Welcome to the first installation of our latest series – the D+D Isolation Handbook. Over the next few months, we’re going to be cramming our journal with what we’re getting up to whilst we’re all staying inside and keeping safe.
Album: The Weeknd – After HoursToronto is the gift that keeps giving when it comes to music, and one of its favourite sons, The Weeknd, has served up yet another stellar album, nearly 10 years on from his breakthrough release “Trilogy”.
With some 80’s inspired vibes that are grounded by his usual brooding feel, After Hours is a catalogue of cases that come after dark – angels, demons, danger, despair, euphoria, pleasure, hysteria – all tied together by The Weeknd in a devilishly wicked red suit as he delivers track after un-skippable track.
Podcast: Sword and Scale
Tense, gripping and wholly immersive – Sword and Scale isn’t for the faint hearted. Venturing into the darker side of the human psyche, this Apple podcast recalls real life tales of some of the worst crimes in history, from kidnap to murder and everything in between; so if you’re worried about getting a case of the midnight scares, it might be best to listen to it in the middle of the day… with the curtains open.
Keep it moving
Class PassBeing inside can make it tough to keep your body moving how you’re used to when you’ve got the freedom of a gym. Step in Class Pass, who are here to keep you in top condition whether you’re in your lounge or in your garden. Sign up to them and you’ll get access to thousands of live and on demand workouts from studios around the world, whether you want to try your hand at yoga, strength training, or blast out 30 minutes of HIIT.
Be a culture vulture
The Royal Opera House
Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t check out some of the greatest things going on out there. The Royal Opera House in London are live streaming their programme of Opera and Ballet.
Tuxedo’s and ballgown’s are optional from the comfort of your sofa, but it’s a great idea if you’re in need of a fancy date night and a pick me up. We recommend watching with a bottle of bubbly (or two).
Watch: Ice Guardians
Over in the NHL, tough guys are notorious. This docu-film delves deeper into the guys who have built a reputation in the world’s biggest hockey league for putting their counterparts in their place – brutally – playing the vital role of enforcer.
Checking in on the physical and mental toll of being the guys who gets their franchise’s dirty work done on the ice, Ice Guardians is well worth a watch to get a taste of how hard it is to make it – and then break someone – in the NHL.
Read: Any Human Heart by William BoydA lifelong journal kept by fictional character Logan Mountstuart, Any Human Heart chronicles some of the 20th centuries most defining moments from a very personal and affecting angle. From chance encounters with Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway, to service in WW2 and an ill-fated friendship with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, William Boyd spins a tale that captivates and intrigues – well worth a read in the garden with the sun out, but if reading isn’t your thing, it conveniently received a TV adaptation a few years ago.
Ready, steady, cook!
Are you isolating with family or friends? Try a cooking challenge to beat the heat in the kitchen – start a timer for an hour from the moment the fridge doors open – whoever’s cooking then has just 60 minutes to rustle up dinner for everyone, using only what’s available in the cupboards and fridge… move over Gordon Ramsay, there’s a new chef in town.