Now done 8% of #walk1000miles – 2021

walk1000miles - 2021Yep I am doing #walk1000miles for the fourth year in a row! Last year, I walked 1,667.19 miles. Think I can safely say, that’s the most miles I’ve walked in single year!

So far in 2021, I’ve just done 8% of #walk1000miles. So 82.01 miles down and 917.99 miles remaining!

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/01/2021

Runrig: The Last Dance ($ky Arts | 9:00pm to 11:00pm | Saturday 30th January 2021)

The Celtic rock band’s final performance, in front of 52,000 fans at Stirling City Park, featuring Pride of the Summer, Book of Golden Stories, Loch Lomond and Heart of Olden Glory.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd February 2021) ** PICK OF THE DAY **

Tim Dunn is in Windsor to find out how two rail companies fought to be first to get to Queen Victoria. He also explores the stunning Connel Bridge in the Scottish Highlands.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd February 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows an ambitious build in Cornwall, as Leigh and Richard transform a derelict 17th century flour mill into a contemporary, three-bedroom home. They employ traditional craftsmen to start work on restoring the exterior, but it’s not long before the true scale of the damage to the structure is revealed, and as the costs rise, they are forced to take more of the work themselves.

Adrian Dunbar’s Coastal Ireland (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 4th February 2021)

Actor Adrian Dunbar reconnects with his roots as he travels around the wild and rugged Irish coast. In the first of two programmes he visits the astonishing Mizen bridge, suspended 45 metres above sea level, and heads to Co Cork, where old friend Darina Allen makes him lunch at Ballymaloe House. He also fulfils a lifelong ambition to make the treacherous sea crossing to Skellig Islands, where the ruins of an ancient monastic settlement are perched 600 feet above sea.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 4th February 2021)

When renowned concert pianist Pasha Verdinikov is shot dead during an apparent burglary, Neville is quick to conclude that the scene was staged and Pasha was murdered. But the four people under suspicion – the victim’s family and domestic workers – all have seemingly solid alibis. However, matters are complicated when the discovery of new evidence links the crime to a case from 20 years ago. First of a two-part story, starring Ralf Little and Josephine Jobert.

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

The comedian aboard her vintage camper van, explores the Pembroke coast in Wales. She begins her 130-mile road trip just north of Pembrokeshire near the town of Cardigan, then follows the coastline south to Carmarthenshire, ending her trip at Pendine Sands. Her first visit is to the Teifi River where she’s invited to paddle an unusually small boat called a coracle, then it’s on to the Blue Lagoon for a spot of cliff jumping. Next, Susan samples Welsh seaweed delicacy laverbread at Broadhaven Beach, before visiting the home of the celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th February 2021)

The conclusion of a two-part story. Neville must solve a mystery from the past that unlocks the truth of who murdered renowned concert pianist Pasha Verdinikov and why. Help is at hand though, thanks to a former sergeant. Ralf Little stars, with Don Warrington, Josephine Jobert and Sara Martins.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th February 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

While making their way in the world, the terror the friends been avoiding suddenly strikes at their heart in the most unexpected manner. Reeling from the news, everyone has to rally round. And when a hospital takes shocking action, the flatmates must fight like never before. Russell T Davies drama, set in the 1980s during the Aids crisis, starring Olly Alexander, Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry.
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The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 5th February 2021)

A look at Bavaria’s rich history of steam travel, seeing world-beating miniature railways and visiting a whole host of interesting places on a journey to the heart of the Bavarian Alps, where a beer-brewing monk and a town made famous by the Winter Olympics await. Later, a trip to Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze – which offers amazing panoramic views right across Germany and Austria.

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

Vlog: First vlog in 4K along with the new mic!

Happy days! This time, I did remember to bring my new mic with me! In this new vlog, just speaking about all the cycling, I’ve done so far in 2021. When I’ve last seen my family and lots of other things.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 26th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the Royal Albert Bridge and finds out how it was constructed. He also visits Wolverhampton to learn about the history of its train stations, old and new.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud meets energy conservationist Andrew, who has decided to build a radical, self-heating home for his family – the first of its kind in the UK. He aims to heat the house all year round by storing the warmth of the summer sun into insulated earth banks over and around the house, and then drawing the warmth back into the living spaces in winter. However, this pioneering construction seems an exercise in trial and error from the start, and what began as a seemingly simple, pure concept becomes a complicated feat of engineering.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th January 2021)

The presenter watches a tunnelling machine being transported up the river into central London, and discovers plans to build a new tunnel under the Thames to take pressure off the crossing at Dartford. He also makes a late-night visit to New Covent Garden Market, and meets a Paralympian in training at Marlow Rowing Club.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

Neville tries to embrace island life with a game of beach volleyball, only for a rogue sandfly bite to land him in hospital. His time on the ward takes a shocking turn when a nurse takes her own life – although the DI suspects foul play and starts to build a case against his key suspects. Meanwhile, JP and Marlon are struggling to achieve a good working relationship.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 28th January 2021)

The actor makes an early start for the remaining 46 miles of his trek along Hadrian’s Wall, crossing the border from Northumbria to Cumbria at Gilslan, where he finds playful graffiti from the Romans. Moving on, he learns how to link a Cumbrian sausage, takes to the skies for a bird’s-eye view of Carlisle and finally reaches the end of his journey at Bowness-on-Solway.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021)

The comedian takes a tour of the Cotswolds, beginning in Tetbury, where she gets some tips for a practice run for the market town’s famous woolsack races, before moving on to Westonbirt, home to forest bathing and a club devoted to puddings. Susan moves on to Bourton-on-the-Water miniature village, makes a spoon under the guidance of a special silversmith, and explores the gardens of an Indian palace in the midst of the Cotswolds.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

As Ritchie and Jill embark on a scheme to become professional actors, Colin is excited to be offered a trip to New York. Roscoe hides his fury when he finds himself excluded from his sister’s wedding, while Jill finds herself entering a world of mystery and fear. The stories in the headlines are becoming true, and the shadow of Aids looms, but Ritchie’s denial is ferocious and Jill finds herself unable to tell the truth as the situation gets worse. Drama, starring Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th January 2021)

A journey through the mountains of the Italian Riviera in a restored vintage 1920s train, beginning at Cinque Terre national park, and concluding in the historic port city of Genoa. Along the way, the train stops at the elegant resort of Santa Margherita and the remote 10th-century abbey of San Fruttuoso.

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

Now done 5% of #walk1000miles – 2021

walk1000miles - 2021Yep I am doing #walk1000miles for the fourth year in a row! Last year, I walked 1,667.19 miles. Think I can safely say, that’s the most miles I’ve walked in single year!

So far in 2021, I’ve just done 5% of #walk1000miles. So 50.03 miles down and 949.97 miles remaining!

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

Middle of January 2021 most popular photos

Below are the top five most looked at photos on this website, so far during January 2021.

Number 1 (50 views) : O’Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit
O'Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit

Number 2 (43 views) : My type of Netflix and chill
My type of Netflix and chill

Number 3 (41 views) : O’Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit
O'Neill 5/4 Mutant wetsuit + Clejuso handcuffs

Number 4 (38 views) : Captain America Morphsuit
Captain America Morphsuit

Number 5 (29 views) : Captain America Morphsuit
Captain America Morphsuit

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/01/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th January 2021)

Tim Dunn visits Weymss Bay Station in Inverclyde and also explores the engineering marvel that is Blackfriars station in central London.

The Truth About Improving Your Mental Health (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Over the past 12 months, a team from Imperial College London, in collaboration with the BBC, have surveyed the mental health of over 350,000 people across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron joins former England footballer Alex Scott to discover how the latest science can help us gain greater control over our state of mind and improve mental health and wellbeing.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Nathan and Amye as they build a giant cathedral-like property modelled on Dutch barn style houses, but with a contemporary twist. It is a hugely ambitious plan, and with Nathan project managing and setting themselves just a year to finish the build, the pressure to pull it off is huge.

The Thames: Britain’s Great River with Tony Robinson (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th January 2021)

Tony goes behind the scenes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich, meeting with the passionate team who care for this historical tourist attraction. Later, Tony visits a metal recycling yard on the banks of the river, before heading out of London to the Hoo peninsula in Kent, where he discovers a rich history of military defence in one small fort.

Death in Paradise (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

It seems money doesn’t buy happiness when lottery winner Cherry is found dead at her luxurious villa, much to the horror of her husband and their visiting friends. As usual, Neville and the team are presented with a real head-scratcher when it turns out no one was in the house at the time – and the mystery deepens when the victim’s body apparently vanishes into thin air. Meanwhile, JP is training unruly new officer Marlon, aware that his wife Rosey is due to give birth at any time. Kelvin Fletcher, Jason Manford and Faye McKeever guest star.

Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st January 2021)

The actor travels from Chollerford to Walltown Crags, and learns more about how the Romans took care of themselves so far from home. He samples natural cuisine and checks out the spa at Chesters Fort, before paying a visit to the latrines of Housesteads Fort, which were once the envy of an empire. He goes on to pit his fishing abilities against an angling rival, gladiator-style, before climbing Steel Rigg to reach the route’s highest summit.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021)

The comedian ventures east of the Pennines on a 126-mile journey that begins at the North Yorkshire village of Runswick Bay, where she goes hunting for a rare gemstone called Whitby Jet. Susan samples the local cod and chips before exploring the gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey – famed for inspiring some of the most dramatic scenes in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After a spell at Mother Shipton’s Cave – the oldest tourist attraction in England – she meets up with a group whose members reconstruct Roman gladiatorial battles in York. Finally, Susan ventures to Malham Cove, a huge curving amphitheatre-shaped cliff.

It’s a Sin (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Russell T Davies’ drama, set in the 1980s during the Aids crisis, following the lives of a group of young gay men. September 1981 finds 18-year-old Ritchie leaving the Isle of Wight to go to university. In London, Roscoe walks out of parents’ home, while Colin arrives from Wales to start a new career on Savile Row. The three men meet, and along with fellow student Ash and best friend Jill form a gang and move into a flat, christened the Pink Palace. However, a distant threat on the horizon means that life in the 1980s might be all too precious. Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells star.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd January 2021)

Luxury heritage train The Northern Belle, aka steam locomotive 6201 Princess Elizabeth, travels through England’s rural north west. Beginning in Preston, the passengers of its stylish 1930s Pullman carriages are soon whisked up through Cumbria and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District. The train continues on to historic Carlisle, the site of a world-class medieval cathedral and home to supposedly England’s most haunted station. It then joins the Settle to Carlisle line, considered one of the most scenic railway routes in the world.

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

Vlog: Coopers Junction model railway

Welcome to first ever vlog about Coopers Junction model railway. Also showing off the Hornby Loco R3903 ScotRail, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43021 and 43132 ‘A New Era’ which has been fitted with DCC Sound.

Thanks for 4K Blu-rays!!

Big, big thanks to person that’s so far ordered me, not one, but two 4K Blu-rays off my amazon wishlist! At first, I was not sure you would really notice going from HD to 4K. But yes, you really do!

He ordered me Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 – Twice Upon A Time. Which turns out, I had never seen it before!

He also ordered me Die Hard, which I had not seen in years and years!

Die Hard

Oh and of course, big thanks to Mum and Dad for getting me the 4K player for Christmas!!

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