Jan. 18, 2021

Reddies, Rollables, and Revivals


Episode 10 of Thank The Week included:

  • The man from Del Monte 
  • Exciting new gadgets
  • Powerful women
  • A surprising new skill
  • And a little something cheesy

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

Coming up this week, the man from Del Monte, exciting new gadgets from a week long tech extravaganza, we've got powerful women on the small screen and the big screen, I learned a surprising new skill. And there's a little something cheesy to finish off with. It's Thank The Week.

Announcer:

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

Craig Williamson:

Welcome to Episode 10. Thank the week for Monday, the 18th of January 2021. This is the podcast where we try and bring some positivity to your week. So we look back on all the great things that happened last week. And we get excited for the great things that we've got to look forward to this week too. And as ever, I'll be looking at world events, sports, tech entertainment, and my own daily life. I need to start this week with a huge thank you to you all, for your support in the let's talk 2021 competition for new positivity podcasts. Voting ended a couple of days ago, and your support was truly amazing. So just wanted to thank you a huge amount for your support. results will be announced soon. And I'll be sure to share them here. And also on my social media. So I'm on facebook.com slash thank the week, and on Twitter and Instagram at thank the week. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

COVID fightback continues, and vaccinations have been stepping up all over the world. As of last week, we've had 0.46% of the world now vaccinated, that's nearly 36 million people, which is a huge thing to get excited and positive about the US have vaccinated 12.3 million that's 3.7% of their population. In the UK, we have 3.7 million vaccinated, and that's 5.4% of the population, Israel are actually out in front with over 25% of their population vaccinated. So some really outstanding numbers. And I'll be visiting those, I'm sure several times again, in coming weeks just to give you that picture for how we are now winning this thing. And we're starting to fight back. There is some great data out there, which I pulled those numbers from. And I will put a link to those in the show notes. But you can find them at our world in data.org. And actually one of the other benefits is I've seen so many injections now on TV that I no longer have to look away. It used to be that I did do, but it's quite incredible. Now I can see all these injections needle doesn't bother me at all. At least it doesn't bother me on TV, we'll see when my numbers up how that might work out. And I'm still not quite sure I'm ready to look at the gory bits on hospital dramas anytime soon. But anyway, a real step up. Now, we don't talk politics here. But I did want to mention that this Wednesday is the US presidential inauguration. And that's just a big event to see all around the world. It's the formal ceremony that marks the start of any new presidency taking place in Washington, DC. And the only required feature actually to become president is that Joe Biden must recite the presidential oath of office, which is "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." And actually, once Joe Biden says those words, then he becomes the president. And the inauguration is complete. And that's a bit of an interesting contrast, really, just to see how the US system works. You have your election in November, the new president comes in in January, and they've had a couple of months to prepare. Here in the UK, we have general elections, the results come out during the night. And then the next morning, basically, the old Prime Minister's kicked out and the new prime minister comes in and gets to work straightaway. And actually, I've never really thought before, but that does seem a bit crazy. And I think actually having a few months to prepare. Maybe that does sound a more sensible approach. But anyway, we have our systems and I guess that's what they are. But something to look forward to a bit of pomp and ceremony, something to watch on the TV, perhaps, and read in the news. So that's this Wednesday. Last news item I wanted to pick out for you this week is to deal with currency. Now we've all heard of rare misprinted notes or perhaps coins that have been minted slightly incorrectly. And then they end up worth a lot of money because there weren't many of them issued or many of them with those mistakes. Now this one that I've learned about this week is the most bizarre one I've heard of yet. There is a $20 bill in the US that is currently for auction. And the bidding is at $57,000 $57,000 for a $20 bill because of a printing mishap and this is a really bizarre one, it is being called the Del Monte note. So what happened was this $20 note was going through the printing process, which has multiple stages. So one of the stages printed the base of the note and that's kind of all the imagery that you see. And then someone on the production line, for some reason, took the sticker from their Del Monte banana, stuck it on the $20 bill and then the bill carried through the process, and then the serial number of that $20 bill was printed on top of the Del Monte sign. So it kind of straddles the Del Monte sign, and the rest of the note. So really a unique Del Monte note. And that's why it's going for so much money, apparently did sell originally in 2003, someone sold it on eBay and got $10,000 for it. Then in 2006, there was an auction. And at that time it fixed $25,000. And now it's at 57,000. Now this ends on Friday of this week. So if you're interested, and you have a spare 50 or $60,000, then maybe you can still get in there. This is being sold on an online auction house. And you can actually find that at ha.com. Very short address. If you go to that and search up the Del Monte notes, you will find all you need to know about that my son really enjoys collecting foreign coins and rare coins and notes. But I don't think I'm going to let him know about this one. Because, yeah, I don't want to disappoint him too hard

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

We start with a helping of proper football. And Monday to Thursday, this week, the Premier League is in action and we have games on every evening. The pick of those for me is Leicester versus Chelsea on Tuesday night. And then Saturday and Sunday we move back to the FA Cup. You remember we had the third round of that a few weeks ago. We then have the fourth round of the FA Cup and the big tie. There's no question is Manchester United vs Liverpool, which is on Sunday at 5pm in the UK. Now I did tell you last week about the little rivalry I have with my brother. He's a man united fan. I'm a Liverpool fan. Don't hold that against him. Please don't hold it against me. But last weekend, Liverpool and Manchester he played in the Premier League. At the time of recording the game hasn't taken place yet. So one of us has probably been on the WhatsApp and started gloating by now. But there's revenge on offer for whoever was the losing party. So another FA Cup tie between Man United and Liverpool next week. Now a sport I haven't spoken about before - Speedway. Speedway is a sport that's kind of close to my heart. It's run through the family, my dad used to take me and my brother when we were younger, and we've been Speedway fans ever since. And there was an announcement this week that British Speedway clubs have agreed a start date for this year season of early May. Now they had to cancel the entire season in the UK last year due to COVID which has had huge implications because Speedway is not that much of a popular sport. Obviously money is fairly tight in in many minor sports and Speedway is not excluded from that. If you're wondering what Speedway is it's a motorcycle racing sport, you have four riders going anti clockwise around an oval shell track. And there's just really good fun entertainment riders really putting everything on the line there. And what I've done is I've put a link to a four minute video clip, if you can spend four minutes of your life. Just to understand what Speedway is, I've put a clip to some of the best races in Speedway history. So three really good races for you to get excited about. And I've put a short link to that. If you go to thanktheweek.com/speedway, you'll get a link to that YouTube video, which I really recommend. So yeah, exciting that the speedway clubs are hoping to get started in the UK in May. Obviously when that does happen, and when the speedway Grand Prix starts, which I will tell you about in the future. I'll be talking a little bit more about Speedway there. Now improper football or American football as it might be referred to. Last Monday night I was telling you there was the college football playoffs final and that happened. It was on very late here in the UK. But I did record it and watched it back. And Alabama beat Ohio State 52 to 24. And Alabama are the college football champions. they've actually been in five of the last six finals, and one three of the last six. So Alabama, a pretty dominant in college football and that game kind of sank to that they were just really all over Ohio State. And I don't think the result was ever in doubt. But going to professional American football now it is playoff season as we build up to the Super Bowl on the seventh of February. And I caught up with my good friend Wes to catch up on the NFL action, and one game in particular

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Guest

Craig Williamson:

Well, welcome to the podcast. Wes. It's so good of you to join us.

Wes:

Oh, thanks. It's great to be here.

Craig Williamson:

Now I know you've got a little bit of a complicated history in terms of American football and which team that you support. I wonder if you want to start just give us that little background of how you've ended up supporting the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wes:

So I've been kind of a casual chiefs fan since I was a kid. They're a Missouri team. I grew up in southern Missouri. And so I've been a bit of a chiefs fan, you know since I was a kid, but I was much more of a St. Louis Rams fan for a while but they moved out to LA which actually moved back to LA because they jumped around quite a bit. And then since then I've disowned them and cheer against them actively. I also cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers because I lived in Pittsburgh for a year. And if you live in Pittsburgh, you have to be a Steeler fan. It's mandatory. And I care a little bit for the Buffalo Bills, because my little brother is a bills fan and just trying to support him. So yeah

Craig Williamson:

That is very good. That's even more complicated than I already knew it was from knowing you for several years. And obviously, this podcast has a history with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which I think you're aware of, but we'll come back to that a bit later on. So you've obviously put in the hard yards as a chiefs fan. And I understand that it's been quite a barren period for the Chiefs as well, in that they won the Super Bowl, was it back in 1970. And then they had a 50 year gap. That's five, zero. And then last season, they won the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 40 Niners. So I wonder if you can tell us a bit about last season and how it felt to be a chiefs fan?

Wes:

Well, it was as you know, I watched most of the games from the UK. So that part in its ended up itself was was kind of interesting, as a chiefs fan, and you can probably relate to this maybe with with cheering for Liverpool at times, there have been several times where they started off strong, and then eventually the wheels come off the bus. And things kind of kind of crash at the end. So I spent most of the season kind of waiting for for that to happen, but it it never did. You know, the Super Bowl itself, they were down, you know, a substantial margin, and then came back. So you know, at that point, you're you're thinking, Oh, this is this is it. This is you know, it's over. And then they came back and it was it was terrific.

Craig Williamson:

Before we move on to this season. The other obviously really important matchup from the Super Bowl last season was Shakira against Jennifer Lopez. I just wondered what your take was on who the winner was there.

Wes:

Oh, that's a that's a tough call. You know, I don't I don't want to get on the wrong the bad side of either one of them.

Craig Williamson:

I must admit, I was watching it on TV. And yeah, I can't believe how anyone could say Shakira won that contest. But the people I was with were really hard over on Shakira, shall we say? And I was really in support of Jennifer Lopez, I always have been, and I probably always will be. So let's move on to the the new season all the currencies in which is coming to its climax. So what what's the story of the Chiefs season so far?

Wes:

Dominance.

Craig Williamson:

That's some confidence for you!

Wes:

Actually, they haven't been really they've had a few games where they blew people out. But a lot of the games have been close. They've just been able to finish games out, which is, I think, a sign of a more mature team and also a compliment to the quarterback, as well as the coaching staff and the way that they close teams out.

Craig Williamson:

So you feeling that their dominance. So that brings us to this weekend. And for those who are not that familiar with the NFL, the playoffs are kind of the buildup, that the whole seasons revolving around qualifying for the playoffs. Last weekend was what was called wildcard weekend. And then the weekend that's just coming up. And actually, by the time this podcast goes out, this weekend will have been over. But I'm gonna call it because I'm British. It's the quarterfinals because effectively There are eight teams left. And it's knockout now to get the two teams for the Super Bowl. Americans don't call it a quarterfinal in a semi final, but we'll brush over that. But the Kansas City Chiefs a play in the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. And that game is at 3pm I think Eastern 8pm in the UK. So I might be able to catch that. By the time you're listening to this the game's over. And whatever we're about to say is irrelevant in terms of the result. But let's put that to one side for now. What I wanted to talk about was, I am excited about the Cleveland Browns because they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, as you all know was and I think that was a bit of a surprise because Pittsburgh Steelers had had such a great start to the season. They had 11 won and not lost a single game and there was certain podcasts where we're getting a bit excited supporting them thinking that they could have that undefeated season that is so rare in the in the NFL, and then they ended up losing five out of their last six games which included that playoff game against the Cleveland Browns. It was very late at night here in the UK and I recorded it because I heard about the first quarter where Cleveland scored four touchdowns. So the first quarter was 28 to Cleveland, zero to Pittsburgh, and I think it was pretty much came over after that. So anyway, the Cleveland Browns I'm kind of rooting for them a little bit, but because it's us I think I'm really gonna cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs. And I think that whoever wins this weekend should be the podcasts team to cheer on in the rest of the playoffs. Anyway that that was a very long introduction to the game. But how are you feeling about the tie with the Cleveland Browns?

Wes:

You know if you like an underdog the Browns are certainly a fun team to root for. They are they are long suffering and it's not like they've been close a lot of times they've been pretty consistently bad throughout their the fans for a while were known for wearing paper bags over their heads at the game.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, and I understand it's 18 years since Cleveland actually even qualified for the playoffs at all. So this is a really big year for them.

Wes:

Yeah, it's a I think that they've been waiting for things to fall apart also, but they they just have it. And they've got to you know, one of the things to look at in the game is the quarterback matchup. So they've got two young quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes. And you also have Baker Mayfield Browns quarterback both 25 years old, both came out of university about the same time kind of big personalities just outside of football, you're also you can't get away from them. Mahomes is on all these State Farm Insurance commercials, which they seem to be on constantly. And then you have Baker Mayfield who does Progressive Insurance commercials. And so a lot of times, especially during football games, you'll see these commercials just back to back, it's a you just can't get away from them.

Craig Williamson:

So this is the big insurance matchup then?

Wes:

Exactly. So it's on the field. It's the it's the insurance matchup for my money. I think most people's Mahomes is the more exciting player. You know, he's he just always seems like he's having a good time. And he just does stuff that you would not expect him to be able to do.

Craig Williamson:

Would it be fair to say Kansas City are the big favourites for the game, you expect them to win?

Wes:

I think they are the big favours unless things go perfectly for the browns. I think the Chiefs will win.

Craig Williamson:

So assuming the Chiefs do win, and then they get the full support of the Thank The Week podcast, which I'm sure will mean a lot to them. What chances do you give them of winning back to back Super Bowls then? Or is there another team who are looking really hot right now?

Wes:

I think they're the champs. So they're the team to beat.

Craig Williamson:

Well, that's fabulous. It looks like we're all set for an exciting end to the season. And yeah, just want to thank you again, Wes for joining us and sharing your insight and knowledge of the Kansas City Chiefs and for letting us all know what's going on in the NFL. Thank you very much.

Wes:

Before I go, do you have a prediction on the score for the Browns chiefs game?

Craig Williamson:

I can never predict American football games because you've got to do multiples of seven or seven and four. And it's just too complicated. I'd be picking random numbers, I'm afraid what was your prediction?

Wes:

It's 34-24 Chiefs. We'll see how that works out.

Craig Williamson:

Fabulous. Thanks again Wes

Wes:

Thanks, Craig.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

Last week was the CES 2021 extravaganza CES being the Consumer Electronics Show. I did preview this last week and told you how excited I was. It's virtual this year, it's normally in person in Las Vegas. And it was essentially a week full of tonnes of tech announcements. So what I've done is I've picked out a few things that genuinely have me excited and things I really am interested in. And I've picked out a couple of bizarre tech as well, because there's always some strange ones that come out at these events. So let's start with a bizarre, we have an Yves Saint Laurent product. I hope you like my French accent there. And I'm really going to struggle with this next bit. The product is called the Yves Saint Laurent beauty or Rouge powered by Persona whatever that means. And this is a basically dial your own colour of lipstick. So it's kind of this I want to say cylindrical object where you insert three different coloured lipstick pods, and it can squirt out their liquids at the top in any mixture that you want. So you can tell it what particular shade of ruse you would like. And it would spit that out at the top and then you rub it on your lips. Sounds great, doesn't it? $300. And you can pre order that now. And there is a lot of pod type technologies. You probably familiar with the coffee pod machines, which are very successful and all out there now. They've been other pod products that haven't worked out quite so well. There's a company called Juicero, who released these fruit juice and smoothie pods that never really caught on. Well, there's another one for us to follow. And this is called ColdSnap. And it's an ice cream machine. And essentially you're popping a little pot into this machine. And it issues soft serve ice cream on demand. They're also planning frozen yoghurt and smoothies in the future. And that cold snap ice cream machine is due out later in 2021. But we don't have any prices for that yet. One little trend to pick out from CES was we've had foldable phones foldable tablets, foldable laptops, and I've mentioned those a little bit. And this year it seems like rollable displays are the thing to be looking at. So think of scrolls. So imagine something kind of like a two pens next to each other and you pull the pens apart and there's a nice screen that reveals in between them. So a company called TCL the 17 inch tablet without any released it or price so whether we'll see that I'm not too sure. something a bit more realistic perhaps is LG teased a rollable phone. Now this isn't like a pen that comes apart and reveals like a scroll. What It Is it looks like a fairly standard phone, but then you can slide if you turn it landscape, you can slide out the top to make kind of double the screen size. That screen is kind of rolled up inside the rest of the phone as a cartridge. So interested to see what that looks like lg said that it might be out within a few months time. So worth keeping an eye on the LG rollable phone. And I just want to finish off with a couple of laptops that have got me excited, one that is quite realistic and is something if I was in the market for a laptop, I would seriously consider. And another one that is I think just cool tech and is nice to see someone innovating. So on that front, then we have Hong Kong based company Nexstgo. And they showed off a new laptop called the avita admira. Two, and this is a laptop made, they say for live streaming. So the difference with a standard laptop is this one has three webcams at the top three webcams across the top, there's one for closeup, one for medium, and one with a wide angle. So that gives you different options. If you are running a live stream, if you're gaming, or perhaps running a YouTube channel, then you've got some instant options to reframe yourself, and whatever you're filming. The other really cool thing about this is the screen is surrounded by a light bar. So that helps illumination of your face during the live streaming or during the recording of your video. And that is really innovative. I mean, I've never seen three webcams in a laptop. And I've never seen an integrated light as well. So I think this is a really interesting step up. As I said, this is kind of targeted for live streaming. But this would be great for video conferencing. And just think over the last 12 months how much video conferencing has really taken off, I think there could be a market for a laptop that really nails the video conferencing with like a really good webcam, some good lighting, and maybe some alternative view options as well. So really interesting. Now the next one is something that I would consider. So this is a laptop by Lenovo, and we know it's coming out, they've already released an earlier version of this. So this is an updated version, it is their Thinkbook Plus Gen 2. And what this is, is imagine a laptop and I think the normal screens, maybe 13 inches or thereabouts. But on the lid, so the laptops closed, the lid is an E ink display, which is like a Kindle display. So this is a black and white screen on the back of the laptop. And that's a 12 inch display. The first version had a smaller, I think it was 10 or so inches, and it looked like an inset display. Whereas this new laptop, the ink panel pretty much fills up the entire backside of of that laptop. So it's basically if you open the laptop, you're looking at the normal screen, and on the backside of that normal screen is an E ink display. And I just think that's a wonderful concept. So these e ink displays use a lot less power. So you could actually have your laptop lid closed and start to interact with it just through the E ink. And that would be saving your battery because you're not powering that big bright display in the middle. It also comes with a pop out stylus, so you can actually write on that. And I know there are lots of E ink notetaking devices. Well, this is a way of getting a really efficient EEG device that you can take notes on. But then you've also got the best of both worlds because you've got a really powerful laptop too. I really like the concept here. And I do hope things like this, do take off the one use case I thought about which I haven't heard about but effectively, you could be at a meeting, everyone's there in the laptop, the screens up, basically, that e-ink display is facing everyone. And you could put up little rude messages or little funny captions to entertain other people in the meeting. Just a thought I had whether anyone else is childish enough to do that. I'm not sure. Anyway, that's the Lenovo Thinkbook Plus Gen 2 skew to be out within the next few months. And it starts at a price of about one and a half $1,000. So that was a quick roundup of some of the bizarre and some of the exciting tech that came out of CES, I have put a link in the show notes to a great article from the tech website and gadget. And that rounds up a whole heap more technology from CES. So if you like what you've heard, and you want to hear more of it, go to that article and you'll see a bunch of other tech ideas that came out last week. Now finally, in tech just around at what I said last week, Samsung did have their launch event on Thursday for the Samsung S 21 mobile phones. Nothing exciting to me as expected. They are slightly cheaper than in the past. But the most interesting aspect was what they've missed out. And actually they've removed support for microSD cards. So the flagship Samsung phones can no longer have their storage expanded, which I think is a bit of a shame. And they've also stopped shipping power adapters with their phones and we have seen this with other suppliers. Now it's touted as something that's environmentally friendly because people have got a lot of power adapters laying around perhaps it also makes the boxes smaller so the manufacturer can fit more boxes in a in a given pallet or or shipping container, which obviously then reduces costs as well. So there are benefits, I guess, but if you don't have a power adapter, when you buy this phone, you might be a bit shocked to find that you can't plug it in. So just something to be aware of. But yeah, so Samsung's s 21 is out, and you can preorder those right now

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

We have a theme of powerful women. In entertainment news this week, we've got something for the small screens, something for the big screen. Starting for the small screen Sex in the City. It was an incredibly popular TV series in the late 90s, early 2000s. I never watched it myself, but maybe that kind of thing is your thing. I just wanted to make you aware that HBO max in the US have announced they are recording a new series of Sex in the City, they've changed the title, it's going to be called. And just like that, which I am informed is one of the favourite quotes from the show. Not that I know whether that's true or not. But anyway, 10 episodes have been commissioned and filming is going to start in the spring, though. So that's the new series of Sex in the City. On the big screen, big film released this week was Wonder Woman 1984 was going to be in the cinemas as it is it's now on I think pretty much every streaming platform, you can rent this. Now I'm not sure if this is available elsewhere. But on Sky TV, I was able to get a 10 minute preview of the movie. And that was terrific because it was actually the opening sequence, which is a terrific opening sequence to watch. And it doesn't involve sadly, the the adult Wonder Woman, but it did involve her younger self. So there was a character played by Lilly Aspell, who is the younger Wonder Woman, I believe she appeared in the first film in certain flashback scenes haven't watched the first films. Again, I can't attest to that. But this is a 13 year old British girl who plays this opening scene. And I don't want to spoil it for you. But it's an incredible scene. And apparently, this girl does all her own stunts within that scene, which is pretty amazing. If you can watch that, I would highly recommend it. It may have been renting the movie. Or I may wait for it to come a little bit cheaper, which I'm sure will happen in a few months. So that's Wonder Woman 1984

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Here in England, we are at the end of lockdown week two. And you might think people are starting to go a bit stir crazy, maybe taking up some bizarre new hobbies, but none of that in the Williamson household. Anyway, on a completely separate side, completely unrelated. I learnt to hula hoop this week. So this is one of those things where you see someone doing something, and it kind of frustrates you that you can't do it yourself. So I saw Harper hula hooping, and I had a little girl in front of her. And let's say it didn't go too well. So I sat back down, carried on watching TV. And then as soon as Harper left the room, of course, I got up grab that hula hoop. And I thought I'm going to make sure I can do this by the time she comes back. And actually, it only took me five minutes to learn. I I don't know why I thought it was a bit more complex than that. But anyway, I can now keep it up for around a minute, which I know my wife dawn will tell you is pretty good for me. So I think it's important to keep learning new things is one of the keys to happiness is to keep learning new skills, continue to try new things out. So for me this week, I learnt to hula hoop and I'm not ashamed to say it. And I'm wondering what might be next for me. Actually, on this theme. I have always thought I can never do the skipping rope. I've seen other people skipping with rope. And I've never been able to do that. So you never know what that might be locked down. Week Three, we'll see watch this space. Okay, previously, I've shared some of my tech excesses. Specifically, I talked about perhaps having a few too many pairs of headphones, and perhaps my unhealthy love of torches. Well, I've got another confession for you this week. And that is my love of Smart Lighting. And I did talk about this a little bit back in December, I was on the working home parents podcast, I think you might remember I told you about that I was a guest and I was talking about smart home tech. And I think Smart Home lighting is a really easy way to get into Smart Home tech. And it does provide you some benefits. And I'm still upping my indoor Smart Lighting game. And I've just had some new Philips Hue lights fitted in in my home office. And I have unusually excited about them. My wife will tell you got her in last night into the office. And I gave her a little light show, which went down pretty well. So I've got three lights in a single fitting, so I need to play around a bit with them, you can get them all at different colours. And I think it's going to be great for working. If you think we're old now working from home, we're used to working in offices that are really well lit. And my office certainly in winter can get dark in the afternoon. So this new light you can just use as a plain old boring, bright white light, so it will be good for that. But I can also have some nice fun with some coloured lighting and maybe do some different colours on different walls. And it's just a way of, I guess sprucing up the office a bit and giving something a bit different to look at. So yeah, I'm looking forward to playing with that a bit more in the coming week.

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Harper

Craig Williamson:

And this week Harper would like to share with you how she gets on with a homeschooling during this time of lockdown.

Harper Williamson:

Every morning, we have a Google meet with the teacher and all the people in your class and you get to see them all and we have I have a daily challenge that we have to do where you have to have an odd object somewhere in the back of your screen, whether that might be something yellow, or it might be a teddy. And on this Monday, we need to dress up our Teddy's. I have this American Girl costume that I'm going to put on my teddy. And it's a nurse's outfit. So I think that's very appropriate this time of COVID-19. We use websites like Google classrooms, and Google meet for our lessons. So on Google classrooms, we all have separate email addresses just for school that we use. And that's where we get all our work from. And I often work with my friends on other apps like Skype and zoom. And I do this because always at school, you have learning partners. So you do basically most of the work with your learning partners. And that really helps because you get to talk to people and share ideas, especially in English, when you're answering questions. And because of lockdown, you can only go out once a day. So I've been using that exercise time to go outside and catch up on a walk with one of my friends. And we go out for around 45 minutes just for a quick walk. We don't get many miles in but it's good to catch up and get some fresh air

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Random

Craig Williamson:

This the part of the show. I know you're all desperate to get to this part. What other random days that we've got coming up. Well, let me tell you, this Monday, is Thesaurus Day. So I really really hope you appreciate rejoice, relish, delight and take great pleasure in thesaurus day on Monday. Monday is also brew Monday, Monday has got a reputation this Monday for being called Blue Monday, because it's a bit depressing after Christmas. And it's very dark, and so on and so on. But let's turn that Blue Monday into brew Monday. And that's all about trying to share a cup of tea cup of coffee with that someone special. What I'd recommend everyone does this week. It doesn't have to be Monday, but at some point in the week, give someone a call and have a little chat with them while you're both having a little drink. Maybe even something alcoholic if you want to do on an evening, but just make contact with someone. Reach out have that conversation and to see how your friends and family are doing. On Wednesday. We have cheese lovers day. Now, I'm a bit confused about this. I'm not sure why it's not just cheese day. I'm not sure why we need to celebrate cheese lovers. are we celebrating people who love cheese? Or are we celebrating cheese itself? It's not clear to me. So whether you're going to be smearing yourself in some squeezy cheese, or maybe just chomping down on a little bit of Stilton. Enjoy cheese lovers day on Wednesday And then we finish off with something that I think we can all buy into on Thursday. It is Squirrel Appreciation Day. I think we all know squirrels are great to look at. Actually they're great to look at from afar. I think if you see them going around the bush is climbing up trees. It's really cute to see them. But what is startling is as soon as they head towards you or towards your children, that excitement soon turns into terror. And it always reminds me of that scene in National Lampoon's Christmas vacation where there's the squirrel in the Christmas tree. And I think that just sums up our relationship with squirrels that great to look at from afar. But you certainly don't want one in your house. So Thursday anyway, squirrel Appreciation Day. And that is Episode 10 of Thank The Week, reminder, links to all the stories are always in the show notes. And for this episode, you can find them at thanktheweek.com/10. That's one zero. And if you know someone else who enjoys podcasts, why not let them know about Thank The Week? It would be great to welcome them to our show, and hopefully they can join us again next week. Thank you so much for listening. I hope you have an amazing week and I'll see you again next week. Good bye!

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