The people opening new shops

Emilee Geist

Jessica Stewart, Anna Strzelecki and Sophia Sutton-Jones are hoping to make it on the High Street
Jessica Stewart, Anna Strzelecki and Sophia Sutton-Jones are hoping to make it on the High Street

It’s just before nine in the morning in the well-heeled north London suburb of Highgate. The area boasts A-list movie stars, Nobel laureates, some of the nicest views in London and in a few minutes’ time Jessica Stewart will officially open the neighbourhood’s new yoga studio.

Many businesses have rushed to move their services online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but Jessica is one of those taking advantage of newly empty premises to go into the High Street.

“It is a huge risk and absolutely terrifying,” she says, shortly before her first class begins at her new State studio.

But she also says that the service has never been more important.

“Everyone’s mental health and physical health has been hugely affected by the lockdown.”

Flexible business

During lockdown one of Jessica’s streams

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Here Are All the Must-See Virtual Panels

Emilee Geist

New York Comic Con’s first-ever virtual convention is less than two weeks away and the schedule for the 4-day lineup has been set, with appearances by new TV series like “Utopia” and “The Stand,” and reunions for fan-favorite shows, including “Lost” and “Smallville.”

Hosted by NYCC parent ReedPop and dubbed New York Comic Con’s “Metaverse,” the online event will run Oct. 8-11 as the virtual replacement for New York Comic Con 2020. The NYCC Metaverse panels will stream on New York Comic Con’s YouTube channel.

Per ReedPop, “In addition to panels streaming live & on-demand exclusively via YouTube, fans will be able to participate in talent Q&A’s during panels, turn every panel into a watch party and geek out with other fans using YouTube’s Comments, Community Tab, and Live Chat features.”

See below for a list of must-see TV and film-centric “Metaverse” panels and their descriptions, courtesy of New York … Read More

Art venues are carefully reopening

Emilee Geist

Of all the cultural formats, visual arts would seem the most easily adapted to the COVID era. Museums have long used timed tickets for blockbuster exhibitions. Galleries can be visited by appointment. And film can be readily viewed on the small screen — or as we’ve rediscovered, on a large one from the safety of a car.

None of that helps the December art fairs, which depend on crowds to support organizers’ costs of exhibition space and gallery stalls and gallerists’ costs of shipping and staffing. So it was no surprise when Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Miami / Context and NADA announced they would not stage their regular December showcases — dealing a spiritual blow to the region along with an economic hit to hotels, restaurants, museums, galleries and artists.

The good news: Many museums, galleries and artist spaces have already reopened; others will soon. SuperBlue — a new

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The Fellowship of the Ring’

Emilee Geist

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." <p class="copyright">New Line Cinema</p>
Ian McKellen as Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”
  • Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy is full of cool prop details, intricate production designs, and cameos that the average viewer might not have noticed.

  • We combed through all of the extended-edition DVD features to find the best details in the movies.

  • From Gandalf’s sneaky pipe-staff to cameo appearances and more, see the 15 things you might have missed in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” here.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Nineteen years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal fantasy story “The Lord of the Rings” debuted as an iconic movie franchise. Director Peter Jackson assembled an incredible team of actors and craftsmen to bring the highly detailed world of Middle Earth to life. 

Each of the three movies was released in an extended-edition DVD

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5 Cool Motorcycle Accessories to Make Your Ride More Enjoyable

Emilee Geist

Photo credit: Art Center/Ducati
Photo credit: Art Center/Ducati

From Car and Driver

This may be peak motorcycle riding season right now, so that means peak gear-buying season, too. Consider some of this gear if you’re going out on your motorcycle. It’ll keep you comfortable, cool, and safe. And those are the three main ingredients for a good summer’s ride.

Bluarmor blu3 A 10 and blu3 E 20 Helmet Air Cooler

Yes, the bluarmor blu3 A 10 is an air conditioner for your head! It attaches to the front of your full-face helmet and blows cool air directly into your face, thus making long rides so much comfier, particularly in stop-and-go city traffic where you’d be flipping up and then flipping down your visor all day. The blu3 E20 even offers Bluetooth connectivity and voice control of fan speed. Both offer cool(er) air inside what used to be the sweatbox of your brain bucket. To

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This set of online courses could kickstart your freelance career

Emilee Geist

This set of online courses could kickstart your freelance career
This set of online courses could kickstart your freelance career

TL;DR: The Kickstart Your Freelance Career Course Bundle is on sale for £23.55 as of Sept. 27, saving you 98% on list price.

Not to alarm you or anything, but it’s a rough moment to be looking for a new gig. If you’re struggling to find work or searching for an additional stream of income, you may want to look into kickstarting a side hustle or pivoting to a freelance role and working for yourself.

If you have a marketable skill perfect for freelancing (think copywriting, web design, digital marketing, and coding) but don’t want to enter the freelance world blind, the Kickstart Your Freelance Career Course Bundle will show you the ropes. For just £23.55, you’ll receive eight courses, all of which are designed to help your freelance career thrive. Here’s a sneak peek:

Kickstart a Freelance Editor and

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