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Hair today, gone tomorrow!!

Over the last few months many of our articles have featured links to Coronavirus and the pandemic. It hasn’t always been easy finding good news to spread. Thankfully things are starting to be eased and businesses are taking the first tentative steps of reopening. One of the areas that has linked us all together, or almost all of us, is the fact that we have not been able to visit the hairdresser. Not everybody is in this category, our own Chief Banana has been cutting his Dad’s hair every fortnight. For those of us who throughout lockdown are now counting the days and probably hours until we can get to the hairdressers, that day is almost here. Many hairdressers opened on Saturday and despite all of the restrictions and new rules that need to be followed trade was reported as brisk by many establishments.

Whilst I am one of the many with an appointment in the next few days, I have also grown to love the extra inches that lockdown has allowed me to try. The dilemma that will face many, including me is: Should it stay or should it go? The amusing thing about lockdown hair is that people seem to have embraced the whole experience and nobody would dare to make a comment about hair not being perfect. One thing I do hope is that people remember this and that comments about hair not being perfect are a thing of the past.

It is great news that we can all get our hair cut but definitely take a lesson from lockdown and remember that beauty isn’t about being perfect it is about being the real you. To celebrate your new look why not send us a photo to smilewall@bananacrumble.co.uk and enjoy that first cut!!

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Turtles, turtles everywhere

The restrictions that have been imposed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic are having a positive impact on wildlife around the world, including in India where authorities say the number of sea turtles hatching on beaches is far higher than normal. Olive Ridley Turtles are a species of sea turtle that have a small number of rookeries in various parts of the world where they lay their eggs every year in winter or early spring.

The turtles usually come during the night and lay eggs in the sand on the chosen beaches, but this year with beaches empty there were reports of thousands of turtles coming up on to them during the day. After a period of about 45 days, the hatchlings come out and return to the seas.

Experts and authorities estimate that the turtles laid around 60 millions eggs on Indian beaches this year. The World Wide Fund for Nature has said that because the turtles nest in a very small number of places around the world, any disturbance to even one nesting beach could have huge repercussions on the entire population.

Hopefully, with beaches being deserted and the lack of human impact on the wildlife, this will be one of the benefits that will come out of the Coronavirus pandemic and many species of not just turtles but many other animals, birds, insects will be able to increase their numbers and help the endangered species.

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Dads do know best….

Parents and grandparents all have phrases that they say. My Dad had one that he used to use on a very regular basis when he was alive. However, more than ever his phrase has come back to me over these last few days after seeing the pictures of so many groups of people mingling when we are all supposed to be social distancing. His phrase was:

“Rules are Guidance for the wise and mandatory for idiots”

I can see more than ever why this applies particularly with everything going on at the moment. We are being given guidelines to follow and if we are following them then maybe we will still be able to have some freedoms which, unfortunately people in other countries don’t have. However people are saying whilst we can still go out then we will and don’t seem to be considering what problems their actions could potentially be causing. Surely if people think logically then they will keep to the guidelines rather than have to wait for rules which will then make it harder for everyone. Dad may have worded it slightly differently but the official slogan says it as it is too!

I definitely understand what my dad meant now and I know he would have used this phrase more than once or twice over the past few days. Come on everyone – please do your bit!!!!

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Thank you NHS

Whilst we are trying our absolute hardest to find good news and positive stories that aren’t about Coronavirus we did think we had to publicise this event. Without our NHS workers and everyone on the front line we would be in an even worse position than we are now. These people go to work, knowing the risks and still are there to help everyone. I don’t think that there are any words that will thank our NHS for everything they have done and will do over the coming weeks and months.

We saw a post on social media saying that on Thursday 26th March at 8pm everyone should go to their front doors, garden, balcony, windows or living room to give all our amazing NHS workers a huge round of applause to say we do value them and this is a way we can all unite in showing our gratitude to them. We will be there and even this is just a token but hopefully the NHS realise how much they are appreciated and that we are all behind them.

Why not join in everyone , spread the news and clap to show your appreciation.

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The hunt for Good News…

In our post earlier in the week we featured a bar/restaurant in Spain called An Sibin who were offering to get food supplies to elderly or vulnerable people. We said in that article that we would publicise any companies that we heard about who were taking steps to do something positive.

We all club together in times of need and this is just part of our make up. We do see the odd people barging elderly people out of their way in shops just so they can get their own items but these people are in the minority. We have seen Supermarkets opening their doors for the elderly and before other shoppers can start their own shopping. This started with Iceland and is now being seen in other supermarkets all around the country. This is a great idea for a couple of reasons. The early start will mean that shelves are stocked overnight and that elderly people will be able to get the items they want to buy rather than making the effort to shop only to be faced with empty shelves. Hopefully this will stop the older people from mixing and try to keep the virus at bay.

We have heard about a shop called Day Today Express in Stenhousemuir, Scotland making up special Coronavirus bags for the elderly containing soap, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes. The owners said that each bag cost them about £2 to make up and they had given away more than 500. Anyone over the age of 65 was welcome to claim the bags and for those unable to get to the shop then there are provisions made for it to be delivered.

Coffee shops and other food outlets are now offering discounts to emergency workers and people working at the front line. This is the time we all need to pull together and help each other. Don’t forget it could just be to pick the telephone up and call someone who may not be able to get out. Keeping some contact with the outside world is going to be so important to many people.

We said that we would find good news and uplifting stories so please let us know if anyone deserves a mention and some good free publicity!!

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Coronavirus – the recoveries and our fantastic medical workers

Coronavirus is the big headline in the news these days and rightly so. The speed at which people are getting infected around the world is growing rapidly and sadly the fatality rate is at around 3% which is the biggest medical emergency the world has seen in the last 50 years.

One story that isn’t getting reported much, is that in fact over 40,000 people have recovered from the virus and more are recovering every day! The human body is magnificent at protecting itself and you can clearly see this in action here. Every day our health care workers are working tirelessly to fight the battle against  COVID-19 and are doing an amazing job despite all of the problems associated with this kind of virus.

People are panicking buying toilet roll, hand sanitisers, soap and other non perishable goods, but if people are sensible, and with our supply chains there should be enough of the items that we all need. Make sure you keep your hygiene levels up and make sure the other people you are around are following the same stringent guidelines. Hand washing has never been so important!!

Banana Crumble obviously hopes that things change soon for the positive but in the meantime we want to thank everyone in the health service for all their endeavours in keeping us all safe and well.

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