July 5, 2021

Space, Suns, and Seinfeld


Episode 34 of Thank The Week for 5 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 34 for the week of the fifth of July 2021. coming up this week, we've got people flying to space. We've got celebrities playing sports, there's a new tablet out that I'm particularly excited about. We've got a big Marvel movie coming out this week. And I'll talk a little bit about Seinfeld. And I'll also talk about my wonderful day out at Wimbledon last week. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

As we're emerging from this pandemic attention starting to turn to how long lasting the vaccines are against COVID. And there's lots of positive news that came out last week about this. So the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were shown to provide lasting immunity and people were even speculating it might last for several years. And that was according to a study led by Washington University in St. Louis. Another study looked at how you could boost the AstraZeneca vaccine by having a third dose. And this study in Oxford showed that having a third dos actually boosted immunity even further than the second dose. So again, people starting to look forward to how we prolong our protection. And then finally, there was a study about mixing vaccines. So this was about mixing the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. And again, he showed that you can get a very good immune response by mixing them and it didn't matter in which order you mix them as well. So that could be useful news for the whole world. If we think about access to vaccines and limited numbers, if you can actually mix and match and still get a very effective protection, then that's worth looking at as well. So really, really positive news as we're starting to look at the longer term protection from COVID. Now spaceflight, rich people love to dream about flying to space out there. And we've got two rich guys going head to head. And it's all coming to a bit of a head hopefully this week. So we've got Sir Richard Branson, who's got his Virgin Galactic, and he said that he's going to try and fly on the 11th of July this week, which is on Sunday. And actually, that's the opening of a flight window. So that's kind of the first time he might be able to fly. But this is really interesting, because just recently, Jeff Bezos, who's the Amazon billionaire announced that he was heading into space, or I think more precisely the edge of space, but you do get to experience weightlessness. But Jeff Bezos was aiming for the 20th of July. So you know, Richard Branson's brought his up, I can imagine the whip being cracked fairly hard at those factories as they as they shake things up for these lift offs. But yeah, look out for that in the news, whether it's this week or next week, I think there's going to be lots of interesting things happening with regular people or be very, very rich people heading into space.

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

Of course, football will be talked about very soon. But let's cover a couple of other sports. So firstly, basketball, and the Phoenix Suns are in the NBA Finals. And that's the first time in almost 30 years. And apparently they've missed the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons. So really, really huge turnaround for the Phoenix Suns to make it into the NBA Finals. And waiting for them in the NBA Finals, I'm not sure yet at time of recording might be determined by the time you listen to this. But the Milwaukee books are leading the Atlanta Hawks by three to two in that series, only four needed to win. So we'll see who ends up in the other NBA Finals berth, but really, really great for the Phoenix Suns to get out there after such a long time struggling through the league. Some other sporting action for you to look out for this week. If you're in the US and you have the TNT channel. Then on Tuesday, July the 16th. You can watch an unusual golfing event and I think they've done a few of these recently where they pair professional golfers with a celebrity and they go around and have a round together basically it's two against two. So in this one it is Phil Mickelson with Tom Brady, the quarterback. And it's Bryson deChambeau with Aaron Rodgers, another quarterback. So it's kind of a bit of a quarterback challenge. And they're all miked up and I guess you get to hear the banter as they go around. And sounds quite fascinating actually, whether you're into golf or not, or into American football and want to get a bit more insight into these players. But regardless, if you're in the US then I believe it starts at 5pm Eastern Time, and that's on Tuesday on TNT. Now then to the football and Copa America and the Euros are reaching their climax and the finals will take place this week. at time of recording the quarterfinals haven't yet taken place. But they will have done by the time you listen to this. And then we've got semifinals and final to look forward to Copa America also has a third place playoff which is the game nobody wants to play. So we want to talk about that. So Copa America the first semi final is going to be on Monday the fifth of July and that will be the winner of the two quarterfinals. So we've got Peru against Paraguay and Brazil against Chile. And the second semifinal will be on Tuesday the sixth of July. And that will be between the winner of the two quarterfinals which are Uruguay against Colombia and Argentina against Ecuador. And then the final of Copa America is on Saturday, July the 10th. So all that Copa America action coming to a climax this week, I've got my fingers crossed for Argentina, Brazil final just because for the neutral, that's the big one that everyone wants to see. But we'll see how it shakes out. Now on to the Euros. I did talk last week about the horrendous number of own goals that have taken place. And that continued in the round of 16. With possibly, I think it's been called the most farcical the own goals. It was a back pass to the Spanish keeper that kind of bubbled over his foot and went into the goal. And it all looked a bit embarrassing, and it was very unfortunate spent did come back and win. So all ended well for spin. But I believe now there have been more own goals in this European Championships than in all the European Championships combined back to I think it's 1960, which is just crazy. So watch out for more ongoing action in the euros and talking of the euros. So time of recording quarterfinals have not yet taken place. But they are going to have taken place. By the time listening to this, then we'll have the semi finals coming up this week. So Tuesday, July the sixth, at Wembley, we've got the winner of the two quarterfinals between Italy and Belgium and Switzerland against Spain. And then the second semi final also at Wembley, on Wednesday evening, is the winner of Denmark and Czech Republic against the winner of England against Ukraine really got my fingers crossed for England, it would be huge if we could make it through to a semi final, and then, you know, late stream the final. So we've then got the final of the euros, also taking place at Wembley and I think they're talking about having up to 60,000 fans for the semifinals and finals. So that will be a tremendous atmosphere, whoever's there. And that final takes place on Sunday, July the 11th. And in the UK, that takes place at 8pm. So look forward to the climax of the euros and the Copa America this week.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

I previewed Mobile World Congress, which took place last week, and it was a bit of a damp squib, I don't think there was that much going on. really unfortunate, obviously, trying to hold a conference in the current climate is really difficult and a big exhibition like that. And yeah, there wasn't that much going on Samsung had a few announcements about how they're going to integrate Google's wear OS into their new generation of watches. So there's a little bit about that, but no new hardware to get excited about. So what did get me excited? Well, Lenovo announced a range of new tablets, but one had me really interested. And I think this is a really clever idea for a multifunctional device that maybe allows you to justify spending a little bit more. So it's quite a premium tablet, this one is called the Yoga Tab 13. Now there is an 11 inch version, the yoga tab 11. But it's got a much lower spec. So I'm going to focus on the yoga tab 13. And it has a few particular features that are very worthwhile. So it's got a bit of a soundbar built into it. So the aim is it's quite a large screen at 13 inches for a tablet, but it's got a little kickstand, so you can sit on your table, and it's got the sound bar that has quite good sound quality. So the idea is that you'll be able to watch your streaming video content through this thing. So that's one thing that that's quite unique with a kickstand and the good sound quality. However, the thing that takes it to the next notch and might help you stroke me justify its purchase is that it can also work as an external monitor. So it's got a high HDMI input. So essentially, if you've got a laptop or a computer, you can plug that into this tablet, and then use it as a secondary display. And it's got that little kickstand, so you could have it sat on your desk right next to your monitor or your laptop, you could be working away have the productivity of those two screens, and then at the end of the day, disconnect it, take it anywhere else and start to consume your content in your leisure time. So I really like this idea. I think it's a really neat way of getting that double use. And these screens in these high end tablets are super, you know, really high quality, very bright, very high resolution, so why not use them as an external display? so look out for that. That's the Lenovo Yoga tab 13 it's due out later this month. And in the US it's going to retail for $680 Briefly mentioned mobile phone chips, you know, I like my Qualcomm snapdragons Well, Qualcomm last week announced a Snapdragon 888 Plus or 888 Plus, what's the difference between that and the Snapdragon 888? that's already out? I hear you asking that? Well, the answer is there's really not much difference. So they've all got eight cores in them. But one of the cores of the 888 plus is 2.995 gigahertz, whereas the standard 888 is only 2.84 gigahertz. There we go. It's all about the gigahertz. Nothing else changed but it's just a way for them to slightly upgrade their processor and perhaps charge a little bit more and get it in some of the very latest phones so the new Qualcomm Snapdragon came out last week as well. I want you to finish tech with another e ink product. I've talked about e ink displays. And there is a new boy in town. So the Onyx Boox Mira Pro is a 25 inch e ink monitor. Now if you do want a nice monitor to to go with your laptop, maybe forego the 13 inch Yoga Tab, and maybe go for this Boox Mira Pro. It looks really nice. I love e-ink. It'd be great for perhaps coding or anything where you need to be able to see very clearly if you do a lot of writing, for example, I think this would be a fantastic choice. It's just launched in China. Apparently, it's going to be available internationally from October. And the US price is supposed to be around $1,500. Yes, it is a little pricey. But he's 25 inches and he's eating. So get excited about that. And look out for it later this year.

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

There's a big Marvel movie released this week as Black Widow comes out. Now, I'm not that into Marvel movies. I guess I've watched one or two. You know, this one's got Scarlett Johansson, maybe they This is the one for me to get into, if I'm going to get into the Marvel movies, but yeah, if you're into those films, then this is a big week, because you can watch this in the cinema I think in the UK might come out on Wednesday. In the US, it's coming out on Friday. And I believe it's also going to be available on Disney plus, although you might have to pay a bit extra to get that. So look out for Black Widow coming out this week. In terms of television, I talked about Seinfeld, and I was really excited for that coming to Netflix. My understanding is that Seinfeld is now owned by netflix and Netflix have the rights to show it worldwide. And I was hoping that they would have started to do so. However their rumours are they're gonna hold on to it just for a little while. I don't know why. I think they're just teasing us maybe building up the hype. Maybe they've got some big launch plans. But the latest rumours are that it might not be available until the autumn so maybe August September time, which is so disappointing because we all want to watch it now. But it is good to know that Seinfeld is coming to Netflix all around the world. Very soon we'll be able to watch every single episode. So let's just be patient and get excited. And also, if you just can't handle the excitement, then there is a new release out that will help you get over that the original soundtrack for the Seinfeld TV series has just come out. And it is right now available on all streaming music platforms. And this obviously includes the theme tune, but includes a host of other music that was composed, especially for the series. So if you want to just get a little bit more excited for Seinfeld, have a look and download the Seinfeld soundtrack.

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Last week, my wife and I had a day at Wimbledon. And it was just an incredible day. I think last week I talked about Disneyland briefly and said that our day in Disneyland in the US was probably one of the best family days out we've had ever Well I would say this is very close to that because it was just an amazing, they're such variety during the day, you get to see lots of different people playing tennis, lots of different things to look at people watching food to eat, drinks to drink. And it was just a wonderful atmosphere. And yeah, just an amazing day. So it was just on an I we went on Monday, which was the opening day, there was a bit of a queue to get inside, which they did apologise for afterwards, obviously, with COVID. And we had to prove that we had a negative test within the last 48 hours or that we were fully vaccinated. So obviously, all those checks had to take place. But once we got inside, even though it was raining, and the play was delayed, I tell you, our time just flew by because never having been there before you just wander around in all, you can see all the different courts, this tiny little outside courts, and then the huge Centre Court and court one. And just to just to soak in the atmosphere see everyone milling around. It was just a really, really wonderful experience. We did watch the first game, which was Danielle Collins, the US women's player, and she was on a small court and we got sat down on a little bench. And it was literally right there. So so when they came to grab their towels, their towel was practically right in front of those. And that was just fabulous to get so close to the action. And she eventually got through that game. But yeah, I really enjoyed that. And as I said, just getting up and up close and personal with the players and just you know, the grass was just so lush with it being the first day just look beautiful. And I did take my new camera as well, my digital camera, my Canon EOS M50 Mark Two, and it was fantastic just to be able to take loads of great pictures. And yeah, just really enjoyed having that. And it kind of made me think back to the time when I first got into photography, and I had a an SLR camera. And we used to have films in them. And you only had 24 pictures, and you didn't know what it was going to look like until perhaps a week later when you got the film back. So this time I think I took over 200 pictures during the day and it was just nice just to be able to fire away. And then obviously on the screen you can see instantly what the picture is like so yeah, big leap forward in technology. The many years since I last got into photography, but yeah, so I enjoyed taking lots of pictures just of the scenery and of the players and of the courts. That was terrific as well. And it was also nice, because on those outside courts, you can hear the crowd cheering in the big court. So we had Novak Djokovic, playing the Brit, Draper, in, I think it was on Centre Court. And Draper won the first set and to hear the cheers coming out of that court, while you're on the outside was terrific. And then later in the day, we had Andy Murray playing as well. And we heard huge cheers coming from the court as he was playing as well. So really nice, just to get that whole atmosphere. later on. We went on to ct 12. And watch Gael Monfils. And he had a great game as well. And he's quite an entertainer. He did a few little roles as I think quite a few of the plays of the dead inadvertently. The grass has been quite sleepy. But yeah, he did a few kind of acrobatic moves, and a few trick shots. So yeah, just a real entertainer and, and really fun to see players like that interacting with the crowd. so fabulous day out, really, really enjoyed it. We arrived about 11 in the morning, and we didn't leave until maybe 830. I think it was so we got back here fairly late about 10 o'clock. Many thanks to those who took care of Henry and Harper for us while we were away, but just an amazing day out and really recommend it if you ever get to go to to Wimbledon or perhaps another big tennis tournament around the world. I'm sure they're all similarly captivating. Obviously, we had a little bit of strawberries and cream as well, which which you've got to have and Dawn had a few PIMS I was driving so I didn't drink but yet, there's plenty to enjoy for everyone. So yeah, really recommend that. And we just had a fabulous day out. So on my Friday social media posts this week, I will post one of my pictures from Wimbledon. I'm just debating which one to include. But yeah, I'll put a little image from my day at Wimbledon. So look out for that on Friday,

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

This week, I would like to talk about something that I have done at school. And it's something called topic day. So last Tuesday was our topic day. And it went over the whole entire day. And it was a workshop with a lady that came into our classroom, she seemed to have travelled the world quite a lot. And I think she said she has lived in Liberia before. And I talked about Liberia, when I was talking about learning about slavery at school, what she did was she brought in lots of things from her collection that she has from places around the world. The day was based around the Victorian era. And one of the funny facts that she told us was that woman in the Victorian times didn't wear any pants, which if you're American, it's underwear, but they didn't really need to because while they always had such long, puffy dresses. And you might already know this, but they wore corsets from quite a young age actually. And it would be very bad for your health. Because you wouldn't, you'd find it hard to breathe, because it was basically strangling you from the waist instead of the neck. And what it was also hard to do was because if you were a reasonably rich family, and if your parents saw this other reasonably rich family, they would make you marry into that family so that you could be really rich. So basically, all they cared about was being rich, what would happen was they'd be wanting to have an heir, which presumably would be a boy. And then they'd want a second boy, just in case, the first one dies. So basically, they don't care about their kids, they just care about them being alive to take over all the money. But it would be hard for the woman to be pregnant and be successful in carrying the baby because they'd be wearing a corset. So you get bumps when you're pregnant. And because you're wearing the corsets, you couldn't have those bumps. And speaking of corsets, she did bring one in and somebody did try it on. But they didn't put it all the way it was just loosely on so that they could still breathe properly. And then she had a cut out piece of something. And that was like a pretty small circle. Maybe if you put your two hands together to make a sort of circle, it would be that width big. And that was the size of the waste that the corsets would make. And it was very surprising. There were lots of other things that we learned that day. And I think it's a nice way for kids to learn because it makes them actually want to learn things. I really enjoyed it. And I think lots of other people enjoyed it too because the lady that came in really involved us and having certain things there for to show us really how With imagining what the Victorian times were ike.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

So let's wrap up with some random days and Monday July the fifth big hitter first, it's mechanical pencil day, it's the day where we celebrate that pencil where you kind of press the top like a ballpoint pen. But the more you press it, the more the lead comes out. And if you hold it in too much, then the lead completely falls out. And then you've got to try and poke it back in there. But I love mechanical pencils. It's actually a long time since I've used one I used to have one at school and have this little, little plastic holder for the replacement leads really enjoyed that and and I guess still have one somewhere. But it's just very rare that any pencil these days, so rejoice. And maybe I'll break out my old mechanical pencil just for time sake, and enjoy mechanical pencil day on Monday Wednesday, July, the seventh is chocolate day, however you like your chocolate, whether you like it in bars, whether you like it in cakes, however you like your chocolate, enjoy it on Wednesday, July the seventh. Now, before I give you the official title of this day, it's a bit of a strange one. So Saturday, July the 10th if you are going to have a day about bees, and celebrating bees or talking about protecting bees, because they're very vital for the ecosystem, and they are actually in decreasing numbers as well. So we really need to protect the bees and provide plants for them to feed off and all that good stuff. So what would you call the day? Would it be Bee Appreciation Day? Would it be Bee lovers day? Well, no, it is Don't Step on a Bee day. And I might need to say that a bit slower. Don't step on a bee day. It's not about bidets where you clean, clean your bottom with water. It's not about not stepping on those, although I'm sure that might be a bit unpleasant to step on as well. But yes, so if you want to protect the bees, the main thing is don't step on them. Well, you know, hopefully not many of us do that. I guess perhaps in our dim and distant past, we've all done things we regret. And maybe there are some be stepping incidents that we can think back on with with that regret. But let's not step on a Bee and let's rejoice in the bees and let's give them some nice plants to feed off as well and make the honey for us. And all the good pollination that goes on. So celebrate bees on Saturday, July the 10th. And we finish off with a couple of drinks. Sunday, July the 11th is Free Slurpee day, if you're in the US slurpees are that iced drink. And July The 11th is the day that traditionally the shop 7-11 because it's July the 11th 7-11 give away free slurpees it's changed a little bit in recent years, I think you actually have to get a coupon from 7-11. And I think it's then valid for more than just Sunday. But anyway, have a look into your local 7-11 see how you can get yourself that free Slurpee. But for the rest of us or perhaps for adults, Sunday July The 11th is also Mojito day. So if you like your cocktails, then why not enjoy a Mojito. Apparently it consists of white rum, mint, sparkling water, lime juice and sugar. But there are variations with other fruits such as strawberry and mango. So enjoy a mohito on Sunday, July the 11th. For Mohito Day. Thank you very much for joining me this week. As ever, links to all the stories you've heard today are in the show notes which you can find at thank the week.com slash 34 Please do tell a friend about Thank The Week and spread that positivity. If you can bring a friend along to the podcast next week. That would be fantastic. So I look forward to seeing you again next week. Goodbye!

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