Good News Thursday

Updated: Jun 12, 2020

Snippets of positive, uplifting news from all corners of the globe to brighten your day.


  • UK: As the country basks in a mini heatwave, the jingle that signals a Mr Whippy is at hand can be heard once again: the ice-cream van is making a comeback.

  • Carbon emissions in April dropped 17 percent globally amid lockdown.

  • New York: The car park at Yankee Stadium is being turned into a drive-in concert and movie venue this summer.

  • Europe: the next few nights are perfect for watching the International Space Station whizz over your home (200 miles up) at 17,000 miles per hour.

  • New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern flags likelihood of 4 day working week for kiwis.

  • London: rewilding the River Wandle, an 'open sewer', and restoring it to its former glory as a chalk stream.

  • EU: the commission promises €20bn per year investment in biodiversity, to be enshrined in law for member states in 2021.

  • Australia: When a woman told her landlord she was struggling to buy groceries, he left a surprise package on her front porch: a week's worth of groceries.

  • France and Germany call for the creation of a €500bn reconstruction plan to help Europe recover.

  • London: Sir John Soane’s Museum in London is over 180 years old, and still sits in the Georgian house where it was founded. Take a virtual tour for a wonderful reminder of one of the capital’s most intriguing spaces. Soane

  • In addition to raising £32m, an honorary promotion in rank, a No.1 hit single, 125,000 birthday cards and a spitfire flypast, a knighthood is imminent. Arise Colonel Sir Tom Moore!