IT’S GOOD NEWS WEEK BLOG  Wednesday 20th January 2021.




You may not believe it but there were some good news stories around the world in 2020 if you search for them. Here’s 12 of them.

1.)           The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people live all around the world, and in some countries has seriously impacted the ability of children to access education. One solution comes in the form of a ‘camel library’ run by Save The Children, which aims to tackle the problem of children being absent from school for long periods of time.

The mobile library brings vital books to 22,000 children in 33 villages across Ethiopia, spending two and a half days at each site, in which time the camels rest, eat and have examinations for illness, carried out by their herders.


2.)           Jimmy Fallon Asks Twitter to Describe Their Quarantine in Six Words—and the Results Are Hilarious

But with his 51 million fans on Twitter, Jimmy Fallon was able to pull in responses from all over the globe for his Tonight Show #Hashtags segment, even though he is stuck at home— and he got some of the funniest responses, to date.

While sheltering in place, Fallon has begun producing homemade episodes for YouTube, calling them Tonight Show: At Home Edition. They feature camerawork by his wife, and occasional segments with his two young daughters. (Not only is he raising people’s spirits, he has also raised tens of thousand for a different charity each day, starting with

For his home edition of #Hashtags, Jimmy tweeted to fans asking them to describe their quarantine in six words. Fallon kicked off the hilarious social media trend by describing #MyQuarantineInSixWords: “Fine. You can paint daddy’s nails.”

@Richachoubey joined the fun by summarizing her days at home this way: “Yes Netflix, I am still watching”.

LOL.  Here are some of the other brilliant #hashtags from pent-up folks on Twitter…

Day one: ate all the snacks.

Oh, how we can RELATE!

Longest day of my life, every day.

Expelled my kid from home school. (RFLAO)

Funyuns for dinner. Ok, breakfast too.

Is 7 Hot Pockets too many? (Jimmy answered, No.)

There’s not enough wine for this.

And, perhaps the best of all, by MunaNawabit1: Very close to befriending a volleyball. ?

Or, fine, you can paint daddy’s nails.



Ok, give me a break, I know those examples were not as funny as they talked them up but the idea if used with a good imagination and good solid British humour can create some hilarious results. Try it. In no more than six words describe your quarantine.

Well, go on then, what are you waiting for?

3.)           Family Cheers Up Neighbourhood By Spending 6 Hours Colouring Each Brick of Their House With Rainbow Chalk

Fern Taylor, 26, with her daughters Arabella, 4, and Matilda, 2, and her partner, Marco DeFazio at their chalk covered house. A family spent six hours colouring in every brick of their home with chalk to create a ‘rainbow house’ to cheer their neighbours during lockdown. See SWNS story SWMDchalk. The Taylor family used up 40 jumbo chalks as they decorated the front wall of their red-brick terraced house in Wellington, Somerset. Mum Fern, 26, started with her daughters Arabella, four, and Matilda, two, and her Royal Marine partner, Marco DeFazio, 28, finished the mission on a ladder.

4.)           IKEA Released Instructions on How to Build the 6 Best Blanket Forts For Your Home Quarantine

5.)           After Noticing Lack of Good Sticks At Park, Dad Turns Old Tree Branches into ‘Stick Library’ for Neighbourhood Dogs

6.)           Nursing Home Residents Recreate Classic Album Covers While in Lockdown. The activities director for a London nursing home, Robert Speker, shot photos of seniors recreating classic album covers while in lockdown and donated calendar proceeds to an Alzeimer’s organization.

7.)           These New Solar-Pavement Driveways Made of Plastic Bottles Can Power the Average Household. You’ve already heard about solar-paneled rooftops, but now, a company from Hungary is powering residential homes with solar driveways.

8.)           Businessman Needing a Warehouse Stumbles Upon World’s Largest Train Set—And Refuses to Simply Tear it Down. Rather than tear down the elaborate model train display in this New Jersey warehouse, a businessman paid a quarter-million to renovate it for the public.

9.)           Crayola unveiled new inclusive skin-tone crayons.

In May, Crayola unveiled its most inclusive skin-tone crayons yet. The “Colors of the World” pack includes crayons that represent over 40 skin tones, giving kids the chance to “accurately color themselves into the world,” the company said.

“Crayola hopes our new Colours of the World crayons will increase representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance,” Crayola CEO Rich Wuerthele said in a news release. “We want the new Colours of the World crayons to advance inclusion within creativity and impact how kids express themselves.”

10.)         Polio was officially eradicated on the African continent.

In August, the World Health Organization announced that Africa is free from wild poliovirus, leaving just two countries where the virus remains a threat (Afghanistan and Pakistan).

11.)         Congo discharged its last Ebola patient.

The last Ebola patient being treated in the Democratic Republic of Congo went home from a treatment centre in early March, according to the World Health Organization. It was a huge step in the country’s fight against the second-deadliest outbreak of the disease in history.

12.)         Here’s hoping to lots more good news items in 2021!


The Official Top 40 biggest selling albums of 2020

                TITLE                                                                                                    ARTIST                                 PEAK


1              DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT               LEWIS CAPALDI               1

2              FINE LINE                                                                                           HARRY STYLES                3

3              FUTURE NOSTALGIA                                                                     DUA LIPA                            1

4              WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO            BILLIE EILISH                  1             

5              HEAVY IS THE HEAD                                                                     STORMZY                           1

6              SHOOT FOR THE STARS AIM FOR THE MOON                    POP SMOKE                        1

7              NO 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT                                          ED SHEERAN                     1

8              GREATEST HITS                                                                              QUEEN                                  7

9              DIAMONDS                                                                                         ELTON JOHN                     5

10           50 YEARS – DON’T STOP                                                                FLEETWOOD MAC          5

11           MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BY                                                   EMINEM                              1

12           FOLKLORE                                                                                          TAYLOR SWIFT                1

13           DIVIDE                                                                                                 ED SHEERAN                     1

14           RUMOURS                                                                                           FLEETWOOD MAC          3

15           HOLLYWOOD’S BLEEDING                                                         POST MALONE                  1

16           HIGH EXPECTATIONS                                                                    MABEL                                 3

17           LEGENDS NEVER DIE                                                                   JUICE WRLD                      1

18           TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS                                                       MICHAEL BALL & ALFIE BOE   1

19           GOLD – GREATEST HITS                                                              ABBA                                    1

20           LEGEND                                                                               BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS                5

21           WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY                                OASIS                                    1

22           CHROMATICA                                                                                  LADY GAGA                       1

23           AFTER HOURS                                                                                  WEEKND                              1

24           TIME FLIES – 1994-2009                                                                OASIS                                    1

25           DUA LIPA                                                                                            DUA LIPA                            3

26           POWER UP                                                                                          AC/DC                                   1

27           GET TO KNOW                                                                                  BECKY HILL                      20

28           CURTAIN CALL – THE HITS                                                        EMINEM                              1

29           CONFETTI                                                                                           LITTLE MIX                       2

30           DON’T SMILE AT ME                                                                      BILLIE EILISH                  12

31           LETTER TO YOU                                                                              BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN   1

32           BIG CONSPIRACY                                                                            J HUS                                    1

33           DISCO                                                                                                   KYLIE MINOGUE             1

34           1                                                                                                              BEATLES                             1

35           LEGACY                                                                                               DAVID BOWIE                  5

36           SNACKS                                                                                               JAX JONES                          9

37           LOVER                                                                                                  TAYLOR SWIFT                1

38           WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE                                                      TOM WALKER                   1

39           NUMBER ONES                                                                                 MICHAEL JACKSON        1

40           GOODBYE & GOOD RIDDANCE                                                JUICE WRLD                      25




“God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”

— Mother Teresa


Happiness is…a Good News story and there are lots if you search.


Not saying I live in a rough area but just bought an advent calendar and half the windows are boarded up!

(Editor’s Note: Sorry I know Christmas is over, long ago but that is in the theme of keeping Christmas decorations up until Michaelmas.


Love is…being in Lockdown together!


A time for bad news…A time for good news.


©2021 Phil M Robinson