Valentine chat with soul legends The Brand New Heavies ahead of their online gig on 14 February 2021

Feb 08 2021

In seven months I have had two fun chats with single dad Simon Bartholomew, the undisputed Funk Guitar master and member of multi-platinum UK soul legends The Brand New Heavies. We covered so many topics including single parenting life in isolation, home-schooling during lockdown, his new 30th Anniversary Funk EP going back to the band’s roots and his upcoming live gig in Global Stream from Jazz Cafe London on Valentine’s day (Sunday 14 February 20:00 UK, 21:00 CET, 15:00 EST – Tickets £20 available from www.streamzy.co.uk and the Jazz Cafe London website). 

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The Ocean Conservation Trust provides free online lessons on aquatic life to school kids

Jan 23 2021

New free online lessons for kids to assist parents with home learning are landing my inbox every day.  A series that has caught my eyes, in particular, is the one run by The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, an initiative of the Ocean Conservation Trust. These weekly live lessons will providing a chance for children, parents and teachers to gain some of the wellbeing benefits that have been proven to come from watching aquatic life. 

Every Friday during lockdown, viewers will be able to tune in to two special shows on the aquarium’s Youtube channel.

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London’s Largest Parks for Social Distancing in Lockdown 3.0

Jan 21 2021

With the UK currently in a third national lockdown, alert level 5 has resorted us to stricter social distancing rules and we are only advised to leave the house once a day for exercise. Parks are the only thing that seem to keep us sane at the moment. Whilst the R rate across the UK is between 1.2 to 1.3 based on the latest data, it seems London’s R rate has dropped to a best estimate of 0.9 to 1.2, suggesting the virus may be slowing across the capital.

To help London prevent any further spread, researchers at Essential Living have crunched the numbers to reveal how many people can visit London’s biggest parks, whilst still adhering to social distancing. Taking the Ordnance Survey list of biggest parks, we extracted the six largest within Greater London and calculated how many visitors could occupy the parks whilst also maintaining the two metre social distancing rule.

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