The skies may be grey right now but we’re resting safe in the knowledge that the sun will come out tomorrow! Until it peaks through the clouds again, you can read some positive news stories that will hopefully brighten your day a little.
Smiles in the sky All eyes were on the skies in Bristol on last week as two smiley faces appeared – made by a retired RAF pilot in the hope it would bring some much-needed cheer to the city. Richard Goodwin took off from Gloucestershire Airport in Cheltenham and travelled the short distance south to Bristol, creating the giant emojis over Hotwells and Almondsbury that could be seen from miles away. Goodwin regularly supports Fly2Help, an aviation charity dedicated to raising the spirits of people, young and old, living in difficult personal situations and inspiring young people as they consider their future lives. Find out more about the charity’s work here.
Vogue British Vogue’s July 2020 cover story celebrates the millions of people in the UK who, at the height of the pandemic, and in the face of danger, put on their uniforms and went to work. The trio of covers feature three keyworkers; Narguis Horsford, a train driver on the London Overground, Rachel Millar, 24, a community midwife in east London, and Anisa Omar, a 21-year-old supermarket worker in King’s Cross. The full twenty-page portfolio in the magazine features doctors, shopkeepers, postal workers, nurses, cleaners, epidemiologists, carers, teachers, ambulance drivers and volunteers from the fashion community and beyond. Over the course of ten days, photographer Jamie Hawkesworth – armed with no more than a camera, a bicycle and a face mask – travelled the capital to capture, at an appropriate social distance, the faces of those whose bravery, or simple commitment to carrying on, has helped so many. We’ll definitely be picking up a copy! You can read about the cover and meet the three essential workers here.
Wallace and Gromit In Autumn 2020 fans will be able to join Wallace and Gromit for the first time on an augmented reality adventure. The Big Fix Up will see Wallace and Gromit take on a very big challenge – to “fix up” Bristol. Our fellow Bristolians Aardman have joined forces with Fictioneers, a consortium of companies including Potato Sugar Creative and Tiny Rebel Games, and the University of South Wales to produce the story, which, for the first time, fans can take part in as well. Wallace and Gromit fans will be able to download a free app and play along with the adventure themselves as an employee of the duo’s company, Spick & Spanners. The story will play out using AR gameplay, in character phone calls, comic strips, CGI animation and portals. The Big Fix Up will be set in Bristol, but people from across the country will be able to take part in the adventure, and it will later be released worldwide. All fans will need to take part is a smartphone. Learn more about The Big Fix Up here.
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