OGN Sunday

Updated: Jan 17

Today's round up of positive news snippets from across the globe.

  • Wondering what to do with your time during Lockdown2? How about re-arranging your bookshelves?

  • In a somewhat surprising turn of events, iconic beauty brand Estée Lauder is jumping on the space bandwagon and is sending 10 bottles of its Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex serum to space for a new ad campaign. The advert will be shot by NASA on the International Space Station.

  • Northern Ireland Water has announced plans to plant one million trees on its estate within a decade,under the guidance of the Woodland Trust. All the trees will be native species and most will be deciduous broadleaves. This is particularly good news as Northern Ireland is one of the least wooded areas in Europe, with about 8 percent tree cover.

  • Take inspiration from Neil Heritage: He lost both his legs in an attack by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. After recovering from his injuries, he completed triathlons, learned to ski and even joined a team to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Now, 39, the former soldier has notched up another achievement, becoming the first above-the-knee double amputee to scale the Matterhorn. The ex-corporal says he is “over the moon - it’s been a dream of mine for a long time.” It was his third attempt in three years to reach the peak. Co-climber Mark Hooks said it was “just so special, managing to achieve something we’ve worked so hard on over the years”.

  • Belgian artist is using her skills and a community-building grant from the city of Antwerp to bring ordinary lives - and extraordinary stories - out into the open by giving historic, disused boot-scrapers a second act.

  • Residents of an Austrian village are to get a new name after increasing numbers of English-speaking tourists have made a point of stopping by to snap pictures beside the village sign. They finally grew weary of Fucking, its current name - which some experts say dates back to the 11th century - and it's now going to be called Fugging.

  • 900 year old selfie found set in stone: A British art historian’s painstaking study of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela uncovered a medieval prank.

  • A new paper published in Scientific Reports has discovered an extremely sophisticated filtration system at the Corriental reservoir, which supplied the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Deposits of quartz and zeolite - neither of which are local to the reservoir - indicate the Mayans used these minerals to purify their drinking water supply. These two minerals are an important component of modern filtration, suggesting the Mayans were many centuries ahead of their time.

  • Simple Mood Boosting Tips: Dispel the lockdown blues with these science-backed recommendations.

  • An inspiring story from last year we've just come across: Two elderly men managed to sneak out of their nursing home in Germany in the middle of the night. When the nursing home reported them missing, police officers found the two of them at 3 a.m. at the largest heavy metal festival in the world (Wacken Open Air) that was happening nearby.⁠ The elderly gentlemen didn't have tickets, but still, they weren't happy about the fact they had to go home so early.⁠ "They obviously liked the metal festival," a police spokeswoman told public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk.⁠ "The care home quickly organized a return transport after police picked them up." The men were returned home safely.⁠

  • Visit London in 1927 and compare it with the London of today. Thanks to film shot by cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene in 1927, as well as film shot by London-based director Simon Smith almost 90 years later, we have been blessed not just with a trip down memory lane, but also a look into how society has changed over the years.

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