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8th June 2017

The Good List #21

With the barrage of awful news that the world has chucked at us in the last few weeks, clinging onto life’s rays of sunshine seems more important than ever. Cue your weekly dose of GOOD news. This week’s news features 92-year-old Lolo and his Roman cave home, an aeroplane built from YouTube tutorials, products made from marine waste and inspirational radio shows. We’re also delighted to welcome a new addition to the Zetteler team. Emily Ward joins Zetteler as Marketing Manager. Catch her GOOD news below. 
 
One last thing: DON’T YOU DARE FORGET TO VOTE. Polling stations open at 7am on Thursday 8 June and will remain open until 10pm that same day. 
 
Katie’s GOOD news: 
This week Katie was excited to learn more about The Ocean Cleanup, a project launching in 2018 that will clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge plastic dump located between Hawaii and California. The foundation was conceived by Dutch design student Boyan Slat and will use technology to pull debris towards land using ocean currents and solar power. The debris will then be transformed into objects which will help fund the clean-up. | Read more over on Protein.
 
Over the past few months there's been a focus on products made from marine waste. Adidas has been at the forefront of this with its prototype trainers and swimwear range made in collaboration with Parley. New on the scene however is the Marine Debris Bakelite Project. The brand creates functional and collectable objects, designed by the likes of Jasper Morrison and Kirstie Van Noort, from plastic waste dumped in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. | Find out more here. 
Marine Debris Bento Box image by Nat Turnbull photo Scott Newett
Sabine's GOOD News: 
Initially Sabine thought it would be hard to find some good news amid crushing election anxiety, Trump being a complete twit, as usual, and the horrors of the Manchester and London terror attacks. But then she realised how many more friends she's hugged this week, as well as the huge amount of hysterical anti-Trump and anti-Tory reactions that have been circling the web in the aftermath. One that particularly sent shockwaves through her soul was this young Muslim lad in Manchester. The teenager blindfolded himself, held his arms out and asked the general public if they trusted him enough to give him a hug. It starts slowly, but then... well, just watch it. The things the strangers say to him, the genuine love for his idea, and how brave he was is truly something. Get some tissues, it broke nearly everyone we know... (in the best possible way) | Find it on Facebook.
Anya’s GOOD news: 
Anya’s GOOD news comes in the form of a news story about a Cambodian villager who taught himself how to build a plane by endlessly watching YouTube videos. Paen Long lives in south-east Cambodia and for as long as he can remember he’s loved aeroplanes. One of six children of rice farmers, Paen had never stepped foot in any sort of aircraft but this didn’t stop him."I started building a plane, making it in secret," he says. "I was afraid that people would make fun of me, so sometimes I worked at night.” The one-seater aircraft took Paen almost one year to create. He built the plane entirely from scratch out of mostly recycled materials: the pilot's seat is a plastic chair with chopped-off legs, the control panel is a car dashboard, and the body is made from an old gas container. According to villagers, about 200 to people turned out to witness the plane’s first take off. The story gives you faith that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. | Read about Paen and his plane on the BBC
Photo by Holly Robertson
Dorothy’s GOOD news:  
Dorothy enjoyed reading the latest issue of Dwell magazine and now wants to visit 92-year-old Lolo at his Roman cave home. Lolo runs a casual lunch service and cooked for 70 people on the day he was interviewed for Dwell. His family have lived in the cave since 1609 and it looks amazing. | Read the article here. 
Photo by Nick Ballon
Photo by Nick Ballon
Jess' GOOD News:
It was a shocking weekend in London. It’s been a strange couple of days; speaking to more and more people, making more connections, but crying lots and just feeling pain and sadness for the individuals that happened to be near London Bridge on Saturday night. Late last night, Sabine and Jess had a long conversation about life, meaning and purpose. They came back to Riz Ahmed’s speech that he gave in Parliament on diversity, or as he calls it REPRESENTATION. This talk was one of Jess’s favourite Facebook shares this year, but listening to it again this morning, the man speaks pure truth. 
 
“Diversity sounds like an optional extra. Representation is fundamental to what to expect from our culture… Every time you see yourself in a magazine, on a billboard, TV, film – it’s a message that you matter, you’re part of the national story, that you’re valued. You feel represented… If we fail to represent people in our mainstream narratives... they’ll retreat to fringe narratives, to filter bubbles online, and, sometimes, even off to Syria… We are in danger of losing people to extremism. In the mind of the ISIS recruit, he's the next James Bond right? Have you seen some of those ISIS propaganda videos? They are cut like action movies. Where is the counter narrative? Where are we telling these kids they can be heroes in our stories, that they valued? Let's step up, and REPRESENT.” 
 
The Great Get Together is another community-led positive response to tragedy. The Great Get Together will be held over the weekend of 17 and 18 June, the anniversary of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, and is an opportunity for people to come together with friends, neighbours and total strangers to celebrate what they have in common. Get involved! | Watch Riz’s speech here and find more about the Great Get Together here.
Emily’s GOOD news: 
For Emily's first ever GOOD List she was delighted to introduce the Zetteler team to The Invisible College. The Radio 4 show encourages people to write novels and uses the advice of established writers to help budding writers figure out how to successfully write fiction. The show is presented by documentary maker Cathy FitzGerald whose warm tones take the listener through the history of a ghostly array of novelists, poets and playwrights in the form of pleasingly scratchy archive recordings. The shows are presented in bite-sized chunks – each just 10 minutes long – and provide a digestible education in putting pen to paper. | Listen to the archive of shows on iPlayer. 
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