First record for my collection!

Yes, I don’t care. The very first record I got, to go with my new record player is… Purpose, by Justin Bieber.

I am looking forward to very slowing building up record collection. It’s going to be a fun new hobby.

Purpose, by Justin Bieber

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 26/03/2016

Inside Obama's White House - 29-03-2016 - YouView appGreat Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 27th March 2016)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales continue their Swedish canal odyssey, travelling west to east across the breadth of the country. In the second leg of the voyage they follow the ancient route of the Vikings and visit Stockholm, navigating the city’s canals and heading out into the far-flung islands of the archipelago. They also visit Drottningholm Palace Theatre and meet Wallander actor Krister Henriksson.

The Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 28th March 2016)

Documentary series following the work of the staff who keep London’s underground train service running smoothly. At Victoria, the closure of the ticket office creates problems, Greenford opens a new lift that goes sideways and 72-year-old customer service assistant Philippa calls it a day.

Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man for Sport Relief (BBC 2/HD | 9:40pm to 10:40pm | Monday 28th March 2016)

Eddie Izzard pushes his body and sense of humour to the limit for Sport Relief as he takes on an immense challenge – travelling to South Africa to run 27 marathons in 27 days to mark the 27 years that his hero Nelson Mandela spent in prison. It is a gruelling, uplifting and hilarious journey through baking heat, high roads and hospitals – but can Eddie make it to the final finish line?

Inside Obama’s White House (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 29th March 2016)

The story of how Barack Obama tried to reshape America, as told by his inner circle and the president himself. Episode three explores how Obama set out to end George Bush’s wars in the Middle East. In Cairo he speaks to the Arab world, calling democracy a human right. Two years later when protest erupts in Tahrir Square, the president is torn between Hillary Clinton, who believes Hosni Mubarak provides regional stability, and his young advisors, who are in tune with the promise of the Arab Spring. A similar test arises in Libya and Obama agrees to join allies in airstrikes against Colonel Gaddafi. In Syria, when evidence shows the use of chemical weapons, Obama decides to bomb. But when the British parliament votes against intervention, he decides he needs the backing of Congress. This episode also explores how Obama negotiated a secret deal to end the nuclear threat from Iran. Secretary of state John Kerry tells how he worked through the night to secure the outlines of the deal.

Secret Britain (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th March 2016)

Series exploring the hidden corners of the UK and revealing landscape secrets. Ellie Harrison, Chris Hollins and Denise Lewis explore the Lake District. Parachuting in – quite literally – Ellie Harrison gets a unique perspective on England’s most popular national park, and she is also let in on the secret of an ancient and long forgotten part of the Cumbrian landscape. Meanwhile, Denise Lewis gets to the botton of the Lakes’ dark and illicit past, and Chris Hollins is coaxed up a sheer cliff face by one of the world’s best climbers – and rewarded with a spectacular view that only a handful of people ever get to see.

Employable Me (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 30th March 2016)

Tom has Tourette’s syndrome and Ashley has autism. Both want to find work and have strengths that would benefit employers. Due to Tourette’s, Tom has uncontrollable motor tics, and screeches and meows like a cat, a condition which meant he struggled through school and university. Due to the severity of his tics, he has found it impossible to start a career. After meeting an occupational psychologist, he begins to search for a career that he can finally excel in. 29-year-old Ashley has Asperger’s syndrome. Despite being highly intelligent, he’s never had a job, and he has a tendency to obsess. One of his biggest obsessions is the Victorian era – he dresses like a Victorian gentleman, complete with top hat. When he meets autism expert Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, he discovers that some obsessions can be valuable if treated as an area of expertise. If Ashley can find a job that taps into his creativity and obsession with Victoriana, he could turn his job hunt around.

The Restoration Man (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 31st March 2016)

George Clarke returns to Harrogate to see how Carol and Majid Nadry have finished converting their brick water tower into their dream home. After the huge delays and eye-watering legal costs of sorting planning and access restrictions, the couple have finally built the two-storey extension that was the key to creating a family home with character. George sees h

Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury (itv/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Friday 1st April 2016)

Julia Bradbury chooses some of her favourite and most accessible family treks from across the UK, in search of the perfect walk with a view suitable for all experience levels. The series explores coastal, mountain, valley and river walks and features accessible route maps, pub and picnic options and stunning aerial perspectives. Heading off on a round-trip walk from Malham village, Julia takes in the magical Janet’s Foss waterfall, the awe-inspiring Gordale Scar and stunning limestone pavement at Malham Cove with its spectacular views across the Yorkshire Dales.

Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America (itv/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 1st April 2016)

Billy Connolly starts a journey all round the United States as he travels on America’s rail network from Chicago to New York, taking in the vast and astonishing landscapes that make up America’s backyard. The first episode begins in Chicago, before stopping at Minnesota State Fair and a former oil boom town in North Dakota. He yodels with cowboys and stops off at Montana’s answer to Glasgow, a far cry from the Scottish city of the same name he is so familiar with. Billy ends the first leg of his journey at a tent city in Seattle, a unique answer to homelessness.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 1st April 2016)

The seventh series of the critically acclaimed award-winning show comes to an end. Charlotte Church joins Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker as they tear into the weird and wonderful talking points of the week in front of a live studio audience.

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

I got caught taking these Spiderman photos!

For the first time ever, I got caught in the middle of taken photos! I was fully in my Amazing Spiderman 2 Morphsuit at the time, was even hooded at the time! Lucky she was OK with it! Not every day, she will be out dog walking and see this…

Just wish, it had been a fit lad that had caught me… maybe time time?!?!?

Amazing Spiderman 2 Morphsuit
Amazing Spiderman 2 Morphsuit
Amazing Spiderman 2 Morphsuit

Sport Relief 2016 photos @ theDogs!

Here are some photos from last night at the Peterborough Greyhounds (my place of work). When we run a marathon in the time in the time it’s takes us to ‘run’ a meeting! That was a 26 gruelling miles in around 3 hours!

All the money we raised from the run is of course going to Sport Relief. Once I know what we raised, I will post the total here!




Many more photos from this set can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/england/peterboroughgreyhounds/sportrelief-2016/.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 19/03/2016

Great Canal Journeys- 20-03-2016 - YouView appCoastal Walks with My Dog (more4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 19th March 2016)

There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Britain’s shorelines than on a coastal walk with your dog. Six celebrities walk Britain’s diverse and dazzling coastline accompanied by their faithful four-legged friends, meeting local experts, enthusiasts and fellow walkers along the way. The celebrities taking part include actor Angela Griffin, Cerys Matthews and property presenter Phil Spencer. In the first episode, Bill Bailey goes on a smugglers’ trail in North Devon, while 6Music broadcaster Cerys Matthews walks Pembrokeshire’s rugged coastline, and actor and impressionist Debra Stephenson is on Dorset’s Jurassic coast.

Great Canal Journeys (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 20th March 2016)

Timothy West and Prunella Scales embark on more spectacular canal journeys. Sweden is a land of deep forests, vast lakes and island-strewn coasts, and linking it all together is a ribbon of blue. Tim and Pru head into uncharted waters as they attempt one of the longest and most beautiful canal journeys in the world, travelling 350 miles, coast to coast across Sweden. The first leg of their voyage begins in Gothenburg, where they link up with the historic Göta Canal, taking them into the heart of the country and onwards to the Baltic Sea. The Göta may be famed for its beauty, but it’s also nicknamed ‘the Divorce Ditch’, with its steep locks that have pushed many a Swedish marriage to breaking point. How do Tim and Pru cope?

Dispatches (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 8:30pm | Monday 21st March 2016)

It’s six years since Britain’s beloved confectioner Cadbury was bought by American giant Kraft in one of the most controversial takeovers in recent corporate history. As we prepare for the annual Easter chocolate indulgence, Dispatches lifts the lid on what’s been happening to one of our favourite brands. From Creme Egg controversies to foreign manufacturing, reporter Harry Wallop investigates our favourite chocolate and how far Cadbury has come from its benevolent heritage.

The Food Chain (Channel 4/HD | 8:30pm | 9:00pm | Monday 21st March 2016)

This new food series follows the journeys made by Britain’s best-loved foods; from field, farm, and sea, all the way into delicious dishes in our supermarket aisles, kitchens, cafes and some of the country’s top restaurants. The series reveals the inner workings and secrets of the UK’s food distribution web, exploring where our food comes from and how what we eat connects us all. From lamb to peas, truffles to eggs, and sardines to raspberries, each episode weaves together the shipment of two products. The first episode follows two British staples, sea salt and Bramley apples – from an orchard in Kent, and a family-owned salt works in Maldon, Essex. The two ingredients go cross country before ending up on our plates – be it as handmade chocolates to classic Greek recipes, and finally a dessert masterpiece at the Ritz.

The Tube: Going Underground (Channel 5 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 21st March 2016)

Documentary series following the work of the staff who keep London’s underground train service running smoothly. Charlotte struggles to keep the ageing stock of Piccadilly Line rolling. At Bank station, Naeem’s plan to send passengers to London Bridge during a strike leads to chaos. At Holborn, station supervisor Tony tries to update a decades-old rule on the escalators.

Inside Obama’s White House (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 22nd March 2016)

The story of how Barack Obama tried to reshape America, as told by his inner circle and the president himself. Episode two tells the story of Obama’s greatest legacy: healthcare. When Obama announced his proposals for affordable, accessible healthcare for every American, he sparked a bitter conflict. Within weeks of his launch, members of Congress were confronted by angry ‘Tea Party’ protesters. As opposition grew, Obama’s top advisers asked him to go for a less ambitious bill – he refused. His chief of staff knocked heads together inside his own party, as Democrats in Congress began to fight amongst themselves. The final battle was over abortion – the Catholic bishops tried to kill the bill. The hero who saved him was Sister Carol Keehan. She mobilised 59,000 US nuns and faced down the bishops to get Obama the votes he needed. But in the midterm elections, Obama lost more seats in Congress than any president since 1938.

Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke (Channel 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 24th March 2016)

In the final episode of the series, Denise and Ali seek a new lease of life for their uninspiring council house in Croydon on a tight budget of £120,000. The award-winning architect Jo Cowen has worked on projects including the British Museum and JP Morgan’s tower at Canary Wharf. Jo plans a striking glazed extension and an exciting plan for the upstairs that requires an extra £40,000. But problems begin to appear, pushing the couple to the brink.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 11:05pm | Friday 25th March 2016)

The critically acclaimed award-winning show continues with its unique brand of irreverent satire for a seventh series. Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker tear into the weird and wonderful talking points of the week. A celebrity guest joins the team in front of a live studio audience.

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

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