Fun Stuff

a collection of some of the daft, fun and moving things that people have placed on the internet as a way of coping with the current situation.

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Useful ideas for woodwork 100% Invention Ideas
𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐬

invention ideas Group history shows when this group was created, as well as changes to its name. You can use Group history to see whether a group's purpose has changed over time.

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Peace Train
featuring Yusuf / Cat Stevens
Playing For Change
Song Around The World

peace train Premiered on 21 Sept 2021 “Peace Train” – Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ timeless anthem of hope and unity – was originally released on the classic album 'Teaser and the Firecat' in 1971 and was Stevens’ first US Top 10 hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This Song Around The World version features more than 25 musicians from 12 countries.

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Top 30+ Ultimate Insane Moments Caught On Cam
Newsflare

Insane moments Top 30+ Ultimate Insane Moments Caught On Cam. These moments you wouldn't believe!

Newsflare

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The dark history of Mount Rushmore
Ted Talk

mount rushmore Uncover the dark history behind the creation of Mount Rushmore

Between 1927 and 1941, workers blasted 450,000 tons of rock from a mountainside using chisels, jackhammers, and dynamite. Gradually, they carved out Mount Rushmore. Today, the monument draws nearly 3 million people to South Dakota’s Black Hills every year. But its façade belies a dark history. Ned Blackhawk and Jeffrey D. Means explore the destruction of the sacred Six Grandfathers Mountain.

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Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Afro Fiesta w/Twanguero & I-Taweh
Playing For Change

knocking on heavens door In honor of Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday today, we’re excited to share this acoustic rendition of his hit song “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” This intimate performance features Afro Fiesta (Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba) along with Twanguero and I-Taweh performing live outside during a special filming of Mark’s Park.

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Home Science Experiments
LADbible

ladbible This woman has all sorts of amazing science experiments you can try at home!
Big thanks to Nancy Bullard, make sure you check out her channel below - https://www.tiktok.com/@mrs.b.tv

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10 of the most memorable finish line crossings
Runner's World

finisjline For most runners, crossing the finish line is simply a relief. Often, we barely have the energy to lift our arms in celebration, much less do anything more energetic.

For certain runners, though, crossing the finishing tape in a different manner has become the defining moment of their race. Sometimes runners do something special on purpose, other times something just goes wrong.

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Is there life on Venus?
Planet Explorers
BBC

venus Is there life on Venus? Dr Clara Sousa-Silva investigates... With NASA announcing two new missions to Venus, brush up on what we already know about the planet.

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Why does February only have 28 days?
TEDEd

TED Ed Logo Why does February have 28 days when all the other months get 30 or 31? The answer is part superstition, part politics, and part astronomy. It’s Okay To Be Smart dives into why February is the runt of the monthly litter.

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The Hanging Room
Uncanny: Case 2
BBC

uncanny Teenager Millie moves with her family into her grandparents remote historic farmhouse in the English countryside. It is a house with a tragic past that seems to be returning to haunt the family in a way that feels dangerous and disturbing, pushing them to the edge of sanity.

Millie tells Danny Robins about her ordeal in this terrifying episode that reveals the true impact of living in a ‘haunted house’.

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The Evil in Room 611
Uncanny: Case 1
BBC

uncanny Danny meets Ken, a highly respected geneticist. A man who doesn’t believe in ghosts, but cannot get over the fact that he believes he saw one 40 years ago as a student in Belfast. This is the story of a student bedroom that seems to have a mysterious and frightening impact on those who sleep in it, of poltergeist activity, sinister apparitions and a dark force that Ken describes as ‘pure evil’. What is the secret of Room 611 and is it supernatural or in the minds of its inhabitants?

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6 Steps to Finding Out Your Home’s History Online
The Historic England Blog

historic england You can trace the architectural history of your house through old maps, photographs and written records, and many of these useful resources are online.

Kate Bevan, Cataloging Team Leader for Historic England, lives in a semi-detached house in Faringdon, a market town in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire. She had an idea from the mortgage documents that the house was built in around the 1920s, but wanted to try and find out exactly when.

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Playing For Change
feat. Sara Bareilles, Chris Pierce & PFC Band
Song Around The World
Playing For Change

sara bareilles “Playing For Change” is an original song written by our dear friend, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter, Sara Bareilles and features Chris Pierce, the PFC Band and musicians from six countries. This Song Around The World, featured at Peace Through Music 2021, embodies the Playing For Change movement to inspire and connect the world through music. Together we can overcome distances and differences.

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Cockney Rhyming Slang
Historic UK

historic uk logo In the nineteenth century, the East Enders of London invented a way to communicate through coded speech, which became known as Cockney Rhyming slang.

Its emergence has been dated to the 1840s, a time when the East Enders of London were trying to make a living through various means and required a way to communicate so that passers-by, particularly anyone from the police, would not be able to understand what they were saying.

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Fothergill Outside Notts
Dunedin, Sydenham
Watson Fothergill Walk

fothergill building A look at one of the few buildings that Fothergill worked on outside Nottinghamshire.

I was in the neighbourhood recently, so took the opportunity to have a closer look at an intriguing building. Dunedin, now called Burnage Court, on Lawrie Park Avenue in Syndenham, South London.

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11 Listed Pubs with Fascinating Histories
The Historic England Blog

old trip to jerusalem Pull up a bar-stool and get familiar with some of England’s oldest pubs.

From the Knights Templar to John Lennon’s grandmother, here are eleven fascinating histories behind some of our favourite listed pubs:

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Stand By Me
Playing For Change Band
Live in Brazil

black man singing In October 2014 during the "Peace Through Music World Tour" in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, the PFC Band performed a magical night of music in front of a sold-out crowd to benefit the creation of a new PFC Foundation music school in the community.

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Unwanted guests: the weird world of parasitic plants
Natural History Museum

a parasitic plant Most plants get the energy they need through photosynthesis, but some get their nutrition by stealing it from another plant instead. About 1% of flowering plants (around 4,000 species) are parasitic.

Read on to discover 10 interesting examples of parasitic plants, where they can be found and how they steal nutrients from other plants.

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Bracket fungi identification
10 common UK species for beginners
Woodland Trust

Bracket fungi, also known as shelf or polypore fungi, grow on the trunks and branches of both dead and living trees. They're generally tough and durable, making them possible to spot year round.

There are a number of species in the UK, some of which can be tricky to tell apart. Here we list a few of the more common and easily distinguished types to get to grips with.

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What's Going On (Marvin Gaye)
Feat. Sara Bareilles
Playing For Change
Song Around The World

We started this performance with PFC Band members Titi Tsira and Clarence Bekker while on a trip together in Rio de Janeiro. Wherever we traveled we would add more musicians, strings in Serbia, guitar and bass in Chicago, pandeiro in Brazil and the final piece came together with Sara Bareilles' vocal performance at Washington Square Park in NYC. The message of this song is as strong as ever and it's up to us to make the change we want to see. Music can show us the way.

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Travels in a Pandemic
Part 8
The Gower Peninsula

Writer's Block

The Gower Peninsula is one of those areas of the country that has a special place in the national consciousness. Everyone, well almost everyone, has heard of it, has a sneaking feeling that they rather like the place, but most have never actually been and have no realistic plans to do so.

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Saturday Matinee Film Club
Hothouse Theatre's Film Club

Join Hothouse Theatre’s Youth project for 2 hours of fun checking out films and audios made by young people over the last few years.

From the crazy Wizard Film to Santa getting locked up for breaking and entering, this is a great chance to see some of the zaniest offerings from Nottingham’s premier young person’s film crew!
Part of the Bulwell Arts Festival.

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Walking on History: Surprising Secrets of Manholes
Heritage Calling

Historic manhole covers, embedded in pavements and roads across the country, often hide infrastructure systems deep below our streets.

Many were installed by 19th and early 20th-century utility companies who provided Britain’s hugely expanding population with new services such as water and sewage, gas and electricity, telegraph and telephones – enabling growth and connectivity in our towns and cities.

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Did you know you're only 10% human?
BBC Earth

So what makes up the other 90%?!

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Kingfisher and bullet train
30 Animals That Made Us Smarter
BBC Sounds

The story of the bird and the engineer. How the kingfisher inspired the design of a train. The 500 series Shinkansen, also known as bullet train, is one of the fastest in the world. It is also quiet, but that was not always the case. This is the tale of Japanese engineer Eiji Nakatsu, the kingfisher, an owl, a penguin and biomimicry.

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Reading the snow
BBC Earth
BBC Earth

See how traditions help people travel back in time

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