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November, 2020

The Good News #31

Hello from Lockdown 2.0! Now England is firmly back under lockdown, we took a break from trying to remember how to bake banana bread and hold a Zoom quiz, to find some of our favourite recent good news stories.

Building a Martian house

Bristol’s harbourside has always been a popular location, and now even our Martian friends will be able to find a suitable property since a full-scale house, designed for future life on Mars has received planning permission.

The house is part of the Building a Martian House ongoing art project. Artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent who created the project, have brought together artists, scientists, architects, engineers and the public to explore to explore how we live in the present today and how we might live in the future on Earth and on Mars.

Hugh Broughton Architects, world experts in extreme architecture, has worked in partnership with Pearce+ and the artists to produce the concept design based on the public’s ideas. The house will be presented in partnership with M Shed and is funded by The Edward Marshall Trust.

The Building a Martian House will be installed beside the M Shed, in Bristol’s Harbourside and accompanied by a five-month public programme of workshops, events and research that will influence the interiors of the house, which begin as a shell. It will also coincide with Think Global: Act Bristol, an M Shed project that aims to foster positive action to address the climate and ecological crises.

House designed for future life on Mars, in front of the M-Shed at Bristol harbourside


Browsing a bookshop is one of the many things we’ll miss in Lockdown 2.0. If you’re bookshelves are looking a little sad, but you don’t want to give your hard-earned cash to Amazon, Bookshop.org is here to help.

The platform, which has been described as a socially conscious alternative to Amazon, launched in the US earlier this year and went online here in the UK last week. It was created by the writer and co-founder of Literary Hub, Andy Hunter. The site allows independent bookshops to create their own virtual shopfront and receive the full profit margin – 30% of the cover price – from each sale.

Customer service and shipping are all handled by Bookshop and its distribution partners, with titles delivered within two to three days and sold with a small discount.

If you’re looking for a specific local bookshop to support, you can find them on Bookshop’s online map – including Bristol’s very own Storysmith Books. It’s currently working in partnership with over 130 bookshops across the UK.

Woman and man browsing in a bookshop.

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