Friday's Good News

Round-up of news snippets from around the world. No bad news! Just positive stories, stuff to make you smile and some helpful ideas.

  • In a typical draw of the Lotto (née the National Lottery) your odds of winning a tasty prize of £30 are one in 97. Not spectacular, off an investment of £2. But it was a marvellous evening to be a Lotto player on Wednesday night, as nearly 100,000 players won £126 for matching three numbers, rather than the usual £30. 

  • Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University have joined forces to develop, manufacture and distribute the potential Covid-19 vaccine being trialled in the UK. If the trial is successful the partnership will allow for rapid vaccination around the world.

  • In the USA, Remdesivir, a drug originally used to treat Ebola patients has shown “very promising” early results for treating coronavirus patients in a worldwide clinical trial.

  • Looks likely that Brits are shortly going to be required to wear facemasks when we venture out. Here's what you'll need to know about face masks for fashionistas and mere mortals.

  • Don't forget the new definition of Mask-ara: Extra make-up applied to "make one's eyes pop" before venturing out in public wearing a face mask. See Lockdown Lingo for more amusing new words and definitions.

  • Madrid, Spain: the local government has brought in huge screens for people to watch movies from their balconies. The balcony cinema is mounted on top of a van and moves to different neighbourhoods each evening.

  • 'Sweet City': the Costa Rica suburb that gave citizenship to bees, plants and trees.

  • New study has found that a majority of over-65s in the UK feel closer with family, and that relationships have strengthened, since the lockdown was announced.

  • Good new if you missed it yesterday: Spitfire flypast for Honorary Colonel Tom Moore.

  • Getting a bit scruffy up top? Problem solved: we name the best home hair-grooming device for men.