Nick Shottel’s Guide To Lockdown Downtime

Our resident entertainment guru, Nick Shottel, is back to ensure we’re enjoying downtime during lockdown.

From TV and music, to books and playlists, he’s got us covered this June. Here’s what he’s got in store this time…

 

 

READ

The Boy on the Shed by Paul Ferris

I’m really looking forward to starting my new book, delivered this morning by Amazon. It is called ‘The Boy on the Shed’ and is a memoir written by Paul Ferris, former player and physio at Newcastle United.

Paul Ferris was a teenage prodigy, becoming Newcastle United’s youngest-ever player in 1982, only for injury to ensure his promise went unfulfilled. He later returned to the club as a physiotherapist before earning a master’s degree and beginning a successful quest to qualify as a barrister. But the lure of football was always strong and he went back for a third spell at Newcastle, as Head of the Medical Department – again working closely with a host of big-name players and managers. The memoir tells of his life and family, growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles and how a twist of fate brought him to Newcastle.

 

WATCH

Ozark

I’m really enjoying ‘Ozark’ on Netflix at the moment. I had started watching it some time ago but, for one reason or another, stopped after about four episodes. I’ve started watching it again and I’m totally hooked. The story follows Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozark Mountains, Missouri. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes’ fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.

 

LISTEN

The Craig David Funk and Soul Show

My go-to listen on a Sunday morning is ‘The Craig David Funk and Soul Show’ on BBC Sounds. It is broadcast on Saturday evenings, but I always catch up with it on a Sunday morning whilst pottering around the house. It’s a great mix of classic and modern funk and soul. It’s a great listen.

Nick’s Playlist

This time I’ve gone a little more up-tempo and have produced a playlist consisting of 20 dance tracks. Hope you enjoy it. Check it out here: open.spotify.com/playlist.

A Day in the Life of… 21 Host, Amy Cooper

How I’m staying safe and keeping motivated at home during lockdown…

 

A Day in the Life of... 21 Host, Amy Cooper

 

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR… My two house rabbits, who by 7.30am are usually stomping to be out and play.

 

BREAKFAST IS… During the week, usually porridge (boring, I know)! On a weekend we have been making an array of breakfasts using whatever we have left in the fridge. A personal favourite so far is poached egg on toast with chorizo, mushroom, red pepper and tomatoes.

 

TO STAY ACTIVE, I… Have been making the most of the nice weather and running through Jesmond Dene. My Nike Run Club app has helped to keep me on track.

 

TO UNWIND, I… Like to cook with a glass of wine on an evening. It has been such a tonic over the last few weeks. My allotment is also a great way to switch off for a few hours, particularly when the weather is as great as it has been.

 

I’M WATCHING… Normal People. For the second time!

 

I’M READING… Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

 

I’M LISTENING TO… The ‘Summer Acoustic’ playlist on Apple Music has been a favourite in our house. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Jamie XX, Beck and Groove Armada. A very random selection, I know!

 

SOMEWHERE I’D RATHER BE… We had plans this summer to visit some cities in Europe and whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be doing any exploring for a little while, I’m enjoying riding the slow train here in Newcastle. So right now, I’m happy exactly where I am.

 

THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME…

Get outside – I don’t have a garden at my flat, but my allotment has been a brilliant place to spend some time in the sun. I’ve been running outside most days – getting some exercise and fresh air makes a huge difference to your mood.
Pick up some hobbies or try something new – We’ve been making our own kombucha and currently have some tepache brewing on the kitchen bench. It’s exciting trying something you’ve never done before and keeps things interesting when you’re spending so much time at home.
Make use of podcasts and audiobooks – They’re perfect for some background noise whilst out on your daily walk or making housework a little more exciting.

 

DURING LOCKDOWN, I HAVE LEARNT… That sometimes you just have to slow down and that that’s completely okay.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY… “Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” – Napoleon