It’s a snowy Saturday morning here at Researching Reform and as we began to think of all the Hibernation Style activities we might want to enjoy later on when it becomes too cold to venture out, we thought why not share some our favourite on line activities with you…….
Reading: the good, the bad and the brilliant….
If like us, the idea of reading is synonymous with escaping to another time and place, entering worlds which are not our own but which welcome you with open arms and letting you relax into myriad emotions which make no excuses for being in the atmosphere, then you will probably have already come across one of our favourite on line book sites, Good Reads. Here, you can see what your friends are reading, add your own books to your virtual book shelves, scan through reviews of thousands and thousands of books and let the site recommend books for you to read when you’re done with your current one.
Another cool site for books is Daily Lit, which actually sends books to your email account for you to read. It was also voted the Number 1 website for books by The Sunday Times, and with good reason. Very similar to Good Reads, Daily Lit offers you the chance to read new books, discover gems and share with your friends. And both these sites make reading fun, which is why they’re our two favourite destinations for the written word when we want to relax.
And if you want to browse the real deal and actually get your hands on a beautifully bound book, you may want to salivate over these bad boys: The Folio Society. They’ve got some crazy deals on at the moment, so well worth a look.
Music: Dancing queens and Digital Divas….
Like a lot of the things we love on line, someone, usually a dear friend, has recommended them to us and this next radio station is no exception. Having been introduced to East Village Radio by a friend recently, we are pretty much hooked. Do you like old school tunes, new tunes, reggae, samba and some seriously funky world music with a fusion twist? Then this is the station for you. A small, independent outfit, EVR is all over the net. You can listen live on line, follow them via Twitter and Facebook and get all the latest on the best jams, concerts and live sessions, although sadly most of these are in the States, being that it is, as the name suggests, based in New York.
Closer to home, there’s Absolute Radio. If you like your rock, indie and alternative music, this station is a must-hear. Again, accessible on line, you can listen live to the shows. One of its quirky features which we love, are the hilarious adverts for the station in which they mock the listeners and themselves with well-chosen and witty slogan and taglines all done with the slightly sardonic and gravelly vocal chords of their main voice over guy. Very funny stuff. But the music is a serious affair. Divided into eras, you can even listen to pure 80s music, or 90s music and so on, such is the versatility of on line listening streams. Highly recommended.
And if you’re looking for new music and great music, then our latest find The Line of Best Fit, is right on the money. We’ll leave you to explore that one.
Finally, for those with a digital/house/dubstep fetish, Eargasms is our go-to site for the newest sounds. Definitely worth a click.
Sport: Sofa Swimmers and Web Weight Lifters….
Just because you’re inside it doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re exercising….. these are our favourite sites for all things health and fitness.
Wild Swimming. Okay, we don’t have the greatest weather to make the most of this hobby, but on a beautifully warm and sunny Summer’s day, there is, in our opinion, nowhere in the world more beautiful than England. And this guide on where to go swimming in our fair country is exceptional. If you want outdoor swimming, to lakes, pools, lidos and beyond this is to our mind, THE place to look. You can explore liquid playgrounds by region or activity and the new guide to wild swimming in France is a great addition. You can even get interactive and add a location, if you’re game enough to share it with everyone (which we wouldn’t be – we’re bad, we know).
Lose it, Use it: If you’re going to count the calories to a fitter you, then the best website for that, we think, is My Fitness Pal. Having tried it in the past, we think it stands out for the following reasons: It’s safe. The site won’t let you lose more weight than is healthy for you in a given period of time and whilst no fitness system is infallible on this front, it’s pretty good. The food bank is also excellent. Filled with foods people actually eat, the database is added to by you the user, and every other user, so you can eat from the supermarket and not have to worry about working out what the nutritional content of your food is. Most of the time, because there are so many users, your food will be on the database. Can’t find it? Don’t worry, just add in the values on the packet and you’re away. With a cool style journal you fill in daily and the chance to connect and share with other users if you want to (getting your friends to join is fun), you can exercise and eat right with a group or on your own in private. A big thumbs up for this very easy to use and friendly site.
That’s all for now. How about you?