5 Good Things That Happened On Planet Earth Recently

Your weekly bulletin of positive news to celebrate all that’s good in the world.

Thank you, NHS!

In celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the NHS, we once again put our hands and our pots together for a one-off nationwide applause. Over 200 blue flags emerged across London to commemorate our heroes for everything they’ve done and continue to do to keep us safe during the pandemic.

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Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen

As much as we’re still very much approaching public spaces with caution and hand sanitiser, it’s nice to have the option to get your hair done and catch up with your friends over an overpriced pint again.

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Eat out, to help out

We heard Rishi Sunak’s ‘eat out to help out’ message loud and clear, and who are we to ignore government advice! The man said EAT. The scheme, which has been introduced to bolster the hard-hit hospitality industry, offers customers money off up to £10 per head when dining at participating restaurants. The discount applies Monday – Wednesday and will run from August 3 – August 31. Our Summer plans look a lot like pizza.

Disney+ finally drops Hamilton

Hamilton fans rejoice! Until now, we’ve only been able to experience Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop Broadway musical through the soundtrack but now, anyone with a Disney+ subscription can enjoy front row seats from the comfort of their own home. The show follows the life story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers.

A milestone moment in the battle of male violence against women

The so-called rough sex defence will be outlawed in new domestic abuse legislation. The amendment will rule out ‘consent for sexual gratification’ as a defence, and prevent killers being charged with manslaughter instead of murder in cases of sexual violence. The bill is due to become law in England and Wales later this year.