To bring some light relief in these tough times, we’ve rounded up some of the ways to achieve the ultimate Sunderland themed self-isolation.
1. Do a live workout with Tony Jeffries
Sunderland-born Olympic boxer Tony Jeffries is doing free live workouts from his gym, Box'n'Burn in LA, which has had to close. The workouts, which are available on the Box'n'Burn YouTube channel are attracting views from around the world.
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2. Pour yourself a Poetic License G&T
For parents who are having to home school their kids they'll be in need of a gin at the end of the day. Poetic License gin, distilled at the bar of the same name in Roker, is one of the city's most successful homemade products with flavours such as Honey Bee Blossom, Blackcurrent & Ginger Gin Liqueur and Strawberry and Cream. The bar is closed, but you can pick Poetic License gin at supermarkets and on-line retailers.
3. Make your own pink slices
It's the ultimate Mackem snack - and you can have a go at making your own pink slices in isolation. Sunderland photographer and artist Paul Swinney has put together a handy recipe so you can give it a go. Search for him on Twitter @lightaperture , on Instagram @light_and_aperture and on Facebook at www.lightandaperture.co.uk
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4. The Shipyard Girls
Self-isolation is the perfect excuse to lose yourself in a good book. There's a host of books to enjoy by Sunderland authors including The Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell which is inspired by the hundreds of Wearside women who kept the shipyards afloat during the war. The series has proved such a hit it's even reached the Sunday Times bestsellers list.
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