In the title of this blog, I am in fact, referring to education, or more the ability to learn. Even when doing nothing.
Yesterday, I had nothing to do, so I did nothing. I cooked a Sunday roast later in the day but I enjoy that so don’t see it as a chore. However, what I did do, is plonk myself in front of the telly to watch anything that didn’t take too much brain power to watch.
First up was a documentary on Netflix called Barca Dreams. A brilliant programme which taught me more about the political situation in Spain than any history book I’ve ever read. I will never watch an El Clasico in the same way again.
I then watched an extremely interesting film on Amazon called Death of a Gentlemen which was a look behind the scenes of a game I’ve always loved, cricket. By the end, I felt I was witnessing the birth of a new Mafia, let alone a board of control.
Up next were three programmes presented by James May, The Reassembler, again on Amazon. I watched James reassemble a 1950s lawnmower, a 1950s GPO bakelite telephone and an electric guitar. I am still trying to work out how on earth the three programmes kept me entertained? How did that work on TV?
Then I found a series where a couple had sold their home and all their possessions to begin life travelling the canals and rivers of the UK, in Britain by Narrowboat, as a last-ditch attempt to save Colin’s mental health. I was sad when series one finished and can’t wait for season 2.
It was then on to southern Italy and the Island of Sicily as wife and husband duo, Debbie & Dave, took us on a tour as they visited Perugia, Calabria before catching a ferry to Sicily.
By doing nothing, I had a wonderful day of learning new things about some things I thought I knew a lot about.
Education! It’s all around us and is the gift that keeps on giving.