STREAM AN OSCAR WINNER: PARASITE
Black comedy-thriller Parasite made history earlier this year, when it became the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture gong at the Oscars. Users of Curzon Home Cinema are now in the privileged position of being among the first people to watch it from the comfort of their sofas. A gritty social satire, Bong Joon-ho’s movie follows the struggling Kim family, as they infiltrate and ingratiate themselves with the wealthy Parks.
TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO ITALY: PASSIONE VINO
Italian off licence Passione is delivering same-day survival kits across London from its Shoreditch shop. As well as bottles of reds, whites, oranges and rosés, it can furnish city dwellers with sparkling wine selections, pasta kits, aperitivo boxes and a weekly feast delivery, which includes a three course meal plus wine pairing.
GET YOUR FITNESS FIX: FLYKICK
Flykick runs daily online classes that combine HIIT, stretch and kickboxing exercises to help tone and condition the body. Workouts last 40 minutes, and every week the team runs an exclusive class with a mood-boosting playlist. Friday’s session is dedicated to funk and soul, and bound to enhance your motivation to work up a sweat.
TRY AN INSPIRATIONAL PODCAST: THINGS WORTH FIGHTING FOR
Blaine Harrison, frontman of indie band Mystery Jets, hosts this podcast that highlights inspirational stories of strength and bravery from artists and activists who have fought adversity and now use their platform to empower others to do the same. Each of its ten episodes features a special guest and showcases a track from Mystery Jets’ new album.
MAKE YOUR TAKEAWAY AT HOME: HOMESLICE’S TAKE AND BAKE
Hip pizza chain Homeslice has made it a bit easier for fans to enjoy its signature dishes. Its Take and Bake service delivers part-baked 12” versions of their famous slices and 20” pizzas. Lucky recipients just have to whack them in their oven to finish them – or freeze for an easy midweek dinner.
EXPLORE ANOTHER CULTURE: JAPAN HOUSE LONDON
For your cultural hit this weekend, check out Japan House’s website. Take part in a manga drawing workshop, delve into a 3D virtual exhibition or just read up on Japanese culture – at a time when the Asian nation should have been prepping to host the Olympics. A well-stocked video library features panel discussions with some of Japan’s most influential artists and curators.
UNDERSTAND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN: THE NEXT FIFTY THINGS THAT MADE THE MODERN ECONOMY BY TIM HARFORD
Following up on his bestselling Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy, economist Tim Harford has highlighted another 50 items which have made formative contributions to the way we live and work today. Harford traces the game-changing impact of items from the bike to the solar panel.
SHELL OUT ON SOME SEAFOOD: LONDON SHELL CO
The London Shell Co is determined to provide customers with the freshest seafood to see them through lockdown. Stocked with a selection of fish and sides, its picnic boxes are full of ready-to-eat produce that can elevate an outdoorsy afternoon. BBQ boxes come with the likes of tuna steaks and trout to be seasoned and grilled. It delivers anywhere within the M25, making its drop-offs every Friday.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW: DOMESTICATED BY SEBASTIEN TELLIER
French musician Sebastien Tellier has just released his sixth studio album. Domesticated features eight fresh tracks with disco-style beats and electronic grooves. Mostly written at home, Tellier’s inspiration for the album was a desire to capture the magic behind household items and the mundane routine of everyday life, which feels pretty appropriate for right now. Its futuristic pop sound makes for easy, chilled-out weekend listening.
SETTLE IN FOR A FILM FESTIVAL: WE ARE ONE
The We Are One film festival comes to a close this Sunday. From Cannes to Mumbai, the ten-day online event has been curated by the teams behind some of the most renowned film festivals in the world, including Cannes, Sundance, London and Venice. Exclusively on YouTube, there are independent short movies, documentaries and feature films to dive into, as well as panel discussions featuring notable creators and artists. Films are free to stream, with a donation to Covid-19 relief efforts encouraged.
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