#GoodTimeScrapbook (29/06/2020)

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A hearty good Monday to you, and welcome to this week’s #GoodTimeScrapbook. Now, I did say when I started this series of posts back in March, that they were going to be 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.

The basis of the posts still stand, but given the last one of these I posted was three weeks ago, and given that restrictions on our current way of living are slowly being lifted piece by piece, some of you may think something had gone awry. Alas, my head’s not really been in the right place to do these blogs recently.

But rather than force myself to do it, I am instead making sure I am being kind to myself and doing it when it feels right. Today it happily does feel right, so hence you’ve got some new scraps of enjoyment to check out. Know that if one of these doesn’t appear every Monday at 5pm or thereabouts, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. It means I am simply being a bit more mindful and kind to myself so I can share kindness with you dear readers.

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.

So calm, and let’s crack on with our scraps of ideas for this week…

  • SCRAP #1: How can I enjoy a classic bit of kid’s TV?

People my age (and maybe slightly younger) will remember How 2. Aired on Children’s ITV in the 90s, and a direct descendant of How that had been popular in the 70s, Fred Dineage, Carol Vorderman and Gareth ‘Gaz Top’ Jones hosted this wild, wacky and informative show that answered life’s trickier conundrums for young minds, amongst them ‘How do you change a tyre with a hankie?’, ‘How does a bubble behave?’, ‘How could Guy Fawkes have succeeded in the Gunpowder Plot?’ and so on. Now a selection of the classic series are available to watch again on streaming on Amazon Prime. A perfect nostalgic and surprisingly still engaging bit of classic kid’s TV.

  • SCRAP #2: A happy book from a happy newspaper

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Introducing the brand new book from the founder of The Happy News, @emilycoxhead 💛🌈✏️ This inspiring journal is designed to help you find your way in a world where comparison and judgement can make it hard to stay true to yourself. Using a mixture of prompts, tick boxes and space to write down thoughts, as well as uplifting quotes and thought-provoking words, this beautifully designed book will help you feel more confident in yourself and less anxious about what other people think. With advice on using social media in a positive way, embracing failure, celebrating your differences and finding people who make you feel happy, this book is designed to help you be kinder to yourself. Because when you embrace your insecurities, differences, and everything that makes you unique, you’ll realise that the only person you need to be is your strong, special, perfectly imperfect self 💞 (link in bio to preorder… out 3rd September 2020) https://smarturl.it/YouAreIncredibleBook #YouAreIncredibleBook

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Emily Coxhead is the lady behind The Happy Newspaper, a quarterly subscription only newspaper that as the name suggests, highlights all the brilliang and positive things happening in the world. She’s now written her first book, titled ‘You are Incredible Just as You Are’, set to be published on 2nd September. We’ve pre-ordered our copy and can’t wait to have this ray of literary sunshine on our book shelf.

  • SCRAP #3: Dance, Dance, Dance…

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ARC : Summer Sessions… I’m excited to announce I’ll be teaching online classes throughout the Summer starting TOMORROW on a Tuesday morning at 9 & 10.30am and a Thursday evening at 5 and 6.30pm. ____________________________________________________________ A different routine each week but the same class on both days. This gives you the option to choose what day and time suits you best and allows different parts of the world to join in with me live. There will be 2 classes I’ll teach back to back • The 1st is for beginners. Everyone is welcome, all ages and abilities whether its kids who want to learn how to dance, adults who want to keep fit, either way its a super fun easy class. • My 2nd class is for inter / advanced. Now I like my uptempo tracks and choreograph to every single accent I hear so prepare for a challenge in this class. Id recommend having some dance experience for this one as it’s industry coaching. To book a place simply pay £5 (or the equivalent in your currency) into my paypal account : aaronrenfreecreates@hotmail.com (link in bio) and request what class you’d like to do and you’ll receive the link to enter that week. My 1st class is next week on Tues 30th at 9am for beginners & 10.30 am for int/adv OR Thursday 2nd at 5pm for beginners & 6.30pm for int/adv. For those outside of the UK I have worked out class times for some of the other countries, don’t worry if yours isn’t there, you are of course still welcome, just please double check the time and work out when it will be for you. Any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask. See you all next week. Love AR _____________________________________________________________ Credits include : Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Kylie, The Saturdays, Maddie & McKenzie Ziegler, X Factor, BGT, The Greatest Dancer, The Voice, Dancing On Ice, Eugenius the Musical. #aaronrenfree #aaronrenfreecreates #arc #arcsummersessions #summersessions #dance #danceclass #dancer #danceteacher #choreographer #choreography #training #workshop #masterclass

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Former S Club Junior turned dancer and choreographer Aaron Renfree has just announced he is hosting virtual dance classes from tomorrow called The Summer Sessions. Available to both beginners and more advanced dancers, classes will take place on Tuesday mornings at 9am and 10:30am and Thursday evenings at 5pm and 6:30pm, at £5 a head. More info above on how to join him for a bit of a highly choreographed boogie.

  • SCRAP #4: Glastonbury at 50 at Home

With this year’s annual Glastonbury Festival cancelled for obvious reasons, the BBC promptly got a bit ingenious over the weekend it was set to be held, and are bringing the festival from previous years to enjoy at home on BBC iPlayer again this summer. We are particularly loving seeing Blur’s set from 2009 again.

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