Good News Tuesday: 5th December 2023

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While Tuesday might be just another step towards the coming weekend for many of us, in Thailand it’s represented by the colour pink, which many people wear in the hope that it will bring the day some good luck! Here are some more whimsical nuggets that we hope brighten up your Tuesday…

Golden Mole


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Another creature thought to be extinct has been discovered alive and well! In the coastal town of Port Nolloth in South Africa, De Winton’s golden mole (which hadn’t been seen since 1937), was found with the help of a border collie dog called Jessie who managed to sniff out the elusive, shimmering mammal. These particular moles are blind, however they cleverly secrete an oily substance that helps them glide through sand dunes…



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An army GP from Dorset has come out on top in the international category in an Australian competition dedicated to mullets. Mulletfest started in 2018 in Kurri Kurri in New South Wales in the hope that it would bring more attention to the small town and prevent the local pub from closing down. The festival has now grown in popularity so much that it features ten categories and raises significant money for charity each year!

Silver Linings


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An amateur photographer managed to capture a rare weather phenomenon in Worcestershire at the weekend. Nick Sturdy snapped some spectacular cloud inversions from the top of the Malvern Hills, which is what happens when the temperature nearer the ground is lower than it is higher up in the sky—this created a blanket of cloud with blue sky visible above and the peaks poking out.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A shortlist of 25 photographs that are up for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award have been released online and put up on display in the Natural History Museum in London. You can vote online for your favourite until the end of January, before the winner is announced in February. With some incredible shots, including a polar bear asleep on a mound of ice and a joyful turtle, as well as some more serious and thought-provoking compositions, it’s hard to choose just one standout snap!

Festival for the Future


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The trip-hop group Massive Attack are planning a one-day festival on Clifton Downs in Bristol that will be powered entirely by renewable energy. The musicians hope that the gathering next August bank holiday will pave the way for more sustainable music events in the future. Act 1.5 will focus on reducing the impact of travel to and from the festival by offering tickets to local residents first before encouraging the use of train travel and organising free electric shuttle buses to and from Bristol Temple Meads station!

And Finally…

The television channel Gold has announced the winner of this year’s Christmas cracker joke competition, which was decided by the British public. The winning gag was submitted by Chris Douch from Oxfordshire at the expense of The British Museum’s unfortunate year…