5 Friyays: November 8

5 Friyays: November 8

Hey all! It’s Dr. Erin here with my 5 Friyays. The clocks have turned and the days are getting shorter and I feel like Christmas is coming tomorrow. Or a few weeks ago if you ask the Hallmark Channel (don’t miss our coverage of Hallmark Christmas movies). Seriously though, can someone tell me where 2019 went? Moving on, I’ve got a mixed bag for my Friyays this week, but I promise I’ll end with some Christmas joy.

HIA Legislation in Northern Ireland

The week started with some wonderful news from my adopted home province of Northern Ireland. Late Tuesday, in the last action before the Parliament resolved for the new election, the UK Parliament passed a bill ensuring compensation for victims and survivors of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland. Any form of recognition, support, and justice has been a long time coming for the horrors outlined in the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry and report (2017) – especially with Northern Ireland’s non-functioning government. This was truly wonderful news and automatically became the first item on my Friday list.

The Greatest TV Crossover – Possibly Ever

Just when I sat down to write my Friyays, I came across a tweet from the actress Nicola Coughlan (Derry Girls) announcing that the Derry Girls would be appearing on the Great British Bake Off (or Baking Show for those fans in America) on a special New Years Day episode. I’ve included the announcement to the left of this text and I cannot tell you how loudly I screamed. If you don’t already know the joy of Bake Off, or Derry Girls, they are both on Netflix. I cannot recommend them both highly enough, so this will surely be a joyous occasion. I haven’t been watching GBBO since it moved from the BBC to Channel 4, but I will make an exception for these humans.


It’s Time for Pittsburgh Dad

Those of you that follow my Friyays will know I am an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. If you know that, you’ll also know that we had a horrible (0-3) start to the season, so there wasn’t much to root for. We’ve won 4 of 5 games since and somehow managed to scrape a win from the Colts on Sunday. All this means it’s actually been fun to watch Pittsburgh Dad again and his most recent video chocked full of lols.

Indigenous Representation in Museums

File this Friyay under very important food for thought. If you’ve been following our social media lately, you’ll know we’re celebrating Native American Heritage Month during November. This week I came across this article by Joseph M. Pierce about the manipulation, abuse, and erasure of Native and Indigenous histories, cultures, and cultural objects by American museums. If you haven’t given thought recently to how these Indigenous groups are represented in your local museum, it’s time to ask some serious questions – especially if they have human remains or ancestral objects in their collection.

Christmas is the time for Romance

I’ve already linked to our coverage of Hallmark Christmas Movies above, but if you don’t already know, Dr. Kristen and I spend a lot of time watching movies with HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) to get us through the dark hours of Winter. We’ve been skeptically waiting for the release of the promising looking “Last Christmas” starring two of our favorites Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. Well. We learned this week that the movie isn’t quite what it seems (Spoiler Warning – you can find out what happens here). So I’ve turned to another Christmas movie I heard about this week for my guaranteed Christmas joy and HEA. Apparently, Vanessa Hudgens is Netflix’s new star for Christmas romance movies and I’m here for it. I give you ‘The Knight Before Christmas’ which looks like a similar reboot to the early 2000s classic ‘Kate and Leopold.’ We’ve got time travel, chivalry, romance, and Christmas, kids … what more could you want?

That’s my Friyays for the week that was. Join Dr. Kristen next week to see what she’s been keeping her eye on. Have a great weekend, everyone!



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