Now done 95% of #walk1000miles – 2021

walk1000miles - 2021That’s me now done 95% of #walk1000miles. So 951.54 miles down and 48.46 miles remaining!

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Only been to three new railway stations during 2021

So far only been to three new railway stations during 2021. Just don’t feel 100% safe using trains, since way to many people are not wearing masks or been vaccinated!

Myself at Clapham Junction railway station
Myself at Clapham Junction railway station

Here are the new ones, I’ve been to during 2021.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 18/09/2021

Vigil (BBC 1/HD & UHD BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 19th September 2021)

The submarine is forced into lockdown as disaster strikes. With hostile boats tracking and communications down, Vigil’s crew have to navigate this crisis alone. Kirsten desperately hunts for clues to reveal the source of the threat to Vigil, but with no word from the boat, she fears for the safety of Amy, whose quest to uncover the truth places her in grave danger.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 20th September 2021)

Tim Dunn explores Brunel’s first and last railway projects and looks at a Scottish station with a royal connection.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 20th September 2021)

Nikki, Jack and Adam are brought in to investigate the murder of a surgeon in a hospital. DNA evidence suggests the impossible when it implicates a patient who was under the anaesthetic at the time of the killing. Meanwhile, Adam’s friendship with the hospital director brings his impartiality into question.

Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 20th September 2021)

A look at the rise of the celebrity footballer, symbolised by Manchester United’s David Beckham and the breed of player who were starting to resemble rock stars more than sportsmen. In contrast, the programme examines the fate of Beckham’s team-mate Keith Gillespie, whose sense of isolation after a transfer to Newcastle United led him to seek solace in the local bookmakers.

Submarine: Life Under the Waves (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 20th September 2021)

Part two of two. Captain Stephen Brian takes command of HMS Trenchant and his arrival coincides with a growing threat from Russia, as their warships and submarines make forays into British waters. As everyone preparess for the tough realities of life back at sea on board a submarine, orders are received for Trenchant to stop the next Russian vessel making its way towards British waters.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 21st September 2021)

In Trearddur Bay, the RNLI crew battle through gale force winds and huge waves as they try to save a surfer, as their worried families watch on from the shore. On the same stretch of Welsh coast, the Llandudno and Rhyl lifeboats are involved in a desperate search for a fishing vessel that’s reported missing.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 21st September 2021)

Part two of two. With the suspect in a coma and an attacker seemingly at large in the hospital, Nikki calls on Adam’s expertise to help solve the case. The team makes a breakthrough that hints at a medical conspiracy and exposes the lengths some are willing to go to protect their personal and professional reputations. Drama, starring Emilia Fox and Jason Wong.

Changing Rooms (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 22nd September 2021)

Anna Richardson and the team are in Bury St Edmunds, where insurance broker Leanna and mechanic Jamie have reached decorative deadlock in their living room. They are handing over their keys to neighbour Donna, a nightclub owner who wants a wow factor in her bedroom. Donna’s keen to push Leanna and Jamie out of their comfort zone and has enlisted her sister Sarah to help. However, with flamboyant designers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe in charge, anything could happen.

Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 22nd September 2021)

Michael begins this leg of his journey at South Devon’s most southerly point, Start Point, and embarks on a walk which takes in a broad sweep of eroding shingle coastline and some of the most picturesque beaches he has encountered. Along the way, he discovers historic fishing villages, and the largest freshwater lake in South West England. His South Devon trek ends near the mouth of the River Dart, but not before he leaves his own mark on this beautiful stretch of coast, a new wooden signpost for walks inscribed with his initials.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 22nd September 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets widowed teacher Gretta, who is making a fresh start in rural Cambridgeshire with a Malaysian-inspired burnt wood and glass home being designed by her nephew Carlos and project managed by her brother-in-law Fernando – despite his lack of building experience. However, as site clearance begins, so does the Covid-19 pandemic – and family harmony is tested when an apple tree much loved by Fernando is condemned for removal by Gretta.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 23rd September 2021)

A 13-year-old stuck on a bus after dislocating their knee kicks off another busy night shift for Emily and Lois. Across the city, Adam and Charlotte respond to a call for a patient who is struggling to breathe. With concerns of Covid in the family the crew has no choice but to take the patient into hospital. A discussion between Adam and the patient reveals their anxiety about what lies ahead for them – a feeling shared right across the service whether on the road or in dispatch. Narrated by Christopher Eccleston.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 23rd September 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

With Tristan’s encouragement, James asks Helen if she’d like to go to the local spring dance. But village resident Gerald’s arrival with his injured dog, Rock, puts a spanner in the works. Meanwhile, Tristan worries that Siegfried is in danger of losing his edge.

The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 24th September 2021)

The poet’s latest journey starts in Wiltshire in the town of Bradford-on-Avon, where she takes to the water on a narrowboat. Pam enjoys a leisurely trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal – a waterway that helps link Bristol in the west with London in the east. Pam also meets the beekeeper producing Cotswold comb honey, before heading to the ancient wool town of Tetbury.

Abandoned Engineering (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 24th September 2021)

Exploring a luxury resort that conceals a top-secret facility, a mysterious complex in Bali struck by disaster, and a relic of hope near Jerusalem.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 24th September 2021)

Rob Bell uncovers the incredible stories behind Scotland’s mighty Bell Rock lighthouse, an engineering marvel built on a deadly submerged reef in the treacherous North Sea. Eleven miles offshore, this light has stood strong for over 200 years, but at the start of the 19th century, the reef was a menace causing innumerable wrecks and drowning countless mariners. As the show reveals, Robert Stevenson, a young, ambitious engineer, was determined to prove that something could be done to stop Bell Rock claiming so many lives.

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

Now done 93% of #walk1000miles – 2021

walk1000miles - 2021That’s me now done 93% of #walk1000miles. So 931.44 miles down and 68.56 miles remaining!

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Middle of September 2021 most popular photos

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

Number 1 (215 views) : First time in a hot tub
First time in a hot tub

Number 2 (56 views) : Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit

Number 3 (46 views) : Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit + Clejuso handcuffs
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit + Clejuso handcuffs

Number 4 (32 views) : Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit + Clejuso handcuffs
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit + Clejuso handcuffs

Number 5 (28 views) : Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit

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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 11/09/2021

Vigil (BBC 1/HD & UHD BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 12th September 2021)

Amy confronts one of the crew with her discoveries about their deception, but with her mental health suffering, questions are asked about her fitness to investigate. On land, Kirsten refuses to bow to pressure from the authorities and has concerns that they are orchestrating a cover up. As she closes in on the killer, their capture reveals the grave threat that the vessel faces.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 13th September 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Tim Dunn takes to the tracks in Newcastle to explore a city rich in railway architecture. He also looks at two recording breaking structures in Scotland.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th September 2021)

Part one of two. A swimming instructor is found murdered in her flat, and trace evidence found at the scene implicates her ex-boyfriend – who is a former police officer. The investigation is the first case for a new recruit to the team, whose eagerness to impress causes friction with his new colleagues, while Jack finds himself forced to reckon with secrets from his own hidden past.

Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th September 2021)

A look at the title race between big-spending Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United in the 1994-95 season, assessing the impact of Eric Cantona’s ban for attacking a Crystal Palace supporter who had verbally abused him. The Frenchman claimed he was provoked by a racist slur, but his actions caused national outrage and the threat of a prison term loomed.

Submarine: Life Under the Waves (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 13th September 2021)

Part one of two. Life on board nuclear submarine HMS Trenchant on its four-month tour of duty to the mid-Atlantic, uncovering the reality of life at sea. Her crew prepare the submarine to leave port for the first time in six months, with enough food coming on board to last for up to 120 days underwater. Their mission is to travel to the mid-Atlantic to protect a British submarine that’s carrying Trident nuclear missiles.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 14th September 2021)

The crew at Tower, on the River Thames in London, is the busiest of all the lifeboat stations, averaging more than 500 shouts a year and aiming to launch to any emergency in under 90 seconds. When a call comes in about a man in the water near the Thames Barrier, they reach him with just moments to spare. In Fleetwood, on the Lancashire coast, a desperate 999 call alerts the crew to a bait digger – out looking for worms on the sand flats – who has been caught out by the incoming spring tide and is in danger of being submerged and swept out to sea.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 14th September 2021)

Part two of two. Having traced Laura’s last movements to a suburban house, the team struggles to identify the bodies buried in the garden. With a prowler seemingly on the loose, DI Meredith continues to suspect her former colleague. Meanwhile, Cara is furious when she finds out why Ryan is in prison, forcing Jack to choose between his brother and the truth.

Changing Rooms (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 15th September 2021)

Anna Richardson and the interior designers are in Fareham on the south coast to help another couple of neighbours transform each other’s houses. Project manager Keith and operations manager Kath have not touched their lifeless living room since moving in five years ago, while intensive care nurse Kerry and firefighter Sophie have a passion for superheroes, and want their bland loft bedroom to become a space that oozes personality and colour.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 15th September 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets architect Iain and his wife Jenny, who intend to build an enormous black minimalist house right in the middle of a 19th-century Scottish country estate. Their grand vision also involves connecting the new rectangular block to a dilapidated gardener’s bothy – and the neighbours are watching.

Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 15th September 2021)

Michael heads for his final stretch in Cornwall, and takes in a coastline of hidden coves, a stunning sub-tropical garden and smugglers’ creeks, immortalised by Daphne du Maurier in her novel Frenchman’s Creek. Beginning at the working fishing village of Coverack, he detours inland to visit a family-run dairy farm that produces clotted cream and more than 40 flavours of ice cream from milk produced by their Jersey cows.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 16th September 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

A trip back home to Glasgow presents James Herriot with a dilemma that will mean choosing between the people he loves when he is offered a position at his old mentor’s forward-thinking practice. Return of the drama about a veterinary practice in the Yorkshire Dales. Starring Nicholas Ralph and Samuel West.

The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th September 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

The poet sets off on a journey around the region that takes in parts of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, beginning in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Pam soaks up the scenery that attracts thousands of tourists every year – along with a Cotswold cream tea – before visiting Andy Wallington’s antique shop, followed by a world-famous perfumery that’s made scents for the Queen. Pam also visits Blur bassist Alex James at his farm to discover why he swapped London for country life.

Abandoned Engineering (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 17th September 2021)

Featuring Italian ruins immortalised by Hollywood, a crumbling Chilean city with two lives and a brutalist Scottish relic whose prayers went unanswered.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 17th September 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Rob Bell heads nine miles out into the English Channel to see why building the world’s first rock lighthouse was such a monumental achievement. At Eddystone Reef, Rob witnesses the awesome power of rough seas and jagged rocks for himself, before a vivid demonstration of why building a tower on a wave-lashed rock was regarded as an impossible dream.

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

Now done 90% of #walk1000miles – 2021

walk1000miles - 2021That’s me now done 90% of #walk1000miles. So 901.67 miles down and 98.33 miles remaining!

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UK TV programmes to watch this week : 04/09/2021

Vigil (BBC 1/HD & UHD BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 5th September 2021)

Kirsten uncovers evidence suggesting the murders were part of a coordinated attack. Her investigation takes her into the heart of Scottish politics, and the Naval cover up of a near catastrophe in the US. Amy starts to question who she can trust on Vigil, when a message from Kirsten makes Amy realise she is being deliberately undermined.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th September 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Nikki deals with disturbing memories when she and Jack visit a high-security prison to investigate the suspicious death of an inmate. The victim’s cellmate turns out to be the student responsible for a mass shooting she witnessed 10 years earlier. Nikki becomes increasingly convinced that Scott is their prime suspect, but Jack worries she is not following the evidence.

Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 6th September 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The formation and success of the top-flight division after breaking away from the rest of the English Football League in 1992 and the selling of the live TV rights to Sky. In 1991 a secret plot was hatched by a group of five tightly knit club chairmen to form an elite breakaway league, while media tycoon Rupert Murdoch spotted an opportunity. Featuring interviews with Paul Merson, Martin Edwards, Dave Hill, Vinnie Jones and Les Ferdinand.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 7th September 2021)

The lifeboat volunteers pluck a fallen climber out of the sea in Wales and is within seconds of falling unconscious. Meanwhile in Scotland, a team rescue a 170-ton fishing boat that is perilously close to the rocks in gale force winds, and in Minehead, three kayakers are swept out to sea as darkness falls.

Silent Witness (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 7th September 2021)

After a surprising breakthrough in Jay’s case, Nikki struggles to accept that Scott may not be responsible. Meanwhile, DI Mason asks Jack and Nikki to investigate the death of someone close to the case. What at first appears to be a house fire, Jack confirms was an arson attack, and Nikki discovers that the victim was murdered before the fire was set. The team struggles to find a connection to Jay’s case, but when crucial evidence is retrieved from the scene, attention returns to the prison.

Changing Rooms (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 8th September 2021)

Two sets of neighbours make over each other’s rooms in Barnstable, North Devon. Dog groomer Sarah, who’s enlisted retired mum Lynne to help out, has a cramped cluttered bedroom lacking in storage. She dreams of a light and breezy beach style, but will her neighbours Tom and Richard deliver the relaxing room Sarah dreams of? And in return, will Sarah transform Tom and Richard’s unloved dining room from dumping ground to a space they want to spend time in? Or will Sarah’s love of sparkly unicorns destroy a long-standing friendship?

Coastal Devon & Cornwall with Michael Portillo (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 8th September 2021)

Michael explores the South West Coast Path, following the western shore of Cornwall’s biggest natural harbour, Mount’s Bay – a sweeping, horseshoe-shaped shoreline that includes some of Cornwall’s most historic fishing ports. His trek begins at Cribba Head, just outside the tiny fishing community of Penberth Cove, before visiting the historic fishing harbour of Mousehole.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 8th September 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets master carpenter Olaf, who is facing the biggest challenge of his career – creating an oasis for himself and partner Fritha on a small slice of land in West Sussex, which happens to be surrounded by a mainline railway and a busy A-road. Not only that, but half of the plot can’t even be built on due an underground mains sewer. All they’re left with is a very small triangle on which to build their future life together. With £190,000 in the bank, Olaf and Fritha must use all the ingenuity they can muster to make their triangular three-bedroom house come to life.

Ambulance (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 9th September 2021)

North West Ambulance Service calls up military personnel to help care for the public effectively as the pandemic takes its toll. The new recruits are put through three days of intensive training before they can join the paramedics working on the frontline. Once training is complete they should be able to respond to lower category calls, which account for 20 per cent of the workload. Meanwhile, in control call handers are currently answering a new 999 call every 20 seconds. With staff sickness taking its toll on the workforce, agency staff are drafted in to help. Narrated by Christopher Eccleston.

Motorhoming with Merton & Webster (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th September 2021)

Paul and Suki visit Norfolk for the final leg of their UK tour. Their first stop-off is Great Yarmouth’s quieter neighbour, Gorleston-on-Sea. With its three miles of award-winning golden sandy beach, it retains its traditional Victorian seaside holiday vibe – including a Punch and Judy show. The duo discover puppetry’s satirical roots before doing their own show.

Abandoned Engineering (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 10th September 2021)

Exploring a desert island with an infected past adrift from the US mainland, the brutalist palace of a mad Bulgarian dictator, and a doomed top-secret Nazi project.

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

My favourite photos from August 2021

Here are my favourite photos from August 2021!

Rangers Champions Home Shirt
Rangers Champions Home Shirt
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 2014
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 2014
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 2014
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 2014
Rangers Champions Home Shirt
Rangers Champions Home Shirt

Check out www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/archive/2021-08/ for rest of my photos from August 2021.

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