Feb. 22, 2021

Mars, Mazes, and Margarita


Episode 15 of Thank The Week included:

  • News from the red planet
  • Royal lines of succession
  • Titsipas joy and Titsipas pain
  • New gadgets with eye watering prices
  • Thinking, drinking and sleeping
  • And a goat update!

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

This week I bring you news from the red planet, Royal lines of succession. We have Tsitsipas joy and Tsitsipas pain. We've got new gadgets with eyewatering prices. We're thinking, drinking and sleeping. And we have a goat update. Let'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 15 of Thank The Week for the week of the 22nd of February 2021. In this podcast, we find positivity together, as we find plenty of things to be thankful for last week and excited for this week. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

Last Thursday, we had huge news from NASA, they managed to land the perseverance rover on the surface of Mars. Now this mission had been planned since 2013. So eight years in the making, the rover actually took off in July of last year. So it's been flying for seven months. And it landed on the red planet on Thursday. And there were scenes of jubilation at NASA HQ, you can see all the people there, jumping up and down and cheering and giving fist bumps and everything. And I can understand why I mean, if you've been on this project for several years, imagine the nerves in that place. I mean, this is everything on the line, these landings are extremely risky. So you could understand a huge release of emotion once it had successfully landed. Now it's sending back some great images, we've had some really detailed images already from the surface of the planet. And what the rover is actually planning to do is to explore the edges of what was thought to be a huge lake at one point. And it's going to look for signs of past life. So it's going to take lots of photos, take lots of samples. And the idea is that a future mission will actually go collect those samples and bring them back to Earth. As ever, these things are huge international efforts. So lots of people involved from all over the world. I know there are several scientists in the UK lined up to advise on the rock samples and hopefully do some analysis of those in the future. And there was a UK company from Devon who actually made the fabric for the parachute. So you may have seen a big parachute that was part of the landing that helped the the rover land gently on the surface that was made by Heathcoat Fabrics in Dorset here in the UK. Apparently they made parachutes for the Second World War, and they're believed to be the longest surviving parachute maker in the world. So yeah, huge achievement by everyone involved in NASA's perseverance rover landing last week on Mars. In COVID news, we have a big day to look forward to certainly in England on Monday, the 22nd of February, we're awaiting an announcement from our Prime Minister about how things are going to go from here on in. We're still in lockdown. We've been in lockdown since just after Christmas. And we're waiting for news on what's going to happen. Really Got my fingers crossed to hope that the skills been open. Obviously, if you've got children at home, that's quite a big concern. We've got one primary one in secondary school, there's talk that primary, maybe go go back in two weeks time eighth of March. So we've got our fingers crossed for that. And we'll see what happens with the secondary schools too. In terms of vaccinations, a huge target was reached in the UK last week with over 15 million doses given within two months and that's covered the top four priority groups that have been set out here in the UK. Looking at the overall numbers worldwide, we've got 194 million single doses given of COVID vaccines. That's 58 million in the US up over 11 million over the last week. And now 17 million in the UK as well. So those numbers all heading fantastically upwards. Now for you royal watchers, we had quite a bit of royal news last week have a focus on one big positive so Megan and Prince Harry are expecting their second child. So that is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and they are looking forward to welcoming their second child into the world according to their spokesperson last week. And this would of course be a brother or a sister for their first son, Archie Mountbatten Windsor, who is one year old at the moment I think he turns to in May, Harry and Megan second child will actually be the eighth in line to the throne. So I thought it was worth having a little look at the line of succession and see how it all works established for over 300 years, although there was a bit of a tweak back in 2013, which allowed females to have an equal ranking as males when it comes to the deciding factor. So who is in the line of succession? Well, number one, we have the Prince of Wales which is Prince Charles. Number two we have the Duke of Cambridge which is Prince William number three in line is William's son Prince George of Cambridge. Then we have his second child Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and then their third child Prince Louis of Cambridge, six in line of succession after all William and Kate's kids is Prince Harry himself the Duke of Sussex and Then seventh is master Archie Mountbatten Windsor. And then eighth will be Megan and Harry's second child once that comes along, so there's a royal baby on the way!

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

Talked about the Australian Open tennis for the last couple of weeks. And it did conclude last week we had the women's final between Naomi Osaka from Japan, and Jennifer Brady of the US and the men's final between Daniel Medvedev from Russia and Novak Djokovic, from Serbia. At the time of recording those finals haven't taken place. But they're all done and dusted now and I think it was just nice to see fans getting back in the stadium. We talked last week about a snap lock down in Melbourne. That meant fans were there for the first part of the tournament. They missed out the middle. But they were allowed back for the end. So we had fans at the semifinals and the final. And yeah, it was just nice to see top 10 is back in action. The highlight for me was actually the quarterfinal between Tsitsipas and Raphael Nadal and it's not just because I want to say Tsitsipas, but Tsitsipas did come back from two sets to live down against Nadal and came back to win. So it's it's the past one the third set Tsitsipas won the fourth set and Tsitsipas won the fifth set and then to Tsitsipas won the Quarter Final so it was a terrific comeback by Tsitsipas it's not because I like saying his name. It was just such a great to see Tsitsipas performance. And he beat Nadal in the quarterfinal but unfortunately, I think that probably burns him out because Tsitsipas had very little energy left then for his semi final and it was actually Medvedev, who beat him quite easily in straight sets. But it was a great two week tournament. Nice to see the fans back there. And he does get as excited about hopefully welcoming tennis back into the UK with Wimbledon. So in terms of what's coming up in Grand Slam tennis, the next Grand Slam is a French Open, which starts hopefully on May the 17th. And then Wimbledon here in the UK is scheduled to start on the 28th of June. And then the last Grand Slam of the year is scheduled to be the US Open on the 30th of August. In rugby union it is round three of the six nations and at the moment we've got France and Wales joint top on nine points England line behind in third on six points. So on Saturday, the 27th of February we have Italy against Ireland and Wales against England. And then on Sunday, the 28th of February. We have France against Scotland Into the football now and Tuesday and Wednesday. This week. We have Champions League round of 16 first league action. On Tuesday night we've got Atletico Madrid against Chelsea and that's my pick of the games. Looking forward to seeing Luis Suarez play for Atletico Madrid, used to be a Liverpool player then went to Barcelona, but he's having a really successful time now at Atletico Madrid and I'm really interested to see that game. Also on Tuesday night we have lexia against Bayern Munich. And then Wednesday we have Atlanta against Real Madrid and Barcelona monstering glad back against Man City. Thursday night then is the Europa League round of 32 second legs, so we get to see those conclude. And then Saturday and Sunday, it's back into Premier League action. And the pick of those games for me is Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday. other good news in football this week, it was announced in the UK that all the Premier League games are to be made available to watch live on TV until fans can return to stadiums. We've been in that situation since Christmas. It's a bit of a double edged sword because this is great in that we can all watch football. And we can watch every single game for the teams that we follow in the Premier League, which is good and exciting. However, it's really not quite the same without the fans there. We don't even get the excitement watching through the TV. So we are looking forward to fans getting back. But it is good news that here in the UK, we can make sure we can watch all those games in the coming months.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

Just when you thought I couldn't talk about e-ink displays anymore. Well, last week, there was a product announcement there's a new e ink reader out called the pocketbook inkpad colour. And this is remarkable. So this is a colour e-ink reader. So imagine a Kindle ebook reader. This has a 7.8 inch display, but it's got colour in there as well. And there have been coloured ink displays out before but this is using the second generation technology. This is the collider two e paper from a company called e ink. So there's actually a company called e ink who pretty much make all the screens that you see in all these devices. So what this has is it has a high resolution black and white display, but then it's also got a slightly lower resolution colour display as well on top of that, so it's a really compelling device. If you like to read magazines, maybe read comics, then this is actually a really good option for you. It's supposedly very bright and vibrant in the display. And the colours are far superior to the first generation of these colour eating displays. So that's the pocketbook inkpad colour launched last week, I believe it's available in the US on Amazon and it is retailing for about $320 So if I if I like to talk about e-ink displays, you know, I also I'd like to talk about my folding technology folding phones. And we have to talk about this week. So the first is the Microsoft Surface duo. Now this has been out for a little while in the US, I think it was back in September, it came out in the US, this is a bit different in that, yes, it's a foldable phone. But it's actually more like to 5.6 inch forms kind of stuck together with a hinge in the middle. So not that high tech, but actually seems to be quite usable from the reviews, you can either use it as two separate screens, and I think the video shows someone using it with a zoom call on the top screen. And they're editing a document on the bottom screen. So I can see some use cases for that. It has pen support as well. And then if you flatten it out, then you can use it as a large 8.1 inch tablet, although obviously you do have a bit of a line down the middle because you've got that hinge there. So the news last week was that having been out in the US since September, it is now launched in the UK, and we can buy it here in the UK, I think you can buy it direct from Microsoft and also from carries the price. I'm not so sure about the price. There was some good news actually in the US last week, because they told us that they were having a big discount on it. So in the US It started off at 14 hundred dollars. And now there's $400 off. So in the US it's only $1,000. That's a bargain isn't it. In the UK, however it is starting to retail at 1350 pounds. Sharp intake of breath that is quite expensive for a foldable phone that actually isn't as sexy as perhaps some of the other ones that are out there. Which brings me on to the next one. So who are we have there met x foldable phone, which has been out for I think about a year now and they are launching their Huawei Mate X to launching in China on Monday, the 22nd of February now talk is that this is going to be an 8.3 inch screen, very high resolution, slightly bigger than their previous model, which was about eight inches. I think I don't really know much more about this. But the previous model was pretty sexy to look at it was a full seamless screen that folded in half slipped in your pocket and took a lot of money from your wallets. I've just had a look. And actually you can buy the previous version, the Huawei Mate x s. And that is on sale at the moment, it's a bargain, there's a lot of money coming off these devices at the moment. So you can save 700 pounds, which tells you it was quite a few 100 pounds in the first place actually started off at 2300 pounds. And now it's on sale for 1600 pounds. And I presume that's because they know they're launching the new version in the coming week. So it'll be interesting to see what that looks like. I don't think I'll ever get my hands on it. But it does look extremely sexy.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Just a couple of quick recommendations for you in entertainment. This week, I have talked about internet radio quite a bit. And I have another internet radio recommendation. This is a website you can go to on your browser, it works on a computer works on your phone, tablets. If you go to the website, radio dot garden, that's radio dot garden. That's the web address. It's amazing. It shows you a world map. And it has a little dot wherever there's a radio station linked up to their system. And you can spin the map and wherever it lands, you listen to a radio station from that place. Or you can just browse the map, click on a place that you like. And instantly you're tuned into a radio station. So I think that's a really nice way to get a feel for what's going on elsewhere in the world. Listen to some foreign music, listen to some foreign language. And yeah, why not have that little holiday in your head by taking a little radio trip around the world. So that website again is radio dot garden. On TV this week, I started watching a series which has been out for a while I think it's been out for five or six years called the Americans. And this was a recommendation from my good friend Wes, our favourite Kansas City Chiefs fan? And he suggested I check it out. So Dawn and I watched the first episode this week. It's great because when you get into a series let there's loads of episodes there, I think the sixth series of the Americans, and I believe it's finished now as well. So we know everything's there just lined up waiting for us. So the Americans is about a KGB couple living in the US in the 1980s and it's quite a gripping first episode. So we did enjoy that kind of a bit of a spy thriller. I believe it started off on the FX channel in the US but at the moment it is on Amazon Prime in the UK and Amazon Prime in the US as well. So if you haven't watched the Americans yet I recommend you give that a go and thanks again to Wes. Life It was time for me to get my big balls out again last week. Yes, that's the big balls bingo app. If you're a regular listener, you will know we had a bingo gathering over zoom with friends a few weeks ago now and we had a follow up evening last week with some friends over zoom. So I got the big balls bingo app out again and we did a little bit of bingo through zoom which was a good time was had by all but I know you don't really care about the pinko you're here to hear about the God, aren't you? That's what you've come back for. Last week, I mentioned that I booked a service from a place called Cronkshaw Fold farm here in the UK, and you can pay them six pounds. And you can have a good join your zoom meeting for five minutes. So I put down my money in the interest of research, and we had a good choices for our Bingo. And it was an interesting experience. It was in the middle of our bingo games, I think we just finished our fourth game and we were about to start our big finale fifth game. And I had this thing booked for a particular time, it was incredibly punctual. So all worked out terrific. They even posted some little gut jokes in the in the zoom chat as well, which was fun to see. And we got to see several goats so your live connected to the farm, seeing a video of goats frolicking eating here, and jumping up and down. And it was just a really nice distraction, and just something a bit random and a bit different. And I think what saved me was someone else on the call had actually heard about this, because I think if they hadn't have done it might have appeared even more random than it was. But yeah, someone was like, Oh, I heard about this. This is cool. So we had a goat join us just for five minutes, just provided as a bit of a diversion. And then we got back to the serious bingo action. But yeah, that was a good time was had by all Also last week, it was pancake Tuesday, and we had some outstanding pancakes credit to my wife, Dawn, I was actually very fortunate in that she'd been making pancakes most of the day. foolishly, she promised our son Henry that he could have pancakes all day. So he had pancakes for lunch, which gave us some practice. And then dawn made pancakes for dinner. Now I had something going on at work, so I was quite late to dinner. But the benefit there was that by the time I came downstairs, Dawn was a dab hand. So she whipped up the batter extremely quickly made me three or four perfect pancakes. So extremely good, outstanding pancakes on Tuesday And otherwise, it's just been a fairly chilled out half term week for us. So the kids have had the week of school, which I know they've enjoyed, don't have time off work as well, which she's really enjoyed. And I had a good solid week of work, which bizarrely enough, I enjoyed as well. It's just kind of nice to get on with things without having to worry too much about the children and getting them on with education. But that's all to come next week. I think we're really excited about Boris's announcement on Monday, hoping that the kids have some idea of when they can get back to school.

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

This week, I would like to talk about all the stuff that I've been doing in these half term holidays. On Friday, we did three netball zoom lessons, and they were a netball skills lesson a hit workout. And then we had our last one that started at 12. And that was a Zumba class. And another thing I want to talk about is we are doing a virtual sleepover for World thinking day which is dedicated to girl guiding and basically just celebrating all the different places in the world that we have Girl Guides and they have sent an email out, giving you lots of activities and instructions sheets and YouTube videos to watch for the weekend. You don't have to do all of the activities that they give you. You can just do a few or you can do loads of them. But yeah, so that's what I'm excited for this week.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

If you didn't tune in for more e-ink news, and you didn't tune in for more about the goats, then clearly you're here about the random days! So this Monday, the 22nd of February, it is world thinking day. And this is celebrated each year by the Girl Guides and the Girl Scouts around the world on the 22nd of February. And it's all about thinking about an appreciating the global spread of the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts movements. So that's what the kids doing. What are the parents doing on Monday, the 22nd? Well, we've got Margarita day, well, who, having lived in Texas, I do really appreciate a nice Margarita. And there are lots of fancy recipes. But the basic recipe all you need is tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. And I must admit, when I wrote this down, I wasn't actually sure what triple sec was. So I did look it up. And triple sec is an orange liquor. And some common brands are Cointreau and Grand Marnier. So there you go, have a nice Margarita, on Monday, the 22nd. And if you'd like to garnish your rim, then salt is also a good option to have around as well. So you can use a little slice of lime to moisten your rim, and then you apply the salt to the glass. So enjoy Margarita day on Monday. Wednesday, the 24th is inconvenience yourself day. This is a little strange to me, when I read it, it actually seems to be quite similar to random acts of kindness there that we celebrated last week. It's about helping others, but somehow not worrying about the inconvenience to yourself. So it seems like it's wondering about how you can help someone almost by making it as inconvenient as possible for yourself. I'm not quite sure what that means. But yeah, would you like me to pick up some milk for you? Oh, yeah, no problem. No, yeah, I won't get it from the shop around the corner. I'm going to drive 20 miles and I'm going to get you some milk. I don't know. I don't know what that looks like. But Wednesday, the 24th is inconvenience yourself day. And we finish off on Sunday, the 28th. Hey, have a little bit of a lazy day. It is public sleeping day. Now, this is not to be confused with national napping day, which occurs very soon on the march the eighth. So public sleeping day is not about the public sleeping. This is about you sleeping in public. Yeah, I'm sure we all love to do that. So whether you're on a bus, on a park bench in a field, that weather might make this a little bit tricky for those of us perhaps in the UK in the us right now. And I don't think we're actually here in the UK allowed to sleep outside at the moment because that would be breaching our lockdown rules, but maybe you could figure it out yourself. You know what? Why can't you livestream it set up a zoom call and have a little fall asleep on zoom with all your friends watching that Sunday the 28th it's public sleeping day. As ever, thank you very much for listening. Links to all the stories I've talked about today are in the show notes at thanktheweek.com/15. Please do connect with me on Twitter and Instagram. You can find me @ThankTheWeek and I'm also on facebook at facebook.com/thanktheweek. I hope you have a great week. Until next week. Goodbye!

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