Hello!

If you are finding it a bit frustrating to occupy yourself during this isolation period then here are some things which might help. Keeping ourselves occupied is one of the best ways to get through this and we are truly fortunate in these times to have so many things at our disposal at the click of a mouse.

Firstly, though, I would like to start with something practical. There’s no doubt that some of us are finding this situation more difficult than others, and being stuck at home with no means of getting what we need can be a very frightening situation. So, if you can, take a look around and see if someone needs help. I fully appreciate that you cannot make close contact and therefore do much in any direct sense. Which brings be to my first item:

Community Action (IOW) are offering support to people who are isolated and cannot get help during the crisis. If you are having trouble getting food or medicines (or you know someone who might be) contact them on

01983 823 600

or visit the website:

https://www.communityactionisleofwight.org.uk/covid-volunteer-support/

(If you are able to offer voluntary support to Community Action then please get in touch)

Also, if you think someone may be isolated and alone, try this: Write (or print) “Please Help” in large letters on a sheet of A4. On the other side write a little note with instructions to hang it in their front window if they are in trouble. Then then pop it through their letterbox with a bit of blu-tack or some sellotape.

OK, let’s get onto some lighter stuff. Now that you’ve got time on your hands (and the old man’s busy doing all those little jobs) you need something to fill your time. So here are a few websites to keep the boredom at bay and the tedium to a minimum. Just look! You can:

ANSWER STUFF!

Fancy an online quiz? Fill your boots!

https://www.funquizzes.uk/

https://www.sporcle.com/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/quizzes

SOLVE STUFF!

Get logical! Great for keeping the kids quiet.

https://www.brain-games.co.uk/

https://www.addictinggames.com/puzzle-games/index.jsp

https://www.learn4good.com/games/puzzle.htm

LEARN STUFF!

Do a course in something you’ve never tried before. I did a course in telescopes once. Never looked back.

https://www.thoughtco.com/ (easy general interest)

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/

https://www.learndirect.com/

TEACH STUFF!

Got to keep the kids’ lessons up to date? Here’s some help:

http://www.atschool.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6x992p

http://www.cyberkidzgames.com/cyberkidz/free-online-educational-kids-games.php

WATCH STUFF!

As if you need any encouragement. All these channel sites offer online streaming:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

https://www.itv.com/

https://www.channel4.com/

https://www.my5.tv/

https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/

https://www.netflix.com/ (Pay channel)

BUY STUFF!

Don’t forget to give your Postie plenty of room when they deliver!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

https://www.gumtree.com/

https://www.finder.com/online-shopping

YOU TUBE STUFF!

There’s everything here. What do you want to know about…?

https://www.youtube.com/

So there you go. 23 websites to keep you occupied while you enjoy Boris’s kind offer of an extended break. Stay in. And stay safe. We’ll be through this before too long, and then we’re going to have the Coffee Afternoon to end all Coffee Afternoons. Bunfight!

Good luck!

Chris.

Brian McGowan