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8 Things to Do This New Year's Weekend

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A new year is upon us, and before we get straight into our spring cleaning and tackling our long list of resolutions, we think this bank hoiday calls for indulging some more (and we don't just mean on food and booze).

This weekend we've got some things you can enjoy from the comfort of your home to help ease you out of the party season, including a virtual exhibition, a new BBC drama and a moment away from your phone.


1. Online Exhibition - Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa

If you're in need of something a little bit more cultural in between holiday movies, an exhibition is the way to go, and one this one you can observe from the comfort of your home!

By London's Japan House comes Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasan is an audiovisual, 3D exhibition celebarting the work of the Japanese artist famous for his illustrated picture books and paintings.

This exhibition includes some of the highlights of this life's work including paintings, ink work and paper pieces that illustrate landscapes of Europe. We recommend getting the interactive exhibition up on your TV, its great for all ages!

2. The Unforgivable (Netflix)

If you were a fan of 2018's Bird Box, you'll love new crime drama from Netflix, The Unforgiveable. Hollywood royalty Sandra Bullock is back and this time playing Ruth Slater, a woman recently released from prison searching for her long lost sister, with a few societal obstacles in her way.

Grab some microwave popcorn, dim the lights and pretend you're at the cinema.

3. Maybe Baby Newsletter

If you were a fan of the infamous fashion site Man Repeller, you'll love this newsletter by former features director Haley Nahman. A wonderfully refeshing email to recieve in your inbox, Haley writes about modern life and her personal relationship with it, as well as giving advice, recommendations and interviews in a weekly podcast.

You can sign up for free or subscribe for a small monthly fee for even more content.

4. Four Lives - BBC One

If you've read any of our previous 'This Week's Discoveries' blogs, you'll know that we love a BBC drama. 2022 is kicking off with a new series, based on true events and starring national treasure Sheridan Smith.

Following the investigation of the 'Grinder killer', the show promises to be deeply moving and explorative, depicting the failings of the police investigation that took place in 2016.

5. At-Home Massage

We love Christmas, but it can be a stressful time. It's also a big pressure on the wallet, so the last thing most of us are thinking about is treating ourselves even more. If you're looking for a free way to fully relax, try an at-home massage.

This guide from lifestyle platform The Good Trade outlines how to self massage each part of your body that holds stress and tenstion, built up over a busy December of working from home and sitting on the floor wrapping presents.

This is also great if you have a willing partner to act as your masseuse!

6. The Matrix Resurecctions in cinemas

Is it 1999? Nope, it's just the latest installment of the Matrix.
 
Keanu Reeves is back (kind of a unavoidable spoiler there) with Carrie-Anne Moss in the world of virtual reality and artificial intelligence but this time, there's a new pill and a new enemy.

If you can muster the courage to stop our of the house, we recommend seeing it purely for the nostalgia.

7. Put down your phone!

If like us, the pandemic has made you even more addicted to your phone (we're looking at you TikTok), this weekend might be a great time to step away from social media and fill your time with some non-screen activites.

This article from Vice talks you through some simple ways to reduce your screen time. From limiting your notifications, contacting friends in more traditional ways and trying not to instantly google everthing. A good way to start is to place your phone somewhere across the room. This will stop you from reaching for it unprovocked - great to help improve concentration when working too!

The Phone Home by Canadian Ceramisist Rachel Saunders are a beautiful handcrafted home for your home, making it easy to keep it tucked away.

8. Latin Village photo story

If you're looking to learn more about the multicultural city of London, this photo story by Silvana Trevale and Daniela Benain is a beautiful and visual insight into the hub of the capital's Latina community. Based in Seven Sisters (right near the Wolf & Moon studio) is the Seven Sister's Market, home to a food stalls and independent businesses run by the Latina community.
 
This photo story captures the vibrancy and combination of cultures that first congregated here the 70's, showcasing the wonderful diversity of this small area of North London.
 
View the images on British Vogue here.

Bye 2021! See our highlights from the year here.