OGN Monday

Sprinkling of good news snippets to start the week.

  • Nothing stirred our souls as much as a certain centenarian's charity raising efforts during lockdown - all £32,794,701 of it, donated by over 1,500,000 people - so it only seems fitting that an official portrait of Captain Sir Tom Moore has just been unveiled at the National Army Museum in London.

  • Serendipity - not once, but twice. 50 years after they first met at Woodstock, couple finally found a photo of their first hours together.

  • UK: A farmer took sweet revenge on a fly-tipper who dumped 421 tyres on his land by emptying them all back onto the culprit’s doorstep.

  • Australia: When bars and restaurants were closed during lockdown, huge stores of beer went stale but, happily, didn't go to waste. Or, rather, they did. They’re being turned into renewable energy - enough to power 1,200 homes in a month.

  • Good news for cleaner air and the demise of fossil fuels as Europeans bought up 53,000 pure battery electric cars (EVs) during July. Combined with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales, electrified cars attracted nine perIncent of western Europe’s car buyers for the first seven months of the year.

  • England: Theatres, casinos and bowling alleys re-open.

  • US: Impossible Foods has raised $1.5 billion to make meat from plants so that we never have to use animals again. That way, the company says, we can eat all the meat we want, for as long as we want. And save the best planet in the known universe.

  • Scotland: The Edinburgh fringe may have been cancelled but Comedy Central will be available via YouTube so, wherever you are in the world, the forecast is still funny. On week nights from tonight, Comedy Central will be dropping daily standup sets from a host of emerging talents on YouTube

  • Yoga is like flossing for the mind - a boring but essential act of self care. If you haven't tried it yet (yoga, that is) check out this 5 minute video: Safe Yoga for Beginners

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