July 19, 2021

Olympics, Orbit, and OLED


Episode 36 of Thank The Week for 19 July 2021
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Thank The Week! With your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

Hello, and welcome to Thank The Week, the positive news roundup podcast. This is Episode 36 for the week of the 19th of July 2021. coming up this week, we've got flights into space. I've got another auction. It's been a little while. But yeah, we've got a big auction to talk about. Got a big preview of the Olympics, which start this week got a bit of unaffordable, but very sexy technology to talk about the return of a favourite TV programme. And I'm going to tell you about my once in a lifetime experience from last week, it was really incredible. If you want to hint, well, it involves more bodily contact than I've probably had for more than a year. So I wonder what that could be? Well, let's find out. Let's get to it.

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News

Craig Williamson:

As previewed last week, the England lockdown rules are to end from this Monday, the 19th of July. And really, really big changes coming in England that will be very interesting to see how things go. So all limits on social distancing are dropped. Face coverings no longer required by law, although some places might still require them, especially public transport and things like that. But nightclubs can open pubs and restaurants can go back to normal. And there's no limits on attendance at concerts or things like sporting events as well. So quite interesting when the new Premier League season starts means we can have full stadiums again, quite excited about that. But yeah, lots more changes bit more travel opening up as well. So really, really big for everyone here in England. And rules are changing a bit later on, I think for people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but still things changing there as well, as we work our way back to how wife used to be. Now. There was a spaceflight last week where Richard Branson, the billionaire flew on his Virgin Galactic plane and experienced weightlessness at the very edge of space. And it brought up a little bit of beef. You know, I like v finish. Sure. And this is between Richard Branson himself and Jeff Bezos, who is the man behind Amazon, and also working on his own space flight, which should be coming up any day now. And yeah, I think Jeff was perhaps a bit annoyed that Richard beat him into space. But like all petulant children, he's had a little bit of a swipe at how the Virgin Galactic wasn't really as good as his flights going to be the main reason being that the Amazon founders flight is going to go higher. So he's going to break what's known as the Karman line, which is at 62 miles of altitude, whereas Richard Branson only went to 53 miles. Now NASA do recognise what Richard Branson achieved as being space. But according to Jeff Bezos, only 4% of the world recognises this lower limit. So he reckons that anyone who flew with Virgin Galactic will have a little Asterix next to that, which is just very childish. And yeah, just quite interesting to see how this beef develops. I mean, the bigger picture is, it's great that we gain commercial spirit space flight as a step closer, and maybe one day, we can all enjoy that dream of flying into space. But until that happens, let's just sit back and relax and enjoy these little arguments that go on. Also, Jeff Bezos, his Blue Origin apparently has larger windows, he, he states that the Virgin Galactic only has aeroplane size windows, whereas we've got the largest windows in space. So there's a whole host of little things like that going on. So keep an eye out for how that develops. And the final bit of news for this week, we've not had an auction for a while, so I thought it was time to bring one to you. And this one is breathtaking. So it's a world record for a computer game. This was super mario 64, a version for the Nintendo 64 games console. And it sold at auction last week for over $1.5 million. That's over 1.1 million pounds. Now that is staggering. So obviously this game is in mint condition from 1996 completely sealed. And according to the auctioneers, who of course would say there's there are a few of them five copies in such good condition. But would you want to pay that amount for a game that's actually sealed and it's not like you can play it is it and the games all over the place now and I think it's even out for the latest Nintendo console the switch. But I guess that's not the point. It's a piece of history. And at least it's something tangible and something you can hold in your hands. So very impressive auction actually just came a few days after the record was broken by an original Legend of Zelda cartridge for the original Nintendo Entertainment System NAS and that one sold for $870,000. So this one was almost double that so quite remarkable. Super Mario 64 sold for over one and a half million dollars.

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

The Olympics start this week. And even if you're not a big sports fan, the Olympics is something really to get behind. You can cheer on those from your own country. You can get involved in sports that you never knew existed before. And just find something to get behind and enjoy because it's all on TV. And there's always so much to watch. So before I get into that, just to bring you up to date with a couple of other sporting events that are going on. The NBA finals are continue And the Milwaukee Bucks have come back from two zero down and are now tied at this series of two all at the time of recording. There is a fifth game is taking place on Sunday evening, before I record this, so there should be one team ahead. And then coming up this week, game six will be on Tuesday. And if they need again, seven, how exciting would that be? That will be on Thursday evening. So that's the Phoenix Suns against the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals And wanting to preview a new cricket competition that starting this week, it is called the Hundred. And it's about a much more faster paced game of cricket, tonnes of games going on. It's over five weeks over the summer holidays here in the UK. And it's just involving teams from all across the country in some really rapid fire cricket. So if you're interested in learning more about the 100, I've put a link in the show notes. And you can also go to thehundred.com Now then the Olympics. And yes, the Olympics are starting very shortly 33 sports are going to be in this Olympics, and there'll be 339 medal events. So quite an impressive Tally. And there's going to be 42 venues used across Japan, because it's the Tokyo 20 Olympics in 2021. And Tokyo will be the focus of the event. There are some new sports this year. So let's have a quick look at those new sports. So we've got karate skateboarding, a be interested to see how that works, sports climbing, and all sorts of surfing. Maybe Harper might be interested in that if you listened last week. And then we've also got baseball and softball as well. So some really interesting new sports coming to the Olympics this year. And the Olympics actually start a little bit before the opening ceremony. So on Wednesday, this week, the 21st of July, we have some football, baseball and softball going on before we actually get to the opening ceremony. Now if you want to watch the opening ceremony, that's always worth a watch. It can be quite spectacular, it can be quite spectacularly bad. And you kind of wonder where all the money's gone on these quite esoteric shows. So it will be very interesting to see what that looks like. Anyway, that's taking place on Friday this week. In the UK that's happening at 12 noon. If you're wondering about the timing of the Olympics, while here in the UK, maybe it's not too bad, but it does start around midnight. And it finishes about 3pm in the afternoon. So certainly if you've got time in the morning, you can catch quite a lot the action and the early afternoon as well. If you're in the US, it's a bit strange. So I guess eastern time, what that would be starting about 7pm in the evening, but then finishing at 10am in the morning, so you might get some action kind of late at night, but then you probably going to sleep through most of the action as well. So yeah, kind of interesting how it works with the different time zones, what sports are coming up in the Olympics. I'm going to read them all out to you and you can find one that just gets your juices flowing and gets you really excited. I'm going to go fairly quickly because there are a lot of them. We've got archery, artistic gymnastics, artistic swimming, athletics, badminton, baseball, softball, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe slalom, canoe sprint, cycling, BMX cycling, road cycling, track, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, handball, hockey, Judo, karate, marathon swimming, modern pentathlon, rhythmic gymnastics, rowing, rugby, sevens, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, swimming, table tennis, Taekwondo, tennis, trampoline, gymnastics, triathlon, volleyball, Water Polo, weightlifting, and wrestling. And that's going to be a wonderful summer of sport for you. So as I said, the opening ceremony is this week on Friday, but the sports do start a bit earlier on Wednesday. And we've got basically three and a half weeks of action with the closing ceremony being on Sunday, August the eighth. And you know, I like a wall chart Well, I struggle to find a wall chart. But what I do have is a single webpage that will show you what sports are on which day, and then on which day, you actually get some medals awarded in those spots as well. It's the official Olympics website and I've put a short link to it. If you got to thank the week.com slash Tokyo, that's T O K Y O Tokyo, then it will forward you to this official Olympic schedule and you can see what's going on every single day, over the next three and a half weeks of the Olympics. So think the week.com slash Tokyo. So really something to look forward to something to rejoice in and get excited about and get behind your country sports people at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

It was a bit of an absence of sensible tech news last week in terms of things that new products may be coming out that you can afford. So I thought why not look at a couple of crazy things that we might not be able to afford or justify. But it's quite exciting looking at some of the tech out there. So hot on the heels of Super Mario 64 selling for over one and a half million dollars. We've got a special Super Mario edition of a watch. And this is one of taggers new sports watches underwear or s and it's got a Mario in it and you can power him up. So the more exercise that you do, the more Mario gets powered up, I'm not quite sure why that's so special. But I guess if you're into Mario, then that will be maybe mean something to you. Apparently that feature is coming to other smartwatches by the same brand, which do tend to be quite expensive. This particular Mario edition is very limited edition only 2000 will be made. And we don't know the pricing yet, but it's been speculated that it will cost around $2,000. So perhaps not the most sensible spend if you're interested in a smartwatch, but if you like supermario, and you've got a couple of grand, maybe it's worth considering. But this next thing now there's no way that I don't think any of us would be able to afford this. But I think you've just got to marvel at the technology, who does not like a big screen TV? I know I certainly do. And all that TV is where it's at. So these are the very latest technology that gives you the blackest blacks and the brightest bright. And it's just really if you if you're in the market for big screen TV all LED is where it's at. They're a little bit more expensive, but well worth purchasing. But the prices have come down a lot. And now you can get them starting maybe about 1000 pounds $1,000. And yeah, they're they're reasonably affordable. But we don't want affordable to me, we want to look at something that's just crazy and out of this world and something that we could never afford. Well get your pre orders ready because pre orders are opening in August for LGs rollable OLED TV. So this is imagine like a bit of a speaker box like a surround sound speaker bar, but a TV rolls out of the top and it actually looks like it's moving up from the middle of nowhere. But it's actually a rollable TV that comes up from that. It's not actually crazily big as far as TVs guys. 65 inches. But my word this looks incredible. So imagine the look on your guests face when they sit down to watch TV, you press a little button on the remote control. And this TV just comes up from this impossibly small box on the table in front of you. I think that would be quite impressive. Obviously, it's all LED. It's got 4k. So it's got the ultra high definition. And it's got a lot of other whistles and bells as well. But all we really care about is a price, isn't it? You know how affordable is this? How soon can you serve up and purchase this? It is $100,000 for a 65 inch TV. It's just insane. You can certainly buy a 65 inch TV for less than $1,000. If you want a really top quality or lead one, maybe it'd be a couple of 1000 but this is just insane $100,000. But if you've got money to burn and you really want to impress people, then look out for LGs rollable OLED TV, and you can preorder that from August.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Games, movies and TV this week saw on the gaming front if you like playing Fortnite, you will have heard me talk last week about the new Space Jam movie a new legacy, which came out last week. Well in a tie up Fornite are actually allowing you to purchase LeBron James. Well, actually a skin that makes your character in Fortnite look like LeBron James. But if that's your thing, if you're a big fan of LeBron James, or a big fan of the Looney Tunes, and especially a movie, then maybe that's of interest to you. So now you can log on to fortnight and purchase your LeBron James skin. Now in terms of movies, I spoke a couple of weeks ago about Black Widow, the Marvel movie, which came out a couple of weeks ago. And that was unusual in that it was launched at the cinemas. But it was also launched on Disney plus, which is the streaming service now this they were charging, in addition to the normal subscription payment, you'd have to pay $30 to watch, which seems quite steep. But I suppose if there's a group of you wanting to watch it, it's certainly perhaps better value than going to the cinema although perhaps not quite the same experience. Anyway, there was news last week that it's done rather well for itself, this black widow film in the US and Canada on its opening weekend, it took about $80 million dollars and around the rest of the world, it was about another $80 million as well. So people are very impressed with those numbers and really keen to see how it fared on the streaming service as well. Well, Disney plus said that they're generated about $60 million from blackwidow on that weekend as well, which is just incredible to think the number of people that led down that $30 to watch it perhaps this is a future where you can watch it in the comfort of your own home a brand new film comes out. Why go out to the cinema if you can just stream it to your house. And and what better way to watch it. Then on our $100,000 rollable OLED TV, maybe that's the way forward. Certainly if you can afford that TV, you can afford an extra $30 to watch a movie at home. So yeah, big opening weekend for Black Widow at the box office. Now finishing the entertainment news with TV. And here in the UK. I've been waiting patiently for the new series of New Amsterdam, the hospital drama series to come out and it starts this week in the UK. So season three is premiering on Sky witness and it's going to be on Wednesday evening at 9pm here in the UK really excited for that really enjoyed the first couple of seasons a little bit of a spoiler if you don't want to know about New Amsterdam, and also, if you don't want to know about the blacklist, maybe just close your eyes for a couple of minutes. Anyway, since I watched the second season of New Amsterdam, we started to watch the blacklist. And the main character of New Amsterdam, Ryan Eggold is also a big character in the Blacklist as well. And this is just weird, because he was a bit of a bad guy in the Blacklist at first and it would seem strange, because he New Amsterdam, he's such a nice guy. But actually, we just got to the end of the third series of the blacklist. And he's kind of come full, full circle. And he's now a relatively nice guy still pretty bad, but is relatively nice. And he's just got a new baby, but his wife died. And that kind of mirrors what happened to him in New Amsterdam. I believe that he was in blacklist first before New Amsterdam. But yeah, it's gonna be quite interesting to watch both series and try not to get the two characters mixed up. But really excited to see New Amsterdam back on the screens in the UK. If you're in the US, you've already been able to watch season three, which has been on NBC, but I'm really excited to check that out this week. Life Last week, I had a once in a lifetime experience. And it was truly truly once in a lifetime. And it was just an amazing event that was just very, very privileged to be part of. I did mention bodily contact as well. And I'll explain a bit more about that in a moment. So what was the event? Well, I went to the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London, which would be incredible enough, and a once in a lifetime experience to go to a major football tournament final would have been a big event, nevertheless. But England were in that final as well. So that just took it to another level. I was so privileged to go there must say a massive thank you to my brother Keith. So what happened was, we were in our separate places watching Wednesday's semifinal. This was the previous week, where England played Denmark, England won that game after extra time. We're all very happy. And I got a text from my brother Keith saying, Do you fancy going to the final? I've got tickets. It was just one of those. What kind of crazy moments that I just didn't, didn't think it was real. And anyway, so I replied back instantly saying yes. And it's one of those few events so that there's there's a few events that can happen in life where you know that you can say yes, and figure out things later. So for me, you know, a proposition from Jessica Alba. That's something you say yes to, you know, there's no questioning it, you'll figure out the details and how to mop up the mess later on. So I said yes to this before even speaking to Dawn or even thinking of the logistics because you don't get this chance very often in life. And as I said, it's almost certainly once in a lifetime to see a major football final and it involves England and England. If you're not aware, we're in their first final for 55 years. They've been in a final since the 1966 World Cup that they won at Wembley. So it was just an amazing opportunity. So so pleased, so thankful for Keith for getting those tickets and inviting me. I didn't ask him how much they were. He actually said he bought them. After England won their I think it was the round of 16 match against Germany. He just had a feeling and thought you know what, I'm going to order tickets for the final I think we can go there. So they probably weren't as expensive as they became once England got to the final. But nevertheless, I'm sure they were pretty pricey, hopefully not as much as an OLED rollable TV. So we went to Wembley, and it was just an amazing event all the way around, there was a lot of body contact, and it was it was probably quite a COVID hotspot. And yeah, I guess it was a good way to get used to a post COVID world because there were people there who were acting as if COVID wasn't the thing, lots of people without masks in very enclosed spaces. And I was very sensible with my mask. But you know, when you've got drunk fans all around you and they insist on hugging you throughout things like the national anthem, you know, it's it's not optional to put your arm around the person next to you apparently, certainly, I didn't feel like I had the option. But the atmosphere was just absolutely incredible in that stadium. Obviously, spoiler alert, if you don't follow football, England did lose, which might make you think it was one of the saddest days in my life. But it was still one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. England went into the lead after a couple of minutes. And the celebrations in that stadium, and particularly of the guy next to me, will will just last in the memory forever. I'm never going to forget that. And hopefully Keith enjoy, enjoyed that as well. So essentially, the guy next to me, who was very friendly and actually seemed like a genuinely nice guy, you know, very friendly, but very vocal, and perhaps a little bit scary at times. But anyway, he celebrated this goal fell over, as I think many people did in the stadium. If you watch the footage, there's a lot of people falling over. And he's basically lying on the floor at my feet and it keeps feet and he's just looking in the air and punching, punching the air constantly just screaming in delight at the goal. And I laid down to try and get him off and he wasn't interested in getting off he was just it was just in the moment just completely transferred. And just screaming at the sky. And it was just a crazy moment, he took a couple of hours to get him up afterwards. And he needed a little breather after that, but no injuries, apparently. Yeah, we did get to experience that wonderful feeling. And the game went so slowly when we were ahead. And then as soon as Italy equalised the game seem to go rapidly, and went to extra time and then penalties. We had a bit of joy in the penalties that were a couple of saves and goals. And it was nice to celebrate that. But ultimately, it was a bit of a disappointing finish. But it is a very young team, a very young English team, and hopefully they've got other finals to come. But it is a once in a lifetime experience. I mean, the chance of another tournament happening in the in the UK, you know, might happen might not the chance of England getting there, you know might happen might not. So I've just really, really privileged that's one thing that we'll probably never get a chance to do again. And not many people had the opportunity, you know, they're only 65,000 tickets, think about 13 million people watched it on TV, just in the UK, which is about half the population, just to give you a feel for how big that event was here. But yeah, really amazing experience. Lots of songs were sung, I thought I'd try and record some to play back to you. But it's amazing how football fans can insert swear words in the most innocent of songs. But I did find one song, which was, of course, the National Anthem, they managed not to insert swear words into that. So I recorded the national anthem at the start, which was just a wonderful experience. It's a bit loud. So the sounds a bit saturated. But what I'm going to do is at the very end of this podcast, after I've said goodbye, I'll insert that recording of the national anthem. And you can just get a feel for the emotion in that stadium. So yeah, once in a lifetime experience. Huge thanks again to Keith. An event I will certainly never forget

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

So this week, I would like to talk about all the fun things that we had at school throughout the week. And so on Wednesday, we had somebody coming in to teach us some circus skills. And that was for the whole entire school. And with the circus things we did balancing peacock feathers on your finger, and your palm and your chin or the bridge of your nose or your forehead. And I could do it on my finger, my palm and my chin. And we also did juggling, she taught us how to juggle and I was not the best person at it at all. She taught us how to do the juggling, and basically everything else with the noises that she did when she did something. So she had a ball. And then she said throw up and she was like a funny noise for when she passed it instead of through it to the other hand, and that was really funny. And then on Thursday, we did archery. And so we use the proper bows and the proper arrows, which is really fun because normally at school and just use the suction cup, arrows and plastic and elastic band bows, and that was a bit of a longer range. And he also blew up balloons and put them onto the dartboard. Sadly, I didn't pop any balloons. But I was very close for one of them. Because it was one of the last weeks of the academic year. I think that was why they were making our week, especially fun. And we had a non school uniform day on Friday as well. So overall, I've had a really good week.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

I've got science, I've got food, I've got sticky treats, and I've got alcohol. It's got the lot this eek. So let's start Tuesday, uly the 20th. It is moon day. nd that celebrates the nniversary of man landing on he moon on the 20th of July 969. So a good way to ommemorate that incredible vent. And you know, seeing anding on the moon is a triumph f science. Let's look at the opposite of a triumph of science. This is world jump day, which also takes place on Tuesday, July the 20th. So this was an idea from a German and he calls himself an artist. And yeah, that might tell you all you need to know. It's called Thorsten Lakshman. And he decided to have the world's first jump there in 2006. And what he wanted was 600 million people in the Western Hemisphere to jump up at the same time. And the idea was that we could shift the orbit of the Earth, which would extend the daylight hours and create a more standardised climate throughout the world. Well, needless to say, that didn't happen. And scientists have performed the calculations. And you need a lot more force than that on the earth to actually knock it out of its orbit. So don't worry, if you do have a few people jumping up and down on Tuesday. We're not going to change our climate, but it does draw attention to climate change. So do think about that on Tuesday, July the 20th on world jump day. Now then junk food, you know We'd like junk food, but it's called junk food so that can't be good can it, and you can feel very guilty if you go to a fast food restaurant and eat well, we all need a guilt free day for junk food. So Wednesday, July The 21st is junk food day. So I encourage you to enjoy Junk Food Day. If If your heart can take it if you're not already beyond the point of no return, then have some guilt free junk food, maybe go to that favourite fast food restaurant and just enjoy a nice meal on Wednesday without the guilt on Junk Food Day. Sticky treat ice cream again, we had our world ice cream day was it last Sunday and I did enjoy a little bit of Ben and Jerry's just to commemorate the event. Well, Friday July The 23rd is vanilla ice cream day celebrates that most plain, yet most wholesome flavours which goes with a whole host of meals. And this is quite relevant this year because Henry's birthday is coming up. And we've got him an ice cream maker. So whisper it quietly, so hopefully, I might be having some homemade ice cream soon. And to be completely honest, I don't really know how you make ice cream. So I'll be fascinated to see how that works. Maybe we'll have some homemade vanilla ice cream. On Friday, July the 23rd. And Saturday, July the 24th. Do you like a salty rim? Well, if saw this is your day, because it's tequila day is the time to drink tequila, or perhaps more sensibly mix it into some other drinks or maybe a margarita or something like that. Everyone seems to have a bad experience with tequila. I can't say I have but I must say I'm not that much of a fan of the flavour of it by itself. But in a cocktail, perfectly acceptable, salted rim. Not too sure about that. Maybe just a little lime around the room just to moisten the opening was just Mexico in a little smoother. So look forward to that on Saturday, July the 24th for tequila day. Thank you very much for joining me again, links to all the stories are in the show notes are at thank the week.com slash 36. And a reminder, get into the Olympics. If you go to thank the week.com slash Tokyo, you can see what sporting events are on which day and start to follow your favourite sports and your favourite sports people get behind the Olympics this week. So thanks again for joining me and I look forward to seeing you again next week. Goodbye!

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