PICK UP FITNESS TIPS FROM FOOTBALLERS: Unity Performance Lab
Former Arsenal players Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Özil have launched an online fitness platform to help you stay motivated while you’re working out at home. Unity Performance Lab has a range of resources, from nutrition advice and online challenges to lifestyle tips you can incorporate into your everyday routine. Try the HIIT challenge now, then tune into the Core challenge on Monday 25th January for expert advice on how to strengthen your body.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: All About Bach Festival
Entertainment company Only Stage kicks off a new digital season with the All About Bach Festival this month. You can tune into a free solo concert at 5:30pm every Friday night until 5th March. The lineup features pianist Oliver Poole, violinist Charlie Siem, and a set from world-renowned composer and producer Gabriel Prokofiev. This weekend, there’s a performance of Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue by Czech pianist Jan Bartos. Each concert will be available to watch on Only Stage’s Facebook and Instagram pages, or via its YouTube channel.
CELEBRATE BURNS NIGHT AT HOME: The Gladwin Burns Night In A Box
Get a highland feast delivered straight to your door with the ultimate Burns Night box from the Gladwin Brothers in collaboration with Islay’s Bruichladdich Distillery. Each box contains a three-course menu of trout gravlax, haggis wellington with neeps and tatties, and a classic whisky and marmalade Dundee cake by Oliver Gladwin, as well as bottles of Bruichladdich whisky and The Botanist gin with Double Dutch tonic. Secure your box this weekend in time for Burns Night on Monday 25th January – boxes cost £150 for four people and are available for nationwide delivery.
LEARN FROM THE PROFESSIONALS: The Power Of Ten Podcast By Decathlon
Get lifestyle and fitness tips from some of big names in sport with this new podcast from Decathlon. In each episode, TV presenter and former Olympic skier Graham Bell is joined by a guest to chat through how they maintain healthy lifestyles and achieve balance in their lives. Interviewees so far include Strictly Come Dancing’s Aljaz Skorjanec, ex-world champion hurdler Colin Jackson, and TV presenter and model Kirsty Gallacher. There are six episodes, dropping once a fortnight – catch up on the series so far, then subscribe to never miss another one.
THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THE PANDEMIC: Hold Still Digital Exhibition
There’s still time to see the National Portrait Gallery’s Hold Still digital exhibition. Curated with the Duchess of Cambridge, the collection features 100 portraits selected from over 31,000 submissions last year. Focusing on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness – the images portray the unique and diverse experiences of people from all walks of life during the pandemic and national lockdown. Covering virtual birthday parties to keyworkers on the frontline, the images are thought provoking and poignant.
STICK THIS ON YOUR READING LIST: Under A Dark Angel's Eye By Patricia Highsmith
Whether you’re a Patricia Highsmith fan or are just on the hunt for something psychological and thrilling to get stuck into, this collection of short stories by the critically acclaimed author is a must read. Featuring two stories that have never been published, alongside favourites such as A Dangerous Hobby and A Curious Suicide, this is the most comprehensive volume of Highsmith’s shorter works yet and a worthy Sunday morning read.
HEAD ON A VIRTUAL TRIP: Airbnb Online Experiences
Meditate with a Buddhist monk in Japan, explore the sights in Singapore, or make Mexican street food with Airbnb’s online experiences. The rental platform has joined forces with a range of tourism boards, expert guides and famous faces to give users a chance to explore a bit of global culture. With hundreds of experiences to choose from, there’s something for everyone and you can filter each activity by genre. Head to the Olympian & Paralympian page for a fitness masterclass or cook alongside an award-winning chef in a virtual lesson. Experiences start from £5 per person.
TUCK INTO SOMETHING TASTY: Black Bear Burger DIY Kits
Brixton Village’s Black Bear Burger has created a DIY kit so you can enjoy its fully loaded burgers at home. Boxes serving four contain brioche buns, dry aged beef patties, oak smoked bacon rashers, American cheese, onion jam, garlic mayo and white onions. Download the cooking instructions and watch the video tutorial online to see how it’s done. If you’re in the mood for brunch instead, consider Black Bear’s breakfast muffins and house-made hash browns for a weekend treat. Kits start from £25 and can be delivered nationwide.
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