In this two-minute round-up, we share some of the good news and positive things happening during life under lockdown across the West Midlands and the UK.
Welcome to the fifth Feelgood Friday update from us at Bloore King & Kavanagh.
And here are four fantastic pieces of news we've picked out from plenty of others which made us smile this week:
Humanity's Best Friend
We all know dogs are great companions at times like this but check this out. According to a report from The Telegraph's website, dogs are being trained to detect coronavirus in passengers arriving at UK airports.
It's thought that a 0.5-second sniff could detect the virus in asymptomatic travellers. The group of canine champions includes three cocker spaniels, a Labrador, a Labradoodle, and a Labrador golden retriever.
It was World Earth Day on Wednesday, and we marked it with a round-up of some of the positive impacts the reduction in travel, production and consumption have had on the planet.
These include: Cleaner air and clearer water being reported from as far away as Venice to Venezuela. Animals are also enjoying more freedom thanks to less human activity with deer roaming in Japanese villages, killer whales being seen for the first time in a generation off the coast of Canada and our personal favourite, goats strolling around the Welsh town of Llandudno.
Lockdowns Loosened in Europe
The UK may be in lockdown for another three weeks but hope springs from across Europe. Austria has allowed small shops to reopen and there are plans to ease Germany's lockdown, with some shops due to resume trade next week.
Denmark allowed schools to start back up and barbers and hairdressers reported a boom in trade as people got rid of their lockdown locks.
And finally, ….
As an industry, we're proud to see our colleagues across estate agency doing their bit to help their local communities. We've seen incidents of agents paying for treats to be delivered to fire and ambulance stations and agencies offering shopping and prescription collections for vulnerable residents. Across the UK industry colleagues are also offering to talk to lonely people who are self-isolating and just need a natter over the phone.
It's incredible to see the generosity, compassion, kindness, and care people are showing across the West Midlands, the UK and indeed the World.
From all at Bloore King & Kavanagh if there is anything we can do to support members of our community in Halesowen and the surrounding area please do get in touch.