Greeting to everyone in the Benefice from Cherhill WI
The WI Committee, (with particular thanks to Hazel Hylands), put together this list of activities, resources and events that are available online that you might be interested in, and which you may want to try. Just to help keep you going in these days of lock-down and social isolation.
We send our good wishes to everyone at this difficult and challenging time.
Feeding time at Edinburgh Zoo is streamed live https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam
and also the webcam of the Peregrine falcons on the spire of Salisbury cathedral.
Don’t know your Purcell from your Puccini? Now could be a great time to bone up on some high culture, with the New York MET Opera streaming live nightly operas straight to your home for free. (www.metopera.org)
If you want to reduce your screen time, audio-book service Audible (https://stories.audible.com/discovery ) has lots of free stories available, which can all be streamed from a laptop or smartphone while you’re doing other bits and bobs. They’re also giving away hundreds of kids’ books while schools are closed, and you don’t even need an account to listen to them.
Physical travel may be off the cards for now, but you can still feed your wanderlust virtually. Some of the world’s greatest museums offer free online tours, including:
British Museum,(https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com )
The Louvre,( https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs )
The Smithsonian (https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour) and
The Vatican,( http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html )
Look Up London allows you to take to the streets on a virtual guided walk (http://lookup.london/live) through a selection of historic London locations with a Blue Badge Guide.
If you’re yearning for the great outdoors, you can visit some of the world’s most magnificent national parks (https://www.travelzoo.com/blog/the-best-national-parks-to-visit-virtually/?utm_source=newsflash_us&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2871550_html_-_deal%3a2871550&utm_content=2871550&ec=0&dlinkId=2871550) through your computer with Google Arts and Culture You can also bring exotic animals like snow leopards into your living room with a selection of live video streams from Australian zoos.( https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house/ )
And, no matter what’s going on outside, it is still possible to see for millions of miles with your own eyes. Put on some warm clothes, fill a flask, and grab your binoculars or telescope, then head to a garden or balcony to look at the night sky. Even if you have no prior knowledge of astronomy, with apps like the free Night Sky (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/night-sky/id475772902) you can just point your phone towards a celestial object to discover exactly what you’re looking at.
For families with kids, the (https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub) is a must. Every day, qualified teachers upload new lessons and activity ideas to help you get involved with learning and create a new routine.
Whether you’re a regular gym bunny, or Twinkl Home Learning Hub simply at risk of going stir crazy if you don’t channel some energy into exercise, now may be the time to take an online fitness class. There are plenty of free options to help you stay in shape, including ,(https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 ) fitness coach Joe Wicks’s YouTube channel. Joe is the nation’s self-proclaimed PE teacher, and his channel is full of free exercises you can do at home, with no equipment needed.
Les Mills (https://www.lesmills.com/uk/ondemand/) has a free trial on more than 800 online workouts, or you could take advantage of a free trial of yoga, Pilates and meditation classes at Glo.( https://www.glo.com/) The YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene (https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene) is another source of free yoga videos for all levels.
And to help you wind down at the end of the day, the mental health app Headspace (https://www.headspace.com/sleep/sleepcasts) has a selection of ambient “sleepcasts” designed to help you drift off to sleep — a soothing voice will transport you to a quiet campfire in the desert or a sleepy cottage by the beach, creating the perfect conditions to put your mind to rest. The app also has a range of tailored meditation courses,( https://www.headspace.com/covid-19 ) free for everyone, designed to support your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Coming soon:- Six major RSC productions will be available on BBC Four and iPlayer as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine project, including Macbeth with Christopher Eccleston. The project also includes the BAC Beatbox Academy’s brilliant rap reworking of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (How to Make a Monster), the Almeida production of Mike Bartlett’s masterly Albion, and Wise Children (Angela Carter’s love letter to theatre, staged by Emma Rice at the Old Vic).
A welcome chance to see the Barn’s pacy, modern, clear-spoken assault on Shakespeare’s most rousingly martial history play. 6pm, Barn Theatre, Cirencester’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts; http://barntheatre.org.uk/; free (options to donate)
The National has announced that from next Thursday – April 2 – it will be launching National Theatre at Home, enabling audiences around the world to stream NT Live productions for free via YouTube – beginning with One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden.
It’s been the toughest start to the year for the Original Theatre Company, which was touring two big new productions: a tragicomic classic by Alan Bennett, The Habit of Art, imagining a meeting between Benjamin Britten (David Yelland) and WH Auden (Matthew Kelly) after 20 years apart, and a new thriller by Ali Milles called The Croft.
The former has already gone live and is today joined by the latter – set in an old crofter’s hut in the Scottish Highlands and centring on a weekend away for two women that gets rapidly darker. You can watch both for as little as £5, though the more you donate, the better the chances of those involved getting fair remuneration. From 7.30pm, http://originaltheatreonline.com/ £5 and up
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