Positive Tuesday

Bite-sized good news snippets to brighten up your Tuesday.



  • To mark International Nurses Day today, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, an online exhibition at London's National Gallery features a handful of works depicting doctors and healers. Among them is Tobias and the Angel (c 1470-75), from Verrocchio’s workshop. nationalgallery.org.uk

  • Hong Kong: Giant Pandas mate for first time in 10 years after lockdown shuts zoo.

  • Britons want quality of life indicators to take priority over economy.

  • USA: In a first for any month, solar, wind, and hydropower generated more electricity than coal on every day in April 2020, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • Canada: Toronto is going green and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promises to plant more than two billion trees across the country over the next decade.

  • UK supermarket Morrison's cuts petrol price to under £1 per litre.

  • Switzerland: ending lockdown a month earlier than expected with schools, libraries, restaurants and gyms all now open again.

  • Golf, tennis and fishing in England will be allowed to resume on Wednesday.

  • France and UK: rebel botanists regularly breaking street-chalking laws to write the names of wild plants and flowers growing through cracks in the cement.

  • The world of opera is to spring back to life in Italy, its spiritual home, with Rome’s Opera House planning to stage an outdoor performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto in July.

  • UK furlough scheme set to be extended to September, albeit at a reduced rate.