Feb. 1, 2021

Games, Garmin, and Groundhogs


Episode 12 of Thank The Week included:

  • News of the Bernie doll 
  • Live sport for all
  • A Lily from Garmin
  • Emotional support from Spotify
  • New TV series and some movie recommendations
  • A lockdown birthday party
  • An unusual breakfast food

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

Coming up this week there is news of the Bernie doll. We've got live sports for everyone else Lily from Garmin and some emotional support from Spotify. There's new TV series and some movie recommendations. We have a lockdown birthday party and an unusual breakfast food. 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 12 of Thank The Week for the week of the first of February 2021. This is the positivity podcast where we review the great things that have happened last week. And we get excited for all the great things coming up this week. As ever, I'll be looking at news, sports, tech entertainment and my own daily life. So let us begin

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News

Craig Williamson:

Last week we had two new COVID vaccines announced there was Novavax announced last Thursday. That one has been tested in the UK actually, and is going to be manufactured here. And the really good thing about that is it's been tested against the new UK strain of Coronavirus. So that's really positive news. And then last Friday, Janssen announced their own vaccine. And the difference there is that this is a single dose vaccine. So it doesn't require two doses like all the current ones, it's just a single dose and you're done. So really positive news to new vaccines. And I think in terms of the world picture of vaccinations, we need as many of these as possible. We need millions of these to be churning out. So the more the merrier, really. So that's really fantastic news, just update you on the vaccination stats from our world in data.org. We're now at 86 million doses across the world that's up from 60 million last week. And that includes 26 million in the US up from 19 last week, and almost 8 million in the UK against six last week. So that is terrific news. And one of those 8 million in the UK was my own mum who had her first dose of the vaccine this week. Auction news now last week, we talked about the Del Monte note and how it reached $400,000. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, go back and listen to last week's episode. This week, there was another auction and this time it was the Bernie dole. Now at the US inauguration, there was a really popular image of Bernie Sanders. Now Bernie Sanders ran for president or ran for the candidacy to be president in 2016 and 2020. And in this image, he was sat there with his knees cross wearing a big CT and big Willie mittens and that image went viral. And a Texan lady actually decided to crochet a doll of Bernie in this pose with his lovely hand knitted Willie mittens. And this lady sold it on eBay. And he fetched were for this $20,300 as over $20,000 for a crocheted doll of Bernie Sanders, which is pretty incredible. The beauty of it is she donated all the money to Meals on Wheels America. And that was relevant because Bernie himself has raised money for them in the past as well. So really good news that, I think is a really neat way to take advantage of this viral image that was going around. And yes, a $20,000 crochet doll

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

Now the effects of the UK lockdown continue to bite hard here. But sport is always a big source of solace for many people, myself included. And I'm certainly thinking back to the first lockdown when all the sports stopped. That was when things really started to hit even harder for myself, and it might be the same for you as well. So I want us all to get excited about the amount of life sport that's going on in the world. You know, I tend to talk about football and American football. And I might be talking about a few other things in the future. But you know, those are my big passions. But what I want to do is to highlight the fact that there is so much sport going on. And there's so much elite sport that you can watch on TV and just get the sense that things are going on in the world. And there are things that mattering there are things that are fun and exciting to watch. So I've tried to troll the sports lists and see what's going on this week. So I do apologise if I've missed anything off. But hopefully there is a little something for everyone. So live sport this week. We have ice hockey from the US from the National Hockey League, the NHL various matches there. There is horse racing at various venues and you can watch that as well. In tennis we have the ATP World Tour and the WETA tour going on in Melbourne and their warm ups for the Australian Open that starting the following week. And we'll be previewing that next week. Football of course is going on there leagues all around the world and a lot of that is televised. Premier League, as you know is where my heart is here in England. And we have a full midweek schedule coming up this week. So Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. We've got 10 games spread over those nights. The pick for me is Thursday night we have Tottenham against Chelsea and their new manager Thomas to call and we have a full round of Premier League at the weekend as well. So my pick from there is Liverpool versus Manchester City. What a matchup that is that's on Sunday afternoon at 430pm here in the UK. So let's move on to cricket. We have women's t 20. Super Smash, we have T 10 Abu Dhabi tournament and we have T 20. Big bash from Australia. And we've got some international Test matches this week. In golf. We've got European PGA Tour and us PGA Tour action. In rugby. We've got Premiership matches during the week and coming up this weekend. We have the Six Nations rugby coming back. So on Saturday, there are two matches. There's Italy against France and England against Scotland in the UK. Those are both being shown on ITV. And on Sunday we have Wales against Ireland and that's on BBC Sport. So that's kicking off the Six Nations rugby season. So we'll have more games coming up from that. On to other sports. We've got snooker shootout, we've got the cycling UCI World Tour, in sailing, we've got the Prada Cup. In wrestling, we've got WWE wrestling, we've got World Cup skiing, many, many matches from the NBA basketball in the US. We've got lots of us college basketball going on as well. And finally, the biggest game of the American football NFL season. We've got the Super Bowl. It's coming up this Sunday. It's in Tampa Bay, and it seems the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Kansas City Chiefs. Now last week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Green Bay Packers 31-26 in the NFC Championship game, I was able to watch that it didn't finish too late here in the UK. And that was a nice tight finish. Good, exciting game. And Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers got through to the Super Bowl. The letter game was Kansas City Chiefs against Buffalo Bills. Kansas won that 3824 that was a bit more of a blowout. The score sounds closer than perhaps it actually wasn't it never really felt that close. So the Kansas City Chiefs through to the Super Bowl. So the Super Bowl is Sunday, the seventh of February. It kicks off at 630pm. Eastern time in the UK, it's 1130pm. And that's Tampa Bay versus Kansas City. unusual in that it's the first time ever that the host of the Super Bowl is playing in the Super Bowl. So the host is decided probably many years before, and it is going to be at Tampa Bay at home and they are playing so that will be interesting to see. And I was able to catch up with my good friend Wes to see how he was feeling about the Kansas City Chiefs and their chances in the Super Bowl.

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Guest

Craig Williamson:

Welcome back to the podcast. Wes, thanks a lot for joining us again. I know your Kansas City Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills last weekend in the AFC Championship game. I wonder if you could start off with just letting us know your thoughts on that match.

Wes:

Yeah, the bills and the Chiefs game was a it was a good one a little bit exciting in the beginning. They had at the end of the first quarter, the Chiefs were down nine to zero, and it looked like things were gonna gonna come apart. But after that the Chiefs offence kind of took over. And they never really looked back after that. It was it was never really that close to the game. exactly what I was hoping for no drama.

Craig Williamson:

And I know your brother's a Buffalo Bills fan. So how's your relationship been? Since that game?

Wes:

Yeah, I haven't talked to him since then.

Craig Williamson:

Did you talk to him during the game? Or immediately after?

Wes:

No, there was no taunting. There was no nothing. It was just radio silence. I've talked to his wife since then. So you know, I know. He's, he's I know he's doing okay. He's recovered.

Craig Williamson:

Baby steps. So obviously, then we now go on to the Super Bowl, which is coming up this Sunday, seventh of February. I wondered what your thoughts are on that as the Kansas City Chiefs, your team are going to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Wes:

Yeah, it's going to be gonna be a good game. It's gonna be a home game for the Buccaneers, you've probably heard about that. I think that's the first time that's happened in the Super Bowl era. And it's just kind of happened to work out this year that the Buccaneers are going to get to play at home. You know, in most years, I think it would be a bigger deal than it is this year, because the attendance is still going to be fairly limited. I think they're going to have something like 22,000 fans in the stands, which sounds like a lot of people but it's not, you know, it's probably 20% the capacity of the stadium, so it's not going to have as much of an effect I think, as it would otherwise.

Craig Williamson:

So, what do you see happening in the matchup?

Wes:

Good question. Oh, that the chiefs are when of course, I I think it will be a close game though. You know, Brady's playing well, their offence is playing well. They've really come together toward the end of the season. If the Buccaneers can protect Brady, you know, he's going to do a lot of damage, but I think the Chiefs have the weapons to keep up with him. I think it'd be an exciting game. I hope so.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, I'm looking forward to it too. And you caught me out last time by asking me my score prediction. So I've got one ready. Okay. Okay. So my prediction is 31 to 17 to the chiefs. What's your prediction Wes?

Wes:

I'm gonna go a little tighter I'm going to go 34 because that seems to be about the magic number for the chiefs. If they can score 32-33 points, they usually win games. So I'm going to go 34 to 28.

Craig Williamson:

Fantastic. Thanks a lot.

Wes:

Sure thing.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

Last Wednesday, Garmin launched a new smartwatch aimed at Women, it's called the Garmin Lily. So this watch has a smaller face than most, I think it's 35 millimetre diameter, which is considerably smaller than most smartwatches. It's also got a thinner body so it fits on smaller wrists much nicer. And it has thin straps as well. What I really like about this is that it's got a really cool textured background to the display. So the display itself that shows the time and messages and so on, actually floats above this texture display. And it looks really unusual, really cool. The watch has got fitness tracking abilities, you can get your smart notifications on there from your watch. Unfortunately, there is no GPS, but it will connect to your phone and use your phone's GPS, if you did want to use it in that way. Battery life is going to be around five days. So that's the new Garmin Lily came out last week. And it costs from 180 pounds in the UK from $200. In the US. I'm a big Garmin fan, I've got a Garmin running watch. And I really love it I think for running and for GPS Garmin, are hard to beat. If you're not looking at GPS for running, then I think there's a lot more out there in terms of smartwatches that you might want to look out for. What I would say is this is probably one of the classiest ones I've seen. So I think if you are in the market for something very small and light, and perhaps if you are female, then the Garmin Lilly might be for you. It emerged last week that Spotify have patented something which sounds kind of special, kind of a little bit creepy. So Spotify being the music streaming service, and they've patented this technology that can analyse your environment. So what's going on around where you're listening to Spotify, and it can analyse your emotions when you're speaking. So it uses speech recognition, picks out your emotions and the environment. And then it can play some music that reflects the mood or perhaps the social settings. So imagine the scene, you're in your house, you've got some friends around post lockdown, obviously. And it detects that you've got people in the room, you're trying to impress them. So maybe then play some cool music. Hey, this guy knows what he's talking about. Maybe something by the killers, something a little edgy, that are going to impress your friends around you. But then it detects all your friends have left, you might be feeling a little down deflated after the party's over. And then it plays BG staying alive because it knows you love that kind of disco thing. And it also knows that you don't have any friends around. So you'd have to be embarrassed about liking the BTS. And a can play that in the background. So I think it's a lot of potential in this technology. I think the frightening thing for me is knowing certainly in our house, how many smart assistants we've got, I think basically Google could implement this immediately because they've got microphones all around us. They can pick up everything that's going on. It'd be when there's a heated argument between parents and children. Maybe maybe they could play some soothing music to resolve that. Who knows. But yeah, certainly a lot of possibilities there. Spotify patented that technology last week

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

I've got new TV to talk about and a couple of movie recommendations. But before that, there was the news from Netflix, that bridgerton is their biggest series ever. I haven't watched bridgerton I've seen some clips of it. My wife has watched it. It's a period drama. Lots of these sprung up since Downton Abbey became so popular, but I won't judge them for that it seems to have done well. And a record 82 million households around the world have watched bridgerton within its first 28 days, which is a record for Netflix. The kind of curious thing for me is the show is in the top 10 for every country, apart from one so Netflix is apparently in 84 countries in 83 countries. bridgeton is number one right now, there is one of those 84 countries where it is not number one, and that's Japan. And I'm really interested to know what the reason is behind that. I'm wondering if perhaps it's really badly dubbed or maybe it's something to do with if you listened to our Christmas episode, perhaps bridgerton does not go very well with KFC because we all know the Japanese love their KFC, especially on Christmas Day. And maybe it's just not the sort of thing that you'd watch while you're jumping on a bit of KFC. I honestly don't know what the issue is. But if you are Japanese or you know any people from Japan, if you wouldn't mind, let me know what problem they have with bridgerton I see a problem. Maybe it is number two in Japan. I honestly don't know, but nevertheless stands out to me a bit unusual. So that's bridgerton Netflix's biggest ever series, A couple of new TV series starting here in the UK. There is series eight of the blacklist starting on Sky one on Tuesday in the UK. I think that started back in November in the US on NBC. And there is a completely new show called 000 which starts on Sky Atlantic in the UK on Thursday. And do believe that one has already been out in the US back in March. I think it was shown on Amazon Prime in the US. So that's series eight of the blacklist and the first series of 000 I have a couple of films to talk about. Maybe wouldn't say recommendation as such One of them was very enjoyable the other one This was still praised. Good, but just interesting for one factor, which I'll come to in a moment. So the first film is 1917. That's the World War One drama. I did mention it a few episodes ago, because it was the most searched movie on Google in 2020. It was a huge blockbuster, really great film, really, highly recommend it. And yeah, it's just really impactful to see a soldier's II view of World War One. And yeah, just a really moving story as well. So I really do recommend that 1917 Now, the second movie I saw this week is called Lost in London. And it was from Woody Harrelson who is off cheers firm it was made several years ago. So it's not actually brand new, I think it was 2018. But this was a really curious film. Now there is a link to the last one. Now, if I jump back to 1917. What you may notice when watching 1917 is that it's filmed in a single shot. Now it wasn't necessarily done in a single tick, it was filmed like a conventional movie, but they were not multiple cameras. So you'll never see a camera seeing cutting, perhaps look from looking at one person's first to another person's face. It's always a single camera perspective. And it looks like one continuous shot because it's kind of a real time storyline. And I guess to get cuts through the scene, the camera might focus on some part of the background and then zoom back out and see the scene. But obviously, a lot of things can have happened in the background in the meantime, but really, really powerful way to present a story in that single camera. Now the thing about Lost in London is that took the single camera shot to an extreme, and that was actually filmed live in one single take. And at the time it was broadcast I'm told to I think it was about 500 cinemas live so people could be in a cinema, watching a movie that was being filmed live, which is just insane. The stress levels of the people filming that must have just been incredible. But Woody Harrelson decided to do this, and it was his first directing role as well, which is pretty crazy. Anyway, I watched the film, it's pretty good. It's a reasonable story, but just have that in your mind that it was filmed live. And it's just quite epic to see very few mistakes. I think there was only one or two very minor things that I noticed. I heard about a couple of others when I did a bit of googling, but it's just phenomenal how you can film quite a complex film like that in a single tick. And yeah, I think that's just really commendable. So Lost in London, in the UK, they're both on amazon prime at the moment, I suspect you can rent them elsewhere. So I would suggest that you look at your favourite streaming services and see if you can find them. And if not, you might need to rent them from somewhere. So that's 1917. And Lost in London

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Last week was Harper's birthday, and she did turn 11. It's so difficult to have a birthday during lockdown, and especially if you're turning 11 because you would normally have a party only have all your friends around. So it was quite a tough time to be going through that. But we tried to make it as special as we could. And I wanted to share a few things that my wife dawn really pulled out all the stops. She did some fantastic things to really help Harper have a special day. The first thing she did, which I think was just fantastic. She made some flags out of cardboard. Now these are kind of like the bunting flags that you would see hanging off a ribbon dangling on a roof. What she did was she made blank bunting flags out of card. And then she posted them to all of Harper's special friends and actually gave them an envelope with our name and address and a stamp on as well and asked her friends if they could just design a nice bunting flag for her, maybe say something in there about what they like about Harper and send those back to us and we had tonnes of those back. So when Harper got up on a birthday morning and came downstairs, there was this lovely Bunton with all these personalised flags that all her friends had made. And I just thought that was so special. And Harper was really appreciative, really loved that. And it was fantastic to see all her friends go into the effort and doing that for her. So yeah, that that was really special. The other thing that my wife put together, which she has done before during lockdown, but she put together a little sports day, a little family sports there. So in the afternoon, we all went outside, Dawn and I both finished work a bit earlier. And we went outside and we had a little mini sports there. So we did a few little events like we had football dribbling, we had basketball dribbling, we had sprinting a few other things like that, and it was just a good bit of family fun. We did add up the scores at the end. And maybe there was a false declaration that Henry was the winner when perhaps I checked the scores letter and found out that I was the winner. But let's not dwell on that. It was a wonderful time and we had a great sports day. Then we finished off the day with a little bit of a game. We we played a game that Harper got for a birthday called Exploding Kittens. I've seen that game quite a lot and I've heard people talk about it but I never knew what it was and I've never played it myself and actually I must recommend that that was a really good fun card game. Simple to play. I say simple. It takes a mom or a dad to read the instructions. For a little while to figure it out, but I think once you've got the hang of it, it's fairly straightforward. And yeah, we all just really enjoyed that. So we made it as special as we could. Harper had a wonderful day. And she is now 11. One thing I couldn't tell you about last week, because I'd recorded before this happened, but just after I recorded last week's episode, we had some snow here in Wiltshire in England. And it's a fairly rare occurrence that we do go through periods where we do have winters where we do get quite a bit of snow. But we haven't had any for a little while. And it was only about two to three centimetres, but it was enough for us to have a lot of fun. And the great thing was, so we woke up on Sunday. And I don't think there was anything down about 630 in the morning. But then there was heavy snow and then about 738 o'clock it had done, but it was all fresh. And it was all lovely and all ready for us to go out in so the kids were out kind of at seven 730 playing in it. And then I went out with them a little later on in the morning, we built a big snowman that I was quite impressed with. It looked a bit untidy. And I did feel a bit embarrassed when friends were posting to Facebook, all these amazing things that they were making like Snow Dogs, really well sculpted and and we just made this pretty ugly looking snowman from three big snowballs that we rolled. But we enjoyed it. We had fun. And we also got to do a little sledging as well, there was a small hill nearby, we took out a couple of slides there. And the kids had to go up and down. I had one go, it was quite fun. I fell at the end, we did have a very good time in the snow. And I think the thing I took from it was that it felt like a real event. You know, we've been in lockdown now for four weeks at the time, it was three weeks. That was our daily exercise, you know, we're only allowed out once a day. So we went out. And we did that we did it properly. And it felt like something completely different. Because you're used to you know, weekends going out travelling, having drinks, having meals, whatever it might be. And for us, it's just been quite a boring routine for most people in the UK at the moment. So it was it was an event and something really different helped to break the routine. And snow is so much fun for everyone, especially children, and especially when you don't have to drive anyway. That's the beauty of it landing on a Sunday as well. So yeah, we all had a great time. And very thankful that we had that opportunity to have some fun in the snow. Time for a little tech update. You remember, last week, I was getting very excited about a button. And this was the hue dimmer switch that was very excited to get so I could control the Hue lights in my office who were telling us this was going to be out on the 26th of January in Europe. The question is, is the UK in Europe, maybe I'm being punished because of Brexit. But it's not released here yet. And I've been looking on their website, it's now listed on the new website. And it has been since the start of last week. But you can't buy it yet. Which is really frustrating because I was excited for my new dimmer switch is not that expensive. I think it's only about 18 pounds. But anyway, I will keep my eye on that and hope to get that soon. But something else tech wise has me very excited. You know, I like e ink displays. Previously, I've talked about any monitor. And I've talked about a laptop that had an E ink display in the back. And you know, they got me excited, but I didn't buy them. They're quite expensive, quite necessarily have a need for it. But I found something that is exciting and does, I think have a use in my life. This is called the ink plate 10. What it is, it's a 9.7 inch e ink screen. It's actually recycled old Kindle screens. So these are things that would have gone to landfill, have broken in some other way or being discarded. But they've actually managed to salvage those ink screens from these old Kindles. And what they've done is they've built a programmable system around it. So what this company has done is you can buy this 10 inch screen, and you can programme it yourself. So effectively, it's a circuit board with a screen strapped on top. And you can programme that circuit board to do what you like. It's got Wi Fi built in, it's got Bluetooth, you can connect it to your computer by USB. And you can programme it. So there are things like Arduino, you may have heard of if you're not techie you may not have but don't worry about that. There's also something called micro Python. And I do a little bit of Python programming. So I'm quite attracted to the idea of being able to use micro Python. So what I'm hoping to do is to get this display. And then it's probably a bit more of a project than a than a tech gadget that I'm just going to buy and admire and use. I think it's going to be quite a bit of work to get up and running. But I'm looking forward to being able to programme this display. And what I have in my mind. Picture the scene. I'm in my office right now I'm looking at the wall, there is a nice little blank area of the wall where this 10 inch screen would go extremely nicely. And what I think it would do really well at is displaying something like the Premier League football table. So it would permanently display the table on there. Now this thing consumes no power as long as you're not changing the display. So it's a nice high resolution in display that shows the premier league table and I could set it to update perhaps once a day in the background so midnight every day it would update. Step into my office the next day look up and I've got the brand New premier league table gleaming at me there. Obviously, if Liverpool are not doing so well, maybe I won't have it display the premier league table, but I could have it display something else, maybe the latest news headlines like sports headlines, whatever it might be. So I think that's going to be a fun project. I'm quite excited about this. Now, I haven't ordered it yet. I must say, this is not a product, you can necessarily just buy off the shelf. It's been crowdfunded at the moment from a website called crowd supply. If you've heard of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it's similar to that. So effectively, it's a company that has a plan for something shows you their prototype. And then you pledge your money and say, Yes, I will buy that. But effectively, you're gambling on them, taking that money and then trying to build it. And you're hoping that they can do that. This company has actually built a smaller version, the ink plate six, that's been out for a while. And they did that successfully. So that gives you a bit of confidence. Hopefully, they're gonna come through with this, but we'll see. So there's always an element of risk with this. But it's $129 at the moment on crowd supply, and I think including tax and delivery to the UK, I think it'd be about $170, which were the exchange rate should be, I don't know, maybe 130 pounds or something. It's not too bad for a 10 inch screen. And I think that's going to give me a lot of enjoyment. Probably over the summer, they're talking about delivering maybe May time, but these things can slip. So we will see but that is the input 10 e ink display

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

Today we're doing the RSPB big garden. birdwatch for an hour. So we're looking at of our window waiting for the birds. For the bird watch, you need to count the birds for one hour in your garden, local park, or from your balcony between the 29th and the 31st of January 2021. But you only include the birds that land in your garden, not the ones that fly over. Otherwise, you'll probably get confused and count them twice. In order to attract the birds into our garden, we have some fat balls that we've had them in our garden for a pretty long time. And I think the birds now know that they are there. But we just recently put in some sweat blocks. And those have meal worms in. But we only just put those up yesterday. So we don't know if the birds have realised that they are there. And we put them up in the trees because some of the blue tips would only stay in the trees, they wouldn't come down to the fat balls. So we put some up in the trees. We are half an hour in and we haven't seen any birds. But it is quite damp outside same time. We have not seen any birds. But it's okay because we do get a lot of birds, usually in the mornings. And I blame the time and the weather. There are usually lots of birds in our gardens in the mornings when all the birdies are having their breakfast. And it's also very wet and Boggy and miserable. So I don't think anyone would be coming out. We still have another day tomorrow, though.

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Ideas

Craig Williamson:

The charity action for happiness have their monthly calendar out for February. And I've put a short link to it. So if you've got to thank the week.com slash happy, it will forward you straight to that. The theme for February is friendly February. And I've just picked one out for this week. That is Thursday, the fourth of February. Their suggestion is organise a virtual tiebreak with colleagues or friends. So you'll find a helpful friendly February tip for every day of the week on that calendar. And you can find that thank the week.com slash happy

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Craig Williamson:

What days have we got to look forward to this week? Well, if you've got children listening, you might want to cover their ears for this one. Monday. The first of February is ice cream for breakfast day. Crazy. I know, supposedly created in 1966 by a New York mother who was stuck inside after a huge snowstorm with six children. And I think during lockdown we can all sympathise with what that might feel like. And I guess she just got a bit exasperated and said you know what? Let's have ice cream for breakfast. And that may be bought her half an hour apiece. So maybe it was worthwhile. Apparently her kids remembered it The following year, and it became a thing that on the first of February, they had to have ice cream for breakfast. If you ask me, it's wrong. But if you want to participate, feel free to do so. Did remind me of a friend of mine who actually eats her dessert before the main course. Laura, if you're listening, it's wrong and I told you at the time I'll tell you again, it is ridiculous if you actually have a dessert and a main course in front of you, which you eat first, of course, you go for the main course first, it's just common sense. But anyway, some people are a bit different. We do celebrate all people here and a diverse range of views. But that is wrong. Anyway, Monday, the first of February ice cream for breakfast day. Wrong, wrong wrong. Tuesday, the second of February is Groundhog Day. If you've ever watched the film by the same name, you will understand what Groundhog Day is. This is an event that takes place in Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania. It's a location called gobblers knob, which is just a fantastic name for a location. And there is a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil. And on Groundhog Day, when he emerges from his home there, we see if he casts a shadow. Now, if the groundhog does cast a shadow, then that means we're in for another six weeks of winter. But if he doesn't cast a shadow, that's good news because it means winter is over. And we can all rejoice in that. So the world looks to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania for Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication on Groundhog Day, and I'll follow up on that next week. And we'll see what Punxsutawney Phil had to say. We've had ice cream for breakfast now Saturday, the sixth of February is frozen yoghurt day or frozen yoghurt day if you if you're American. And I think that is something I can definitely get behind. Having lived in America frozen yoghurt there was a place called orange leaf. Now, there are other places like this, if you're in America, this will be very familiar to you. But essentially imagine 10 to 15 ice cream pumps and you can just help yourself and pump whatever you want. And you can get a little free samples. So they'll let you sample all these different flavours of frozen yoghurt. And then you get yourself a big tub. You go around you pouring whatever you want from all these different frozen yoghurts, and then at the end, it's like a pick and mix of sweets and chocolate and sprinkles and all sorts of stuff that you put on top. And then at the end, you put it on a weighing scale, and then regret adding all those really heavy chocolates on because then you got to pay a fortune for this ice cream. But it's so good. And when we were out there, orange leaf was the place to be my kids loved it, Don and I loved it. And yeah, we really missed that. So frozen yoghurt day on Saturday, the sixth. If you are able to get to a frozen yoghurt place please do so and enjoy that for me And keeping the food theme but not necessarily dessert Sunday. The seventh is Yorkshire pudding day. I am a Yorkshire lad so I can get behind Yorkshire puddings. And I'm going to give you a simple recipe to make them if you've never had a Yorkshire pudding, and I'm probably mainly talking to Americans if you've never had Yorkshire pudding, you need to have one. They're simple to make and they taste delicious. They'll go nicely with a roast dinner. So roast turkey roast beef, primarily. I'm going to talk about this as if I've made them and the reality is I've never met them myself, but I'm told it's very simple. 140 grammes of plain flour for eggs 200 millilitres of milk, beat it until it's smooth and lump free. And then pour that batter into some heated muffin tins and cook it for 20 to 25 minutes and that's it and you have this delicious savoury Yorkshire pudding that goes so well with meat, potatoes, maybe a bit of gravy splashed on there. So Sunday the seventh is Yorkshire pudding day. Thank you so much for joining me this week. Links to all the stories are in the show notes at thank the week.com slash 12. please do join me again next week. And why not bring a friend if you can let someone else know about Thank The Week podcast. That would be fantastic. And I would really appreciate it. I hope you have a fantastic week. Until next week. Goodbye!

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