That’s Interesting, and uplifting! 26.03.2020

As we all try to adapt, cope, be safe and do our part to keep the Covid-19 pandemic in check, it is important to find ways to stay motivated and positive. That is why, starting from this week, That’s Interesting will focus on initiatives and ideas that are uplifting and helpful in these challenging times.

So, from Lego for grown-ups to brewery-branded hand sanitiser, here are some things that made us say “That’s interesting, and uplifting!” in the studio this week.

The future is in our hands!

A few weeks ago, it is unlikely that hand sanitiser would have ranked high on anyone’s shopping list. But with experts worldwide pointing to regular, thorough handwashing as one of the most effective ways of controlling the spread of Coronavirus, the little bottles have disappeared off the shelves at an alarming rate. To address the shortage, many breweries and distilleries around the world have started switching their production lines (which already feature a key ingredient of hand sanitiser, alcohol) to manufacture this now precious good. And, even better, most brands (like Anheuser-Busch and Diageo) are donating it to hospitals and frontline medical personnel.

Cheers to that here.

Quality Time In.

 It isn’t easy adjusting to the sudden switch from being out and about town, to spending as much time as possible social distancing at home. So, to lend an inspiring helping hand, events listing magazine Time Out has temporarily rebranded itself as Time In, to support the UK going into lockdown. So the publication is now only available online (because there are fewer commuters around to pick up printed copies) and focuses on indoor entertainment, highlighting all the gigs, theatre productions and art exhibitions that are available for readers to stream online, from the comfort of their couch, for free.

Stay at home here.

Beautiful minds.

A group of artists, filmmakers, doctors and coders have joined forces to design Made of Millions, an online platform that gives everyone access to quality information around mental health. The website is beautifully designed and feels modern and contemporary, steering clear from medical codes and conventions to make its content and support approachable and engaging to a wide audience… Because – as anyone working to change how the world perceives the topic will tell you – we all have mental health. And it is especially important to be aware of it in these tricky, lonely times of social distancing.

Care for your mind here.

Adulting, honestly.

It’s no secret that Lego is not just for kids. And that there is a good chance that any adult buying a set is looking forward to building it as much as (if not more than) the child the gift is supposedly for. So why hide it? Lego’s latest Star Wars series features kits to recreate the iconic helmets worn by the villains of that galaxy far, far away, and they come in slicker, darker, more understated packaging aimed at adults. Because, let’s be honest, with all this extra time spent indoors, it’s not just the kids that need entertaining!

Use the force, no matter how old you are here.

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