OGN Monday

Updated: Mar 16

Today's bundle of positive news snippets.


  • A newly-painted road sign with a letter missing has caused much laughter on social media after a council quipped "someone is having a worse day than you". A photo of the "No Enry" sign, in Maldon, Essex, was posted on Facebook and Twitter by the district council. People said it had "made their day", asked what "poor 'Enry" had done, and suggested staff were "on a T break".

  • Something delicious is growing in southeast Atlanta, in America's largest free food forest, spanning 7.1 acres and packed with 2,500 pesticide-free edible and medicinal plants. In 2016, the Conservation Fund bought the land and formed a partnership with the city of Atlanta, and slowly but surely the forest began to take shape. Now it's lovingly tended by volunteers, forming part of Atlanta's wider mission to bring healthy food within half a mile of 85% of the city's 500,000 residents by 2022.

  • Mayonnaise saves turtles Novel cleansing solution helps save endangered green sea turtles off Israel's coast after oil spill.

  • Forgiveness: A farmer in Canada who caught a lynx in his chicken coop didn't react the way one might expect after it had killed a couple of his chickens. He didn't grab a gun or yell at the wild animal. Instead, Chris Paulson grabbed the lynx by the scruff of its neck, lifted it off the ground and scooped it from the coop. Then he gave it a gentle scolding. "He just looked ... a bit like a kid with its hand in the chocolate chip bag," Paulson told CBC News. "So I kind of gave him a little lecture and and then told him he shouldn't come back."

  • Conscious capitalism is not an oxymoron A new report ranks the best companies to work for in 2021, based on how they treat people and the planet. That most are currently hiring is, perhaps, testament to the resilience of compassionate organisations in tough times.

  • Firefall. It's a magical word for a magical phenomenon that lights up Yosemite National Park in California for just a few days a year. It happens when the rays of the setting sun hit the waters of Horsetail Fall juuust right, illuminating the water with a pinkish-orange hue. Firefall "season," as it were, concludes any day now.

  • Heroes among us Last summer, Patrick Hutchinson was caught on video rescuing a man at a London protest that had turned violent, and unwittingly stepped onto the world stage....

  • Good news from Chile as the country has now administered more than 3.1m vaccine doses in just three weeks, emerging as a global leader in Covid-19 inoculations, trailing only the US, UK, UAE and Israel in vaccination doses per 100 people.

  • A federal judge has approved a $650m settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users. US district judge James Donato approved the deal in a class-action lawsuit that was filed in Illinois in 2015. The good news is that this should stop Facebook doing such things again and that nearly 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims will each receive at least $345, making it one of the largest settlements ever for a privacy violation.

  • For an uplifting mood-booster, you'll enjoy this clever mix of movie stars dancing to...'I'm So Excited!'