Sunday Optimism

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Snippets of good news and positive ideas from around the world.

  • Hawaii: Astronomers capture new images of Jupiter using 'lucky' technique.

  • The Queen's VE Day message was perfect: Never give up, never despair.

  • Portugal is preparing to invest billions of euros on Clean Energy Projects for a greener future.

  • Good news for culture buffs: 4 great recommendations to enjoy this week from the comfort of your armchair, wherever you are in the world.

  • British actor Andy Serkis (who played Gollum) has raised more than £283,000 for charity by reading The Hobbit in full on a live stream on Friday.

  • Ireland: pub in Rathdrinagh delivering beer and crisps by drone to its neighbourhood.

  • Lockdown behaviour and statistics: how we've all been coping.

  • Britain's transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced a £2bn package to improve infrastructure for walking and cycling, saying there was a chance for a "once in a generation change" to the way we travel.

  • A couple who created ‘Britain’s best garden’ say this year is the most stunning display they have ever known.

  • California: Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new plan - called ‘Great Plates Delivered’ - whereby three nutritious meals a day are delivered to seniors in need, while also providing meaningful work to those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

  • YouGov polling suggests fewer than one in 10 people (9%) actually want life to return to "normal" after the coronavirus outbreak is over.