There’s no doubt that in the current climate it can feel like the news is a never-ending cycle of doom and gloom, with good news stories feeling further and further out of reach. To help combat those end of week blues that inevitably come around as another lockdown weekend approaches, we’ve collated our favourite feel-good stories from the past week.
When it comes to coronavirus-related stories, good news can feel like one in a million. Thankfully, last week saw one of those when a Melbourne man who was one of the many laid off during the pandemic had his luck turn around after winning Powerball’s $80 million prize. With a one in 134 million chance of winning, the Melbourne man managed to defy all the odds and win the third largest lottery prize in the country’s history, cementing himself into the lotto hall of fame and the envy of all Australians.
With National Science Week well and truly underway we couldn’t do a good news round-up without at least one science story. In positive news in the scientific field, an international team of researchers has found that the global CFC ban introduced by the 1987 Montreal Protocol had a significant impact on preventing the Earth from warming an extra 2.5 degrees. The ban reduced the depletion of the ozone layer, which decreased our exposure to harmful UV-B rays, and protected plant life from these rays too. With lockdowns cultivating a fresh appreciation for the outdoors, that certainly feels like good news.
There’s no denying that pets have played an important role in the lives of many during lockdown, but for some getting them home in the midst of a pandemic can be near impossible. That’s where Pawmobile comes in. Set up by Fiona Millhouse when she realised the difficulties facing pet owners, the service flies all kinds of pets between Melbourne and Tasmania. Instead of waiting for commercial flights that continue to be cancelled, the animals get to fly in prime position up front in the aircraft as they travel to be reunited with their owners.
As a large portion of the country continues through lockdown, recommendations for how to pass the time can never go astray.
This week for a wholesome, lockdown pick-me-up, we’re recommending Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso.
The light-hearted series follows a US football coach as he takes on the near impossible task of bringing an English soccer team back from the brink of relegation. Far more than just some show about soccer, the comedy provides the kind of unrelenting optimism we all need at the moment and will entertain even the most sport averse of viewers. With the second season currently airing it’s the perfect distraction from constantly clicking the refresh button on COVID live blogs.
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