Darling, you got to let me know, should I stay, or should I go? As the end of lockdown appears to be creeping closer, we’re enjoying that there’s still plenty of good news and long may it continue! Here’s some of our favourite positive recent news stories for you to enjoy.
Idles Through our own work we’re well aware that the lockdown has forced everyone to get creative when it comes to content. Bristol band Idles has tackled this challenge head on with the video for their latest song ‘Mr Motivator.’ The band first announced the venture with an Instagram post inviting fans to take part in an “exclusive workout class.” The self-directed music video features fan-sourced exercise footage and the band members themselves taking part in an eighties inspired dance workout, from the comfort of their own homes. Idles’ frontman Joe Talbot said “We want to start this journey with a means to not only encapsulate the album’s sentiment, but to encourage our audience to dance like no one is watching and plough through these dark times with a two tonne machete of a song and the most beautiful community of scumbags ever assembled. Let’s go. All is love.” Watch the video and get inspired to get your dance on here.
Vans We’re talking about the shoe brand, not the vehicle. The pandemic has hit businesses of all sizes, but just like most difficult financial situations it’s the little guys that will struggle the most to stay afloat. With this in mind, Vans has launched the ‘Foot the Bill’ initiative. Vans has chosen to recognise that small businesses helped it become a global success and so are using the ‘Foot the Bill’ initiative to support its community and extended members of the Vans family during this difficult time. The brand has partnered with local and community driven skate shops, restaurants, art galleries and music venues to support them by selling their custom designed Vans footwear through its Customs platform. Net proceeds from each pair of these Vans Customs will go directly to Vans’ small business partners in this time of need. You can view all the custom pairs of Vans and purchase a pair here.
BBC Archive Need to hide the ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ film poster from your next Zoom meeting? The BBC have you covered with some treats from its archive. Take your pick from a selection of 100 empty sets from past and present BBC programmes ; host your next quiz from the Strictly dance floor, call your mum from Del Boy’s living room or hold the Monday morning meeting from the Tardis. You can find the full selection and instructions on how to set them as your background here.
Good Sixty Something we’re missing at the moment, is the chance to explore our favourite independent shops and delis. Fortunately, an online platform is on hand to support independent food retailers and producers in Bristol, Bath and Borough Market. Growing up on Gloucester Road in Bristol, Chris Edwards recognised the threat posed by major brands and national chains and founded Good Sixty as a ‘one stop shop,’ offering shoppers the opportunity to buy from a variety of local stores in a single purchase and have supplies delivered to their door. Founded in 2016, the Good Sixty vision was “to create wealthier, healthier, better connected communities”, providing a competitive and convenient alternative to major supermarkets and delivery services. The name was inspired by statistics from a Harvard business school study, which found there’s a 60 per cent greater economic benefit to your community if you choose to shop in a local independent store rather than a large supermarket. The platform has come to its own during lockdown and has enabled many companies to continue operating. Explore what’s available in your area and place an order on the Good Sixty website.
We’ve got plenty more good news over on our blog, alongside some visual treats. Why not explore?