The Happiest Things We Saw Last Week

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A Brighter Note

As parents across the nation scramble around coming up with innovative ways to bring the family together and keep the kids entertained during lockdown, this family decided to put on a West End worthy performance from their living room; a performance that has since been televised to the world.

The Marsh family went viral with their spirit-lifting spoof of the musical Les Miserables and it was the adaptation we all needed to hear. In the video, the family of six sing their hearts out to One Day More, changing the lyrics to reference online shopping, homeschooling and sibling feuds and it made life in iso so much brighter. Genius! Find it here.

An Easter gift from Killing Eve

Thanks to the legends over at ABC, Killing Eve season 3 will debut earlier than planned to keep fans entertained during lockdown and if that’s not the best example of community spirit, we don’t know what is. BBC confirmed the hit series will return two weeks before its planned launch on Monday 13 April. That’s our Easter plans made!

Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks entertainment group and AMC Studios, said in a statement: “We know how adored this series is and we know how keen people are for great content right now.”

We can’t wait to see Villanelle back on our screens. This season’s going to be wild.

Another day, another video meeting blunder

With many of us working from home to help stop the spread of Covid-19, video meetings have become the new norm and the majority of us seem to be managing the adjustment just fine but then there was Lizet.

Last week, Lizet Ocampo, the Political Director at People For The American Way, turned herself into a potato filter while on a Microsoft Teams call with her colleagues and couldn’t work out how to turn it off. So she did as professional bosses do and just carried on… as a potato. Her colleague, Rachel Clegg, gave us all a bit of light relief when she shared the screenshot of the meeting on Twitter writing, ‘my boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting.’

Thank you #PotatoBoss for making a hash of it. You’re our hero.

Dancing the social distancing way

If it’s not the Clap For The NHS movement sending us into an emotional meltdown of happy tears, it’s videos of neighbours pulling together to do a daily lockdown jig from their doorsteps.

In the 30 second video captured by Elsa Williams, 23, neighbours of all ages can be seen busting out their best moves to Tom Jones’s classic, It’s Not Unusual and it is just the kind of wholesome content the world needs right now.

Initially meant to be a one-off performance, social distant dancing lifted spirits so much that it has since become a daily occurrence on this street in Cheshire.

Postman wears fancy dress to do the rounds

Meet the postman donning fancy dress to deliver mail to the streets of Mansfield Woodhouse in a bid to make others smile during his rounds.

Glen Walton, 36, came up with the idea to spread some cheer during the coronavirus outbreak and raise funds for the NHS. So far, Glen has dressed as Frozen’s Princess Anna and a wrestler and he’s got a few other ideas up his sleeve for next week including a unicorn and a superhero.

“I just wanted to see people smiling again on my round and it’s been brilliant. People have been cheering and clapping and kids have been in the windows waving.” Donate here.

Bride and groom donate their reception meals to NHS staff

Due to lockdown and social distancing measures, weddings up and down the country have sadly now come to a grinding halt.

Couple Fiona and Adam Gordon, from Hull, tied the knot last week with just two witnesses but their reception set for 120 guests had to be called off due to the pandemic. Rather than see their grub go to waste, the newlyweds decided to allow their catering company, Galloping Gourmet, to donate their hog roast to hungry NHS staff at the Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital. Humanity at its very best!

Care home residents play life-size Hungry Hippos

Elderly residents at Bryn Celyn care home in Wales enjoyed some light-hearted relief with a life-size game of Hungry Hippos. In a cute video shared to the care home’s Facebook page, the staff can be seen pushing residents in their wheelchairs as they attempt to catch ball pit balls with their makeshift baskets and long poles. With so many residents in isolation and missing their regular visits from family members, it’s so lovely to see carers going above and beyond to make them smile during lockdown.

Clap For Our carers round 2

Britain once again united for a nationwide applause to show their gratitude and appreciation for our NHS workers and key workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.

The first Clap For Our Carers event took place from our doorsteps and balconies on Thursday 26th March, giving health staff everywhere the recognition they deserve and a much-needed morale boost. It is now set to happen on a weekly basis, every Thursday, while the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our day-to-day lives. Pots and pans at the ready, same time next week!