With the UK’s third lockdown showing no signs of easing anytime soon, ongoing school closures have meant that, up and down the country, teachers have once again been assigned the difficult task of moving their syllabus online. And, with children now facing day after day staring blankly at a screen, away from the buzzing, interactive environment of the classroom, it’s no surprise that – for teachers and students alike – school is starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day.
We all remember the start of lockdown, where the streets were stripped bare of people and it seemed like an almost eery stillness had descended over everything around us. The empty canals of Venice turned translucent, hotels lay empty, and pollution was so low that people could see the Himalayas for the time. With international travel bans in place, COVID-19 seemed to bring a globalised and interconnected world to a sudden, screeching halt.
Now, as news of the vaccine brings about a new era of hope for a post-pandemic world, it’s anticipated that those who have been deprived of their usual summer getaways will begin flocking to tourist hotspots in record numbers once travel bans are lifted. With concerns rising about the impact this will have on countries already battling overtourism, we explore whether virtual reality could become part of travel’s “new normal”.
It’s official: Crown-fever has taken over! With this season chronicling the royal events of the 1980s, including the infamous Princess Diana years, it’s easy to see why the show has captivated audiences. Offering an unparalleled window into the royal family, who have long prided themselves on maintaining a “stiff upper lip”, The Crown takes us behind closed doors, revealing a more human side to the institution we all thought we knew so well.
Everyone remembers their first day at school; the ill-fitting uniform, the oversized rucksacks, the curious flutters of nerves mixed with excitement, the… face masks?
As the education system slowly adapts to the “new normal”, digital tech and virtual reality have become vital substitutes for in-person experiences – and school open days are no exception. But, understandably, many headteachers are left scratching their heads wondering how to channel the magic of their school through a laptop screen.
Since Covid-19, have you missed visiting certain places? Perhaps your local heritage site, favourite restaurant or the gym?
Most of us can’t wait to get back to the way things were. And it’s not surprising why.
With the growth of iBuying — the electronic sale of real estate that is often sight-unseen and completed online — more buyers and sellers are embracing the virtual property tour. iBuyers represent a dramatic shift in the way people are buying and selling properties.
Imagine watching the world go by in Manhattan’s Central Park, scuba diving in the Barrier Reef or exploring the Pyramids of Giza, all from the comfort of your own home. These experiences are now possible with Virtual Reality, a disruptive technology that is allowing people to be transported to a completely new place with the click of a button.