Things I Have Learned #2

From this, it sounds like I watch a lot of TV – and I do, to be honest! While Elizabeth is napping or happy playing by herself in the daytime, I will have the TV on while I’m working, and on an evening, I tend to go up to bed before Graham and watch Amazon Prime or Netflix while working or settling Elizabeth for the night. I’ve also suffered from chronic insomnia for around a year now, so I watch stuff in the middle of the night.

The majority of the programs that I watch are documentaries. As I said in my post last week, I came across two excellent series presented by Morgan Freeman, and I devoured them in just over a week. When I’m not watching a documentary, I’m usually watching a film or series with some sort of basis in reality – The Crown and Chernobyl, for example, are some of my favourite shows.

At the end of last week, I found a series on Amazon Prime about a group of mountaineers climbing up Everest. Now, when it comes to films, my favourite sorts of films are disaster and ‘danger’ films – Vertical Limit, Everest, – you know, ‘man/woman doing something dangerous and getting stuck/lost/abandoned’ type things. Mountains tend to feature quite heavily in that genre, so I thought I’d give this series a go, and it was really fascinating. I did think that anyone could rock up and climb up Everest if they wanted to – they’d be a bit daft, but they didn’t have to pay or anything, but it turns out you have to have permission AND pay a whopping $11k royalty fee to summit the mountain!

Once I got through that series (it was only short!), I started watching a series on the horrors of Auschwitz. Now, historical stuff is absolutely my thing, particularly World War II and the holocaust. I still can’t believe that in relatively recent history, such a huge group of people was murdered in such horrific ways. I’ve read a lot and watched a lot of things about the Holocaust but I think every time you see footage of the prisoners or pictures, it brings about so many questions. How can anyone have ever thought it was ok to treat another human like that, let alone six million (or more!), humans?

Finally, and on a slightly lighter note: Despite being a football fan for a few years now, I only just found out that Premier League football clubs can’t have more than two players on loan at any one time. I was also reminded of the fact that being a Villa fan is extraordinarily stressful at times, but the less said about that, the better!

What have you learned this week?

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