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Thrive During Covid-19 Project
The Thrive During Covid-19 Project, run by the St George’s community for the community launched during April 2020 with a programme which is wide-ranging and varied. Colleagues have given their time and energy to create videos, virtual events, resources and blogs. These offer you the chance to connect with others, explore new ideas and skills and find out a bit more about your colleagues. Each week, we’ll be publishing details of what is coming up in George’s Weekly.
St George’s Dance
Harriet Russell and Emily Cooper (Fashion Show), Aditi Mukherjee (India Society) and Shilpa Raj and Blessy Thomas (Diwali show) have organised a St George’s Dance video to the song "Better when I'm dancing" by Megan Trainor for staff and students to learn. We will be splitting the dance up into parts which will be published each week in St George’s Weekly.
Watch part one tutorial here
Watch the part two tutorial here
Watch the part three tutorial here
The full video can be seen here:
Kickboxing for beginners
Dr Anna Dulic-Sills, Director of Research Operations is a martial arts enthusiast, and with help from her daughter, Katie, has taken the time to introduce us to her kickboxing skills so we can see how inspiring the sport is.
Katie Francesca – Katie’s Pilates
As part of our local community, Katie Francesca has kindly put together a fun and dynamic ‘Chair Pilates’ video to help us stay fit whilst remote working. Katie Francesca trained as a professional dancer, graduating with a BA Hon’s degree in 2005. Early in Katie’s dance career she experienced the benefits of Pilates, attending regular studio and mat work classes which kept her lean, strong and prepared for the athletic and intensive demands of a dancer’s life. She learned the important role that Pilates could play in injury prevention and rehabilitation. and recognised the power of intelligent movement.
Please see www.ktspilates.com for more details about Katie’s Pilates.
Keeping fit and healthy during lockdown
As part of the Thrive during Covid-19 project, Senior Lecturer David Rees, with help from his colleagues, has produced a video for staff on keeping fit and healthy in lockdown. The video includes:
- Ideas and inspiration for exercising in the current circumstances.
- Reasons to increase the amount of exercise you take.
- Ideas to get you moving during the day and reduce sedentary ways of living/working.
Watch the video here
David is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has worked in professional sports, private practice and the NHS. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students on physical activity and exercise promotion and the avoidance of sedentary behaviour.
Some of the St George’s Community have recommended their favourite Good Reads for us to enjoy.
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Annie Bartlett recommends “How to be Both” by Ali Smith
Wonderful poetic novel dealing with gender and sexuality and also bereavement.
Addy Babajide recommends “The Pursuit of Happyness” by Chris Gardner
This book is about survival, determination and persistence and never giving up on one’s dreams to create a better life. Your passion guarantees success and happiness is doing meaningful things.
Carwyn Rhys Hooper recommends “The Plague” by Albert Camus
Aside from being a fabulous existentialist novel, it is incredibly germane given that we are all living through a pandemic.
Jane Lindsay recommends “Brief Answers to Big Questions” by S Hawking
It puts the current situation in perspective asking questions such as “how did it all begin” and “will we survive on earth”! I found Stephen Hawking’s writing style to be optimistic, readable and full of humour!
Rachel Allen recommends "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" by John Carreyrou
This is a great piece of science journalism that provides an insight on the intrigues of a biotech startup that took it from a multibillion value to collapse, fraud and conspiracy charges within less than a year.
Deborah Bowman recommends "Actress" by Anne Enright
A poignant, intelligent and compelling novel about performance, Ireland and being Irish, sexual politics, mothers, daughters and marriage. If anyone, like me, was brought up in a large Irish family where folk tales abound of the unique qualities of Irish butter, there is a perfectly observed scene that made me ache with nostalgia and laugh out loud.
Derek Baldwinson recommends "Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden world of Sharks" by Juliet Eilperin
It's an environmental journalist's wide-ranging account of the interplay between sharks and humans in history and culture, with a few "shark attack" stories thrown in for good measure. Ideal beach reading.
Amal Awadh recommends “A Thousand splendid suns” by Khaled Hosseini
A beautifully written emotionally intense book weaving beauty of love and friendship in distressing times.
Our film gurus Kirsten Hylan and Glen Delahaye have recommended the following films to watch:
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After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.
May appeal to those who cannot get enough of Microsoft Teams calls, as the film is set entirely on computer screens and smartphones.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.
Ace in the Hole (1951)
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Explores the balance between reporting a story accurately and reporting a story in whatever way sells the most newspapers. The film also shows how a gullible public can be manipulated by the press.
Rear Window (1954)
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
With the protagonist unable to walk, the entire film takes place in one apartment. Much like many people’s lives these days.
Pottery, Imperfection - and Circles
Wednesday 8 July at 1pm on Microsoft Teams
Professor Jane Saffell spoke about her recent journey into pottery and reflects on what she has learned - about life as well as the craft. Jane invited everyone to join her in a virtual lunch chat to discuss any of the themes or share your own stories about craft and art.
Watch the video here:
Cooking with Pinky via Microsoft Team
Thursday 11 June at 12.45pm
We were delighted to welcome Pinky Lilani back to St George’s as part of our Thrive During COVID 19 project. Pinky is an author, motivational speaker, food expert and women's advocate. She is the founder and chair of several awards recognising influential women and leaders, including the annual Women of the Future Awards and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. She has been recognised widely for her work and was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4’s programme ‘Woman’s Hour’. Pinky has written several books, including Spice Magic: An Indian Culinary Adventure and Coriander Makes the Difference.
Watch the video here:
Monday Movie Night
Monday 1 June at 6.50pm for 7pm - Monday Movie Night, hosted by Kirsten Hylan and Glen Delahaye
‘Virtual’ SGUL Quiz, hosted by Professor Andy Kent, Executive Dean & Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University & St George’s, University of London.
Friday 29 May at 12.00noon
‘Virtual’ Drinks with Rachael Bevilacqua, Head of Student Conduct and Compliance, Governance, Legal and Assurance Services
Thursday 21 May at 5pm.
Virtual lunch, hosted by Professor Deborah Bowman
Tuesday 5 May from 1pm-1.30 pm.
Knitting for Beginners session with Julie Leeming and Susan McPheat
Friday 15 May at 12.30pm