Staying at home: online opportunities
Over the next uncertain period of time when many U3A activities are curtailed or postponed, the following resources may be helpful in coping with social restriction. Please send in additional material so we can include it on this page and in the next newsletter.
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And don't forget that the national U3A website (Third Age Trust) has lots of ideas.
NEW 6 July Courtauld Gallery: a virtual tour of each room of the Gallery, as it was before it temporarily closed in September 2018.
NEW 5 July Virtual garden tours: Eight tours - Kew, Giverny, Waddesdon, Wisley, Chicago, Keukenhof, Hawaii and Washington DC.
TreeTalk: A new website showing a scalable map of London trees, with a facility to create a #DailyTreeWalk (click at top right of the map).
OpenLearn: Free learning from the Open University. Click on the link for full details.
FutureLearn: A diverse range of online courses. Free access to individual courses.
Google Arts & Culture is a huge gateway to lots of on line tours of individual galleries and articles about individual artists e.g. van Gogh.
British Library: A new online exhibition of treasures, starting with celestial globes.
More opera: a daily treat from the Met in New York in the form of a whole opera.
Glyndebourne: A taster of Dialogues des Carmélites which was scheduled for May-July this summer but has now been cancelled. The taster will give you a feel for what is a very powerful opera.
Contract bridge: No Fear Bridge and Lovebridge both recommended. Both require a subscription but are worth it. Stocken Bridge and Andrew Robson are both offering free weekly or more often zoom sessions.
The show must go online: reading of Shakespeare online.
Curzon Home Cinema: you pay a little for this but it is current films.
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall: This gets you into free concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic. Click on voucher code to activate.
London Symphony Orchestra: The LSO are running free live concerts on YouTube every Thursday and Sunday at 7.30. The programmes look excellent.
The National Theatre has closed until 31 August, but each Thursday is showing National Theatre Live productions online, free to stream on YouTube for seven days.
Sam Harris: Podcasts from a controversial thinker/philosopher thinker. Might be a good start for a philosophical chat online.
COVID-19 RSB bulletin: Good quality scientific material from the Royal Society of Biology.
Future Learn: Another site offering a course on COVID-19 put together by the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. This should be good accurate up-to-date science
The Open University offers many free online courses.
Babbel: An excellent website for learning one of 14 languages.
Pub quizzes: a site listing online pub quizzes currently running.
Italian crosswords: A website successfully used by the Italian Improvers Group (they use Level 3, the most advanced!).