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While we're spending a little extra time at home, I thought you might like to try out something new, or revisit past passions.  Do let us know if you have any other suggestions...

The Hub Weekly Quiz - Just for fun!  If you're not already receiving our emails, please contact me and we can add you on to the list.  Quiz is being sent out on Fridays, answers to be submitted by Monday morning.

Podcasts - What even is a podcast?  Simply put: a podcast is an audio programme, just like Talk Radio, but you can subscribe to it on your smartphone and listen to it whenever you like.  If you don't have a smartphone, you can listen to them via your tablet or computer.  They cover a massive range of topics, so you'll definitely be able to find something that speaks to you.

 

Getting into podcasts can be a bit of a minefield as there are so many out there!  Here is a great list covering topics for almost everyone. If nothing in here takes your fancy, have a Google and I'm sure you'll find something you like. 

30 Day Sketchbook Challenge - If you've been waiting for inspiration to strike, then look no further than the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge. You don't need any prior experience, just a pen/cil and some paper, or whatever medium you like!

If you would like to have a go at this but don't have any materials at home, please let us know and we can work out how to get something to you.  I had a go on the 2020 challenge and really enjoyed it. If you do participate, please send us photos of your creations!

Audiobooks - A great alternative to sitting down with a book, have someone read it to you.  

If you're a member of the Port Erin library you can get access to uLibrary 

If you're a member of the Castletown library you can access audiobooks via the HBN library. You will need your Castletown library membership details to register with HBN library if you haven't already.

 

There are lots of other audiobook services online, and lots of them offer a 30-day free trial - just don't forget to cancel if you don't want to pay after your free trial.

 

Here are some other audiobook services;

Audible - 30 days free, then £7.99 per month

Audiobooks - 30 days free, then $14.95 USD per month

Take in some culture - Just because we're staying put, doesn't mean we can't go on some amazing virtual visits.

Visit MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Tour the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

Enjoy the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Pop into The Tate, London, England

Travel back in time at The British Museum

If you’re still looking for more galleries or museums to visit, Google’s arts and culture collection has virtual tours of 500 top attractions around the world, including national galleries from around the world, individual artist museums, and even the Eiffel Tower. 

Books of the occult - If you prefer something a little different, then have a look at what the Ritman Library has to offer - over 1600 occult books have now been digitised and are available to view online.  More information on what is available can be found here. Or you can jump straight over to see what they've got here.

Get active - While you may not be wanting to get out and about at the moment, particularly while the weather isn't the nicest, it's still important to keep ourselves moving.  It's good for our physical and mental wellbeing.  As with any new physical activity, don't do too much in one go.  If it's been a while since you did any exercise, take it easy and have a go at what feels comfortable to you.  Please also read through the introduction on each page before starting any new exercises.

Chair based exercises

Flexibility exercises

Balance exercises

Strength exercises

Films of the decade - Check out these "Top 10" films of the decade.  What do you think, were they all that? Are there some you've never got round to watching?  Dig it out of the cupboard, or find it online, get cosy on the sofa and take yourself back...

Films of the 1950s 

Films of the 1960s

Films of the 1970s

Films of the 1980s

Films of the 1990s

Films of the 2000s

Films of the 2010s

Music memories - Music makes up a big part of our lives and our memories.  Turn up the volume, get your dancing shoes on, and have yourself a boogey...

Music by decade

Music of the 1950s

Music of the 1960s

Music of the 1970s

Music of the 1980s

Music of the 1990s

Game online - While we can't physically get together to play our favourite games, we can still play with friends online.  Our regular group games are all available on the following links.  If you'd be interested in getting online with other people who meet at The Hub to play, please get in touch and I can try to get you all together.  

Mahjong

Bridge

Chess

Rummikub

All of these games are free to play on Tabletopia too!  

And when you're getting online to play with friends, it's probably a good idea to set up a video/voice call at the same time, so you can chat, discuss the scoring, commiserate the losers, congratulate the winners, and have a good old catch up.  Here are a few good options:

  • Skype

  • Zoom

  • Microsoft Teams

  • FaceTime - only if you're all using Apple gizmos

  • Facebook Messenger - you'll need to be registered on Facebook for this one

Thanks to FutureLearn for some of these ideas

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