January 2, 2017


Yes, it has been a tough year for the world. We've lost iconic and talented artists and public figures, the UK has lost its min–, I mean, Europe, and the US has voted for a hate-mongering orange baffoon called fart to be their next president.

Much of the West despairs for the ideological murder that has occurred. When many of us thought things were getting better and we were all learning to accept each other, we've been hit in the face with a barage of hate. Europe swings to the right, the US follows suit. The warming global climate continues to melt icecaps and exacerbate poverty in Africa, ISIS continues to ravage the Middle East, refugees continue to flood into peaceful neighbouring countries – only to be met with reluctance and disdain.

However, the inundation of bad news and the intolerable coverage of the US presidential "race", means that many of us may have missed some of the good things that have happened this year.

We've dragged ourselves through 2016 and the world hasn't ended. So, though we are now well on our way into 2017, I think it's worth looking back at some of the good things that happened in 2016 – because hell, there were actually many. I've chosen a positive news story for each of the last 12 months. Feel free to add in more positive news stories in the comments, I am not even going to pretend that my selection is not biased by my views, opinions, priorities, or preferences.