OGN Saturday

Updated: Apr 10

Brightening up the weekend with a bundle of good news snippets.

  • To celebrate the impending explosion of brightness, the UK's National Trust is launching its second BlossomWatch campaign, encouraging people to begin a new UK tradition emulating hanami, the Japanese custom of relishing the fleeting sight and scent of blossom. To get involved, take and share imagery on social media with the hashtag #BlossomWatch.

  • The aluminium-clad Luma Arles arts tower designed by Frank Gehry to evoke Van Gogh's Starry Night painting is nearing completion in southern France. The Luma Arles arts centre in the city of Arles is scheduled to open in June this year and the centrepiece of the project is Gehry's 56m tower.

  • The $20 million Volvo: Yup, the owner wants $20 million for his rather knackered old car, but it comes with something rather special attached to it...

  • India, the world's third biggest polluter, is reportedly mulling over a 2050 net-zero emissions target that would beat China by a decade. Fingers firmly crossed!

  • A collage by American artist Beeple has become the most expensive digital image ever, with the artwork fetching over $69 million at auction. The artwork, titled Everydays: The First 5000 Days, was listed by Christie's for only $100, becoming the first purely digital artwork to be put under the hammer by a major auction house. As the artwork shot up to $69,346,250 on the final day, some 22 million people tuned in to follow the final minutes of the auction on Christie's website. Apart from the crazy price, surely this is the biggest valuation miscalculation in history!

  • World's first 3D printed school: Construction expected to begin this summer in Madagascar and to cost half as much to build as traditional schools. The more they build, the cheaper they get.

  • With all the chatter about Tesla's endlessly delayed electric trucks, it's good to know that America already has two large electric trucks on the roads, courtesy of Freightliner. They are fairly new but, as the company says, these are real trucks hauling real freight in the real world and racking up zero emissions mile after mile - in excess of 700,000 thus far.

  • Wimbledon 2021 will go ahead in June without the famous queue or on-site ticket resales. Tournament organisers are working on the basis a reduced number of fans will be allowed into the grounds but are trying to be as flexible as possible to accommodate whatever social distancing requirements are in force in June and July.

  • How cool is this? Korean firm Doyeon Shin made use of the flexibility of OLED screens to create a TV that conceals the screen within a decorative object. Flag.R can be used in three main configurations: with its screen fully unrolled into a television, completely hidden away as a speaker, and with the screen one-fifth exposed as a playlist display. It has a powder-coated metal base and a wood body, which will be available in a range of colours.

  • WWII veteran goes on epic bucket list trip: When 95 year old Johnnie Dimas lost his full-time caregiver and wife of 67 years, there didn’t seem to be much choice other than to move into a nursing home. But his grandson had different plans for him!

  • Following the worldwide success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Air New Zealand produced a fabulously original safety briefing video for their passengers. Buckle up!