Saturday, 23rd June 2018
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WINTER OLYMPICS

Luge, Skeleton, Bobsleigh, Biathlon, Curling, Speed

Skating, Mass Start, Half Pipe, Big Air, Ice Skating, Dance Skating.....all of these and more are sports that we really only get to see and enjoy every four years but even though we are sort of ignorant about the technicalities of the individual sports within half an hour of watching them we are like experts, listening to the commentaries and assessing all of the sportsmen and women as they try their hardest to compete to be the very best in the world and to enter the history books. PyeongChang has been a wonderful 17 days of sports for those who wouldn't even go outside the door if the forecast said there might be a slight chance of frost. But to see the sportsmen and women give their all in trying to beat the rest of the world in their individual sports is truly a wonderful thing, considering all the hard work and training that has gone into the years leading up to the games in South Korea. One of the interesting things is the way in which these sports are very much a youth affair. In the Summer

Olympics we are used to one or two young people beating off the rest of the pack to become number one but in the Winter Olympics there are in some sports only all young people and if you're in you're mid twenties you're almost considered a veteran of the sport and over the hill, particularly now with prodigies such as the Russian athletes in skating and the New Zealander Nico Porteous in skating half pipe. It is amazing to see people like them and Russia's Boldunov win medals in every discipline that he entered in the track events. Overall though what is great to see is the enthusiasm of all of the athletes that took part in these games, the passion that they bring to an event that only happens once every four years and is always pushing the boundaries of what man and woman can achieve in the field of sport.

YELLOWSTONE PARK

This documentary series fronted by Kate Humble travelled to the famous Yellowstone Park to look into how climate change was affecting the plants but mainly the wildlife of the area from the most iconic animals like bears and wolves to snowy owls and beavers. The upshot of all of the studies that are being done in the area is that there is a significant impact in terms of climate change on the animals that live in the region and that they are having to try and change their lifestyle patterns in an attempt to keep up with the evolving climate changes. It was interesting to see all of the science behind what is happening on the ground in Yellowstone but the conclusions that they came to were pretty self explanatory and will take a larger amount of time to fully understand just how much or how little the overall lives of animals in Yellowstone Park will have to change in order to keep up with climate change in the region.

24 HOURS IN A&E

Filmed in the emergency department of St.George's Hospital in London and following several stories over a 24 hour period the programme is one of those shows that you'll either love or hate.

Love because it is true life or hate because paradoxically it is true life as well and all the blood, pain and discomfort that you see on screen is actually happening to real people in real situations. This week the main story was about a man who lost four fingers in a work place related accident. One of the best things about this show is the manner in which they draw the person's story out over the hour period that the programme runs for. In other words you don't get everything all at once. There is minimal narration and much of a person's story is actually told by their family and friends with the person themselves only being interviewed after the fact right at the end of the programme. In the case of the young man with four fingers missing three of them were brought to the hospital with him because they couldn't find the fourth. He had great care but naturally enough as you might expect was in a lot of pain and every time that a specialist came to see him the bandages had to be removed and the hand checked again to see if it were possible to reattach the missing fingers. In the end even though he had to undergo a two hour operation they weren't able to reattach the fingers that were cut off.

The show ended up with a scene of him and his girlfriend at home getting on with their everyday lives. Sometimes it can be difficult watching this show as when they interview family and friends all that they talk about are their various experiences with hospitals which can end up being quite a litany of misery and despair. On the whole though the interviews are quite finely judged and add a lot to the story of a person's stay in the hospital and gives a more rounded picture of the individual.

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