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#Friday 13.0: My new therapeutic pass time

Each week I will (try and) share a small segment of something useful I learnt. While this is for my own amusement I hope it resonates with my lovely readers.

The journey thus far

                  There are certain household activities from which I get a very therapeutic kick out of.  But to name a few: (1) Hoovering: I’ve always loved hovering around the house. During my teenage years mum nominated me to take up that activity full time.  To this day adamant that it was my diligent approach to it, rather then being an easy target that won me this accolade. (2) Washing up: I only ever started using a dish washer after I got married some 19 years ago.  Before that time I’d happily help my parents with washing up, ensuring each dish was sparkling clean.  Today, while majority of the cutlery can be shoved in thy dishwasher, I still love scrubbing those pots and pans to make sure every inch of the area is spotless.  (3) Ironing: My therapeutic connection is not so strong anymore with this one. There was time when I would iron my clothes for the entire week on a Sunday evening, gliding across while listening to music. 
                    Earlier in the week my mum came around to see the kids, and being off work, also wanted to teach my wife how to make Samosas from scratch. All changed…… 

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#Friday 12.0: Chained, gardengate and confused

Each week I will (try and) share a small segment of something useful I learnt. While this is for my own amusement I hope it resonates with my lovely readers.

Chained

                  My alarm went beep beep at 5.30am Sunday morning and I scrambled out of bed to get into my cycling gear. My better half had already warned me to deactivate the alarm for weekends, but once again I ignored the friendly advice. After some cereal and a cup of tea (I sense some cyclists shaking their heads), I was out of the house, determined to notch up some serious miles.
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#Friday 11.0: 19 Years of bliss with a Tang and Coffee Shop

Each week I will (try and) share a small segment of something useful I learnt. While this is for my own amusement I hope it resonates with my lovely readers.

                  This week marked 19 years of marriage for my better half and I.  Rest assure I won’t get too cheesy, if at all so don’t reach for those bags yet!  We always take annual leave for anniversaries (AniV) and birthdays.  In December we had planned to drop the kids off at school on the morning of our AniV and head to London for lunch at The Ritz.  We’d never been before so were looking forward to it, however mysterious viruses were afloat to scupper plans.

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#Friday 10.0: Repetition is key to combating lockdown woes

Each week I will (try and) share a small segment of something useful I learnt. While this is for my own amusement I hope it resonates with my lovely readers.

                 Every now and then, I’ll pick a podcast to listen to which may not fall into my general area of interest.  So this week, I subscribed to one called The Secret Life of PrisonsIt’s a mini series in which a group of guests talk about their prison experiences, from arrival to survival, through to release.
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#Friday 9.0: Playing traditional board games online could be a permanent feature 

Each week I will (try and) share a small segment of something useful I learnt. While this is for my own amusement I hope it resonates with my lovely readers.

Playing traditional board games online could be a permanent feature 

                 In the early days of lockdown (sounds like the start of a dystopian movie) there were quite a few of us that took to using the house party phone app. With this app you can video talk to friends and family, and play the in-built games with each other.  It lasted a while in our household but then fizzled out. 
                  I did mention somewhere in a previous post that over the years we’d collated quite a few board games.  Recently, through an app called Zoom (for video conferencing) we have been engaged in board games with quite a few friends and family.  The one that’s been the most prominent is a game called Blockbusters.  If you’re in the UK and a kid growing up in the 80s and 90s then you’ll remember this very well (game show started in the US with the same name).  In the UK it was hosted by the legend Bob Holness.
                  It was a game show built on general knowledge with two teams pitting against each other.  One team had two contestants and the other team had one contestant. The board was simple.  Pick a letter, answer the question right and make your way across the board.  Single player always played vertically, two player team playing horizontally. 
                  Whatever the future holds for this lockdown, one thing is for sure; I can see us playing traditional board games more often with friends and family this way.  In the future we may not be able to just pop over to each other’s houses just like that.  However we can still engage with tools we never used in the past in ways we wouldn’t have considered. Long live board games! 

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Blockbusters screen which the board game adapts with cards

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