It’s been a big week with some even bigger stories. From Prince Harry leaving our jaws dropped with the latest revelations in his memoir Spare, to more strike action in the capital – it’s been a lot to take in.
So if you’re looking for stories that will bring a smile to your face, you’ve come to the right spot. Here’s a selection of upbeat stories from the past seven days that will give you some reasons to be cheerful.
Return of the No Trousers Tube Ride
There’s always been something charmingly uncomfortable about a Tube journey. The dead silence, the avoidance of eye contact – or any contact for that matter. So the obvious next step for London is dialling the discomfort up to the max.
On Sunday, for the first time since 2020, a huddle of Londoners stripped down to their undies for the No Trousers Tube Ride and braced the fabric-to-bare-thigh-contact all in the name of improv comedy.
Even TfL’s newbie – the Elizabeth Line – got the chance to see the trouserless takeover, coming in close contact with anything from a sensible black affair to some fluorescent pineapple panties.
Hi Brad Pitt!
This year’s Golden Globe Awards truly did bless us with some incredible moments. Colin Farrell thanking Jenny the donkey in his acceptance speech, host Jerrod Carmichael’s joke about Shelly Miscavige biting the dust, and Michelle Yeoh telling the piano player at the end of her speech “I can beat you up”. Phenomenal.
But a particularly strong theme of the night was actors being caught off-guard at the sheer presence of Brad Pitt in front of them. The most iconic, of course, being Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson interrupting her heartfelt acceptance speech for Best Musical or Comedy Television Series with a simple “Hi Brad Pitt!”
Some more honourable mentions for the night include White Lotus’s Mike White admitting to ditching his plans for accepting his award in Italian because he was too drunk, and pure shock as the House of the Dragon team win for Best Drama Series.
Golden Globe Awards 2023
Taylor Swift takes the stage at the 02
The pop sensation treated the packed venue to her first-ever live version of the song Anti-Hero, which features on her latest album release Midnights.
If the song didn’t wow fans enough, Swift also dazzled in a mirrored dress accompanied by her white acoustic guitar.
Sloth baby at London Zoo
If this doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will.
The staff at London Zoo welcomed a new pal to their crib on New Year’s Day, saying they “couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year”.
Nova the sloth – Nova meaning ‘new’ in Latin – was seen “clinging onto [the mother’s] tummy, as she curled up in her favourite tree”.
Nova was also apparently born with “impressive claws” which are expected to grow up to four inches in length – gulp.