Good News Friday

Updated: Jun 12, 2020

Today's positive and uplifting news snippets from across the globe.


  • UK has a national Bank Holiday today to remember its World War II heroes on VE Day. BBC 1 will be covering the day in its inimitable style. See timings and what to expect.

  • Subversive street artist Banksy gives framed picture of a boy playing with a new super-hero nurse. Now hanging in a Southampton hospital and will be auctioned in due course to raise money for NHS charities.

  • After designing a special athletic shoe for healthcare workers that can withstand 12-hour shifts, Nike has donated 30,000 pairs to hospitals across the United States and 2,500 to hospitals in Europe. The company is also sending more than 100,000 additional items, including compression socks and sportswear kits, as a ‘thank you’ to frontline workers.

  • The pandemic has revealed the weakness of strongmen. Women leaders are a symptom of a political system’s success, not necessarily its cause.

  • Good news for UK democracy as bombastic Boris meets his match in forensic Starmer at PMQs.

  • Small scale US farmers are prospering during lockdown by delivering straight to homes. Wherever you live, it's worth investigating whether you can buy direct too.

  • Germany reopens shops as lockdown is relaxed. Bundesliga football has been given the green light to resume (from 15 May) and schools will gradually reopen in the summer term.

  • Cycling has become extremely popular during lockdown. Could Britain become a nation of cyclists? We all know it would be good for our health and the health of the planet.