Positive news and virtual fun from the comfort of your sofa. Sounds good, right?
We really don’t need an excuse to shout about humankind pulling together and lifting one another up. But if we did, these uncertain times would be the perfect place to start!
So, with that in mind, we wanted to call out a selection of happy news stories, and events taking place around the world that you can read/do from the comfort of your sofa.
1. ENDANGERED BLUE WHALES MAKE ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ COMEBACK TO SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
With fewer humans out and about, animals are said to have been thriving. The largest animal on Earth is proving that wildlife protections are working, with a number of blue whales spotted around South Georgia in recent weeks.
According to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), whales were barely seen around South Georgia throughout the past decade, but now after 30 years of protections, the whales are returning!
2. WATCH ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER MUSICALS FOR FREE ONLINE
With West End and Broadway shows pulling their curtains to slow the spread of COVID-19, musical legend Andrew Lloyd Webber is offering free online streaming of one of his productions every week. The famous shows will be shared on his YouTube channel.
Spreading joy with music!
3. FREE MEALS FOR THE NHS
Throughout the global pandemic, one thing is for sure, all humankind is pulling together and helping one another.
We wanted to shine a light on the amazing team at Meals for the NHS!
They’re helping our heroes by delivering free meals to frontline NHS workers, whilst supporting local restaurants in the process that might have otherwise shut down.
These guys are most definitely inspiring heroes too, in our eyes!
4. CAPTAIN TOM MOORE’S HEROIC FUNDRAISER
WW2 veteran, Tom Moore has been raising funds for NHS Charities Together to thank the "magnificent" NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip. His extraordinary fundraising efforts have come to an end raising nearly £33m for the NHS.
HUGE well-done Sir Tom!!
5. WATCH A LIVE SAFARI ON WILDEARTH
Looking for some escapism? Join daily sunset and sunrise safari drives and see the big 5 from the comfort of your sofa.
You can stream the drives broadcast live from the Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve and Djuma Private Game Reserve. With the sunrise drive taking place between 5am and 8am (BST), and the sunset drive running between 2pm and 5pm (BST).
6. BLUE POSTBOXES = THANK YOU NHS!
A number of postboxes around the UK have been painted blue as a way of thanking NHS workers for all they're doing to help us during the current crisis.
The postboxes can be found dotted around the UK, with one in Manchester, one in Edinburgh, one in Wales, one in Belfast, and another near St Thomas hospital in London.
7. MOTHER GOOSE TAKES UP RESIDENCY IN YORK STATION
A mother Goose has taken advantage of lockdown to bring a family into the world in what is normally one of the North’s busiest stations.
With a special #goosecam set up, you can tune into how she's doing on the LNER’s Twitter page and keep up to date on her and her little family.
8. VISIT THE GRAND CANYON
Visit the Grand Canyon and go on a virtual hike in your slippers!
Thanks to Google, you can hike the Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail via a Google Street View Trek. It takes you on one of the most popular long-distance routes in the national park (9.3 miles). Zigzagging up from the Colorado River to the south rim.
We'll be posting more brilliant ideas for keeping entertained at home here and across our social channels, so stay tuned!