We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit heavy some days. So every day of the week we bring you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there’s also inspiration, kindness and quirkiness out there.
The best police dog partnership in the country
Here’s an award-winning pair we couldn’t resist.
A dog named Apex achieved the top ranking when he and his handler, Constable Scott Gosnell, won all but one of the categories at the National Police and Detector Dog Championships in Wellington.
The Waikato-based partnership began when Apex, an almost four-year-old black and tan German Shepherd, was just 10 weeks old.
Apex is “cool to have around”, said Gosnell Thingsby Jo Lines-MacKenzie.
“He’s a neat little dog. His work ethic is his best thing, and he loves it.
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Singing teacher changes tone and becomes a social media hit
Seeking a family lifestyle, new tradie Alex Hannah has become an Instagram hit. Along with showcasing his construction work, he encourages his followers to live their best lives with purpose.
The former singing teacher turned carpenter and pastor worries about high suicide rates in the construction industry. Hannah says he wants to challenge the perception of machismo that can be associated with trades.
“With the way the commerce industry is on social media, we can really change it,” Hanna said. Things Joanna Davis.
“Some things could be addressed, for example, we need a big push for women in trades, including them and having equality in how they are treated,” he says.
The Christchurch-based father says his day-to-day work building Passive Houses is “challenging and satisfying” for him as a builder, and it aligns with his own caring beliefs.
122-year-old chocolate bars sold at auction
If you’re a chocolate savvy rather than a scoffer (like me), you’ll be delighted by this story of an old box of chocolates that sold for over $965 (£500), reports Metro.co.uk .
The chocolates, found in an English granary, were made during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1899 and have now been at their best for around 117 years.
The box was sent to British troops during the Boer War and features a picture of Queen Victoria, her badge and the words ‘South Africa 1900’. Many boxes still survive, but very few still contain chocolate inside.
TRON-style road markings capture the imagination
A regional road safety project in Australia features glow-in-the-dark road markings that look like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.
The glow-in-the-dark highway lines made with special road paint are part of a trial that began in May and the results are certainly illuminating.
When it’s dark, the coating emits light that it has absorbed and stored throughout the day, so the lines of the road are better seen by drivers.
Regional Roads Victoria said the project was one of 70 trials in a government program to install innovative treatments across the Australian state.
Meanwhile, commenters on Facebook and Reddit have pointed out how it echoes the 1982 movie TRON, in which Jeff Bridges is a video game developer who is transported inside the central unit of a computer from which he must then escape using “light cycles” – a motorcycle that leaves behind a permanent trail of colored light.
A diver’s close encounter with a cute seal
Last but not least, watch this curious sea mammal show plenty of attention to a startled diver as it trudges through the cool waters off the coast of northern England. The video is courtesy of ABC News in the US.