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Virtual U3A

Just because we cannot meet in person at present does not mean we have to stop learning and socialising. We have found a very large number of websites with interesting resources to keep your brains active and stimulated as well as an enormous amount of free online entertainment.

Let the Website Editor know if you have anything you think could be included. These pages are a work in progress - we now have so much information we have divided it by interest areas onto separate linked pages.

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Keep Fit

Before you get settled onto the computer how about a bit of gentle (or not so gentle) exercise? By now we have probably all heard of Joe Wicks who has been doing daily online PE sessions for the nation's children. He has a couple of 10 minute sessions specifically for older people but there are workouts for all fitness levels. All free of charge.

Alternatively you could keep fit with Mr Motivator who has joined forces with U3A for a weeklong series of exercises. Famous for his brightly coloured outfits and enthusiastic tv workouts, he has compiled a workout aimed specifically at Third Agers.

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Theatre, Opera, Music and Ballet

Check out all of these institutions which are providing free streamed content. There are plays, musicals, opera, ballet, classical concerts. Some organisations are streaming a different opera each day, others a programme of weekly plays. These opportunities will probably not be repeated so don't miss out!

And just for fun, for ballet lovers, here is a four and a half minute video of professional dancers practising in their homes, gardens and on their balconies. Opéra National de Paris has edited the sequences together and set them to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (best viewed on a small screen).

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ChatterPack

This link has just been sent to us and is amazing – a lady called Claire Ryan has compiled an incredibly long and detailed list of links to all sorts of resources including virtual tours; free online study courses in a range of subjects; geography, history, music, literature; teach yourself videos in a range of subjects; entertainment….. as well as links to resources aiming to help us maintain our mental health at this difficult time. Claire works for the NHS, with children and young people with ADHD but most of these links are of interest to everyone of all ages. Do check them out.

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Free Online Courses

There are quite literally thousands of free online courses to choose from in a vast choice of subjects. Listed here some links - have a browse through and see what takes your fancy. Have something positive to show for your weeks (months??) in isolation!

Or if you would like to listen to talks on a wide variety of subjects to stimulate the brain, you can choose from 3,400 TED Talks. This link arranges the talks into Playlists, linked by subject area.

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Art, Libraries and Museums

A wealth of this country's museum collections, as well as others around the world, can be enjoyed from the comfort of your computer chair.

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History

Some ideas for you if your interest is history.

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Science and Mathematics

If this is your interest, here are links to lectures, podcasts and videos. There are also live webcams at Edinburgh Zoo to watch. If you know of more that could be added do let the Website Editor know.

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A Bit of Fun

Get creative with photography challenges, have fun dressing up and using household objects to recreate famous paintings...or take a virtual train ride.

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Ways to Keep in Touch

Learn how to use Facebook Groups, Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram and WhyPay?