WHAT'S ON

Things to do: During lockdown in Oberon

Region locked down

Events cancelled

So, the state has (finally) been locked down and there are a handful of reasons you can leave your home? That doesn't mean there is nothing for you to do until this outbreak is brought under control.

Learn a language: Can you string new words together?

Learn a language: Can you string new words together?

Learn a language

Ciao, bella

You may not be able to travel overseas, but it doesn't mean you can't get a taste of touring by learning the language of the next country you want to go to. There are a range of language-learning apps and, while they may not be as comprehensive as immersing yourself on the ground, they will get you on your way. Indulge in Italian; natter in Norwegian; soak up some Spanish; or roll some Russian off your tongue. If nothing else it will impress your friends. There are some free ones out there, like Duolingo, that even have Klingon on their rota.

Test out new skills: Time to pick up the guitar you during the last lockdown.

Test out new skills: Time to pick up the guitar you during the last lockdown.

Test out new skills

Try time

Whether it be cooking, knitting or a taking up musical instrument, you probably started learning a new skill last lockdown. In the interim it may have been pushed aside for other activities, but now it can be dusted off. You already started (that's the hard part), now you can re-explore that skill and expand on what you know. If you're new to sourdough (I know, probably nobody by now) or want to branch out a bit from plain old white, have a look at foodbodsourdough.com.

Listen to a podcast: Relax and be taken on an aural journey.

Listen to a podcast: Relax and be taken on an aural journey.

Listen to a podcast

Plug in

You probably do this already, but use your extra time at home wisely and choose something a little bit different, something that expands your mind. Or, catch up on that stockpile of podcasts you keep clicking on to listen to "at some point". We've got some great storytelling on our Vora (Voice of Regional Australia) Podcast - just search vora podcast and your local Australian Community Media website into a Google search. Good listening

Learning activities

From experts

It sounds trite, but you could do worse than to immerse yourself in TEDtalks and learn some new ideas from experts. Or, just people that you admire and who you' like to hear from. Why not try searching out a webinar on a subject of your choice, where someone presents to you as if you are at a conference (but you can pause them at any time if it's pre-recorded).

BINGE WATCH: Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow, on Disney+. Picture: Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios

BINGE WATCH: Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow, on Disney+. Picture: Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios

Binge watch

Square eyes

Whatever your streaming service of choice and no matter your favoured genre, there will be plenty of series available for viewing ... and plenty of time to get it done. Far be it from us to tell you what to watch, but if you're up for it, now is as good a time as any. You could immerse yourself in the Marvel Comics or Star Wars universes (including recently released Black Widow), or enter the world of Pixar on Disney+; try an Amazon original; get lost in Apple TV+ original musical parody Schmigadoon! or; if you prefer, hang out in Docplay for a wide range of documentaries. You could also check out ABC's iview for a range of interesting, must-watch movies that you can stream for free.

Written words: Don't let unread books pile up.

Written words: Don't let unread books pile up.

Written words

Bookworms

That increasing pile of "must read" books you have? Why don't you get started on that? If you're looking for some more to add to the pile, why not try Don Watson's The Story of Australia, the delightfully titled Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir by Marina Warner, or Execution, by SJ Parris.

Future plans

For the calendar

Lockdown won't last forever so it will pay to plan ahead. When the road is again open there will be businesses, communities and events aplenty eagerly awaiting your return. Search for events in your community and then start spreading your wings a little further each time to find at least one thing to do every weekend. Most communities have a what's on list so start by checking out council websites or simply googling "what's on [insert location here]".