TGI Friday

Updated: Apr 10

Wrapping up the week with some upbeat news nuggets.

  • Congratulations to Thomas Vijayan, who has won the title of World Nature Photographer of the Year for this image of an orangutan in Borneo.

  • There's very good news from El Salvador, which has become the first country in Central America to be certified malaria-free.

  • Is this the dream job? There's an opening to become a chocolate tester with organic chocolate UK start-up, Seed and Bean. They have launched a nationwide search for four chocoholics to join its inner tasting circle. You don't even need industry experience – just a love of the good stuff. You can find out more via the ad and applications close on 11 April.

  • Is envy always green? The colour was first associated with envy about 2,700 years ago and today holds true across numerous cultures, but not all. And colour references are a multi-cultural way of classifying subjects and emotions.

  • Britain is now halfway to hitting the 2050 target on carbon emissions.

  • Undergoing peer review: cannabis has been found to stop Covid-19 replication in lungs, suggesting the plant holds yet another astounding quality. Also, observational data from patients who were taking CBD before they were tested for coronavirus showed that its use was associated with a significantly lower infection rate than those not taking CBD.

  • This is fun: It's a website which allows you to make up words and see what they mean (if you click, you'll see how it works). How do people come up with things like that?!

  • Get paid to learn Cherokee: With only 2,000 fluent speakers left, the tribe wants those who love the culture to help preserve it. Join the 2 year course and earn $40,000.

  • Good old Ed Sheeran. An abstract painting by the pop star raised more than £51,000 for a cancer charity. The picture was raffled off for Cancer Concern in Suffolk, with each ticket costing £20. Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists; and his 2019 tour became the highest-grossing of all time.

  • Nannie Helen Boroughs: A name you probably don't recognise, but she was a pretty amazing woman. In the 1890s she was denied a teaching job in America for being ‘too Black,’ so she started her own school and fought tirelessly throughout her 82 years so that Black women of every shade might have the right to an education, fair wages, suffrage - and a place of leadership in the country.

  • A Taiwanese official has pleaded with people to stop changing their name to “salmon” after dozens made the unusual move to take advantage of a restaurant promotion. About 150 mostly young people visited government offices in recent days to officially change their name. The cause of this sudden enthusiasm was a chain of sushi restaurants. Under the two-day promotion, any customer whose ID card contained “gui yu” - the Chinese characters for salmon - would be entitled to an all-you-can-eat sushi meal along with five friends.

  • Earth’s only natural satellite and the Red Planet will appear very closely together this evening. Look up and see a waxing crescent moon appear in conjunction with Mars. Tonight is special for one more reason: as the clock hands swipe past midnight it’ll become vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere - even though clocks don't go forward until 28 March.

  • Fancy a whistlestop tour around the extraordinarily beautiful landscapes of South America? This 7 minute short film is stunning!