Week 62: Terrestrial TV

15th March 2021

An emotional roller-coaster of a week. It started so innocently watching the Harry and Megan interview with Oprah. It was sad to hear about the racist and toxic masculine attitudes of the royal household. It was refreshing though watching someone so openly calling the UK press the racist institution that it is.

The week took an emotional dive with the news of a death in the family. It had me questioning my own and others mortality. Life is so finite. Are we living the best life we can? Do we have the right work-life balance?

While there is hope in the air at signs the world can start to reopen now there is a vaccine, it’s going to be a very different world, a chance to define a new normal, what normal do I want?

Then on Thursday our internet went down for 48 hours. One of the perils of having a smart house is it’s often not so smart when the internet dies. While cooking me shouting “Okay Google, set a timer for 20 minutes” and “Okay Google, add rice to shopping list” went ignored. Dimming the lights after dinner was impossible.

We also couldn’t stream any music while cooking, and had to watch terrestrial TV. We ended up watching this episode of Amazing Hotels which was a surprisingly interesting look at the hotel in the Shard. Filmed during COVID they even showed how the air conditioning works in the sealed building, and how the buildings windows take 3 months to clean so is being constantly cleaned to ensure each widow is cleaned 4 times a year.

For the second night we did at least manage to use the DVR in the Sky box to record something to watch at our own start point. Thankfully the internet is now back and I can once again ask Google to make the flat warmer.

This weekend we borrowed a pressure washer to clean the patio and some fence panels. Pressure washing, it turns out, has the best instant gratification. You can easily see the clean edges where dirt has been removed.