Hello there, and welcome to this week’s #GoodTimeScrapbook, our series of weekly posts with little ‘scraps’ – ideas – of positive things to see, do and enjoy whilst we’re all still in these strange times, whether that’s a new podcast to listen to, a new show to watch, an Instagram live stream to follow, a fun activity to do, or just something generally uplifting.
And as always I’m happy for you, the reader to get in touch. You can leave your comments below during the week to let me know if you’ve taken up on any of the scraps we’ve suggested, or even message us on our Instagram or here if you think there’s something we should try.
On we go then with our scraps of ideas for this week…
- SCRAP #1: In Conversation With The Juniors
Just what was life like after S Club Juniors? Well we sort of know if your name is either Frankie Bridge or Rochelle Humes. But their fellow ex-Junior turned West End type Jay Perry is lifting the lid with In Conversation With The Juniors, a new, weekly seven part video podcast series every Thursday, where he interviews each of his former band members in turn to recount memories of a time when ‘One Step Closer’ and ‘Fool No More’ rose up the charts – and what happened thereafter. Surprisingly honest and compelling viewing for 00s pop fans.
- SCRAP #2: Jay Blades’ Home Fix
With the current series of The Repair Shop nearing the end of its run on BBC One on Wednesday evenings, Jay Blades, the host of the show, is bringing a bit of daily lockdown DIY to our screens with his new series, Jay Blades’ Home Fix, airing weekday mornings. Catch up with all the episodes so far (if you’re a UK viewer) on BBC iPlayer.
- SCRAP #3: A unique gift for Dad
Father’s Day is a week next Sunday, on 21st June here in the UK. But if you’ve not got something special sorted out to surprise the golden man in your life just yet, then Notonthehighstreet is your friend. They’ve got some lovely gift ideas to suit every dad and every budget, and best of all they’re all from small businesses all across the UK, so you’ll be supporting them when you purchase too. A win all round.
- SCRAP #4: Your Irish night in starts right here
The London Irish Centre, the capital’s leading charitable initiative and centre for the Irish community in London, are hosting their virtual Charity Night In fundraiser this Thursday evening. Streaming live on their Facebook and YouTube channels from 8pm, Dermot O’Leary – their patron – is your host, whilst entertainment will come in the form of music from Niall Horan and Imelda May, comedy from Dara Ó Briain and much more good craic besides, all for a good cause.