Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
Monday saw Extinction Rebellion begin their fifth mass protest in Covent Garden as they built a massive bright pink table with the words “Come to the table” seen on it. This protest is aimed at the government to stop using fossil fuels. Individuals also chained themselves to the legs to signify that “climate breakdown is here now”. The Metropolitan Police issued a dispersal order that expired at 7pm and as of 11pm that evening, eight arrests had been made. The Met Police service has put a significant operation in place to manage the protests over the ever-busy bank-holiday weekend but has also acknowledged the activists’ “important cause”. This protest caused chaos in London, as delivery drivers couldn’t move and were seen becoming angrier by the minute.
At what lengths would you go to, to show that you are COVID free? Well, one Italian man has decided to get the Green Pass (which is the equivalent of the NHS app) which proves that he has been vaccinated, tested negative and/or recovered from the virus tattooed on his arm. The pass was introduced in June to allow travel within Europe, take part in large events and allow access to nursing homes. Now every time he goes out and about, wants to eat in a café or restaurant he doesn’t need to get his phone out, but instead shows the inner of his left upper arm. How about if he does test positive, or in years to come when the pass will be made redundant? Hopefully this will be able to be laser removed, or perhaps he’ll keep it as a memory of 2020 and 2021!
A German animal shelter has come up with a genius way to find animals a new home. A simple Tinder profile is being used by the Munich Animal Welfare Association alongside an advertising agency in the hope to get cats and dogs a forever home. Jillian Moss who works at the shelter says: “The response is insane, it’s exploding everywhere”. Once there is a match, the shelter then processes the requests as well as interviews. What a genius way to find a home for some of these poor pooches and felines.