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OGN Saturday

Today's selection of positive, uplifting news snippets.

  • Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin wins OGN's award for comedy - and the most 'flashback' appropriate - face mask.

  • Hundreds of people who helped the vulnerable and lifted the nation’s spirits at the height of the coronavirus pandemic have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

  • Heroic Modern Day Atlas: Here's a singularly uplifting modern-day version of strength and friendship.

  • Seattle is handing out free trees, starting this week, for it's residents to plant and enjoy.

  • Germans versus Brazilians: No, it's not a football match or anything to do with penalty shoot outs. This pair of short videos is all about the difference in approach to righting a huge articulated truck. Teutonic precision versus Latin "let's see how this works". The difference in results is hilarious. If you're German.

  • Excellent news from Yorkshire, where a care home has installed the UK’s first self-disinfecting door pads to tackle virus spread during the winter months.

  • Successful Rewilding of English Country Estate: The Knepp Estate in Sussex is becoming one of the largest and most prosperous rewilding projects in Britain.

  • Every now and then someone sends you a YouTube link to a cover version of one of your favourite songs, right? If you're a fan of Fleetwood Mac's Dreams, check this out.

  • Clean up Sparks Viral Results: Members of a youth charity in a north Paris suburb that is known for gang violence were amazed when their efforts to clean up their neighbourhood inspired a national clean-up campaign.

  • London's Old Vic are to perform and live-stream their terrific production of A Christmas Carol this year, from 12 - 24 December. So, wherever you are in the world, OGN would really recommend it for a Christmas treat. Book your tickets here.

  • The ability to cut DNA where you want has revolutionised the life sciences, so the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to two female scientists who developed this gene-editing tool. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to ever share the award and will split the prize money of 10 million krona (£861,200 / $1,110,400).

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