UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 15th April 2024)

Cardigan Bay to Abergynolwyn. Series 3, episode 6. Michael Portillo embarks on a trip along the western coast of Wales, beginning on the Victorian Cliff Railway at Aberystwyth, rising above the historic town to take in views over Cardigan Bay, home to the largest population of bottlenose dolphins in Europe. Michael joins scientists and the founder of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre out on the water to see how they get to know individual dolphins from the nicks and notches on their dorsal fins and their signature whistles.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Harlech to Abedaron. Series 3, episode 7. Michael Portillo continues his railway journey through north Wales on the sands of Morfa Harlech, where he finds a team of conservationists felling and grubbing out trees. In Porthmadog, he discovers how an early 19th-century sea wall was key to the town’s success in the slate trading industry. Upon reaching Aberdaron, Michael discovers poet RS Thomas’s history as a vicar at St Hywyn’s Church.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 16th April 2024)

Trust. Series 9, episode 6. The Humber crew works closely together to pull off the risky evacuation of a fisherman with a spinal injury. On the southwest coast of Ireland, the Castletownbere team race to rescue a fishing trawler that’s run aground near Dursey Island, and is in danger of breaking up on the rocks. The village of Clovelly’s crew assist a yacht that has lost all power – a rescue made all the more difficult by severe weather.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024)

Porthmadog to Anglesey. Series 3, episode 8. Michael Portillo continues his journey on the Welsh Highland Railway. He stops off at Beddgelert, taking in the geology that inspired Victorian scientist Charles Darwin. On the coast of Caernarfon, Michael joins a fisherman to understand how mussel farmers are exploring new methods of cultivating shellfish. He also visits Anglesey’s Sea Zoo, where he helps release a conger eel back into the wild.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th April 2024) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

With less than five hours separating the teams, they leave Nara City and head to the second checkpoint in the seaside town of Sokcho, South Korea. The pairs must navigate another stretch of budget-busting Japan to reach the ferry port before they race across the length of South Korea.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 18th April 2024)

The Isle of Anglesey. Series 3, episode 9. Michael Portillo resumes his exploration of North Wales on the Isle of Anglesey, where the briny waters of the Menai Strait are being used to create a Welsh gastronomic delight. Michael meets the team producing salt favoured by royalty and a former US President.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

Conwy to Colwyn Bay. Series 3, episode 10. Michael Portillo takes the train to the medieval walled town of Conwy on the last leg of his exploration of the shores of North Wales. He later presses east on the final stretch of his journey to reach Colwyn Bay.

Wetherspoons vs Toby Carvery: Which Is Better (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 7:55pm | Friday 19th April 202)

Over four rounds – breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks – chef and taste-tester Phillippa Davis reviews some of Wetherspoons’ and Toby’s most popular meals. From a full English breakfast to mac ‘n’ cheese wrapped in a Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips to a roast dinner, Phillippa tastes her way through dishes on both menus giving her expert verdict.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th April 2024)

On a moor outside of Shipton Abbott, a woman is found face down on the ground, with an arrow through her shoulder. The victim, Niamh Kirby, didn’t see her attacker, and there’s no trace of their presence or weapon at the scene. As the team digs deeper, a feud between Niamh and her brother-in-law is uncovered, which may or may not be relevant. Meanwhile, Anne dives into the planning of the wedding, but Humphrey and Martha worry that she might be a little too invested in their fairy-tale ceremony after her recent romantic entanglements. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Barbara Flynn.

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

Now done 46% of #walk1000miles – 2024

That’s me done 46% of #walk1000miles. So 462.48 miles down and 537.52 miles remaining!

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First cycle of April 2024

First cycle of April 2024! I only did 13.36 miles. Just need to do another 1.61 miles, I will have more than I did in whole of March!

You can check out the route I took at www.strava.com/activities/11156426328

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 06/04/2024

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Monday 8th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES **

Axminster to Budleigh Salterton. Series 3, episode 1. Michael Portillo explores the shores of Britain, with his first week’s journey taking him from the Jurassic Coast to the tip of the Lizard Peninsula and beyond to the Isles of Scilly. In Lyme Regis, Michael traces the discoveries of palaeontologist Mary Anning as he walks along a limestone ledge known as the Ammonite Pavement. He then visits the HQ of the Meteorological Office in Exeter to present the weather forecast, before watching flour being ground at a 1,000-year-old water mill on the banks of the River Otter.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Exeter to Plymouth. Series 3, episode 2. Michael Portillo arrives in Exeter, where he joins the stonemasons charged with conserving the cathedral’s medieval stonework from Beery Quarry. On the rooftop he watches the team restore the 14th-century South Quire Clerestory. His final stop is the city of Plymouth, which has a rich maritime and military history.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 9th April 2024)

Caught Out. Series 7, episode 3. In Queensferry, near Glasgow, an American visitor is caught out by the tide – and is barely conscious when the RNLI crew drag him out of the water. In Portishead, on the Severn estuary, a man’s leap from a party boat lands him in serious trouble. On the south coast of Cornwall, the Lizard crew race to the rescue of four people who are stranded on rapidly submerging rocks.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024)

Tintagel to St Austell. Series 3, episode 3. Michael Portillo discovers the archaeological history of an important trading site at Tintagel Castle, and then visits the landscaped park of Boconnoc, where he meets an artist who paints Cornwall’s natural wonders, striving to protect them from environmental damage. Michael also hears about the discovery of a thunderbox at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which led the gardens to be uncovered and restored.

Race Across the World (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 10th April 2024) ** NEW SERIES + PICK OF THE WEEK **

Five teams race from Hokkaido, the most northerly island of Japan, to the Indonesian island of Lombok, crossing six seas and eight borders and skirting the path of the volcanic ring of fire without being able to use phones or credit cards. The teams face a 1,600km journey to the first checkpoint in Nara City where only a small percentage of the population speak English.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Thursday 11th April 2024)

St Mawes to Porthcurno. Series 3, episode 4. Michael Portillo stops off in the Cornish fishing village of St Mawes, from where he takes to the waves in a 1938 racing yacht. He also joins a seaweed company on a harvesting mission and enjoys a ride on the footplate of a steam engine on the Helston Railway. From Penzance, he heads for the rugged coastline at Porthcurno, where he visits the Minack Theatre – a spectacular amphitheatre that has been built into the cliffs.

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 6:30pm to 7:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Isles of Scilly. Series 3, episode 5. Michael Portillo ends his railway adventure around south-west England in the Isles of Scilly. From Penzance railway station he boards a helicopter to the island of Tresco, two and a half miles long and with a population of 150 – a tiny slice of paradise with sandy beaches and a magnificent abbey – and where he enjoys watching the traditional gig racing. He also visits St Mary’s, where an archaeologist teaches him about the rich prehistory of the islands.

Beyond Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

When a priest from a Catholic boarding school suddenly disappears, Humphrey and Esther find that the case bears uncanny similarities to local myth The Devil on the Rocks. With a large sum of money missing from the school safe, the headmistress reluctant to aid the investigation and the priest nowhere to be found, the team members have their work cut out trying to pin down the truth. Meanwhile, Zoe helps Martha clean up Ten Mile Kitchen after a break-in, Anne’s new flame helps her move onto the Lily Bond, as Humphrey and Martha take over her house. Drama, starring Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton and Zahra Ahmadi.

The Coastal Map of Britain (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Documentary examining the rise and fall of the UK’s greatest ports. The programme spans the first international traders arriving on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, through the arrival of the Romans, Elizabeth I’s extension of British territory, and the huge impact of the tea trade and the Industrial Revolution.

Great British Cities with Susan Calman (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 12th April 2024)

Bath. Series 1, episode 6. The presenter is in Bath, starting her journey at the famous Roman Baths, where she peels back 2,000 years of history. Susan then meets author Jem Roberts, who reveals the origin story of the city, set centuries before the Romans arrived. She also visits the Royal Crescent, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and learns about a 1950s racing scandal, and the impact of Nazi air raids.

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

Now done 42% of #walk1000miles – 2024

That’s me done 42% of #walk1000miles. So 426.40 miles down and 573.60 miles remaining!

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My cycling/travel/walking map : 03-Apr-2024

Here is my cycling/travel/walking map of 2024 so far!

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Maps © Thunderforest, Data © OpenStreetMap contributors

March 2024 most popular photos

Below are the top five most looked at photos on this website during March 2024.

Number 1 (385 views) : Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit

Number 2 (315 views) : Bugsy and myself!
Bugsy and myself!

Number 3 (274 views) : adidas Varilite Down Hooded Jacket
adidas Varilite Down Hooded Jacket

Number 4 (209 views) : Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit

Number 5 (45 views) : Synergy Swimrun wetsuit
Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

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March 2024 cycling statistics

Oh dear, oh dear! In the whole of March, I only did ONE cycling covering a distance of just 14.87 miles! But that, is still only 3.2 miles, less than I did in the whole of March last year!

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Here is the data from March 2024:-

  • Total cycles: 1
  • Total Distance: 14.87 miles
  • Total Time: 01:12:17 (h:m:s)
  • Avg Speed: 12.3 mph
  • Max Time: 01:12:17 (h:m:s)
  • Max Speed: 27.7 mph
  • Avg Distance: 14.87 miles
  • Max Distance: 14.87 (Single cycle)

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Here are my favourite cycling photos from the month:-

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Now done 40% of #walk1000miles – 2024

That’s me done 40% of #walk1000miles. So 410.80 miles down and 598.20 miles remaining!

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