The team here at anyExcuse created anyExcuse’s no excuses guide with the aim of giving everyone a mastersheet packed full of different things to do while in isolation. With lockdown now firmly in place with stricter restrictions we have decided to do a weekly roundup of our top picks from each category! If you haven’t seen the guide yet you can check it out here
TV Show -Outer Banks
Details – Netflix, 1 Season
If you’re looking for a show that is pure escapism then this is the one for you! It follows a group of teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks in the outer banks of North Carolina who are called “Pogues” and are determined to find out what happened to the missing father of the group’s ringleader, John B. Along the way, they discover a legendary treasure map that is tied to John B’s father and set out to find the $40 million fortune!
Movie – Extraction
Details – Netflix
New to Netflix, Extraction star Chris Hemsworth (need i say more) and David Harbour (of Stranger Things fame). The plot follows a black ops mercenary who must rescue an Indian drug lord’s kidnapped son in Dhaka, Bangladesh. If your looking for your action thriller fix then Extraction is a must watch!
Podcast – The Blindboy Podcast
Details – Podcasts/Spotify
This needs no introduction! Hosted by Blindboy, of the Rubberbandits. An eclectic podcast containing short fiction, interviews and comedy. This is a podcast that has so much variety you’ll never get bored of it!
Health and Fitness – Seven
Details – IOS and Android
Featured in Men’s Health, The New York Times and Glamour, Seven is the ideal app for those of us who like quick, straight to the point workouts! Seven’s workouts are based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefit in the shortest time possible. Tailor-made workouts target your goal areas to make sure you get the most out of your training.
Social Channels – The Bucket List Family
Details – Youtube
Immerse yourself in the true story of The Bucket List Family. An ordinary family that made the life-changing decision to sell everything and leave their home for an extraordinary adventure around the world. With no final destination in mind, they stepped outside their comfort zones and into the great unknown! Working as travel journalists this family have documented thrilling adventures all around the world!
Recipes – The Happy Pear
Details – Website and Amazon (Downloadable)
Delicious and nutritious are the two words that spring to mind when talking about The Happy Pear recipes. Their latest book is available to preorder on Amazon and I am sure it will be worth its weight in gold when it gets released this July. If you can’t wait until then don’t worry they have many of their amazing recipes on their website – we highly recommend trying your hand at the No Oil Creamy Carbonara – its out of this world!
Children’s Activities – TED Ed for Kids
Ted Talks but for educating kids? Perfect right? TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website. This will keep your kids entertained while learning for hours!
Book – I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Details – Downloadable on Amazon
Hands down one of the best books ever written. “Pilgrim” is an American former intelligence agent known as the “Rider of the Blue” who later writes a book on forensic pathology. Pilgrim becomes involved in a case in New York City where a mysterious woman uses his book to commit untraceable murders in the aftermath of 9/11. This is a book you pick up and don’t put down until you have finished it, making it the perfect read given our current situation!
Online Courses – Greek and Roman Philosophy
Details – Click here to view course
This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Or are they just entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? This course will investigate these questions through a variety of topics, including the creation of the universe, the relationship between gods and mortals, human nature, religion, the family, sex, love, madness, and death.