Here’s your weekly round up of all things GOOD!

Community Efforts

  • One of the big community stories of the week has been the amazing work by those at the University College Isle of Man. They have been putting their classrooms and sewing equipment to good use by creating scrubs for the healthcare workers here on the island. Students, staff and volunteers have worked together to make over 250 scrubs in a variety of colours to reflect the NHS rainbow. The project made use of 1050 meters of fabric, 2457 seams and 1260 hours of hard work by everyone involved. A truly incredible effort and we couldn’t be prouder to say it happened here on the Isle of Man.

  • Since 1st May, Peter Fisher has been taking on a running challenge to raise money for the NHS. His challenge involves running 1km on the 1st, 2km on the 2nd, 3km on the 3rd etc etc. Peter, who was unfortunately the first person on the island to test positive for COVID-19, has run over 120km so far and is set to complete a whopping 496km in total. You can support Peter on his partner Tina’s JustGiving page where they have raised over £2,000 already.

  • You may remember when we told you about the Manx Netball Association’s parish walk challenge. Well after a mammoth effort from all involved the MNA announced that over £3,300 was raised for Victim Support and the Manx Solidarity Fund, far surpassing their initial target of £500! A total of 3,008 miles was collectively run by everyone involved, amounting to 35.4 parish walk equivalents. The MNA also shouted out Sophie Radcliffe, Lisa Beth Collister and Molly Christian who completed the equivalent of more than one full parish walk each. Fantastic effort from everyone there. I wonder how many parish walks I’ve done by walking from my bedroom to the kitchen?

Social Media Best Bits

  • For anyone missing being able to listen to live music I’m sure you’ve been watching all of the various artists and bands who have been hosting at home concerts on Instagram and Youtube. Chris Martin, best known for calling his child ‘Apple,’ oh and also being in Coldplay, uploaded his final ‘together at home’ concert onto Instagram this week. Chris arguably started this whole trend and started off his final ‘concert’ by singing with a couple of young violinists playing Viva La Vida. If you haven’t seen it yet then you can find the full half hour video on the @Coldplay Instagram account.

  • Harry Potter is one of the biggest book series of all time and we’ve probably all read at least one of the books or seen the movies. However, have you ever experienced it via the dulcet tones of Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne and Noma Dumezweni (the original Hermione from the HP stage show)? If your answer is no then luckily for you the Wizarding World website has been uploading chapters from the original book read by famous figures from the Harry Potter world and beyond. Also, if your answer was yes then please get in touch as I want to hear more about your clearly amazing life. The chapters can be found on wizardingworld.com or on Spotify by searching ‘Harry Potter at Home.’

Streaming Catch-Up

  • With cinemas being closed for the foreseeable future, now is the perfect time to catch up on all those movies you’ve heard are great but have never got round to. Little Women came out in December last year, which somehow feels like 5 years ago, and was nominated for several Oscars, winning one of them. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Emma Watson amongst other big names, including the internet’s current boyfriend Timothée Chalamet, and was directed by Greta Gurwig, she also did Lady Bird a few years ago. If you missed this one in the cinemas then I would highly recommend you rent or buy it from itunes or wherever else you get your movies.

  • Remember that weird Black Mirror episode where you made decisions that affected the story? Well Netflix have come out with another choose your own adventure special, this time it’s a final episode/movie of the comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, written by Tina Fey. It stars Ellie Kemper, from the Office US and Bridesmaids, as Kimmy, a woman who is about to get married when she sets off to rescue more women who have been trapped in a bunker by the creepy reverend (John Hamm) who did the same to her. Although that admittedly sounds like a depressing premise, I promise you this special is far from that. The choose your own adventure aspect means there’s plenty of extra jokes and easter eggs to be found, making it something you can definitely watch more than once in all the spare time we have now. If you haven’t watched the series then you should probably catch up first but luckily all 4 series are on Netflix now.

  • Lastly, if you’re looking for a new series to binge then look no further then Schitt’s Creek, yes you read that right. The Emmy nominated Canadian show has just released its 6th and final series on Netflix and once you get around that name it’s one of the most funny and charming things you could watch. The series follows a super rich family who are forced to move into a run down motel in ‘Schitt’s Creek’ after financial issues. You may have already seen the many memes and gifs online of Catherine O’Hara’s character Moira who is often the star of the show with her outrageously fabulous outfits and fantastic accent. Not only is the show incredibly funny but it also has some of the most well developed characters and emotional storylines of any show in the last couple years, including conversations about wealth and sexuality.

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