Good News!! (& happy stories), March 23, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I particular need some good news this Monday!

Not many things give us more joy than music. But via videoconferencing?

From Positive.News:

At 7.30pm GMT on Tuesday, a choir met for its first ever rehearsal. Starting tentatively to the sound of a few throats being nervously cleared, its members soon warmed up, grinning at each other while belting out verse after verse, before chatting excitedly afterwards over cups of tea.

But they weren’t flouting official UK advice to avoid mass gatherings; it was all done online, with people taking part via video from sofas all over the world. The mass singalong, The Sofa Singers, is the brainchild of James Sills – a musician and vocal leader who lives in north Wales – and it has been designed to spark joy and togetherness amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

“I was so moved by seeing the neighbourhood singing in Italy and wondered if we could recreate that spirit with an online choir,” Sills told Positive News on Tuesday evening, as he carried out last-minute preparations for the first rehearsal. “And so the idea for The Sofa Singers was born. I guess it’s a bit of an experiment. But it will be amazing to have hundreds of people joining me for a simultaneous singalong.”

Dogs as archaeologists?

The scent-tracking ability of dogs has helped archaeologists discover Iron Age tombs in Croatia dating back nearly 3,000 years.

Vedrana Glavaš, an archaeologist at the University of Zadar, used Belgian malinois (above) and German shepherd dogs that had previously been taught to sniff out graves in criminal investigations. The dogs were able to locate several burial chests containing human bones and artefacts in a hilltop fort in the Velebit mountains on the Adriatic coast.

“Dogs’ noses don’t make mistakes,” she says. “Many archaeologists are looking for burial sites of settlements. I think dogs can solve their problems.” [Source: The Guardian]

Human ingenuity is amazing.

A 23-year-old British design graduate has invented a biodegradable material made from fish waste that could one day replace plastic in packaging.

Lucy Hughes (above) used fish offcuts to develop a strong, flexible and translucent material called MarinaTex, which looks and feels like plastic but can be disposed of as compostable food waste.

This one is a little old, but I love it anyway.

Funny tweet from a homeschooling dad.

A reminder …

And life goes on, as it always has, and always will.

National Puppy Day!

Yes, indeed.

Have a good day!

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3 Responses to Good News!! (& happy stories), March 23, 2020

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    The puppies made me smile so big my face hurt. 😀

    New babies, always good for a smile.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. czarina33 says:

    Saw a picture of a church that put photos of the parishioners in the seats of every pew and held services!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. jeans2nd says:

    Put this up next door but wasn’t read. Not dire enough, i spose.

    Mayor Rudy Guliani started a Pandemic radio show on WABC yesterday.
    Today Rudy brought in his former chief of staff and another guy (forget his name).
    The three men lamented the state of affairs in NYC, and how things were not being done for NYC residents. (De Blasio just blames all the probs on Pres Trump…)

    Then Rudy and the two other guys gave out their phone numbers !!! On live radio in NYC !!!
    And told the listeners to call them and tell them what is needed and where.
    Lord luv ’em, they really mean it. Rudy is 75 yo.

    There were 20 calls during the commercial break.
    Rudy and the Two Musketeers fully intend to follow through, just as they did during 911, anthrax, and some other pandemic Rudy experienced as Mayor.

    They just don’t make ’em like this anymore. May Our Lord bless them and keep them safe.

    Liked by 3 people

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