Sunday's collection of uplifting news nuggets.
Boris Johnson will announce within weeks a new national flagship named after the Duke of Edinburgh that will be seen as a successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The new ship is expected to be named HMS Prince Philip and will boost British trade and drive investment into the UK economy. HMY Britannia was controversially decommissioned by Labour prime minister Tony Blair in 1997. That decision “signalled the end of an unbroken succession of royal yachts dating back to the reign of King Charles II”, the Duke wrote in Britannia’s official history in 2003. Speaking of Tony Blair...
Since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, Brits have got used to their leader's perennially scruffy hair. But who would have guessed that one of his predecessors would opt for the aging rocker look? Add a leather jacket and a pungent cologne and he could be in the next Top Gear presenter line-up. It’s the curse of Men of a Certain Age, who are done with Prime Ministerial tidy side-partings and are ready to revisit their youth, as they tease that Beatnik of yesteryear out of retirement. The guitar on the rec-room wall is suddenly rediscovered and the sensible locks are no more. Perhaps it's a follicular throwback to a simpler time? Staying on the subject of hair...
A 79-year-old man in Alberta, Canada, went to beauty school last week to learn how to do his wife's hair and makeup since she can no longer get ready on her own. The gentleman walked into Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics and told director Carrie Hannah that his wife's appearance is "important to her" but she's losing her vision. Hannah said he wanted to first learn how to do his wife's hair as she kept burning herself with a curling iron. So, the school set the loving husband up with a student and mannequin to teach him how to curl hair and protect his wife's skin. They also taught him how to apply mascara. What a great husband!
Soccer games at the Subaru Park stadium in Philadelphia are about to get a lot greener thanks to a new initiative that aims to divert 100 percent of the waste generated during matches away from landfills. The stadium produced more than 570,000 pounds (285 tons) of waste in 2019, of which just 7 percent was recycled. By the end of this year’s season, however, they plan to become the first in the country to have a zero-landfill stadium. To achieve that goal, the stadium is changing the kinds of containers they give out to fans, as well as its waste stream, in an effort to make everything recyclable.
New York-based photographer, Alison Luntz, has been getting creative during lockdown by recreating 'imaginary' scenes by cleverly combing a new image in front of one of her existing photos. In one setup, Luntz and her husband appear to swim towards each other in the ocean: in fact, he was in the water off Coney Island in 2015 and she’s in her “crusty little bathtub” surrounded by scrubbing brushes and rubber gloves, with water lapping over the rim. [Click slider arrow to see both images.] To see more of Alison's work, visit her In Spirit website.
The bootmaker Timberland has announced plans to create the world’s first regenerative rubber supply system for the footwear industry. The scheme will be developed in Thailand, with Timberland hoping to pilot its first regenerative rubber footwear in 2023. Unlike on conventional rubber plantations, regenerative rubber farms incorporate multiple tree species to mimic a natural forest ecosystem. This revitalises biodiversity and enhances ecosystem services such as soil health, water cycling and carbon sequestration.
Social distancing: I looked into her eyes, deep into the emerald green, my heart fluttered, I felt a connection, something deeper, something magical, I was transported to another place and I thought, blimey these binoculars are brilliant.
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Escape to the big outdoors:
Great little bundle of mood-boosting outdoor scenes in this 3 minute film, shot by drone. Sit back, relax and enjoy!