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Buster the Boxer and birds of YAY: betty’s weekly round-up, the cheer-up special

Right, well this is a harder week to round up than most.

But hey, it’s still a Friday morning. And by the end of reading this we hope you’re looking forward to the weekend, smiling a little wider and laughing a little louder…

This is all we’re going to say about the Presidential election

If you haven’t watched Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, you should. It’s filled with grace and poise and strength and courage and… oh, you’ll see when you watch it.

There was some good news for women in politics this week

As one political race dominated the news this week, it would have been easy to miss the hundreds (literally hundreds) of other American elections that also took place on the 8th of November. In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto was elected the first Hispanic senator in US history, while in Minnesota, Ilhan Omar became the nation’s first Somali-American legislator. See, there’s always some progress worth smiling about.


Flying in like a misery-seeking missile to boost everyone’s spirits, the John Lewis Christmas ad has landed.

Lauren isn’t sold (“the foxes look too fake'”), but Lily welled up and Amy was excited about all the animals. It’s Weepy Girls’ Corner in advert form.

Planet Earth is back!

After a decade, Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth is back, and it’s as miraculous as ever. Episode one follows penguins in Antarctica, lemurs in Madagascar and Komodo dragons on an island of Indonesia. Let Dave’s voice soothe all your sorrows.

Thank God for dogs

Buzzfeed put together a list of 23 tweets about dogs to remind us there is good in the world. I mean, look at them!

The UK’s golden eagle population is taking off

Thumbs up to the golden eagle population. According to a new survey there are now 500 breeding pairs, which apparently makes their long-term future look pretty damn rosy.

Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, Tollerton, Nottingham

What do we do now?

Hillz may not have won this election, but the fight for a woman in the White House is far from over. This t-shirt from Pull & Bear is a nice reminder to stay positive.


Feeling better? Now go, enjoy your weekend!

ps. Look out for our special guide on Monday to understanding, processing and tackling big political dramas. We’ve got your back.

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