Looking on the bright side.

It has been a very busy week here, and I am fortunate enough to remain fully employed throughout this mess.  Others are less fortunate; many even having to take an enforced break, often without pay.  I don't envy those people living in crowded and cramped accommodation in Corona hot spots like London.  If that is you, you have my sympathies.  Still, at least the daylight hours are stretching, and the clocks change to summertime this weekend. If like us, you are lucky enough to have some outside space, then at least there should be an opportunity to use it.

Free entertainment for kids and adults alike is becoming increasingly important because those expensive subscriptions to the likes of Netflix or Amazon may be unsustainable for many.  So, here's a plug.  I have received a few emails from archive.org recently.  They have a load of stuff on there from video games, to movies, to books, music, magazines and much more.  You could keep yourself entertained for years with the content on this site.  Better yet, their books (all 1.4 million of them)used to frequently require users to join a queue for them, and the wait could be quite long, depending on the popularity of the book.  The queuing system has been abolished for the duration of this epidemic, so there is no excuse for anyone to be short of reading material.

Their address is www.archive.org.  Please publicise this and any of the others below.  There are many people out there who may be glad to have access to so much content.  I have no connection with these sites.

A few other sites with free content and no catches are below.  If you know of any other good ones, please let me know and I will add them to the list.  all of these should be a bit more constructive than simply watching the endless gloomy Corona updates that seem to be the only content on TV these days!  Between these, and Yuotube, we will at least be entertained.

https://www.gutenberg.org/  Free books.

https://americanliterature.com/home  Free books.

https://www.instructables.com/  Crafting, art, baking.  You name it, if you want a hands on project, have a look here.

Whatever you do, stay safe out there.


  1. Hi Ian,
    Well done on remaining in the ranks of gainfully employed! Thank you too for the links, none of which I knew about. Archive.org looks especially good. I've got lots of outside projects at present but with autumn upon us, I'm bound to be stuck indoors from time to time.

    Be safe.....

    1. There is a lot of bike related stuff on there Geoff. The view you posted from your patio looks to be entertaining in its own right. Would a good book, and a cold beer enhance it even more? :-)


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