BITS & PIECES 19th May 2021
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 19th May 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
BITS & PIECES
- YOU CAN NOW CYCLE THE LENGTH OF CORNWALL
It’s been announced that a new 150-mile cycle route is to open in Cornwall this summer. Called the West Kernow Way, it will start and end in Penzance and will take three to four days to complete. The route will pass beautiful scenery and historic sites and plenty of cream tea stops. The route is the brainchild of the Cycling UK charity who have teamed up with local landowners to make it happen.
- WET & GREY BANK HOLIDAY HELPED WIND FARMS BREAK RECORDS
The May bank holiday might not have brought us the weather we were hoping for but there has been a silver lining to the wind and rain. Thanks to the stormy, the UK’s wind farms broke a new record, generating 17.6GW of electricity. This amounts to approximately 48.5% of the grid’s total supply and is enough to boil over 3.5 million kettles.
- CHILDREN REDISCOVER JOY OF READING. In a rare silver lining to the pandemic, it has emerged that the first lockdown sparked a revival in reading in children. Last spring, 55.9% of children aged nine to 18 said they read for pleasure, up from 47.8% the year before, according to a National Literacy Trust survey. It was the first time the proportion had risen since 2016. More than half of the children surveyed said books had provided a refuge; a third said reading had raised their spirits when they were missing friends and family. The Observer.
- Idea of the week. One way to avoid burnout is to focus on our values and purpose. What we notice about what matters deeply to us shapes our mindset; directing our attention to our values and sense of purpose. This, in turn, helps us find a sense of energy and meaning, thereby living a life by design and not by accident.
- Pieres Morgan Diary Column MOS
Friday, April 23
After a rather bacchanalian dinner last night at private members’ club 5 Hertford Street, I staggered, deeply hung-over, to my local cafe for a caffeine-fuelled recovery mission.
(To convey the full horror of my condition, The Sun later ran sneak paparazzi photos of me slumped, corpse-like, at my table with the not entirely inaccurate words: ‘Piers Morgan was today hanging by a thread after enjoying a boozy night out.’)
After a few minutes, a young man approached me.
‘Excuse me, sir,’ he said in a Scandinavian accent, ‘but it is you? The TV presenter?’
I smiled and nodded. ‘It is, yes.’ He almost self-combusted with excitement.
‘I knew it! Mr Clarkson from Top Gear! It is so great to meet you, I’m a massive fan!’ My smile disappeared faster than Boris Johnson is currently deleting his text messages.
Tuesday, May 4
Half the country watched Sunday’s finale of Jed Mercurio’s brilliant Line Of Duty, and furious debate has raged ever since about whether it was a sublimely skilful ending to an enthralling series or a massively disappointing damp squib.
I’m definately (!) in the latter camp, believing that village idiot DCI Ian Buckells couldn’t plot his way out of a children’s maze, let alone be the criminal mastermind H.
But when I congratulated Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, and told her ‘I’d have preferred you to be H and go out in a hail of machine-gun fire, but it was true event TV and I loved how invested I became in it all’, she replied: ‘Glad it gave people a bit of distraction!’
And in the end, after the God-awful year we’ve all endured, isn’t that exactly what was desperately needed?
- TO ME:
As a writer wouldn’t you give almost anything to have the writing and creative ability of Jed Mercurio, the writer and creator of Line of Duty.
A bit too late for me though now I am afraid.
BACK TO OTHER PEOPLE’S BITS ‘N’ PIECES
- Bees trained to detect Covid-19
Researchers in the Netherlands have trained bees to identify samples infected with Covid. The scientists in the bio-veterinary research laboratory at Wageningen University gave the bees sugary water as a reward after showing them samples infected with Covid and no reward after being shown a non-infected sample. The bees would then spontaneously extend their tongues to receive a reward when presented with an infected sample.
- Spacecraft finds ‘hum’ beyond solar system
A spacecraft has picked up a “hum” beyond our solar system. Voyager 1, a NASA vessel that is currently 14 billion miles away from Earth, has detected the sound of the universe. Astrophysicist Stella Ocker said: “It’s very faint and monotone because it’s in a narrow frequency bandwidth.” The spacecraft records the “constant drone” of plasma.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Vatican Top 10 Albums
In February 2010, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published the Holy See list of Top 10 albums of all time. The Pope sure has some good taste in music!
- Revolver – Beatles
- If I Could Only Remember My Name – David Crosby
- The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
- Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
- The Nightfly – Donald Fagen
- Thriller – Michael Jackson
- Graceland – Paul Simon
- Achtung Baby – U2
- (What’s the Story) Morning Glory – Oasis
- Supernatural – Carlos Santana
SPECIAL DAYS CELEBRATED ON 19th May 2021
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before. – Albert Einstein
Happiness is…cycling the length of Cornwall.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Love is…round the corner
A time to listen to (What’s the Story) Morning Glory – Oasis…A time to listen to Revolver – The Beatles.
1997 “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore, premieres in the US.
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson is released in cinemas.
BOOK OF THE DAY
©2021 Phil M Robinson