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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all keeping well and that coursework and revision is going ok! I’m coming at you with another lovely list of activities to keep you entertained right from the comfort of your sofa/bed/dining room table.

Huge thank you to everyone who has been continuing to play such an active role in sharing games/quizzes/ideas within our community. It is really wonderful seeing everyone interacting and looking out for each other! We are after all, all in this together.

Butler Positive Pandemic Pastimes Group
I just want to plug this facebook group once again which I’ve set up. It is filled with positive pastimes to keep you entertained! It is actually where all of these activities are being posted first and foremost. I’m going through the page pulling things off to circulate on here too so I would seriously recommend joining it!
(Staff reading this – that’s you too! Come and show us up at the quizzes and share activities with us too!)

I want this to be a little hub of activity for all of you, where you can post links to quizzes, games, challenges, anything you see that you think will keep people happy, entertained and in communication with each other!

You guys have been smashing the quizzes in there so far and I’m loving it.
Though on the film quiz we are still stuck on some and some are up for debate sooo if you’re not in the group yet we could really use more help!

If ๐Ÿ”• ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ is Silence Of The Lambs, and ๐Ÿ‘ฆ ๐Ÿ‘ โœ‚ โœ‚ is Edward Scissor Hands for example, then what on earth is:

๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘ณ We have no idea, anyone else?

๐Ÿšฒ ๐Ÿšฒ โ˜€ Still no clue on this one either?

๐Ÿ•‘ ๐Ÿ•’ ๐Ÿ•“ ๐Ÿ•” A few ideas, but still stuck! Network / Back to the Future / The Hours / About Time ?

๐Ÿ‘ด ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ Not sure either! A Very Long Engagement? LOTR?

JB’s Recipes – Your favourite JB’s food from home!

Our wonderful Food Services Officer, Chris, is working away at home coming up with the most wonderful replication of your favourite JB’s dishes.

The first recipe he has cooked up is a Tikka Masala – with variations for the meat eaters, the vegans, and those who are gluten free!

Check it out here: https://www.butlerjcr.co.uk/2020/03/28/jbs-at-home-ultimate-easy-tikka-masala-recipe/

JB’s Recipes – Mocktails and Cocktails from home!
Our wonderful Bar Steward, Emily, is also busy filming some videos on how to make delicious mocktails and cocktails from home! So no matter how much you’re missing Butler Bar you can still imagine your evenings spent in a booth right from your own kitchen. First up are Citrus Coolers and Tequila Sunrise.

Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/JBsDurham/videos/522567268442274/

โ€‹โ€‹Learn Kung Fu with Charlotte!
โ€‹Not many people know this, but I actually used to do Kung Fu in my pre-uni life, before I threw the towel in and took up a far cooler sport, rowing. So I have been using my spare time refreshing my memory of everything, and I have uploaded a really basic tutorial to Youtube. I thought it might be a fun chance for people to learn a new skill and keep fit from their bedrooms. Check it out here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

Strava Club – Jogsephine Butler
Get it? JOGsephine Butler! Because Strava is an app to record running and cycling on! Ha ha ha

Seriously check out this app and join the club. It is a really easy way to keep motivated together by checking out what one-government-sanctioned-activity everyone is doing each day.

I know if I can see all of the effort everyone else is putting in it makes me far more likely to brave the weather and head outside for a run (well ‘run’… more like a jog… or a walk).

Kudos to BCBC for the idea, they made one for their club to keep up with training remotely. A great shout! Why don’t you suggest the same to your club?

(Also get it? Kudos? Like on Strava. Someone stop me please)

Movie Night with Film Soc
This Saturday, 8pm, using Netflix Party
Film Soc are running their third Netflix Party film event. What an awesome effort from them to make all of us feel better and give us something to do in these times. They are taking suggestions for what film to watch so head onto their Facebook page and get commenting!

Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/152686336052105/

Night of Jackbox Games
This Friday, 8.30pm, using the Very Social Distancing Discord Server
Thanks so much to Brad for hosting!
Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/635503137274297/
Server here: https://discord.gg/2zHR5G

Virtual Language Cafe from Butler Languages and Cultures Soc
This Thursday, 2-4pm, using a discord server.
There will be different channels for different languages people can click into it! Message your International Officer Sean for details.

Butler Jazz Band’s Awesome Playlist
The brilliant musicians of Butler Jazz have come together to create a fantastically, jazzy, funky, swingy, and soulful playlist! If youโ€™re fancying chilled stuff weโ€™ve got it covered, if you want to sing along then that’s in here as well!! ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽท
Reviews already include:
โ€˜Every song is a bangerโ€™ ๐Ÿคฉ
โ€˜Playlist is sickโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
โ€˜This playlist is getting me through isolationโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜
So, not to blow our own trumpets but if youโ€™re wanting to check out some new tunes this could pass many an hour in self isolation!

Alternatively, you could always check out Butler Jazz YouTube channel for 20 minutes of amazing tunes! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐ŸŽท

Welfare Virtual Tea and Toast
Episode 2: Attack of the Scones
This Thursday 11-14.00
A Butler favourite back again and coming for you tomorrow morning!

Welfare Drop Ins
Tuesday 31st March, 6-7, with Emily
Sunday 5th April, 1-2, with Brad
Simply follow this link during the hour and we will be there. If we don’t pick up then it means we will already be speaking to someone else, but we will get back to you as soon as we are finished.
As always, feel free to message the Butler Welfare page directly, or send us an email at butler.welfarejcr@durham.ac.uk at any time, and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Welfare love

First Ever Totally Online JCR Meeting
Go and read your email from your JCR Chair, Jake! Really amazing exciting stuff coming your way and huge positions up for grabs!

Go follow @butler_chair on instagram for stunning content and to keep up to date on all things democracy and elections.

Stream Documentaries and Films with Kanopy
Did you know that there is a video streaming service available through Durham uni Library?
https://fal.cn/37idN Log in here and you can get access to loads of films and documentaries, including some great films from the criterion collection. Definitely worth a look!

Stream Broadway Musicals
There’s an article here on how you can watch Broadway Musicals streamed in HD! Thanks Matteo!

Stream RSC Productions
To my absolute DELIGHT you can now watch RSC Productions from the comfort of your bed!

โœจ The RSC. For free. On the BBC โœจ

We’re thrilled to announce that you’ll be able to watch six of our past Shakespeare productions on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine. You’ll be able to watch past productions of:

Romeo and Juliet (2018), Othello (2015), Much Ado About Nothing (2014), Hamlet (2016), Macbeth (2018) and The Merchant of Venice (2015).

Online Cards Against Humanity
For anyone who fancies a party game here is an online version of Cards Against Humanity that you can play with your friends by sharing the unique code generated. Thanks to Huw Thomas for sharing!

Here is something for anyone who wants to learn or explore their programming abilities. Thereโ€™s a global hackathon, HackQuarantine, that starts today for 3 weeks! Thanks to Harry Brooks for sharing this wicked event.

The Mound Happy News
Thanks to the fabulous Leonie Wong and Amy Elford ‘The Mound’ is sharing positive news stories as many days as it can – follow them here for some happy stories to stay positive! My absolute fave is the Sea Otter Cam from the Georgia Aquarium.

Player Layer Bodyweight Basics Programme
Want to exercise but have no indoor gym stuff? NO PROBLEMO BUDDIES!
Player layer just sent this through offering the Bodyweight Basics training program by the School of Calisthenics that used to be for ยฃ40.00, now for FREE to help support athletes everywhere, anywhere.
Massive thanks to Ellie Cunnigham for sharing this huugeee bargain and keeping us all healthy from our bedrooms.

Buddy Meter
Another awesome idea from Ellie. This is quite a wholesome thing to do with friends from uni or from home – you make your own quiz about you and then send it to your buds to find out how well they know you! There’s a leaderboard and everything, it’s quite a fun way to pass the time!

The Very Social Distancing Discord Server
Thank you to Brad Yardy who has set up a discord server here for game nights! Feel free to join and host games nights on the server whenever, but Brad will continue to publicise when he is hosting some so we all know to join in!

Butler Good News Broadcast
Lorna is sending out a wonderfully wholesome good news broadcast email every Friday! I hope you enjoyed the first email last week, it really is fantastic go check it out!
Please use this form to submit anything anything cheerful to share around. โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ
Pics of your cute pets
Cute Mother’s Day stories
Links to funny articles
Film or Book recommendations
Good News Stories
Random act of kindness stories or suggestions
Funny pictures or memes

@ Learn Kung Fu With Charlotte
I hope I Rick Rolled some of you there.
I did actually do Kung Fu for about two years before uni, and Thai Boxing at the SU in my first year of uni. I won’t be doing tutorials any time soon though, trust me ๐Ÿ˜… (Also, rowing isn’t cool)

As I said at the start, do keep coming forward with ideas! Thank you all for the submissions I have had already.

Day #10 of working from home for me now and Teams is all starting to feel the norm. I have been spending the past few days working on the website (๐ŸŽ‰ I’m still excited about this), making some POVD videos (check them out), and in all sorts of meetings with college staff, Pres Comm, and the PVC, so a bit here there and everywhere.
I am still posting on butler.pres with our countdown of top ten moments so do check that out! It is so nice to look back on all the awesome stuff you’ve done. The website also has ever growing News Articles going up as you send stuff in and I do some digging around. I am also trying to keep coming up with quizzes and challenges in Positive Pandemic Pastimes, because I do just love a cheeky quiz, but if you have any other ideas on what you want to see/what platforms you would rather me use just let me know (e.g. instagram story challenges?๐Ÿ‘€)
Club captains and presidents – I am going to start cracking on with processing your JCR claims. They will all be processed by bank transfer. If you had a cheque written out in the office and never collected it, I will be bank transfering you too and destroying the cheque – no one will be out of pocket, I’m getting to it!
Our new exec are working their socks off to ensure that you all still have an online college experience, but if you have any ideas at all on how we can deliver upcoming events virtually please drop me a line! I promise we are all doing as much as we can to give you guys a wicked third term, that’s virtually supporting you through the exam period like we usually do with Take A Break, and finding how we can virtually celebrate your achievements too โค๏ธ

If there is more we can be doing to support you just let me know. Whilst I am trying to find ways to make sure you are taking time off and staying in communication with people and socialising virtually, I hope you are also all managing to crack down with work ok too! You are all totally amazing.

I hope you are all looking after yourselves and know that I am always here if you want to email/Facebook message/Instagram message/Teams Call??/Zoom Call??

Sending lots of JCR love and best wishes from afar ๐Ÿ™‚

Charlotte Thompson (She/Her)