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.

If you come across any links that might work here send them to us.

Starlings and Social Networks

logo Starling murmurations, those swirling, shifting sky-patterns made by hundreds of birds moving in synchrony, are one of nature’s greatest spectacles. How do they avoid crashing into each other? Becky Ripley and Emily Knight delve into the maths behind the movement with some computer modelling to help them chart the flight patterns, and discover the secret.

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Nextdoor Nature
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

logo Every one of us can make a difference to bring back nature and tackle climate change, by taking small actions that add up to big changes, but some of us just need a little bit of help to get started. Nextdoor Nature will be encouraging communities, including minority communities and people with disabilities, to get involved with transformational micro-projects to help nature thrive and make the places where they live, work and visit greener - so that everyone can benefit.

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If I Can Dream
Elvis Presley Cover
by Georgia Crandon

Georgia Crandon I covered this anthem, written by Earl Brown and sung by Elvis Presley, a while back. It's a song about injustice, anger, love & hope for peace. I could never have anticipated that it would be released in such a pivotal time for equal rights.

It’s out now and it only feels right to donate 100% of proceeds from this track to The Black Lives Matter movement, to help anybody who’s hurting right now.

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Out Now!

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Keep calm and clear
with the Kanneh-Masons
Classical Focus

Kanneh-Masons Join the Kanneh-Mason family for two hours of soothing and serene sounds chosen by all seven siblings of this amazing force in classical music. Isata, Braimah, Sheku, Konya, Jeneba, Aminata and Mariatu have put together a collaborative playlist especially for Classical Focus, a beautiful mix of some of their favourite music tracks which they hope will lift, inspire and move you. Expect sounds from Chopin to Chick Corea as well as selections from their own interpretations of classical greats.

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Ignatius Sancho
Britain's Black Past

Gretchen Gerzina Professor Gretchen Gerzina explores a largely unknown past - the lives of black people who settled in Britain in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

She reveals a startling paradox - although Britain was at the heart of a thriving slave trade, it was still possible for many black people to live here in freedom and prosperity. A few even made it to the very top of fashionable society.

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RHS Plants for Pollinators
Get your garden buzzing
The Royal Horticultural Society

logo Fill gardens with RHS Plants for Pollinators plants
♦ Grow a range of plants for year-round flowering
♦ Avoid plants with double or multi- petalled flowers
♦ Never use pesticides on plants in flower
♦ Provide nest sites for wild bees

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Wollaton Hall parkrun
the launch of Guy's Land’s End to John O’Groats virtual Running/Cycling Challenge

group ready to run Saturday 12th of Feb saw the ‘official’ start to Guy’s epic Land’s End to John O’Groats Running/Cycling Challenge ... er virtual challenge.

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Dinner Is Served
Past Forward: A Century of Sound

greg jenner Historian Greg Jenner hears an evocative fragment of archive recorded at Smithfield Market in 1935, and reflects on British food culture and supply chains then and now, with his guests, the food historian Annie Gray and Professor of Food Policy at City University Tim Lang

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The Big Hedgehog Map

hedgehog street To see how many hedgehogs have been sighted in your area, just type your postcode into the box here:

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Gedling Colliery
From Pit to Park
BBC Open Country

gedling colliery Gedling Colliery, in the Nottinghamshire coalfield, closed in 1991 after nearly a hundred years of activity. At its peak, the pit produced more than a million tonnes of coal a year and thousands of local men worked there. It was known locally as 'The Pit of Nations’ because of its diverse workforce from the 1950s to the 1980s.

In this programme, Rose Ferraby visits the site of the old pit tip, which has been converted into a country park. She meets a local historian and a former mine worker as well as members of the Friends of Gedling Country Park.

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Prince Rupert of the Rhine
History Hack

history hack Charly and Locky are joined by author and podcasted Adam Nightingale to discuss the ultimate cavalier general, pirate, and polymath.

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Why this lovely village on the edge of Nottingham was wiped off the map
Nottinghamshire Live

glapton If you looked in the Domesday Book, you’d find Clifton in there, but described in a slightly different way.

It was actually listed in the famous book – a record of the country published in 1086 – as ‘Clifton-cum-Glapton’.

That’s because for hundreds of years, the village of Clifton and the smaller village of Glapton existed side by side, on opposite sides of the Nottingham to Loughborough road which is now the A453. Indeed, the parish was called Clifton-with-Glapton right up until 1952.

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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

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


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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 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 -

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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

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?

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

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

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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