Jan. 11, 2021

Lockdown learning, little libraries, and liquid lactose


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Episode 9 of Thank The Week included: 

  • Physical Education via YouTube
  • The world against Jose Mourinho
  • New phones, new TVs and more sexy monitors
  • The Fresh Prince reunion 
  • A walk in the park
  • And a struggle with a sticking cupboard

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Craig Williamson:

Coming up this week there is physical education by YouTube. The world against Josie Mourinho we've got new phones, new TVs and more sexy monitors. The Fresh Prince reunion comes to the UK, there's a walk in the park. And there's also a struggle with a sticking cupboard. It's Thank The Week.

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

Craig Williamson:

Welcome to episode nine of Thank The Week for Monday, the 11th of January 2021. This is the podcast where we do embrace positivity. So we look back on the great things that happened last week. And we get excited for all the great things that we've got to look forward to this week. And as ever, I'll be looking at world events, sports, tech, entertainment, and my own daily life. Just a quick reminder that this week is your last chance to vote for thank the week in the let's talk 2021 competition. Wednesday is the last day to cast your vote. So please do go to thank the week.com slash vote that's thank the week.com slash vote. And I really do appreciate your support. So let's get started with the show.

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News

Craig Williamson:

Now this has been an incredibly tough week, both here in the UK and the US, but they're always positive to pick out. Now, the UK is now entirely in a lockdown. And that means parents are back to homeschooling their kids, myself included. But there is a lot of help at hand and a lot of people going out of their way to make these things easier for us all that BBC announced last week, they are putting together a huge amount of learning material on TV, and also online including lots of daily lessons. So for primary school students, there'll be shows on CBBC channel in the UK from nine in the morning till 12 noon, on weekdays. And for secondary school students on BBC Two, there's going to be shows from 1pm to 3pm every day. And all those shows are going to be available afterwards on the BBC I player too. And there's also lots of learning materials on the BBC websites as well. And Joe wicks is back. For those of you veterans of the first lockdown, especially in the UK, he ran a series of exercise classes. So every morning for young children from 9am, he was there live on youtube, giving PE lessons to everyone in the country. Now that is coming back this year. It's gonna be at 9am. UK time, Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting from this week. And of course, if you missed that time, it's all on YouTube. So you can find the videos afterwards as well. If you search for his name on YouTube, or search for his nickname, the body coach, as Joe wicks, and you'll find them all available there. For weeks, obviously, the homeschooling mother's favourite, I think there's a lot of mothers at home with their children who don't mind sitting down in the lounge when the kids are doing that workout and watching Joe get his sweat on in front of them as well. And just to balance things slightly, there was that one rather glorious week, I forget when it was it must have been April or May. And unfortunately, Joe injured himself. Now obviously that wasn't a good thing. But because Joe injured himself, his wife had to demonstrate all the exercises. So suddenly, you had the flip over where all the men were like, you know what I'll take the kids for for PE this morning. Don't you worry about it darling? I'm going to be downstairs with them. It's absolutely fine. I'll sacrifice my time in the morning. So I can make sure they get their physical education. Of course, when when Joe was fighting fitten back in the studio himself, that enthusiasm, somewhat wind. But yeah, anyway, Joe is back is great news. And it's a really great service that he provides. And that's Monday, Wednesday, Fridays at 9am. Now, obviously, there's a heavy reliance on the internet for homeschooling, I just want to make you aware there are several government schemes around they're supported by the UK as mobile phone networks. So what this allows is disadvantaged families to get unlimited data plans, whether that's for their mobile phones, or they can get a 4g router provided as well. So that makes sure that if people don't have good internet access where they live, they can still get access to that through the mobile phone network. And that's all provided free of charge for those people who really need it. So if you need to look into that you do have to apply through your school, but I'll provide a link in the show notes at thank the week.com slash nine. Lots of vaccine news from the week the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID vaccine started to be rolled out in the UK. Just a reminder, that's the one that doesn't need to be at the ultra low temperatures like the Pfizer one does so it's much easier to roll out wider. So it's been going to GP surgeries and going in care homes as well. And dialysis patient Brian Pinker that's a great name. He's 82 he was the first person to receive the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine in the UK. Also last week, the Moderna vaccine became the third vaccine to be approved in the UK and should be available here in the spring and also some promising news about another vaccine. This is from a company called Janssen, we might hear a bit more about this in the news in the coming weeks. It's a single shot vaccine. So it doesn't require the two doses that all the other vaccines currently do. And there's talk that it could be approved within a few weeks for use here in the UK and I would expect that to be spread wider as well. It's a US company so I know that the US will have a big order for that as well. And finally, in vaccine news, last week, the queen and Duke of Edinburgh were given their COVID vaccines, the Queen's 94 years old, the Juke is 99. And my understanding is they delayed getting it from their priority groups. I think from their age, they should have had it well before now. But they did want to make sure that others in the priority groups were given it first near where they live at Windsor Castle, they didn't want to be seen to be getting favourable treatment. So they delayed there's a little while but now the Queen and Prince Philip have both had their first vaccines

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

Now just to fill you in on the world darts championship that took place just over a week ago. But I didn't get the opportunity to give you the result last week. It was won by Welshman Gerwyn Price, who had a superb seven three winner of a two time champion Gary Anderson. And we know the darts players like their nickname, so you'll be pleased to know the champion has a nice nickname he's called The Iceman. So that's the Iceman Gerwyn Price is now the PDC world darts champion. If you're a snooker fan, there's going to be more sneaker this week. The Masters snooker tournament started last Sunday. And then the final is coming up this Sunday. And in US football I did mention briefly last week, but on Monday evening, we have the college football playoff final between Alabama and Ohio State and in other US football news, the NFL playoffs have begun as well. So I'll be talking about that a bit more as we get closer to the Super Bowl which is going to be on February the seventh. Now back to proper football, and we have the return of the Premier League after a week of domestic cup football. And it's great for watching on TV because we've got games every day from Tuesday through to Sunday. The pick of the games has to be

Sunday 4:

30pm in the UK, Liverpool vs Manchester United. Both teams are joint tops in points. Liverpool just ahead on goal difference in the league. And it is a fierce rivalry with a lot of history. And not least between me and my brother, Keith who is a Manchester United fan and I am a Liverpool fan. So we'll be cheering on Liverpool on Sunday. You remember last week I previewed the cup competitions, particularly the FA Cup and the headline tie was Marine versus Tottenham. Just to remind you Marine are in the northern Premier League. Now that's the so called eighth level of English football and I just want to go through the levels just so you have a feel for how low down marine really are. So we start off with a premier league. We've then got the EFL championship, the EFL League One and EFL League Two. Then we go into the fifth tier, which is the National League. The sixth tier is the National League north and south which has two leagues in it 42 clubs, the seventh tier has four divisions with at eight clubs. And then the eighth level, which is where Marina has seven different leagues or 140 different clubs at this level, and Marina in the northern Premier League. So it's a real David versus Goliath battle. It took place last Sunday, I said last, I'm actually recording this before the kickoff on Sunday. So what I'm going to do is tell you a little bit about it. And then after the game, I'm going to insert a short recording to tell you hopefully how amazing marine were and how awful took them work. But we'll see how that goes. So this is an interesting time for many reasons. Obviously, it as I mentioned before, it's only the second time that a team from solo down has got through to the third round of the FA Cup sent a bit of coverage on the news of Marines football ground. Now that is interesting in itself. On one side of the stadium is the back gardens for a row of houses. So there's all these gardens that back onto the pitch. And there's just a big wire mesh fence. So I'm really looking forward to during the game seeing fans because actually, we're not allowed fans at any games at the moment. But this is going to be families just sat and stood in their garden watching the game through the fence which is going to be quite nice to see on that fence. There are numbers which are their house numbers. And I'm told that's because when the ball goes over the fence, the ball boys need to know whose house to knock on to to get the ball back. So that's quite a quaint little story about their ground. And there's been lots of support given to marine the marine stadium is quite close to Liverpool so there are many people from Liverpool supporting this game. Normally the FA Cup is a big moneymaker for the lower league teams but without fans there, that opportunity has been missed. So what's happened is many people have pulled together to donate money. I think Tottenham fans have had a virtual ticket they could buy which would help to give money to marine which is really really admirable. Jamie Carragher, an ex Liverpool Football player has provided some sponsorship for marine for the game which is nice. Also Liverpool Football Club have given their scouting dossier on Tottenham. So Liverpool did play Tottenham recently, and Josie Mourinho the Tottenham manager does have a little tiff at the moment going on with Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, so I'm not sure how much of their providing this information is linked to the tiff and how much is linked to supporting a local team. But we'll we'll gloss over that. And yeah, it's just really nice to see everyone getting out there supporting this lower League club, and I will now insert my verdict of the game. Okay, so I'm back after watching the game on TV. I'm afraid I don't have great news to share with you in that Marine did lose and they lost five nil Tottenham played pretty well. I mean, you would expect there was a huge gulf between the two teams, you know, Tottenham did have probably hundreds of millions of pounds worth of talent on the field. Whereas marine had a plumber, actually a trainee plumber, teacher and have been man on there. So they have a golfing class as you would expect. With the marine players normally working 40-50 hour weeks in their full time jobs as well as doing this on the side. I did actually take Tottenham 24 minutes to score their first goal. And not long before they scored that goal marine did hit the crossbar so they could have gone in in the lead which would have been quite amazing. But as it was marine didn't embarrass themselves in any way whatsoever. They lost five nil, but a good game was had by all and I think they really did themselves proud. Also this afternoon, there has been a giant killing in the FA Cup. That's what the FA cups all about a small club beating a big club and Crawley town from League Two beat Leeds United three nil. So apologies to my uncle Stephen, who is a Leeds fan. And yeah, that was the pretty much the only giant killing I've seen from this particular round. But I'm sure there'll be more to come in the future rounds. So that's the FA Cup for this week.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

It is a huge week in tech, we have the CES show, that's the Consumer Electronics Show normally takes place in Las Vegas, it's every January, I've always wanted to go to CES. It's where all the new hot tech is out there. expect some really big tech releases and lots of little wacky gadgets that are announced as well. It's gone virtual. So it's all online this year, because of COVID. So there are no big demonstrations. Historically, I was always keen to go because I liked big TVs and always like to see the new TV tech, and actually linked to that Sony have just launched some new TVs. They've provided a range of TVs, which would now have Google TV integrated. And I believe they're the first TVs to integrate Google's new TV service. So that's something of interest. But I think there'll be lots more coming out from CES. And certainly look out for that in the news. And I'll try and bring you some highlights next week. I mentioned last week that Samsung are launching their Galaxy S 21 series of phones. So they have their galaxy unpacked event that's happening this Thursday, January the 14th. And it starts at 10am eastern time in the US. And that phone will feature the Qualcomm 888 processor that bored you about many times. Just wanted to add that last week Qualcomm announced another processor, the Snapdragon 480. Now that is more of interest because it's a lower price processor, and it includes 5g in it. So this is really opening up 5g to the masses now, and there's talk that this processor should enable the sub $250 5g phones to start coming out later this year. Talk about one sexy monitor last week with that Dasung e-ink display. Well, Dell have announced a huge range of sexy monitors. This week, I'm going to just focus on one of the series this was a series of three monitors. There's a 34 inch curved screen and a 27 and 24 inch options. These are important because of their integration of webcams. Now, webcams have often been ignored when it comes to laptops. And certainly monitors have rarely had them integrated. Since the advent of COVID. Lots of people working from home, lots of people having video calls, people are starting to realise that actually webcams are really important. So Dell have now integrated webcams into these monitors. Not only that, but they're quite high resolution. They're five megapixel sensors, which is quite significant. For webcams. Normally they're quite low resolution. And they're also Windows Hello compatible. Now what that means is if you're using them with a Windows 10 computer, then the camera can sense your face. It has infrared vision, and it can sense the contours of your face and use that as authentication to let you access your machine. So it's a really neat way of logging into your machine. You basically press a button to wake it up and then the camera will recognise you and log you in. These monitors also have integrated noise cancelling microphones, another great feature to have for video calling and they've also got built in five watt speakers as well. So you can have complete video chats, you've got the video, you've got the microphone, you've got the speakers, you don't need to be plugging in lots of additional peripherals. Really excited about these monitors, they look really nicely designed. Fortunately, they are a little bit expensive. I think the cheapest is just over $500. And the most expensive is just over $1,000. But those prices will probably come down in time. And look out for those launching in February.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Last year, I did mention the 30 year reunion show for the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, it came out in the US on the HBO max channel, and I was wondering when it would hit the UK. And I'm pleased to say that he has now come out here came out on Sky comedy last week. And sky have also now got access to the full back catalogue. So you can watch all 148 episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air on Sky comedy. I started watching the reunion show last week. And I'm looking forward to finishing the rest of it off this week, Just wanting to give a music recommendation this week. And it's quite a generic one. But it's just a reminder to think about listening to the radio. Certainly I can just get caught up in listening to music, I've got a Spotify subscription, it's got all the music I would ever want. And you can get caught up in just listening to music after music, especially when I'm working I find it really helps my concentration. So that's a good thing. But the downside is you're not hearing voices, you're not having that connection with the world. And I just wanted to kind of remind people that radio is such a good source not only of music, but of company as well. You know, this is a time when people are lonely with struggling to make contact with as many people as we did before. And actually having a radio on in the background gives you that little injection of a real person speaking every now and again. And you can combine that with music that you really like as well. So I want to point you to internet radio, because the chances are your local radio may not quite be what you're looking for in a radio station. I know it doesn't really suit my musical tastes. And then we've got national radio, obviously, in the UK and the US, there are the big stations as well. But if you want to get down into some niche areas, you want to find some music that you really like. But in a radio format with presenters, then internet radio is really where it's at. There are various apps that you can use for this. So you could have an app on your smartphone. And you can also use your smart speakers to call up some of these channels. Tune in radio is one of the most popular ones and want to probably suggest you get started with. I'm quite a fan of soul and r&b music. And there's a couple of great UK radio channels. There's one called Starpoint Radio, and one called Solar Radio. And I just asked my smart speaker to listen to those during the day. And it's just nice to have a bit of music that I enjoy, and some real voices in the background as well. So just a little shout out there for internet radio,

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Harper

Craig Williamson:

Now a quote from Harper

Harper Williamson:

Live, laugh, love.

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Yes, it has been a challenging week, we mentioned lockdown earlier here in the UK, we do have the kids home here. I think there's a real positive in that this time we see in the schools are ready for this, they've got a lot more education available online. And it's growing as well. Obviously, we're only down the first week. So things are getting better all the time. And our children are a lot more engaged in the education through this lockdown. So I'm looking forward to that progressing. And it's a really good opportunity as parents to keep in touch with what our children are learning and where they are with their learning. Often, certainly in secondary school, you get so little contact with the school, it's difficult to understand where they are with their education, and what they're learning at any given time. So yeah, it's just a nice opportunity just to keep in touch and see what the kids are up to there. We've also been getting back into the swing of lockdown family walks. This is something we did back in March and the first lockdown and through the spring and early summer, typically on a Saturday or on a Sunday morning, we'd go out for a daily exercise ration with the children. And what this normally means is that we warn the kids the night before. And then the morning of the walk, there's still a lengthy set of negotiations to try and persuade them that they did agree to do this. And we had warn them about it. And it wouldn't be that boring, and they would enjoy it when they finally go outside. So that's what happened last Sunday morning, we had those lengthy negotiations, deals with children were controlled and we all got out and we had a lovely walk Actually, it was a nice foggy kind of chilly Sunday morning. But we went into a local park and had a really pleasant three mile walk together, loop back to the house. And we all had fun and felt like we'd achieved something and then we go on with the rest of our Sunday. Something else I've been busy with, especially last weekend was our little library. Now if you haven't heard of this, there's a movement called the Little Free Library, which is a book sharing movement. So what it does is it encourages people to instal small libraries in outdoor areas. So these are effectively little cupboards that you can leave out and you leave some books in there. So it's an invitation for people to come and help themselves to borrow a book. Maybe drop one of their's back in it, but it's a really great way to see different books that you wouldn't normally look at. And also to make sure that everyone has access to books. So it's not about whether you can afford a book, this is a completely free service. So you can come and help yourself and take a book and read it, and then maybe pop one back or take a different one and pop another one there. So it's a real nice kind of book sharing exchange system. We've had a little free library for probably a couple of years now. And it's something actually, I took quite a lot of pride in, I built this cupboard myself, I was quite pleased with it. But as time has gone on, and the environment has affected it, things have started to go wrong with it. And it can be a little painful to remedy. So the door was particularly sticky over the last few weeks. And I finally got out last weekend to try and fix that. And I thought it was going to be a simple 30 minute job. And about two hours later, I found myself with a power tool in my hand, just wondering how I'd actually reached that that point. And it took me over three hours. So I did unstick the door, it doesn't quite close for now. But it does the job, it keeps the weather out and it keeps the books dry. So that is something to be thankful for. The other thing is, while I was in the middle of this, and my wife can tell you, while I'm in the middle of some DIY, it is not the best time to talk to me, and especially if that DIY is not going to well, which I think you could describe my little library repair job as not going particularly well. So I was out there with the library, probably in my second or third hour at that point. And a couple of kids came by on their bikes, they must have been maybe 10 or 11 years old. And one of them kind of stopped or they both stopped. And one of them said to me, Oh, is this your library? And as I say I wasn't perhaps in the best of moods. And I was a little suspicious about the intentions of the children. So I kind of casually said, Yes, it is. And the boy proceeded to thank me really gushingly for having the library, because him and his friend both use it. The other kid said, Oh yeah, I use this library all the time. And they said, Oh, yeah, thank you so much for having it. And then they said, You're such a nice person for having this library. Thank you so much. And he just really made my day and really kind of just show us how giving that spontaneous thanks to someone really brings happiness. Hopefully they went away feeling good for having spread that. But it really did boost my mood at a time when perhaps I wasn't feeling too thankful towards a little library. So that got me through my last hour of wrestling with that. And yeah, I just thought it was worth sharing that little uplifting story with you. And I'll finish off the life section with another plea for your votes. My podcast is in a competition. It's for the let's talk 21 competition, run by The Podcast Host. And this was for new podcasts in 2021 to talk about positivity. And that's what I've tried to do with this podcast. I'm really trying to give an uplifting, positive view of the world. And yeah, if you could vote for me, that would be fantastic. All you need to do is go to thank the week.com slash vote. That's thank the week.com slash vote. We're up against, I think another 12 or 13 podcasts. Voting is pretty tight. And Wednesday is the last day to vote. So please go on to the website, thank the week.com slash vote and please give me your thought Thank you

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Outside

Craig Williamson:

It is Thursday evening. And we are about to head outside for the clap for heroes. Here in the UK. We entered lockdown again on Tuesday. Now when we had the first lockdown back in March of 2020, something called clap for carers emerged, which was essentially every Thursday night, we were encouraged to go out onto our doorsteps and clap as recognition for all the carers that from the National Health Service and elsewhere, who were caring for all those people who were suffering from COVID. And were putting themselves at risk day in day out. Well, that's evolved a little bit for this lockdown. So it's now clap for heroes. And this time, it's more about recognising. I think pretty much everyone so recognising that everyone's making sacrifices. So whether it's your homeschooling, whether it's your going out wearing your face mask, whether it's teachers, care workers, delivery drivers, all the people who are perhaps putting themselves at risk to help others, or who are making sacrifices in their own lives. So that's what clap for Heroes is about. So now it's going to be every Thursday night at 8pm. And to be honest, it's just a nice chance to step outside and hopefully see some neighbours. So we're planning to head out at eight o'clock, give a little clap, and hopefully look around and see a few of our neighbours and give them a wave as well. And as ever, I like to get some technology use on these events. So what I've done is I've actually set my google assistant to set an alarm every Thursday night, just a couple of minutes before 8pm just to remind us that the collapse going on, so that if we're downstairs watching TV and our minds have wandered elsewhere, we get that alert and we know it's time to head outside.

Google Assistant:

Clap for heroes at 8pm

Craig Williamson:

Alright then let's go outside.

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Random.

Craig Williamson:

I know you like these random days. I'm gonna rattle through three of them for you this week. This Monday is Milk day. No words required. This Tuesday is a kiss a ginger. Ginger is another word for a redhead for you American listeners. And my wife is actually always telling me she is not ginger. She is strawberry blonde so she will not be getting a kiss on Tuesday. But anyway, Tuesday kiss a ginger day. Wednesday is sceptics day. Now I doubt that will ca ch on. Also this week, you should know that it is houseplant week. And the strange thing about this is only last week, actually, my wife was wishing that some of our house plants would actually die. I think we'd been gifted a couple of houseplants, she doesn't normally maintain house plants or enjoy maintaining house plants that much. But we were given a few gifts over the Christmas period. So she was actually having to buy new pots for them because they were growing out of it. And then it turns out it's houseplant week this week. So you know what we're all spending a lot more time indoors with lockdown and also with it being winter. So it is nice to have a bit of colour around. And the houseplants do help improve air quality as well. So I think that is generally a good thing. And if you want a bit of inspiration for houseplant week, then you can look on your social media channels for the hashtag houseplant week UK. That is it for episode nine of Thank The Week. Thank you for joining me. A reminder to pleas vote for the podcast in th let's talk 21 competition at hank the week.com slash vote. nd I look forward to speaking ith you all again next week. ave a great week. Goodbye!

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