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April would have been a month packed with excellent gigs, theatre and comedy shows – many of which we’d have previewed and reviewed. We didn’t want to ignore the contribution these artists (and promoters) make to the region, so we asked some of them to give you a few tips on how you can spend your time in isolation.

Lo-fi psych pop duo The Lovely Eggs’ gig at The Cluny has been rescheduled to Thursday 16th July, you can buy the band’s brand new album I Am Moron from 3rd April. Here, Holly Ross offers her list of things keeping them sane during quarantine.

Where’s Wally Jigsaw. Infuriating at the best of times. In jigsaw form it takes it to a whole new level. We recently did this jigsaw on holiday. It took us over four days and we became obsessed with it. In the end it had four fucking pieces missing. Can you BELIEVE it! Tell you fucking what though? It passes the time!

Read. I am a massive bookworm. The good thing about a book is that it can completely take you out of your current situation. It can be like a really good dream and I think that’s what we all need right now.

Music. Of course. The obvious. Every period of isolation needs a soundtrack.

Films and good telly. Sometimes you just need to whack the telly on, crack open a beer and pretend this isn’t happening. It isn’t, is it??

Build something out of random objects. David’s favourite pastime!!

25 books to keep you occupied:

  1. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy O’Toole
  2. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C Clarke
  4. Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
  5. Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski
  6. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  7. Illusions – Richard Bach
  8. All That I Have – Castle Freeman
  9. Motel Life – Willie Vlautin
  10. Another Roadside Attraction – Tom Robbins
  11. Sutree – Cormac Mcarthy
  12. Supernatural Strategies – Ian Svenonius
  13. True Grit – Charles Portis
  14. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K Dick
  16. The Old Man and the Sea – Earnest Hemmingway
  17. The Electric Cool Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  18. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S Thompson
  19. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
  20. Roots – Alex Haley
  21. The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber
  22. Midwich Cuckoos – John Windham
  23. Butcher’s Crossing – John Williams
  24. The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds – John Higgs
  25. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

25 albums to keep you occupied:

  1. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  2. The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips
  3. Under The Western Freeway – Grandaddy
  4. Neu! – Neu!
  5. Monster Movie – Can
  6. Lord Sitar – Lord Sitar
  7. A Group – Bob Markley
  8. Doremi Fasol Latido – Hawkwind
  9. Jammy Smears – Ivor Cutler
  10. Journey in Satchidananda – Alice Coltrane
  11. Faust IV – Faust
  12. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
  13. A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
  14. The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
  15. Golem – Wand
  16. Silver Apples – Silver Apples
  17. Internal Wrangler – Clinic
  18. In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s – Let’s Wrestle
  19. Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  20. Blue – Joni Mitchell
  21. Fairport Convention
  22. The Mad Cap Laughs – Syd Barrett
  23. Histoire de Melody Nelson – Serge Gainsbourg
  24. White Light/ White Heat – The Velvet Underground
  25. An Electric Storm – White Noise

25 Films/Telly to keep you occupied:

  1. The Wicker Man
  2. Kes
  3. Nuts in May
  4. Whistle Down the Wind
  5. Taxi Driver
  6. Silent Running
  7. Time Bandits
  8. Vanishing Point
  9. Twin Peaks
  10. Duel
  11. Rumblefish
  12. This is Spinal Tap
  13. Our Day Out
  14. Driver 23
  15. Dig!
  16. Head
  17. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  18. Wild at Heart
  19. Harold and Maud
  20. The Avengers (original 60s tv series)
  21. The Prisoner
  22. This is England
  23. Kids
  24. Jason and the Argonauts
  25. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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