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Geegeenumber1
Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
Do you have any evening hobby. How do you spend the evenings

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,379 Disability Gamechanger
    Mainly watching TV I'm a couch potato 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can't help I will
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    me too but i do some social and church groups on zoom when not too tired

    i like to watch old classic soaps like eastenders and corrie hate the new stuff though

    what do you like to watch
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,356 Disability Gamechanger
    I tend to binge on box sets, i'm watching Merlin on iplayer atm.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    whats that about

    im thinking of going back to netflix when i finish uni for the year
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,023 Pioneering
    I spend my evenings writing my book, just popped on here 4 a break, I do have TV on in background
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    wow how exciting have you been doing it long do you intend to publish do tell more if not a secret oc
  • spankie76
    spankie76 Member Posts: 30 Connected
    If im not playing my xbox im doing my model cars or a jigsaw. Oh the excitement 🤣🤣
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,023 Pioneering
    edited June 12
    @Geegeenumber1 been doing it for about 8 months but not stayed focused, even gone months with out picking it up, now I make myself dedicated every evening at least 2 hours,  lots of research has been  needed also. I intend to find a publisher 
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    how wonderful good luck with it
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,622 Disability Gamechanger
    In the evenings I tend to watch YouTube videos of old TV shows or do some studying, with a wee dram. :)
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  • languagelover96
    languagelover96 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    language learning
    astrology
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    That's interesting what languages. Are you doing it in any particular way how is it going
  • innocent21
    innocent21 Posts: 35 Connected
    My talents are programming or web development, music production, writing, making podcasts and playing the piano.

    I also like reading, sociology, socialising, watching television and YouTube. It would be good to play video games and tabletop games but I don't have the time for that as I'm too busy creating things.
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    I'm a bit of a nerd.  Family history is my big hobby but I love history in general, mostly social history linked to the common person rather than nobility or monarchy. 
    I do read a fair bit of fiction (mostly historical or fantasy with bits of sci fi thrown in).  I read books as well as eBooks where I can get my iPad to read to me which helps when I'm trying to take in information (I've ClaroRead and other programs for my laptop to read books and papers to me too).
    I'm a big music fan and was going to a lot of concerts (I've two waiting for Covid restrictions to ease) though now looking at them to see if I can sit through them.  Lots of genres but mostly rock and metal (but I do LOVE Eurovision).
    I'm trying to learn Polish just now, not very successfully.
    Do watch a fair bit of TV.  Lots of true crime, bit of Ghost Adventures and lots of different series.  Currently binging on Star Trek, Kim's Convenience and awaiting new Cobra Kai, Last Kingdom, Westworld, American Gods... 
    I spend too much time on Animal Crossing haha!  
    Did used to do a lot of walking for miles at a time, but now I can walk around the block with my stick and that's about my limit.
    So I do keep myself busy.  Only recently lost my job so I've had a lot of spare time on my hands. 
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    how interesting
    sorry to hear you lost your job but its good you have time to pursue your hobbies
    i use claroread for university but i still find it hard to read books using it there are some steps you need to follow to do it i was getting a tech adviser from uni but he wasnt great haha
    sounds like youo have an action packed life which is brilliant !
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    @Geegeenumber1 are they books you're scanning or PDF books?  I have my iPad set up with ClaroView (which I think was free) and I read PDF and eBooks on there far more easily than on my laptop.  I do use ClaroRead for more than books.  If you have essays due, use ClaroRead as another proofreader.  Sometimes it's easier to hear the mistakes than see them :)  That was something I discovered in my last year of uni for myself... I wish I realised sooner!  There is a great YouTube tech guy called Codpast (rather than Podcast...) who deals with setting up assistive tech for dyslexics amongst other bits and bobs that might be worth checking out if your tech advisor didn't help out.
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    @Geegeenumber1 it's ClaroPDF I have on my iPad and I can link it up with my Google Cloud so I can put papers I need/want to read on there and import them onto my iPad to read.  Hope that's of some help :) 
  • Cheer_Autism_China
    Cheer_Autism_China Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Nice to meet you! I love drawing and art (see my profile haha!)  :)
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    yes helpful thank you 

    i need it for reading textbooks for my masters some of the them are copyright protected and theres a process you need to go through but i think its just practice
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    nice to meet you
  • dem63
    dem63 Member Posts: 19 Courageous
    watching Netflix with my lady at nights and if I find the courage again I will go to take some pictures with my camera ....
  • dem63
    dem63 Member Posts: 19 Courageous
    language learning
    astrology
    if you want help with the Greek language I can help :smile:

  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    I used to play electric guitar, nowadays it makes me a bit tired and hands are stiff and clumsy, so i would say video games whenever i feel fit for them :)

    Really want to get into reading.

    Ps. Ooh how could i forget... music is life ♡ 
  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
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  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    edited June 23
    @HanzRolo hello again dude! Sorry about your job! On a positive side, you will have plenty free time!

    History is great, love watching documentaries.

    Do you like watching about Nazi Germany or other war related stuff? 

    Good luck with learning Polish lol!

    I dont know it, but it looks and sounds very complicated :D
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,836 Pioneering
    I love history and the family history aspect has me interested and I have been for a while. Does anyone know where best to start?
  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    @MarkN88 i love history too! Do you mean where to find good history documentaries?
    I usually find plenty on YouTube, not sure if this was your question
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,836 Pioneering
    kelics said:
    @MarkN88 i love history too! Do you mean where to find good history documentaries?
    I usually find plenty on YouTube, not sure if this was your question
    No, sorry, I meant where is best to start with starting to look into my family history/tree. 
  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    @MarkN88 aaah i see. Well good luck with :)
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    kelics said:
    @HanzRolo hello again dude! Sorry about your job! On a positive side, you will have plenty free time!

    History is great, love watching documentaries.

    Do you like watching about Nazi Germany or other war related stuff? 

    Good luck with learning Polish lol!

    I dont know it, but it looks and sounds very complicated :D
    Haha hey man :)  Yeah, time to work out what to do next I guess.

    Nah I'm more into Vikings and social history.  Mostly "Dark Age" history.  The bits that there aren't already tonnes written about  :D

    Yeah, I'm dyslexic too so it's been an interesting experience.  I'm teaching myself so no one laughing in class at me which is a bonus.
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    MarkN88 said:
    I love history and the family history aspect has me interested and I have been for a while. Does anyone know where best to start?
    Get a notepad (either physical or on your computer) and write down what you know already, parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles etc.  Ask your family what they know and pull it together and see what you have.  You might find you can only get one side of your family to your grandparents or much further back.  Then you should look at the best place for you to start researching.  It's worth noting that some libraries have free access to either Ancestry or FindMyPast so I would check with them before getting a subscription as they can be pricey.  I use both websites as they have different things on them.  FindMyPast is better for UK and Irish, Ancestry is better for North America but both have a lot for Engish and Welsh.  Scotland is trickier, a lot of it is on Scotland'sPeople which you have to pay credits for certificates.  Hope that helps :) 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,614 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @MarkN88 - when I looked into my husband's family tree, I used Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/     & they have free trials. They're good for looking at previous census returns. I didn't use the hints that others gave, as I found several to be misleading. Also look online for parish registers to find births, deaths & marriages. I also found online help from one local group who were very knowledgeable.
  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 1,836 Pioneering
    @chiarieds @HanzRolo

    Thanks. I will take that on board. I also found some info on the BBC website that I’m going to read. 
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    @HanzRolo
    good luck with your langugage learning how are you learning im thinking of picking up german as learned the basics at school and think this would be the easiest - is it a free course you do how do you go about it  
  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    @HanzRolo me too, finished Vikings series not long ago, could have done few more seasons :)

    Theres a cool youtube channel you might like Bjorn Andreas Bull-Hansen check it out
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

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    @Geegeenumber1

    I use the DuoLingo app on my smartphone for language learning, it's easy to use and free so definitely worth a look.
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  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    thank you are you learning one
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

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    I sporadically do German @Geegeenumber1, I studied it at A-level when I was in education and I just like to brush up every now and again.

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  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    i was top at it at school but didnt do a level

    im thinking of doing german as well ! how exciting

    an excuse to go back to berlin
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

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    Go for it @Geegeenumber1! How many times have you been to Berlin? I've sadly never had the pleasure but been to Cologne a few times
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,614 Disability Gamechanger
    I use Duolingo too for learning German; it's very good.
  • Geegeenumber1
    Geegeenumber1 Member Posts: 392 Courageous
    i went to berlin once as part of a dual trip with krakow would love to go back

    i thought cologne was france ha ha

    haha chiarieds we are all learning german how cool
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    MarkN88 said:
    @chiarieds @HanzRolo

    Thanks. I will take that on board. I also found some info on the BBC website that I’m going to read. 
    There are loads of groups on Facebook that have super sleuths when you get stuck or have advice on getting started.  I've been doing my tree for 12 years and taken a DNA test.  Turns out I am human after all  :D
    As @chiarieds said, Ancestry do free trials and they have free weekends around holidays like St Patricks or VE Day.  You can sign up and have a free account, but you won't have access to the records when you don't pay for it.  When I was a student with pennies to rub together, I'd take a few months off but my account remained and when I was able to pay again, I picked up where I left off (though I did back everything up just in case).
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    @HanzRolo
    good luck with your langugage learning how are you learning im thinking of picking up german as learned the basics at school and think this would be the easiest - is it a free course you do how do you go about it  
    I am using Duolingo.  I did start a course on learning languages on Open University for free and I listen to podcasts in Polish from time to time.  I watched a series on Netflix too which I enjoyed called Ultraviolet so I could get used to the sound of the language.  There's a lady on YouTube who does a series called 5-Minute Language where she teaches you the do's and don'ts of trying to learn a new language.  I don't have any Polish friends I can practise with, so it's all at my own very slow pace.  Euro 2020 has made me slow down on hobbies while I yell at the TV  :D  
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    kelics said:
    @HanzRolo me too, finished Vikings series not long ago, could have done few more seasons :)

    Theres a cool youtube channel you might like Bjorn Andreas Bull-Hansen check it out
    I didn't watch Vikings.  I'm a bit funny with watching series about the time period I studied at university.  I get annoyed when they get things wrong.  I do LOVE Last Kingdom though.  Well worth a binge watch if you haven't seen it already.  They've just finished filming the final series  :'( 

    Thanks, I've bookmarked it so I can check it out later :) 
  • JanetMor
    JanetMor Member Posts: 19 Connected
    Ive been doing some weaving on a rigid heddle loom
  • HanzRolo
    HanzRolo Member Posts: 47 Connected
    @JanetMor that is amazing!!  What a fantastic skill to have! :) 
  • JanetMor
    JanetMor Member Posts: 19 Connected
    I have only been learning it this year, mostly be watching youtube videos, HanzRolo
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,614 Disability Gamechanger
    That's really good @JanetMar - I've tried weaving before, & it's not as easy as it looks; I'm impressed. :)
  • JanetMor
    JanetMor Member Posts: 19 Connected
    Thanks Chiarieds, it's not easy but I can manage if my husband helps me to warp it.
  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    HanzRolo said:
    kelics said:
    @HanzRolo me too, finished Vikings series not long ago, could have done few more seasons :)

    Theres a cool youtube channel you might like Bjorn Andreas Bull-Hansen check it out
    I didn't watch Vikings.  I'm a bit funny with watching series about the time period I studied at university.  I get annoyed when they get things wrong.  I do LOVE Last Kingdom though.  Well worth a binge watch if you haven't seen it already.  They've just finished filming the final series  :'( 

    Thanks, I've bookmarked it so I can check it out later :) 
    thanks mate, i will!
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,622 Disability Gamechanger
    @kelics

    What did you think of Vikings? I really liked that programme. It's one of the few modern TV shows I watched :)

    I'm sure there are points that are not historically accurate but it served its purpose well I thought which was to entertain. :)

    I'm not sure about more series because I found it started to go over the same kind of stuff but yes maybe they could have done more.
  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    @66Mustang i loved it. I wish Ragnar didnt die. My fav ep/season was where they tried to conquer Paris. Lagarta, Bjorn, Ragnar, Floki my fav chars.

    What about you?
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,622 Disability Gamechanger
    Floki was my favourite! :smiley: I liked Bishop Heahmund as well. And Ivar!

    Yes the Paris ones were really well done I thought. I think my favourites were the earlier series but I liked them all. I did like the fiery battle in series 5.

    I think the story of Ragnar was based on mythology and he died in the myths so I guess he had to die in the series, it was sad though.
  • kelics
    kelics Member Posts: 84 Courageous
    @66Mustang need to rewatch it just to refresh the memory
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,614 Disability Gamechanger
    Was Ragnar a mythological character tho? - found this interesting: https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Ragnar-Lothbrok/   

  • Grinchy
    Grinchy Member Posts: 437 Pioneering
    I like to sit with the wife and watch a tv show or movie, we have a big collection of films on bluray and dvd, i also stream movies, but prefer to have a physical copy, if i'm working on a clay sculpture i often sit at the kitchen table in the evenings and just pick at it, i love my artwork, but it gets very stressgfull sometimes working on the lifesized pieces
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,622 Disability Gamechanger
    That was interesting to read @chiarieds :)

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