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Good News & Good Ideas

During tough times, it’s good to keep a laser focus on good news and good ideas, to keep from getting overwhelmed! During our (now virtual) morning meetings in the farm, we ask each team member to bring in something uplifting. We enjoy it so much that we thought you might like to have a look! Please feel free to contribute – if you’ve got good news to share, email it through to We will get through this – together.

May 11, 2020
Sir Bryn Terfel and the BBC National Orchestra sing "Diolch" to the NHS workers on Wales Heroes Day. Listen, and lift your heart!

This is a lovely re-write of the classic tune "Men of Harlech," with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. Love the way the orchestra players are all dressed in black tie and tails, each at home in their own separate locations, but coming together to play the most inspiring music! Take a few minutes to listen:

March 27, 2020
It's kidding season at Chuckling Goat!

This is our favourite time of year - when the adorable goat kids start to appear, along with the daffodils! Everyone loves to take their breaks down in the barn, to play with the kids and get a hit of that SUPER-CUTENESS! Definitely cheers up a gloomy mood - ; )

March 26, 2020
Cambridge, Massachusetts pays restaurants to feed homeless

Starting Monday, the city is launching a program that will pay local restaurants to make and deliver boxed or bagged lunches to nearby homeless shelters. Working with Central Square Business Improvement District and Harvard Square Business Association, the goal is to deliver about 1,800 to 2,000 meals to nine different shelters by the end of this week.

"They're providing a service but they're also able to keep their people employed and they're doing what they do best, which is to make food and serve the public," said Denise Jillson, the association's executive director.

March 26, 2020
India's air quality has immediately improved under the coronavirus lockdown.

At least 75 districts in India – the country which has half of the world’s most polluted cities – are in lock-down. Since March 5 nitrogen oxide levels have fallen by approximately 45 per cent in Mumbai and Pune, and by 50 per cent in Ahmedabad. The air quality ranking is now ‘satisfactory’.

March 26, 2020
Take yourself on a lunchtime virtual gallery tour

It’s almost better than the real thing - no jostling to get your eyes on the latest Hockney exhibit, no throngs of tourists and their backpacks. Set aside an hour, make yourself some lunch and embark on an online tour of a gallery or museum. Try the British Museum today, the Rijksmuseum tomorrow, perhaps fit in a trip to the Guggenheim on Thursday?

March 25, 2020
Join A Bakealong!

Chef and food writer Olivia Potts (whose excellent memoir A Half Baked Idea, about baking your way through grief, was published last year) is running a daily “bakealong” on her Instagram. Every day at 11am you can tune in on Instagram Live and bake something with her. She is choosing recipes geared towards limited store cupboard supplies (so far she’s done soda bread, flapjacks, white loaf, crumble, and focaccia). She also takes questions throughout the class on any substitutions you may need advice on.

March 25, 2020
A 95-year-old grandmother became the oldest person in Italy to recover from the coronavirus.

Alma Clara Corsini was admitted to a hospital near Modena in the north of Italy on March 5 and despite her advanced age managed to fight off Covid-19 without the help of antiviral medication.

“I’m fine, I’m absolutely fine,” she told local media, praising the doctors and nurses who helped her recover. “They were wonderful, the people who looked after me.” She has since returned home.

March 25, 2020
Try the House Party App!

Houseparty is an app that allows users to chat via video link and hold a virtual games night with your friends. It is available via the app store for iOS, Android and Chrome users and is free to download. Once you have created your account you can connect with your friends, either by sending them an invitation or linking your contacts through social media or your phone book. Once you have connected with friends, you will be able to see when they are online and invite them to chat via video call. Once you have connected, you can select from several virtual games to play together.

March 25, 2020
China’s economy is recovering

Fed Ex chief marketing and communications officer Brie Carere said that "In China, we have seen a rebound week over week since the week of March 3." Later in the call, she talked about how "90% to 95% of large manufacturers in China are now back to work in some capacity" and "65% to 70% of small businesses in Mainland China are coming back to work from a manufacturing perspective.

March 25, 2020
3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.

Fox 5 DC reported on March 14 that Maryland’s first three coronavirus patients had all recovered and were returning to their homes.

The news outlet wrote: “On Friday, Montgomery County’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles told FOX 5 the first three people to test positive for Coronavirus in the state of Maryland have recovered and are able to resume their normal lives.”

March 25, 2020
Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid-19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said that the FDA was experimenting with a new COVID-19 treatment involving the plasma from a person who recovered from the disease:

Hahn also highlighted another experimental treatment possibility that the FDA is investigating: Using plasma derived from blood taken from coronavirus patients who have recovered, and injecting that into other patients in an attempt to potentially jump start their own immune response.