm not shy about that. But that being said, though, when he retired Miami's home, I love the Miami Heat organisation Dwayne Wade still favourite Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra great guys. So watching this finals was extremely hard for me. I did not enjoy. I did not relish it. But yeah, that's where I'm at. You know, on any given night, I want the Miami Heat to win unless they're going up against LeBron James. Yeah.

Craig Williamson:

So this is where we might have a bit of conflict. So I did live in Texas for a few years. And I actually lived in San Antonio. So the San Antonio Spurs with a team that I followed. So I'm not a hardened fan. So I can't buy into this, but I do know some hardened Spurs fans, who were basically they hate, whoever LeBron plays for so whereas you support whoever he plays for they hate whoever he plays for, what what's the background to the LeBron beef and San Antonio Spurs?

Jansen McDonald:

Okay, so there's some organisations there's some teams in the NBA I hate because of things that about LeBron James like the Golden State Warriors. I know with them getting Kevin Durant in previous seasons and making that super team I grind my gears, you know, cost LeBron some rings, but the San Antonio Spurs are an organisation. I think most NBA fans have all the respect for in the world. They've done the right way. And the way they went five championships in Tim Duncan's tenure there about 20 years. And they were like, spaced out. He like it was a it was 20 years of dominance. Just this past season was the first time they missed a playoffs since 1997. Before that's a year I was born as how long ago they've been in absolutely incredible, all respectable for them. In 2007, LeBron James led a Cavalier team, probably the worst team in finals history to the NBA Finals, that he had nobody with them, and they got swept by the Spurs, so no issue there. Spurs fans fine with him, hey, we beat them, whatever. In 2012. They were down in the NBA Finals. This, you know, it's the San Antonio Spurs, they were down three to two, games, six. And then the greatest clutch shot in NBA history, Ray Allen happens a corner, send them into overtime. And Miami ends up winning that series in seven in a heartbreaking fashion. That's when the Spurs fans really started to hate LeBron James. And then the next year happens and the Spurs blew the Heat off the floor. So I felt like that made up for a little bit. But yeah, there's definitely some animosity there.

Craig Williamson:

Thank you so much for joining us, Jensen and covering that for us. Do you want to tell the listeners a little bit about your own podcast

Jansen McDonald:

Yes so The Eye Test is the name of my podcast, we cover all things entertainment, whether it's sports, like we just talked a lot of here. I love the NBA we talk a lot of that. But also we talk movies, television shows, music, anything that we as consumers take in for our entertainment. It started out just by having conversation with friends, people I live with at college we'd stay up to 3am arguing about, you know, NBA stuff, or even movie stuff, whatever. And I was like, You know what, let's just record it. Sit down, talk about it, have a good time. And also, you know, the way quarantine's been and then with COVID. You know, you can't interact as much face to face. I'm like, if we, if I can put something out there and get conversations going with people. I thought that'd be fun. And I'm having a lot of fun doing it so far.

Craig Williamson:

That's fabulous. And how can people find you?

Jansen McDonald:

You can find me on everywhere you can get your podcast, you can find the links on my social media. My Twitter is at underscore, underscore, Jan, underscore Jan underscore underscore, you can find me on Twitter. I'll have the link in the show description as we talked about as well.

Craig Williamson:

That's fabulous. And you mentioned movies. So just before we go, can you give a Christmas movie recommendation?

Jansen McDonald:

Oh, that's a great question. Okay. My favourite of all time Jingle All The Way with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Terrific movie so bad but so iconic and great. Because he's like, so bad and so great, same time, and then Christmas with the Kranks and Tim Allen's in that but also if you take a Tim Allen Santa Claus movies, there's some of the best too.

Craig Williamson:

fabulous, thank you so much for joining us, Jensen.

Jansen McDonald:

Thank you so much for having me, Craig, a lot of fun.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

In tech last week, there's been a rash of leaks about Samsung's next flagship smartphone, which will be the Samsung Galaxy S21. They normally release this series of phones in March in April time. But there are strong rumours that this time they're going to release in January. So we might hear something very early on in the new year. There's lots of pictures out there, which claimed to be the final version, the cameras are kind of aligned on the left with a little cutout, which I think looks looks quite nice. It's a bit different. But other than that, I'm not seeing anything too special from the rumours. It's just the fast processor I mentioned, was it last week, the week before this new Snapdragon 888 processor, that's going to be the processor in those phones in the US. And other than that, nothing that special that I can see the prices that there'll be some different sizes of phone, as there has been previously. The prices are rumoured to range from 850 Euros, which is actually 150 cheaper than the S20 started out. So maybe that's a significant improvement. But the most expensive ones rumoured to be about 1400 Euros, which is 50 euros higher than the ultra model sold for this year. So really interested to see what comes out of Samsung Galaxy S21. Maybe there'll be some features I haven't heard about yet that will excite me. So let's revisit that one when it comes out hopefully next year. Also in tech news, don't you hate it when you're searching Google for makeup, and you're not quite sure what you're going to look like. So I must stress I didn't stumble upon this myself as I was searching for my lipstick and eyeshadow. But I did read about this on Google's blog, they've got a new feature rolling out, which is when you search for specific brands of lipstick, and eyeshadow, it's gonna have an option for you to load a selfie and instantly see what those lipsticks and eyeshadows look like on your actual real world face. So that sounds like a pretty good use of augmented reality. And it's quite a nice little shopping tie up to help Google help some of these makeup brands sell a few more of their products. I did try and get it to work just for novelty value, you understand? No, I really wasn't that interested to see what it looked like with bright red lipstick and an eyeshadow. But unfortunately couldn't get it to work. So I'm not sure whether it's still rolling out or whether it's a US only feature. But apparently on your phone might just be Android phones. If you search for particular brands of lipstick and eyeshadow, you might be able to get that to work. And I'll put a link to the article in the show notes at thank the week.com. So you can make sure you're searching for the right brands of lipstick and eye shadow.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Christmas is a time for television in the UK Christmas Day specials are all the rage and there's plenty going on this year things like Call the Midwife, Strictly Come Dancing and even Blankety Blank is back. And I'm sure it's probably the same in other countries as well. But the real highlight for me of Christmas Day TV will be the Queen's speech, she gives her royal Christmas message about 3pm I think it will be in the UK, you can tune in on terrestrial channels in the UK to watch that. And it's normally streamed online, and you will definitely be able to find that after the event. It's kind of a five minute summary of the Year for the country and for the royal family. And it just can be interesting to have a little bit of insight. The Queen's always got some photos on a desk. And then there's hours of debate afterwards about why she had particular pictures there and who may or may not have been featured, all those kind of minutiae kept covered as well. But it's really nice just to see the queen and see her chat about the year and obviously quite a lot to talk about this year. So that's the roll Christmas message on TV on Christmas Day from 3pm in the UK. Now 2020 is clearly the year that many important people have started new podcasts. Mm hmm. And there is a new entrant to the podcast arena. We have the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that's Prince Harry and Megan to you and me, they've signed a deal with Spotify. So they're going to start producing and hosting podcasts and probably going to be paid a fabulous amount of money for doing so as well. They say that their podcast is going to be all about talking to amazing people. It is unfortunately exclusively on Spotify. So if you use a different podcasting platform, you won't be able to listen. But if you do have Spotify, have a little search for that you can Duchess of Sussex and you will find their podcast I think they had a teaser episode out and there is going to be a Christmas special, which seems a little unusual to have a Christmas special before you've even had any standard episodes but that's fine. They're royalty they can do what they like so look forward to that. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with a new podcast

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Harper

Craig Williamson:

And now we have a book review from Harper.

Harper Williamson:

This week I would like to do a book review about a short Christmas story called Snowmen at Christmas by Carolyn Boerner. The blurb for this story is on Christmas Eve, I made a snowman, very fat and jolly. I dressed him up and red and green and trimmed his hat with Holly, I saw his arms were trembling as if he couldn't wait. It may be start to wonder how do snow men celebrate. This story reminds me of the well known story of The Snowman, I really recommend this book.

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Last Friday was a good day because it was the last day of school for our children before the Christmas break up. And me and my wife both finished work for the holidays as well. So we've all got two full weeks off, which I think we're all ready for, and looking forward to just a bit of rest and relaxation, as well as work and school finishing all the kids clubs finished as well. And that can get a little bit tiring kind of driving here and there. And, you know, they do enjoy the activities, and we enjoy watching but it can be quite draining at times. So we've got two weeks just to clear the decks, put our feet up, probably watch some Christmas TV, and probably eat and drink a little bit too much. But we're all really looking forward to that. What we're also doing is trying to reconnect with friends. So we setting up some zoom calls with friends, which we haven't seen for a while. And we've also got a few games evening as planned. And I think we are actually hosting one of those as a Bingo Night via zoom. So my wife bought some little bingo books, which she's given out to a couple of families that we normally have a Christmas stroke, New Year time games evening with. So we're going to do it virtually this year, with those bingo books with thing somehow going to call the bingo numbers, and everyone's going to be connected via zoom, possibly having a few drinks and mince pies. And yeah, we should have a good evening. So yeah, looking forward to relaxing over the holidays. But really looking forward to seeing a lot of old family and friends as well on zoom. Also going on, I had my first guest appearance on a podcast, I think I told you about that last week that was on the Working Home Parents podcast, talking about smart home tech, and how it relates to working from home and especially working from home with you and children in the house. So that podcast was released on Tuesday of last week. And it's always a bit nerve wracking to hear yourself. And especially in that case where I was obviously interviewing for someone else's podcast. So I didn't get chance to edit out anything I was embarrassed about, which, which is always a little more concerning. But Amanda and Dan were terrific to speak to. And I don't think there was that much editing going on. Actually, it was just on reflection, just a really good chat, really enjoyed talking with them, and hopefully provided some useful information about smart home tech for people. So if you do want to listen to that, it is at WorkingHomeParents.com. And if you've got a podcast player, obviously you do because you're listening to this, then search for Working Home Parents Also making other connections in the podcasting community. I was really excited to have Jansen on to chat about the new NBA season. And it's always really nice to speak to other podcasters. It's something I'm learning. It's a really tight knit community. And we're all learning as we go along. And you can always find out new bits of information from people. So just having those chats and sharing, sharing those little bits of insight is really, really valuable. So that's been really, really good for me this week. Last week, we had a mince pie tast test. If you were listening when I released you all to start eating your mince pies. I think that was back at the end of November. I did mention the Which magazine had their mince pie ratings. So as a family we went out and bought a selection and then we came in and had a good old test. So I'm going to take you down to my kitchen. And you can hear how that mince pie taste test went. Welcome to the Williamson family mince pie test testing. We've got three sets of mince pies. We have Iceland luxury all butter mince pies, we have Lidl Deluxe all butter mince pies, and Sainsbury's taste the difference mince pies with all butter pastry. They actually all look very similar but we're going to do a little blind taste test run by Harper because she doesn't like mince pies. But me, Dawn and Henry are going to have a little test.

Dawn Williamson:

Okay, you've got three pieces of paper, one, two, and three for each mince pie. And you're marking the mince pie on pastry filling and overall. So out of 10 marks for each item pastry filling and overall.

Craig Williamson:

Bring on the mince pies. mince pie number one is on the way. Whoo. Thank you very much.

Dawn Williamson:

It looks very pretty. It's got a star on the top.

Craig Williamson:

Very nice festive with icing on top looks very nice. We will dig in

Dawn Williamson:

without a soggy bottom.

Craig Williamson:

Number two is on its way.

Dawn Williamson:

Again another snowflake

Craig Williamson:

popular this year. Thank you. Another nice dusting of icing sugar.

Dawn Williamson:

This has a little sticky bottom. does yours have a sticky bottom?

Craig Williamson:

No. Quite a dry bottom. We all scored number two.

Dawn Williamson:

I think I'm scoring quite low. actually

Craig Williamson:

interesting.

Harper Williamson:

mince pie number three

Craig Williamson:

number three has arrived.

Dawn Williamson:

Well this one looks really pretty. It doesn't have icing sugar is

Craig Williamson:

still a snowflake that seems to be the thing. Let's look into number three. Number three.

Harper Williamson:

So number one,

Craig Williamson:

number one What did we all have?

Dawn Williamson:

pastry pastry? Well, I gave three for the pastry

Craig Williamson:

I gave seven.

Henry Williamson:

I gave seven.

Craig Williamson:

Filling I gave eight.

Dawn Williamson:

One gave three I thought it was tasteless.

Craig Williamson:

Overall, I gave 7896 and that was number one. And Harper can exclusively reveal number one is

Harper Williamson:

Iceland's.

Craig Williamson:

So Iceland was actually the top rated from which of all the ones we had the which magazine rated at 73%. And it said, our testing panel rated these pies highly. The pastry was amongst the best testing on test and the all important mincemeat filling delivers when it comes to its texture. So they were the Best Buy's when we scored nine I scored seven scored six, six overall. Now we move on to number two, we reveal our scores to number two, this one

Dawn Williamson:

now that one to me looks the nicest that looks like it's going to be a nice, juicy flavour some mince pie.

Craig Williamson:

And how did we score it?

Dawn Williamson:

Well this is when I was disappointed when I bit into it. So I gave the pastry 2. I gave the filling 1.5 there's just no spices in it at all and no boozy taste at all. So overall I gave that 2

Henry Williamson:

my pastry I gave 10 and my filling five and then overall seven

Craig Williamson:

my pastry five fillings six overall five.

Harper Williamson:

Number two was the deluxe all butter mince Pies

Craig Williamson:

Lidl and let's see what which had to say about the little mince pies they rated 68% so not too much lower. Lidl had nice mincemeat filling flavour. Right let's reveal our scores the number three.

Dawn Williamson:

It doesn't look nice but I think the dusting of icing sugar is it looks more appealing than sugar granules.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, that one didn't look quite as nice. How did we score it?

Dawn Williamson:

Well what did you think about your pastry

Henry Williamson:

My pastry was six

Craig Williamson:

I did six for pastry as well

Dawn Williamson:

I did 2 for pastry

Craig Williamson:

You are a very harsh pastry critic recruiting, filling,

Dawn Williamson:

five for five

Craig Williamson:

overall size five.

Dawn Williamson:

So that was six. Last one

Harper Williamson:

was the Sainsbury's taste a difference with all parts of pastry.

Craig Williamson:

And those according to which were actually their lowest rated at 58%. They said the test is rare to the past has been too hard. And many found the filling too solid suggesting you might get a crunchy surprise.

Dawn Williamson:

Oh, I thought it was quite

Craig Williamson:

English for me as well. So now Harper can reveal our rankings. What was our third favourite mince pie

Harper Williamson:

and third favourite was the second mince pie, the Lidl, Lidl one, and with all together 14 points. The second one was the Sainsbury's one with 16 points. And in first place was the first one that we tested with 22 points overall. And that was the Iceland one.

Craig Williamson:

So it looks like we agreed with which and we give Iceland our top rating for mince pies. Well, then everybody, let's tuck into the rest of our mince pies.

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Craig Williamson:

You surely don't need me to talk about any silly days this week because Christmas Day is on Friday of this week. So that is the biggest day of all. That's the one to look forward to where you can eat, drink and be merry open lots of gifts, give lots of gifts, speak to lots of family and friends on the phone and hopefully see a few people in video chats as well. So that is a really big day but if you are still pining for some niche, special days, then Monday is a pretty big day because I've got three things for you happening this Monday the 21st of December. And don't worry if you're listening to this after Monday. Maybe you can relive these in subsequent days. So Monday, first of all is Is the winter solstice, I'm afraid I can't rearrange that one for you. But that is the shortest day of the year, which is quite a nice thing to look forward to. Because once that's passed, it means it's going to get lighter earlier in the morning. And it's going to get darker later at night. So we've got longer days to look forward to from here on in, which is really nice. And also Monday is as it is the winter, Winter Solstice is the first day of winter as well. So I guess On the flip side, the weather's probably going to get colder. So you take the rough with the smooth, I guess. And another thing happening on Monday, is it is don't make your bed day. And I think that might be designed to coincide with the winter solstice because it's the shortest day. So maybe the inference is why bother to make your bed because it's going to be bedtime before you know it. My son loves not making his bed. So if he's listening to this on Monday, Henry, you do not have to make your bed. Or more accurately, you do not have to have myself or your mother make your bed for you today. Also Monday, now this links back to my podcast from last week, Monday, as well as been the winter solstice, as well as been the first day of winter. As well as being don't make your bed day. It is flashlight day that's torched there. So it's a day to rejoice in flashlights and torches. actually a very special day when I come to think about it. I'm not sure why this wasn't in my calendar beforehand. Hopefully you've all reached out to buy that NiteCore TIP SE torch I was telling you about as a great last minute Christmas gift. I was telling you about that last week. But enjoy Monday as flashlight there. Maybe go out on a night walk with someone use that flashlight just to illuminate the path and just rejoice in the goodness of a good torch. Now it is Christmas time. And listening to some Christmas music is called me thinking about Christmas in a faraway land. And there's two particular songs that got me into this frame of mind this one called Christmas in LA by Chante Moore, and another one called Christmas in Jamaica. And that was Toni Braxton with Shaggy, I really recommend those two tunes, actually. But it does get you thinking about what would Christmas be like in a hot climate. Now maybe some of you are lucky enough to live somewhere that is hotter Christmas, obviously in the UK we associate Christmas with both be nice to associated with snow. But generally we associated with grey skies and rain, which is pretty much the winter season for us. But it did get me thinking I'd never really fancied a Christmas somewhere warm. But those songs kind of alerted me to that just a little bit. But I've got another alternative for you to think about. How about Christmas in Japan. I discovered an incredible fact this week, which is that in Japan, a big tradition is to go to KFC for your Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Apparently, every Christmas season, almost 4 million Japanese families give themselves the treat of fried chicken from KFC. And it's become a bit of the nation wide tradition. And it all started as a bit of an advertising campaign. And KFC marketed this Christmas party barrel. And it is the same kind of KFC that you get all around the world. But I guess the Japanese really bought into this advertising idea, just as I suppose we have with the Coca Cola, Santa Claus that we all know and love now. So if you want a bit of KFC for Christmas, and you don't want to feel guilty about it, just get yourself over to Japan, maybe plan that for next Christmas next year. 2021. I will see you for Christmas in Japan. Thank you very much for listening this week. Links to all the stories are in the show notes at thanktheweek.com. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy the time with your family and do reach out and connect with those who you can't be with this year. And I'll see you again with Episode Seven next Monday. Goodbye!

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