OGN Thursday

Bite sized chunks of good news to brighten the day.

  • Taiwan: Couple in their 80s pose with clothes forgotten in their laundromat and become viral fashion influencers with more than 600,000 instagram followers. It's never too late!

  • The world of aerial acronyms just got a new one: UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). According to the US authorities UFOs (as we used to call them) are the sort of things hippies, high on drugs, might have seen. Certainly, no sane, reasonable person would ever have spied a UFO. Until, possibly, recently. But it's now a UAP if you want to be taken seriously. Seriously!

  • Chile: A stranger disguised as Batman is prowling the streets of Santiago delivering food to the homeless, providing sustenance and light-hearted solace to those in need following months of lockdown in the Chilean capital.

  • Poland: Warsaw now features a public art project that also purifies the city's air, as a giant mural made of special, sun-activated, smog-cleaning pigments is unveiled.

  • In good news for natural remedies, scientists at Oxford University say honey is a better treatment for coughs and colds than antibiotics, and many over-the-counter medicines.

  • GCHQ red-faced after its weekly online puzzle turns blue. Whilst this doesn't fall into the category of good news, it certainly falls in to the other half of OGN's mission: publishing stuff to make you smile.

  • Rome: Rich countries should not hoard a coronavirus vaccine and should only give pandemic-related bailouts to companies committed to protecting the environment, helping the most needy and the 'common good', Pope Francis said yesterday.

  • England: Another coalmine closes as the switch to renewable energy continues at pace. The fossil fuel provided around 40 percent of Britain’s electricity as recently as 2012, but last year coal-fired power made up just 2 percent of the UK’s electricity generation.

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