UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/10/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:25pm to 7:15pm | Sunday 31st October 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

On Halloween, terrifying forces are stirring from the Arctic Circle to the depths of space, as an ancient evil breaks free. Meanwhile, in Liverpool, Dan Lewis’ life is about to change forever as he becomes the Doctor’s latest travelling companion. Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill return for a six-part series, alongside new co-star John Bishop.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021)

Tim Dunn takes a trip through the history of the North Staffordshire Railway Company, admiring the beautiful Stoke Station.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

James Crawford explores the ways that the Scottish people have managed to surmount the challenges of tough terrain to connect communities and places across the centuries. Taking to the air in a seaplane, he visits Loch Ness to reveal its geological secrets, uncovers traces of the Viking era, explores how we have crossed the treacherous Pentland Firth and flies above the stunning West Highland line. Finally, he visits the Highland crofters and Scotland’s first spaceport.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021)

After being pushed into announcing a departure date, Tony Blair stepped down as prime minister on June 27, 2007 and Gordon Brown was finally able to take the reins. This episode tells the story of how Brown reacted to the global financial crash, bringing together leaders to try to save the world’s economy. Despite this, the public turned against his government and in 2010, after 13 years in power, New Labour was finally forced out of office.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 1st November 2021)

Record producer Pete Waterman is commissioned by Chester Cathedral to construct a monster layout in tribute to the unsung 19th-century railway builder Thomas Brassey.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 2nd November 2021)

In Portrush, Co Antrim, the crew race to rescue a boy who has got into difficulties after jumping off rocks, and one of the crew volunteers enters the water to save him. On the Pembrokeshire coast, the lifeguard team at Whitesands Beach join forces with the St David lifeboat crew to rescue someone who has been found unconscious in the water.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd November 2021)

The race is on to catch Sandy’s attacker before he can escape Shetland, while Lynda Morton finds herself in trouble, so she desperately calls Perez for help – offering a key name for his investigation in return. Blood from the recent break-in throws up a DNA match that leads to another murder suspect, and a shocking confession causes tensions to boil over, sowing the seeds of further violence.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 3rd November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Following the teams protecting the tracks and the volunteers preserving the steam heritage along some of Britain’s most scenic railways. Narrated by Bill Paterson.

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

Susan discovers some of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland’s coastline, beginning in Belfast and heading to the Antrim coast, before moving inland to Lough Neagh. Along the way she meets a number of local characters, including some passionate spade makers who have turned the humble spade into an art form, and visits a place that is responsible for attracting 350,000 Game of Thrones enthusiasts to the region’s shores every year.

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

VeloViewer Infographic : 29 October 2021 @veloviewer

Here is the updated version of my VeloViewer Infographic. Which shows all my cycling and walking data from 01/01/2021 to 29/10/2021.

Where it says running… That’s my walking data!

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/10/2021

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

Tim Dunn explores London’s first passenger railway – the London and Greenwich Railway, on the longest railway viaduct in Britain today.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

A look at how Tony Blair stood beside America in the war against terror after the attacks of September 11, 2001, provoking huge criticism from the British public and parliament. The programme charts the fallout of British Intelligence reports suggesting the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and New Labour’s decision to publicise those findings – leading to a media frenzy and, some months later, to the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th October 2021)

Designer Sam creates a model of Winston Churchill’s funeral wagon and first-time modeller Simon builds Britain’s biggest model railway layout from his memory.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 27th October 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Perez and Tosh board the dive boat to investigate this latest death. Was this a tragic accident, or was the only witness to Galbraith’s murder silenced before they could speak? Suspicion falls on Mick Muir, the Life Support Supervisor responsible for diver safety – and when he is attacked by angry crew members, he has to be rushed to hospital. Perez senses the hand of organised crime, but getting answers proves difficult. Crime drama, starring Douglas Henshall.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 28th October 2021)

Bill Nighy narrates a trip along the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick, a four-hour ride that travels 167 miles along the coast. There is a stop at Beauly for a visit to a renowned tartan tailors and a spot of fly fishing, as well as a look at Dunrobin Castle, the abode of the Duke of Sutherland, who built part of the railway and then fancied himself a castle styled like a French chateau.

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

The comedian visits Shakespeare Country, and stops off at the impressive Warwick Castle. There she is invited to try the ancient art of archery and, to her surprise, discovers she’s a natural. Susan also enjoys a pedalo trip on the River Avon before she and campervan Helen travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the spot synonymous with playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th October 2021)

Rob Bell is in Kent following a quiet, rural line that exploded into prominence during two world wars. The Elham Valley railway once linked Canterbury to Folkestone via the chalk downs of the ‘Garden of England’. As Rob discovers, the line was built as part of a tug of war between competing Victorian rail companies.

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

Goals for 2021… Update : 18/10/2021

So far, I’ve done…

  • Found a new job and loving it!!
  • Making, more money than I was (Way more!!!)
  • Got to see some of my family, twice now!
  • Walked 1,000 miles again!

Made a good start with…

  • Cycle at least 4,000 miles (think, I will only make 3,500 miles) – So far cycled 2,823.1
    miles.

Still to do…

  • Seeing the rest of my family.
  • Cycle 100 miles in a single ride! Done this before, but not for a long time (think that will be 2022 now).
  • Go more cycles with mates!
  • Visit many more UK railways stations (Now only if, the face mask wearing law comes back)!
  • Climb at least, two or three more mountains (think that will be 2022 now).
  • Been single for 12 years, maybe time to fix that!

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 16/10/2021

The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 17th October 2021)

Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo present the awards ceremony celebrating environmental projects working to combat climate change, and providing funding to help them achieve their goals in the next 10 years. David Attenborough speaks on the challenges these issues are designed to mitigate, and there are performances from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Yemi Alade, KSI and Shawn Mendes.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 18th October 2021)

Tim Dunn heads to Bishopstone in Sussex, a seaside station with a difference – it’s also a fortress designed to defend the nation from German attack during the Second World War.

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 18th October 2021)

A look at how millennium celebrations were tempered by a feeling across the country that New Labour hadn’t yet delivered what they promised when they first came to power in 1997. Prime minister Tony Blair decided to regroup and refocus by turning his attention to public services and aiming to put choice at the heart of reform, stepping firmly outside of the Old Labour tradition.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 18th October 2021)

Experienced designer Carl has a challenge on his hands attempting to recreate a First World War biplane as a 1/48th scale Corgi model.

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 19th October 2021)

Just off the west coast of Scotland, on the rugged Isle of Mull, the Tobermory lifeboat crew have to battle huge waves to save a 40-foot fishing boat that’s lost all power. On the Pembrokeshire coast, the crew are called out to reports of an injured fisherman onboard a Belgian trawler.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 20th October 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

Douglas Henshall returns in the detective drama. Perez attends his mother’s funeral on Fair Isle, where he begins to worry that his father is having trouble with his memory. However, when Tosh calls to inform him of a murder – the shooting of a prominent and controversial Shetlander on their doorstep in broad daylight – he rushes back to lead the investigation. Co-starring Alison O’Donnell, Mark Bonnar and Steven Robertson.

All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 21st October 2021)

As Chamberlain heads to meet with Hitler in Munich, James prepares to face his parents and give them some difficult news. Meanwhile, the prospect of a return to war acts as a timely reminder to make the most of life while you can. But James’s agenda is derailed by an emergency with the Alderson’s pregnant mare, Candy.

Secrets of the River Clyde (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 22nd October 2021)

The River Clyde is one of Britain’s most important rivers. Running from the Lowther Hills in Lanarkshire to the Irish Sea, it has been a source of wealth and a symbol of pride for Glasgow and for Scotland. Using archive footage, contemporary film and interviews, cameras reveal how the Clyde has been at the heart of British shipbuilding for more than 300 years.

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

The comedian climbs the dramatic and spectacular peaks of north Wales. She she stops off at the must-see tourist spot of the Tu Hwnt Ir Bont Tearoom, said to be the most photographed in Wales and famed for its Welsh rarebit. Moving on to Mount Snowdon, Susan climbs the magnificent peak in style, using the mountain railway.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 22nd October 2021)

Rob Bell visits Cornwall, once one of the world’s great industrial landscapes, and explores the copper mining that once dominated this peninsula. From north coast to south coast, Rob follows Cornwall’s first two railways, and discovers how the deep mines they served prompted the invention of the all-important steam engine.

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

Love my PBK Team Long Sleeve 2009 Skinsuit

Still really do love the PBK Team Long Sleeve 2009 Skinsuit, that I’ve had now for a long, long time!

PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009

PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009

PBK Team Long Sleeve Skinsuit 2009

Many more photos of this skinsuit can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/cycling/gear/pbk-team-long-sleeve-skinsuit-2009/

Middle of October 2021 most popular photos

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

Number 1 (43 views) : First time in a hot tub
First time in a hot tub

Number 2 (36 views) : Myself at Clumber Park Lodges
Myself at Clumber Park Lodges

Number 3 (28 views) : Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018

Number 4 (28 views) : Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit
Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit

Number 5 (27 views) : Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit
Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit

Love these photos? Many more at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/me/2021/

Vlog: Talking about my bike and new back light

Mainly talking about my bike and new back light (Garmin Varia Rearview Bike Radar RTL515), that I got a number of weeks ago. Also wearing my second current favourite skinsuit, which is of course the Synergy Red Cycling Skinsuit.

Love the light?!?!? Get your own one at www.wiggle.co.uk/garmin-varia-rearview-bike-radar-rtl515

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