Life continues to remain restricted due to the COVID-19 crisis. And, alongside the various updates we have been publishing on financial markets, we have a list of new things you might want to try.
This is possible because businesses and cultural organisations have had to adapt to the lockdowns. So, here is the list that we pulled together (and kept updated) on a variety of topics including culture, education, home, and well-being.
|Ballet and opera|
The London-based Royal Opera House may have physically closed its doors to its ballet and opera performances, but instead is offering a free programme online. Stream the following productions live or on demand for a two week period via its YouTube channel, all starting at 7pm BST:
New York-based, The Met Opera’s ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’ continue to be first streamed each night at 7:30pm EDT (11.30pm BST) and remain available via their homepage for 23 hours. The on-demand service is free for a 7-day trial, before you need to pay, although the subscription service then makes their full library of performances. You can also rent individual performances. Coming up for a global audience are:
Meanwhile, if watching isn’t sufficient, the English National Ballet has a catalogue of classes for fans to join in from home.
If the West End stage is more your scene, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production company is streaming a performance each week for the foreseeable future. This week sees The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musical classic. Watch the show here from 7pm BST on Friday 22 May 2020. The recording is only available for 48 hours, and just 24 hours in the UK, and due to copyright restrictions is not available in Asia, Latin America or the US, but highlights of the performance and many other iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber hits can be found on the YouTube channel.
The National Theatre in London broadcasts a play every Thursday on its YouTube channel. The videos are available to stream for a week after they launch. The current line-up is:
Meanwhile, Sir Patrick Stewart remains popular for the Shakespearean sonnet videos he’s posted on his Twitter feed, which you can follow or access via the #ASonnetADay hashtag.
Some lighthearted relief from a variety of comedians is also available here.
For a ‘fix’ of art and culture, famous museums around the world are offering virtual tours of their galleries. Here’s our list to get you started:
Many more tourist sites can be found by clicking here.
Last, but not least, Marquee TV, the arts and culture streaming platform, has extended its trial period to 30 days, giving free access to a huge array of theatre and ballet productions.
In an article by Rebecca Cretney, we highlighted the role that fear plays in investors’ reactions to market volatility. If you wanted to find out more about the behavioural biases that you may be prone to, you can download the BEAM – Self Awareness mobile app for free on the Apple store. The android version is due out later this year, and you can find more details about the project here.
The enormous digital library, Scribd, has made all of its content free for 30 days if you sign up to the site.
Always fancied attending an Ivy League university class? Well now you can, with a wide variety of online courses available here.
Also offering courses from multiple institutions is FutureLearn, which enables you to join a large number of free courses through to full degree programmes.
Internationally known for its programs that help people study while working, the UK’s Open University also offers a long list of nearly 1,000 free classes to attend across eight disciplines.
|Cookery||The closure of restaurants and cancellation of supper clubs around the world has prompted an onslaught of content on Instagram. Our favourites are Samin Nosrat of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat fame, and Raymond Blanc who started his Instagram TV lessons during the lockdown, but the world really is your oyster, even if you cannot get hold of flour.|
|Crafts||Search either Instagram or Twitter for #quarantinecrafts and #coronacrafts, and you’ll soon find a host of crafts for you to create, no matter what your level of skill. One site that caught our eye was The Spruce Craft’s origami section to help you create animals, flowers or geometric 3D creations.|
This last week has seen the RHS Chelsea Flower Show move online. The show, which has been held every year from 1913, apart from during the two world wars, was instead held as a virtual event. Visit the site to see short videos from a host of experts, and insights from previous shows.
If that whets your appetite, there are a host of other online options to help encourage green fingers. The UK National Garden Scheme gives us virtual tours given no one can tour the private gardens usually available physically via this link and which includes Alan Titchmarsh’s garden, while more gardens can be seen virtually via The English Garden magazine site. Instagram sees Gardener’s World regulars, such as Carol Klein (@the_carol_klein) and Adam Frost @adamfrostdesign), regularly feature how-to videos. Meanwhile, there are also a number of vegetable growing gardening tips from ITV’s David Domoney available here.
|Fitness||It’s no secret that Joe Wicks has become known as the UK’s PE teacher via his YouTube channel – bagging the Guinness World Record for the most watched fitness workout. But Joe hasn’t been the only one to spread the word on staying active. There are also daily workouts from other fitness fanatics, such as Mr Motivator, and a host of others providing either daily sessions on Instagram or YouTube, or showcasing more focused sessions on the providers’ websites.|
|Mental health||We flagged FutureLearn earlier, but wanted to provide a link to three courses that focus specifically on mental wellbeing at a time when everyone is seeing their day-to-day life disrupted.|
We will almost certainly have missed a number of activities, and will update this page on a weekly basis. So please, share any activity you have been enjoying by email, and we will include your suggestion (anonymously of course) in our next update at the end of next week.