March 8, 2021

Jolene, JJ, and Jokes


Episode 17 of Thank The Week included:

  • A vaccination version of a country classic
  • Two legends from very different sports
  • We have mobile phones with features that will amaze
  • And 2 new TV series that will also amaze
  • There's chocolate beer
  • Music to live by
  • And, are you superstitious?

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

Coming up this week, a vaccination version of a country classic. We have two legends from very different sports. We've got mobile phones with features that will amaze and two new TV series that will also manage. There's chocolate beer, we have music to live by, and are you superstitious?

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

Craig Williamson:

Welcome to Episode 17 of Thank The Week for the week of the 8th to the 14th of March 2021. Let's find some positivity together. As we Thank The Week with an upbeat look at new sports tech entertainment and my own daily life. We've got lots of things to be thankful for from last week, and so much to be excited for this week. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

Last Monday evening, I was so inspired by watching a segment on the BBC news on TV, they had a feature about a school in a war zone. And this was just a scene of devastation in Yemen. So there was a school that was just all bombed out. It was effectively just an empty shell with floors and rubble in all the corners. And it was just packed with children who were just desperate to learn. And the key to the story was a nine year old, who was actually blind had been blind since birth. And he was doing some standing teaching. So whenever his teachers weren't there, he was actually teaching the younger children and putting them through their paces, with a huge smile on his face. And he did a little interview to the camera and the positivity of this young child was just incredible. Now these guys are going to school, they're all keen, they're all really desperate to learn. And they're having to do that in some horrendous conditions, even with bullet fire and explosions going on in the distance. So just to see their dedication to learning, and just their upbeat, positive attitude. I think that was just really uplifting for me. And I think it really helps to put our own lives into perspective. When you see stories like that, I'll put a link to the news clip at thank the week.com slash 17. Some more positivity with COVID. This week, there was some scientific analysis in the UK that showed that the vaccines reduce the risk of needing hospital treatment by over 80% in those people over 80, who've been the first to receive the vaccine here in the UK. So that is just a staggering number and just shows how effective the vaccine is and how important it is that we all get our vaccine as soon as possible. We also had more celebrities getting their vaccine on TV, and the drama and and anticipation of those sorts of events. This was a bit different. It wasn't a world leader. It was Dolly Parton, the famous country singer, and she received her vaccine in Nashville, Tennessee. And to mark the occasion, she adapted one of her own songs. So the song Jolene, which I'm not going to sing to her, but imagine the word Jolene said several times, and the song might pop into your head. So she adapted that song and change the word Julian to vaccine, which is quite clever. So she sang the song with the word vaccine in there on TV while she was then about to receive a vaccine, so full credit to her. She went all in. I imagine some of these world leaders have been a bit nervous. They're on stage with all the TV cameras rolling, and they've just been kind of keen to get it over with and hope that they get out unscathed. But to actually draw attention to yourself in that way, make a big song and dance about it. And then take the shot very well. She did extremely well. no ill effects no passing out. And yeah, so a credit there to Dolly Parton. And we should all do our part and when we're offered it get that vaccine.

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

For American football fans. There was some exciting news this week we had in the NFL, the three time Defensive Player of the Year, JJ Watt signed with the Arizona Cardinals. So if you are a Cardinals fan, I imagine that's pretty exciting for you. JJ Watt had been with the Houston Texans for his entire career. So 10 years so far. And he's now signed a two year deal with the Cardinals with $23 million. Wow, not bad. So that's the news in the NFL this week. Now I'm going to try something a bit wild here. I'm going to try and link the sports of basketball and snooker. Stay with me. So the link is in sporting legends. There was a superb article this week on BBC News about LeBron James, the NBA basketball star. He's now 36 years old playing with the LA Lakers. And he's been in the NBA since 2003, which is just pretty incredible longevity at the top considering the impact he's had at all the teams pretty much he's played it. So the nice thing about this article was it was just such a nice in depth article about his entire career. So it took you from 2003 when he started in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers through to his current stint with the LA Lakers where he won his fourth NBA title last season. I think we've talked about LeBron before and how San Antonio Spurs fans are perhaps not Lebron's biggest fans but you've got to be respectful for everything is achieved. And I thought that was a really great article, just tying together some superb achievements that he's made. So what's the link to sneaker? Well, a snooker legend Stephen Hendry a little different in that he's a bit older. So I think LeBron is 36 years old, Steven Henry's 52. And he retired nine years ago, but he won the World snooker title seven times, which is an all time record. So I think he's kind of like the LeBron of the snooker world, perhaps with a few less tattoos. But anyway, Stephen Hendry is on the comeback trail. He's decided after nine years of retirement, he was missing the green baize, so he's come back to snooker he did lose his first match back for one in the first round of the Gibraltar open last week, but he was very happy to be out there. And he's looking forward to doing it all again. So that we have a link between basketball and snooker. In rugby. We have more Six Nations action coming up this weekend. So on Saturday, the 13th of March he sees Italy against Wales, and England against France. And then on Sunday, the 14th of March it is Scotland against Ireland in proper football now. Now as a Liverpool fan. I am struggling to get too excited about football at the moment, but I am excited for Liverpool's ex captain and club legend Steven Gerrard, who is the manager of Rangers in Scotland in the Scottish Premiership, and Rangers within four points now of winning the Scottish Premiership title. And that all came off the back of by all accounts what was quite an enthralling game last Wednesday against Livingston, Steven Gerrard himself, even though he's the manager mostly gets sent off, he was arguing a few of the refereeing decisions, probably a little frustrated as the game was nil nil going into the dying minutes. But then Rangers scored a winner in the last few minutes. And you can't beat that feeling, especially when it's your own team when you get that last minute winner. So really big credit to Rangers really exciting for them, because it could be their first title in 10 years. And they're nearly 20 points ahead at the top of the league at the moment. So it's looking very promising. And I'm really happy for Steven Gerrard. So look forward to more news on that in the coming weeks. In terms of football action. This week, we have the Champions League round of 16 second legs on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The pick of the games for me are both on Wednesday evening, we have Liverpool against RB Leipzig, and we have Paris Saint Germain against Barcelona. And we also have a smattering of Premier League games throughout the week. But then the full fixture set is at the weekend. And the pick of those for me is the London Derby on Sunday with Arsenal against Tottenham

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

You may know by now that I am into my tech, smart tech, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, I've got some mobile phone tech to talk about today. And these are two devices from a company called Oppo, you may or may not have heard and they're quite a small Chinese company, they do have some links to one plus who are perhaps a little more well known. But this week, Oppo had an insane concept form that I'm going to talk to you about. And there was a leak for a product release that they've got coming up this week. So on Thursday, this week, March the 11th. It is the launch of Oppo find x three pro mobile phone. And there has been a little leak about that. And I just wanted to point out a feature, which I think is pretty cool and pretty unique. And it's great to see these smaller companies really pushing the boundaries, I think Oppo was actually one of the first companies to try a pop up selfie camera. So to try and get rid of having that big notch or the big bezel at the top of the screen, they had a camera that popped up out at the top of the chassis of the phone itself, which I think is just so innovative. And yeah, I think it's really positive when companies try new things. So this new feature is to do with one of their cameras. So as ever, these days smartphones have a multitude of cameras, they have one camera lens, which has a 25 times zoom with a macro. So macro allows you to focus very clearly at things that are very close to the camera. So this thing can effectively be used like a microscope, because you can put it really close to things and you get 25 times magnification, which is huge magnification. And to take it to the next level, the little lens is surrounded by a ring light. So imagine a circle of light around that lens to illuminate what the camera is looking at. Because obviously if you're going to press your phone very closely to something, it's going to cover all the ambient light and it might be difficult to see. So they've really put some thought and care into thinking about this. And I just think that's a really neat idea to have a microscope in your pocket on your smartphone. So I'm interested to see what that looks like. And if they maybe share some images, as that's launched this week. So that's Apple's find x three pro that's coming out this Thursday. And Oppo had another phone now this is a concept and a lot of concept phones you'll just kind of see journalists talk about they've seen it behind a piece of glass, or there's been a company official who's carefully handled it and shown it to cameras. Well, this was actually put in the hands of someone and there's a video of a real journalist who was allowed to look at this phone and Play with it. And it was just really impressive. So what this is, is a 6.7 inch display. And then you swipe on the side, and magically, the phone expands wider, and it gives you then a 7.4 inch square display. Now this is about rollable display technologies. So effectively, this phone is imagine like a scroll. And then when you touch a button on the side, it pulls out on both edges, and he expands that scroll from either side and gives you a larger screen. So you can pop it back down to the normal size pocket in your pocket. When you're browsing on the phone and you want a bit of a bigger display, you just swipe the side and then it just expands in your hand. And the user interface expands. And it was just so seamless and it looked incredible in the little demonstration. Now Oppo say this is a concept because it's not been tested to its limit. Obviously lots of moving parts, rollable phones are not a thing yet in the public domain. So they want to do plenty of testing to make sure it's robust, but really, really promising technology. They're from Oppo. Now another quick bit of tech news, WhatsApp, the popular messaging service that you may well have installed on your phone, and use to chat and do video calls with your friends and family. Well, they now have the ability to have video and voice calls from your computer. So there is a desktop app for WhatsApp which you can have on PC and Mac. And up to now it's only been able to be used for sending text messages and images and so on. But now you can have live video and voice calls from that desktop app. So it's a nice seamless transition if you enjoy using WhatsApp and want to be able to use it at the comfort of your desk. So that's Whatsapp Video and voice calls now active in their desktop app.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Entertainment this week. I've got one movie, I've got two TV series, and I've got one beer. I'm not quite sure that's entertainment, but for so for some, perhaps. So the movie, there's been a new release this week on Amazon Prime in the US and in the UK. And it is Coming 2 America coming and the two as in the number two America. It is the sequel of the film called Coming To America, which was out in 1988, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. So it's the sequel to that, once again stars Eddie and Arsenio Hall as they travel from the fictional country of Zamunda. To the US on another adventure, I did watch that film last night, I did think the original coming to America was quite an entertaining and fun film. This one, it was okay. I think if you're a big fan of the first one, then there's lots of retro flashbacks to the first film, and lots of in jokes, linking back to that, and perhaps how the world has changed a little bit. And it was reasonably entertaining, but I'm not sure I would strongly recommend it. But if you're looking for something new to watch, and you're a fan of the first coming to America, then maybe give that a go. So that's Coming 2 America, on Amazon Prime in the US and in the UK. Now, TV recommendation, this one is a bit strange. So there's a series. And in the US, I think it came out on AMC in the UK. It is available right now on amazon prime. And it's called Soulmates. And it only came out I think, a few weeks ago here in the UK. And it's set 15 years in the future. And it's when this device has been designed that basically you look into it, and it comes up with your unique characteristic and then matches you to your soulmate. So if someone else anywhere in the world has taken the same test, and they match, then you are told this person is your soulmate. And obviously, there are all sorts of ways this can go. There was six episodes, and I did start watching it. The first one was kind of the standard story that you might expect, where it's sort of husbands and wives and they wonder whether to take the test or not. And then you see how that might affect their relationships. It did get a bit weird later on. So I didn't watch all the series because some of them just got a little bit bizarre for my liking. But I thought the concept was interesting. It's something very new. Never heard of that before. So anyway, that's called Soulmates. So that's on AMC in the US, Amazon Prime in the UK. And there is a new series out this week. And it comes out in the UK on Friday, the 12th of March premiering on Netflix, and I believe it's coming out on Netflix in the US as well. This is called The One. So I read about this. And I thought, Hmm, this sounds quite familiar. So this is pretty much exactly the same premise of soulmates. So in this one, there's a DNA test you can take, and then that will help you find your perfect match in life. And I just thought that was incredible that we've got two series coming out almost at the same time that actually use the same story. And it must be very frustrating if you're working on either of those series to see the other one coming out at the same time. Turns out the one is actually the original one, if you like in 2014 there was a book by a guy called John Marrs and his book The one is what's been adapted for this Netflix series. So how soulmates was influenced by that or not, I will leave you to judge for yourself. But anyway, the one is coming out this week on Netflix and I look forward to seeing that and seeing how they take the story. Reminds me of you may remember the movies Armageddon and Deep Impact. So they were two disaster movies. They both came out in 1998. And they were spaced by a couple of months apart. And they were both basically the same story about an asteroid heading for Earth and about to wipe out mankind. And it was just crazy that these two almost identical stories, huge blockbuster films came out at the same time for my money. Deep Impact was clearly the winner there Armageddon had Bruce Willis flying into space, with no prior experience with a whole team of people with no prior experience flying into space. And sorting out this asteroid in a heroic effort to serve the world. Deep Impact was a bit more realistic, a bit more political, if you like in flavour, but yeah, good, good films in themselves. So that's The One on Netflix and Soulmates on amazon prime and AMC. Now, I promised you beer, I don't have a food and drink section. So I was wondering where to slip this in. And I kind of figured why not entertainment because beer is entertainment. Right? So Goose Island, who are well known for their Goose Island, IPA beer, have produced a collaborative beer with Cadbury's. Now Cadbury's is the famous British chocolate maker. And around this time of year, or actually, immediately after Christmas, they start selling their cream eggs, which is an Easter treats from Cadbury's, which is kind of like a little mini chocolate egg with a light fondant inside and I love them. I really enjoy them. They're a big thing here in the UK. And I know you can buy them now in the US or perhaps not quite as popular there. So Goose Island have collaborated with Cadbury to come up with a stout that gives you a hint of Cadbury's creme egg flavour. It's extremely limited edition. So if this is sounding really exciting to you, depends when you're listening. But the last set of 500 2-can packs are going on sale on Monday morning, I believe 11am in the UK. So if it's after that time, I do apologise you've missed out. I'm sure you can probably find some on eBay for for probably ridiculous prices. Anyway, the beer is called it's the Golden Goo-Beer-Lee, which I'm sure there's jokes in there that that have gone way over my head. And they've called it a limited edition, eggdition do you get that. So it's a limited edition cream stout called it's the Golden Goo-Beer-Lee and that's Goose Island's collaboration with Cadbury's creme egg

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Guest

Sarah Davis:

So this week, I am so incredibly thankful for the launch of Aspiring U, which is a programme that inspires women to be the best version of themselves that they can be within this lifetime. So my name is Sarah Davis, you can follow me on any social platform at AspiringSarahD. And, look, I have been wanting to do this and dreaming of this whole entire coaching programme of the book that I'm writing right now of speaking gigs of having a coach that's gonna really push me and help guide me in the direction that I need to be guided in. And I found it I'm in a position right now where the visions that I've had for a long time. And the work that I put in nine plus years of mindset and personal development and getting coaching and doing different programmes and participating in different events, reading books, doing affirmations, vision, work, mirror, work, Shadow, dancing, all of these things that I have implemented, and really drilled down in my own personal life, I finally have the opportunity to give back to the community and serve the people who this type of work is really going to help set them up for the rest of their lives and really shift their own perspective on not just who they are but the world around us and men. I don't know if you guys can hear it in my voice. But the gratitude that I have for what is going on just in this week alone is so incredible. You know, my coach that I've had for about three weeks now, he has accelerated me lifting me up and pushed me forward more than I've ever really had somebody do before. So that's incredibly inspiring. And this week alone, we are working on my PR we're building out a webinar that's going to become a mini course that'll turn into a programme that gets people into the coaching and into my facebook group. If you're interested in you're listening to this if you just research Aspiring U, ASPIRING U you besides that, like all of this is coming to fruition and this week alone has been an is going to be Just like the, the flames coming out of the bottom of the rocket ship to launch it up. I probably sound crazy right now, but I'm so incredibly excited. And I'm so incredibly thankful. So I'm gonna stop here, I want to thank Craig for giving me the opportunity to be on his platform. I want to thank all of you who have listened to this. And, man, just live your best life. aspire to be the best version of yourself that you can be in this lifetime, every single day, every single week, and give that gratitude. Again, you can follow me at AspiringSarahD. If you're interested in joining the Facebook group, it is AspiringU and I'll see you guys soon.

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Life

Craig Williamson:

In our lockdown life this week, schools have been a big focus for as again, a couple of really big things actually. So on Monday, in the UK, everyone's secondary schools were announced certainly where we are in Wiltshire, big announcement where they release to children which secondary school they've been accepted to. Pleased to say Harper got her first choice of school. So we were really excited about that. She was really excited, quite a nerve wracking work to find out which school you're going to be at. So that's Harper's new school for September. And some of our friends are also going to the same school, which is really nice. They've started to start to look at the school uniform, and we can all start to make a few plans. So that was a really big thing for Harper and all of us last week. And last week was also the end of our homeschooling adventure. We've had eight weeks of teaching the kids at home, it's been really hard on the children. And obviously parents as well all over the country, we are extremely relieved that it's over. And we really excited for the kids to get back to school next week. I think a lot of kids have apprehensions about it, and I was do as well, it is going to be a big change for them. But I think it's definitely going to be a good thing for the children, and certainly a good thing for the adults as well. So I think we're just very relieved that it's over and excited. It's almost a year since we had our first lockdown here now. And that was our first test of homeschooling. I think it was definitely better this time around. Schools were far more organised and prepared as you'd expect. But it's still tough for the kids, you know, they don't have that direct interaction with teachers. They don't get to see their friends every day. And you know, it's parents who are trying to keep them on task, while parents are also trying to do their day jobs a lot of the time as well. So yeah, I think we're definitely thankful that we're moving into the next phase of this now. So yeah, looking forward to the kids getting back to school next week. And then we have three more weeks until our next big milestone here in England. So then organised outdoor sports can start so that's a next big move towards normality. Henry can start playing football again, I can go out with the Stonehenge Striders again, so yeah, lots to look forward to in the coming weeks here in England. Now I'm a dad. And all dads are renowned for dad jokes, which are generally bad jokes that make their families grown. And I just realised something that I tend to do, I guess, I'm sharing with you a bit of self awareness that I got this week. So I've noticed a trend. So what I tend to do, and probably not jokes as such, but something I've just suddenly realised I do and I do it quite frequently. And it possibly, probably, well maybe definitely annoys my kids and my wife as well. But I get superb enjoyment from it. So I thought I'd share it with you. So in my head, I have quite a reasonable database of songs, mainly from the 1980s. But other eras are in there too. So when somebody says a phrase that I recognise from a song, my instinct is to find it quickly on my phone on Spotify, and then play it loudly in the room to whoever said it. So we've got speakers all around the house, quickly find it on Spotify, beam it to the speaker and boost it out there. So the reason this came to mind this week was I had two in quick succession, which I was very proud of. So my daughter Harper was talking about her guides, which had a virtual session last Monday, and there was someone from the Navy on there. And they were talking to her about the Navy. So as soon as she mentioned in the Navy, well, I had to get In The Navy by The Village People up. So I played that extremely loud and enjoyed that immensely. And then Harper was also talking about an article that she'd read in a celebrity gossip magazine we have over here called Hello. So what else am I to do? I had to play Hello by Lionel Richie. Of course I did. And that was all within five minutes of each other. So it was just really in my not too sure Harper enjoyed it. But I can look upon it as an education for the kids as well. You know, I'm teaching them about proper music. So another favourite one now if this was a while ago, and I do forget the exact details, so I might be making slight elements of this up. But anyway, imagine the scene. I'm in the kitchen. Harper runs up to me in distress, because she says Daddy, Daddy, there's a beetle in the living room. And then almost at the same time, my wife dawn runs downstairs and goes there's a spider in my bathroom, so was my first instinct to go and help them to maybe sort the beetle out to maybe sort the spider out? No, it led me to ask the question, if there's a beetle in the living room and a spider in the bathroom, is there a rat in my kitchen? So then I proceeded to find and play Rat In The Kitchen, by UB40 very loudly throughout the house. And then and only then, did I then go and help my daughter and wife. I think it's a bit of a disease I have actually and and I'm just wondering, why am I actually telling you this? Is it maybe some kind of public apology, I'm not really sure. Maybe it's more like a prayer. I think it's just a sweet little mystery, and nothing's gonna stop us now. Just to update you, I gave a little tech story last week about these foldable tablets. And I teased that you could certainly get hold of the Samsung Z Fold 2 in the US and try it out for 100 days and send it back. And I did say that you could do that in the UK for 28 days. And my wife actually made a comment to me, which which almost gave me free rein to do this, because she said, Oh, have you ordered that foldable tablet yet. And I was a bit taken aback. And I must admit, I had considered it. But this is a phone that folds out into a tablet, which is pretty cool. But it's nearly 2000 pounds $2,000. That is a lot of money. And I think the concern I have that it could be the headphone situation all over again, if you are a regular listener, I think I've shared this with you in the past, but I bought some Bose headphones a couple of years ago, they were over 300 pounds. I never saw myself spending 300 pounds on a pair of headphones, I'm not going to do that. That's crazy. But then I found out that from Bose, you could do that and try them for 30 days, and then send them back. So that's why I did, I'm going to buy these things. I'll enjoy them for 30 days, and then I'll send them back. But they were so good. I just couldn't bring myself to send them back. And I think that was my fear. If I got the Samsung Zed fall two, would I be just unable to send it back. But 2000 pounds, I mean, you can buy a laptop for that. That's just crazy to spend that kind of money on a phone. So I did resist. But if you actually took the plunge and tried one of the segfault shoes, why not get in touch. And let me live out that fantasy through you. So that's the Samsung Z Fold 2, still available for 100 days to try before you buy in the US and 28 days direct from Samsung, in the UK.

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

This week, I would like to talk about the gardening that we have been doing during lockdown. The first thing is a we made our own pond and that has a solar powered fountain in it. And every now and then it sprinkles, water. And we basically just dug a hole. And we bought this moulded plastic thing. So all we really had to do was dig a hole to sort of the right size, and then put it in to make it look nice. So we put some pebbles and stones around the edges. And we actually used some concrete to try and make them all stick together so that not going everywhere. And right now the pond is empty, but then we're going to put some oxygenated plants in, I guess to keep the water fresh. And then we're also gonna put a couple of fish in. And then I've also been planting some seeds in some trays, and we planted quite a lot of flowers. And I planted a whole tray of Cosmos flowers, and they've already sprouted. So they're the first ones to sprout. And they're looking quite good. We've also planted some tomatoes and some sweet pea flowers there. Cosmos are actually very good cutting flowers. If you want to make little decorations with some old jars, maybe jam jars. If you plant some of those, preferably Around this time, and then the summer, they should sprout, you can cut them off and put them in a jar, like I said, and they look really pretty. We are going to plant another tray of them and then put them on top of the little library and I think it might look very nice. Maybe put a few beside. So that's what we've been doing over lockdown for gardening.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

Days of the week, and I do the crazy ones but I'm gonna get a serious one out of the way first, this is more of a public service announcement really. At the end of this week, Sunday, the 14th of March is Mother's Day in the UK. Don't panic if you're in the US. You have until Sunday the ninth of May. But in the UK Mother's Day is Sunday the 14th of March so do not forget Sunday. 14th of March is Mother's Day. Right then Monday, the eighth of March is fill our staplers day. It's a day where you are encouraged to find that stapler in your house and fill it To avoid the frustration of an empty stapler, we've all been there, you're desperate to staple something. And when you get there, the step is empty. So, Monday the eighth fill our stepless day. Now Wednesday, the 10th of March is popcorn lovers day, not to be confused with popcorn day, which was Tuesday the 19th of January, which I missed out I, which I do apologise for. But again, what's with the lovers thing? I don't quite understand why we have a day for an item. And then we have a day for lovers of the item. Is it about the people or is it about the popcorn? I'm not too sure, but it does remind me of my own popcorn story. Last week, I let you into my flirtation, if you like with peanut butter, and I revealed some intimate details of my cheesecake habits. Well, this week, we're going deeper, I'm going to tell you all about my popcorn habit. And when we lived in the US, we first purchased some microwavable popcorn. And when we were in the supermarket, we were amazed at the selection. So we browse the mall, check the calorie and fat information and we picked one that we thought would be reasonable. And it was called the light butter version. So we had a little taste of it. It was nice popcorn. And we had that for probably a few months that was our staple. But you know, once you get a taste for that butter, you always want a little bit more. So then the next time we we bought some, we started to get the buttered popcorn, so no longer liked butter. We then went for the buttered popcorn. And that satisfied us for a while. But then we found that there was a level of butter greater than simply butter. And that was movie theatre buttered popcorn. So clearly, movie theatres in the US must have a reputation for using enormous amounts of butter. So anyway, we graduated then on to the movie theatre, butter popcorn, and there's just no going back. Once you've had that level of butter, you cannot go back to the light butter. So I have the whole deal. We probably doubled our calorie and fat intake. But boy, that was some good popcorn. So that's Wednesday, the 10th of March is popcorn lovers day. Now the last day for you is Saturday, the 13th of March. is National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day. Why would I want to do that you ask yourself because it's bad luck? Well, that's precisely the reason you want to do that. Apparently, National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day is a national science experiment of sorts. The idea is that because people think it's bad luck, you should actually open an umbrella on purpose indoors and pay attention to whether or not you have any bad luck. So it's kind of a bit of a science experiment. So you do that. And then you just sit back and wait and see if anything really bad happens to you. So I'm not too sure. I like the idea of that seems. I guess it depends how superstitious you are. But it just feels like a bad idea. Do not confuse this with national take a toaster into the bath day. That is something that will definitely cause you death or serious injury. This is more of a test of your nerve and superstition. So that's National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day. I'll leave it up to you as to whether you decide to do that on Saturday, the 13th of March. Thank you very much for listening this week. It's been great to have you here. Please do tell your friends all about Thank The Week they can listen in their favourite podcast player or at ThankTheWeek.com if they haven't quite got into this podcasting yet, and they can even ask their smart speaker to play Thank The Week Have you tried that? Give it a go see if it works. It would be great to spread the message of positivity as far as possible. So please do pass on the word about Thank The Week. As ever, links to all the stories I've talked about today are in the show notes at ThankTheWeek.com/17. And I can't wait to see you again next week. Thank you very much for joining me. Goodbye!

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