Nov. 23, 2020

Tsitsipas, Tech and Treats


Episode 2 of Thank The Week included:

  • A rather expensive bird
  • A Thanksgiving guest
  • Footballing triumph
  • Little speakers
  • Heavy breathing
  • And MINCE PIES!

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

Get ready because we have a rather expensive bird, a Thanksgiving guest footballing triumph little speakers, some rather heavy breathing and mince pies. Let'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 Two of Thank The Week for Monday the 23rd of November 2020. We've had another action packed week full of great stuff. And we've got lots to look forward to this week too. So let's get started.

Announcer:

News

Craig Williamson:

Last Monday, a second vaccine against Coronavirus was announced the moderna vaccine was shown to be 95% effective, and it only needs to be stored in normal fridge temperatures. So that's another great step towards getting our lives back to normal and kind of feeling like I might need a vaccine OF THE WEEK jingle Pretty soon, but that is very good news for us all. Last week. Also, you'll be very excited to hear that a pigeon sold for 1.4 million pounds. This pigeon called New kin was a two year old Racing Pigeon and a Chinese buyer bought it for 1.4 million. Apparently racing pigeons are getting quite prized in China. And the place to get them apparently is from Belgium, which is where new Kim was bred so 1.4 million pounds. For a pigeon someone has had an extremely good week To look forward to this week on Thursday. In the US it is Thanksgiving. And for those of us in the UK, all we really care about is the day after which is Black Friday, which we'll come on to. But for people in the US Thanksgiving is a huge event. It always comes on the fourth Thursday in November. And it's traditionally adhere to be thankful for the blessings of the year, such as the harvest. And it's very important to Americans and having experienced a few Thanksgivings in the US I can see it is a terrific day. I kind of liken it to Christmas day but without the presence. So you don't quite get all the commercialism of Christmas, you don't get all the stress of building the Christmas gifts. And getting up early to unwrap everything. It's just about family getting together and having a really nice meal, which is traditionally a turkey dinner, which is kind of what we'd have for Christmas in the UK as well. So Thanksgiving, coming up on Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving. To all our US listeners. Yes. Who better to chat with about Thanksgiving than a real life American, I made a call to my good friend Martin.

Martin:

What has made Thanksgiving special was the opportunity to come together as a family of course the pandemic adds an interesting dynamic to coming together. Fortunately, we have formats like you and I are enjoying at the moment video teleconference that that enhance our ability to connect without the need to be in the same room and and perhaps spread the disease water. So this technology is one great feature to be thankful for. The very fact that you and I continue to enjoy a relationship despite 4000 miles between us is quite remarkable.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, no, no, I did see in the news actually zoom. We're going to make unlimited length zoom calls free for everyone on Thanksgiving Day, which I think not a bad idea. The video quality we've got right now is I think it's really good.

Martin:

It's It's remarkable. You're

Craig Williamson:

beautiful?

Martin:

You really are!

Craig Williamson:

So what are your plans then specifically for this thing, Thanksgiving.

Martin:

But this Thanksgiving where we're staying, staying local, obviously, we're not travelling, as you know, having lived in the US the tradition is to cook a turkey. And so we will have Turkey and dressing and all of the assorted sides that go with it. The challenge will be not to gain any weight.

Craig Williamson:

But you're still going to enjoy the food on Thursday though, right?

Martin:

Except for the stuffing and I'm gonna stay away from the stuffing. I mean even even tablespoon is probably 100 calories.

Craig Williamson:

Stay away from the stuffing.

Announcer:

Sport

Craig Williamson:

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, there was more UEFA nations league football action, and a particular highlight was spin against Germany. Now I must stress I take no joy in Germany losing six nil to spin well, and then maybe a little bit of enjoyment. But it's great to see big games like this. And I think the UEFA nations League has been really positive in that it groups teams of similar standards together and then you get these big games going on fairly regularly rather than some meaningless friendlies. So really, really, really good week of football and nice to see a good strong game between spin six and Germany nil. In American football last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers were going for 10 wins. Zero losses. At the time of recording on the Sunday, they're actually nine and zero, but they've got their 10th game this evening. What really attracts me to this is the fact that it's so rare in American football for a team to go through an entire season without losing again. Now, as a football soccer fan in the UK, it's just unthinkable. A Premier League season is 38 games, a team would never win 38 games. However, in American football, they typically play maybe 17 games. And it feels like surely a team should be able to win all 17 games. But that's only ever happened once and that was in 1972. The Miami Dolphins did that. So they won all of their regular season games, I think for 14 of those. And then that postseason games, which are the effectively the playoffs and it all finishes in the Super Bowl. So many teams have won all the games in the regular season, and then not won the Super Bowl, which must be pretty good thing. So yeah, I'm really rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, just to hope that we can have another team go undefeated during the season. Last week in tennis, it was the ATP finals. That's a traditional end of season tennis tournament. And it's the final year it's going to be held at the O2 Arena in London. At the time of recording the final has not yet taken place, but a real treat for Tennis Fans. One of the highlights in tennis these days is a guy called Tsitsipas. And it's really just all about saying his name and hearing his name said as much as possible. Tsitsipas repeat after me Tsitsipas is just a fun them to say I really enjoy it. Tsitsipas. Looking forward to this week in football. We have lots of football on the TV. We've got Champions League kicking in on Tuesday with Chelsea and Manchester United playing their games. And then on Wednesday night, Man City and Liverpool play their Champions League matches as well. And then on Thursday is the Europa League with many, many other matches to watch. Of course, we then go to the Premier League again at the weekend. And my pick of the weekend's Premier League games

is on Sunday at 4:

30pm. We have Chelsea vs Tottenham

Announcer:

Tech

Craig Williamson:

Last Monday. So Apple released the home pod mini which is their small smart speaker. They've had their home pod, which is the very large speaker out for quite a while. And I think it's reasonably expensive, maybe around 300 pounds $300. So this is a much smaller version priced at $99 99 pounds, and has many of the same features. So it's got Apple's smart assistant Siri in it. And you can also control smart home kit through homekit. And play Apple Music, too. I'm quite a fan of smart speakers, but several of the Amazon speakers in my house in the past. Now we've got all Google, we've got Google nest, Google nest minis, Google list displays all over the house. And I really love that I think one of the things holding back the apple home pod is just that Siri is not as advanced as the Google Assistant, or as Amazon's assistant. So maybe they'll develop that in time does seem like they're focused a lot on the audio quality for playing back music and initial review said that the audio quality from the homepod Mini is really impressive for something quite small. So maybe worth checking out. worth noting that you need to have an iPhone to be able to use a home pod. So if you if you are an apple person, and you've already got an iPhone, maybe that's something to think about adding to your Christmas list of homepod Mini. Now then one of the biggest days for me in tech happens this Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving. And it is Black Friday, the tradition of Black Friday being the big kickoff to the Christmas shopping season started in the US. And it's now spread worldwide. And certainly here in the UK, we do jump aboard this as well. So this is a great opportunity to buy some of those Christmas presents, I think it's really relevant to tech because if there's particular gadgets that you're interested in, or that you know, you want to buy either for yourself, or for a loved one for Christmas, Black Friday is a great time. So what I would recommend is bookmark all the pages where a particular gadget is sold so that you're ready on Black Friday, or possibly the evening before depending on when they released them. Open all those bookmarks, and keep an eye on the prices and see where it comes down. Another couple of tips, some really good websites to use. If you're a big Amazon shopper, there is a website called camel camel camel, and that has a UK version and a US version and versions for elsewhere in Europe. And that will show you a little graph showing how prices have abdun flowed for particular items on Amazon. Now that's really useful because sometimes you think you're getting a good deal on Black Friday, but maybe it's not that good of a deal. So camel, camel camel helps you to figure out is the price that you're seeing a really good deal, or does it actually fall down to that price on a regular basis. And the other website I'd recommend in the UK is hot Uk deals.com. And they've got a special Black Friday page, where readers of the site, send in all their tips, all the great savings that they're found and share with the community and I'll put both of those links in the show notes. Last Thursday saw the PlayStation five finally reached the UK talked about that a little bit last week. But my understanding is it's been very tricky to get hold of stock this week. But hopefully if you managed to get hold of one, either for yourself or maybe to hold back for a Christmas present, you are enjoying some next generation, gaming goodness.

Announcer:

Entertainment.

Craig Williamson:

I have a music recommendation for you this week, there's a new single out by Teedra Moses quite into my r&b and female vocalists and teacher is one of the best I'd recommend listening to her first album, which came out in 2004, called complex simplicity. That was a great album and she's finally released a new single called Cashmere complements. So if you look that up in your streaming service teacher, Moses, and you single Kashmir complements came out this week. Last Thursday, if you live in the US, you will have hopefully enjoyed a Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion show that was shown on HBO max. And it's the 30 year reunion 30 years since since the Fresh Prince first came on air in 1990. And it got all the old cast members back together to have a reflection on that show. Not sure when it's coming to the UK, but we'll certainly keep our eyes open for that

Announcer:

Life

Craig Williamson:

This last week, podcasting has been a huge thing for me, still learning lots of skills. I've been now getting into the editing side, and developing logos, getting some background music and voiceovers done for the show as well to hopefully make it sound as professional and enjoyable for you as possible. And I'm looking forward to more of that in the coming weeks. coming up this week. I'm extremely excited. Now, I'm a little wary of sharing this with you. But I am extremely excited about this. I'm getting a new desk. And it sounds a bit middle age to be so excited about something like that. Normally, I'm excited about New Tech, new gadgets and new mobile phones, new TVs, whatever that might be. This week, I'm really excited about a piece of wood. So I'm really excited to get word this week, as I put together my new desk. I've been working at home since March, as many people have. And finally come to the realisation that the desk I'm using is just far too small, and it's really difficult to work on. So I made plans to get a new desk to put a new desk together and actually decided to buy some legs and then buy a nice piece of wood and actually mount it on there myself. So I'm really excited to have a bit more workspace and to be able to get things a bit more organised. So I'm Fingers crossed, I'm going to get the tabletop this week. And if that does arrive, I'm sure I'll be sharing all the exciting details with you next week,

Announcer:

Outside

Craig Williamson:

For our little field trip this week, I'm going to take you outside on a run. So I'm just inside I'm just fastening my laces on my trainers and I'm going to take you out for a run today, I'm part of a running group shout out to the Stonehenge striders because of lockdown, we're not able to go running together. So they set different challenges during the week. So the challenge is to see how much elevation you can get in a single room. And the time that you've got to do it is your fastest recent 10K time. So I look back and I think my fastest 10K times about 47 minutes recently. So I need to do is to find a route run for 47 minutes, hopefully up and down a hill and see how much elevation I can get. So there are a couple of hills nearby. One of them is extremely steep, but fairly short. Another one is quite steep, but fairly long. So I'm going to go for that one. I'm not sure if it's the right strategy, but the small really steep hill would finish me off after 47 minutes. So I think I'm gonna have a go for the other one. And I'm going to take you out with me. So you can see how breathless I get. I just had a short jog to the Hill just at the top of the hill, just trying to figure out whether the biggest steepness is so that I can time my run up and down for the right part. My heart rates at 148 at the moment I'll check back into that because I think it might be spiking quite highly when I'm reaching the top now I'm going to jump down to the bottom and then I can start my stopwatch 47 minutes and do the challenge. A couple of minutes jog down there to the bottom starting to flatten out now so I think I best turn around and start the challenge. There's no point running on some flat you need to get as much elevation as possible. My heart rates gone down nicely. So about 135 and I'm about to start I will check in with you at the top it up to the top to the zebra crossing for my first hill climb. I'm on the clock now sir. jogging down trying to recover. Oh, my time is ticking away. Tell me about two and a half minutes. To get up. Highway go to about 185 I'm starting training regret my decision to go up quite as fast as I did on this first climb, but we'll see. That's the second climb done for about eight minutes now, I still got up to mid 180s. I'm kind of jogging down now. But I suspect after a couple more might be walking just a little bit. Because the recovery is very important on these kind of challenges. So I'm just cruising down by to the bottom for my third client. So my time on that last one was 230 or 232 33. So that will give me a marker to hopefully, stay consistent climb for two minutes 42 slower than last time, I need to push it up a bit more. First one done, please do that go back to 233 just needed to concentrate. It's easy to let your mind wander and you forget that he's supposed to be running hard. It's number six was 238. A little bit slow. Struggling now. Number seven was two minutes 38 seconds was number eight, in 237. Can you get down, go back up one more time. And check where I am with my 47 minutes. That was number nine. really tried to give everything for last one. All right was up to 191. And then two minutes 22. So shows you what you can do when you put your mind to. I've only got one and a half minutes left. So I'm going to jump down just a little way. Turn around, and then run off as fast as I can. So go one minute left, turn around and going for it. Nice 47 reward myself with a little walk. Just walk in just as the last bit of the hill, give myself a little bit time to catch my breath. I'll jog home. Suddenly, two three minute jog. And then be sure to do some stretching when I get back. And when I get home. I'll look crunch the numbers and see what elevation I gained. And then the challenge finishes this evening. I'm recording this on Saturday. So then we can see where I came in the overall leaderboard. So I'll check back in with that. After this. It's the day after the run now. You'll be pleased to hear that I've now had a shower and blowing my nose as well. Here are the results I ended up climbing 886 feet which is about 270 metres. So at nine climbs each one was maybe 30 metres 100 feet there are there abouts. But I was eclipsed by several people in the challenge. Unfortunately, the winner actually climbed 1670 feet, that's over 500 metres that's nearly twice as high as I managed. And that was a shorter but steeper Hill. So actually, the person who won ran for 49 minutes, which was similar to my 47 minutes, but only actually ran 3.2 miles whereas mine was 5.5 miles. So it seems like the best strategy was definitely to go for something a bit steeper. But nevertheless it was still fun. Had a great time. And yeah, I can feel it burning in my legs today. That's for sure.

Announcer:

Harper

Craig Williamson:

And here is Harper's thought of the week.

Harper Williamson:

My inspirational quote today is inhale confidence. Exhale, doubt

Announcer:

Random

Craig Williamson:

And we've got two random things for you to look forward to this week. Firstly, Monday is National espresso day. If you like your coffee and you like your strong coffee, then Monday is the day for you. Enjoy your espresso on national espresso day. The other thing I've got for you to look forward to this week is I'm going to make a declaration for you. It is time to start eating mince pies. I know this is a difficult question when should you start eating mince pies. Some of you are thinking what is a mince pie. I don't have help for you. But for those of you who do not mince pies and do enjoy mince pies, Christmas is the season and it's always a question of when when are you allowed to start well I am declaring Now is the time you are allowed to begin eating mince pies. And for those of you who are interested in finding the very best mince pies, which magazine here in the UK gives their verdict on a yearly basis of what the best mince pies are they get independent testers to test them into pies and read them. So I can reveal this year's best buy mince pies. There are two to recommend. One is from Iceland. And that is their luxury all butter mince pies, and the second are from Asda, and that is their extra special luxury mince pies. So now you know the best mince pies to buy. I'm going to put a link in the show notes to those mince pie reviews for those of you mince pie aficionados. So just sit back and enjoy those mince pies. However, do not get carried away and start playing Christmas music. Okay, do not. We'll come on to that one next week. That was Episode Two of Thank The Week. Remember you can find the show notes with links to all the stories at thank the week.com Thank you again for listening. Please subscribe and tell your friends about the podcast and until next week. Goodbye.

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