UK TV programmes to watch this week : 27/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:25pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness set out on an expedition across Iceland, with the help of some temperamental old British cars. Back in the UK, Freddie gets his hands on America’s latest sports car, the new Chevrolet Corvette.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 28th November 2021)

The adventurer explores the wild and rugged coast of Cumbria and learns how central the county is to many of the challenges facing Britain. He visits Sellafield, which is home to hundreds of ageing and disused nuclear facilities and meets people tasked with clearing and securing more than half a century of Britain’s nuclear waste.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 28th November 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The engineering team races to erect a huge new structure, while ecologist Helen monitors how the work is affecting local wildlife such as bats and beavers. Tour guide Paul takes his father-in-law Joe on a trip down memory lane to explore the history of Glasgow’s tram network.

Villages by the Sea (BBC 2/HD | 7:00pm to 7:30pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Archaeologist Ben Robinson explores the history of Charlestown in Cornwall, revealing how the villages’s namesake Charles Rashleigh transformed the local trade and commerce from fishing and distribution of pilchards, to minerals exported by a hand-built port with pioneering technology. Ben looks at how Charles commissioned renowned engineer John Smeaton to create man-made lakes and hand-dug ponds, and explores their impact on the village’s prosperity.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Amanda Owen crosses hills and fields through Wensleydale and Raydale, taking ancient routes first made by the Romans and exchanging notes with fellow sheep farmers. Crossing over the dale, she drops down to Semer Water, ending her walk on the pebble banks.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

The team build a Protection Deck and more then 300km of scaffolding cover the Edinburgh North Bridge, encasing it in an exoskeleton of constantly changing steel.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

Young designer Tom has his work cut out creating a new model of the record-breaking British jet the Vampire with its unusal space age look.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Tuesday 30th November 2021)

Alastair Campbell treks across the snow-covered hillsides of Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Starting at a waterfall above the market town of Settle, the political veteran descends into town, meeting local residents who are also out braving the weather. Along the way, Alastair talks about his mental health and how time in this space can help him focus

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Wednesday 1st December 2021)

The Rev Kate Bottley treks across the snow-dusted landscape of Wensleydale and Coverdale, setting off as the sun rises over the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. She walks along the banks of the river Cover and into the dale of the same name, along the way reflecting on her faith and relationships, before ending her journey at Middleham Castle, the ruined fortress that was a childhood home of Richard III.

Winter Walks (BBC 4/HD | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Thursday 2nd December 2021)

Broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake explores coast and countryside around the Cumbria and Lancashire border, and finds local characters, breathtaking views and moments of serenity along the way. Starting in the town of Arnside and looking out over the mudflats of Morecambe Bay, Nihal heads south with just his 360-degree camera for company. Along the way, he passes Arnside Tower and crosses the border into Lancashire. Views from the top of Arnside Knott and from hidden coves on the Silverdale coast showcase the beauty of this corner of the country, as he `declutters” his mind and reflects on the importance of solitude.

The Thames By Night (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 3rd December 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

The latest leg of the presenter’s journey begins in Greenwich, with behind-the-scenes access to the Royal Observatory on the banks of the Thames. Tony discovers the vital role the observatory played in helping sailors navigate the globe. And he has a unique opportunity to view the planet Mars as the Victorians would have seen it – through Britain’s largest refracting telescope.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Wearing Synergy Swimrun wetsuit outdoors

Wearing the Synergy Swimrun wetsuit outdoors, for the very first time! You will have to take my word for it, it was very cold indeed!

Oh and after doing these photos, I drove over 150 miles home, still wearing the wetsuit!

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit + Neoprene Pup Hood

More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/wetsuits/synergy-swimrun-wetsuit/

VeloViewer Infographic : 23 November 2021 @veloviewer

Here is the updated version of my VeloViewer Infographic. Which shows all my cycling and walking data from 01/01/2021 to 23/11/2021.

So far, I’ve done 4,119 miles of exercise this year. Which is made up of just cycling and walking. All recorded via GPS. If done using steps, it would be 4,600 miles… If not more!

Also had 327 active days… Which means, I’ve done at least one cycle or walk each day this year!

Where it says running… That’s my walking data!

Dunblane railway station, tick!

Can now tick off Dunblane, railway station, which is the northernmost station on the National Rail network to be electrified.

Myself at Dunblane railway station

Dunblane railway station

Dunblane railway station

Many more photos at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/dunblane/

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:20pm to 7:15pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness try to spruce up caravanning’s image by undertaking a sports caravan road trip. Plus, Chris heads to Silverstone to test-drive Lamborghini’s £250,000 Huracan STO.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

The adventurer explores the impact of humans on the Lake District, discovering that the high number of visitors to Scafell Pike is damaging England’s highest peak and stretching the resources of mountain rescue volunteers. He goes wild swimming in the crystal clear lake of Buttermere, before taking a look at the less-fortunate Derwent Water, one of the many lakes now clogged with invasive New Zealand pygmyweed.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 21st November 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Trainees Kia and Daniel get used to the realities of customer service, while staff cope with an influx of passengers heading to the seaside to take advantage of the hot weather. Over in Paisley, a busy shift for Scotrail’s hardworking CCTV staff throws up some dangerous-looking activity on platforms across Scotland.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

The team build a Protection Deck and more then 300km of scaffolding cover the Edinburgh North Bridge, encasing it in an exoskeleton of constantly changing steel.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd November 2021)

The Intercity 125 gets an overhaul and the pressure is on to design two quick build models of the Ford Mustang in time for the summer holiday.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

Niven and Darren are arrested and brought to the station for interview, and while the businessman maintains a cool exterior, Perez senses the guilt in the doctor. The inspector finally brings the investigation to a climax – but has no time to rest when it turns out Donna has one last surprise in store.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

The documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of classic movie The Railway Children with a steam train ride through the Yorkshire moors and recalls the winter storms that washed away the south Devon

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Middle of November 2021 most popular photos

Below are the top five most looked at photos on this website during November 2021.

Number 1 (62 views) : First time in a hot tub
First time in a hot tub

Number 2 (23 views) : Synergy Swimrun wetsuit
Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Number 3 (20 views) : Myself at Great Yarmouth railway station
Myself at Great Yarmouth railway station

Number 4 (18 views) : Synergy Swimrun wetsuit
Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Number 5 (18 views) : Myself at Carlton railway station
Myself at Carlton railway station

Love these photos? Many more at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/me/2021/

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

On a planet that should not exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive. Starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

Motoring magazine.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The adventurer explores the beautiful and unique landscapes of the Lake District, beginning by meeting Cumbrians with different visions for the future of England’s biggest national park. He talks to members of a campaign group trying to protect the remaining red squirrels, a traditional farmer who feels that his ancient way of life is on the point of extinction, and an 18-year-old student who runs a 1,500-acre farm.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 14th November 2021)

Staff help to arrange a marriage proposal under the station’s famous clock, while the Caledonian Sleeper is taking one brave young passenger to London. At the rail depot, the engineering team is hard at work making sure passengers enjoy the smoothest possible ride.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

James Crawford begins his journey with Scotland’s lost canal just outside Glasgow, and then travels back to the heyday of airship travel, the abandoned island of Mingulay. He also discovers the dark history of Inchkeith Island in the Firth of Forth, and ends on the Isle of Lewis, where archaeologists have recently discovered what might be a lost stone circle.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the historic Grade 1 Curzon Street Station, to be reborn as part of the terminus for HS2, the rail link between London and Birmingham.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

After visiting an original Mosquito at the de Havilland aircraft museum, Airfix designer Paramjit attempts to shrink the wooden wonder to 1:72 scale.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th November 2021)

Comedian Rhod Gilbert dons his hard hat as guest presenter for this ambitious build in Brandesburton near Hull, East Yorkshire. The team are joined by local volunteers to transform an overgrown 2.5 acres into a purpose-built adventure campsite for the St Michael’s Youth Project (St Mike’s), which receives funding from Children in Need.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

Having reached a dead end, Perez returns to the incident board in a fresh search for clues and soon finds that Carrie McAndrew, the chef on Eamon’s boat, was in debt to Niven Guthrie. Fiona Bedford also reveals that her husband is tracking her whereabouts, so must have known about her affair with Galbraith. Armed with this information, Perez delves deeper into Bedford’s movements on the day of Galbraith’s death. Meanwhile, as Donna grows weaker she asks Duncan for one last favour, a request that leaves him horrified.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

The documentary follows the route of the Hogwarts Express to Glenfinnan station, where a piece of railway history is up for sale. A Highlands helicopter ride reveals how climate change is threatening the line, and cameras follow efforts to restore a cherished steam locomotive to the Strathspey Railway.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

Rob Bell explores the lost railways of Northern Ireland, starting in Belfast, where they helped to create a city and a world-renowned shipbuilding centre. Rob’s railway route takes him from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic coast, and, on a visit to Armagh, he learns of a campaign to restore the Belfast to Armagh route and visits the site of the Armagh railway disaster, which proved a watershed moment for railway safety.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

The presenter explores Kent, and investigates the curiously named Leeds Castle. She also takes a look round Chatham and its historic dockyard, which, as it turns out, is home to not only the world’s only working Victorian Ropery, but also Britain’s only female master rope maker. Susan concludes her trip at one of the most iconic and recognisable views of Britain – the White Cliffs of Dover.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Various photos at Norwich railway station : 11-11-2021

It’s changed at Norwich railway station, since I last went in 2019. Back then Class 90s were still running on the London Liverpool Street – Norwich line. They are all know gone and been replaced with the much better Class 745s.

 Norwich railway station

Norwich railway station

Norwich railway station

Many more photos at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/norwich/

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