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What to do in self-isolation

Jonathan Novak
Culture Editor: Online Grace Hamilton shares a number of different suggestions for how to spend the summer in London while in lockdown.

As the spread of the COVID-19 virus worsens, self-isolation and social distancing have become common practices. This has made it difficult for people to find adequate sources of entertainment. Walking in an open space like a park or around your neighborhood can be a relatively safe alternative to going to shops or visiting friends in houses. Nevertheless, below are many new things that can be tried from indoors.

A book you can’t put down:

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré 

Although it was just released earlier this month, “The Girl With The Louding Voice” has already been met with numerous praises. Its ratings support the comments as it holds a 4.9 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon. 

The story follows Adunni, a fourteen-year-old girl living in a small Nigerian town, and starts with her about to be married off to a man who already has a daughter her age. As if her life was not complicated enough at this point, Adunni ends up working as a servant in a home in Lagos, though her employer’s other staff eventually become Adunni’s honorary family. 

Despite the maltreatment she has faced throughout her life, Adunni is courageous and determined to reach her dream of being educated and finding success through working hard. “The Girl With The Louding Voice” is a tale of struggle, strength and humor, as it sheds light on the issue of modern slavery from a unique and engaging perspective. Click here to view the book on Amazon.

A must-see movie:

The Banker

This film takes place during the 1960s in the U.S. when African-American entrepreneurs Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris are trying to find a way to overcome the prominent racial prejudice they face. In order to give their business venture a chance at success, the duo train a white man to pose as the head of their company while Garrett and Morris pose as a chauffeur and a janitor. “The Banker” boasts a respectable cast as it features the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, who do this civil rights drama justice. The film is available to be streamed on Apple TV+.

Top song releases of the week:

  1. Getaway Green – All Time Low
  2. Actions – John Legend
  3. The Way That I Love You – Passenger

How are you finding self-isolation?


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About the Contributors
Raunak Lally
Raunak Lally, Culture Editor: Online Emeritus
Raunak Lally (’20) is the Culture Editor: Online Emeritus. In her junior year, she was a staff writer and was just as dedicated then as she is now to the Culture section of The Standard. She is committed to her community partnership as she wants to explore and connect more with others in her community. She enjoys creative writing as much as journalistic writing, and loves completing math problems as much as completing an article.
Jonathan Novak
Jonathan Novak, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus
Jonathan Novak (’20) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus of The Standard. He joined The Standard as a staff writer as a freshman and previously was the Sports Editor. He likes writing and exploring issues in the school and the professional sports world. Novak is involved in the varsity soccer and track teams. His favorite subjects are math and science. Novak has lived in London for his entire life and been at ASL since K-1.

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    Anne RichardsonMar 22, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Dear Standard editors and reporters,

    Way to go! I am SO impressed with how you are keeping up with all the news, and keeping all of us in mind. You all epitomize the innovation and kindness that will come to the forefront of this wild and wacky mess.

    Keep it up and stay well!
    Mrs. R.