Goddamn, these weeks just don’t end do they? As each one nears its terminus you keep thinking to yourself: ‘I mean, I’m sure this last one must have been the last, last one!’ But nope. They just keep on comin’, and with them all that shit just keeps on happenin’. All that absolutely unbelievable, ridiculous, straight-outta-some-nonsense-dystopia-novel bullshit—it’s becoming quite clear that it’s here to stay.’
Yeah, something like that.
So let’s take a break from all that, eh? A healthy, deep breath of fresh, uplifting air before plunging back into the murky, (unfortunately necessary) depths.
Through perseverance, conviction, and education, 27-year-old Kenyan Nice Nailantei Leng’ete has saved an estimated 15,000 young girls from female genital mutilation. She also aims to rid Africa of child marriage by 2030.
In conservative Pakistan, transgender people are now allowed to self-identify on official documents—and they are running for Parliament too.
India is trialing classes focused on happiness and emotional well-being in its schools.
A little while back, there was an Ebola outbreak in the Democractic Repulic of Congo. Now, less than 3 months since the start of the outbreak, in an incredible display of speed and clinical efficiency, the country has declared the outbreak over.
A teenager in England has been leaving encouraging, heartfelt notes on a bridge to deter would-be jumpers.
In what is only the second example of such legislation passing in the world (after the Philippines), New Zealand has just made it legal for those people suffering from domestic violence to be entitled to 10 days of paid leave from work in order to allow them to leave their partners in safety. New Zealand has the highest rate of reported domestic violence in the world. Kiwi police are called to such an indicent every four minutes.
After the far-right gained traction in Italian elections, they swiftly turned their back on the refugees arriving to them from across the sea. Though they have momentarily softened their stance, Spain has been picking up the slack regardless, recently rescuing 500 souls from the sea in just a single day.
Ticket touting and price gouging for gigs is a cancer on the industry. Ireland has just made it illegal to resell tickets at more than their face value for concerts with capacities of more than 1,000. The practice of using bot software to bulk buy tickets will also be outlawed.
Your dog loves you. Every dog’s human already knows that. But the science behind it is building.
Not that long ago, the Iraqi city of Mosul was a warzone in which ISIS stored weapons. Now, there is a funfair.
A heroic rescue dog had a statue built in her honour in Mexico City. Frida, the goodest girl, saved at least 12 lives in the aftermath of the 2017 earthquake. Don’t worry, it’s not what you think—she’s still very much alive. Here she is, meeting her likeness:
This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are a pair of goofs who crack each other up a lot. It’s pretty contagious:
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