OGN Sunday

Collection of uplifting news snippets to perk up the day.

  • France: Marine parks have been banned from breeding and importing dolphins and killer whales, as part of new animal welfare laws. 

  • Latitude for Attitude: How to survive a winter lockdown? The short answer: think like a Norwegian. Studies show people living in the Arctic Circle have a mental attitude that helps combat the long ‘polar night’. It might be useful for us all…

  • To err is human, it is said, to forgive divine. And soon that noblest of human qualities will be available in emoji form, following a global effort to find the most appropriate icon.

  • No Need to Worry, says Indian Guru: If you're finding it tricky to sleep at night because you're worrying about life, watch this one minute video and make your worries disappear.

  • They are among the most frequently washed-up items on our beaches, but plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds were this week banned in England as part of a crackdown on single-use plastic.

  • Art Depot in a Bowl: Construction has just been completed of the architecturally stunning Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam; becoming the first publicly accessible art depot in the world, offering a "new type of experience" for museum-goers in the Netherlands.

  • First Wooden Supercar: It's curious how people can be passionate about the most extraordinary things.

  • Dramatic plunge in London air pollution from 2016 to 2019 courtesy of measures like charges to deter dirty vehicles from entering the city centre, putting low-emission buses on the dirtiest routes, and ending the licensing of new diesel taxis. A report from Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, shows that more than 2 million people in the capital lived with polluted air in 2016, but this fell to 119,000 in 2019. Khan says "there's still much to do."

  • Nebraska: Deanna Adams told her sister and bridesmaid Christina that there would be no dress code requirements for her upcoming wedding.⁠ "My sister, knowing that I'm not a big fan of wearing formal dresses and that I probably wouldn't have a lot of money to buy something really nice, reassured me by letting me know that I could pick out any outfit that I choose," Christina said.⁠ Eventually, however, the bridesmaid’s imagination ran wild and she thought that since she will have to spend money anyway, why not buy a dinosaur costume?⁠

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