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The Adam guide to getting through lockdown



From the best books, films and video games to top tips for keeping the kids happy – Adam has your back during these testing times

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As we all stay indoors to help save lives, it can be hard to focus when you’re working from home, schooling your children from home, pretty much doing everything from home!

Even the biggest of houses can feel small, even the closest of families can feel the pressure. Tensions can build, tempers can fray and talking can…become a thing of the past.

But don’t worry. Help is at hand.


Handy guides to keep you busy

Adam Concierge ordinarily helps Adam Black cardholders with everything from restaurant bookings to travel arrangements. But during this unprecedented period, we are making available to all our clients – whether Black cardholders or not – a range of handy guides from our concierge partners at Ten Lifestyle Group. We hope they help keep you and your loved ones active, entertained and happy.

Here is what is already available – click on the link to see each guide – and more will be published over the coming weeks. You can also find out more about how we are supporting clients and working to minimise any disruption to our service during these challenging times by clicking here.

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Edmund Harvey-Jamieson, Executive Director at Adam says, “We remain focused on supporting our clients through these challenging times and continuing to deliver our core banking, lending and investment services. Where we can, we also want to support our clients and colleagues in adjusting to the current environment. The helpful guides Adam Concierge has made widely available are a positive way to do this."

Six ways to beat the stay-at-home blues

A selection of top tips to keep boredom at bay, taken from Ten’s guides


1)      Turn your young one into a household scientist

Your home is full of simple ingredients perfect for household ‘experiments’. Look around for the elements you need to make, for example, an indoor volcano (soap, white vinegar, baking soda, food colouring and water).

2)      Grow your own fruit and vegetables

Think about planting your own herbs, fruit and vegetables. Not only can it be extremely rewarding, it can also reduce your shopping list.

3)      See some stand-up

Need cheering up? Multi-award winning comedian Sarah Millican’s fourth stand-up show, Outsider Live, is streaming on Amazon Prime. Hear her frank take on morning routines, bonding with your cat and being the lady of the house.

4)      Read a classic

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley all feature in Ten’s best novels list. Whether you have read them before or are delving into them for the first time, now is definitely a good time to get lost in a good book.

5)      Watch ‘The Shawshank Redemption’

Possibly the most uplifting film ever made, even if it is set amid the cold, grey walls of a prison. A film about hope, friendship and…well…redemption, this will fill a couple of hours very nicely and leave you feeling warm inside. (Caution – adults only)

6)      Slay a monster

Videogame The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, lauded by critics, is a fantastic way to lose yourself in another world for many, many hours. Based on the novels of Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, you play as genetically-modified monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. And if you like it, you can stream the Netflix adaptation too. (Caution – contains violence, adults only).

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