R U JOKING, GRANDAD BLOG 8th November 2017

We collect our grandson Rory from school Mondays and it is such an exciting time. He has a snack and then we settle down to watch Sunday night’s Blue Planet II. Although he doesn’t settle for long he is soon jumping around with excitement at what he sees.

Therefore I am not surprised it is the most watched TV programme of the year as per this report from MSN:

Let’s face it, Sir David Attenborough is basically the nation’s granddad, so it’s no surprise that Blue Planet II has been revealed as the most watched UK TV show of the year so far.

The opening episode of the Attenborough-narrated wildlife series, which is a follow up to 2001’s Blue Planet, has attracted an average of 14.1 million viewers in the week since it was first broadcast, according to The Guardian.

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This makes Blue Planet II’s premiere the most watched programme of 2017 so far, just ahead of the One Love Manchester charity concert in June, which had 11.6 million viewers.

Speaking about the show, Sir David told the BBC: “I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.”

The third episode of the seven-part series of Blue Planet II will continue next Sunday (12 November) at 8pm on BBC One.

(To me):                I sent for the Blue Planet II chart for him too and he has it as pride of place on his bedroom wall.

Thank you BBC for arranging such a special Grandad/Mamma hour for us with Blue Planet II.

I wonder if this is linked with another news item on MNS:

The UK has reported its highest levels of happiness since 2011, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics.

The well-being figures are the first to be based on a full year of data since the European Union referendum, during which the country has experienced high levels of political turmoil, including a snap election, a subsequent hung parliament, and the beginning of tense negotiations with Brussels.

Britain has also been hit by multiple terrorist attacks, beginning with the Westminster Bridge attack in London on March 22. Two months later on May 22, 22 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the Manchester Arena bombing, which became the deadliest attack on UK soil since 2005.

However, people have remained upbeat in spite of this, scoring (out of 10) 7.5 for happiness, 7.7 for life satisfaction, and 7.9 reported that they feel what they do in life is “worthwhile”. There was also no significant change in reported levels of anxiety, which scored 2.9 out of 10.

The ONS says that the improvement in happiness levels could be down to feelings of job security (employment levels are at a record high) as well as satisfaction over our own health, quality of our relationships, and our financial situation.

Interestingly, the improvements in happiness, life satisfaction, and worthwhileness were driven by England, with no changes in reported personal well-being in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Despite this, Northern Ireland continued to report the highest levels of well-being when compared with the UK average.

It’s widely predicted that the UK’s exit from the EU will negatively impact economic growth, which could compromise quality of life in the UK and Northern Ireland. However, in the early stages of the Brexit negotiations, this appears to be a small concern to the general population.

In fact, a March 2017 survey by Ipsos MORI found that 40% believed that Brexit would make no difference to their standard of living, an increase from 24% in October 2016. If anything, the population appears to be increasingly relaxed about the result of the Brexit vote as time passes.

(To me): Ok, I only say it figuratively speaking.

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“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale |



Happiness is…watching Blue Planet II together as a family



My wife is so negative. I remembered the car seat, the stroller, AND the diaper bag. Yet all she can talk about is how I forgot the baby.



Love is…wanting to give her the moon and stars



“Hallelujah I Love Her So” by Ray Charles

Highest chart position

Did not chart mainstream but wasdebut single from American musician Ray Charles.