South East U3A Region

Ideas to keep you busy in isolation

Here are a few ideas from U3A that you may like to use whilst you are in isolation. They include a wide range of topics and there may be one for you.

Art:
The Arts Society
https://theartssociety.org/arts-news-features/arts-society-connected.

The Art of France
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08cgqc3

BBC Four - Age of the Image
Documentary series in which art historian James Fox explores how the power of images has transformed the modern world. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fzmc

BBC Four - The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak
Documentary series in which Waldemar Januszczak sets out to uncover the secret meanings hidden in four famous paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Seurat ...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gg2c

Van Eyck
Video-tour Tourism Flanders filmed a guided tour of the exhibition for the series “The Stay At Home Museum”. Till-Holger Borchert, Director Museums Bruges and one of the […]
https://vaneyck2020.be/en/van-eyck-from-home/

The Monuments Men - Visit Bruges
The film is based on a true story. The MFAA - the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section - was founded by President F.D. Roosevelt. It became known by the nickname 'The monuments men'.
https://www.visitbruges.be/the-monuments-men-7

Why not enter the new national creative arts competition for over 70s stuck at home because of corona-virus. www.kinglearprizes.org.uk

Music: The Royal Opera House is showing various ballets over the coming weeks, and similarly the Metropolitan Opera House is as well: www.metopera.org You have to register, but it’s all free of charge.

The Berlin Philharmoniker digital concert hall is offering a month of free concerts www.digitalconcerthall.com
Showcasing the Nation’s oil paintings and sculpture is: www.artuk.org

Lectures: www.gresham.ac.uk has a wide variety of lectures. Prof Chris Whitty has given regular lectures including one on pandemics in 2018 !!

Exercise: Age UK home exercises: www.generationgames.org.uk
NHS home exercises: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/
NHS 10 minute workout www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts/
Sport England www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout
This Girl Can www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/home-exercise/

Birdwatching: The RSPB has begun a daily 'lockdown' Breakfast Birdwatch, with everyone welcome to take part. It takes place daily between 8 am and 9 am. Find BreakfastBirdwatch on Facebook.

Artists: There’s free Portrait Drawing every Sunday 2-3 pm at
https://rawumberstudios.com/online-portrait-drawing/
Artists Network live streamings www.artistsnetwork.com/drawing-together-live-video-streams/
For you Art History buffs there’s Recreate Famous Paintings At Home www.sadanduseless.com/recreated-art

RNIB: Connect Radio is on Freeview 730 and online at https://rnibconnectradio.org.uk/
“Tune in every weekday for a new episode of our unabridged Talking Book, or catch up online. New episodes every Monday - Friday at 2pm, or if you prefer a book at bedtime it's repeated every night at 10pm” Online catchup is at https://insightradio.co.uk/talking-books.html
At the moment the Talking Book is Little Women. The previous book, Sleepy Hollow by Agatha Christie is still available online.

History: For history-minded members you might would be interested in taking part in valuable and genuine research – Rainfall Rescue www.zooniverse.org/projects/edh/rainfall-rescue
“You will be shown images of rainfall data that have not yet been digitised and asked to transcribe the values and locations. The aim is to better understand wet, dry and normal periods in our history and help water companies plan for every eventuality ..... project is 38% completed so be quick to join in and make a valuable contribution!”

Live safari is streamed twice daily on YouTube or can be watched on the web at: https://wildearth.tv

U3A Facebook
If you haven't already, why not like us on Facebook for more national updates. You can also share our posts and tweets to help spread the message to your friends outside U3A.
https://www.facebook.com/u3auk

U3A Group Leaders
Why not venture into the land of virtual meetings to bring your group members together.
Here is an easy to understand leaflet You Can Do It which will help you to get started.

U3A Quiz
Every week there will be a quiz on the U3A website with answers the following week. Take a look....
https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/weekly-quiz