UK TV programmes to watch this week : 24/10/2020

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 25th October 2020)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head to Wales, taking a glamorous road trip in the newest grand tourers from Bentley, Aston Martin and McLaren, before taking on their German rivals and Formula One legend Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Plus, a tribute to Stirling Moss.

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 25th October 2020)

Michael reflects on his fourth travel series, exploring the Sahara. This journey brought him into contact with nomads, refugees and artists who had sought out this vast desert, but also those displaced by war, the migrant crisis and the rise of militant Islam. The journey took Michael over the Atlas Mountains, to a Smara refugee camp, to the famed city of Timbuktu, and into the deep desert as part of a camel train.

Enslaved with Samuel L. Jackson (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 25th October 2020)

A look at the campaign to bring the slave trade to an end after 400 years. Divers explore the sunken remains of a ship that had been carrying freed slaves who had been recaptured. Having traced his own ancestry back to the Benga people of Gabon, Samuel visits the country to learn more of their traditions and stories. Plus, a trip to Costa Rica in search of evidence of escapees from two Danish slave ships.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 26th October 2020)

The return of the documentary going behind the scenes at the London station. It is the height of summer and staff and passengers on the Western network are feeling the heat, with Network Rail staff positioned at key points to monitor the track – which can reach temperatures up to 20C higher than the air temperature.

Secret Scotland | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 30th October 2020)

The comedian explores the area between Glasgow and Edinburgh, paying a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens and setting to work as an assistant keeper at Edinburgh Zoo. She learns about Scotland’s forgotten ceramics industry during a visit to the seaside suburb of Portobello, gets a crash course in laying tables on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and gains special access to the country’s busiest railway station.\

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

October 2020 Cycling Challenge

October 2020 Cycling ChallengeThat’s me completed yet another Strava challenge! This time the “October Cycling Challenge” when you had to cycle, 600 kilometers during the month.

Please do check out my profile at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine and better still follow me. Oh and do remember, if it’s not on Strava, it did not happen! FACT!!!!

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 17/10/2020

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th October 2020)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head to Cyprus on a budget rental car adventure and sample the exciting new sport of car water-skiing. Back at the test track, Chris and Paddy check out the latest family cars from Audi and Lamborghini.

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 18th October 2020)

Michael Palin recalls the making of his third travel series Full Circle, a journey around the Pacific Rim which took him to Russia, China, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand and North and South America. This series saw Michael adopting a more investigative role than in previous odysseys, particularly when encountering the drug wars and poverty that plagued Colombia. With contributions from David Attenborough and Joanna Lumley.

Enslaved with Samuel L. Jackson (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 18th October 2020)

A look at those who resisted slavery, including the famous Underground Railroad and freedom boats that helped runaway slaves to escape to the safety of Canada, using a network of safe houses to make the perilous journey north. The programme also examines the influence of famous freedom fighter Harriet Tubman and the black soldiers who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 20th October 2020)

The Fraserburgh crew race to save a stricken fishing boat without a working rudder in a force-eight gale. On Loch Ness, a yacht becomes trapped on a weir, and one wrong move by the lifeboat crew could send it over the edge. On the north Devon coast, the Minehead crew comes to the aid of a puppy that has swallowed a fishing hook.

Secret Scotland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 23rd October 2020)

The comedian explores Aberdeenshire and Angus on Scotland’s north-east coast – a vast area of cliffs, beaches, rolling hills and fertile farmland. Susan begins with a visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, where she learns about the castle’s role in the Second World War, tells the time on Scotland’s largest sundial and is let loose with the pruning shears on a very special grape vine. Later, Susan is given a crash course in seal first aid and learns of the Aberdonian who inspired escapologist Harry Houdini.

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

Done more 1,100 cycling miles than in 2019

That’s me now done 1,100 more miles on the bike than in 2019! Last year, only did 2,357.9 miles which was not the best! So far in 2020, I’ve done 3,458.7. So should make my goal of 4,000 miles before the year is out!

Here are some of my favourite cycling photos from 2020, so far….

Spider-Man Homecoming Morphsuit
Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Myself at Elton and Orston railway station
Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing

Middle of October 2020 most popular photos

Below are the top five most looked at photos on this website, so far during October 2020.

Number 1 (84 views) : My type of Netflix and chill
My type of Netflix and chill

Number 2 (52 views) : Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018

Number 3 (46 views) : Skinsuit
Skinsuit

Number 4 (43 views) : Jay wearing his Rubber Skinhead Gear
Rubber Skinhead Gear

Number 5 (41 views) : Skinsuit with hood up
Skinsuit with hood up

Do love my new Scotland cycling kit!

Do really love my new Scotland cycling kit! No it’s not because I am Scottish… When in fact, I was born in England, but did grow up in Scotland! So Scotland, will always be my home. Just see myself more has British. The main reason I love it, is of course the because of white Lycra shorts!! Now come on people, stop asking for it to rain all the time!! LOL! 🙂

Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing
Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing

Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing

So far, got to say I am very, very pleased with the Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing. I always worry, when I get cycling gear from a company, I’ve never used before. They come all the way from Auburn, Washington, United States. Ordered them on my birthday and they turned on today. So very, fast delivery!

Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing
Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing
Scotland cycling kit from Pedal Clothing

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 10/10/2020

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 11th October 2020)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness each buy a sporty insurance write-off for £6,000 and take part in three challenges at the programme’s test track before they’re ordered to make their cars road legal and report to Alexandra Palace, where the producers have constructed a monstrous Wall of Death. The trio also celebrate the era of the 200mph supercar by going on a road trip in a Ferrari F40, a Lamborghini Diablo, and a Jaguar XJ220.

Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 11th October 2020)

Michael Palin looks back on the making of Pole to Pole, in which he travelled along a single line of longitude across the USSR, Africa and finally into Antarctica. Along the way, he paid a visit to Chernobyl and gained an insight into the last days of the Soviet Union. His travels across Africa led to an encounter with some fellow globetrotters from his home town of Sheffield – but he was forced to make a detour when his planned route passed through a war zone.

Enslaved with Samuel L. Jackson (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 11th October 2020)

A look at 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World, from the perspective of three different storylines. In the first episode, the actor travels to Gabon on the west coast of central Africa, where captives were herded onto ships.

Enslaved with Samuel L. Jackson (BBC 2/HD | 10:00pm to 11:00pm | Sunday 11th October 2020)

A look at 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World, from the perspective of three different storylines. The team continue their detailed examination of how 12 million Africans were shipped to the Americas.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 13th October 2020)

In Essex, the crew at Walton and Frinton gets an unusual mayday call to a ship called HMS Pickle. Arriving on scene, they discover it is not the modern naval vessel they expected, but a replica of a ship that once served in Nelson’s fleet, and though the original survived the battle of Trafalgar, this one is shipping water and sinking fast. On the east coast of Scotland, the crew at Anstruther faces a tricky rescue trying to extract a walker with a badly broken leg from a remote coastal path. And in the Shannon basin in Ireland, the volunteers at one of the RNLI’s few inland stations at Lough Derg are woken in the early hours of the morning by their pagers – cries for help have been heard coming from the 40-mile-long lake. After launching into inky darkness and thick fog, the crew make an eerie discovery.

The Grand Party Hotel (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 15th October 2020)

Laurence asks Kris to fight in a charity boxing match to raise cash for a homeless shelter. Can he make the leap from mild-mannered hotel manager to prizefighter? VIP guest Louise Brookes checks in, asking for the same room she stayed in 175 times while she attended the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster, and Ciara launches a new competition to promote weddings at the hotel.

Secret Scotland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 16th October 2020)

The comedian explores Grampian and the Central Highlands, going behind the region’s most iconic sights to see what the tourists miss – and unearth the hidden gems in her home country. She begins her journey in Perthshire at Blair Castle, which has a unique claim to fame as the home of Europe’s only private army. From there, Susan travels to Invergordon, where she goes underground to explore an amazing feat of wartime engineering and the home of a world record-breaking echo. In the Cairngorms, the comedian meets a special and charming group of animals – Britain’s only wild reindeer herd.

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

Loving my new Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch

Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Contactless Payment and HRThat’s me just got a new smart watch. I went for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch with Contactless Payment and HR. I got it with the birthday money, that I got my Mum and Dad last week. Thanks to much! Love you both! xx

My last smart watch, which was the Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS. Did me very well indeed, had that one since Thursday 6th October 2016. Which I’ve given to my house mate Mark. What I nice lad, I am!

The new watch, will take a while to get fully use to! Right time to get off the PC and get them steps in…. Only done 632 so far, at time of writing this anyway.

October 2020 Walk Challenge

October 2020 Walk ChallengeThat’s me completed yet another Strava challenge! This time the “October Walk Challenge” when you had to walk 50 kilometers during October! Another easy one!

Please do check out my profile at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine and better still follow me. Oh and do remember, if it’s not on Strava, it did not happen! FACT!!!!

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