Getting the week off to an upbeat start with a global round-up of good news snippets.
Hedonism has well and truly taken hold in London, and the spotlight now shines on the new 35m sky-high pool at Embassy Gardens (next to the new US embassy in Nine Elms). The dizzyingly high transparent 25m long pool links two residential towers at the 10th floor, allowing swimmers to fast crawl their way between the two. Said to be 'the world's first floating pool', it's the highlight of this ultra luxury Battersea residence, where penthouses cost £4.5m. Shipped from Colorado, the pool is designed to flex as the buildings settle and sway in the wind. Would you dare?
Books are essential. Music is essential. Lingerie is not essential. At least that is the view of French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who has sparked a wave of protests in response to his latest lockdown rules for the country. Women across France have been sending underwear to Castex, galvanised by the group Action Culottée (which translates as ‘cheeky action’), in a bid to convey the importance of underwear and urge him to change his decision. No Tom Jones concerts, as yet, are scheduled in France. On that subject...
Delilah has returned to haunt Tom Jones on his 40th album, Surrounded by Time. At 80 years old, Jones continues an extraordinary streak of late form: this is his fourth superb album in a row, says The Telegraph. An aging voice is a thing of beauty when paired with the right material. And Jones’s voice has weathered better than most, taking on an oaken quality, with rich low notes and just a patina of tiny cracks adding some antique class. Knickers at the ready!
More good news for those of an advanced age: Drinking beetroot juice promotes a mix of mouth bacteria associated with healthier blood vessels and brain function, according to a new study of people aged 70-80. Older people tend to have lower nitric oxide production, and this is associated with poorer vascular (blood vessel) and cognitive (brain) health. It’s all hopeful news, and a good reminder to try and ensure rich and varied diets for ourselves - a diet that perhaps includes a little more beetroot juice than we might otherwise think to drink?
Responding to pressure, Japan has nearly doubled its 2030 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after world leaders met for last week's virtual climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. Japan is the world's fifth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. To meet its new target of cutting emissions by 46 percent by 2030, against the previous goal of 26 percent, they will seek to expand use of rooftop solar power, faster development of geothermal power in national parks and quicker environmental assessment for wind power projects, Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said.
The former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, has been awarded a Razzie for one of the year’s worst performances for his unwitting appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen’s sequel to Borat. The Golden Raspberry Awards, colloquially known as Razzies, are an annual prize for Hollywood’s lowlights, taking place the day before the lavish Oscars ceremony. Donald Trump’s personal attorney was named worst supporting actor for his role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Remember zippergate?
More than half of the UK’s population has now received an initial dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures show, in what NHS bosses have called an “astonishing achievement”. A further 11 million have also had a second jab.
When the moon is closest to Earth on the same night as a full Moon, it's known as a supermoon, and looks 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. There are two a year, and the first of 2021 is tonight!
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Is it a crime to commit a crime to prevent a greater crime? Apparently not. Six climate activists have been cleared of causing criminal damage to Shell’s London headquarters in 2019, despite judge directing the jury they had 'no defence in law'. Acquitted...
Free anti-burp food supplement for cattle owners worldwide: A revolutionary feed supplement reduces methane (which is 84 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide) released by cows by up to 38 percent. Dubbed as the ‘Tesla of cows’ the product could be a game changer for the agriculture industry. The aim is to make it free to all cattle farmers. Read Article...
Today's mood boosting video...
They say it’s impossible for one person to change the world. However, the hero of this story decided to prove everyone wrong.